• Movie Review

    Annabelle Sethupathi (2021)

    Story is the King! Forget it on your peril. Annabelle Sethupathi (அனபெல் சேதுபதி) is a (semi) historic ghost comedy that proves an entertainer can’t be made only with a great cast of shining stars. Only when the Director combines them with a good story and a fitting screenplay, a good cinema is made. The Taapsee Pannu, Vijay Sethupathi & Yogi Babu starer, available on Disney+Hotstar, gets my lowest rating of ‘Rotten’. A family of petty thieves (Radhika Sarathkumar, Rajendra Prasad, Taapsee Pannu) are tasked by the local police inspector to spend a week in an abandoned palace. Inside, ghosts from a single multi-generational family along with their chief cook (Yogi…

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    Dikkiloona (2021)

    Featuring Santhanam and Yogi Babu, Dikkiloona is a romantic comedy with a dip of science fiction. It was released on Zee5 and gets a ‘Raw’ rating. If you can tolerate the half-wit screenplay and the belittling dialogues of Santhanam, the film does make you giggle in many places. Mani (Santhanam) is a lineman with Tamil Nadu Electricity Department, he gets access to a time machine in a lab run by rogue scientists, and with the help of his friend Albert (Yogi Babu) he travels back in time to remedy his marriage. The first attempt goes as per plan but then it is complicated. In the process, Mani discovers what is…

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    Kasada Thapara (2021)

    Kasada Thapara (2021) is a film comprising six sub-plots told directed by Chimbu Deven. This is not an anthology, instead these were stories told in a serial fashion with connection to each other. The first few were engaging, but the later ones felt long and dry. Overall, I will recommend you watch this film but keep your expectations low as none of the stories were new. The film is available on Sony Liv and gets a ‘Raw’ rating on the mangoidiots scale. I liked the first one starring Premji and Regina Cassandra, the way they meet and fall in love has been told in an enjoyable way. This was a…

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    Thittam Irandu (2021)

    Director Vignesh Karthick and Aishwarya Rajesh have to be appreciated for handling a taboo subject that has been rarely seen in Tamil cinema. That unique climax topic makes Thittam Irandu (திட்டம் இரண்டு) worth watching. Unfortunately, the screenplay was not engaging for a murder thriller, it had too many logic gaps and after the first hour loses steam. As a result, it gets only a ‘Raw’ on Mangoidiots score. The film is available on the Sony Liv platform. Athira (Aishwarya Rajesh) is an inspector in Chennai, during a bus journey she meets a young man named Arjun (Subash Selvam) who gives his berth away for her – this act and their…

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    Sarpatta Parambarai (2021)

    Sarpatta Parambarai (2021) starring Arya and directed by Pa. Ranjith is about a young boxer in the North Madras of the 1970s. The director has succeeded in recreating the scenes, costumes and political undercurrents in the society of the era, a big kudos to him for that. Coming as a traditional boxer Kabilan, Arya has given a phenomenal performance, next to Madrasapattinam (2010) he has bagged a film that will be remembered. The film was released on Amazon Prime Video and gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’. The film traces the struggle of a sportsman from a poor background who succeeds despite the hardships and the treachery of people around…