Showing posts with label MOVIES-TAMIL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MOVIES-TAMIL. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Visaaranai - A realistic, raw and riveting story

Vetrimaaran is back with his third movie “Visaaranai”, with no hurry, almost 4 years after winning a national award.

It is the story of four young men who get imprisoned and exploited by the cops for their selfish motives and who are forced to prostrate in front of the bureaucratic system for series of reasons. The movie has a number of intricate layers within it.

The success of the screenplay is,  every audience could see from both from the victim's’ perspective as well from the cops side., who too feel helpless and let down as the victims of the so called “system”.

The police station and the bureaucratic system behind the entire drama naturally creates cold waves through our spine. We find it hard to see and digest such bitter truth, but these are the men that we face daily, people whom we lay our faith to protect us from harm and whom we got to go for many of our issues.

This movie is based on a true story that was penned as a novel by M. Chandra Kumar , who is the lone surviving victim of this dark and disturbing tale, the screenplay was adapted to suit the sensibilities without any botheration towards commercial elements.

I would say, “Visaaranai” is worth all the hype. An unbending, hard-hitting and spine-chilling attempt to uncover the abuse of power. The movie doesn't preach or do mere talking, rather it exposes a shock of the reality today. And it makes you think - because this could happen to you too!

Great Work Vetrimaaran. Take a bow!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pasanga 2

Everyone call the movie as “preachy”; but what is wrong in it? Let it be…it’s the “need of the hour” for India. #Pasanga 2 points out the issues of Indian education system. It’s is a movie about children, parenthood and parents misunderstanding on the idea and purpose of education.

The story revolves around two hyperactive kids Kavin and Nayana, who are a nightmare to their parents, teacher, and even to their neighbours. Their over naughtiness drives everyone wild and makes them move from school after school and in-turn, different houses and different areas of relocation!.

At one point of time, they move-in to an apartment where they meet an ideal family of Suriya – a child psychiatrist and Amala Paul – a  teacher with their two kids. Surya finds that Kavin and Nayana are suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder),  and they help them to come out of it.  They eventually soothe the harassed and embarrassed parents; and make them to understand their parenting mistakes too!.

 While many directors in Tamil industry are using cinema as just a money making business, We should welcome Director #Pandiraj who has a sincere concern for families and kids. He makes us think about the commercialization of today’s education system, rank-oriented race, and scarcity of 'family time' in our busy lifestyle...

 I agree that #Pasanga2 is preachy, to the extent that in a scene, Surya is literally teaching a some parents about childcare and family values with a white board and a marker J! but as I said already “it’s the need of the hour”. For some of the sharp-valued dialogues, I myself nodded in agreement, for the mistakes that I have done or doing as a parent!.

If we overlook the drama and listen to what Pandiraj says, we – as a parent definitely have a lot from the film to take home!.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ai (2015) - Tamil Movie

OK! my 1st movie review post of the year is “Ai” – the biggest project of Indian film Industry, so far. Ai a romantic- thriller flick, directed by Shankar, with Vickram and Amy Jackson as the lead actors.

Coming to the plot:  Vikram is an upcoming body builder who becomes Mr. Madras (Telgu, Hindu versions may have different titles like Mr. AP or Mr.Delhi.. or so) and he aspires to become Mr.India. Also he’s madly in love with a top model Amy Jackson. Due to certain circumstances, Amy approaches Vickram to act in an Ad film with her. She gives him the necessary makeover, and in the process of the shoot, they fall in love with each other.

But howcome an Indian romantic movie can go without a twist in the love ? here too a turn arises. Amy’s professional enemies got envy on Vickram and shot him with a deadly virus called “I”. The virus changes Vickram’s appearance upside down as well his life. Rest of the story is about how he takes revenge on all the villains who did this to him.

What do I feel: To start with the cast, I would say no one other than Vickram could have done these characters so well – An aspiring body builder, a super stylish model, a haunting hunchback and a playing a beast. He has outclassed in all the three get-ups. Vikram’s hard work can be seen in every frame. Amy is just awesome, looks so glamourous and tried her best to perform also. Santhanam and other supporting crew also look good. The making of choreograph ,action sequences and make-ups are excellent and truly international.

