Varaal Review | Thamarakkulam’s Political Thriller Is Better off as a Lucifer Spoof

Kannan Thamarakkulam is a director who has maintained consistency in keeping his movies in that trashy space. Writer Anoop Menon has shown interest in that trashy terrain through his last two directorial ventures, Padma and King Fish. Varaal, the new Malayalam political thriller, marks the teaming up of these two talents, and barring the length… Continue reading Varaal Review | Thamarakkulam’s Political Thriller Is Better off as a Lucifer Spoof


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


The B and C center-oriented template village drama seems like a go-to option for actors in the Tamil industry to maintain a fan base on a larger scale. Almost every actor has opted for such stories, some of which have got immense commercial success. Viruman, starring Karthi, is the actor’s new try at the village… Continue reading Viruman


In movies based on real-life incidents, the cinematic elements are usually added in a way one would know that certain phases in the screenplay are deliberately dramatized. Pada, directed by Kamal KM, is a film that has less interest in making it excessively cinematic. Instead of taking too much cinematic liberty to make it pleasing,… Continue reading Pada


Like any other anthology that got released during the lockdown, the new one in Netflix presented by Mani Ratnam, Navarasa, is a mixed bag in terms of quality. While the eldest one in the lot, Priyadarshan, came up with the banalest creation, the young gun Karthick Naren impressed me the most with his grip on… Continue reading Navarasa


There is a B and C center audience in Tamil Nadu who is okay with a Kadaikutty Singham and Namma Veettu Pillai. And there are a lot of commercially successful films of similar nature where you clearly can sense the absence of subtlety in narration and presentation. Vetri Maaran’s Asuran is in a way his… Continue reading Asuran