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Maari Some nice bits can’t save a grindingly ordinary movie

Every young Tamil-film hero looking to become a super star (if not the Superstar) makes a film in which he plays a cop. That’s when he announces his ambitions of entering the big league. Enough with all this love from the urban pockets. I now want B- and C-centre adoration. Maari is Balaji Mohan’s announcement that directors can do this ... Read More »

5 off-beat films that explore Indo-Pak relationship perfectly

Salman Khan is all set to enter Pakistan and make a lost child reunite with her family in Bajrangi Bhaijaan. In the process, director Kabir Khan will also try to explore the common social fabric between the two countries. After all, the film is releasing on Eid, a festival that is celebrated in India and Pakistan with equal enthusiasm and ... Read More »

Veteran music composer M.S. Viswanathan passes away

Forever a part of the Tamil psyche, MSV composed music for over 1,700 films and has worked with four CMs — NTR, MGR, M. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa. M.S. Viswanathan, whose film compositions transcended every known category of music and refused to be pinned down to musical traditions, died here on Tuesday. He was 88 and is survived by four son ... Read More »

Baahubali is a triumph of director SS Rajamouli fearless imagination

In 1948, when an obsessive SS Vasan, owner of Gemini Studios, spent everything he had to make Chandralekha, the costliest film outside Hollywood then, it took the country by storm by its sheer spectacle, scale and creative daredevilry. Indian cinema, still in its early stages with limited budget and equipment, hadn’t seen anything like it before. Thirty years later, Telugu director ... Read More »

Baahubali Movie Review

Scale of ambition: gargantuan. Quality of VFX: out of the ordinary. Content: only occasionally gripping. Final impact: pretty strong. That, in a nutshell, is SS Rajamouli’s Telugu and Tamil fantasy epic Baahubali – The Beginning, which has been released nationwide in Hindi in collaboration with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. The spectacular universe that the film conjures up is filled with magic, ... Read More »

Sriya Reddy signs on Priyan film on AIDS awareness

Actress Sriya Reddy will once again team up with her Kanchivaram director Priyadarshan in his upcoming bilingual. The actress, who has worked with the director in the National Award-winning film, reveals that it feels like a “homecoming of sorts”, given that Prakash Raj is also part of the film. Although she cannot reveal much about her character, Sriya says, it ... Read More »

My life is just like the taste of an orange mittai bittersweet

It’s hard to guess what Vijay Sethupathi is up to next. One day, he sports a boy-next door look and the very next day, he transforms himself into a 55-year-old man. Unlike others, Vijay Sethupathi doesn’t seem to be cautious about his ‘image’ both on and off-screen, as he says that he doesn’t believe in it. After a day-long shoot ... Read More »