Friday, 28 September 2018

Pariyerum Perumal: Out of the BLUE, comes hope

Tamil cinema has been seeing movies that speak about the soil over the cacophony of silence. Communalism is not a new subject amidst this cacophony of the industry which, on alternate Fridays, has been showcasing stories of contaminating elements that are rooted in society.

But, Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal, is not in the essence of those polished or metaphorical screenplays. It touches the ground bottom cause of communalism through a straight drive and opens up on the raw and real existence of casteism and untouchability.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Vada Chennai album has more than just music and lyrics

Vetri Maaran, undoubtedly, is one of the very ardent filmmakers and writers who look for perfection and nativity in all his scripts and directorial ventures. The way he does research and understands the geography of the plot and characters is what film critics usually expect from every other creator in the industry.

This filmmaker, known for documenting a lifestyle within the universe of his story narrated through a layered screenplay, has already grabbed the attention of film buffs by announcing his Vada Chennai trilogy that came in over a year ago. The movie, as the title suggests, is set in the neighbourhoods of north Chennai, had all its songs released yesterday and became an instant sensation.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Raja Ranguski: Devil is in the detail

The portrayal of a strong woman or a determined villain has always been an element that a film buff starves for in a movie. Dharanidharan’s Raja Ranguski has them both in the same plot.

Not just the characterisation, but the movie itself has an ample number of experiments for a cop story that is loaded with suspense.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Saamy Square: Neither Police Nor Porukki

From ‘Police illa porukki‘ to ‘Saamy illa boodham‘ is the kind of transformation this Vikram-starrer cop-movie franchise Saamy has undergone between the first instalment and its sequel. To keep up with the trend, filmmaker Hari, with his own rules and logic, has worked out Saamy Square which resumes from the very moment the first movie ended and proceeds to the future.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Why Tamil always haunts Mollywood?

It is not unusual for a random Malayalee to go crazy listening to an Ilayaraja or an A R Rahman's Tamil number - though Rahman has scored for only one Malayalam movie so far in his 25-year career.

However, it is not just Rahman, Raja or any other Tamil musician who finds a place in the heart of Malayalees, but Mollywood has always been 'haunted' by this 'Tamil' factor ever since they started to watch 'mass appealing' movies emerging out of the shade of 'Malayala Padam'. But, when we see it the other way round, Malayalam fever was not that severe here in Tamilnadu, except for their love for Malluwood rather than Mollywood.

Friday, 14 September 2018

U Turn: It says, U are not allowed to violate traffic rules

A film's impact relies totally on how it transforms the mindset of its audience after watching. Undoubtedly filmmaker Pawan Kumar's U Turn starring Samantha is one flick that can make it to this aspect. One would really think twice before making a traffic violation after this.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Mission: Possible - Hollywood's desi love

They came here for exotic locations. Then they sought Indian ideas and artistes. Now they want to capture the box office. There is a veritable Hollywood invasion of the country now, as can be seen in many movies that have been released and are waiting to hit the silver screen.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Vanjagar Ulagam: I reviewed because I watched it, nothing else

Was that a coincidence or something? A day after Supreme Court sacking Section 377 and opened up a new space of freedom, this film ‘Vanjagar Ulagam’ by Manoj Beedha hitting screen.

With a very serious discussion on homosexuality, the 160-minute gangster drama has tried to break a few stereotypes of Tamil cinema.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

60 Vayathu Maaniram: Feed your white dog

When filmmaker Radha Mohan made Abhiyum Naanum, he was high on emotions between relationships, certainly a father and a daughter. It is evident, in all his ventures, Radha has always tried to explore depths of relationships and bonding among people. Here is his 60 Vayathu Maaniram, which has gone further and throws the spotlight over the entire society that is a composition of variants of mentalities.