(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 16th of April, 2019 and can be read here: (https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-apoorva-sagodharargal-why-kamal-haasans-film-unforgettable-100133) Directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, Kamal Haasan’s blockbuster film – Apoorva Sagodharargal hit the theatres in April 1989, exactly 30 years ago. This was a phase when Kamal, post the success of Nayagan, had started experimenting... Continue Reading →
Agni Natchathiram & the emergence of a Hot Star!
(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on the 15th April, 2018 - https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-ago-star-emerged-agni-natchathiram-story-pc-sreeram-79602) This day, exactly 30 years ago, in the sweltering summer heat, director Mani Ratnam’s stylish flick Agni Natchathiram released. A film which defined “cool” to young boys and girls alike in TN those days. It was an unapologetic... Continue Reading →
30 years since ‘Nayagan’!
(This piece was written for the news website thenewsminute.com and was first published on 21st Oct, 2017) https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/30-years-nayagan-why-tamil-cinema-still-looks-mani-ratnam-classic-70333 30 years since 'Nayagan': Why Tamil cinema still looks up to the Mani Ratnam classic The plot of 'Nayagan' wasn't novel, it was the treatment that made the film the classic it is. Anand Kumar RS Saturday,... Continue Reading →
“Mauna Ragam” – A review 30 years late!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 28th Aug, 2016) Couple of days back a friend who is equally a big fan like me of the ace director Maniratnam passed me a link of the film critic Baradwaj Rangan’s ode on Mani’s Mauna Ragam. The piece titled “30 years of Mauna... Continue Reading →
OK, No more – Mani!!!
(This post was first published on my personal blog http://anandkumarrs.com on 3rd May, 2015) My first reaction after watching Maniratnam’s latest outing OK Kanmani was “Man, Mani should now call it a day”!!! After feeling disappointed the last few times over (Guru, Raavan, Kadal), it was with much trepidation that I ventured to watch what... Continue Reading →