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I am half-way through the first season of a comedy show “Time enna Boss”(டைம் என்ன பாஸ்) that released in Amazon Prime Video and I am thoroughly enjoying it. It was unlike anything we see in the Tamil satellite channels. It stars Bharath Srinivasan, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Robo Shankar, Karunakaran, Sanjana Sarathy & Alexander Babu. The 10 episodes season follows a familiar theme of five strangers (who become friends) living under one-roof. Interestingly, here the writers: Mahakerthi, Naru Narayanan and Super Subu have given a twist of casting the four of the five being accidental time-travellers from different time periods. This…

Lockup (2020) is a murder mystery starring Vaibhav, Venkat Prabhu, Vani Bhojan and Easwari Rao. In the first half itself, we are able to guess the identity of the guilty party(s), the victim and the rough motives, but thanks to a fast screenplay by Director SG Charles and good cinematography, the film was still enjoyable throughout. It is available on Zee5. The story is about the murder of a police inspector and the suicide of a middle-aged woman. An honest police officer played by Easwari Rao starts investigating the case. The local police station’s staff headed by Venkat Prabhu are…

I was set to watch Lockup (2020) with my wife, as she was getting delayed, I started watching what was reported to be a romantic-comedy in Zee5 – Mamakiki (2020). And it was a bad choice. The story is an oft repeated one remade with little to no originality. Four college friends Madhu (Preetha Anandan), Mani (Ramesh Thilak), Kiranthi & Kishore (arriving at the title Mamakiki) meet up after five years and each narrate their life after leaving college. The film had its moments like the story narration scene, where Ramesh Thilak tests the patience of Director Nalan Kumarasamy (appearing…

Ponmagal Vandhal (2020) is the first big-brand Tamil movie to get released directly on OTT (streaming service and not a theatrical release) and the first movie to release in over two months, while India is in a national lockdown over Covid-19. The film had a lot going for it, a thriller story centred around a cruellest crime (child rape and murder), a heroine-centric courtroom battle led by Jyothika – a rarity in Indian Cinema,  an array of Kollywood veterans including R. Parthiban, K. Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan and Pratap Pothen and the pioneering opportunity of a digital release enabling a reach to…

Movies like Sillu Karupatti (சில்லுக் கருப்பட்டி) are rare and they make Tamil cinema proud. The film by Director Halitha Shameem is an anthology of four individual stories – each from the everyday life of ordinary people from various walks of life. The first story is about a boy living in the slums near River Cooum, who earns his living by rummaging through the city’s waste dump yard. One day, he finds a ‘Pink’ trash bag and he finds something in that. The second was about a young meme’s creator who is diagnosed with cancer. How did he cope with it?…