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Blog posts December 2015

Bhooloham - Movie Review

Verdict: “A power-packed sports film enjoyable by both action genre lovers and sports fanatics”

This Film primarily deals between two vengeance seeking boxers and money minded TV channels. Introduction scenes of the film is shot in the suburbs of Chennai set in early 90’s with a boxing match, in which Bhooloham’s (Jeyam Ravi) father is eliminated by a knockout punch. Filled with remorse and shame, he eventually commits suicide that instigates Bhooloham to seek vengeance against his rival’s son Aarumugam.

Meanwhile, Deepak Shah (Prakash Raj) MD of a TRP hungry media channel decides to convert this vengeance into a money making event by taking this conflict to Global market by conducting an International Boxing Tournament. Did Deepak Shah’s ideas go as per plan? Did Bhooloham seek revenge? The movie answers these questions.

Jeyam Ravi has given a splendid performance. His hard work and fitness deserves special appreciation. His dialogue delivery, body language, short tempered attitude, humor sense looks more like of complete changeover from his previous movies.

Trisha as Gowri Sindhu plays the role of a college student and Bhooloham’s love interest. She fails to impress us with her performance. Focusing more on glamour, her character failed to create an impact on the audience, yet she still proves every now and then as the “Dream Girl” of youngsters with her ever gorgeous look.

Prakash Raj played a fantastic role as a witty, cunning and money minded MD of a TV Channel. Ponvannan as Gym Instructor did his assigned job at his best.

Nathan Jones as Steven George, an International Boxer more like a Psychopath played his role to his best. Audiences erupt into laughter and cheers when he appears in lady costume and dance for Gana music.

Director N.KalyanKrishnan has come up with a bold attempt and an unpredictable plot that keeps us engaging and in the edge of the seats till the end of the movie.

Bhooloham’s biggest minus is the Songs and Background score. Srikanth Deva’s music were loud and of poor quality.

Finally, Bhooloham is an action packed movie to watch and enjoy with your family and friends this weekend. This move is sure to bring fitness and health awareness among the youngsters.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! with Noticeable Flaws)
-By Bharath Chandrasekar

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Pasanga 2: Haiku - Movie Review

Verdict: “Heart warming movie with much needed social-awareness”

The story revolves around two kids named Kavin (Nishesh) and Nayana (Vaishnavi), who are very naughty and hyperactive due to which they are thrown out of each and every school they join in. Frustrated by their behaviours, their parents decide to join them in a residential school but they’re pushed out of that school too and end up meeting Tamizh Nadan (Surya), a children’s psychiatrist who help them understand their children.

National Award Winner Pandiraj has once again come up with a children’s film. This time he looks upon some serious issue regarding the present society and the modern day parents’ who have no time for their own children’s. He has clearly portrayed the problems faced by children’s with ADHT who requires some special care and showed how technology ends up being a hindrance to kids’ growth.

He also showed the mentality of present day parents of joining their children in a posh school which demands huge amount as fees but gives poor quality education. Few razor sharp dialogues in this movie about the present scenario in the society not only got claps but also made the people to think about it.

Kudos to Surya and Amala Paul for being a part of this kind of movie and I really enjoyed Surya’s performance in this movie. The way he handles the kids and be friendly towards them is really appreciable. Though he had a minimal screen time, he is sure to create a large impact. Even the kids were so amazing and natural with their acting. Bindu Madhavi, Karthik Kumar, Ramdoss and Vidya Pradeep who portrayed as the kids parents also did their part well. You are sure to enjoy the comic part in this film.

Cinematographer Balasubramanian has done stupendous work with his camera. The film looks eye-pleasing with vibrant colours, making the movie a treat to watch.

Finally, Pasanga 2 is realistic and well made non-commercial movie of this year which is a must watch for the present day stressed parents. There are only few movies which shouldn’t be left it as a movie and take the positives out of it and apply it practically in day to day life and in upbringing our children’s. Pasanga 2 is one such of it. 

