I guess I’ll have to refuse Christopher Nolan: Suriya

Beneath Suriya’s grin, as he settles for conversation at Studio Green’s office, is a lot of fatigue. Between promoting Vikram Kumar’s 24 in Tamil Nadu and shooting for S3 in Andhra Pradesh, he’s had a hectic week. “But I have no complaints. As Rahman sir recently told me, we’re lucky to be doing what we…

Why Tamil cinema fans need Game of Thrones

After an extraordinarily long year of agonising wait, Game of Thrones has finally returned, and as a source of great relief for those whose staple diet is Tamil cinema, or in other words, a Tamil horror film a week (this week, we have Kalam). Here is why this American series has come to mean so much…

Kalam: A ‘horror’ show

There’s a contemporary saying that goes, “When something goes wrong in your life, just yell, “Plot twist!” and move on.” Kalam is the manifesation of this saying on screen. It’s a mediocre horror film for the most part, until a sudden twist at the end tries to distinguish it from the unimaginative horror films we are…

Jithu Jilladi has made me popular again: Deva

When Deva says ‘Jithu Jilladi’ was a “unique experience” for him, he isn’t simply taking recourse in a cliché. He remembers the composer of the song, G. V. Prakash, as a timid boy who sang for him in Aasai . “Director Vasanth asked if we could use the boy who’d sung for ‘Chikku bukku rayile’. We…

Ennul Aayiram: A portfolio movie

The opening credits of Ennul Aayiram are shown amid quick black-and-white shots of a gun cocking, vehicles hastening in traffic, a woman running her fingers through her hair… It’s all rather dark, literally, and sets you up for a thriller. So, you don’t really mind the rigmarole of introductions: the hero, Ashok (Maha), is part…

Shruti Haasan: Dude, I have bigger things to worry about

Something must have been bothering Shruti Haasan during our conversation. What, I am not sure, and of course, I didn’t ask. The interview began innocuously enough when I asked her about the comedy film she’s signed with her father, Kamal Haasan. “I’ve wanted to work with him for a really long time,” she said, tersely. She…

The beauty of imperfection

For the first 10 minutes of the Malayalam film  Kali, I’ll admit to wondering if Sai Pallavi needed to wear more makeup. I wasn’t convinced she needed to look  so real . No effort, it seems, had been expended in making her look like heroines often do: her hair wasn’t straightened, her acne wasn’t hidden,…

Jithan 2: Phantom menace

Watch the trailer here. (Also, I’m sorry I made you.) When you step into films like Jithan 2, you don’t quite expect to get blown away. You already know, at least on evidence from the trailer, that the film will only be so-so in aspects like technical finesse, storytelling subtlety, and acting prowess. What you…

I hated, hated, hated the movie

Negative reviews are your Facebook likes, they are your potato chips, they are your retweets, they are your two-minute noodles