Yaagavarayinum Naa Kaakka

Takes a long while to get going There’s a 15-20 minute block of Yaagavarayinum Naa Kaakka early in the second half that’s thoroughly riveting. I’m talking about the sort of filmmaking that leaves you on the edge of your seat, gasping for breath. The scene’s about a group of friends who make the disastrous mistake…

Kaaval

Reeks of mediocrity Kaaval begins rather ambitiously. It points out, Ramanaa style, that between 1995 and 2014, as many as 34,436 murders took place. If the title didn’t make it obvious enough, this statistic helps you understand that the film’s going for a cat-and-mouse game between policemen and the koolipadai (contract killers), which it claims…

An infantile issue

So, I was rewatching this episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S called ‘The One Where They All Turn Thirty’ recently. It’s essentially about the horror of turning 30, perhaps the first time in life that a human being realises it’d probably be a good idea to stop ageing. And it got me thinking — about how wrinkles are…

Inimey Ippadithan

Santhanam plays to his strengths One scene in Inimey Ippadithan makes it amply clear, if it isn’t already, that Santhanam isn’t just a comedian anymore; that he has his eyes set on becoming a proper commercial hero. When Maha (Ashna Zaveri), a girl he has been chasing — most times, literally — tries to get…

An epic fail

So, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the upcoming Baahubali has made more waves than the 1958 mega-tsunami in Alaska. Its grandiose visuals aside, I found something else particularly fascinating — the rootedness of its story. In a recent interview, its director, Rajamouli, mentioned being a huge admirer of the Indian epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and spoke…

The Age of Adaline

A fascinating idea dissipates into romantic fluff If only you could stay in your 20s forever, eh? Here’s a question. If you were immortal, would your life become a collection of happy moments or sad moments? The Age of Adaline asks: Could immortality be a curse disguised as a boon? Adaline (Blake Lively) herself says,…