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Upload (TV Series) is the new sci-fi available on Amazon. The story revolves around Nathan (Robbie Amell) who dies in a car accident and gets his consciousness uploaded to a virtual resort where he can live for eternity and connect with the external world. There was little original in the show, feels like an extended version of the episode of “San Junipero” from the famous Black Mirror, and, that makes the show less engaging. There were many logic gaps which were not covered at all: Why people living in the Upload can’t work when they can actually eat, use the…

Gulabo Sitabo (2020) starring Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushman Khurrana is a comedy-drama that got released on Amazon Prime Video. The story revolves around a century-old Mansion (Haveli) in Lucknow. While the film feels different from the typical comedy we see from Bollywood, a slow screenplay leaves us impressed. Even an excellent performance by Amitabh Bachchan is unable to lift the movie – it keeps dragging and suddenly ends. The aged ‘Mirza’ (Amitabh Bachchan), husband of ‘Begum’, the nonagenarian owner of the Mansion, and the tenant Baankey (Ayushmann Khurrana) are greedy, lazy and half-witted in their own way. While Mirza plots…

Ponmagal Vandhal (2020) is the first big-brand Tamil movie to get released directly on OTT (streaming service and not a theatrical release) and the first movie to release in over two months, while India is in a national lockdown over Covid-19. The film had a lot going for it, a thriller story centred around a cruellest crime (child rape and murder), a heroine-centric courtroom battle led by Jyothika – a rarity in Indian Cinema,  an array of Kollywood veterans including R. Parthiban, K. Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan and Pratap Pothen and the pioneering opportunity of a digital release enabling a reach to…

Dharala Prabhu (தாராள பிரபு) is a comedy film starring Harish Kalyan, Vivek and Tanya Hope. I enjoyed the film thoroughly. Prabhu (Harish Kalyan) is a youngster, a hard-working football player, looking to land a good job through sports quota. Dr Kannadasan (Vivek) runs a fertility clinic for high-profile clients and his search for a healthy sperm donor leads him to Prabhu. Did Prabhu agree? Meanwhile, Prabhu falls in love with Nidhi (Tanya Hope) and their love faces resistance from their respective families. Did the love couple join?  Though the subject is “Sperm” donation, there are hardly any adult dialogues and…

Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 was an engaging film that you shouldn’t miss. It is about a Robot named “Android Kunjappan” that is tested to take care of an octogenarian Mr Bhaskara Poduval. Unlike what you will expect to see the Robot to be just a gimmick, here it was central to the screenplay and the team has produced a convincing visualization. Mr Bhaskaran played brilliantly by Suraj Venjaramoodu, is a conservative old man who has lived a simple life in a small town on his own terms. When his grown-up son, an engineer, Subrajmannyan (played by Soubin Shahir) takes up…