'Aaha Kalyanam' review: This Tamil film is a faithful remake sans creativity

'Aaha Kalyanam' review: This Tamil film is a faithful remake sans creativity Cast: Nani, Vaani Kapoor, Badava Gopi and Simran Director: A. Gokul Krishna Rating: 2.5 out of 5 'Aaha Kalyanam', the southern remake of Hindi entertainer 'Band Baaja Baaraat', is a faithful attempt by debutant director A. Gokul Krishna. But the biggest problem with it is that it's a frame-to-frame copy of the original and that too sans creativity. For all those who have watched the original, the film will turn...
03:09:27 PM Feb 22, 2014

'Inga Enna Solludhu' review: This Tamil film is really boring

'Inga Enna Solludhu' review: This Tamil film is really boring Cast: VTV Ganesh, Meera Jasmine, Santhanam, Srinath, Pandiarajan, Swarnamalya, Mayilsamy, Silambarasan and Andrea Jeremiah Director: Vincent Selva Rating: 1 out of 5 It's brave on the part of producer-turned-actor VTV Ganesh to play the lead in a film which is more or less a semi-autobiography based on events from his own life. It is not because Ganesh plays the lead that 'Inga Enna Solludhu' is unarguably boring, but because it...
05:49:17 PM Feb 02, 2014

'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' review: This Tamil film is bold, quirky

'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' review: This Tamil film is bold, quirky Cast: Prasanna Venkatesan, Lekha Washington, Delhi Ganesh, Uma Padmanabhan and Crazy Mohan Director: R.S Prasanna Rating: 4 out of 5 What makes a man a 'man'? The premise of the boldly entertaining 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' surrounds whether the answer to the question is a man's ability to perform in bed. The film's narrative captures scenes from a south Indian arranged marriage and helps us understand that the true definition of...
03:16:14 PM Dec 28, 2013

'Ivan Vera Mathiri' review: This Tamil film has an intelligent premise

'Ivan Vera Mathiri' review: This Tamil film has an intelligent premise Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Vamsi Krishna, Surabhi, Ganesh Venkatraman and Hariraj Director: M Saravanan Rating: 3 out of 5 Usually, the rise of a common man against evil always results in violence and the immediate formation of an overnight leader. But our common man, played by Vikram Prabhu, is well read, comes from a decent middle class family, is currently job hunting and prefers to use brains over brawn when he...
05:41:45 PM Dec 14, 2013

'Irandam Ulagam' review: A complicated screenplay ruins this Tamil film

'Irandam Ulagam' review: A complicated screenplay ruins this Tamil film Cast: Arya, Anushka Shetty Director: Selvaraghavan Rating: 2 out of 5 Selvaraghavan's fascination for romance has been evident since his maiden film and he has always approached it in his own style, contrary to how love stories have been captured on celluloid over the years. All his love stories so far have been received well by audiences and have been lauded for maintaining realism in their portrayal. However, In 'Irandam...
12:21:56 PM Nov 23, 2013

'Pandiya Naadu' review: It's a powerful revenge drama

'Pandiya Naadu' review: It's a powerful revenge drama Cast: Vishal Krishna Reddy, Lakshmi Menon, Bharathiraja, Vikranth, Soori and Sharath Lohitashwa Director: Suseenthiran Rating: 3.5 out of 5 A grieving father conceals his happiness with an awkward smile when he comes to learn that the man responsible for his son's death is dead too. He silently walks into his room, breathes a sigh of relief and picks up his crying grandson and takes a stroll. This is one of...
11:15:40 AM Nov 04, 2013

'Arrambam' review: This Tamil film works solely on Ajith's charisma

'Arrambam' review: This Tamil film works solely on Ajith's charisma Cast: Ajith Kumar, Nayanthara, Arya, Rana Daggubati, Tapsee Pannu, Mahesh Manjrekar, Atul Kulkarni, Suman Ranganathan Director: Vishnuvardhan Rating: 2 out of 5 Remember how the 'Die Hard' series in the fourth and fifth instalment was all about Bruce Willis performing age-defying stunts and entertaining fans of the franchise; likewise Tamil film 'Arrambam' is all about Ajith Kumar. Glorifying actors, already being worshipped as gods, Tamil cinema continues to make films...
02:57:31 PM Nov 02, 2013

'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' review: It's a film with purpose

