Thakka Thakka

An empty jewellery box Thakka Thakka is a rather crafty film. It’s the equivalent of an empty but exquisitely carved jewellery box. It’s beautiful and promising from the outside. The scenes — especially the ones at night — are dramatically shot (by Sujith Sarang); the editing is crisp (by Sreejith Sarang) and doesn’t let even…

Adhibar

Extraordinarily excruciating Sometimes, there are films so bad that every second spent watching it seems like an excruciatingly long time. The theatre begins to seem like a prison from which you’re scared you’ll never manage to get out. Even if you make it out, you know that the experience has affected you in a deep…

And the award goes to… everybody

Awards are beautiful, shiny things that dispel your insecurities and instil you with the reassurance that you’re doing all right, after all. What of that moment just before your name gets announced to the world — that second when you’ve shut out the rest of the world and are hoping, desperately praying even, that the…

Jigina

A perilous movie about the perils of social network A perilous movie about the perils of social networkIf you’re dark in complexion and you’re planning to watch Jigina , consider yourself warned. From beginning to end, its characters (mainly the protagonist Paavadai, played by Vijay Vasanth) are insulted for being dark. The preferred sobriquet is…

Jigina

A perilous movie about the perils of social network If you’re dark in complexion and you’re planning to watch Jigina , consider yourself warned. From beginning to end, its characters (mainly the protagonist Paavadai, played by Vijay Vasanth) are insulted for being dark. The preferred sobriquet is ‘blackie’. In one particularly crass moment, a woman…

Vaalu

STR makes the film watchable Here are some facts I learned from Vaalu : STR is a big fan of Ajith From wearing an Ajith mask right at the beginning to having Mankatha ’s background music as his ringtone to ‘Thala’ references to having ‘Unnai paartha pinbu naan’ ( Kadhal Mannan ) play in the…

The numbers game

Suddenly, a lot of random statistics are being celebrated in Tamil cinema. When Kamal Haasan was felicitated at a grand event six years ago for completing 50 years in the Tamil film industry, you understood why. Most people don’t even live that long. For instance, the life expectancy of Chad — yes, it is a…

Sakalakala Vallavan

Old, crass and hostile Dheena. Thalapathi. Vaali. Padithal Mattum Podhuma. Thirupaachi. Enthiran. Kanchana-2. Singam. Annamalai. In chronological order, Sakalakala Vallavan makes references to these films by borrowing either punch lines, background music, or songs from them. Director Suraj more or less rewrites the popular adage ‘If you can’t find a way, make one’ to ‘If…

Idhu Enna Maayam

Nothing magical here Idhu Enna Maayam will go into the annals of history for inventing a new position in hockey — the pinch-hitting batsman. In one unintendedly hilarious scene, Arun (Vikram Prabhu), a proficient batsman, thumps his chest and steps into the hockey pitch when his college badly needs him. He figures that “both sports…