‘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”… Taapsee Pannu is marvelous in this original, 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, […]

‘Chekka Chivantha Vaanam’ review – a stylized medley of gangster drama clichés sans vital texture

“People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”, goes the popular saying. In a badass antithesis, the powerful gangster family headed by Periyavar (Prakash Raj) lives in a glass bungalow and are also veterans of violence. Mani Ratnam’s latest film Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (Crimson Red Sky) is one that […]