Forgotten superheroes before the dawn of Marvel and DC heroes

The concept of superheroes is not new. We have seen and read enough superhero movies and comics to understand that. Through these mediums we have come to associate superheroes with people with extraordinary powers to save the world we live in from big bad supervillains.  But may be the idea of a superhero might not…

When Superheroes become humans

I remember seeing the movie Batman and Robin starring George Clooney as Batman back in the late 1990s. It was not impressive. Then came Spider-man movie series starring Tobey Maguire from 2002. For a teenager, the series was good enough. But not great enough to make a fan of Marvel or DC universe. There were…

Padmaavat: A confused movie that proves nothing it was set out to

The most controversial Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat was amazing in a lot of ways. For one, it has the honour of putting me to sleep in the first 15 minutes since the start of the movie. A feat not even actor Vijay’s lame movie Puli was able to. Padmaavat, after all the trouble it went through…

Of popular Boys Bands and short-lived Girl Groups in 2000s

It was somewhere in 2000s. I was in early teens, who just started listening to English music. Watching SS Music, MTV and VTV were considered ‘hep’ during those times. If you happen to listen to bands like Backstreet Boys (BSB) and BoyZone, you would be the ‘IT’ girl in your class. Well, if you were…

Aruvi: A movie too real

Aruvi. I’m not sure how to put in words. Movies generally are easy to categorise like good, bad, entertainer and those that suck. Somehow Aruvi was beyond any description. I had a hard time writing a review for this movie. I love movies but I’m not the type to watch one randomly. I read reviews…

Why I cannot stop reading Chick Literature

I will probably never stop reading Chick literature, which is my guilty pleasure. I love to fantasise about living in that ideal world and just be lost in there couple of hours.  For people who don’t know what a Chick Lit is, it is the kind of book guys avoid and the ones that make…

Dheeran Adigaram Onru: I would love to see more of this kind

The feeling of having watched a good movie lingers long after it was over. It makes you think, it makes you feel. The sad thing is that those movies are so very rare. That is probably why when you get to see a movie worth-watching a sense of satisfaction fills you over.   For me…

High time actor Vijay gives audience a movie we deserve

Mersal, the much hyped Diwali release and the only big budget movie of this year was a kind of movie ruined by bad screenplay and choice of hero. Seriously, what was I expecting? A movie with an actual plot is too much to ask it seems. The movie was meant to celebrate actor Vijay’s 25…

Too early to get a Holmes; Tamil cinema has to make to with Thupparivaalan

It is not difficult to understand why Tamil cinema can never get their own Sherlock Holmes. We just cannot do without sentiments, super action (unnecessary) sequences and dragging the climax just to bring out the villain sob story. Thupparivaalan tried to bring to Tamil audience the Sherlock Holmes from the 221B Baker street where actor…

The smell of old books

I love those dim and dingy rooms that smell like old books, whose pages are moth ridden and yellowed with age. Those paperbacks and hard-bounds where men and women pour their hearts out, often about their unrequited love at the footnotes. These books, which find their place in second hand roadside shops, is my haven….

Chester Bennington, a voice my teenage self still in love with

It was probably somewhere in mid 2004 when I first heard of this rock band called Linkin Park. In the sleepy little town of Nagercoil, where Rangoli and Oliyum Oliyum in Doordarshan took precedence, MTV, VTV and SS music did not exist for us let alone rock bands. Even the few who knew were keeping…