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How is NGK (2019), the much-anticipated film by Selvaraghavan with a star cast of Suriya, Rakul Preet Singh, and Sai Pallavi? I will make it easy for you, NGK means Not the Good Kind. The film is about Nandha Gopala Kumaran, a well-educated youth who returns to his native to do organic farming, being forced to get into the “dirty” pool of politics. How he swims and even thrives here is supposed to the story. Unfortunately,…

Ayogya (2019) starring Vishal and Raashi Khanna has an interesting oneliner, but due to a bad screenplay turns out to be a total dud. Karnan (Vishal) is a ‘corrupt’ police inspector who values money over everything else and is unapologetic about his behaviour. In the beginning this anti-hero characterisation makes us sit up, unfortunately very soon the character gets lost and from there it is all downhill. Though it is cliché, a rowdy after a life-changing incident…

Uriyadi 2 (2019) retains the same rawness that made Uriyadi (2016) a silent hit. While the first film was about college and cast rowdyism, this was about innocent villagers lives being lost due to the ugly nexus of greedy businessmen and corrupt politicians. I found myself being agitated in many places as it was disturbingly resembling the current state of affairs in Tamil Nadu (like in the Sterlite factory issue). The realism of the scenes…

Kesari (2019), a Bollywood film starring Akshay Kumar, is based on the brave “Battle of Saragarhi” in 1897. It was a heroic battle with an unimaginable imbalance of odds between the fighting parties – a battle of 21 soldiers of the Sikh Regiment of the British Army against the nearly 10,000 tribesmen from Afghanistan in 1897. Kesari was an engaging and well-made film that sheds light on the pages of history unknown to many outside…

If you want to switch off your logical brain, sit back, relax, and can enjoy Mr Bean style of comedy, then check out Johnny English Strikes Again (2018). I enjoyed it, just like I did with Johnny English Reborn (2011). The story (do you need one for a Rowan Atkinson starrer?) is about how a “fired” MI7 agent Johnny English gets reinstated to investigate a cyber crime that exposes the entire secret service of the…