Don movie review: Sivakarthikeyan’s well-intentioned film is bogged down by commercial clichés

Imagine a mix of Three Idiots (or Nanban) and Santhosh Subramaniam, with a dash of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya? That’s Don for you. It’s a familiar premise. Chakravarthy (Sivakarthikeyan) aka Don is an unambitious college student. He has a controlling father (Samuthirakani) who is fanatical about marks. Whenever Chakravarthy fails, his father shaves his head — as an act of shame. A perennially stifled Chakravarthy tries hard to break the cycle, but like most Indian students end up in an engineering college — where he tries to figure out what he is good at.

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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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Aaranya Kaandam was a failure for me: Thiagarajan Kumararaja

Thiagaraja Kumararaja’s Aaranya Kaandam (2010) was a game changer in many ways. Touted to be the first neo-noir Tamil film, the film was critically acclaimed and made headlines for its run-in with the censor board. It also fetched a National Award for Kumararaja, who is now set to make a comeback with his second film, Super Deluxe.

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We are hopeful that Mersal will have a Diwali release: Sri Thenandal Film’s Hema Rukmani

There is just one question on the minds of cinema fans in Tamil Nadu right now — when can they see Vijay’s Mersal on the big screen? The excitement around Mersal is phenomenal and the ongoing TFPC (Tamil Film Producer’s Council) strike makes the wait even more intense. Helmed by Atlee, Mersal is Vijay’s biggest release yet. Adding to the expectations is the film’s star cast comprising SJ Suryah, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, and Nithya Menen. As the speculation around the film’s release heightens, indianexpress.com catches up with Hema Rukmani, CEO, Sri Thenandal Films about Mersal and their upcoming projects, Sangamithra and Iraavakalam. Continue reading “We are hopeful that Mersal will have a Diwali release: Sri Thenandal Film’s Hema Rukmani”

SJ Suryah on Spyder and Mersal: I didn’t choose these projects, they chose me

AR Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu’s Spyder might have received mixed reviews. But one thing that all critics unanimously agreed to was the brilliance of director turned actor SJ Suryah’s performance. A gloriously wicked role, SJ Suryah revels in each frame as Sudalai and has been lauded profusely for his uninhibited portrayal. Amid his busy schedule, we managed to catch the actor for a quick chat. Continue reading “SJ Suryah on Spyder and Mersal: I didn’t choose these projects, they chose me”

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