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Vanakkam Da Mappilei (2021) is a Tamil romantic comedy starring G.V. Prakash Kumar and Amrtiha Aiyer. The easiest way to describe this film will be: Director M Rajesh has made an anthology of three stories in one film with the same characters. At a running time of 165 minutes, it was too long, incoherent and featuring humour in a few places that save it from being a total disaster. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ and is available on Sun NXT. Aravind (GV) is a marine engineer who has returned home for a six-month stay. He has made a…

Starring Santhanam, Parris Jeyaraj (2021) is a love story that was supposed to be a comedy film. It gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Rotten’ and available on Sun Nxt. Prudhvi Raj who comes as Advocate Prakash Raj has done his role well. So has the heroine Anaika Soti, from Kaaviya Thalaivan (2014). Parris Jeyaraj (Santhanam) is a popular YouTube singer who has a youth following. After a breakup he starts drinking, he gets sober after meeting another college girl and falling in love with her. Did they get married was the story? If I hear you saying what is new…

Owning a house has been a central theme in Tamil artworks for a long time. Writer Mr Devan had immortalised the practical difficulties of constructing your own house in his classic “Rajathin Manoratham” and Director Balu Mahendra and Archana had brought to life the middle-class working woman who struggles to get a house built. We can see Mathil (2021) be a continuation to these and a tribute to similar works. Mathil (2021) is a Tamil film available on Zee5 starring director K S Ravikumar. It highlights the issues faced by the common man in the hands of politicians and people…

Anbirkiniyal (2021) is a thriller film starring Arun Pandian and his daughter Keerthi Pandian. The story revolves around a loving father searching for his daughter who hasn’t returned home while the girl is stuck in a life-threatening situation. Keerthi Pandian carries the film and runs with it and I liked her performance and the film. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ and is available on Amazon Prime Video. The first twenty minutes was a familiar sequence of a bubbly young girl who loves her father a lot and care for the people around her, still, it felt heart-warming to…

Mandela (2021) is a comedy-drama film starring Yogi Babu, about the sufferings of outcasts and the power of universal suffrage. Mandela impresses you with an uncommon plot and good acting by Yogi but falls short due to a mediocre screenplay that runs too long. It gets a ‘Raw’ rating from Mangoidiots. The film is available on Netflix. ‘Smile’ aka இளிச்சவாயன், played by the Mr “Curly hairs” Yogi Babu is the local village barber – an orphan who works and stays under a banyan tree. Hailing from an unknown caste, everyone in the village uses his services, yet treats him shabbily.…