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  1. Petta – Music Review

    December 11, 2018 by John Francis

    Karthik Subbaraj joins hands with Rajinikanth in this all-important film of his career and one would expect Sa-Na to be his default pick for the score. I believe he wanted every crew member in this film to have a first experience with Rajini in Petta. Let me now talk about Anirudh’s work in the album.

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  2. Vada Chennai

    December 9, 2018 by Guest Author

    Vetrimaran continues his exploration into the worlds of Shakespeare and gangsters. Only this time, he is a far superior filmmaker.

    Spoilers Ahead..

    “Vada Chennai” is divided into chapters and each one is part of a larger jigsaw puzzle that can perhaps never be solved. The best one is titled “Anbu, Rajan and the Hood”. It tells the story of Rajan (Ameer), his brother Thambi (Daniel Balaji) and underlings Guna (Samuthirakani), Senthil (Kishore), Velu (Pawan) and Pazhani (Boxer Dheena). They are smugglers, working for the powerful politician Muthu (Radha Ravi). In a sudden turn of events, Rajan takes a stand for his people, irking Muthu, who plots his fall using Senthil.

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  3. Sarkar

    November 6, 2018 by Ajay



    Murugadoss seems to have kept track of all the “issues” happening in Tamil Nadu in the recent past and has tried to write a story with one of those. As the issues keep piling up, he couldn’t decide which one would have the most punch in the gut feel so he decided to mix them all up to write a story. Who needs proper story boarding, script discussion, screenplay drafts and all that nonsense when you have issues+vijay in a movie? So he just went with it and wrote the scenes and dialogues on the flow and the end product is what you get to see on screen. Everybody in the cast and crew seems to believe solely on that aspect for the movie to get off and have put their lowest effort possible to get the whole thing together. Even I’m lazy to an extent but this is just taking it to another level.

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  4. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam

    October 5, 2018 by Ajay



    Mani Ratnam seems to be tired of people calling his films too mani ratnam-esque so he went out and made Chekka Chivantha Vaanam trying to be as least mani ratnam-esque as possible but he just couldn’t help but have his signature all over the film. Be it associating characters with colours (tones of red all over, monochromatic dresses for single tone and straight forward characters like Varadan, Chitra, Senapati, but more flamboyant for Ethi and Thyagu), the way people talk and respond to questions (as soon as Senapathi wakes up, Chitra tells about Lakshmi in a Kanden Seethaiyai way), power play of characters shown by where they are standing when talking with each other, the list keeps going. And when I have all these things on screen to keep me entertained, I can’t help but be impressed with a film even if the overall story is meh. But in case of CCV, even the story ties all these things together really well.

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  5. Kolamavu Kokila

    August 19, 2018 by Ajay



    I had a gut feeling that this would be a great film. The trailers and promos were on a style of their own. With a premise that was not that common in Tamil cinema. I was betting on how good this would be. It did turn out to be great but for reasons I did not think of. With Nayanthara killing it with her solo streak in Tamil cinema, Kolamavu Kokila is that kind of film that has something to offer for all kinds of audiences.

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  6. Kaala

    June 7, 2018 by Ajay



    I miss Ranjith, the filmmaker. I know it isn’t fair to compare someone’s previous works with their current one, but I really do miss the filmmaker who put more effort into story telling rather than using the medium to propagate his ideologies. Or maybe I’m not the right target audience for these kind of films. Kaala worked for me in parts but as a whole I felt it needed a little more effort into actually making a “film”.

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  7. Kaala – Mostly Lyrical & slightly musical!

    May 13, 2018 by John Francis



    This review is written after hearing the Kaala Jukebox that starts oddly with a Std Electricals ad.

    Having broken the stereotypes of a typical Rajini album in his previous outing, SaNa (Santhosh Narayanan) gave us a musically pleasing Kabali. Will Kaala have ground breaking themes or genre defining tracks or a simple acoustic ballad? The answer is here. The album consists of SaNa’s typical singers, rappers and lyricists, and a new band (dopeadelicz) to create the local sound of Dharavi.

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  8. சுஜாதாவின் வரிகளில் – அர்த்

    March 21, 2018 by Guest Author



    சமீபத்தில் எழுத்தாளர் திரு சுஜாதா அவர்களின் “விவாதங்கள் விமர்சனங்கள்” (முதல் பாதிப்பு 1985) என்ற புத்தகத்தை படித்து முடித்தேன். அந்த புத்தகக்கத்தில் பல தரப்பட்ட விஷயங்கள் இருந்தன. திரு சுஜாதா பிற பத்திரிகைகளுக்கு அளித்த பேட்டிகள், பிரபலங்களுடன் (திரு கமலஹாசன் – நடிகர், திரு சிவகுமார் – நடிகர், திருமதி சுஜாதா – நடிகை) நடத்திய உரையாடல்கள், திரைப்பட விழாவில் வெளியிடப்பட்ட திரைப்படங்கள் மற்றும் தமிழ், ஹிந்தி திரைப்படங்களுக்கு திரு சுஜாதா எழுதிய விமரிசனங்கள் ஆகியவை எல்லாம் அந்த புத்தகத்தில் உள்ளடக்கி இருந்தன. அதில் ஒரு விமரிசனத்தை பற்றி மட்டும் இங்கு குறிப்பிட விரும்புகிறேன். இனி சுஜாதா வரிகளில்

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  9. Chithram – The Last Vacation

    March 13, 2018 by Guest Author



    Remembering the apotheosis of the Mohanal-Priyadarshan oevure.

    ‘Chithram’ is at surface the story of Purushothaman Kaimal (a superb Nedumudi Venu) hiring Vishnu (Mohanlal) to act as the husband of Kalyani (played by Ranjini), in order to please her father Ramachandra Menon (Poornam Viswanathan). Kalyani has recently had a heartbreak but doesn’t want her dad to know about it since he is on his last vacation. The result is a screwball comedy for most part, thanks to the antics of Vishnu, Kalyani’s cousin Bhaskaran Nambiar (Sreenivasan) and his sidekick. Towards the end, it becomes a gut-wrenching tragedy but the transformation is entirely convincing.

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  10. Naachiyaar

    February 21, 2018 by Ajay



    Bala prepares us for the nasty journey that we are about to witness by filling the whole screen with garbage for the most part of the opening credits. This merges on to what seems to be agricultural land, which then merges on to apartments in Pallikaranai(?). We get a deja vu of a similar auteur’s film Taramani that released last year but this auteur is rawer. A sea of metaphors run in our mind on what this movie might be about but Bala surprises us with something that not many would have guessed.

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