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February 28, 2011
Review: Nadakame Ulakam is a tacky film
Nadakame Ulakam just adds up to the list forgotten films, as soon as the film posters get off the wall. Review: Kudirithe Kappu Coffee is refreshing
This love story is yet another addition to the umpteen ones seen on screen but its good treatment has made it a nice watch.
February 25, 2011
Review: Seedan is no match to the original
A lot less histrionics and a more realistic screenplay, and this movie might have scored. As it is, Seedan doesn't live up to expectations Review: Gun is run-of-the-mill
Gun is a mix and match of action and sentiments, but both fail to make an impact. Review: Nothing new about Prema Kavali
Prema Kavali is packaged with all elements by director K Vijayabhaskar to mark the debut of Aadi, the son of actor and dubbing artiste Sai Kumar. Aadi makes a decent debut with Isha Chawla. Good camera work by Chota K Naidu is the highlight. Testing the sensibilities with LBW!
Praveen Sattaru talks baout his journey from from consultancy to filmmaking.
February 24, 2011
Pix: Prashanth's double dhamaka!
The actor makes a comeback to films with a double role in the Tamil flick, Ponnar Sankar. Five Kannada films fight it out
Here's a look at the Kannada movies releasing this week.
February 23, 2011
Why flops don't bother Prithviraj
Prithviraj talks about his films and future plans. 'I spent four years training to be an actor'
Aadi talks about his Telugu debut Prema Kavali.
February 22, 2011
Review: Avoid Living Together
Living Together is just a 'cut and paste' of Fazil's earlier work.
February 21, 2011
Amrita Rao's sister makes Telugu debut
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Telugu cinema, right here! Review: LBW is worth a watch
Director Praveen Sattaru has made an honest attempt to depict the life of two couples in this well-presented, technically good debut film. Review: Nothing new about Payyans
Payyans does not present anything extraordinary or radical and ends up being an average film. Review: Aadu Puli is a letdown
Aadu Puli is yet another masala flick that's not spicy enough. First look: Prithviraj in Maanikyakkallu
The actor plays a teacher in Mohanan's new Malayalam film.
February 18, 2011
Review: Nadunisi Naigal lacks thrills
Gautam Vasudev Menon's This Tamil movie is supposed to be a psychological thriller, but is complete devoid of any thrills. KSD Appalraju review: RGV fails to impress
Ram Gopal Varma's Telugu film Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalraju (KSD Appalraju) comes after a gap of many years. However, this much touted and publicised film of his doesn't live up to the hype. Review: Veera Bahu disappoints
Veera Bahu could have been an out of the box flick given the coming together of powerhouses like Mahender and Vijay. Sadly, though it disappoints. Celebrating 100 days of Jackie
A mega event was held recently to celebrate the Kannada film's success. Jayasurya is back with Payyans
Jayasurya and Anjali will be seen playing the lead in Malayalam movie Payyans
February 17, 2011
Ram Gopal Varma: I was manipulative
RGV talks about his Telugu film KSD Appalraju. It's Five Idiots vs Veera Bahu
Five Idiots and Veera Bahu are the choices before Kannada film audience this week
February 16, 2011
'Ram Gopal Varma is a chilled out guy'
Swati shares her experience on working in the Telugu film KSD Appalraju. Why Sameera loves acting in Tamil films
The actress talks about her love for Tamil films and her latest, Nadunisai Naigal.
February 15, 2011
First Look: Jayendra's 180
The bilingual (Tamil and Telugu) film is generating a lot of curiousity. Pix: RGV's record breaking film
A look at the Telugu film Dongala Mutha which took just five days to make. Is Deepika Padukone Rajnikanth's latest heroine?
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Tamil cinema, right here!
February 14, 2011
Review: False start for this Race
This heavily inspired film is full of cliches and boring performances. Exclusive first look: Rathinirvedam remake
The 1978 Malayalam classic is being remade with Swetha Menon and Sreejith Vijay in the lead. Thambikkottai: A formula film that doesn't work
R K Films' Thambikkottai is a throwback to the masala flicks genre, with a few interesting moments. Review: Nothing new about Vasthaadu Naa Raju
Vasthaadu Naa Raju sees Vishnu in a new avatar and Taapsee in a glam role. But the film offers the usual commercial fare with nothing new in the plot.
February 11, 2011
Review: Kote is full of action
Tough cops and their fight against social evils has been dealt before but the film is definitely a better outcome than Nannavanu. Ala Modalindi to get Tamil remake?
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Telugu cinema, right here! Review: Nagarjuna's Payanam works!
Payanam does have minor problems in pacing, but the drama carries you through, right to a nail-biting finish. A must-watch. Review: Gaganam is a must-watch
Don't miss this edge-of-the-seat thriller about a plane hijacking. Review: Makeup Man is passable
Don't expect too much from this Malayalam film and you might just enjoy it.
