We seem to have an ever growing number of lovely readers all over the world, and it is great getting to know some of you. Here is a page for you to introduce yourselves if you wish, leave non-post-specific comments, and yes you can share your film suggestions too :)

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  1. Hi,
    I have some suggestions and list is very long :).
    Have mentioned the Hero Names so that you it can help you guys in choosing.

    Chiranjeevi – Gang Leader, Rakshashudu, Abhilasha, Challenge, Donga, Kondaveeti Raja, Kondaveeti Donga, Pasivadi Pranam,Swayam Krushi, Yamudiki Mogudu,Aapathbandavudu,Muta Mesthri

    Balakrishna – Aditya 369, Bhairava Dweepam

    Venkatesh – Prema, Bobbili Raja,Shatruvu,Sundarakanda,Dharma Chakram,Pavithra Bandham,Preminchukundam Raa,Kalisundam Raa,Nuvvu Naaku Nachav,Malliswari,Adavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule

    Nagarjuna – Geethanjali,Siva,Killer,Hello Brother,Annamayya,Azad, Manmadhudu,Gaganam, Rajanna

    Pawan Kalyan – Tholi Prema, Thammudu

    Rajendra Prasad – Aha Naa Pellanta, Pekata paparao, Aa Okkati Adakku , Mr. Pellam, Joker,Pelli Pusthakam,April 1st Vidudhala , Aa Naluguru

    Nani – Asta Chamma, Pilla Zamindar, Ala Modalaindi

    I know its way too much movies and the list will increase :)


    • Hi Suresh – You weren’t joking about that list :)
      I can’t promise that we will watch or write about everything you’ve recommended though. Sometimes I see films, and while I quite like them I don’t have anything to say other than that I quite liked them. We have already written about Yamudiki Mogudu, and Heather wrote about Aa Naluguru (I hated that, I’m sorry to say). I do have Aapathbandavudu ready to post for next weekend though so I may not be a total disappointment! Heather and I went to see Gang Leader at a South Indian Film Festival here in December 2010. We were the only people who turned up for that badly publicised session, which was strange but fun! 40 degrees Celsius outside, a whole cinema to ourselves and a really bad print of the film so Chiru kept turning green or pink. Cheers, Temple


      • Thanks Temple, I revisit the reviews whenever I see a movie on TV and wonder what you guys think about it :) Regarding Aa Naluguru, may be its a cultural thing or so. Don’t want to argue on that though.

        I was also a Chiru Fan when I was a kid coz of his stunts and Dance.


      • U hate aa nalauguru…are u kidding…that movie shoud present in every school…thats an inspirational movie…may b u dont know wats happening between cultures…its great movie


      • Yes. I hate it. I don’t think it is just cultural differences as I know a few Indian film viewers who reacted just as I did (including some discussion in the comments on the review on this blog). I see you like Gamyam, another film I really dislike (I lent Heather my DVD and have refused to take it back :) ), so I suspect we just have very different taste. We’re all entitled to our own opinions.


    • Hi Suresh,
      Great list – thanks! I’ve been looking for a few of the films you mention, but haven’t been able to find them with subtitles.
      Next item on your agenda should be to try and get the manufacturers to re-release all the old titles with subtitles :)
      I know that a few of them say they have English subtitles but they don’t! (Shalimar for instance)
      But there are a few on your list that I do have so I may move them up the pile :)


    • Hi Srilatha,

      I’ve been ordering quite a few hard to find Tamil titles through Movie Time Video and Girish has been incredibly helpful. I’d definitely recommend MTV for films that are a bit older and difficult to track down. I’ve added a link in our useful stuff area too :)



  2. HIii Heather & Temple js came across u r blog while browsin… I am really glad as a Indian Movie lover to see u guys loving Indian Movies…kudos to u guys


  3. connolly n heather,

    heartening to see a blog at a place which other sites failed to be. just now came across ur blog.
    i mean,i felt that sensible appreciation envi for movies esp telgu.i just read only one post
    from here,the review of NENINTHE,even did not read it all.decided to write to u guys first.
    i dont agree with u that its a mass entertainer,as down the memory line if ulook back to it,even
    while watching,the intensity of main character struggle looms large than any other(may be i happened
    to absorb ony that or may be it was made like that).at times i watched it in being directors shoes n other times as a director myself(as i have vague plane of it).i completeley connect eith many aspects of it.effort behind
    getting different creative aspects to make a scene have its desired effect to putting them into one final product,upon that to convince the cashier about it,ensuing diff setbacks in the process.the chances of being the
    victims of rogue elements,being emotionally related to the actors state of mind n the effort to stay afloat…i
    agree with u on how some issues r resolved…have still to write on it,but am running out of time right now.

    i am puzzled n curious of ur birth n cultural backgroung as u have such intrest in telgu films n ur names suggest different….connolly reminds me of jennifer…

    bye for now…


    • Hi Shekar,
      Thanks :)
      One of the good things about Neninthe is that it does seem to be more realistic in the depiction of working in cinema rather than portraying it as just a glamorous industry. The difficulty with funding, standing around waiting for long periods of time etc is all mentioned and is partly why I like the film.

