KAITHI (2019)

Release Date: 24/10/2019 Cast: Karthi, Narain, George Maryan, Harish Uthaman Director: Lokesh Kanagraj Kaithi is a roller-coaster ride of action, thrill and intense drama with Karthi at his best A team of Anti-Narcotics Unit seizes a huge cache of cocaine. The team hides the cocaine in the police headquarters fearing a violent backlash from the…

PONMAGAL VANDHAL (2020)

Release Date: 29/05/2020 Cast: Jyothika, R. Parthiban, K. Bhagyaraj, Thiagarajan, Pandiarajan, Pratap Pothen, Vasuki Director: J.J. Fredrick  “Jyothika shines bright in an otherwise flawed effort that could have been important and horrifying” Ponmagal Vandhal is the first of many films to be premiered on various OTT platforms. It was slated for a theatrical release but…

PSYCHO (2020)

Release Date: 24/01/2020 Cast: Rajkumar Pitchumani, Udhayanidhi Stalin, Aditi Rao Hydari, Nithya Menen Director: Myshkin I hate Psycho as much for its inadequacies as I love it for its stellar moments Psycho chronicles the story of a psychotic killer played by Rajkumar Pitchumani about whom very little is known. As per police records, he has…

KUTTRAME THANDANAI (2016)

Release Date: 02/09/2016 Hindi Title: Lion Shiva Cast: Vidharth, Aishwarya Rajesh, Rahman, Srinish Arvind, Nassar Director: M. Manikandan “Absorbing and heartbreaking!… Kuttrame Thandanai is a neo-noir thriller par- excellence” Kuttrame Thandanai kept popping on my radar from time to time from different sources most of which read as “underrated film”, “great films you haven’t heard…

THUPPARIVAALAN (2017)

Hindi Title: Dashing Detective Release Date: 13/09/2017 Cast: Vishal, Prasanna, Vinay Rai, Anu Emmanuel, Andrea Jeremiah Director: Myshkin An engaging mystery and Vishal’s oddball charm make Thupparivaalan a worthy watch I must admit that in this lockdown, I have discovered a treasure trove of crime-thriller-action films on YouTube and Prime Videos that are far better…

THADAM (2019)

Hindi Title: Thadam Release Date: 01/03/2019 Cast: Arun Vijay, Tanya Hope, Smruthi Venkat, Vidya Pradeep, Vijayan Director: Magizh Thirumeni Thadam is a heartbreaking love story presented as a riveting thriller Thadam is the story of twin brothers Ezhil and Kavin played by Arun Vijay. Ezhil is an IIT alumnus, a civil engineer, and is trying…

IRUMBU THIRAI (2018)

Hindi Title: The Return of Abhimanyu Release Date: 10/05/2018 Cast: Vishal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Arjun Sarja, Delhi Ganesh, Robo Shankar Director: P.S. Mithran Captivating story, solid action and stellar performances from Vishal and Arjun propel this interesting film Irumbu Thirai deals with one of the biggest threats that the country is facing currently. Online theft…

DARBAR (2020)

Release Date: 09/01/2020 Cast: Rajinikanth, Suniel Shetty, Nayanthara, Nivetha Thomas, Prateik Babbar, Yogi Babu Director: A.R. Murugadoss There was a surpassingly tender moment in Darbar where a dying daughter reveals something important about her imminent death to her father. After she has finished the important bits, she gently rubs the back of her head and…

ASURAN (2019)

Release Date: 04/10/2019 Cast: Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Prakash Raj, Pasupathy, Pavan, Aadukalam Naren, Ken Karunas, Tee Jay, Abhirami Director: Vetrimaaran Pure, vicious and unabashed revenge has been the driving force behind uncountable blockbusters and it still continues to incite and inspire filmmakers to bring their own take on the subject. One such attempt is Asuran that…

SAAHO (2019)

Release Date: 30/08/2019 Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Tinnu Anand, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar Director: Sujeeth There is a scene in Saaho towards the end, where the primary antagonist of the film played by Chunky Pandey walks into a Mad Max –esc post-apocalyptic village with his cronies to find…

VISHWAROOPAM 2 (2018)

Release Date: 10/8/2018 Cast: Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapoor, Anant Mahadevan, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat Writer & Director: Kamal Haasan I was pumped about the first installment of Vishwaroopam and still remember flunking work and watching it first-day-first-show. I liked it a lot too even though I found some searing deficiencies in…

RATSASAN (2018)

Release Date: 05/12/2018 Cast: Vishnu Vishal, Amala Paul, Ramdoss, Saravanan Director: Ram Kumar Arun (Vishnu Vishal) wants to become a film director. He is passionate about his first project which is supposed to be a thriller about a psychotic serial killer. He has done his share of research on the subject and most of it…