What goes bad was the un-gripping screenplay of Shankar :( . Shankar missed to create an interesting screen play , seems to be badly missing late writer – Sujatha. The movie itself is very lengthy, runs for 3hours+ and sadly it feels more than that. And A.R.Rahman’s music is also not that catchy. Whatever, still I would recommend to watch my friends for Vikram's effort.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lingaa Experience

This post is not a review of Rajinikanth’s “Lingaa Movie”. There are million other sites and bloggers to write about it, or I should I say – have written already (before even the movie got screened in India :P ). I just recollect my connect to Rajni movie releases here.

Rajinikanth’s films are not just movies. It’s an experience.

I love that experience start from my childhood. One that will make you scream, whistle, blast and just go crazy. You’ll experience the magic only in theatres, will never get it if you watch in DVD.Rajni movies are the only ones that I hold a record of watching only in theatres. Have never missed the fun, start from his one of the bests “Thalapathi”., let me be in Tirunelveli or Chennai or Bangalore – even when I was in the US.

Lingaa experience too did not disappoint me. Infact I am so happy this time, since we had a new fan joined us to cheer for thalivar -  my 3.5 years old daughter :P

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kaaviya Thalaivan - Movie Review

Director G.Vasantha balan has always been  unique and has kept himself away from the normal commercial crappy dramas from his debut. His previous projects like ‘Angadi Theru’ ‘Veyyil’, and ‘Aravaan had exhibited his worthiness and commitment to the cinema. Kaaviya Thalaivan is one more addition to his brand list. He always endeavors for a good cinema and his hard work is clearly seen in every frame in this movie too.

It’s also a periodic movie like his Aravan. The plot is set in 1940 , revolving around the lives of two theatre actors, Kalliappa Bhagavathar (Siddharth) and Gomathi Nayagam Pillai (Prithiviraj), who are the students of Sivadas Swamigal and are the top stars of Tamil drama world. Kaali explores himself with innovative and liberal methods of acting, whereas Gomathi believes, infact lives as per the conventional drama rulebooks.. But soon, the situation makes brings in jealousy and friendship changes into revenge.

Siddharth and Prithviraj have superbly competed with each other and have given their best till date, while Vedhika too has done a brilliant acting. Nasser as always has lived in the character. Thambi Ramaiah and other comedy actor (sorry don’t get his name) too has done a very decent job.

With great support from his technical team, Vasantha balan has literally have showcased the early 1900s not just in the sets and costumes, but strongly backed up with his script. Neerav Shas efforts are remarkable. A. R. Rahman is one of the important pillars which carried the movie so along and has glued well for the periodic plot too. But it’s true that the songs in the 2nd half has slightly slowed down the pace.

As all the media cries, I too say a big salute to the effort that has gone into its making, but the final product could have been still better. Nevertheless, 'Kaaviya Thalaivan' is definitely a great attempt and we should appreciate the director for extracting some of the best performances from actors whose talent we've always underestimated; also for the producers who had appreciated the script and backing up this endevour !

Friday, October 24, 2014

Kaththi (Tamil) - Movie Review

Next to the massive Diwali -2012 success of "Thuppakki", A.R.Murugadass and Vijay have joined together once again for “Kaththi” – a commercial entertainer with a social message.

Very often, we hear the news of hundreds of farmer suicides/deaths from all over the India – where Agriculture is the backbone of the country. Every party throws up big promises for farmers in all their election manifestos, but how many of them getting materialized? Or do we really tracking/worrying about them?. Here in Kaththi, Murugadoss pinpoints our ignorance on the issue and highlighting the problems that the farmers' face due the (corrupted) globalization.

Plot/Story:
Vijay plays dual role. As Jeevanatham – an educated, social activist who endeavors the betterment of his village which is facing a severe water problem. Another character Kathiresan (alias Kaththi), as a crook having a track record of escaping from the jail for 18 times .. Both these characters cross their path, and as usual exchange of characters – Kaththi in the place of jeeva , striving hard for the villagers, while the Jeeva is in jail caught as Kaththi. How they live on the foots of the other and catch-up the cause is the story.

