Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category


The Business of Robot (Enthiran)

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 No Comments
The Tamil film Enthiran -- dubbed in Telugu and Hindi (Robot) -- was India's costliest film to date.  According to media reports the film is a runaway hit with record returns.  As the saying goes "Timing is everything" and Enthiran had everything going for it from the start. Here is a look at what made this film such a success and what it means to the future of Indian cinema. Rajnikanth: In the world of Indian commercial cinema, each star aspires ...

Movie Review: My Name is Khan

Monday, February 15th, 2010 1 Comment
Title: My Name is Khan Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Kajol Language: Hindi The increasing trend among Hollywood production companies to make forays into Bollywood, plus the success of Slumdog millionaire has resulted in Indian film directors attempting themes with universal and global appeal.  While this is a welcome development, it is a lot harder to translate this intent into meaningful cinema without forgoing the traditional  formula for success in Bollywood. Trying to please a very broad audience is a tall order. Karan Johar attempts ...

Movie Review: 3 Idiots

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 No Comments
Title: 3 Idiots Starring: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor Language: Hindi This a story of three friends who meet at an Engineering college. Aamir Khan, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi play the three friends while Kareena Kapoor as the heroine and Boman Irani as the heroine's Dad and college Principal comprise the rest of key star cast. The Director of the film, Raju Hirani (of Munnabhai fame) clearly has a great flair for comedy and always manages to blend "messages" into his films. There is ...

Movie Review: Invictus

Sunday, December 13th, 2009 No Comments
Film: Invictus ("unconquered") For more info. on the title click here. Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon This film is based on the book "Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation" and captures the rise of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa post his release from prison and his role in the success of the South African Rugby team in the 1995 World Cup.  Morgan Freeman plays the role of Nelson Mandela, while Matt Damon ...

Movie Review: Unnai pol oruvan

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 No Comments
Language: Tamil (also released in Telugu) Starring: Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal, Lakshmi This film is the Tamil re-make of the successful Hindi film, A Wednesday. The Tamil version sticks to the Hindi version for the most part except for a few twists to suit the south Indian context (CM sounding like Kalaignar, for instance, Lakshmi as the chief secretary, Mohanlal as the malayali cop etc.). Like the original, this film is an engaging thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. Its ...

Movie Review: Pazhassi Raja

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 No Comments
Language: Malayalam (dubbed in other languages Tamil, Telugu) Starring: Mamooty, Sarath Kumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Padmapriya Saw a Malayalam film in the theater after a long time. Pazhassi Raja, a magnum opus by Kerala standards, is a historical film and the costliest Malayalam film ever.  The movie is based on a King named Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja who ruled in the northern part of Kerala in 17th century prior to most well known struggles against the British rule in India. Mamooty handles the ...

Movie Review: Luck By Chance

Sunday, September 6th, 2009 No Comments
Title: Luck by Chance Starring: Farhan Akthar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Isha Shravani (who is who of Bollywood play guest roles) Language: Hindi Watched another Hindi film. Once again, I opted for something out of the mainstream. This is a film about the Hindi film industry itself much like earlier films on similar topic, Page 3 and Fashion. The storyline highlights the role luck plays in success while exposing the workings of the industry as whole -- gossip, affairs, financing, double standards, distrust, insecurity, false ...

Movie Review: Sorry Bhai!

Monday, August 31st, 2009 No Comments
Title:  Sorry Bhai! Starring:  Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi and Chitrangada Singh After a long break I watched a Hindi film.  It turned out to be a film that I had never heard about and one with relatively unknown stars. I was looking for a change from the conventional "boiler plate bollywood". Firstly, the pros -A fairly simple yet bold theme, just a handful of actors, and shot completely in Mauritius so there is plenty of scenic beauty to enjoy.  ...

Movie Review: Subramaniapuram

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 No Comments
Title: Subramaniapuram Language: Tamil Starring: Mostly newcomers Director: Sasi Kumar After quite a long time I watched a Tamil film on a flight. I knew nothing about this film. In fact, I had never heard of it. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  I don't recall seeing any of the actors before either. The film begins dramatically with a prisoner being released and stabbed as he walks out. The rest of the film is mostly in flashback, set in the early 80s in ...

Slumdog Millionaire: Where Bollywood Meets Hollywood

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 No Comments
Title: Slumdog Millionaire Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Freida Pinto Director: Danny Boyle I found Vikas Swarup's  book Q&A to be extremely creative and entertaining.  The film Slumdog Millionaire  builds on the main theme of the book, but it veers off to accommodate hordes of "masala" like car chases, sentimental scenes, stunt sequences, gun shots, the typical Bollywood hero and heroine exchanging looks (with romantic music playing in the background) while a train rushes between them, etc. You get the idea. The ...