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Veteran actor Radha Ravi tells Sudhir Srinivasan he considers his role in Pisasu to be his best ever and Mysskin to be the most unique director he has ever worked with
  • Our top 20 Tamil films

    Baradwaj Rangan recalls the Tamil films of 2014 that, even if not great in the overall sense, stood out for some reasons.
  • The lotus blooms again

    After a lean phase, Thamarai is back with Yennai Arindhaal. The lyricist in a chat with Subha J. Rao
  • The filmmaker and the keeda

    Amit Masurkar’s indie comedy Sulemani Keeda, which has enjoyed a successful three-week run in select metros, comes to Chennai. Impressed with the film, Sudhish Kamath catches up with the maker
  • On a happy note

    Mundasupatti, Nalanum Nandhiniyum, Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani… it has been a mixed year of sorts for Nandita. What does 2015 hold for her, vishal menon asks the actress
CHENNAI, December 28, 2014

Mexican standoff at Tamil box office

The Tamil film industry may have released a record-breaking 200 films in 2014, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the industry is in the pink of health.In fact, there has often been a clutte... »
A still from the movie.
December 27, 2014

Same old same old

What would Hollywood do without hoary Egyptian myths? When a film franchise runs out of ideas, the failsafe fallback options are time-travelling pharaohs, vengeful mummies and cursed treasure. ... »
December 27, 2014

Tinsel town: The year of the underdogs

In 2014, Mollywood witnessed the emergence of an unlikely star. After offering glimpses of his potential in previous years, Nivin Pauly finally stamped his place in the industry and in the h... »
Stills from Moebius and Winter Sleep
December 26, 2014
Lights, camera, conversation...

A ticket to Bizarro world

Under normal circumstances, this would have given me an aneurysm. I walked into a film a couple of minutes late. If that wasn't bad enough, I did not know the name of the film. I know you t... »
Rahul Bhat in
December 26, 2014

Ugly: Masks off

In Hindi there is a deceptively simple proverb, Bagal mein chhora shehar mein dhindora, which carries a deeper meaning. What you are searching for everywhere is right under your nose. Anura... »
Fans looking at the poster of the film.
New Delhi, December 26, 2014

Playing by the image

Like his counterparts up North, Rajinikanth doesn’t seem interested in breaking off his hard-earned image. Here director K.S. Ravikumar is more interested in catering to what fans expect from the s... »
A scene from Meaghamann
December 25, 2014

Meaghamann: A pretty decent action-adventure

A young drug cartel employee named Siva is shown to be a bad shot — such a bad shot that he misses even the outermost circle of the target board in front of him. (The bullet pathetically pierces t... »
Actor Mohan
December 25, 2014

‘Mike’ Mohan still in demand

Most of Tamil cinema fans in their 30s and 40s grew up watching films featuring Mohan, the actor popularly known as ‘Mike’ Mohan and ‘Silver Jubilee’ Mohan. So, the actor was taken in by surprise w... »
Varun Tej makes his debut in 'Mukunda'
December 25, 2014

Mukunda: One for the discerning viewer

When Srikant Addala comes back with a second film, there are bound to be expectations and comparisons with earlier ones, but those who have seen his Seetamma Vakitlo... will vouch for the fact tha... »
Vaibhav Reddy and Sonam Bajwa in Kappal
December 25, 2014

This Kappal doesn’t sink

The premise of Kappal — three friends willing to go to any lengths to stop the fourth from breaking their childhood promise of celibacy — isn’t altogether rooted in reality. But to be annoy... »

Gets his due, finally

Taking on the taboos

Kasauti (1974)

Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans

‘I’ve never been a rebel’

Filmmaker K. Balachander passes away

Waiting for the verdict

Back in the race

A poster of Lyari Notes.
CHENNAI, December 27, 2014

Lyari Notes, partnership across borders

On December 19, little girls of Lyari, a volatile suburb of Lahore, lit little candles and bent their heads in prayer for the schoolchildren killed by terrorists in the Peshawar attack. In the liv... »
Hansika in a still from
Chennai, December 27, 2014

Hansika has become my lucky charm: Sundar C

Filmmaker Sundar C, who has collaborated with actress Hansika Motwani for the third time in a row in upcoming Tamil action-comedy Aambala, says she’s his lucky charm.“This is the thir... »  
KOZHIKODE, December 27, 2014

N.L. Balakrishnan's photos were out of the world

N.L. Balakrishnan’s true talent lay not in front of the camera, but behind it. Behind the still camera, that is. He was the still photographer of more than 170 films. Among them were classics suc... »
Rahul Ravindran
HYDERABAD, December 26, 2014

Rahul reaps the benefits

The end of 2014 will remain Rahul Ravindran’s most memorable year. The much awaited hit, the first in his career, came in a most unexpected manner. Ala Ela was indeed a surprise hit. After a... »
A scene from
December 26, 2014

Night at the Museum: Let the day break!

Almost a decade back when the museum pieces came alive at night, we had a magical anarchy on display. It was never meant to be an intelligent piece of cinema but when exhibits from different time... »
December 26, 2014

Keerthana’s directorial dreams

Many Tamil cinema fans would remember Keerthana Parthiepan who starred in Mani Ratnam’s Madhavan-starrer Kannathil Muthamittal. After that, she got busy with her studies. But now, it looks... »
A still from Kayal
December 25, 2014

Kayal: Has its moments, but strains too hard to be an epic

The ignition point of every love story is the stretch where the hero and heroine meet – and in Kayal, the director Prabhu Solomon gives us a wonderfully orchestrated sequence. Aaron (Chandran) and... »
Nithiin and Mishti
Hyderabad, December 25, 2014

Chinnadana Neekosam: Old wine, new bottle

There are romantic comedies and then there are romantic comedies that try too hard. A. Karunakaran’s Chinnadana Neekosam starts off looking promising but soon ends up in the latter category... »
Vikram Prabhu and Sri Divya in Vellaikaara Durai
December 25, 2014

Vellaikaara Durai: Harmless fun targeted at B & C centres

Soori (Police Pandi), Vikram Pabhu (Murugan) and their gang take a loan to buy a piece of land and call it Ishtalakshmi Nagar. Moments before flipping this land at a handsome profit they realise th... »
Allu Arjun and Shruti Haasan in Race Gurram.
HYDERABAD, December 25, 2014

A few bright sparks in a bleak year

At a cursory glance, looking for memorable Telugu films among the 2014 releases seems like searching for a needle in a haystack. We didn’t have an uplifting Queen (Hindi), an edgy film-withi... »

Bhale Ramudu (1956)

Emotions in motion

Coming up trumps

A ladies’ man

Obituary: K. Balachander

Hiphop Tamizha on an overdrive

Actress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82

Back to the village

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