I am an ardent follower of the South Indian Cinema, especially the progress of Tamil Movie making. There are far too many movies made nowadays and it is impossible for me to watch nor comment on all of them. My reviews are inevitably limited to Tamil movies that are significant for their sheer quality, and if not, at least for their blockbuster standing. I may also write at times on matters concerning the film Industry. Despite my passion for Indian Cinema, I am not an Indian, and although movie critics are all alike despite geographical boundaries, this could be the only place to read the views on Tamil movies by a non-Indian national. Enjoy.
Here is how I will be rating movies
Scale of 5 stars
No star: Crap or trash whatever you may call, simply not worth your time, let alone a Rupee spent
0.5 star: non-existent!
1 – 2 stars: Film of some substance and some high points but generally disappointing. Don’t watch unless you have something compelling about the movie
2 – 3 stars: Film that can be watched although some critics may not agree. The film has some strong point in one or more areas to be applauded. Of course the movie could have been much better
3 – 4 stars: A fine movie by Indian Tamil Cinema standards, but has some weaknesses that may not be apparent to all. Go and watch if you haven’t as you may be missing that is good
4.5 stars: This is a far superior movie by any Cinema standards, and of course would be vying for the movie of the decade award, and top 10 Tamil movies of all time award.
5 stars: Movie of sheer class and something that needs combined skills of Maniratnam, K. Balachandar and Balu Mahendra, brainstorming with Kamal Hassan! Such a movie may never materialise. If it does, it will be a D-Day in the annals of Tamil cinema.