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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…

Kita Kita aka I See You (2017) is a Filipino language film, set in Sapporo, Japan, and directed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo. A story that was warm, with excellent casting, and a beautiful city as backdrop. Though a little slow, I liked it. Available on Netflix. Lea (played brilliantly by Alessandra de Rossi), is a Filipino tour guide living in the Japanese city of Sapporo – on screen the city looked alluring, surely going into my bucket list for Japan. She is a kind person, always helping the needy and poor. She is engaged for 3 years but that relationship…

C U Soon (2020) is a Malayalam mystery film that has been made during the pandemic, by following social distancing and entirely with a smartphone. For that reason, I am rating the film one notch higher at “Ripe” on my MangoIdiots scale than I would’ve otherwise. The movie is available on Amazon Prime Video. The film reminded of Searching (2018), as both of them were about what’s on a phone and a computer, but unlike the South Korean hit, the Malayalam film fails to keep you in a suspense till the end. The story is about Jimmy, a bank executive…