Jeo Baby Director’s Cut: On The Great Indian Kitchen, piracy, censorship, Sabarimala and a fear of right-wingers among TV channels
38-year-old writer-director Jeo Baby speaks of the self-awareness that The Great Indian Kitchen brought him. Excerpts from the English translation of a conversation conducted largely in Malayalam.
Sun Pictures, the production house of Annaatthe, announced that Rajinikanth and other crew members have tested negative
Rana Daggubati and Pawan Kalyan's film will reportedly go on the floors in January 2021
Tuck Jagadish, dubbed as Nani 26 by fans previously, was earlier slated to release on 3 July this year, but with the delay in production, it is likely to be out in the first half of 2021.
Khaali Peeli, Ka Pae Ranasingam release on 2 October via appointment viewing: How to watch the films on ZeePlex
Khaali Peeli and Ka Pae Ranasingam can be watched on ZeePlex, which is available on DTH networks as well as on ZEE5.
Aishwarya Rajesh, director Virumandi talk about Tamil cinema's first pay-per-view model film, Ka Pae Ranasingam
Aishwarya Rajesh and Vijay Sethupathi's Ka Pae Ranasingam will become the first Tamil film to premiere in the digital platform on a pay-per-view model on Zee Plex
Ka Pae Ranasingam is the fourth film where Sethupathi and Rajesh will share the screen.
Ka Pae Ranasingam marks fourth collaboration between actors Vijay and Aishwarya after Rummy, Pannaiyarum Padminiyum and Dharma Durai.
Directed by Kranti Madhav, World Famous Lover was released on Valentine's Day this year
World Famous Lover movie review : Aishwarya Rajesh steals the show, but this Vijay Deverakonda film is a mess
World Famous Lover is like reading a 400-page novel, which has a beautiful section that runs for 100 pages in between.
World Famous Lover trailer: Vijay Deverakonda plays four different types of lovers in director Kranthi Madhav's film
World Famous Lover also stars Aishwarya Rajesh, Izabelle Leite, Catherine Tresa, and Raashi Khanna.
Shruti Haasan, Ramya Krishnan, Samantha bring life to Raja Ravi Varma's paintings in G Venket Ram's 2020 calendar
Shruti Haasan appears twice in G Venket Ram's Raja Ravi Varma calendar, as Radha in moonlight and as the Rani of Kurupam.
World Famous Lover teaser sees Vijay Deverakonda channel his Arjun Reddy avatar as a jilted and angry lover
In the World Famous Lover teaser, Vijay Deverakonda is seen in four different avatars, including as a coal mine worker.
Namma Veettu Pillai, Sivakarthikeyan's family drama, tops Tamil Nadu box office with Rs 19.5 crore in three days
Within just five days, Namma Veettu Pillai surpassed the lifetime total of Sivakarthikeyan's Mr Local at the Tamil Nadu box office.
Sivakarthikeyan on box office prospects of Namma Veettu Pillai, failure of Mr. Local, and forthcoming releases
Sivakarthikeyan also talks about his forthcoming projects, including Hero and an untitled sci-fi film, and working with Bollywood actor Abhay Deol.
Vijay Deverakonda announces new film World Famous Lover, directed by Kranthi Madhav; Aishwarya Rajesh to make Telugu debut
Vijay Deverakonda was last seen with Rashmika in Bharat Kamma's Dear Comrade.
House Owner movie review: Lakshmi Ramakrishnan keeps the indie flag flying with a poignant, riveting drama
At a time when Kollywood is dominated by larger than life masala movies comes Lakshmi Ramakrishnan’s <em>House Owner,</em> a poignant love story set against the Chennai floods of 2015. Ramakrishnan is an independent filmmaker who has always taken the road less travelled and prefers to do character-based, script-driven films. She has made meaningful and women-centric films like <em>Aarohanam</em> (2012) and <em>Ammani</em> (2016) which explore the emotional journey of its characters, and are inspired by real life incidents. The beauty of <em>House Owner</em> is that it a simple story based on the lives of certain people affected by the 2015 Chennai floods, which almost drowned the city. It is ironic that the film releases at a time when a parched Chennai is facing its biggest water crisis in history. In a way, the film is an unconventional story and talks about love and compassion in challenging times. It is well made with fine performances from its lead actors and an outstanding background score by Ghibran. In real life, Lakshmi is an actress who also hosts a successful reality television show. She has been a champion for women’s rights and gender equality. Vasudevan (Aadukalam Kishore) is a retired Indian Army officer suffering from Alzheimer's and is unable to recognise himself in his bedroom mirror. He even forgets the existence of his caring and loving wife Radha (Sri Ranjani), who looks after him like a child, giving minute instructions in detail. The director has superbly conceived and written her characters and their relationships from the first scene itself. The flashback scenes are woven into the narrative seamlessly which brings out the deep love of Vasu and Radha set against the Palakkad Iyer milieu with young actors (Pasanga Kishore and Lovelyn Chandrasekhar). The unconditional love between the lead characters is brought out poignantly and realistically as the story goes back and forth. The older couple live in an isolated house while the situation outside becomes alarming as the flood waters rise ominously. They have an emotional connect to their house and refuse to vacate it when help comes from their daughter and friends. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan’s writing shines here as she is able to connect real time with memories from the past in what basically is a survival film. The triumph of <em>House Owner</em> is in its honest writing and characters that look and behave realistically. Lakshmi’s casting is near perfect, considering the fact that she does not run after stars. Kishore delivers a stunning performance in the title role as the patient who cannot understand why he should vacate his house as the water levels begin to rise. ‘Pasanga’ Kishore and Lovelyn Chandrasekhar as the young couple aptly cast due to their freshness. But like in all Lakshmi films, it is the women who anchor the film. Here, it is Sri Ranjani who steals the show as Radha, and is able to project emotions without any hysterics. The film has been made on a shoestring budget but is technically sound with great camerawork by Krishna Sekhar. Ghibran’s music, too, which elevates the mood and tension in the climax. Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's casting in House Owner is near perfect, considering the fact that she does not run after stars.
As Sivakarthikeyan gears up for the release of his next, Mr Local, on 17 May, he has started shooting for SK16 opposite Anu Immanuel and Aishwarya Rajesh.
Vada Chennai, starring Dhanush in the lead, released in cinemas on 17 October.
This week, there's a mix of genres from rib-tickling comedy Badhaai Ho, intense romantic drama Namaste England to romantic thriller Siberia