      As to origins, I am originally from Northern Ireland, but have been living in Australia for over 15 years now. I think Temple and I both started by watching Hindi films, but since Mumbai is no longer producing the masala style of films we both enjoy, we started looking further afield. After Magadheera there was no turning back!

      I also work as a volunteer in health camps in Tamil Nadu every year and my interest in Tamil cinema started with watching songs on our bus out to the villages. Plus I’ve been a fan of Kamal Haasan and Rajni since I saw them in a few Hindi films quite some time ago :) There are so many good directors in the south who know how to tell a story with plenty of action, song, drama and romance – I just love the films! :D
      Cheers, Heather


  4. Hi Heather, It was nice catching you yesterday before the start of CGR telugu movie. As said I did happen to visit your blog. Would really appreciate you guys talking about Indian cinema, with so much of passion :).
    Feel we missed your blog till date, promise you, we will not miss it anymore.
    Hearting to see the blog with so much of true feelings, as compared to other baised blogs.
    Wish you both enjoy more n more Indian Cinema n share your feelings.
    Cheers, Pradeep


    • Hi Pradeep,

      Thanks! It was great to meet you too and I enjoyed our conversation. Hope you liked the movie :)
      I’m sure I’ll see you at the next Telugu release too – I’ll look out for you both.

      I try not to be biased, although it’s true that I have my favourite actors and will always prefer their films. It probably helps that I don’t understand the dialogue so have to concentrate more on facial expressions and body language, so if an actor isn’t making an effort I’m not going to be impressed. :)
      I love Indian cinema and I’m sure I’ll continue to enjoy it while there are such excellent film-makers out there. See you soon!

      Cheers, Heather


  5. Hi,

    I was amazed when I read your bio. I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for subtitles.
    It’s wonderful that you guys are interested in cinema from a culture/country that is far removed and varied from yours.

    But I do hope, that its not just the over the top stuff and kitsch that attracts you, and I not trying to be condescending here…..but want to tell you that there is more to Indian cinema than the mainstream. I hope that you would come around to checking those out too someday.


    P.s. In the meantime say it loud and proud tollywood is THE SHIT!


    • Hi :) Thanks for dropping by! And don’t despair – I think I have fairly broad taste in films, as do you from the look of your blog. You will find some older and less mainstream films in our posts too. But I do genuinely love the all out masala style and am not at all ashamed of admitting that. It is a unique and highly engaging and entertaining genre when done right, and can be So Bad It’s Good when not :) Cheers, Temple
      (PS Always good to see some more love for Telugu films!)


  6. Hi Heather and Temple,
    I’ ve been reading your Blog since the Past year or so…. And its very nice to see ur reviews and get ur perspectives…. Its refreshing too….
    Even though ur write ups on Old Classic Tamil Cinema is very interesting and entertaining where you talk more about your fascination for the actors outfits and accessories I would like to read more reviews on some of the New Age Tamil Cinema which is going great guns and I would like to get your perspectives on those films too….

    Some Films that I would like to get your views on is:
    1. Pizza
    2. Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanum
    3. Soodhu Kavvum
    4. Neram
    5. Vazhakku Enn 18/9
    6. Kumki
    7. Pannayaarum Padminiyum
    8. Engeyum Eppodhum
    10. Attakathi
    11. Cuckoo
    12. Goli Soda
    13. Vidiyum Munn
    14. THANGA MEENGAL[Don’t Miss this one]
    15. Mankatha
    16. Paradesi
    17. Moodar Koodam
    18. Onaayum Aattukuttiyum

    These are some of the suggestions….
    I hope you have watched a few and have a pile to watch…. Add the above to that….
    Keep writing….
    Dinesh V


    • Hi Dinesh,
      Thanks for the great list of suggestions. There are a few on there that I’ve seen and one or two that are on the list for later this year :) The rest are now on the list! The biggest problem is still finding Tamil films with subtitles – although I’m fairly resigned to watching without now :)
      Cheers, Heather


      • Hi Heather and Temple,
        After a long time on a Sunday morning (today) visited your blog to checkout the new film reviews you have come up with. And it was nice to see a couple of films from my list making the cut.
        Liked your Reviews on Chennai 600028, Pizza and especially Soodhu Kavvum. Nice reviews all of them.

