• Movie Review

    Bachelor (2021), was quirky and slow yet enjoyable

    The film had an interesting narrative style. In most scenes, we get dropped in the middle of the happenings, there were no gaps between scenes or context provided. This was profound in the first thirty minutes when we see countless characters in a bachelor pad and haphazardly several events happening. We are confused, only to understand what the director Satish Selvakumar had conveyed when the courtroom drama unfolds in the second half. Bachelor (2021) starring Divya Bharathi and G V Prakash Kumar becomes memorable only near the climax, which means you need to endure more than two hours of the slow and quirky screenplay. Due to its length, the film…

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    Sita Ramam (2022), a period love story of a soldier that was muddy

    I have been hearing from a few friends about the recent period film Sita Ramam (2022), starring Dulquer Salmaan to be good. I caught up with the movie on Amazon Prime Video. This is a romantic suspense story that happens in two time periods 1965 & 1985 and mainly in two places Kashmir and Hyderabad. The art direction, cinematography and music were excellent, but the story and screenplay are convoluted lowering the entertainment quotient. It gets a Raw rating in our Mangoidiots scale. As a young Lieutenant Ram serving in the toughest conditions, Dulquer Salmaan has given a convincing performance. Following last year’s Kurup (2021) this is one more feather…

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    Naane Varuvean (2022), a mediocre paranormal film

    I like Dhanush, and I admire Selvaraghavan, an underrated director of Kollywood, so I was expecting a lot from their combination in this film, Naane Varuvean (2022). Instead, the film, a paranormal turned out to be average to say kindly. The story and screenplay proceed on the expected lines with no twists or surprises. Dhanush, known for his acting versatility has given a similar performance for both the roles (double-action) he plays. The movie gets a mangoidiots rating of Raw. Other than Dhanush, none of the other characters in the film leaves an impression. Prabhu comes as a trained Psychiatrist, but his prescription to the father whose daughter is possessed…

  • TV Show Review

    Tamil Rockerz on Sony Liv, a familiar police-villain chase!

    🎥தமிழ் ராக்கர்ஸ் (2022), சோனி லைவ் தொடர். நாயகன்: அருண் விஜய் . நாயகிகள்: ஐஸ்வர்யா மேனன், வாணி போஜன். 👮🏾தமிழ்ப் படங்களில் (தொடர்களில்) நாயகன் பெரிய காவல் அதிகாரியாக இருந்தால்: – அவருக்குக் காதல் கல்யாணம் தான் ஆகியிருக்க வேண்டும், – மனைவி கொஞ்சம் நாளிலேயே வில்லனால் (கடத்தி) கொல்லப்பட்டு விடுவார், – நாயகன் இறந்த மனைவியின் மேல் இருக்கும் காதலை நினைத்து நினைத்து குடிப்பார், ஆனாலும் மிக நல்லவர், நிலை தடுமாற மாட்டார் – அப்போ எதற்கு பாட்டில் பாட்டிலாகக் குடிக்கிறார்? – காதல் மனைவி நகைச்சுவையாக பேசுவார், எல்லோரிடமும் நன்றாக பழக கூடியவர், கருணையே வடிவானவர், – பல சமயங்களில் காதலை, காதலி தான் சொல்வார், – நாயகன் கடமையே கண்ணாக இருப்பார், இரவு பகல் பாராமல் உழைப்பார், – மனைவியை சினிமாவுக்கு அழைத்து சென்றால், கடமை அழைக்க பாதியில் மனைவியை அம்போ என்று விட்டுவிட்டு செல்வார், – நாயகன் எவ்வளவு பெரிய அதிகாரியாக இருந்தாலும் நாயகன் மற்றும் அவரின் மனைவிக்கு…

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    Natchathiram Nagargiradhu (2022), a chaotic monologue by Pa Ranjith

    Director Pa Ranjith is a well-known and welcome voice in Tamil cinema talking about the atrocities committed against Dalits and the oppressed in his cinema.  In his latest film Natchathiram Nagargiradhu (2022) he has taken it to new levels and made a film that feels like a lesson on the subject. He deserves appreciation for openly presenting the important issues of intercaste marriages and the resulting honour killings, but an entire film with no discernable story makes it uninteresting. It gets our mangoidiots rating of Raw. As a director, Pa Ranjith displays his magic in the opening scene where a couple who are in bed, start a casual conversation followed…

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    Cobra (2022), a three-hour film that was tame

    Seeing Cobra (2022), it was clear that like all his previous films, Chiyaan Vikram has worked super hard on this one too – in the various make-up, he was totally unrecognizable – excellent performance by him. The film is about a mercenary killer, whose identity is not known to anyone. The killer is chased by an Interpol officer (the cricketer Irfan Pathan) & by a world’s rich businessman. The film gets a Raw in mangoidiots scale. Starting with an engaging plot, the movie was enjoyable for the first hour, but then it loses its orientation and gets chaotic for no reason. The visuals and the overall arrangement of the scene…

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    Thiruchitrambalam (2022)

    Thiruchitrambalam by director Mithran R Jawahar is a feel-good romance film that we normally don’t see in Kollywood, which likes to over-exaggerate love, loss, friendship, and family.  Nithya Menen and Bharathiraja have given phenomenal performances, the former casually overtaking Dhanush in most scenes. I like the two-hour-plus running time which benefitted from a no-nonsense screenplay. Even with these, I am giving a Raw rating as the story was unmemorable and on expected lines. In a middle-class household, Thiruchitrambalam Sr. (played by Bharathiraja) is the grandfather of the hero Thiruchitrambalam, and he manages the household and cooking. His son Inspector Neelakandan (played by Prakash Raj) and grandson (the hero) have past baggage…

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    Viruman (2022), a formula village film!

    If you go to a library on Tamil films, reach the rack on village stories, pick the first book covering father-son differences and go directly from there to the location for shooting, you will get Viruman (2022). The film gets a raw rating in the mangoidiots scale. Karthi has done well the role of the village hero who is honest to a fault, strong as hercules, yet crumbles on the first instance for love & family. Debutant Aditi (Director Shankar‘s daughter) fits the role of the rural girl, impresses with her natural appearance and unpretentious acting. Surprisingly, comedian Soori has underplayed and shouts less, making him tolerable. Manoj Bharathiraja comes…