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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?…

Dharala Prabhu (தாராள பிரபு) is a comedy film starring Harish Kalyan, Vivek and Tanya Hope. I enjoyed the film thoroughly. Prabhu (Harish Kalyan) is a youngster, a hard-working football player, looking to land a good job through sports quota. Dr Kannadasan (Vivek) runs a fertility clinic for high-profile clients and his search for a healthy sperm donor leads him to Prabhu. Did Prabhu agree? Meanwhile, Prabhu falls in love with Nidhi (Tanya Hope) and their love faces resistance from their respective families. Did the love couple join?  Though the subject is “Sperm” donation, there are hardly any adult dialogues and…

Normally I am sceptical about Vikram Prabhu’s film, he is a fine actor but his story selections have been bad (Kumki was an exception). With that mindset, I saw Asuraguru (அசுரகுரு) and was better than I expected. The story is about a master thief who smells money anywhere and steals with ease from any place, however dangerous it may be. For a story like this, it is important to have an acceptable flashback, and that’s where Asuraguru falters. Vikram Prabhu has done the action scenes well. Jagan comes as his friend, supporting the main character. More than both of them,…

I wish Sibiraj and Director U.Anbarasan had worked harder with Walter (வால்டர்). They had a lot riding on the title that established his father (Sathiyaraj) as a main stream hero, sadly they have failed. The movie had most of the right ingredients – a reasonable story for an action film, two good supporting actors Samuthirakani & Nutty Natarajan, and, an convincing villain character – yet as a finished product the film fails to engage you. This story was (obviously) about an honest police office Walter (played by Sibiraj) who goes about investigating a series of newborn baby kidnappings. I felt…