        Agree with your Review on Kathi. Had gone 1st day for a Vj film first time in my life (Actually it was not planned). I thought first half if the film was a complete drag until the interval fight sequence. The second half of the film is what makes the film a one time watch.
        Actually these days when I go to a movie and find subtitles in them I think about you guys. In the recent films I watched Lucia, Ulidavaru Kandanthe and Kathi released with Subtitles in theaters.
        As I read in some of your comments I think you guys should start learning Tamil. Recent Tamil movie reviews are all by Heather. Ahaa.. not hinting anything just kidding.
        And as usual keep up the good work both of you.
        Dinesh V


      • Hi Dinesh,
        What did you think of Lucia? One of my favourites of recent releases :)
        What can I say – I’m a big fan of Tamil cinema and you would think I would have learned more of the language by now! I do go to TN every year, but testing eyes for 2 weeks just means I can do an eye examination in Tamil – nothing else!
        Thanks for stopping by.
        Cheers, Heather




  8. Hi,
    First of all, I gotta respect you for loving an other country’s cinema more than your own..I am a big fan of allu arjun of course only after pawan kalyan. It’s nice reading your reviews about many movies of chiranjeevi i haven’t watched till date. I was disappointed for i thought there were reviews of PK’s movies too but found very few. I couldn’t find bunny’s other movie reviews like Parugu, Bunny, Arya, Gangotri (his first movie). I personally liked arya & parugu in these four but would like to read your reviews.


    • Hi Itachi,
      Thanks for your comment :) I do watch and like Australian and European films, but write about South Indian films mainly because there are very few reviews in English about these movies.
      I tend not to focus on a particular actor, so even though I am a very big Allu Arjun fan, I don’t just write about his films. There are just too many good movies out there, and not enough time to write about them all :) However I am sure I will get round to writing about all of the films you mention eventually!
      You should keep an eye out for the next Megabirthday celebration Temple organises in August, when there will be more Chiru film reviews too :)
      Cheers, Heather


  9. I was reading the reviews of Telugu Devadasu. Some one wanted subtitles. You can send a request to ANR’s son Nagarjuna, himself an actor (and an engineer). He also runs a film school, I am sure he will oblige, after all the ANR is his father. Likewise for any other old classic movies, you can make a request to the film Studios/banners.
    I personally always hated the Devadasu character, simply plain lose, a spoilt brat with no other work in his life except drink and pine away. In fact the author Sarat Chandra himself regretted having ever written the book, his very first.
    By all accounts the movie is classic, but I just plain hate that character Devdas.



  10. Well Lucia is one of my favorite Indian films. And I being a Tamilian bought up in Bangalore learning Kannada throughout my schooling and knowing the language was great. However, Lucia is an International film it needs no language at all.
    Its really an awesome film actually. I had actually written a kind of a short story on Induced Lucid dreaming inspired from one of the episodes of Batman on Cartoon Network years back. And I think nobody has touched upon Lucid dreaming and its influence as much as Lucia does.
    I feel the film has so much layers in it that on repeated watch you’ll get so much out of it. It touches upon how stars or people at the top are so lonely, even though they are surrounded by so much people. It talks about how stars like to become invisible and blend with the society.
    The technical side of the film is very sound considering the films Budget. I love all the songs in the film especially the Pathos songs. The background score by Santhosh Narayanan is also awesome. The cinematography by Sunil Nuni is also nice.
    The lead pair Sathish and Shruthi along with Achuth is also good in their respective characters.
    I have watched the film a few times now and now I just go about watching the favorite scenes in the film.


  11. Hi heather,
    I just found and couldn’t belive u guys are writing reviews to telugu movies. I never read blogs but now I am interested after watching your work. I want to suggest one of my favorite movie GAMYAM. By the way I live in melbourne.


    • Hi Sujith,
      Do you go to watch the films in Melbourne? It’s great that we do get a few of the new releases here :)
      I’ve watched Gamyam – quite a while ago actually, and from memory thought it was good. Why is it your favourite?
      Cheers, Heather


    • Hi Sam,
      Thanks for the suggestion. I have seen the website (I think a friend suggested it a while ago too) but didn’t realise they had subtitled movies on there :)
      I’d totally forgotten about it though, so thanks for mentioning it!
      I’ll have a look and see what I can find :)
      Cheers, Heather


  12. It is simply wonderful to come across people who think it is fine to love cinema in languages one one may not understand. hail gods of subtitles.
    i am a north indian who feeds her penchant for south masala through subtitled DVDs. It was wonderful to come across your blog. To think i found it only today.
    May i suggest the kanadda movie: Yaare Koogadali or its original Poorali (Tamil) for your to be watched list.
    I have not watched the tamil original since it was not available with subtitles but loved the kannada version.


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