Cast:
The real hero of the story is Jeeva, who’s characterized more like Vijayakanth of Ramana – very subtle and who’s going to an extend of risking his life for the betterment of his village. This Jeeva character is completely “Non-Vijay” in every aspect :P , way different from the typical Vijay what we’ve been seeing in his mass masala movies!. But the director A.R.M satisfies Vijay fans with the other character Kaththi., with songs, dance, fight and a lot more masalas.

There could be arguments that someone else could have done the characters better than Vijay.. May be true too:) . But this movie needs the attraction of Vijay to reach out a large mass – which could be possible only by people like Thalaivar(Rajni), Kamal, Vijay or Ajith. Kudos to Vijay for accepting this script and very importantly for not screwing it-up :P

Samantha: sadly a typical commercial cinema heroine , just appearing in the songs, and in a few romantic scenes. I almost forgot that she’s on the movie :(

Director:
I see A.R.Murugadass as one of the very rare responsible cinematographers of Tamil cinema. He’s cleverly touched many burning issues like farmer suicides, water scarcity, corruption, MNCs who don’t both about their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), difficulties of senior citizens, TRP hungry media, …and etc. He conveys all his anger so sharply in the scene where Jeeva speaks in the press meet – that’s the highlight of the movie!!

But I feel, the screenplay is not so gripping and fast paced like Thuppakki, could have done better, especially the lousy 1st half. The placement of songs slows down the pace and makes the audience less engaged. But somehow AR.M saves the movie with a decent 2nd half. Definitely worth watching for the solid 2nd half!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Madras - Movie Review

Story revolves around a wall of a housing board building in North Madras, which is used for publicity of a political party - picture of the local party leader is painted on the wall. When the party becomes two, ownership of this wall creates a major dispute between them which often ends spilling blood at both ends. The story also depicts a deep friendship between Kaali (Karthi) and Anbu (Kalaiarasan) who live in the area.

Anbu is the youth leader of one the parties and is often used as a pawn by the leader of the party. When Anbu is targeted and sacked by the opposition, his friend Kaali is also drawn into the world of politics and revenge.

Director Pa.Ranjit has given a native theme throughout the movie, which engages the audience from the first shot to the end; His casting is also good, except the hero and heroine :(. Karthi has given a good performance after along time and played the character well, but somehow I am not fully convinced, feel that Dhanush or Vijay Sethupathy would have done better.

Kalaiarasan who plays Anbu has given wonderful performance who even dominates the screen in the majority of the first half. Catherin Teresa’s role as well her apperance in the movie is not so appealing.

Songs are good, but the placement of songs makes the movie dragging, especially in the second half. The end also is very cinematic and abrupt which makes the movie incomplete. Art direction and Camerawork are aesthetically done and makes the audience feel the essence of North Madras.

Except for reminding the earlier North Madras films at times and a few dragging scenes here and there, the film is is a decent attempt. If you like the north-madras nativity and movies like Pudhupettai and Pollathavan, you’ll surely like the “Madras” too.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yaamirukka Bayamey - A Hilarious Horror


Happened to watch this movie over the weekend. Yaamirukka Bayamey is a Tamil horror comedy film, written and directed by debutant Deekay, casting Kreshna, Rupa Manjari, Karuna, and Oviya. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and dialogues.

The movie started-off so draggy and  boring, but soon picked the pace and put me completely in surprise. It’s is a well-executed horror comedy that revolves around just 4-5 characters and their hilarious attempts to run a guesthouse at a haunted building. The Hero – a fraudster (Krishna) escapes from a local don in Chennai and comes to this haunted house in Kolliyur with his girlfriend.

As per his manager (Karuna) advise, they decide to renovate the building and make it as a guest house. But interestingly, all the guests who come to stay there start dying. What's the mystery behind the whole thing?

Nothing is taken seriously or allowed to get too serious. Any normal horror movie with such story/script could have very well ended up as a flop. But somehow Yaamirukka Bayamey manages to keep us amused. Whenever we expect a supernatural reason behind the haunting events, the movie gives-out a sneaky and funny explanation. There are plenty of exciting twists that keep us glued.

