‘Soorarai Pottru’ review – Suriya’s rousing aviation drama lands straight into your heart

I have always wondered why Suriya never received the hype that he duly deserved. Not that popularity is a barometer to an actor’s histrionic merits but it is a measure of any artist’s perceived value. Suriya is (arguably) the best-looking actor working in Tamil cinema today. Irrespective of the quality […]

‘Asuran’ review – a revenge saga with a statement on India’s caste-class divide

We live in times when the civilians and several of India’s ruling party representatives have begun questioning the reservations set aside for the disadvantaged Scheduled Castes/Tribes (SC/ST). It is at this outset that director Vetrimaaran brings to us Asuran – a compelling period drama set between the 1950s and mid-1980s). […]

‘Game Over’ review – Taapsee Pannu is marvelous in this unapologetic panic fest

Midway through Ashwin Saravanan’s genre-bending thriller Game Over, we tend to correlate the key protagonist Swapna’s (Taapsee Pannu) tribulations to her vocation – that of a game developer. The director smartly intersperses his frames with numerous quotes and subtle hints to establish this strange yet possible connection. Swapna is shown […]

“Petta”… A smashing tribute to Rajinikanth that transports you to the ’90s!

Ever considered an outsider’s idea of a quintessential Rajinikanth film? Especially of the strata that generalize ‘South movies’ based on the ones they see dubbed on Hindi satellite channels. According to them, the superstar’s film contains flips (cigarettes, sunglasses and pretty much everything that he gets hold of), slow-motion action, […]