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…