articles by Sreedhar Pillai

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Kollywood faces unprecedented economic, social challenges once lockdown lifts

Once private finances dry up in Kollywood, the number of film productions will reduce drastically, with no guarantee of a theatrical release.

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Theatres in Kerala under lockdown until 31 March due to Coronavirus outbreak; Tovino Thomas and Mohanlal's films postponed

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan ‘requested’ theatres to close down till 31 March, as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of coronavirus

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Trance releases worldwide a week after Kerala premiere; why Malayalam cinema should aim for simultaneous opening

Mixed reviews and underwhelming box office opening of Fahadh Faasil's Trance in Kerala has dampened its collection post release in the rest of India.

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Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal movie review: Dulquer Salmaan's long-delayed Tamil release is a breath of fresh air

Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal may have faced numerous delays in hitting the theatres but to its credit, Dulquer Salmaan's new Tamil film does not look dated.

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Mafia: Chapter I movie review — Arun Vijay's thriller is an uber-stylish film with a wafer-thin plot

Mafia showcases a face-off between the Narcotics Control Bureau chief Aryan and Diwakar, a drug lord masquerading as a respectable businessman

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Naan Sirithal movie review: Hiphop Tamizha's film has simple, sweet messaging but a wafer-thin plot

In Naan Sirithal, the entertainment elements are there but there is a lack of a cohesive story to package them.

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Vaanam Kottattum movie review: Vikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Rajesh's drama is a feel-good, family-friendly film

Vaanam Kottattum moves at such a leisurely pace, that the 124 minutes film feels too long and stretched

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Dagaalty movie review: Santhanam's comedian-turned-actor stint cannot salvage this illogical, unfunny mess

In Dagaalty, Santhanam's efforts to masquerade himself as a superstar clone sticks out like a sore thumb.

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Pattas movie review: Dhanush is terrific as a mass hero but film fails to go beyond a regular 'festival special'

Pattas is virtually a one-man show by Dhanush as he appears in almost every frame of the film.

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Hero movie review: Sivakarthikeyan takes a detour from romantic comedies but film isn't thoroughly convincing

Overall, director PS Mithran has given a neat commercial entertainer, which also calls for a rethink of our educational policy.

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Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu movie review: Athiyan Athirai's anti-war thriller is subtle, but effectively delivers its message

Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu is a meaningful anti-war film made in an entertaining fashion, without becoming too preachy or documentary-like

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As Tamil releases for 2019 fall below norm of 200-mark, a look at factors that led to declining numbers

As of Friday, 22 November, the number of Tamil releases for 2019 stood at 175, with only five Fridays more to complete the calendar year.

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Adithya Varma movie review: This hard-hitting Arjun Reddy remake rides on Dhruv Vikram’s performance

Adithya Varma is a gripping and largely faithful remake of Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy

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Action movie review: Vishal, Tamannaah starrer is a formulaic entertainer with no proper storyline

Action is full of guns, explosion, parkour style chases on roofs, bike chases, cars blowing up and some close combat stunt scenes as the ‘hero’ is on a ‘mission impossible’.

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Vijay's Bigil likely to be a step above Karthi's Kaithi this Diwali after securing maximum screens worldwide

Bigil is clearly the most preferred film among exhibitors and distributors worldwide and should get prime showcasing, as it is a Vijay film.

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Jallikattu beats Aadyarathri, Vikruthi to top Kerala box office, earns Rs. 7.30 cr in opening week

Among the festival releases, the top five at Kochi multiplexes, three were OLFs – Asuran, War and Joker, with Malayalam film Jallikattu topping the box-office and Aadyarathri featuring at number four.

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Aruvam movie review: Siddharth's film for the masses can't help but be all over the place

Siddharth is impressive in a mass avatar but his role in Aruvam is exactly the same as the one in his release last month, Sivappu Manjal Pachai.

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Asuran movie review: Dhanush, Manju Warrier deliver intense performances in Vetrimaran's riveting drama

Asuran belongs to Dhanush as his body language and voice modulation is in perfect sync with the character he plays.

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Kaappaan movie review: Suriya, Mohanlal are charismatic in this formulaic action drama

Kaappaan starts with a bang and moves at a rapid pace, but somewhere towards the middle it gets bogged down and runs out of ideas.