articles by Ranjani Krishnakumar

Entertainment

Annabelle Sethupathi movie review: Clever, entertaining, but rarely complex

With a little more complexity in screenplay and some wit in dialogue, Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu's horror comedy could have been an absolute feast.

Entertainment

Thalaivi movie review: An awkward Kangana Ranaut in a convenient Jayalalithaa biopic

Thalaivi exaggerates events for dramatic effect so much so that if we made two-three more biopics like this, we would end up giving Jayalalithaa sainthood.

Entertainment

Laabam movie review: Lazy writing, flimsy storytelling fail to convey film's purpose

Laabam is mired by tiresome public speeches, awkward fights, dance numbers and television debates, none of which add any value to the story.

Entertainment

Lol: Enga Siri Papom review — A drought of humour

Lol: Enga Siri Paapom is riding on very little creativity and riddled with body-shaming, classist, jokes. Skip this show and find something better to do with your time.

Entertainment

Kasada Tabara movie review: An enjoyable anthology with flawed, real characters

Chimbu Devan's biggest success in Kasada Tabara is the people with who he populates his film. We understand his world, even feel like we belong in it.

Entertainment

Boomika movie review: Aishwarya Rajesh, director Rathindran R Prasad’s eco-horror feature is a tropey affair

All said and screamed, Boomika is a tepid film, which invokes neither fear nor feeling. We’re neither left with the satisfaction of being scared to our bone, nor do we leave purposefully towards being more sustainable.

Entertainment

Netrikann movie review: Thriller, starring Nayanthara, is an engaging story of underdogs but offers few surprises

The best part of Netrikann was how Nayanthara as Durga never loses her vulnerability. Every time there is a ‘mass’ moment for Nayanthara, it’s quickly followed by a grounding event for Durga.

Entertainment

Navarasa review: Netflix Tamil anthology is a mixed bag of few watchable, some problematic, mostly banal stories

From irritatingly self-referential and boringly stale shorts, unpleasant surprises to heartening narratives, Mani Ratnam's Tamil anthology is a sum total of its disparate parts.

Entertainment

Thittam Irandu movie review: Vignesh Karthick aims to deliver an important social message but gets it awfully jumbled

The only thing going for Thittam Irandu is that it holds up the suspense until the final reveal. The final reveal, however, is a monstrous disappointment.

Entertainment

Sarpatta Parambarai movie review: Arya, Pa Ranjith create a layered drama that captures rhythms of the sports genre

Pa Ranjith straddles his roles as a storyteller and an anthropologist with precision. This film certainly packs a punch.

Entertainment

Jagame Thandhiram movie review: Dhanush, Kartik Subbaraj gangster film is confused, self-indulgent, inconsiderate

The film cannot make up its mind between being an empathetic story about xenophobia or a mass gangster film about a borderline psychopath.

Entertainment

November Story review: Tamannaah fails to hit the mark in Indhra Subramanian's clever web series

November Story is an excellent entry into the pure-play murder mystery genre, but fails to deliver a satisfying pay-off.

Entertainment

With unapologetic entertainers, KV Anand rescued audience from drudgery of everyday life

There are only two ways to read KV Anand’s work — you either suspend the last shred of disbelief and let yourself have a ball or be the pedant who stays dissatisfied. There is nothing in between.

Entertainment

Paramapadham Vilayattu movie review: Trisha thriller loses plot to predictability, leaving us to a boring fare

Paramapadham Vilayattu's plot and the politics is excruciatingly stale, making it barely watchable.

Entertainment

Karnan movie review: Dhanush, Mari Selvaraj deliver an audacious film about a community’s fight for dignity

Mari Selvaraj takes a giant leap with Karnan, arguably more gut-wrenching and bold in its messaging than Pariyerum Perumal.

Entertainment

Mandela movie review: Madonne Ashwin's film is a balcony view of the darkly amusing times we live in

Against the backdrop of the upcoming assembly elections, Mandela is a film that will remind us of our priorities. It will encourage us to think about our rights as people and our power when we're together.

Entertainment

Anbirkiniyal movie review: Keerthy Pandian shines in this chilling, satisfying film featuring vignettes of urban life

Anbirkiniyal is a delightful story of a survivor, one which offers hope that with a little effort, all can be good in the world.

Entertainment

Sulthan movie review: Karthi's film suffers from confused messaging with a dash of masala

Without a strong moral core, Sulthan neither evokes empathy nor inspires respect for what the film's protagonist stands for

Entertainment

Teddy movie review: Novel premise aside, director Shakti Soundar Rajan's film has little going for it

For a thriller, it offers no real thrills. For a comedy, the jokes don’t land. For a fantasy film, it is unimaginative. Overall, it’s barely watchable.