Katheyondu Shuruvagide (Kannada) Movie Review:

This one is like a gentle breeze at the sea shore. You just need to relax and go with the flow. Tarun is an owner of a resort that is currently running under a loss. Then comes a guest Tanya who has her own worries. As the story unfolds, both strike a sweet little friendship. Diganth as Tarun appears more mature in this role. The movie is bit slow in parts. Also the climax seems be rushed and cinematic.

It could have been open ended leaving it to the imagination of the audience. The cinematography is really commendable and adding to it is beautiful locations. The music is gentle like the breeze at the sea shore.

The movie has top notch performances by Diganth and Pooja Devariya, well supported by others like Ashwin Rao Pallakki, Shreya Anchan, Babu Hirannaiah and Aruna Balaraj who are perfectly chosen for this movie. Katheyondu Shuruvagide ( One story has started..) has a soulful and satisfying story. It could bring a smile on your face. Recommended. My rating is 3.5/5. It could have been 4/5, but the climax seemed a let down.






96 (Tamil) Movie Review:

This movie makes one feel nostalgic and takes back in time to remember ones childhood days. It is not many movies in which heroine has an equal role in the script, the best thing is this one does. The first 5-6 minutes of the movie sets the tone of the movie. It is about Ram (Vijay Sethupathi), a travel photographer. It is the diversion that takes him to his native, Tanjore. It brings back his memories of his childhood days. He stops by the school where he had studied 22 years back, he calls his friend who is part of a dormant WhatsApp group, and they all decide to have a reunion. And that is where he meets Janaki, once again, after a gap of 22 years.

The first half is where the beautiful teenage love story is narrated and the separation. The wonderful way in which legend Illayaraja’s songs have been used in the movie to represent the love story between Ram and Janaki. Shanmuga Sundaram’s cinematography shows night lit Chennai beautifully.

The casting is excellent, the actors who play the younger Ram and Janu — Adithya Bhaskar and Gouri Kishan are equally good as Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha. Prem Kumar’s wonderful onscreen storytelling does creates magic. My rating is 4/5. Highly recommended.


Ratsasan (Tamil) Movie Review:

The BGM is the main hero of the movie, it becomes the soul of the movie.

Gibran’s haunting score creeps into the script and speaks the fear in its own language, this is one of the best and disturbing thrillers I have seen of late about psychopath serial killer who targets teenage girls.

The narrative is very gripping and keeps you on the edge of the seat. The unpredictable suspense makes it even more engrossing. The twists in the tale are believable. This is one such movie where everything is perfectly done from performances to editing. The last movie I liked Vishnu Vishal was in the sci fi movie Indru Netru Naalai.

The director is obviously a serial killer movie fan and made a movie which is almost a tribute to all the books by Thomas Harris and James Patterson. The hero’s one room house on the terrace is like a library of psychopathic serial killers, with paper cuttings, etc stuck to the wall like stick it notes.

This movie goes on to prove that you don’t really need gore in thrillers like this one, wonderful BGM and sharp editing that compliment screen play and direction can do wonders. Director Ram does a wonderful job and makes this one a masterpiece thriller that will be remembered for a long time. My rating is 4.5/5. Highly recommended.


Fatal Promise (D.I. Kim Stone, #9) Book Review

D.I.Kim Stone had become part of my life sometime back. After the tragic and heart breaking climax of book#8, I wanted to know how Kim and her team moved ahead? So, was eagerly waiting for this book. After the last case, Kim Stone’s small team was moved to various stations to handle different things. Now, they regroup to catch a serial killer.

They have got Kev Dawson’s replacement, but Kim isn’t willing to accept his replacement Penn. With each book, we get to Kim Stone and her team members: Byrant and Stacy better. Especially, Kim, who thinks she is personally responsible for Dawson’s death, retreating into her shell like a tortoise, boxing the things that bother her much. Kim doesn’t even open with her best friend at work Bryant.

