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.…

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: 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: Purampokku engira Podhuvudamai

The "C" word finds few takers in Tamil mainstream cinema. s p jhananathan has no reservations about flashing his red flag. While many tamil director resort to sugarcoating their communist or socialist stripes, to hoodwink producers and censors for the sake of getting their movies made, jhananathan's only restrains his movies to a boundary that…

‘Pannaiyarum Padminiyum’ review

There are few tales of love that can be a challenge when it comes to keeping an audience captive with. Where and how do you begin to explain falling in love with a Car (a Premier Padmini), to a post-Maruti generation! How do you write to pit a plain-looking fiat into the center of many universes!…

Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara

So, 'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' could finally be the film that Vijay Sethupathi loses his winning streak. 'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' is offbeat(ish), unconventional, but it's also very patchy. There are few stretches that keep you laughing hard, but for the most part, the comedy ranges from flat-out மொக்கை to mildly-humourous. Vijay Sethupathi revels as 'Sumaar Moonji…