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Manmarziyaan (2018) by Director Anurag Kashyap (who had acted in the Tamil film Imaikkaa Nodigal 2018 and had given many successful films in Bollywood like Gangs of Wasseypur 2012) is an engaging triangular love story. The film centres around a Punjabi girl Rumi Bagga (played by Taapsee Pannu, whose last Tamil films were Kanchana 2 (2015) and Vai Raja Vai (2015)) living in a joint family in Amritsar. She is in love with her boyfriend…

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…

102 Not Out (2018) had many reasons to intrigue me – story of how a centenarian and his septuagenarian go about with their lives – starring two of the doyens of modern-day Hindi Cinema – Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor- directed by Umesh Shukla whose earlier film Oh My God! (2012) I liked a lot.  I guess I waited for too long for it to be released with English subtitles in Chennai, then I forgot – today, I…

I had watched about 135 movies last year, they include Tamil, English, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and other language films. From that I have picked the following two categories – Movies to Watch and those to avoid. Please remember, this list is by no means comprehensive or representative of the quality of pictures that came last year. These are purely my personal rating – take them with a pinch of salt!Venkatarangan Movies to Watch: Ratsasan (2018)…

The story of Raazi (2018) is from a novel called “Calling Sehmat”, a work of fiction inspired by a true story of an Indian Spy deployed in Pakistan prior to India-Pakistan war of 1971. The spy is a young girl named “Sehmat” (played by Alia Bhatt) from Kashmir who goes to Pakistan as the newly wed wife of the younger son of a senior ranking Pakistan Army officer. Sending sensitive information while residing at the…