It is hard to watch a film today that you distinctly remember watching 15 years ago. The same thoughts come back, some have evolved, and some new ones have come too. Why is Shankar so fatalistic? Why are his action sequences so engrossing? Why that open-ending?
Today, as Vikram rings in his 55th birthday, we mark 30 years of his acting career by listing 30 notable roles, from the explosive Saamy and the poignant Deiva Thirumagal to films such as Anniyan and I, where the star and the performer come together, something that Vikram has, uniquely, come to be known for.
One of the few actors who used his body as an instrument, his exceptional craftsmanship and unique voice are still missed, writes FC Reader Sundar Rajan
Senthil’s face has been mocked and he’s been kicked countless times by Goundamani. Is it even possible to make a list of films in which both their characters had a more or less equal footing, and where the comedy was not derived from just Senthil’s appearance?
Anirudh AR on places that go far beyond Central Station to establish a film as being unmistakably Chennai.
In the end, this turns out to be one of those films that takes a hot-button issue and expects us to care simply because it takes that issue up.
The ‘Kaappaan’ album is disappointing, but if there’s one thing that separates a fan from an aficionado, it’s the idea of hope. Here’s hoping the new Gautham Menon movie will be the reinvention.
Where did all this madness begin? How did a mass entertainer like Vijay manage to create such a hardcore following in a State famous for the arty films of Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Aravindan, Padmarajan and Bharathan?
On Rajinikanth’s 68th birthday, we take a look at the Superstar’s iconic films and how they introduced him
The 2.0 cinematographer on how the constraints of shooting in 3D liberated him
Or why films that attempt to deviate from the formula of the masala movie need much better writing