Archive for July, 2013

Jul 30 2013

Pattathu Yaanai

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

Malaikkoattai, director Bhoopathy Pandian’s previous outing with Vishal, was a passable action film until comedy was thrown into the mix with villains turning into comedians and Vishal playing games with them rather than bashing them up. The director repeats exactly the same mistake in Pattathu Yaanai. The film, already weak because of some wild swings […]

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Jul 25 2013


Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

For Maryan, director Bharatbala has picked a story that incorporates two of the most universal themes in cinema – the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. But lapses in the way he tells the story prevent the emotions in those themes from resonating as powerfully as they should though the terrific […]

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Jul 23 2013

RIP – Vaali

Published by under Audio,Tamil Cinema

Lyricist Vaali passed away last Thursday. I learned from Wikipedia that he worked briefly in All India Radio, directed plays, authored several biographies and an autobiography and was honored with the Padmashri. But I knew him mainly as a prolific, versatile lyricist whose words turned several songs into timeless classics. Vaali and Vairamuthu were the […]

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Jul 21 2013

2012 Filmfare Awards

Published by under Tamil Cinema

When it comes to rewarding Tamil cinema, very few award shows can be taken seriously. The TN State awards are completely politicized and are usually announced too late for anyone to care about them while the awards at the other shows are usually handed out based on who can make it to the awards function. […]

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Jul 16 2013

Singam II

Published by under Review,Tamil Cinema

After a string of lackluster films, Singam saw director Hari show glimpses of the form he showed in the early stages of his career. Though the well-packaged film provided closure to all its story tracks, it ended with the promise of a new direction for its hero and that direction is explored in Singam II, […]

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