Naane Varuvean

In Naane Varuvean, Dhanush, as a writer, tries to cover up the flatness in the story by uniquely placing the conflict. And with Selvaraghavan’s eccentric style of filmmaking, the storytelling becomes much more visual than verbal. Yes, there are areas where the movie takes too much cinematic liberty to make things convenient for the story.… Continue reading Naane Varuvean

Thiruchitrambalam

Urban middle-class comedy is a space where Dhanush has an advantage over his contemporaries. Velai Illa Pattathari’s success cemented his place in that zone. Mithran Jawahar’s Thiruchitrambalam, which has Dhanush along with Nithya Menen, also taps into the fun vibes of that VIP space. Even though it is that standard package love story where the… Continue reading Thiruchitrambalam

Maaran

When you watch Maaran, the new Karthick Naren film starring Dhanush as the title character, the disappointment is mainly due to this naive view of a young filmmaker about journalism. The idea itself feels heavily cliched, and Karthick seems to have no interest in creating characters with flesh and blood. At one point, the pace… Continue reading Maaran

Atrangi Re

Anand L Rai and Himanshu Sharma are two creators who have made some memorable small-town characters. They get the texture of these characters very easily, and even the not-so-great Zero had characters that were fun to watch. Coming to the duo’s new film Atrangi Re, the kind of “celebration” mood Rai and Sharma creates through… Continue reading Atrangi Re

Karnan

With his first film Pariyerum Perumal, Mari Selvaraj had made it very clear that he will be approaching his movies with brutal honesty. His new movie Karnan, starring Dhanush in the title role, is an exhilarating drama with so many layers. The caste-based oppression is the theme that drives the story forward. But Mari Selvaraj… Continue reading Karnan

Pattas

Kodi, the last outing of the combination of RS Durai Senthilkumar and Dhanush was an engaging grey thriller that sort of stayed with me. Coming to the new film from this combo Pattas, the feeling one gets is extremely underwhelming.  Durai Senthilkumar has no intention to surprise the viewer. A tedious screenplay that just doesn’t… Continue reading Pattas