SG Charles: No hero except Vaibhav would have agreed to Lock Up

This lockdown, there has been a consistent stream of Tamil content in the digital sphere. While most haven’t exactly set our screens on fire, SG Charles’ Lock Up, which began streaming on Zee5 recently, has found praise for its smart premise. “I have always been fascinated with non-linear narratives. Lock Up is a combination of this and linear narrative. One can experiment when it is a small-budget production. I am happy that a few of these experiments worked out,” says the debutant director.

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Lock Up Movie Review: Smart premise handcuffed in mediocrity

Inspector Sampath has been murdered and sub-inspector Moorthy (Venkat Prabhu) catches the alleged murderer on the spot. The prim and proper Ilavarasi takes charge of Sampath’s station, for just a day, and ends up investigating these crimes. Meanwhile, Mallika (Poorna) is found dead. In the background, there is the seemingly timid PC Vasanth (Vaibhav). Is he a red herring, or is he involved? Who killed Sampath?

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We were nervous about releasing Meyaadha Maan along with Mersal: Actor Vaibhav

While Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ might be the talk of the town right now, there is another movie that is silently creating waves. The dark horse of the season, ace director Karthik Subbaraj’s first feature production ‘Meyaadha Maan’ has received glorious feedback from critics and audience, resulting in a steady growth in number of screens across the state. Helmed by Rathna Kumar, ‘Meyaadha Maan’ has actor Vaibhav in the lead. As the stage singer ‘Idhayam Murali’, Vaibhav’s on-point North Madras accent and organic performance has earned him a lot of laurels. The slang came to him naturally, says Vaibhav as he talks to “I was born and raised completely in Madras, so the slang is not new to me.” However he also confesses that he prepared to play the role of a stage singer. “I watched a lot of stage performers before shooting for those scenes. I got an idea of their body language by seeing videos of their performances,” he reveals. Continue reading “We were nervous about releasing Meyaadha Maan along with Mersal: Actor Vaibhav”

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”

Nibunan movie review: Arjun Sarja’s 150th movie doesn’t surprise you — for good, or worse

The first 15-20 minutes of Nibunan clearly establishes the kind of movie it aspires to be. There is plenty of action, several moments where DSP Ranjith Kalidas (Arjun Sarja) gets to play the saviour. (In fact, the camera lingers on Kalidas’ gun for a few seconds before it pans to his face.) Right from the opening sequence, Kalidas is the knight in shining armour, who swoops in and saves the day; irrespective of whether it’s his colleagues Joseph (Prasanna) or Vandhana (Varalakshmi Sarathkumar) who get stuck or someone else.

Kalidas’ infallibility stretches across realms. Consider the exchange between the Superintendent and Kalidas. The former is in a conversation with a higher official about a case that requires the force’s best man. The SP calls Kalidas, who is in middle of an assignment, and asks how long the latter will take to accomplish his task. Kalidas, in response, explains that he has to neutralise four armed men in a building. “You can speak to him in 5 minutes,” remarks the SP to the higher official, with no shadow of doubt or question.

The same ‘reverence’ for Kalidas is maintained by all characters throughout the movie, minimising the suspense the screenplay offers. He is not just the perfect cop; he is also the loving husband, father and the friendly brother (He also cooks well). Hence, as the movie progresses the thrills are underwhelming, despite Kalidas painstakingly piecing the puzzle together. How can something go wrong when Kalidas is around? Continue reading “Nibunan movie review: Arjun Sarja’s 150th movie doesn’t surprise you — for good, or worse”

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