All the lead actors have performed remarkably. A large part of the credit should go to Karuna, and Mayilsamy's cameo role towards the end of the film. I am not good in analyzing the technicals of a horror movie, so leaving it unwritten.

A clever script with good all round performances make Yaamirukka Bayamey definitely worth a watch.

Btw, am wondering why should all the horror movies revolve around a Haunted House? Can’t our directors find any other better plots? Have seen enough of haunted house in Tamil cinemas :D

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tasty "Jigarthanda" - A new genre of movie !


The first thing that anyone can say after watching Jigarthanda is that it’s a new genre of movie (in Tamil industry at least).

It’s a story of an aspiring director who attempts making an action movie on a don's life, decides to follow such a living ganster in Madurai and in the attempt, he gets caught by the don’s group. Till this point the movie is paced with complete action, seriousness and leaves the audience in suspense for the interval. The first half makes really a fast paced action movie.

After the interval, the movie has an surprising twist ,where in the gangster (Assault Sethu) himself gets interested in the movie on his life and gives all the details that the director wanted. But what happens after that is completely what I never expected., was a super twist with loads of humor. The second half is a bit lengthy and also drags a bit ; but the brilliant screen play and the performance of actors compensates for those negatives.

Siddarth (as Karthick - an inspiring director) does his part well ; but it’s Bobby Simha (as Assault Sethu) overshadowed everyone else whenever he is on screen. Assault Sethu’s character is scripted so powerful, that even after seeing bobby as a comedian in quite a few movies earlier, I never felt it anywhere in the first half. Karunakaran (as Siddarth’s friend) is another remarkable casting. I always believe that a good film maker is one who gives definition to each character in his movie. And Karthik Subburaj has done it splendidly.

It is completely a new treatment of a gangster based story. From the date of its first teaser, I always had a feel that Jigirthanda would be a radical gangster genre movie like Pudhupettai. But, it broke my illusion and makes out a path breaking genre. I would say, the director has justified the “Jigarthanda” title – meaning a Hot & Cool dish (Hot 1st half and a Super Cool 2nd Half). And his Jigarthanda tastes good too :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sathuranga Vettai - An Indianised Con Movie


Sathuranga Vettai is a Tamil black comedy / Con film scripted and directed by debutant H. Vinoth, produced by Manobala . Renowned Camera man Natarajan Subramaniam played the lead role and the music is scored by Sean Roldan.

The director keeps us hooked with a list of well-known scams. From selling an ordinary snake for 5Lakhs to a greedy man who believes that the snake could turn in to Rs 15 crore worth, over the night ; how a company MLM (indirectly pointing Amway) sells bathtub tap water as a herbal water that can cure cancer; Emu farms ; a gold scam ; to the extreme of Rice Pulling :) - each episode is better than the previous one, backed by equally funny and powerful dialogues that’s a big plus point of the movie.

The movie is brilliant , but do not have a consistency, particularly in the 2nd half. There are moments that are exceptionally superb as well as a few dumb. May be the director has been compelled to take the track of commercial cinema., to match with their promo of “ An Indianised Con Movie” :(

Amidst some negatives, it still makes a good movie. I enjoyed it. would suggest it as a must watch -  to see how weak we are, and how easily be exploited by clever cheaters preying on our greed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Saivam - Movie Review


Watched Saivam a few weeks ago, and even started writing  this post on the same day; but one or the other stuff kept blocking me to complete the post. finally today, am hitting the publish button 

The story of Saivam revolves around three characters Kathiresan (Naseer) , his Granddaughter Tamizh(Sara ) and her pet Rooster Pappa . Kathiresan is expecting his sons and daughters along with their family for the village festival. He is very happy and excited that his entire family of three sons and a daughter are under one roof, but that joy doesn’t last for long , as a few unfortunate incidents occur in the family.

When the family finds out that a Nerthikadan (promise of an offering to God in return for a favour:), which was giving the “Pappa” the Rooster as an offering to their God was a long overdue. But things get even worse as the Rooster goes missing. How the family collapses & recovers after this, is rest of the story.

A clean, fun filled family drama given by Vijay and his team. Vijay has managed to choose some of the best casts for this film, the boy Shravan (don’t know his actual name) , and the house servants were too good. Songs and background score are OK. Clean dialogues and light hearted family moments makes this simple story a good movie.

