articles by Ranjani Krishnakumar

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Nenjam Marappathillai movie review: Selvaraghavan's sexual harassment film addresses everything else but

Nenjam Marappadhillai is a shallow, convenient sort of film, that can only excite those who are already entranced by the Selvaraghavan universe. For the rest of us, it is an exhausting mess.

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Chakra movie review: Vishal, Shraddha Srinath's thriller is a predictable hodgepodge

Chakra is supposed to be the protagonist’s search for his father’s stolen Ashoka Chakra, but it ends up being the audience’s search for a single moment of cleverness or skill

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Kutty Story movie review: Vijay Sethupathi, Gautham Menon's film is an engaging take on love, relationships

Within the constraints of an urban, middle class, heterosexual romance, Kutty Story is an interesting mix of shorts

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Live Telecast review: Disney+ Hotstar horror series is all Kajal Aggarwal's plastic act, Venkat Prabhu's stale humour

From workplace sexual harassment to the voyeurism of the TV viewing public, Live Telecast's handling of important issues exposes its absolute lack of critical thought.

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Eeswaran movie review: Silambarasan is earnest in an otherwise middling family drama

Director Suseenthiran doesn’t know where to take the film once he's established the characters.

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Master movie review: Lokesh Kanagaraj's direction fades in this moderately entertaining Vijay film

Master is unfortunately the kind of film that concerns itself with too many things but can hardly focus on any of it beyond adorning the hero, Vijay.

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Maara movie review: R Madhavan's film demands patience of a hopeless romantic to invest in the story

If you aren’t instinctively drawn to the mystical world creates, R Madhavan's Maara is a drag

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Oru Pakka Kadhai movie review: Balaji Tharaneetharan offers one of the sharpest critiques of modern Tamil society

The biggest success of Oru Pakka Kathai is the adamant normalcy with which it treats everything.

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Triples review: All of Tamil cinema can’t save this bummer of a web series

The biggest shame with Triples is that it had potential. A sharper commentary on the world and a cleverer dialogue writer could have made Triples an absolute delight of a show.

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Andhagaaram movie review: An interesting thriller that is bogged down by tiresome self-actualisation

Soon enough, Andhagaaram gets tiresome. The details unravel painfully slowly, and in excruciating little bursts.

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Mookuthi Amman movie review: Trite and meandering film that wastes its biggest boon in Urvashi

The best thing about Mookuthi Amman is the delicate understanding with which RJ Balaji writes a suffering family. The worst thing about Mookuthi Amman is that everything else is more like trite sketch comedy than a meaningful take on society that’s desperate enough to be voluntarily conned