Manoj Kumar R

The writer is a new media journalist with a keen interest in films, topics of popular interest and social media trends.

Articles By Manoj Kumar R

South Stream: Kumbalangi Nights

In the third edition of South Stream, we recommend Malayalam film Kumbalangi Nights, starring Shane Nigam, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Mathew Thomas, Fahadh Faasil, Anna Ben, Grace Antony and Sooraj Pops among others.

Dorasaani movie review: A squandered opportunity

In Dorasaani, Mahendra uses the feudal backdrop as a bait to lure in the viewers. Only after we take the bite, we realize that the film has no depth and the director was only splashing in shallow waters.

Maarconi Mathaai movie review: Vijay Sethupathi, Jayaram try hard in this poor crowd-pleaser

It is really baffling when a film such as Maarconi Mathaai, which boasts of such talented and experienced cast and crew, feels like a student project for a film school.

Dear Comrade trailer: Vijay Deverakonda seems to play a sober version of Arjun Reddy

Dear Comrade stars Vijay Devarakonda, Rashmika Mandanna, Shruti Ramachandran, Jayaprakash, Brahmaji and Rao Ramesh among others. The film will be released on July 26.

2019: Best of Malayalam cinema so far

The Malayalam film industry continues to lead the way in churning out films of high-quality entertainment, cutting-edge storytelling and very relevant social themes.

South Stream: Shane Nigam’s Ishq

In the second edition of South Stream, we recommend Malayalam film Ishq, starring Shane Nigam, Shine Tom Chacko and Ann Sheetal. Ishq, as its tagline reads, is "not a love story." It is the story of two men trying to strip each other of their treasured masculinity in front of the women they love.

Pathinettam Padi movie review: Neither Mammootty nor Prithviraj can save this film

Pathinettam Padi movie review: The film is crammed with characters and subplots that leave you overwhelmed.

Oh Baby movie review: Samantha Akkineni thrives in this fantasy comedy

Samantha Akkineni thrives in the role that reflects the possibilities of youth, the burden of old age, and the society's indifference to the desires and complaints of old people.

Kadaram Kondan trailer: Vikram promises non-stop action

Kadaram Kondan trailer: The Vikram-starrer is bankrolled by Kamal Haasan’s Raajkamal Films International along with Trident Arts.

iSmart Shankar trailer: Ram Pothineni plays a loud and presumptuous rowdy

iSmart Shankar trailer: iSmart Shankar is a Puri Jagannadh film. Being loud and presumptuous is the birthright of his heroes.

Giving ‘Tamil Ponnu’ connotation to Bigg Boss Tamil 3 is unfair

Madhumitha's 'Tamil ponnu from Tamil Nadu' card may prove detrimental to efforts of other contestants of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.

Luca movie review: A spiritual resistance against death

Luca movie review: Director Arun Bose has extracted an adorable and very relatable performance from Tovino Thomas and Ahaana Krishna.

South Stream: Kamal Haasan’s Michael Madana Kama Rajan

Kamal Haasan's Michael Madana Kama Rajan is a work of pure and unadulterated passion for comedy and cinema, which is a rarity today.

Rustum movie review: This Shivrajkumar film is a joke

Rustum movie review: It seems like the filmmakers tried to pull out a narrative out of thin air after going to the sets. In fact, put a bunch of toddlers in a room and ask them to come up with a story, it will still be a better film than what Ravi Varma and his team have created.

Mallesham movie review: Priyadarshi shines in this no-frills biopic

The life story of Chintakindi Mallesham needed to be told and Mallesham is a well-made celluloid ode to one of the brightest minds of the country.

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 launch highlights: 15 celebrities enter reality show

15 celebrities who entered the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house are Fathima Babu, Losliya, Sakshi Agarwal, Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijay Kumar, Cheran, Sherin Shringar, Mohan Vaithya, Tharshan, Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma.

Kannadada Kotyadhipati offers nothing but good things: Parameshwar Bhat

In an exclusive chat with, Parameshwar Bhat opens up about the challenges that he faces while making every episode of Kannadada Kotyadhipati and the vast experience he has gained directing Bigg Boss Kannada.

What Vijay can learn from Ajith

For starters, Vijay should allow other characters in the film have some degree of prominence in moving the story forward. Especially, when it comes to female characters.

Oh Baby trailer: Samantha Akkineni promises a feel-good comedy drama

Directed by BV Nandini Reddy, Oh Baby stars Samantha Akkineni, Lakshmi, Rajendra Prasad, Rao Ramesh, Naga Shourya and Prudhvi Raj Nethi among others.

Kannadada Kotyadipathi reboots with Puneeth Rajkumar

Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar will return to host Kannadada Kotyadipathi after a gap of seven years.