Tuesday, 31 July 2018

When You Love Your Work More Than Life

For the past three days, a couple of photos are going viral on social media. The photos show journalists having food on the roadsides, sleeping on pedestrian platforms, and standing with minimum support over compound walls and barricades.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Junga: First half is Tamizh Padam 3.0 & Second Half is Telugu Padam 1.0

What if a bottle of Bovonto and a plate of mixture are the only refreshments provided at a meeting of all dons in Chennai? Imagine a gangster celebrating success party, obviously, for completing a kidnap mission, by serving upma, that too without any ingredient except a platter of baked rawa. Junga is made of such funny, creative and spoof elements, taking a dig at godfathers of Tamil cinema in the past. Not completely, though.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Renditions For Life - My Playlist of Chitra's Numbers

Pleasure is the word one remembers when listening to her vocals. Metaphorically referred to as 'Chinna Kuyil', the records K S Chitra has created in the Tamil film industry in the past 33 years of her career would be difficult to break by any playback singer of this age.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A filmmaker who told intense stories of common lives

It was an era when melodrama was ruling Tamil cinema as most of the filmmakers migrating from stage plays to celluloid were making movies with hyped human emotions. And then, came an era when filmmakers like Bharathiraja brought movies from sets to the villages by telling stories of the soil.

Monday, 23 July 2018

நா. முத்துச்சரம் #2: அன்பால் படிகளைக் கட்டுவோம்

எல்லாம் நன்மைக்கே என்ற எண்ணம்தான் மனிதனின் ஆற்றல்கலனாக இருக்கிறது. தன்னை எத்தனைப் பெருந்துன்பம் சூழ்ந்திருந்தாலும் அதிலிருக்கும் நன்மையைக் கண்டறிவது மனிதனுக்கு இயற்கையிலேயே இருக்குமொரு இயல்பு. துன்பம் வரும் வேளையிலும் சிரிக்க வேண்டும் என்பதை, 'இடுக்கண் வருங்கால் நகுக' என்று வள்ளுவர் வழியில் பல பாடலாசிரியர்கள் பதிவுசெய்துவிட்டனர்.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bodha: One more movie from K-Town to bodyshame women

An amateur presentation lets down the intensity of a good script. And that is how Bodha has come out, directed by Suresh G starring Vicky and Mippu in the lead.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Vinveli Payana Kurippugal: From Elon Musk to Thevaangu

It should be something that makes you feel idiosyncratic when you see Duraipandi aka Durai, a village thug wanting to visit space through Elon Musk's SpaceX. The plot of Vinveli Payana Kurippugal (VPK) is about his attempts to reach this goal, the path along which he has conflicts arising in form of caste associations, girlfriend's husband and politicians, apparently for which Durai needs to find a resolution.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

அவர்களெல்லாம் சுவர்கள்தான்

ஒரு குற்றத்தால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட ஒருவருக்கு  அந்த பாதிப்பைவிட பெரும்வலியைத் தருவது, அதனைத் தொடர்ந்துவரும் ஊர்ப்பேச்சு. வைரமுத்துவின் வரிகள் படி பார்த்தால், 'ஒவ்வொரு வாயிலும் ஒற்றை நாக்கு... உலகின் வாயில் ரெட்டை நாக்கு'.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

My favourite six by the King of Melodies MSV

During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, the entire music fandom in Tamilnadu was relying on Bollywood numbers. Even marriage halls in remote villages have R D Burman playing his chords via mammoth loudspeakers.

At the time, it was the King of Melodies (Mellisai Mannar) M S Viswanathan, along with his musical-half, T K Ramamoorthy, who grabbed the attention of people with their Tamil tunes and laid the foundation for expanding to a bigger audience in the State which was taken beyond boundaries of Tamilnadu by MSV's successor Ilayaraja.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

நா. முத்துச்சரம் #1: யாரும் கண்டிராத கண்ணீர்

"யாரு உனக்கு இத சொல்லிக்குடுத்தது?" என்று ஆசிரியை கேட்டபோது "என் அப்பா மிஸ்" என்று குழந்தைப் பருவத்தில் பெருமிதத்தோடும் திமிரோடும் பள்ளியில் பல கேள்விகளுக்கு பதில் கூறியிருப்போம். அப்பாக்கள் கற்பித்த கருத்துக்களுடன் அப்படிப்பட்ட பெருமிதம் பெரும்பாலும் இலவச இணைப்பாகவே வந்துவிடும்.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Agila Ulaga Superstar On a Serious Note

"I never expected that people will sacrifice their sleep to watch the first-day-first-show of Tamizh Padam 2 at 5 am," said Shiva in a surprised tone. He is the new hero to have a 5 am release after Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith, and Sivakarthikeyan. With much excitement and on a very serious note unlike his previous interactions, Shiva, 'hailed' as 'Agila Ulaga Superstar,' shared with us about his experience of Tamizh Padam 2 and his future plans.

Excerpts from the interview:

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A Pinnacle Among Directors

Credited as the pinnacle among directors (Iyakkunar Sigaram) of Tamil cinema, K Balachander, was one of the pioneers in filming emotional context, especially the struggles of women in Brahminical families and social issues like unemployment. Apart from this Balachander also has experimented with a lot of other human emotions on screen. On his birth anniversary(July 9), I just want to list some of his off-beat movies that I enjoyed watching.

Friday, 6 July 2018

I sacrificed three movies for Tik Tik Tik: Editor Pradeep

Having sacrificed three movies, it took at least one-and-a-half years of dedication for editor Pradeep E Ragav to work on Jayam Ravi's Tik Tik Tik, directed by filmmaker Shakti Soundar Rajan, and make it a milestone in Tamil cinema. I had a short interaction with him over a phone call recently. Here are the excerpts from that:

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Balakumaran: A writer who lives after death

One of the iconic writers and novelists of his age in Tamil, Balakumaran has traversed a lot of realms, including novels, short stories, spirituality, and cinema. He represented an era of Tamil literature that predominantly wooed the middle-class.

Monday, 2 July 2018

நா. முத்துக்குமார் ஒரு சொற்சிற்பி!

நா. முத்துச்சரம் - முகவுரை

அது தமிழ்த் திரையிசைக்கு ஒரு இக்கட்டான காலக்கட்டம்.

இளையராஜா ஏ.ஆர். ரகுமான் போன்றவர்களின் மெட்டுக்களில் மட்டும் வசப்பட்டுக்கிடந்த மொழி, பெரும் பாடலாசிரியர்கள் முதல் தமிழறியா புதுப் பாடலாசிரியர்கள் வரை அனைவரின் இச்சையினால் வணிகத்துக்கு வளைந்து கொடுக்கத்துவங்கிய காலக்கட்டம்.