Baradwaj Rangan Movie Reviews

Thunivu
Review

H Vinoth's 'Thunivu' has a good premise for a heist movie but the writing does not match up

Varisu
Review

Vamshi Paidipally's 'Varisu' is old wine in an older bottle, relying solely on Vijay's "mass moments"

Cirkus
Review

Rohit Shetty's 'Cirkus' has a few scattered laughs and a lot of really dull patches

Connect
Review

The emotional stakes are low, but as a scare-dispensing machine, Ashwin Saravanan's 'Connect' does a pretty decent job

Qala
Review

Anvita Dutt's exquisite 'Qala', on Netflix, puts us into the state of mind of a disturbed playback singer

Avatar 2
Review

In 'Avatar 2: The Way of Water', James Cameron continues to push movie technology while remaining content with the most generic writing

Ariyippu
Review

Mahesh Narayanan’s ‘Ariyippu’ (Malayalam) is a wonderful “thriller” that strips away all thrills to present a realistic portrait of a migrant couple

Witness
Review

Deepak's well-researched 'Witness', on SonyLIV, is a story about manual scavenging that's more earnest than emotional

Gold
Review

Alphonse Puthren's 'Gold' (Malayalam) has a lot of big ideas but they don't come together as a satisfying whole

The Teacher
Review

Vivek's underwhelming 'The Teacher' (Malayalam) might have worked better as a pulpy B-movie than a “serious film with good intentions”

Hadinelentu
Review

Prithvi Konanur's superb 'Hadinelentu (Seventeeners)' opened the Indian Panorama section at IFFI; it's about a leaked sex tape, and is a scalpel-sharp dissection of caste

Dostojee
Review

Prasun Chatterjee's Dostojee is a moving, lyrical drama about a childhood that struggles to transcend communal tensions

Sree Dhanya Catering Service
Review

Jeo Baby’s terrific ‘Sree Dhanya Catering Service’ is a funnier, more free-flowing take on ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’, with men doing the cooking this time

Wonder Women
Review

Anjali Menon's intermittently effective 'Wonder Women', on SonyLIV, is best enjoyed as an experiment in narrative technique

1744 White Alto
Review

Senna Hegde’s ‘1744 White Alto’, with Sharaf U Dheen, is a kind of stoner comedy where some jokes land big-time while others feel forced

Anel Meley Pani Thuli
Review

R Kaiser Anand’s Anel Meley Pani Thuli, starring Andrea Jeremiah as a rape survivor, on SonyLIV, is a strong story that needed stronger writing

Monica O My Darling
Review

Vasan Bala's 'Monica, O My Darling', on Netflix, with Rajkummar Rao and a top cast, is a very enjoyable ‘retro’ murder-mystery, propelled by a super-retro score

Mukundan Unni Associates
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Abhinav Sunder Nayak's 'Mukundan Unni Associates', with a superbly cast Vineeth Sreenivasan, is a delicious, deadpan, dark comedy

Love Today
Review

Pradeep Ranganathan's 'Love Today' has a great theme that is let down by the writing, which settles for easy jokes and easy sentimentality

Mili
Review

Mathukutty Xavier's ‘Mili’, with Janhvi Kapoor, shows that even a pure 'genre film' can be elevated through superb writing

Appan
Review

Maju's 'Appan', with Sunny Wayne and Alencier Ley Lopez, now on SonyLiv, is an interesting drama that is better with characters than plot

Ram Setu
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Abhishek Sharma's tedious 'Ram Setu', with Akshay Kumar as an atheist archaeologist, is an adventure only in name

Thank God
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Indra Kumar's 'Thank God', with Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra, is a dull and shallow dramedy about a man who faces his sins

Padavettu
Review

Liju Krishna's 'Padavettu', with Nivin Pauly and Aditi Balan, is a powerfully cinematic story of an unlikely saviour

Monster
Review

Vysakh's 'Monster', with Mohanlal and Honey Rose, is a pulpy thriller that entertains until it starts to explain itself