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Manoj Kumar R


The writer is a new media journalist with a keen interest in films and social media trends. Follow Manoj on Twitter: @ImMKR

Karthi’s Aayirathil Oruvan may have flopped, but remains an important movie of our times
Wed, May 25, 2022

As Karthi celebrates his 45th birthday, we revisit his most important performance of his career in Aayirathil Oruvan.

Kamal Haasan on his 40-year friendship with Rajinikanth: ‘At 25, we predicted how our journey should end’
Tue, May 24, 2022

At the Vikram audio and trailer launch, Kamal Haasan talked about his over 40-year friendship with Rajinikanth.

‘The complete actor’ is not just a sobriquet, but Mohanlal’s legacy
Sat, May 21, 2022

Mohanlal fully surrenders to the vision of a director. And that's what has allowed him to churn out such a sprawling oeuvre.

12th Man movie review: Jeethu Joseph’s storytelling outshines Mohanlal
Sat, May 21, 2022

12th Man movie review: The film is a director's canvas. The actors have very little to do as most of the narrative load remains firmly on screenplay and editing. It's a very minimalistic locked-room drama, which plays out like an Agatha Christie story.

Don movie review: Sivakarthikeyan is in his element in this pleasant campus drama
Fri, May 13, 2022

Don review: The film is pleasant from the word go, thanks mainly to the charm of Sivakarthikeyan. It is very easy to accept him in this role given the film also closely resembles the struggles he faced in real life before he became a movie star.

Puzhu review: An in-form Mammootty makes us empathise with a bigot
Fri, May 13, 2022

Puzhu movie review: Puzhu distinguishes itself from other movies that examine the dehumanising effects of the caste system by being completely non-judgemental.

Sarkaru Vaari Paata review: Mahesh Babu’s boyish charm can’t save this misfire
Sun, May 15, 2022

Sarkaru Vaari Paata movie review: The Mahesh Babu starrer talks about the growing menace of rich people defaulting on bank loans, the government-corporate nexus that enables such financial crimes and how the burden inflicted on the banking system by bad loans is shifted to hard-working, law-abiding and docile citizens.

Saani Kaayidham movie review: Keerthy Suresh, Selvaraghavan shine in this unrestrained flow of savagery
Fri, May 06, 2022

Saani Kaayidham movie review: Saani Kaayidham is a no-nonsense revenge drama with non-stop action, meaning an unrestrained flow of savagery.

Selvaraghavan on Saani Kaayidham: ‘I used to call Dhanush every half an hour for inputs’
Thu, May 05, 2022

Saani Kaayidham was a steep learning curve for filmmaker Selvaraghavan as it sort of challenged everything he thought he knew about acting.

Acharya movie review: Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan seem inadequate to save this spiritless film
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Acharya movie Review: The writing is so poor that even the two actors' massive stardom feels inadequate to lift this movie. It's a snooze fest.

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal movie review: Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara film is a colossal mess
Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal movie review: This film is Vignesh's wishful dream about an average Joe becoming a chick magnet.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu, the unconventional heroine who made her own rules
Thu, Apr 28, 2022

As Samantha Ruth Prabhu celebrates her 35th birthday, we take a deep dive into her professional and public life as she continues to scale new heights every passing year.

Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal: Something doesn’t feel right about this Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi movie
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Nayanthara and Samantha are fierce symbols of women's agency in our film fraternity. And it feels like a sore thumb to see them compete in a dance-off to Two Two Two song to win the admiration of a man, who clearly cannot commit and devote himself to either one of them.

Oh My Dog movie review: A watchable fable for kids and grown-ups
Thu, Apr 21, 2022

Oh My Dog movie review: This is not just about an abandoned puppy finding love. It is about a band of people, traditionally considered weak who stand up for themselves and stick it to the big guy.

What we will lose if Indian filmmakers only made movies like RRR, KGF 2…
Wed, Apr 20, 2022

Amid growing clamor for making more and more spectacle cinema like KGF 2 and RRR, we have put together a list of movies whose contribution to our life cannot be gauged by their box office numbers.

Prashanth Neel is Zack Snyder on steroids and KGF Chapter 2 is his amusement park
Sun, Apr 17, 2022

KGF 2: Prashanth Neel is like Hollywood director Zack Snyder but on steroids. He wants to churn out massive cinematic moments one after another even at the expense of emotional connection between the audience and the movie.

Beast movie review: Unapologetic fan service
Thu, Apr 14, 2022

Beast movie review: Nelson Dilipkumar could have used this plot set-up to turn in a nail-biting thriller. Instead, he gives us an unapologetic crowd-pleaser.

Why KGF Chapter 2’s performance cannot be compared with Beast: The reason is Vijay, and his image
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Let us also not make the mistake of comparing Yash's KGF: Chapter 2 box office performance with the Hindi version of Beast, starring Vijay. At this stage, the Hindi release of Beast under the title Raw is just a formality, carried out maybe due to peer pressure.

Beast star Vijay says he’s a ‘firm believer in God’: ‘I go to church, temple, dargah’
Tue, Apr 12, 2022

In his first interview in 10 years, Beast actor Vijay opened up on his relationship with father and how he respects and believes in all religions. He also spoke about son Jason Sanjay’s career plans.

SS Rajamouli’s RRR is a hat tip to diversity, thumbs down to hate
Tue, Mar 29, 2022

In SS Rajamouli's RRR, Ram Charan's Rama Raju and Jr NTR's Bheem represent two opposing forces of nature: fire and water, respectively.

Mythological themes of SS Rajamouli’s RRR: How Jr NTR, Ram Charan film borrows from Ramayan, Mahabharat
Sun, Mar 27, 2022

Not just from history, SS Rajamouli has also borrowed themes from Indian mythology for RRR. Here are the three main mythological themes of the Jr NTR and Ram Charan film.

RRR box office prediction: SS Rajamouli’s new epic likely to beat Baahubali 2 opening record
Fri, Mar 25, 2022

Trade expects SS Rajamouli's RRR to gross more than Rs 100 crore from its ticket sales on its opening day in the Telugu states alone. The big question is: Will it be as big as Baahubali?

Decoding SS Rajamouli’s success ahead of RRR: A director who sells more tickets than superstars
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

SS Rajamouli has captured a unique space in Indian cinema. It's a rarity to find a director who sells more tickets than the leading stars of a movie. And in that respect, he has monopolized that space.

Achcham Madam Naanam Payirppu trailer: Akshara Hassan starrer shines light on sex-positive culture
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Achcham Madam Naanam Payirppu is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on March 25.

Lalitham Sundaram movie review: Manju Warrier, Biju Menon star in a wannabe Kapoor & Sons
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

Lalitham Sundaram movie review: Not a single moment in the film feels honest and heartfelt. The complexities of modern-work culture go beyond the uneven work-life balance. It's high time our filmmakers also understand that.