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Oru Pakka Kathai (2020) was a mixed film, the first-half being hilarious & brilliant and the second-half getting dull & wonted. Starring Kalidas Jayaram and Megha Akash, directed by Balaji Tharaneetharan of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom (2012) and Seethakaathi (2018) fame the film was made in 2014 and launched only last year on Zee5 streaming. As the name implies (An one-page story) the plot of the film is simple, so I will not spoil the fun of watching the first one hour by revealing much of the spoilers. Saravanan and Meera are lovers from school days, their parents had agreed…

“Forgetfulness is a national disease” says the multinational villain belittling Indians in the film Bhoomi (2021). If you are suffering from the same illness then you will like the film. I found the film starring Jayam Ravi – a talented actor I like – to be a knock off of the season’s fashion. In the last few years for Kollywood, it is a hero who has been successful abroad to return to India to save the farmlands, farmers and innovate organic farming. The film is available on Disney+Hotstar. Bhoominathan is an accomplished scientist and a NASA astronaut who is scheduled…

Maara (2021) stars one of the loved on-screen couples in recent years Tamil cinema (from Vikram Vedha) of Madhavan and Shraddha Srinath. Unfortunately in this film, they are hardly seen together. The first two hours of the film goes uneventful, predictable and if you can endure it, the last 20 minutes featuring the veteran Moulee is a conciliation. The incohesive screenplay feels clumsy if I were to be kind. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film is about a lady Paru (Shraddha) who is going around in search of an artist named Maara (Madhavan) who has painted…

IIT Krishnamurthy (2020) is a mystery Telugu film that is available on Amazon Prime in Tamil.   A young man, an IIT student comes to Chennai to give a police complaint on his missing uncle. An honest police officer starts digging into the case to find unconnected dots. The film kept me engaged till the end. The title has nothing to do with IIT other than to indicate that the hero is studying there and he is smart.  The entire film revolves around the two main characters – Krishnamurthy (played by Dandamudi Pruthvi) and the Police ACP (played by Vinay…

Sethum Aayiram Pon (2019) is one of those movies that are about the lives in our villages which are for the good and the worse based on strong family & community bonds, which are keeping alive the traditions and culture of the land. The story is about a granddaughter from the city visiting unwillingly her estranged grandma, who is the village Cryer for the dead. The film is available on Netflix and also on Amazon Prime Video. Veteran stage actress Srilekha Rajendran, who I remember seeing during my school days performing on Tamil stage plays, is now popular in TV…