• Movie Review

    Navarasa (TV Series)

    Does having the big names of Kollywood like Mani Ratnam, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Vijay Sethupathi, Arvind Swami, Siddharth & Suriya ensure an entertainer. Nava Rasa (2021) proves it is not, having stars only increases the expectations. The obvious ingredient for a good movie or series is good stories, everything else even in abundance doesn’t make up for its absence. It had taken me nearly three months to complete the nine stories of Navarasa (TV Series) on Netflix. It gets my lowest rating of ‘Rotten’. Each story was only 30-40 minutes, except the last one which was long at 48 minutes. Except for a couple, most of the nine offers nothing…

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    Brave New World (TV series)

    Brave New World (2020) is an SCI-FI that was released on peacock in the USA and on Netflix for countries including India. It is based on Aldous Huxley‘s classic book of the same name, which came in 1932. Even with a story that was intriguing, visuals that were stunning, a convincing performance from the lead pair, the show doesn’t get you engaged as it proceeds mostly on expected lines. I like the genre so I completed the nine-episode series in two days, but most may not find it interesting enough and so the show gets a ‘Raw’ rating. The story is about New London, a world on earth where the…

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    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (2021)

    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (அப்பத்தாவ ஆட்டய போட்டுடாங்க) is a comedy with a difference. An elderly mother Meenakshi unloved by her son and admitted to an old-age home falls in love with another resident, an elderly gentleman Ramasamy – the couple elopes and seeks the help of their friends (octogenarians) to get married. With this one-line story, Director N. Stephen Rangaraj has given an engaging film thanks to a humorous screenplay. Veterans Kathadi Ramamurthy, Delhi Ganesh & Shanmugasundaram delight us with their expert performances. The film is available on Sony Liv, and scores a ‘Ripe’ for its novelty and an apt runtime. Chandrahasan has played the role of Ramasamy well. I liked…

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    Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. (TV Series 2021-)

    As a teenager, in the early 1990s, there were two TV shows on the then new private entertainment channel (Star Plus) in India that I watched with great interest and absolutely loved: One was the Wonder Years (1988-1993) which was a coming-of-age family comedy [Available on Disney+Hotstar] starring Fred Savage as the young boy Kevin Arnold; and the other was Doggie Howser, M.D. (1989-1993) starring Neil Patrick Harris playing the namesake as a 14-year Doctor and a child prodigy. Growing up watching them, these two are classics to me, and I felt sceptical when I read both are being remade this year. The former is produced by ABC, and I am…

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    Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum (2021)

    In Kaaka Muttai (2015) we saw the aspiration of two young boys for tasting a Pizza used to communicate the poverty and sufferings of the slum residents in Indian cities. Likewise, an entire community running helter-skelter in search of a lost goat was the background for highlighting the stupidity of crowds in Oru Kidayin Karunai Manu (2017). In Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum (இராமே ஆண்டாலும் இராவணே ஆண்டாலும்) it is the loss of two bull cows, loved dearly by a young couple forms the plot to cover the impoverishment of Indian villages. Though an intriguing plot, the screenplay drifts into familiar scenes to highlight the corruption and the indifferent political system that…