Savarakathi movie review: Ram, Mysskin starrer is oddly fulfilling

You can probably say the theme in Savarakathi (Barber’s knife) is transformation. A mother who is averse to love marriages ends up holding the immobile feet of her daughter’s physically-challenged beau. The transformation of the very-pregnant Subathra (Poorna) into a mother. Pichai (Ram), a barber who lies through his teeth, decides to turn over an honest leaf. He gets this epiphany in a tea shop interestingly named ‘Poiyya mozhi’. This is followed by a shot of woman sweeping the street and Pichai is next at a cycle shop that again has an interesting name — parisutham (cleanliness). The metaphor here is obvious — Pichai has his character failing literally swept out. Even the blade Manga (Mysskin) carries around gets a new identity. And the title is perfect for this theme considering the barber’s knife gives us one of the more mundane and regular transformations in life. Continue reading “Savarakathi movie review: Ram, Mysskin starrer is oddly fulfilling”

Mysskin is probably the Tarantino of Tamil cinema: Thupparivaalan actor Vinay

The first thing you notice about Vinay Rai is how comfortable he is speaking Tamil. Point it out to him and the actor reveals that he always made it a point to speak the language. “Nobody has ever dissuaded me from speaking the language due to the accent, except for my friends. But of course, that is in good humour,” says the actor from Bengaluru as we settle down to talk. Continue reading “Mysskin is probably the Tarantino of Tamil cinema: Thupparivaalan actor Vinay”

I am a dictator but one full of compassion: Thupparivalan director Mysskin

Walk into director Mysskin’s office and you will be surrounded by books. The range of titles is diverse — from Dostoyevsky, Che Guvara, Robert Frost to Tamil classics Kalithogai and Puranaanooru including an interesting title that caught my eye, “You are only as good as your next one”. With Thupparivalan slated for release on September 15, the outspoken director talks to indianexpress.com in detail about filmmaking, philosophy and of course his ‘decent’ movies. Continue reading “I am a dictator but one full of compassion: Thupparivalan director Mysskin”

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