Review: Kabali

For a person who isn't completely spell-bound by an actor's star value or invested in the director's potential, Kabali is simply badly made movie. There are many ways to sugarcoat it. If there's one person that ought to bear the blame for it, the finger squarely points at Pa Ranjith. Not sure he succumbed to…

Review – ‘Iraivi’

"To be liberated, woman must feel free to be herself, not in rivalry to man but in the context of her own capacity and her personality." - Indira Gandhi Trying my very best here not to spoil Iraivi for you, at least Karthik Subbaraj doesn't want me to. Suffice it to say Iraivi is a…

The Kabali teaser reveal

If you've done your share of ogling at Rajini as Kabali, you should've deconstructed the 50k feet plot (beyond the Baasha gene) by now. First-act: Kabali, a reformed gangster, is spending the autumn of his life reforming prisoners in a Malaysian prison. But... Second-act: he actions provoke a breed of wanna-be Tamil-Malay gangsters who won't…

Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum

Nalan Kumaraswamy's "Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum" is a remake of the Korean film "My Dear Desperado". For once, it's the makers having the decency to pay for the rights to the remake and calling it proudly.   "My Dear Desperado", a beautifully unraveling non-Love story about two very very unlikely people falling in love, that's almost…

Review: Sethupathi

K Subhash's Chatriyan was an exceptional cop film that brought together Maniratnam's writing finesse, the villainy of Thilakan and Vijayakanth's maass appeal to great effect. Rarely has Tamil cinema tried to return to that bar. The cops of our recent films have been the cops of the rowdy types - raucous, street-smart, brash and all-knowing.…