Review: Visaranai

To the many glowingly written (deserved) praises for Visaranai, let me add my own small note: If Vetri Maran had made 'Visaranai' any more lifelike a police procedural, we'd return home to nurse ourselves with whatever heals a rain of lathis to our backs and a shriveled psyche. Visaranai is one of the most shining…

Review: Tharai Thappattai

Why watch "a film by Bala"? Forget switching genres, his plottings make minor deviations from earlier films. He treats his characters (and by investment, us) like bits of paper laid bare to the mercy of a punishing storm. Letting us off only after we've been flushed off every emotional juice from a brutal climax. 'Thara…

Best of Tamil films from 2015

Note: None of the remakes or dubbed movies were considered fot this list. We had some amazing imports Great movies, but we're listing only original Tamil movies. #15. Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum The time-as-a-ticking-bomb milked with a smart script and some decent acting. Plus, a geeky Tamil mom/son never got so much breadth and depth in…

Review: Inji Iduppazhagi

There's no shortage of Tamil films that get dubbed into Telugu. Some of them go on to be bigger hits than the Tamil version and (at times) competition from local films. Most Tamil movies (the dark humour/drama ones) don't find favours at all. In fact, the Telugu audience refrain is that these too stark, bleak,…

Masaan (Hindi)

It's hard to venture outside the comfort of Tamil movies when you have too much action going on in Madras. There are certain films that make you question your stubbornness in testing waters beyond our boundary. Masaan (another worthy offering from the Anurag Kashyap school) breaks down that snobbery, with a somber meditation of "Life,…