Penguin movie review: Keerthy Suresh shoulders thrilling, though unconvincing, search for a lost child
Penguin draws a clear line — this is a story about a mother. Rhythm is only that. For her, and for the film, that is enough.
Ponmagal Vandhal movie review: Jyotika doesn't punch hard but sincerely delivers clarion call to believe women's stories
Ponmagal Vandhal fits perfectly into Jyotika’s pursuit: Every film is a milestone in her single-minded journey of women’s empowerment.
A murder mystery, a society on the brink: Death in Buenos Aires is Natalia Meta's commentary on '80s Argentina
Death In Buenos Aires opens with the face of a beautiful young man sitting at the edge of a luxurious bed. Just behind him, soaked in blood, yet peacefully dead, is a man of Argentinian high society.
Mr Family Man: Praveen Kumar's comedy show is uncompelling, except for a short burst of multilingual wordplay
With a funny punchline here and a smart pun there, Mr. Family Man isn’t entirely unwatchable.
In 2011's Baishe Srabon, literal proof that a satisfying detective story is always about the poetry of pursuit
Inspired perhaps by the De Niro-Pacino buddy cop film Righteous Kill, Srijit Mukherji's Baishe Srabon (2011) investigates a serial killer, who gruesomely murders marginalised Kolkatans in the dead of night and leaves a poem in his wake.
At the outset, Kannamoochi had the potential to be an interesting thriller. The premise revolving around child abduction — especially given it’s a girl child — itself gives the story its tension. But the web series flounders it.
Tamil web series Topless takes a story about women, honour and makes it about the absurdities of men
The one thing that makes Topless, a Zee5 web series, work is that it’s through and through absurdist: There is no meaning, morality, purpose, or even order in its universe. But it stops just short of truly exploring ideas that intersect with honour, and also makes some seriously problematic assumptions.
Queen review: Slow and brooding, Ramya Krishnan stars in a craftily made, J Jayalalithaa-inspired hagiography
If you can look past the biased hero-ing of a controversial figure, Queen is exceptional craft. Over eleven episodes, about 50 minutes each, Queen holds the attention of the viewer, in spite of its slow and lingering style.
Karoline Kamakshi review: Meena — and Tamil audiences — deserve better than this hotchpotch of ineptitude
Karoline Kamakshi, Zee5’s new web series, botches one of the world’s oldest, and perhaps most endearing buddy cop tropes.
Police Diary 2.0: Without skill or sense, the show is a mishmash of unnecessary sex, institutional violence and machoism
Police Diary 2.0, a new web-series streaming on Zee5, is the story of four police officers, led by an SP, who runs the Special Task Force.
Any show not watched in its original language is invariably jarring. Voices don’t match, idioms don’t work, translations are literal, but most irritatingly, when the voice language is localised and subtitles aren’t, it feels like parallel tracks of dialogue | Ranjani Krishnakumar writes in 'Serial Chiller'
Serial Chiller: Zee5's Fingertip is a highly relatable, acutely watchable series about modern Tamil lives
Fingertip, a Zee5 Original Tamil web series, captures our technology-hooked modern lives through the prism of the five deadly sins
Adapted from Indra Soundar Rajan’s novels, by himself, directed immaculately by Naga, Marmadesam, for me, is what nostalgia television is all about.
Tamizha Tamizha is numbly centrist. It does many of the right things — but little to shake up the status quo.
An endeavour of this nature needed better actors, better locations, better action choreography and perhaps more investment. Without these, Thiravam is merely a wannabe in the age of web content, whose earnestness doesn’t compensate for its mediocrity.
There is no doubt that in the world of original web series in Tamil, Auto Shankar ups the ante. But for a form that one watches at home without the darkness of the cinema to suspend disbelief, Auto Shankar gives us a lot of time to fiddle with the phone or step away to make tea.
Watching LOL is like going to a BYOB party where you know no one: you can reasonably guess what’s going to happen, you will be mildly amused, out of alcohol, bored, and will leave without knowing anyone any better.
Mega-serials have everything that our films should have — but don’t — making them utterly delightful to watch. If only we could look beyond our cinema-tinted perspective.
One would expect that Tamil cinema's creative cousin — television — would get half as much, if not the same attention. However, there is very little conversation around Tamil television, forget any scholarly/serious intervention.
Kaatrin Mozhi to 2.0 and Ghajinikanth, how Tamil cinema used self-referencing for easy laughs in 2018
If you have ever taken even the slightest interest in Tamil cinema, you’d know by now that it’s very closely embedded in society and vice versa.