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (Best one around)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Thanga Magan – Movie Review

Verdict: “Thanga Magan fails to glitter.” 

Teaming up once again with the blockbuster “Vellai Illa Pattathari” team, the anticipation was extremely high for Dhanush’s Thanga Magan. But it failed to meet the pre-release expectations due to its nondescript story and the monotonous screenplay. 

Tamizh (Dhanush) is a happy-go-lucky guy who whiles away the time with his friend Kumaran (Satish) and cousin Aravindh (Adith Arun). After a break-up with Hema D’souza (Amy Jackson), his parents (K.S. Ravikumar & Raadhika) get him married to Yamuna (Samantha Ruth Prabhu). They lead a happy life until Tamizh’s father commits suicide after being accused of stealing an important file in his office. The rest of the plot deals with Tamizh finding the reason behind his father’s suicide.

A mediocre plot and a predictable screenplay, this is what director Velraj offers in Thanga Magan. The second half of the film was boring to watch with few dull scenes and punch dialogues that were awful. The movie had its moments in the first half of the film, the romantic scenes with Amy Jackson were alluring and the comical part with Satish was good. 

Dhanush never fails to impress with his acting skills. He had given his best in the teenager as well as in the matured age character. But it doesn’t seem to be good for this National Award Winning actor to lose his unique style and mannerism and copy his father-in-law. Dhanush tries to imitate SuperStar Rajnikanth in few scenes in the second half of the film that didn’t receive any cheers from the audience. 

Amy Jackson gave a passable performance. The on-screen chemistry between Dhanush and Samantha was adorable. They both perfectly reflected the middle-class husband and wife. K.S.Ravikumar did justice to his role and he impressed me with his acting skills. Others were okay to an extent.

Though Anirudh’s songs were ear pleasing, the background score was just average to poor. Cinematographer Kumaran had filmed the songs in a very eye-pleasing manner. 

Nevertheless, Thanga Magan is strictly a one time watch for its romantic scenes and the fine-looking first half. 

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Dilwale - Movie Review

Verdict - "Underwhelming!"

Going into this movie, I'm completely aware of the content I'm getting from a Rohit Shetty film. Flying cars, over-the-top action, and hilarious comedic scenes. Did I get these aspects from Dilwale? Sure! On top of everything, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's alluring screen presence added a lot more flavor to the film. But, it all comes down to this, is the movie any good? Branded for directing commercially successful and critically destroyed movies, did Rohit Shetty make a full-fledged unique entertainer? Well! Here are my thoughts.

The movie tells the story of two adoring brothers, Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) and Veer (Varun Dhawan) who tremendously love each other. As the storyline advances, we're introduced to the Raj's past, where he meets and falls in love with Meera (Kajol), but things never go as anticipated and Raj had to face few surprising consequences. What are they? 

Erratic with its screenplay, the first fifteen minutes itself explained to me that this film will not be completely impressive. Largely because of the screenplay that took quite a few bumps throughout the entire runtime. They're few aspects (like the comedic scenes) that I liked about the film and many others that I just didn't care. 

Also, this movie was awfully presented, it honestly felt like the actors were just performing with no emotional connection or any intensity between them. As I come back to the writing part of the film, if the characters were given enough time to develop with few engaging and significant scenes, this movie would've been a lot better. 

Advancing to the compelling aspects of the film, I thoroughly enjoyed the comedic scenes, the timing and delivery were precise and sharp, as a result, the humor was seamlessly conveyed. Moreover, I should credit Rohit Shetty and his team for splendidly filming few car chase sequences that involved a lot of practice and hard work.

