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After noticing the director’s name T.N.Krishna, who directed Sillunu Oru Kaadhal (2006), I sat down to watch the Telugu film Hippi (2019). It is a difficult movie to describe, certainly not in a positive sense. The film starts off as a typical rom-com, with some enjoyable humour in the office scenes. Quickly it turns to be a triangular love story, only to turn again to go on a boyfriend-girlfriend ego trip. Because of this identity confusion, what could’ve been planned as a Telugu version of the super-hit Manmarziyaan (2018),  comes out kaput. What differs from the other Indian films, was…

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (2019) starring Dhanush is a feel-good movie that is a story of a young boy “Aja”, living in a Mumbai slum growing up and succeeding in life. If this sounds like Slumdog Millionaire, you are partially wrong. Grown-up Aja goes to Paris, then life takes him to London, Barcelona, Rome & Libya – in every place he gets help from unexpected quarters and there is a touching love story too – many scenes felt like you are reading a WhatsApp forward, or watching Life of Pi (2012) or reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.…

Mr. Local (2019) is a film that you can avoid. Director M. Rajesh has made a low-quality copy of Rajinikanth’s Mannan (1992) for 2019. The Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara starrer makes you tiresome. Nayanthara is a self-made millionaire running a successful television studio, SKK is an employee with a local car dealership. Their paths cross due to a traffic signal bug, followed by Nayanthara trying (unsuccessfully) to get rid of SKK and finally they fall in love with each other. None of the scenes was convincing. The first arrow from her was to send a policeman to eliminate SKK – Police in…

Natpe Thunai (2019) starring Hiphop Tamizha, is an average rom-com with sports action thrown in. You will find nothing new here, yet the film was amusing and Director D. Parthiban Desingu can feel pleased about that. The movie starts with a narration of a pre-independence incident resembling Aamir Khan’s Lagaan (2001), with British replaced with French as the happening was in Pondicherry, and, Cricket replaced with Hockey.  Then it travels as a routine hero-heroine love, with comedy provided by hero’s friends. After the interval, it was all about saving a local sports ground from the hands of a corrupt politician…

Manmarziyaan (2018) by Director Anurag Kashyap (who had acted in the Tamil film Imaikkaa Nodigal 2018 and had given many successful films in Bollywood like Gangs of Wasseypur 2012) is an engaging triangular love story. The film centres around a Punjabi girl Rumi Bagga (played by Taapsee Pannu, whose last Tamil films were Kanchana 2 (2015) and Vai Raja Vai (2015)) living in a joint family in Amritsar. She is in love with her boyfriend Vicky (played by Vicky Kaushal) who is hesitant to get engaged, this leaves her with no option but to agree for an arranged marriage with…