'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' review: It's a film with purpose Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Ashwin Kakumanu, Swathi Reddy, Nandita, MS Bhaskar, Livingston Director: Gokul Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Not all comedies are made with a purpose to entertain and educate viewers. It's a rarity in Tamil cinema to expect a film to even remotely try anything beyond merely entertaining its audiences, let alone inspire them. Surprisingly, 'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' (IAB) doesn't merely entertain, but also addresses a domestic issue with...
11:25:13 AM Oct 03, 2013

'Onayum Aatukuttiyum' review: It's an edge-of-the-seat tale

'Onayum Aatukuttiyum' review: It's an edge-of-the-seat tale Cast: Mysskin, Sri, Neelima Rani, Srinivas, Aditya Menon and Shaji Director: Mysskin Rating: 4 out of 5 A man lying on the road in the middle of the night is critically injured by a bullet shot. He is drenched in a pool of blood. Bystanders look at him and even sympathise, but nobody cares to give him medical attention. This is how Mysskin mocks at the society we live in...
11:50:37 AM Sep 28, 2013

'Ya Ya' review: This Tamil film banks on stereotypes

'Ya Ya' review: This Tamil film banks on stereotypes Cast: Shiva, Santhanam, Dhansika, Sandhya, Srinivasan, Illavarasu and Devadarshini Director: I Rajasekaran Rating: 2 out of 5 We all love to sit back and laugh our way through a film. But, what if this happens week after week for months on end? Tamil cinema has been going through this phase for nearly a year now as every alternate film that releases belongs to the comedy genre. It was fun for...
01:10:33 PM Sep 22, 2013

'6 Candles' review: Shaam excels in this otherwise lousy Tamil film

'6 Candles' review: Shaam excels in this otherwise lousy Tamil film Cast: Shaam Ibrahim, Poonam Kaur, Nagineedu, Anil Murali, Narayan Director: VZ Dhorai Rating: 2 out of 5 Shaam's '6 Candles' is an over-the-top version of Liam Neeson's 'Taken' that seldom takes itself seriously throughout the film. A story of a missing child that gets linked to a multi-million dollar child trafficking business, '6 Candles' has moments of brilliance, but it does not quite capitalise on that enough. Despite the effort...
01:19:47 PM Sep 21, 2013

'Moodar Koodam' review: The film steers away from stereotypes

'Moodar Koodam' review: The film steers away from stereotypes Cast: Naveen, Sentrayan, Kuberan, Rajaj, Jayaprakash, Anupama Kumar, Oviya Director: Naveen Rating: 3.5 out of 5 The success of films such as 'Soodhu Kavvum', 'Pizza', 'Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom' and 'Neram' has proved that Tamil cinema doesn't rely anymore on hero-worshipping, big ticket films. Debutant Naveen's 'Moodar Koodam' (MK), which revolves around four unemployed wastrels, is the latest addition to that list of Tamil films that have managed to impress...
11:15:58 AM Sep 14, 2013

'Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam' review: This Tamil film entertains

'Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam' review: This Tamil film entertains Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Soori, Sri Divya, Sathyaraj, Sri Ranjini Director: Ponram Rating: 3 out of 5 With four back-to-back hits, Sivakarthikeyan must have realised that his strength lies in comedy and in making films that appeal to masses more than multiplex-goers. He has got it right one more time with his latest film 'Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam' (VVS) that more or less, follows the same path of several of his own films...
01:06:16 PM Sep 07, 2013

'Thanga Meengal' review: This Tamil film is a brave attempt

'Thanga Meengal' review: This Tamil film is a brave attempt Cast: Ramsubramaniam, Shelly Kishore, Sadhana, Rohini, Padmapriya Director: Ramsubramaniam Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Ram's 'Thanga Meenal' is not your ordinary Tamil film that comes week after week. It's a rare children's film that rises to live up to its purpose while stumbling along the way. Despite being overly sentimental and bravely taking a dig at primary school education system and a few other things, 'Thanga Meengal' is a coming-of-age...
12:29:59 PM Aug 31, 2013

'Ponmaalai Pozhudhu' review: Good story, bad execution

'Ponmaalai Pozhudhu' review: Good story, bad execution Cast: Aadhav Kannadasan, Gayathrie, Kishore, Anupama Kumar, Arul Dass Director: AC Durai Rating: 2 out of 5 Within a span of two weeks, Tamil cinema has witnessed two films 'Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer' (AKS) and 'Ponmaalai Pozhudhu' (PP) addressing a more or less similar issue openly. The former was lauded for its swift screenplay and the sensitivity with which it handled a domestic issue, while the latter has earned stiff criticism...
10:29:48 AM Aug 30, 2013
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