Review: Vedhalam

Here's a difference between watching a Vijay flick and an Ajith flick. Ajith understands his toolset, his limitations and stays within that comfort zone. While it can get repetitive and recycled, you're not left cringing in your seat like the adventures that Vijay carries out with emoting beyond his range. In Vedhalam, Ajith does what…

Review – Naanum Rowdydhaan

Naanum Rowdydhaan Here's a not so secret playbook for Tamil heroes, stuck in a crisis of a screen identity. Tamil cinema today is split between stars that make films that their fans demand and actors who will roll with what a film's vision demands. It is no judgement on the star or what they do…

Review -10 Endradhukulla

10 Enradhukulla, is a time-tested threat desi parents employ to get kids to do get on with things. 10 Endradhukulla, "put your shoes away", "fetch me water", "clean-up your plate", "finish all your math problems"... You know the drill. How do we, the enforcers of this epic countdown, not heed our own instinct? If you…

Review: Kirumi

While we gentrify Madras into Chennai, in many ways, the character of the city that once was, has least sold out lies in the Northern suburbs. For young directors seeking to stand out from an aspiring mob of fellow storytellers, North Madras is virgin territory. It helps if the writers appreciate that North Madras is…

Review: Puli – Whattay!

My 'Puli' show was cancelled yesterday afternoon, so others in India ended up beating me to the FDFS. Did my best not to get clued-in about the reception before deciding it for my self. Unfortunately, I was betrayed by over-zealous friends on the facebook timeline who won't be discrete. Even in that fleeting momen, their…

Review: Kuttram Kadithal

I'm going to board a hyperbole with my admiration for Kuttram Kadithal, so please forgive if it doesn't live up to the buildup. Yes, each film works differently for everyone one of us, I get that. No matter how Kuttram Kadithal registers for you, this is a must watch. Anyone who's wasted two hours on…

Review: Maya

As far as spooking the living hell out of you goes, Maya is Grade A material. This is by far the most-hair-raising-est Tamil film in recent memory. Recent memory being clouded and raining horror flicks, that is one daring act pulled off. Maya does not try to be a comedy/sentimental drama/revenge masquerading as a horror…

Review: Thani Oruvan

The big point M Raja's trying to make with Thani Oruvan is he can step out of the "remake" tag that bears heavily on his career. He thinks he has a film to make it on his own. He delivers a film that's a good entertainer on the screen. It isn't a movie that will…

Review: Orange Mittai

This movie "Demands your patience" is an accepted norm in the west to level-set with the audience. We don't ever expose our audience to such helpful prompts. Producers would threaten suicide, Actors would threaten murder and Marketing (if at all engaged) would be clueless. So the audience heads in, sums up the film with a…

Review: Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum

Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum... ரம்பதுல விழுந்து சாகனும். The tragedy of #NPNO is how a brilliant idea gets drowned in an outdated, clueless approach to writing for a comedy. It is pity to watch the strong dramatic undercurrent of a tale and promising characters wasted on some mediocre brand of humour. Srikrishna writes and directs…