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//It has been found by the anti-corruption wing of China, that a communist party official in the province of Hainan Mr Zhang Qi, has 13.5 tonnes of gold (worth up to £520million) and £30BILLION in his bank account – all suspected to bribe money. This is likely to make him the richest man in China, richer than the Alibaba’s founder Mr Jack Ma // reports The DailyMail. Reading this unfathomable news, I was reminded of a Chinese TV Series that came a few years ago. In the Name of the People, was about an anti-corruption prosecutor’s efforts to unearth corruption…

In the Sivakarthikeyan starring Namma Veettu Pillai (2019), Director Pandiraj has stuck to the same formula of a large family with a kind-hearted & brave hero that had worked for him in the past. Last year’s Kadaikutty Singam (2018) too had numerous (family) relations shown, but it resonated well because of its strong emotions, in NMP it hasn’t worked out that well. As a result, the film feels like a routine village rivalry between the two rich families. To be fair, this was different from the reactions I heard around me in the cinema hall, the screenplay seems to have…

When we think of Iran, films are not the first things that come to our mind. In recent times the few Iranian movies that I saw like Taxi (2015)and Night Shift (2015), though made with limited budgets, they were impressive and made me realise what I was missing. The film-makers there, are producing excellent films that showcase the socio-economic conditions in Iran very well. Today (2014) is one such film, that was exhibited as part of the ongoing Iranian Film Festival organised by Chennai’s ICAF society. The film is about an old Taxi driver, and the unconditional kindness he shows…

Sivappu Manjal Pachai (meaning Red, Orange & Green indicating Traffic Signals) is a film that will easily be forgotten. Actor Siddharth has delivered a wonderful performance, mature and composed, and it is unfortunate Director Sasi has wasted that in a film with a dreary second-half. The film starts well as a sentiment story of a girl and her younger brother, who grew up alone after losing their parents, reminding us of Meyaadha Maan (2017). Then the first-half transforms into a conflict between the two important males in the life of that lady (played by Lijomol Jose) – her lover (played by…

 “NO”. No means no! Pink (2016) has been in my watchlist for a long time. With the release of Tamil version Nerkonda Paarvai, I had to watch the original and I did it this week. I liked the film, the casting of Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang was perfect. Though the film was about an important topic, of the safety and respect of women’s individual rights and preference, it stands out for not being preachy or judgemental. Director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and the team hit hard on stereotypes that are common with Indians – on women…