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Take the news of an entire German town being evacuated to clear a second world-war bomb, change the place of happenings to India, write a brisk screenplay, and deliver it with a fine cast, you get a successful film. That’s exactly what Director Athiyan Athirai has done with Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (இரண்டாம் உலகப்போரின் கடைசி குண்டு). Attakathi Dinesh is a lorry driver at a metal-scrap yard in Chennai who is in love with Anandhi, a girl from his village. Their love is opposed by her family. Did they join is the story told in the backdrop of a trip from Chennai to…

Kaithi (2019) stars Karthi & Narain. A convict-on-parole “Delhi” (Karthi) is tasked with saving the lives of 40 senior police officers in Trichy, drugged and unconscious they are being chased by a blood-thirsty drug gang.  How Delhi is saving them in the typical Kollywood style of using his fists is the story, yes this is certainly improbable to happen in real life, but the premise was interesting and felt different from the cookie-cutter films. Karthi runs with the entire film single-handedly and kudos to him for that. In a few places, the screenplay loses steam, but he manages to resurrect…

This week ICAF, Chennai (Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation)  is hosting a Taiwanese film festival. As part of that, today’s first film screened was The Tenants Downstairs (2016). It was a well-made film, a black thriller, with a few scenes that were repulsive for me –  loads of blood, the severing of body parts and the likes. The story starts with a police investigation of a landlord (Chang Chia-chun) who has rented a few studio apartments to tenants. Leading an uninteresting life with no family, the landlord starts spying with cameras every aspect of the tenants. The tenants are a varied…

Oththa Seruppu Size 7 (2019) is a film that is unlike anything else that Kollywood has made. A demonstration of the power of a great story and when told by a master on how it can evoke the right emotions with the audience. So, what is the film about? It is about a police interrogation of a murder suspect with a heavy past. For the full two hours, we see only one person (R. Parthiban) and the room he is questioned. It is not a monologue, others in the room do speak and we see the objects they bring in…

Aadai (ஆடை) is a one-line story that’s stretched too far! As the title suggests the story revolves around dress(es) or the lack of them. The first half was engaging and enjoyable, it was the second half that kept dragging and ending with an amateurish climax. This film was widely anticipated because of the trailer and the posters which featured actress Amala Paul without any dress (ஆடை). She should be appreciated for taking up a challenging role with plenty of scope of expressing her acting skills, which she has utilised well – her body language in the initial thirty minutes and…