A friend on Twitter asked, “Which is your secret spot for “me time” in Chennai OTHER than beach?” and I replied, “A Full weekday at any multiplex with continuous shows (morning, noon, and matinee) and a seat in centre of the last row!” I have done this quite often and it has helped me overcome numerous situations where I was a despondent mess. The joy of discovering gems like Mouna Guru, Demonte Colony, Island City, Ozhivudivasathe Kali, etc. in a sparsely populated multiplex either alone or with friends, kept me going. Of course, I had to endure a fair share of duds which added to the happiness while getting to watch something fresh & indie.
If not judged within minutes of the film’s screen time, Thiruttu Payale 2 is an engaging thriller that rides on the back of some solid showing from the main cast and an interesting set of scenarios presented by the director on the social media obsession prevalent today.
Humble Politician Nograj is a rip-roaring political satire that has Danish Sait perform fabulously. In spite of it being a one-man show mostly, the way the director has managed to bring in other characters and a good plot in to the proceedings shows immense effort.
The Gothenburg International Film Festival for 2018 concluded couple of weeks ago. The largest film festival in Scandinavia had close to 450 films from 80 countries this year. The 10 day festival was managed in splendid fashion by the Team including the volunteers who help in every little detail for the attending audience irrespective of their knowledge of the Swedish language. It should also be added the festival does not restrict itself to films but has seminars, live music performances, art exhibits, etc.
Aruvi is a rare gem from Tamizh cinema as it manages to deliver a moving satire within an engaging commercial format and most importantly with an unknown female lead and a debutant director at the helm! And it is no mean feat to get the commercial balance in a unique story knot, the casting, and the technicalities just right as Arun Prabhu and the Production House have done with this film.
The lousy start notwithstanding, 'Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru' showcases the earnestness of the team’s homage to the officers behind the real case with an unflinching & exciting coverage of the case, the physical and political turmoil the officers had to go through & the dangerous adversaries they were after
Powered by focused writing and driven by neat performances on and behind the screen, ‘Aval’ keeps the viewers genuinely frightened for most intended parts and is beyond any contention, an authentic horror film of the highest standards one has seen in recent times!
Impressive performances from relatively nascent actors extracted by a talented director who infuses wit and emotion in right proportions, make ‘Meyaadha Maan’ that romantic comedy we don’t regret watching over formulaic counterparts for its exceptional treatment of the subject!
Vijay truly shoulders the visually splendid ‘Mersal’ to put up an entertaining show for his fans, while an otherwise lackluster effort at writing deprives the film of any credibility and ends up lingering in the mind for the not so great reasons!
In spite of some minor issues, Magalir Mattum is a heartwarming sophomore effort from Bramma and Team! The film touches upon a much-needed serious topic, but still manages to engage and entertain throughout with some terrific performances and a lovely story arc.