The Selvaraghavan factor

The writer is a former journalist who has worked in the film industry for several years and is passionate about movies, music and everything related to entertainment​.

28 May 2019

Sports films: Indian entertainment industries' evergreen success formula

Films on sports have always been winners, even during the stages where the script is being discussed.

15 Apr 2019

Sex and sensationalisation

The staging was not about hitting below the belt. The writing and acting was within the correct meter of how that character should be portrayed.

11 Feb 2019

Roma, a beacon of hope

To call Roma a mere black and white narrative is wrong.

04 Feb 2019

An impressive beginning in the Tamil Nadu box office amid meaningless bickering

The hurry with which social media was abuzz with the collection figures of Viswasam vs Petta was totally entertaining to watch.

21 Jan 2019

Musings about music

There is a song in 96 — Andhaadhi — which does not feature in the film, but is an masterful ensemble of eclectic instruments and voices.

24 Dec 2018

Why I hate ‘pucca mass’

But in an era where ‘cool’ abbreviations and acronyms make your updates and stories, where is the scope for good usage of language?

10 Dec 2018

When films live and die at the hand of Twitter

These days, a large part of why a big film tanks depends on how well it fairs on… Twitter.

26 Nov 2018

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam: Bringing the style back to gangster films

The FDFS of the film saw a gargantuan opening hitherto unheard of for any of Mani Ratnam’s films.

01 Oct 2018

Cinema, the big winner of this year's National Awards

Perhaps for the first time since the 80s, the National awards reflect audience's verdict.

16 Apr 2018

Jyotika: Finally, a real female cop

How many heroines can be said to have carried the police uniform with panache? Vijayashanthi aka Vaijayanthi IPS, sure, and before her, Lakshmi, in Udhaya Geetham and Rudra.

19 Feb 2018

Films for life

A good film must leave you sated. Like a good meal

08 Jan 2018

All for an apology

So, Sathyaraj went on record expressing his regret for what he said nine years ago.

24 Apr 2017

Queen till the end

From leading lady in tinsel town to a leader of the State, Jayalalithaa was always under the arc lights. Our columnist draws a lot of parallels between her reel and real life

08 Dec 2016

How Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar put the spotlight on Jaya

The director’s 1997 classic revisited, this time to explore the Amma connection

08 Dec 2016