Covid 19: Films to watch during the lockdown

R Balakumaran

Founder of Avant Garde Film Society and an aspiring impartial movie maker

Balakumaran says children are aware of names like Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan. “They see cinema as entertainment. We are taking baby steps to promote film culture and film appreciation so more people see cinema as art. Several online streaming sites such as and offer a choice of experimental films.”

Balakumaran picks:

Still from Castle of Dreams

Iranian movie Castle of Dreams directed by Reza Mirkarimi I noticed this movie at IFFK 2019 in Trivandrum. It explores fatherhood and its obligations, in a fragile method leaving you emotional.

Palestinian movie It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman It pays tribute to the Masters of the silent movie period like Chaplin and Buster Keaton. It is philosophical, political… performed with nice humour

Portuguese movie Vitalina Varela by Pedro Costa It is about loss of life, colonialism, feminine hardship and religion. It leaves the interpretation to the viewer. Viewers who get pleasure from the movies of Andrei Tarkovsky and Federico Fellini will savour the expertise

French movies: Les Miserables directed by Ladj Ly and Synonyms by Nadav Lapid Les Miserable is a political satire and has a documentary-like mise en photos, Synonyms can be talked about for its political opinions and an electrifying efficiency by Tom Mercier. A primary understanding of French political historical past would add worth to the viewing expertise. Most of those movies are new experiments in narrative, and comply with non-linear screenplay and contact upon political subtexts in a delicate method.

Sujith DH

Made a sequence of horror/comedian brief movies for his YouTube channel Minutes motion pictures. His first brief movie Manidhargal, an action-thriller, highlighted Chinese martial arts. Sujith additionally made a documentary known as Riding Through The Rain of a highway journey he took in the monsoons along with his biker good friend Sumanth Nagaraja.

Sujith DH

Sujith picks

Nadigan, directed by P Vasu It has terrific pair of actor Sathyaraj and comic Goundamani. One laughs all by the movie.

Poster of Michael Madana Kaama Rajan

Michael Madana Kaama Rajan, directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao It is a technically good movie supported by Kamal Hassan’s fantastic performing. Besides the top-notch digital camera and enhancing finesse, not as soon as do you’re feeling it’s the similar Kamal Hassan enjoying 4 roles!

Vikram directed by Rajasekhar This film is timeless. I really like how the nice motion takes the story ahead. The track ‘Vikram, Vikram….’ has an digital voice interlude and has superb choreography which is an actual deal with to watch.

Inaindha kaigal directed by NK Vishwanathan for its action-driven story. The movie additionally proved that motion needn’t all the time be about brawls and automobile chases.

Ullathai Allitha directed by Sundar C Actor Goundamani steals the present. It is a trendsetter. Dialogues from this film, particularly Goundamani Sir’s strains convey on the laughs even in the present day. It’s a masterpiece efficiency from him.

Ajith Ashok

His three-minute movie Maatharam addressed ladies’s points and featured Jyoti Kisange Amge, the world’s shortest dwelling lady. Ajith plans to develop Maatharam as a full-length characteristic movie. “Right now I am focussing on scripting the movie. I want my first feature film to be a hard-hitting one. And, I thought issues faced by women needs urgent attention, especially in the current times when you hear of rape and domestic violence.”

Ajith Ashok

Ajith picks

The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont The jail drama notably for its story and the performances of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. One of the best movies made in the 1990s, it’s broadcast even now commonly as it’s culturally, traditionally and aesthetically important

Godfather (half 1) by Francis Ford Coppola Is there any filmmaker who hasn’t been impressed by the Godfather franchise? I hold going again to it, as considered one of the best and influential movies in the gangster style, simply to watch the performances of the ensemble solid of Marlon Brando and Al Pacino. Every time, there’s something new to takeaway from the film.

Pulp fiction by Quentin Tarantino It is a masterpiece from considered one of the best movie makers. The unconventional construction, the screenplay, the popular culture….each single ingredient on this movie leaves you awestruck

Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis Besides Tom Hank’s efficiency, the movie stands out for its in depth visible results. There is comedy, disappointment… magic. A should see for anybody who loves cinema.

The White Balloon (Iranian) directed by Jafar Panahi Iranian dramas all the time go away you with a heat, fuzzy feeling. This charming Iranian youngsters’s drama is a reminder to concentrate on the easiest pleasures of life which might be typically the most satisfying.

Most of the movies listed above can be found on on-line streaming platforms

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