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'36 Vayadhinile': Inspiring and entertaining lightweight drama

Friday, 15 May 2015 13:53
Film: "36 Vayadhinile"; Cast: Jyotika, Rahman, Abirami, Nassar, Delhi Ganesh, Prem, Siddhartha Basu and M.S. Bhaskar; Director: Rosshan Andrrews; Rating: ***1/2Some films need to be appreciated for the impact they leave on the audience. In that sense, Jyotika's comeback film…

'Bombay Velvet' - Rich in texture, synthetic in feel

Friday, 15 May 2015 11:49
Film: "Bombay Velvet"; Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Satyadeep Mishra, Kay Kay Menon, Vivaan Shah and Siddhartha Basu; Director: Anurag Kashyap; Rating: ***Presented in a dark, moody and stylish manner, "Bombay Velvet" is a complex tale of city…

'Danny Collins' - intense and emotionally charged

Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:32
Film: "Danny Collins"; Cast: Al Pacino, Jennifer Garner, Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer, Josh Peck, Michael Caine, Melisa Benoist and Giselle Eisenberg; Director: Dan Fogelman; Rating: ***1/2Released under the PVR Director's Rare banner, writer Dan Fogelman's maiden directorial venture…

'Piku' - An e-motional journey with quirky characters

Friday, 08 May 2015 12:05
Film: "Piku"; Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Raghubir Yadav and Jisshu Sengupta; Director: Shoojit Sircar; Rating: ****1/2The posters and the title scream aloud, "Piku - Motion Se Hi Emotion" and true to its title, there is nothing…

'Vai Raja Vai' - good effort gone awry

Saturday, 02 May 2015 15:57
Film: "Vai Raja Vai"; Cast: Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Sathish, Vivekh, Vasanth Sai, Gayatri Raghuram, Taapsee Pannu, Manobala, Daniel Balaji and Dhanush; Director: Aishwarya Dhanush; Rating: **In "Vai Raja Vai", the lead actors are named after themselves. Gautham Karthik is…

'While We're Young' - amusing mid-life crisis

Friday, 01 May 2015 12:28
Film: "While We're Young"; Cast: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horowitz; Director: Noah Baumbach; Rating: *** Naoh Baumbach's "While We're Young" is a slice of life film that deals with the…

'Dohchay': Fails to rob heart

Saturday, 25 April 2015 14:23
Film: "Dohchay"; Cast: Naga Chaitanya, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Ramachandran, Posani Krishna Murali, Brahmanandam, Saptagiri and Ravi Babu; Director: Sudheer Varma; Rating: **1/2With a title like "Dohchay", which means 'to rob', you expect a movie to do more than just entertain.…

'Jai Ho! Democracy' - pale, frail and stale tale

Friday, 24 April 2015 11:11
Film: "Jai Ho! Democracy"; Cast: Om Puri, Seema Biswas, Annu Kapoor, Aamir Bashir, Satish Kaushik, Adil Hussain; Director: Ranjit Kapoor; Rating: **A farmer hangs himself from a tree at a political rally. And you wonder how much lower the below-the-belt…

'Kanchana 2': weak film in the franchise

Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:41
Film: "Kanchana 2"; Cast: Raghava Lawrencce, Taapse Pannu, Nitya Menen, Jayaprakash and Kovai Sarla; Director: Raghava Lawrencce; Rating: **1/2With the "Kanchana" franchise, which is now about eight years old, Lawrencce had opened the floodgates to several successful horror-comedies in Tamil…

'O Kadhal Kanmani' - With you, without you

Saturday, 18 April 2015 13:53
Film: "O Kadhal Kanmani"; Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Nitya Menen, Prakash Raj and Leela Samson; Director: Mani Ratnam; Rating: ****It doesn't matter if you're a Mani Ratnam fan or not, his latest outing, "O Kadhal Kanmani" is sure to leave you…