articles by Ranjani Krishnakumar

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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

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Soorarai Pottru movie review: Sudha Kongara, Suriya tell a moving, poetic biopic without deifying the leading man

I rooted for Suriya's character Maaran when he took flight. But also for director Sudha Kongara as she solidified her position as a rare female filmmaker to narrate a solid mainstream Tamil film.

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As Laxmii releases, revisiting Raghava Lawrence's Kanchana franchise and how well it represents the marginalised

Raghava Lawrence's franchise is successful because he normalises vulnerability. While we can debate if the representation is truly positive or a crude caricature, one would find it difficult to argue that he has any malice or is misguided.

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Putham Pudhu Kaalai movie review: A relatable, yet restrictive, collection of stories of hope in the coronavirus era

The five films in Amazon Prime Video India's maiden Tamil anthology are not all equal, but they are different and thoughtful in interesting ways.

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Varmaa movie review: The insipid ghost of Arjun Reddy

Arjun Reddy made me angry. Varmaa is insipid because it is a half-hearted copy-paste of the original.

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Ka Pae Ranasingam movie review: Aishwarya Rajesh, Vijay Sethupathi's film is incisive commentary on state apathy

Ka Pae Ranasingam reminds us that resistance is an exhausting endeavour; they will not kill you, they will simply wear you down.

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Time Enna Boss: Tamil web series experiments with different forms, but fails to evoke a chuckle

It appears that the makers of the web series want to stay within their comfort zones, recycling gags and making inside jokes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kannamoochi: An indifferent web series where the horror isn’t scary and the thriller has no mystery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dubbing, subtitles and clever casting: Is the web really creating pan-India content?

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'

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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