Are you ballsy enough to share my misery?
Karuppan seems to be made almost with the same sort of languor that you imagine village life to be. Fair enough, the film’s about a family in the village, after all. This indolence in story development would be unbearable in a bad film. But Karuppan has heart… and Vijay Sethupathi. In one scene, you…
The villain, Sodalai (SJ Suryah, who is joyously mental in the film and its main attraction), seems inspired by The Joker. He’s constantly cackling, and the relish with which he observes people who wail is an idea for the ages.
I sunk deeper into my seat, hoping nobody would recognise me in the theatre.
Sure, initially, I found it rather difficult to realise rather discomfitingly that I couldn’t utter a single word to my companion. After all, as Rajini says in Baasha, “Indian, pesalanaa sethuduvaan.”
How do you not end up watching a dud, and missing out on a masterpiece?
‘Superstars like Rajini sir and Shah Rukh Khan had to be villains before they could be heroes, right?’
In a recent chat with me, the director expressed frustration at being repeatedly asked about it. Imagine being asked about your love for something, when it’s all you’ve done to try and lobby against that very thing.
Sometimes, when you look at your mother, perhaps as she is watching television or reading a newspaper, it’s easy to forget that she too bristled with your youth and harboured the promise of an exciting life once. It’s easy to assume that mothers were born looking the way they do today, saree and all. Of…
For a man who’s as stone-faced, it’s rather preposterous when he later breaks into a Nayagan-like lament. Kaniyan would have been the sort to stare without blinking, perhaps well up a bit, and maybe… lose his footing.
Thambidurai is a man scared of everything, except, of course, a fair-skinned woman.
I’d hoped to understand how a self-confessed introvert like Rahman has now become comfortable with performing at sold-out concerts.