Let’s begin this review with an exercise.Where does nuclear waste rank among the list of “trending topics” we discuss in our every day conversations, be it by the coffee kiosk or at the lunch table? Somewhere between the next Vijay film and the price of onions? The odds of it happening are slim to none.Athiyan Athirai’s boldness in embedding a critical subject such as this into the fabric of a commercial film is commendable. That the conventional wisdom Athiyan relied on to think up Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu had been missing in mainstream Indian cinema, until this point, is a bit of a surprise.Before one jumps to conclusions, let me make this clear — Gundu is not the type of film to wax lyrical about. For a commercial movie, it has plenty of flaws. But where it scores generously is in the treatment afforded to a complex subject, and actors Munishkanth and Dinesh are two tall reasons for infusing entertainment into the film. Also Read … [Read more...] about ‘Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu’ movie review: A clever premise, but doesn’t trouble the conscience as intended
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This has indeed been the decade of horror in Tamil cinema, and as we come to the end of the year, Kollywood throws up yet another unique ghost... just when you thought you’ve seen it all. This one is a ‘Muslim ghost’ —one that is called a ‘Jinn’ — and it’s out to terrorise people who are otherwise minding their own business in a scenic hill station. And you thought gin was the only spirit out there.Iruttu’s first ten minutes show promise in terms of making: darkness descends, and five murders take place in different locations. There’s a catch though. There are no fingerprint marks, and the inspector on the case immolates himself.Enter Chezhiyan (Sundar C) who arrives with his family to take over the case as inspector. Chezhiyan takes it upon himself to unravel the mystery surrounding these events. The first few sequences are all murky, and you’re tempted to think that there might be something substantial in Iruttu, … [Read more...] about ‘Iruttu’ movie review: A unique ghost, but a storyline without any spirit
The latest Bollywood updates.IMAGE: Iulia Vantur. Photograph: Iulia Vantur/Instagram Salman Khan has sparked dating rumours with Iulia Vantur once again after the two were spotted leaving the Mumbai airport recently. They were accompanied by the actor's mother Salma Khan and sister Alvira Agnihotri. Yesterday, the duo were spotted spending time together in Chandigarh, where he was shooting his upcoming film, Sultan. TEXT COURTESY: ANI *** Brett Lee's unINDIAN to screen at Cannes Antipodes fest The cross cultural Australian comedy unINDIAN, featuring former cricket star Brett Lee and actress Tannishtha Chatterjee, will be screened at the Antipodes Festival at Cannes during the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.The film directed by Sydney-based Indian Australian filmmaker Anupam Sharma has been an initiative supported by Screen Australia and Screen NSW with major investment from Australia India Film Fund. unINDIAN had its world premiere in Montreal, and continued … [Read more...] about Iulia Vantur spotted with Salman, family
If you haven’t seen at least some of the six series of TV put out about the toffy Crawley family and the mishmash of downstairs servants, you’re not going to get anything out of this movie sequel. But if you have followed the various dramas of Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, and his brood, then you might find yourself just a wee bit giddy at being plunged back into the silver service world of Downton Abbey. You won’t even mind forking out $20 to see what, realistically, is an extended event episode of the TV show. Coming in at two hours long, it’s only about 20 minutes longer than one of its Christmas specials. What did you think of the Downton Abbey movie? Join the conversation in the comments below. Though there are now 40 horses in a scene instead of two, and you actually see the old timey train moving along the tracks instead of just sitting stationary at the station. But the extra bits afforded by a movie budget may not seem that much grander … [Read more...] about The Downton Abbey movie is for fans only
'The Maharashtra government's diktat is another meddling example in an industry where politics or language has no role to play.''Cinema has a universal language. Filmmakers are divided across regions, but united in their passion for films,' says director Suparn Verma. Sunny Leone in the soon-to-be-released Ek Paheli Leela. In 2000, when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister, his government conferred the title of 'industry' on the filmmaking business. In 2001, a tax holiday was announced for converting single screen real estate hoarding theatres into multiplexes. This was extended again in 2011. Since then, the government has been taxing the industry at bizarre levels. In Maharashtra, for example, this is the tax system -- entertainment tax is levied at 45 per cent for tickets under Rs 250, at 49.5 per cent for tickets priced between Rs 251 and Rs 350, at 51.75 per cent for tickets costing between Rs 351 and Rs 500 and at 54 per cent for anything beyond that. The service tax stands at … [Read more...] about Don’t kill Bollywood!