Though Kim has returned to work after the surgery, her boss Woody wants to know if she mentally fit for re-joining work? Ted’s analysis of Kim towards the end and even Byrant’s chat with Kim are well done. I had to re-read those parts as they were best parts of this book. Angela Marsons happens one of the best crime writers of our time. This one is the best longest series I have read so far. Still it is as good as any book in this series. I highly recommend this series to those who like suspense and nail biting thrillers.


Badhaai Ho (Hindi) Movie review

The plot is different and unique of a middle aged couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) who get unexpectedly pregnant. The problem is that they have a marriable son Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and second son Gullar (Shardul Rana) who is giving his board exams. Above all, the father Jitu is nearing retirement.

The best thing about this movie is focus on the romantic side of middle aged couple Priyamvada Kaushik (Neena Gupta) and Jeetender Kaushik (Gajraj Rao) rather than son Nakul (Ayushmann Khurrana) and his love interest Reene (Sanya Malhotra). The situational comedy works very well and keeps one entertained from start to finish. Though the climax will make one feel emotional.

Surekha Sikri, who plays the dadi, gives good support to the lead actors. Though she is old fashioned, but she is too good when speaking about her bahu with a baby bump. Badhaai Ho promises a novel experience, with good tracks like Badhaiyaan Tenu’, ‘Naina Na Jodeen’ and ‘Sajan Bade Senti’ which fit in the movie perfectly. Though the plot is pretty simple, but the writing is detailed. Everyone have performed well. My rating is 4/5. Highly recommended.


Andhadhun (Hindi) Movie Review:

What is life? It runs on liver. Wow! I haven’t seen a brilliant thriller in Hindi movies for quite sometime. This one is surely the best nail biting or edge of seat thrillers of this year. It is difficult to make a thriller as audience have seen better suspense movies in their lives and they can judge how the next scene would be like.Sriram Raghavan, the director of this movie knows how to bring out the rabbit out of the magician’s hat in a different way! Akash (Ayushmann Khurrana) the leading man of the movie is just brilliant in this role of a blind man.

Akash, a piano player, was not born blind but tells us he lost his eyesight when struck by a cricket ball at the age of fourteen. Tabu is perfect playing the woman without a conscience. You can’t predict what is going to happen next ? The suspense isn’t whether Akash is blind or not? It is much more than that! Andhadhun is a rare thriller to Bollywood which is starved of good movies like this one.

The writing and execution of the characters is outstanding. A policeman, played by a hilarious Manav Vij, eats sixteen eggs a day “for protein,” fears his wife and, despite his beefy body, is a chicken at home, though he is called ‘Singham’ by his lover Tabu. Tabu’s character is extraordinary, nothing like that she has played before. Radhika Apte is good in her role. Sriram Raghvan has delivered what seems like an impossible thriller. My rating is 5/5. Highly recommended!


Tumbbad (Hindi) Movie review

Two reasons why I wanted to watch this one: I hadn’t watched a movie in theatres for quite sometime and this one got good reviews. Also it is produced by Anand L Rai, who has directed some pretty good movies like Tanu Weds Manu and its wonderful sequel. However, this one isn’t for everyone and it is slow paced and has gore, dark and deep, above all not your usual popcorn movie. It is set in pre and post independence periods which makes it feel more authentic. Technically, the movie is very good. Especially, visuals and the way Tumbadd is shown onscreen, Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography gives the movie a great effect . The BGM is well supported with the setting and visuals to give it an eerie feel. It is the fear of the unseen legend and mythical creature called Hastar, which is well supported by human greed that sets the tone of the movie. Sohum Shah who plays adult Vinayak is brilliant, has dedicated seven years of his life for this movie. All actors in the movie have done good job. Tumbbad is the story of a boy who grows up obsessed with the mythical treasure. As he grows up, he finds a way to get it, coin by coin, going deep and deeper into the forbidden abyss. Vinayak gets addicted to narrow escapes and keeps going back to the abyss for more, which goes on for over thirty years. The film is presented in chapters and the final chapter concludes post independence. It ends up as a moral tale on human greed, which can be more scary than any supernatural entity. I am reducing half a star for making me feel sleepy while watching it. Especially, the first part before the interval. My rating is 3.5/5. Recommended if you want to see something different in horror genre and if you could sit through its slow pace.