Petta: A reasonably charming tribute film with some unforgettable flourishes

“Narai koodi kizha paruvam eidhi, kodum kootruk kiraiyenappin maayum, pala vedikkai manidharai pole naan veezhven endre ninaithayo?”, which roughly translates to, “Like those aging, with greying hair, who suffer the fate of death, did you think I, like contemptible people, will fall?” Petta is Karthik Subbaraj reminding us that the Superstar hasn’t fallen.

Seemaraja: A dull, frustrating rural drama replete with overused ideas

“Seemaraja is also the sort of film in which a fat woman comes running and Imman utilises an elephant’s trumpeting as BGM in a bid to get us laughing. The scene’s as funny as a burning orphanage.”

Where have the heroines gone?

Unlike heroines of the 80s, those of the last two decades haven’t really returned as character artistes. I talk to people in the industry to find out why… The spotlights on heroes in Tamil cinema remain aglow even as they age, bald, lose their voice and go frail. The ones trained on heroines, however, don’t last…