• Movie Review

    Pushpa: The Rise (2021)

    Allu Arjun starring Pushpa: The Rise (2021) had received a lot of coverage in the last few months, the two songs featuring Rashmika Mandanna and Samantha Ruth were the talk of social media for weeks. Reading the one-liner that it was about Red-Sandalwood smuggling I thought it will be yet another mass hero, masala film which shows the ruthless hero to be a saint even though everything he does is illegal – it was exactly that, but surprisingly the predictable screenplay was highly engaging and I liked it. Award-worthy performance by Allu Arjun. The film available on Amazon Prime Video gets my Ripe rating. Even though he comes only at…

  • Movie Review

    Minnal Murali (2021)

    Minnal Murali (2021) is a Malayalam superhero film directed by Basil Joseph and released on Netflix. I expected it to be an action-packed, daredevil style film, but it turned out to be an emotional drama of love and the loss experienced by two dissimilar people in a town who accidentally acquire superpowers. Tovino Thomas (Kilometers and Kilometers 2020) is the hero, Minnal Murali, but it is the protagonist Guru Somasundaram of Joker (2016) fame who dazzles the audience in every frame with his outstanding acting. I found the screenplay to be fluffy & muddled, yet as this film is a welcome attempt for Indian cinema it gets a Ripe rating…

  • Movie Review

    Maanaadu (2021)

    Director Venkat Prabhu deserves a big applause for succeeding in making the not-easy-to-understand idea of time loops entertaining for the regular moviegoer who may not care about science-fiction. The success of the film, Maanadu (மாநாடு) was earned by the excellent acting of Silambarasan and S J Suryah, an apt theme that resonates with the Tamil audience, and a fast-paced screenplay that had little slack. Available on Sony Liv, the film gets my Ripe rating, don’t miss it. It all starts with an NRI, Abdul Khaliq (Silambarasan) sitting next to a young lady Seetha (Kalyani Priyadarshan) on a flight to Coimbatore. On landing, he leaves with his friends to Ooty to…

  • Movie Review

    Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (2019)

    Directed by Vasanth S Sai, Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum (சிவரஞ்சனியும் இன்னும் சில பெண்களும்) had already won accolades when it premiered at several film festivals around the world. This is an anthology of three strong women from different time periods navigating individually their lives against odds. The characters have been derived from the works of famous Tamil writers Ashokamitran, Adhavan and Jeyamohan. It is heartening to see these unconventional films getting a wide audience through OTT platforms. SISP is available on Sony Liv and gets my Ripe rating. The first story happens in the 1980s; Saraswati is a docile wife ill-treated by her husband, suddenly getting the courage to question him…

  • TV Show Review

    Call My Agent! (TV Series)

    As audiences, we are captivated by the dazzle and glitter of the silver screen and its stars. We hardly think about the hard-working people behind the screen who start from the first task of connecting a director with the vision to the correct actor for the role. And today’s stars don’t bloom suddenly, they are identified years before and then nurtured, trained and tolerated. These are the tasks that talent agents do. Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent), the French TV Series follows four such Talent agents – Mathias, Andréa, Gabriel, and Arlette. The comedy-drama covers the competition along with the mistrust that exists between them, the challenges in their…