February 10, 2011
Are you ready for these Kannada films?
Four Kannada films will hit the screens this week. Check them out. Meet Nagarjuna, the commando!
The actor talks about Radhamohan's bilingual -- Payanam (Journey) in Tamil and Gaganam (Sky) in Telugu -- that also stars Prakashraj and a whole lot of newcomers.
February 09, 2011
Jarasandha, Shashank's latest experiment
The Kannada director is all set for his action flick. Radhamohan's ode to a plane hijacking
A look at the director's bilingual film in Tamil and Telugu.
February 08, 2011
Where a dosa is the 'star'!
Here's a first look at Malayalam film Salt N' Pepper. 'I'm more than just a glamorous doll'
Taapsee Pannu talks about her upcoming Telugu film Vasthaadu Naa Raju.
February 07, 2011
What makes Khaddama special
The cast and crew of the Malayalam film speak up. Celebrating 25 years of Shivrajkumar
The actor plans to celebrate his journey in filmdom by holding a gala thanksgiving affair. He plans to felicitate the crew he has worked with over the years. Review: Thoonga Nagaram has its moments
Thoonga Nagaram is essentially made along the same format of Madurai movies, but does have its moments.
February 04, 2011
Khadama review: As real as it gets
Khadama realistically shows the sufferings of lower class labourers in the Gulf. Review: Yuddham Sei is gripping
Yuddham Sei may have its flaws, but Mysskin's neat touches of situational humour, clever twists in the first half and convincing characters make this a neat film, if not a classic. Review: Kalgejje could have been better
If the story was told in a different way, it would have come as a breath of fresh air. Review: Kal Manja is a laugh riot
For two and a half hours of pure comedy, watch Kal Manja. Jai Bolo Telangana is uni-dimensional
Jai Bolo Telangana may attract only the supporters of the cause to the theatres. Tamil actor Parthiban makes Malayalam debut
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Tamil cinema, right here! Are you looking forward to these Malayalam films?
Take your pick.
February 03, 2011
From a comedian to a hero!
Komal Kumar talks about his upcoming film Kal Manja and the journey so far. 'Jai Bolo Telangana is a realistic film'
Director N Shankar on directing the Telugu film which is closest to his heart.
February 02, 2011
Mysskin wages war in Yudham Sei
The filmmaker/actor gets candid about his latest Tamil film. Will you watch this singer and dancer?
The Kannada film Kalgejje promises to entertain you this Friday. Ilaiyaraja's average fare in Ayyan
Ayyan strives to be the quintessential Ilaiyaraja collection, although in a rather diluted fashion.
February 01, 2011
Dabangg gets Telugu remake
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Telugu cinema, right here! Vijay back in Tamil's 3 Idiots
Vijay would essay the role of Rancho, played by Aamir Khan in the Tamil version of 3 Idiots
January 31, 2011
Review: Arjunan Saakshi is a good watch
The much awaited second film of director Ranjith Sankar shows that he has the staying power. Up next from Jayasurya
The actor is ready with Janapriyan where he plays an honest young man. An Army film starring Girish Karnad, Shruti
A look at the Kannada film Shabdamani. Review: Ithu Nammude Katha works
On the surface this film looks like a frame to frame copy of Nadodigal. But it still works though it is difficult to pinpoint the reason why.
January 28, 2011
Directing Big B in Telugu
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Telugu cinema, right here! Review: Pathinaru is average
The Tamil movie starts off well, but doesn't quite capitalise on its strengths. First look: Kudirithe Kappu Coffee
Here's a look at next month's Telugu release.
January 27, 2011
From Passenger to Arjunan Saakshi
Writer-director Ranjith Sankar talks about his second Malayalam film. When a lyricist turned director
Sudir talks about directing his Kannada film Pari. Wanted is predictable
This Telugu action potboiler has nothing new to offer.
January 25, 2011
'Audience comes to watch the hero in Tamil films'
Malayalam director Siddique shares his experience of making the Tamil film, Kaavalan. From Naviladavaru to Advaitha
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Malayalam cinema, right here! Nothing original about Ko's music
Aside from the sweetly melodious Ennamo Edho, the other numbers are all mish-mashed versions of Harris Jeyaraj's earlier hits. <i>Kudumbasree Travels</i> fails to impress
There's nothing new about this Malayalam movie except Jayaram's look.
January 24, 2011
'Ko is not autobiographical'
Cinematographer K V Anand talks about directing his third Tamil film. Ready for Kudumbasree Travels?
Get your low down on what's happening in the world of Malayalam cinema, right here! <i>The Metro</i> is utterly disappointing
The Malayalam movie fails to live up to its promising premise.
