All stories by SREEHARI NAIR
Malik: When God takes over a human colonyRediff.com7 days ago
'We feel thrust into a motion picture that has all the makings of a carnival but no real fireworks,' Sreehari Nair notes after watching Malik.
Is Nayattu anti-Dalit? Is Karnan pro-Dalit?Rediff.com2 Jun 2021
'If questioning and dethroning hierarchies is your primary motive, why not put an end to the practice of announcing your shining star, your box office draw, in big flaming letters and mentioning everyone else's name in small font at the bottom of the screen?' asks Sreehari Nair.
The world of Chaitanya Tamhane's DiscipleRediff.com12 May 2021
'Tamhane's densely composed shots achieve what a vacuously whizzing camera seldom does.' 'Like those Renaissance Paintings in which a bewitching lady is shown posing for a portrait, and daily life plays out in a corner unruffled, Tamhane's static frames have a hundred interesting things happening within them,' observes Sreehari Nair.
That talent called Amit MistryRediff.com4 May 2021
Amit Mistry was a wicked actor, someone who could chance a broken arm, who could take deep dives, who could ram his head into walls, all without bothering about the outcome. And, as with that closing bit, the knowledge of where he might have arrived at eludes us now, observes Sreehari Nair.
Aarkkariyam reviewRediff.com20 Apr 2021
Despite its stiffness, in Aarkkariyam, a supernatural glow does shine out of the ordinary.
Joji: The Mundane Disarranged by a Heart of DarknessRediff.com16 Apr 2021
With Joji, Dileesh Pothan has found a way, once more, to use everything he has learnt to further push the boundaries of his art, observes Sreehari Nair.
Is Dileesh Pothan our finest film-maker?Rediff.com6 Apr 2021
'I might in the future step out of a Dileesh Pothan movie not completely satisfied, but content I'll be in the knowledge that our greatest living film-maker had failed striving to be something more than just an auteur,' notes Sreehari Nair.
Was Kangana's National Award calculated?Rediff.com29 Mar 2021
'Of all artists who openly support the current political dispensation, she is far and away the finest,' argues Sreehari Nair. 'With the exception of perhaps Tabu, no Indian actress has done more to extend the range of the feminine mystique in Hindi cinema.'
Kolkata 2001: The Odyssey, viewed from the sidelinesRediff.com14 Mar 2021
20 years ago this week, India and Australia played one of the greatest Test matches in cricket history. Sreehari Nair relives the sound and the fury of that unforgettable game at the Eden Gardens.
Mohanlal would be perfect as Georgekutty.. 25 years agoRediff.com5 Mar 2021
The curse of stardom, especially in a country like India -- which wants its Gods to be tidy and punctilious -- is that stardom forces you to stop exploring the frozen sea inside you, and instead inspires you more and more to perform out of a small puddle, observes Sreehari Nair.
Is The Great Indian Kitchen gutsy cinema?Rediff.com30 Jan 2021
If you think the film is gutsy, you are simply being blind to the truth that the whole men-are-worthless slant is saleable right now, argues Sreehari Nair.
What we MISS when we don't watch films in a theatreRediff.com27 Jan 2021
The difference between watching a movie on a laptop in your apartment and watching it on a big white screen is almost spiritual, notes Sreehari Nair.
Thoovanathumbikal: The masterpiece that got away from its makerRediff.com4 Jan 2021
Padmarajan's Thoovanathumbikal has become a part of Malayali mythology, just as its maker himself now possesses mythological status.
Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors reviewRediff.com25 Dec 2020
Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors is not a great show, but an efficient one, notes Sreehari Nair.
What sending Jallikattu to the Oscars meansRediff.com1 Dec 2020
To an award show that's famous for honouring artists belatedly, we have sent as our official entry one of our major film-makers's weakest work yet, feels Sreehari Nair.
Mirzapur 2 is all surface pleasures...Rediff.com5 Nov 2020
... And sometimes, that's enough, says Sreehari Nair.
C U Soon reviewRediff.com4 Sep 2020
What Director Mahesh Narayanan captures perfectly in C U Soon is the texture of our online conversations, observes Sreehari Nair.
Lootcase: Realisation of the secret middle-class dreamRediff.com21 Aug 2020
'It's also a movie-crazed kid's idea of a great time,' discovers Sreehari Nair.
Moothon reviewRediff.com28 Jul 2020
All through Moothon, you can sense Mohandas trying hard to empathise with her characters; I just wish she was interested in them, declares Sreehari Nair.
Gulabo Sitabo: Bachchan's finest performance in 30 yearsRediff.com30 Jun 2020
'It's a performance that puts the Bachchan hysteria to shame,' observes Sreehari Nair.