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Review of “Victim”: Pa Ranjith’s suspenseful short stands out in the anthology thriller

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Review of “Victim”: Pa Ranjith’s suspenseful short stands out in the anthology thriller

Victim, an anthology series from Sony Liv, explores the stories of four different victims. One has the impression that the series, which was directed by Pa Ranjith, Venkat Prabhu, Rajesh M, and Chimbu Deven, could have been much more since only two of the shorts make a significant impression. Ranjith’s short on land and its politics stands out among the rest because it is both hard-hitting and deeply moving while occasionally being squeamish. The second-best segment is by Venkat Prabhu, and despite stealing much of its basic plot from Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth, it mostly succeeds. Two additional short films by Rajesh M. and Chimbu Deven are awful.

In the lead roles of Pa Ranjith’s Dhammam are Kalaiarasan and Guru Somasundaram. Ranjith is still an advocate for caste-based narratives, but this time he is concentrating on land politics. A middle-aged father and his adolescent daughter, who are busy preparing their small plot of agricultural land for the harvest season, are the main characters of the story. The father is forced to bear the costs when a dispute with the owner of the nearby acres of land gets out of hand. This beautifully filmed segment about how land still shapes a person’s identity is powerful. It explains how people display their caste and power pride without ever considering the repercussions. Dhammam stands out due to the realistic performances, particularly the action scenes in the farmland.

Kottai Pakku Vathalum Mottai Madi Sitharum by Chimbu Deven is an intriguing fantasy comedy that explores our uncritical faith in deities. This story might have worked better as a stand-alone movie with stronger writing. However, as a part of this anthology thriller, it hardly even scratches the surface. The short, which stars Thambi Ramaiah and Nasser, examines how someone’s desperation can cause us to lose the ability to distinguish between reality and illusion.

Mirrage by Rajesh M. is unquestionably the weakest short in the collection. The story revolves around a young girl (Priya Bavani Shankar), who is compelled to spend the night in an abandoned villa that her company has reserved.

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She quickly begins to encounter some paranormal activity in the villa, and as she struggles to make sense of the situation, the plot twists and turns. This short’s conclusion demonstrates why most thrillers no longer engage audiences when they are taken for granted.

The basic plot of Venkat Prabhu’s Confession, which stars a vivacious Amala Paul and Prasanna, is taken from Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth. The performances help this short succeed to a large extent despite the recycled plot idea. As a driven young woman living life on her terms, Amala is very at ease. The short film looks at how quickly we form judgments about those around us based solely on appearance.

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Watch these five OTT releases this week: Panchayat, Atlas, The Kardashians, and more

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Watch these five OTT releases this week: Panchayat, Atlas, The Kardashians, and more

This week’s OTT releases: There is something on the internet for everyone, from the release of a much-awaited season of a web show to a thrilling new chapter in the Kardashian family’s story. Leading the pack is a suspenseful heist drama with lots of action, from Crew to a clever journey in the newest season of Panchayat.

The top over-the-top films to add to your watch list are currently streaming.

Whether you’re in the mood for suspense, humour, or a little bit of both, this week’s OTT lineup guarantees a binge-worthy experience that’s ideal for curling up at home, with shows like Jennifer Lopez’s Atlas, Kareena Kapoor, Tabu, and Kriti Sanon’s Crew, and the highly anticipated Panchayat season 3.

This week’s OTT releases promise to keep you glued to your screens with a rich tapestry of entertainment perfect for your weekend binge list.

Atlas
Jennifer Lopez, an actor and singer, plays the lead in Atlas, one of the most anticipated sci-fi thriller films. She plays Atlas Shepherd, a data analyst for counterterrorism who is wary of artificial intelligence. It follows her journey when she is compelled to abandon her beliefs and set out to find a renegade robot in order to save humanity. Sterling K. Brown and Simu Liu are also in the suspense thriller. This Friday, the thriller will be available on Netflix.

crew
Crew, starring Tabu, Kareena Kapoor, and Kriti Sanon, is scheduled to debut on Netflix on May 24 after garnering positive reviews at the box office. The three flight attendants’ stories are told in this hilarious heist adventure, as their lives unexpectedly change when the airline experiences financial difficulties. The women are drawn into an audacious scheme.

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Aadujeevitham: The Life of the Goat
Aadujeevitham, the highly anticipated survival drama directed by Prithviraj Sukumaran, will debut on Disney+ Hotstar on May 26. The Goat Life, a film directed by Blessy, tells the true story of Najeeb’s struggle to survive in a foreign land. An extended version with deleted scenes is anticipated for the over-the-top (OTT) release. As a result of its box office success, the movie became Prithviraj’s highest-grossing production to date.

Season Five of The Kardashians
Dramatic fun is back with the Kardashians! On Thursday, the fifth season of the popular family’s reality TV show was made available online. In this chapter, Kris will help Kourtney through her pregnancy by organising a baby shower. Additionally, Kendall and Kylie will be seen catching up in Paris, and Kim will be pleading with Khloeˁ to “change her ways.””From the big screen to baby bliss, the family continues to defy expectations in all their endeavours,” the streamer says of the programme.Cameras pan as everyone’s favourite matriarch, Kris, keeps an eye on Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall, and Kylie as they negotiate tense sister dynamics.”On Thursday, the programme debuted on Disney+ Hotstar.New episodes will air every week.

Season three of Panchayat
On May 28, the third season of the web series Panchayat will finally be available. The characters’ involvement in romantic and political affairs will be the main topic of the third chapter. Regaining their roles are Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Chandan Roy, Faisal Malik, Raghubir Yadav, and Sanvikaa.

The second season concluded on a dramatic note, with Jitendra’s character, ‘Sachiv ji’ Abhishek Tripathi, fearing for his career after a run-in with a local politician through Raghubir’s character. That is where the third season begins. On May 28, the third season will debut on Prime Video in India.

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