January 21, 2011
Ala Modalaindi is entertaining
Debutante director Nandini Reddy scripts and directs an entertaining Ala Modalindi. Nani and Nithya Menen (who makes her debut) are natural and share a great chemistry. Kanteerava is full of action
Vijay returns doing what he does best. 'Dhanush has become an adult with Aadukalam'
Director Vetrimaran talks about making his Tamil movie. Why you should watch these Super Singers
Season 3 of Airtel Super Singers will be judged by veteran singers.
January 20, 2011
'I'm not inclined towards commercial cinema'
Nithya Menen talks about going from Malayalam to Telugu with Ala Modalaindi. 'Kanteerava will appeal to women'
Kannada cinema's action hero, Vijay gets candid about his latest release.
January 19, 2011
Ready for this great SRK and Aamir combination?
B V Nandini Reddy on her Telugu directorial debut, Ala Modalaindi. Dileep's The Metro is out to thrill you
This week's Malayalam release is a thriller based on three separate incidents taking place in a city.
January 18, 2011
'Traffic was not an easy film to visualise'
Scenarist duo Bobby and Sanjay talk about scripting the Malayalam movie. Coming up with Golconda High School
National Award-winning director Mohankrishna Indraganti talks about his experience of making Golconda High School.
January 17, 2011
Review: Ilaingnan is a damp squib
Ilaingnan is a wasted effort, in spectacular fashion. Review: Avoid Note Out
Kutty Naduvil's Malayalam film is a kind of a film that would make you squirm in your seat. Review: Golconda High School is brilliant
Kudos to Ram Mohan and Mohan Krishna Indraganti for coming up with such a fine piece of cinema.
January 15, 2011
Vijay of yore is back as Kaavalan
Ekaveera Creations' Kavalan, starring Vijay and Asin, and directed by Siddique, brings back the romantic Vijay of old, even if the story has nothing new to offer.
January 14, 2011
Aadukalam is impressive
Aadukalam is Dhanush's best works to date. Siruthai is Karthi's show all the way
Siruthai feels like a homage to the good old spicy thrillers of at least a decade ago. 'I'm not following in A R Rahman's footsteps'
Yuvan Shankar Raja on why his first live concert in Chennai is nothing like that of the Oscar winning composer. Darshan is the Boss!
While the actor is yet to please the class, he is surely the boss of the masses! Anaganaga O Dheerudu: A visual extravaganza
Watch it for the breathtaking CGI tale that cuts across time and space. Asin: Kaavalan is not like Sivakasi or Pokri
Asin shares her shooting expreience of the film Kaavalan which release's today.
January 13, 2011
A Walt Disney film in Telugu!
Prakash Kovelamudi talks about his Telugu feature film Anaganaga O Dheerudu which is produced by Walt Disney. Ravi Teja shines in Mirapakai
The Telugu film is watchable because of the actor's antics. Paramveera Chakra is insipid
Paramveera Chakra has nothing much to offer except torture.
January 12, 2011
'Traffic has been a great success from day one'
Rajesh Pillai on directing the critically acclaimed Malayalam movie.
January 11, 2011
Suresh Krissna's golden milestone
The South Indian filmmaker talks about his 50th film and his journey so far. Veppam's album is no great shakes
Listening to the Tamil album as a whole, you'll have to admit that while the songs aren't terrible, they never do rise to any sort of musical brilliance. Pickpocketing to success this Pongal!
Karthi, who plays a double role in Siruthai, talks about his experience.
January 10, 2011
'Siruthai is an emotional mass entertainer'
Siva on his third directorial venture. 'My character in Mirapakai is just too cute'
Richa Gangopadhyay talks about her experience of shooting her latest Telugu movie. Traffic: Not to be missed
Overall, Traffic is a slickly made urban film that is pleasantly surprising.
January 07, 2011
Darshan's Boss out this Sankranti
This will be the only Kannada release during the festival. It's festival time for the Tamil film industry
Four Tamil movies will release in the harvest festival, Pongal. Watch out for these Telugu Sankranti releases
A look at the Telugu films this Sankranti.
January 06, 2011
Mammootty, Mohanlal and Dileep to play robbers
Here's what is new in the Malayalam film industry. Ramya and Vijay come together in next
Kannada film Johnny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam has many other highlights.
January 05, 2011
Praveena conquers Tamil TV
The actress describes her journey from Malayalam to the Tamil television industry.
January 04, 2011
Watch K V Anand's Ko on Valentine's Day
The award winning cinematographer is back to direction.
January 03, 2011
'I don't want to make commercial films'
Girish Kasarvalli talks about National Award winning film Kanasemba Kudureyaneri. Siruthai has a boatload of masala numbers
Siruthai's music is not terrible, but not original either. First Look: Mohanlal in Priyadarshan's Tez
After Company and Ram Gopal Varma GV Ki Aag, Mohanlal will be back in Hindi cinema with Tez.
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