B Selvi and Daughters Short Film Review: A well-intentioned, sweet mother-daughter tale

There’s a story about a baby elephant being chained. Introduced to the chain even before it can walk, the young elephant thinks it can only move as far as the chain allows. It gets so accustomed to this, that it refuses to go out of those boundaries, even when there is no chain. It is a good analogy of how conditioning works, how patriarchy works. But, with each generation, we become more confident to push forward, closer to equality. This is visible a lot in mother-daughter relationships. Most mothers don’t want their daughters to face the struggles they had. And daughters, after they grow up, become the strongest supporters of their mothers’ desires and push them to go for it. This understanding comes from having a common enemy, and a shared battle. This is the premise of the short film B Selvi and Daughters, starring Kalaivani and Gayathrie Shankar.

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Vella Raja Review: An interesting core that never quite lands the punch

In many ways, Vella Raja is similar to Sacred Games. If the latter was Netflix’s card for Indian audiences, the former plays the same role for Amazon Prime Originals with respect to the Tamil audiences. Both deal with a mafia don, whose existence is in question. Old cases are being dusted up. There are women officers in charge, calling the shots. However, Vella Raja only seems like a meek slap to the cheek, while Sacred Games was a harder punch to the gut. The series has potential, but not the power to make you quiver. Continue reading “Vella Raja Review: An interesting core that never quite lands the punch”

Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren movie review: The Vijay Sethupathi starrer is an erratic, overstretched film

‘You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain’. That’s the quote my mind came up with for the humour in Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren. Our introduction to the place of action, Yemasingapuram, is narrowed down from the multiverse. Andromeda, Milkyway, Sun, Earth, Asia, India, Andhra Pradesh, the district and finally, the village Yemasingapuram. The idea might have been to show how miniscule the village is. But by the end of the movie you feel that is probably the director setting you up for how the rest of the film is going to be — we are taken on a wild hunt where the jokes are hidden underneath a lot of noise. Thanks to a completely unpardonable run time of almost two and a half hours, what starts as funny ends up leaving us exasperated. Continue reading “Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren movie review: The Vijay Sethupathi starrer is an erratic, overstretched film”

Puriyatha Puthir movie review: Vijay Sethupathi shines in this decent thriller

Puriyatha Puthir has been in the making for quite a while, but ironically it has released at an opportune moment. Why, you ask? Well, the film talks about something that was recently declared a fundamental right – privacy. While the movie has nothing to do with Aadhaar, it is a reminder as to how we casually infringe upon other’s privacy, to the point that we don’t even realise it is a crime.

Kathir (Vijay Sethupathi) is an aspiring music director and Meera (Gayathrie) is a music teacher (no wonder the movie was earlier named Mellisai). An encounter between the two leads to a relationship. While all is well, Kathir gets an inappropriate picture of Meera from an anonymous number. He later receives a video of her changing in a trial room and the story kicks off. Who is the sender and why is he stalking Meera becomes Puriyatha Puthir’s one line narration. Continue reading “Puriyatha Puthir movie review: Vijay Sethupathi shines in this decent thriller”

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