May 22, 2022

Ashokism award 2021..Sarpatta Parambarai


The Covid lockdown years of 2020-2021 have not given me many good Tamil movies to watch. So my entire interest had shifted to Malayalam films. I was instantly sucked into  Malayalam films with their variety of themes and honest story telling. Thanks to the lockdown and OTT platforms, I could discover some of the best of Malayalam movies of the past few years with extremely varied subjects like Kumbalangi nights, Trance, ayyapanum koshiyum,  RIP, angamaly dairies, joji just to name a few.

So in short i couldn't select a Tamil movie for 2020 ...and for the year 2021 I could hardly find a competition for Pa.Ranjith's Sarpatta Parambarai.

After watching Pa.Ranjith's earlier two disappointing Rajini films, I did not have much expectation to start with. But this one brought the director of Attakathi and Madras back in the limelight. This is without doubt Ranjith's best and proves what he is really capable of if he is left to his own. Great story telling, carefully edited and presented tastefully with an amazing cast.... A boxing story set in the 1970s with layers of the social , cultural and political milieu of the day added deftly over the narration , makes for a long yet delightful and  believable movie. Arya as the lead 'Kabilan' is perfect. Pasupathy as "Rangan master" has done what he does best! John Vijay as "daddy" and Shabbir as "dancing rose' are characters that will delightfully linger on your mind amidst the intensity of the movie. Santhosh Narayanan's background score has strengthened Ranjith as usual. This movie packs a punch !

Best Song 2021 : Kanda vara sollunga
Composer : Santhosh Narayanan
Singer : Kidakuzi Marriyammal
Lyrics : Mari Selvaraj
Movie : Karnan

Special mention : Enjoy Enjaami
Composer : Santhosh Narayanan
Singers : Dhee and Arivu
Lyrics : Arivu
Album : Maajja

May 9, 2022

20 years together...

 Its been an unbelievable journey with my beloved wife Beulah who's been my pillar of support through good and bad times ! As we cross together the milestone of 20 years of married life, I look back and thank the Almighty for being with us through all the ups and downs in life.