'Rudra Thaandavam' review: Better craft, better cast, and yet, similar problems

Director Mohan G is slowly perfecting the sinister art of turning the tables on the oppressor- oppressed relationship through some careful writing choices.

02 Oct 2021

'Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum' review: A patchy satire marred by simplistic writing

The commentary isn’t deep enough, the jokes not funny enough, and the sentiment not moving enough.

25 Sep 2021

'Annabelle Sethupathi' movie review: The premise is interesting, but the pain is real

It is also reasonably interesting that early deaths in the film happen without much ado.

18 Sep 2021

'Thalaivii' movie review: Good writing makes this a fairly enjoyable, even if unsurprising, biopic

Another example is the choice of that infamous parliament abuse incident as a pre-title scene to anchor this story on.

11 Sep 2021

'Black Widow' movie review: Natasha Romanoff deserved a better send-off

Marvel has been guilty of under-developing Natasha Romanoff ’s character.

04 Sep 2021

‘Save yourself, not the planet’

Rathindran Prasad, the director of Boomika and Inmai (in Netflix’s Navarasa), speaks of how his relationship with nature shaped him as a filmmaker

02 Sep 2021

'Kasada Tabara' review: The ideas are complex, the writing sadly isn’t

The next film, Sadhiyaadal, speaks of problems in a love marriage, but more importantly, about power hunger.

28 Aug 2021

‘I don’t chase the limelight anymore’

Director Vasanth S Sai speaks of fame and self-expression, while dissecting his short film, Payasam, from the Netflix anthology, Navarasa

24 Aug 2021

Netrikann: Many likeable ideas in a so-so film

Netrikann is a film with many likeable ideas— that work more in the head than in the actual film.

14 Aug 2021

Navarasa: Vasanth and Arvind Swami excel in this mixed bag

Through an act of compassion, a man can become a great man. Through a great act of compassion, a man can become something even greater perhaps even god.

09 Aug 2021

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam: An in-form Mani Ratnam hits this gangster film out of the park

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, while having women who don’t, on the looks of it, seem to matter a great deal, is yet different.

29 Sep 2018

Chekka Chivantha Vaanam Review: An in-form Mani Ratnam hits this gangster film out of the park

A heady cocktail of strong performances, inventive stunt choreography, and explosive music.

28 Sep 2018

'Kaala' movie review: An important work by a filmmaker who’s admirable in his passion for social change

The dynamism at the heart of this Ranjith film lends itself naturally to the few mass moments, and in any case, he doesn’t seem in a hurry to entertain them.

08 Jun 2018

Bilingual films: The big, bilingual scam

Actors talk about bilinguals almost in a scared hush, considering they have to endure the monotony and fatigue of having to shoot the same scenes, while speaking different languages.

21 May 2018

'Nadigaiyar Thilagam' movie review: A well-made biopic that’s in love with its subject

In a film about an extramarital affair, an actor’s descent into alcoholism, and the opportunistic nature of people, the biggest shock is perhaps that Nadigaiyar Thilagam (Mahanati in Telugu) marketed

12 May 2018