• Movie Review

    Manmadha Leelai (2022)

    Rated for 18+ due to the french-kiss scenes, Manmadha Leelai (2022) directed by Venkat Prabhu is a comedy story about extra-marital affairs. The film narrates the happenings in two time periods (2010 and 2022) when the hero has illicit relationships and does his best to escape uncaught. The film gets my Raw rating. Ashok Selvan has done a great job of playing the roles of a young college student and a middle-aged father, kudos to him.  The three female leads Samyukta H, Riya S, and Smruthi V are fine cast for their roles and are impressive. The thirty minutes before the climax was slow and dull, if this portion was…

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    RRR (2022)

    Director S. S. Rajamouli is famous for bringing fantasy to the big screen like no one else. Simple folklore or an imaginative tale, when it gets handled by him, becomes magical. He is the unchallenged king of grandiose in Indian cinema. RRR (2022) is no exception to this successful record of his. You should watch it in a theatre preferably in 3D and you will be thoroughly entertained. The film gets my Ripe rating. Just like the blockbuster Baahubali (2015), RRR is also about the fight between two fearless men. The story happens in the 1920s, during the British rule of India. N. T. Rama Rao Jr. comes as a…

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    Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022)

    Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022) is a run-of-the-mill movie that is acceptable just by not being bad like Suriya’s earlier films like Kaapaan (2019) or NGK (2019). The film gets a “Raw” in mangoidiots scale and I watched it in a theatre – the last movie I watched in a theatre was Asuraguru (2020) and that was exactly two years ago. Suriya comes as Kannapiran, son of Aadhirayar (Sathyaraj) and Kosalai (Saranya), and is an activist lawyer in a village called ThenNadu. Their sister village is VadaNadu.  Inba (played  by Vinay Rai) from VadaNadu is the son of a central minister, and runs an evil empire by recording naked videos of young…

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    Enemy (2021)

    For a movie about the onscreen clash of two popular Kollywood heroes Vishal and Arya, Enemy (2021) was unremarkable. It starts with two young boys, neighbours, going to the same school and playing together but grow up to be diagonally opposite personalities in life. Available on Sony Liv, it gets a Raw. Chozhan (played by Vishal), is a smart and talented young man, son of a single father who runs a grocery store in Little India in Singapore. While his loving father, a stereotypical character played by Thambi Ramaiah, wants Chozhan to lead a normal life, Chozhan takes up causes of common good for the community and fights for it…

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    Sabhaapathy (2021)

    Sabhaapathy (2021) is a Tamil Comedy film starring Santhanam. Surprisingly, unlike the recent films of the actor, the humour in this film, while not great, was least offensive and enjoyable. Available on Amazon Prime gets a Raw. The story is about a suitcase full of money belonging to a corrupt politician coming into the possession of Sabapathy, a young man looking for a job in Srirangam, Trichy. Sabapathy is having a troubled relationship with his father, Ganapathy (played by M S Bhaskar), this complicates Sabapathy’s love with the girl living opposite their house. Did Sabapathy get a job, win over the girl and resolve issues with his father while managing…