Kammati Paadam (2016) [Ithaca Fantastik 2016]

kammatipaadamAfter a friend’s frantic call, Krishnan returns to his childhood and teenage years’ village to find his friend and what happened to him.  Through a series of flashbacks, their lives are shown through school age, teen years, early adulthood, etc.  With a script written by P. Balachandran with collaborative writing by Ajithkumar and G. Sethunath and directed by Rajeev Ravi, the film weaves back and forth through time showing more and more of lead Krishnan’s live as well as his friends and love’s lives.  The way the years are mixed together with different actors for only a section of them requires one to pay attention to film as only details such as more white hair show the time passing.  Even with this, the film is fairly easy to follow until the search for Ganga really heats up and more characters are added.

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Miruthan (2016) [Ithaca Fantastik 2016]

miruthanIn the small town of Ooty, India, a toxic spill transforms people into blood-thirsty, fast running, wire-stunt performing zombies. Director Shakti Soundar Rajan takes a fairly typical zombie story, mixes in an unrequited love story, a dash of political observation, a Bollywood musical number, wire-stunts, and a good sense of humor about the whole thing to create a zombie film that doesn’t feel like it’s just hitting the tropes and its marks mechanically, it’s fast paced and fun while adding a special touch to its subject.  The idea of mixing Bollywood style film with zombies might not seem like an obvious choice but here it works of course, the humor being quite on point adds to this and to the enjoyment overall.

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Endhiran/The Robot (2010)

endhiran-robotIn its homeland it’s a blockbuster film and one that took years to develop to inevitably become “The Robot” or “Enhiran.” It’s garnered some rave reviews from Bollywood critics and has even scored something of a fanbase. But “The Robot” hasn’t caught on until a few years subsequent its initial release due to the internet’s capability of bringing to attention a movie very few have been aware of. Thanks to one person’s capturing of “Endhiran’s” most dazzling and over the top action sequence, this is a science fiction Bollywood film many have sought after its sensation as a web clip.

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