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Saavat Review: Could have been a brilliant novel, makes for a terrible film

Language: Marathi | Genre: Crime fiction, Supernatural thriller | Streaming on: Netflix After a short prologue, Saurabh Sinha’s Saavat (2019) begins with a woman “penning her thoughts” which she claims “has been her only solace”. She questions her entire existence—am I a good woman? a good mother? a good daughter?Continue readingSaavat Review: Could have been a brilliant novel, makes for a terrible film

Kaithi review: A near-perfect thriller with phenomenal performances, but something still nags me about it

In spite all the brilliance I saw on screen, there is something that still nags me: Lokesh Kanagaraj is building the quintessential man’s world. While he acknowledges the existence of women and has even developed an eye for their experiences, he’s involuntarily erasing their existence by making them the emotional anchor. … Continue readingKaithi review: A near-perfect thriller with phenomenal performances, but something still nags me about it

Aadai review: Dear male filmmakers, please don’t misuse your freedom to make feminist films.

‘Aadai’ begins 200 years ago, with the story of Nangeli and her fight to wear what she wants. After the animated prologue and the moral science lesson (“all freedoms we live today have claimed many lives in the past”), we move to the present. We meet Kamini. Kamani — givenContinue readingAadai review: Dear male filmmakers, please don’t misuse your freedom to make feminist films.

Vellai Pookal review: A good enough mystery for Sunday home video.

Rudhran has a (not-so) unique investigation technique. He stands in the crime scene, plays the possibilities back in his mind and deducts/detects the crime. When the answer doesn’t fall into his lap, he interrogates suspects in his imagination too. In Vellai Pookal (2019), this is treated somewhat like a cut-awayContinue readingVellai Pookal review: A good enough mystery for Sunday home video.

‘Viswasam’ Review: Nayanthara Should Be The Hero Of This Ajith-Starrer

Viswasam begins as you’d expect: full of build up for Thookkudurai. Even his detractors stand up respectfully for him subconsciously. Nothing in the village happens without his consent. He’s their protector and father figure. He is powerful and loved. Yet, this benevolent overlord is underlined by a sense of melancholy. AContinue reading‘Viswasam’ Review: Nayanthara Should Be The Hero Of This Ajith-Starrer