The appealing chemistry between SRK and Kajol was quite matchless and they're quoted as one of the best on-screen couples for a reason. But, in Dilwale, I didn't feel that pleasing allure between them. Their love/romantic scenes were totally rushed and felt underwhelming. As a fan, I felt that the on-screen magic didn't work out. And the performances were satisfying from the entire cast, Varun Dhawan was amusing with his goofy character and I have no complaints about Kriti Sanon. However, Johnny Lever stole the entire movie and his performance was priceless.

Overall, Dilwale failed to impress me as a complete film, I enjoyed parts of it and that's not a positive sign for a film with towering expectations. It is certainly watchable once for few entertaining aspects. But, in the end, this is not what I expected from an immense multi-starrer.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Hate Story 3 - Movie Review

Verdict - "Looks can be deceiving, don't fall for the bait people!"

We can discern that it's a bad movie when studios try to use erotic scenes in the previews and the trailers as a bait to lure the audience into a movie theatre. Well, I don't blame them, because that's how business works, at least they didn't cheat by showing something that is not even in the movie. It all bottoms down to your decision whether you want to watch this movie or not and I'll give you few reasons why you shouldn't.

Aditya and Siya Diwan (Sharman Joshi & Zarine Khan) are an affluent and a happily married couple and after facing few obstructions in the past, they decide to expand their business to the next level and live a peaceful life. In comes Saurav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover), also a wealthy business person, who elects to offer Aditya financial support for his business in exchange of spending one night with his wife Siya. 

Is there a reason behind this? or is Saurav just an egotistic jerk? Find out in Vishal Pandya's abomination to humanity "Hate Story 3".

Now, if someone summarized this film's storyline for you, it might be quite diverting, cause it's a silly concept. But if you try to prolong and twist an asinine product it'll turn into an atrocity identical to Hate Story 3. Comparable to Abbas-Mustan's "Race", Vikram Bhatt tried to include too many twists and turns into the storyline till a point it started to become absurd and predictable. The only difference between the two movies is, Race is a well-directed movie, HS 3 isn't.

And, when it comes to the erotic scenes in the film, the studio had a plentiful to display. But, is there a reason for T-Series to include an abundant amount of seductive scenes? Sure, it's a clever business tactic. But, if you watch these scenes along with the movie, they don't make any clear sense, because the story is not yet developed and doesn't need a sensual scene for that moment. Now you know why they only looked beautiful in the previews. 

On the brighter side, the film's music was quite tuneful excluding few songs and the cinematographer had done a decent job in capturing few great shots in the movie. 

Performances were not amazing from the entire cast, Zarine Khan, and Daisy Shah tried hard, Sharman Joshi felt miscast for the role and KSG was decent with his anti-hero character.

Nevertheless, it's of course true that we shouldn't judge the book by its cover, Hate Story 3 had nothing new to offer, it's filled with abysmal story, poor dialogue, tedious screenplay, and clichés. Do yourself a favor and watch all the songs on YouTube, paying money to go watch this movie is the worst thing that you can ever do.

My Rating - 1.5/5
Grade - D+ (A hangover!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #31 (Creed)

Ryan Coogler's - "Creed"

Positives:
1) Performances
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Direction
4) Background Score

Introduction and Plot: Continuing the legacy established by his father, Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) comes to a decision to train with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and prefers to pursue his career in boxing just like his father. After many requests from Adonis, Rocky finally agrees to train him as the story celebrates the heroic and the valiant journey of their lives that include several poignant moments from start to finish.

Analysis: Director Ryan Coogler, who previously made Fruitvale Station had done a phenomenal job with his remarkable writing skills. The characters were well-developed, the storyline felt significant and authentic and the grim unruly vibe made the film a lot more inspiring and entertaining. 

When it comes to the performances, the entire cast was remarkable to watch especially Stallone, who gave one of his best performances in a very long time and Jordan's transformation into this character felt very authentic and luminous.

Verdict: Overall, Creed succeeded to triumph over all the main attributes a film needs. The imposing storyline, astonishing direction and the phenomenal performances from the cast made the film stand out as one of the best movies of the year.

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (The best one around!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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