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.
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.
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.