One the flip side - the duration of the film but being a family drama maybe it needed the extra length. And also am not happy about the main characters performance (Naseer has little underplayed and Sara is a li’l overdose). And couldn’t register other characters in mind (could have selected some known faces). However, I should appreciate the whole team for giving a complete family film, after a long time.

Not a great one; but definitely a decent one time watch!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Velaiyilla Pattathari - Movie Review (Tamil)


Writing a movie review after a long time ; that too a Tamil movie for the first time, VIP takes the spot !

Velaiyilla Pattathari is a milestone in Dhanush career – his 25th Film. It's an comedy/drama flick,  on the plot of rising unemployment and growing frustration among the youth., Movie is produced by Dhanush and directed by cinematographer, Velraj.

The whole story is around Dhanush , a civil engineering graduate who is still in search for a job while his younger brother is already working and earning well. Dhanush wants to work only in the field he studied for - Civil Engineering. Finally he gets job in his field, but there he faces trouble from the villain in a public welfare construction project. How Dhanush beats the villain and complete the building construction work is the remaining story.

Amala Paul plays the role of a doctor, while Samuthirakani and Saranya Ponvannan are cast as Dhanush's parents.The performance of Samuthirakani is decent ; tired of watching Saranya in Mom character :( Anirudh's backdrop score is so noisy, but anyway most of the audiences like that blast.

The screenplay is good.,especially the first half (2nd half is more cinematic). Anyways, nice to see Dhanush back to his "Yaradi Nee Moghini" form, must be quite refreshing after his acclaimed (but box office failed) ventures like Mayakam Enna, 3 and Mariyan.

Director Velraj made a decent debut as director. Dhanush seems to be hitting the magic at Box Office after a few years !

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dasavatharam - Lord Vishnu - Kamal Hasan

How the Mythological 10 avtars of Lord Vishnu inspired Kamalahaasan's movie Dasavatharam!

(Macha Avthar - Nambi) - Nambi is thrown into water in an act of trying to save lord from being thrown into sea...

(Koorma avatar - George Bush) - The lord is the turtle/tortoise that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth. This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly today Bush facilitates war between you know whom… May be Kamal also indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise…

(Varaha avatar - Krishnaveni paatti ) - In varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs - life form inside the statue so as to protect.

(Narasimha avatar - Shingen Narahashi ) - The name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha manifests himelf to kill Hiranyakashipu.In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and hence the martial arts exponent here..

(Vamana avatar - Kalifulla Khan) - In vamana avatar, Lord Vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana avatar

(Parasurama avatar - Christian Fletcher) - Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21 generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real KILLER… Guess what, thats what our Fletcher is! He comes around with the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around

(Krishna avatar - Vincent Poovaraghavan) Lord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned. He saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. He appears when Asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact] and dies from the metal rod striking his leg.

(Balarama avatar - Balarama Naidu) As the name suggests and the role personifies Balaram naidu RAW officer, helps kill the villain

(Rama avatar - Avatar Singh) - Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

Kalki avatar - Govindaraj Ramasamy) The hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!!

Of course Kamalahaasan is the best person to explain how he got inspired! Us being mere mortals have to contend with such information from EMail forwards and the like!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Dasavatharam....


The June of last year, not only me, the whole world was filled with SIVAJI ecstasy, here comes another block buster DASAVATHARAM.

Start from the commencement of shooting, I’m very curious to watch this much hyped movie. I have decided to watch the movie on the first day itself. Though I’m not an ardent fan, the trailers and newsbits have really made me to heat up for the show.

I will be happy, if the movie can bring below items,

• Some level of importance to all the 10 characters of Kamal
• The reason, why kamal has to do all the 10 characters. Does the story really need this ? Or they are just made for fame?
• Crazy full dialogues
• Clear and simple story line

Even if it fails to impress as a movie, I’m sure that Kamal would certainly satisfy Tamil audiences to a great extent with his phenomenal performances in ten different roles. I hope both the actor and movie satisfy the audience and create a new history in World Cinema.

All the best to “Dasavatharam Team”.