Monster Review: SJ Suryah shines in a middling comedy

What do you do when you have a rat in your house? It’s the kind of question that adults instantly bond over. Stories are shared, suggestions are given — it’s something that instantly incites a conversation. Nelson Venkatesan, (whose Oru Naal Koothu, I rather liked) probably thought that there is potential to get both kids and adults interested with a conceit like this — the kids should enjoy the antics of the rat, the adults will be able to empathise with the protagonist. But the film pushes its wafer-thin storyline too far, making Monster feel like an overstretched short-film. 

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Junga actor Sayyeshaa: I will only be part of films that are respectful

Actor Sayyeshaa is on a roll. After setting the screens on fire in her debut film, the pretty young actress is now part of two big projects: Junga with Vijay Sethupathi and an untitled film with Karthi. Also recently, the Vanamagan girl has signed a film with Arya in the lead that has been interestingly titled as Gajinikanth. Excerpts from an exclusive chat with the actor. Continue reading “Junga actor Sayyeshaa: I will only be part of films that are respectful”

Meyaadha Maan director Rathna Kumar: We wanted Address Song to bring an end to female-bashing numbers

There is a wry sense of humour in debutante Rathna Kumar’s answers, something we get to see in his film as well. His first feature film, Meyaadha Maan is having a dream run at the theatres, thanks to the positive reviews and the word of mouth the film has garnered. Similar to the movie, the humour highlights the clarity in his thoughts and rationale. An interesting example would be the way Rathna Kumar narrates how he decided the subject for his short film Madhu, which has now been made into Meyaadha Maan. “When you take a short film, the resources available are limited. And the access is limited to people belonging to our age group. Thus, the intention was to create a script that caters to that specific group. ‘Ukkandha edathulaye vaayala vada suttu oru short film pananum’ (The film should be made using minimum resources),” says Rathna Kumar. Continue reading “Meyaadha Maan director Rathna Kumar: We wanted Address Song to bring an end to female-bashing numbers”

Kadaikutty Singam movie review: A fairly entertaining drama

Kadaikutty Singam could easily be Karthi’s version of Durai Singam — the village backdrop, the holier than thou attitude, loud dialogues, the preachy discourses and the ‘mass’ larger than life image are all there. But the fabric these elements are woven into is different. While Singam flaunts the Khakhi, Guna Singam flaunts the slush from his fields. When Suriya, the star of the Singam franchise and also the producer of Kadaikutty Singam, makes a cameo and wishes his brother, it almost feels like an induction. Similar to Durai Singam, there is not much Guna Singam can do wrong. The commercial infusion sets the predictability bar high in Kadaikutty Singam but the nativity powers through, keeping the film engaging. Continue reading “Kadaikutty Singam movie review: A fairly entertaining drama”

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