Ghajinikanth movie review: This Arya starrer is yet another string of cliches and outdated tropes

Ghajinikanth’s director Santhosh P Jayakumar has two films in his filmography – Hara Hara Mahadevaki and Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu. The two films have a lot in common – adult content, double meaning jokes and an A rating. With Ghajinikanth, it is clear that Santhosh is trying to subvert his image as an ‘A’ filmmaker — there is a small gimmick with the end credit card, in case we were in doubt about his image re positioning. Well, you could say he has accomplished his objective. There’s not much adult humour, at least in comparison to his previous outings. (Except for one objectifying ‘joke’ about a maid that I am too tired to outrage about. Hannah Gadsby gets its right. I identify with tired these days a lot.) But, there is nothing new about the film as well. There are several ways to keep the viewer engaged – it could be through the story, it’s characters, the writing or the filmmaking. Sadly, Ghajinikanth doesn’t tick any of the boxes. Continue reading “Ghajinikanth movie review: This Arya starrer is yet another string of cliches and outdated tropes”

Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu movie review: A strictly avoidable adult horror movie

The haunted house in Santhosh P Jayakumar’s Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu has a warning board that says ‘men strictly not allowed’. Theatres should have a similar warning sign for women who enter to watch the film. One might argue that the trailer might have given you enough warning and I do agree. In fact, the makers were kind enough to give another warning in the form a disclaimer where we are ‘advised’ to bring tissues in. I don’t need to explain why. No wonder, there were about four women in a 250 seater screen (which was full) on a working Friday afternoon. Continue reading “Iruttu Araiyil Murattu Kuththu movie review: A strictly avoidable adult horror movie”

Hara Hara Mahadevaki movie review: This Gautham Karthik movie tries too hard with ‘adult humour’

There is a sequence in Hara Hara Mahadevaki where Ramya (Nikki Galrani) explains to Hari (Gautham Karthik) what a flash mob is. Hari, owner of a funeral service, gets a set of people who dance at death processions to perform a flash mob for Ramya. Not just that, he makes her sit on the procession chair, garlands her and then gifts her a ring. Before the logic hits you, you genuinely laugh out, seeing Ramya’s hopes crumble in front of her eyes. Sadly, that’s one of the very few laughs Hara Hara Mahadevaki provides. Continue reading “Hara Hara Mahadevaki movie review: This Gautham Karthik movie tries too hard with ‘adult humour’”

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