• Movie Review

    Kurup (2021)

    Kurup (2021), a Malayalam thriller starring Dulquer Salmaan, is a period film that deserves credit for a fine recreation of the 1980s Bombay, Madras & Persia and for good acting by the lead actors. Sadly, it has not been supported by a worthy screenplay, which was haphazard. I got a feeling I watched three films in the 155 minutes it ran. Kurup is available on Netflix, and it gets my Raw rating. Dulquer has effortlessly carried the role of Kurup, which had multiple identities – first as a trainee Airman, then as the town’s rich man, and lastly as an international arms dealer. He was supported well by Sobhita Dhulipala…

  • 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…

  • TV Show Review

    Squid Game (TV Series)

    Squid Game, the South Korean TV Series has been one of the most widely watched shows worldwide, earning more than a billion dollars for Netflix. The nine-episode series is a fictitious tale about hundreds of players, most of them debt-ridden and desperate being invited to play survival games with lucrative rewards and bloody consequences. The series by Hwang Dong-hyuk can serve as a great study for film-making students on how to write a gripping screenplay – it has a hero(es) who we can identify with, identifiable bad guys, hundreds of characters we care little about providing the ambience, a dysfunctional society that we all suffer from, clear win or lose…

  • Movie Review

    Doctor (2021)

    Doctor (2021) is a thriller starring Sivakarthikeyan. It is about an Army doctor turning to become an amateur detective and trickster to save a young girl from the jaws of a ruthless human trafficker. The movie is brisk at the same time too long, it is funny at the same time sad, it is gory at the same time comic – this identity crisis spoils the film to the point of being stupid. The film is available on Netflix and gets a “Raw” rating. Varun (Sivakarthikeyan) is a talented doctor with the military – the job is used in the film to show that the character knows how to administer…

  • Movie Review

    The Courier (2020)

    Spy movies need not be action thrillers like James Bond, in recent years there have been films that were inspired by true incidents and told subtly like  A Call to Spy (2019), which featured women protagonists during the Nazi occupation of France and Red Sparrow (2018) which had a female lead but from the other side of the iron curtain. The Courier (2020) follows this style and talks of a British salesman who played a key role in bringing vital documents from Moscow that prevented the Cuban missile crisis from going nuclear. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch (famous as Doctor Strange), The Courier (2020) was engaging and crisp. Available on Amazon Prime…