Remembering Visu – the King of the middle class drama!

(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 24th Mar, 2020 and can be read here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/remembering-visu-king-middle-class-family-drama-121034 Well-known playwright, writer, actor, director and talk show host Visu passed away on March 22. Incidentally, it was a day in which the whole of India stayed largely at home, spending time with... Continue Reading →

Thappad – My Flash Review!

Thappad, as a film is a tight “slap” on patriarchy! In essence, on all men all over the world. Watching the film, one cannot escape the squeamish feeling you get, as at least one scene from the film would have played/ would be playing routinely in your house hold! Anubhav Sinha and co-writer Mrunmayee Waikul... Continue Reading →

Darbar – My Flash Review

In a piece (read here) I wrote 2 weeks ago on the pre- release buzz around Darbar, I asked “Is Darrbar going to be a trademark Murugadoss film or once again a fan boy tribute to the Superstar? “  In this review, I will attempt to answer this question. It was important to shut the... Continue Reading →

Moving beyond Rajini-isms!

(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 26th Dec, 2019 and can be read here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/moving-beyond-rajini-isms-can-filmmakers-still-give-fans-endearing-superstar-films-114807 A few days ago, the trailer of Superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Darbar hit our personal screens. It quickly garnered a few million hits. The 105-second clip had the usual Rajinikanth’s swag walk, fleeting glimpses of... Continue Reading →

Kamal Haasan at 65: Celebrating the musician within the actor!

(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 7th Nov, 2019 and can be read here: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/kamal-haasan-65-celebrating-musician-within-actor-111885 ) This week, on the 65th birthday of actor Kamal Haasan, we are also celebrating his 60 years in cinema. It is well-documented that Kamal started out as a child actor and has then... Continue Reading →

Looking far back at Nokkethadhoorathu Kannum Nattu and Poove Poochuda Vaa!

(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 27th Oct,2019 and can be read here:  https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/nokkethadhoorathu-kannum-nattu-revisiting-malayalam-film-launched-nadhiya-111284 Malayalam cinema has always had the reputation of being close to realism while other language cinema, with the exception of perhaps Bengali, was seen as tilted towards fantasy and larger than life stories. Once... Continue Reading →

War – My flash review

War - My flash review Posted on 8th Oct, 2019 Another film in Bollywood in the Spy Action thriller genre, this time with 2 hunks - Hritik Roshan and Tiger Shroff to tango. The film is expansively and expensively shot and well shot too. Though there is no mention of RAW, the intelligence agency anywhere... Continue Reading →

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