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Maara (2021) stars one of the loved on-screen couples in recent years Tamil cinema (from Vikram Vedha) of Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath. Unfortunately in this film, they are hardly seen together. The first two hours of the film goes uneventful, predictable and if you can endure it, the last 20 minutes featuring the veteran Moulee is a conciliation. The incohesive screenplay feels clumsy if I were to be kind. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film is about a lady Paru (Shraddha) who is going around in search of an artist named Maara (Madhavan) who has painted…

Uncle Frank (2020) is a period film about being a gay man in the 1970s in America’s South. It is narrated from the perspective of a young girl Beth of her Uncle Frank who is a college professor in New York City. The film progresses on expected lines but still was enjoyable due to a tight screenplay, perfect casting for the lead roles and some good acting. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. Seeing the banner and the description I thought it will be another road trip across America movie. Instead, it was about the pain of a gay…

Newton (2017) was a brilliant film and I am glad it was made. A must-watch for everyone who believes in democracy or wants to understand the true India. It was recommended to me in the last three years many times but I kept missing it till today. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film is about Newton Kumar (played by Rajkummar Rao), a bright and young  Government clerk who is sent as the presiding officer to conduct the Parliament elections in the remote jungles of Dandakaranya in Chattisgarh infested with Naxals. The memory of the scores of security…

The Professor (2018) is an underrated film that I liked. It was about an English professor Richard Brown who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has less than a year to live. How this news transforms the way he leads his remaining days is the story, which has been narrated in an enjoyable yet relatable manner. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video. It is not easy to play the role of Richard Brown, you have to come out careless and indifferent but not arrogant and Johnny Depp has done it so well that in the initial ten…

IIT Krishnamurthy (2020) is a mystery Telugu film that is available on Amazon Prime in Tamil.   A young man, an IIT student comes to Chennai to give a police complaint on his missing uncle. An honest police officer starts digging into the case to find unconnected dots. The film kept me engaged till the end. The title has nothing to do with IIT other than to indicate that the hero is studying there and he is smart.  The entire film revolves around the two main characters – Krishnamurthy (played by Dandamudi Pruthvi) and the Police ACP (played by Vinay…