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Blog posts August 2017

Vivegam / Vivekam – Movie Review

Verdict: “Thala Ajith, if not for this man, the movie is a strenuous watch!” 

Teaming up with ‘Siruthai’ Siva for the third time after an average fair with ‘Vedhalam’, Ajith Kumar’s “Vivegam” has been a letdown among the wider section of his hardcore fans. 

It’s too early to let out the plot of the movie, but the story fork over betrayal, back stabbing, and revenge. Yet another old template used with a different back story. 

Thala Ajith Kumar, this man has given more than he could for this movie. He has undergone a massive changeover in his physique and looks fitter than ever. Like always, he carries the burden of a repetitive plot on his shoulder and tries his level best to not make it look dreary. His gigantic screen presence was enough to make his fans go crazy. Though in the end, all in vain.

The love portions with Kajal in the first half looked refreshing and triggered emotions, but the same scenes in the latter half of the movie trigger vexation. Akshara Haasan could have chosen a movie which has more of an important role for her to do in her Tamil debut because she had hardly anything to do and would have appeared on screen for maximum 10 minutes. 

Vivek Oberoi as the baddie was another poor choice. Though he gave his best for the role, the villain’s character wasn’t sketched properly because for the most of the time he was all praise for the hero which was commendable for a while but not for throughout the whole movie. 

Getting a chance once again to direct a movie with Ajith, even after ‘Vedhalam’, Director ‘Siruthai’ Siva must have used the golden opportunity wisely, but failed terribly. With a plot which looks racy, yet with no new content, has made the film look uninteresting. The movie looked like a wasted opportunity. It was a pain to realize that Ajith’s blood and sweat have been not used properly. 

Anirudh Ravichander’s electrifying background score comes as a massive savior. He clearly understood the Mass of Ajith and has scored perfect BGM to match his charisma. Many thanks to Editor Ruben for making the movie crisp with his cuts otherwise the run time would have made everyone exhausted. Vetri’s cinematography is another positive of this movie. The visuals were spectacular and grand to watch on the big screen.

Finally, ‘Siruthai’ Siva’s ambition to make an international level thriller didn’t come out well. To the contrary of his idea, he has not made use of Ajith Kumar’s most honest and sincere hard work. 

The movie didn’t live up to the slightest expectation of Ajith’s fans, who have been waiting to see their matinee idol for almost two years and finally on the D-day they were offered with a very average movie. It was a pity to see the energy of the fans drop to a low level after Ajith’s introduction scene. 

It would be good if Ajith Kumar doesn’t give one more opportunity to this fellow. He should also break his streak of doing Police/Gangster movies and try out something different in his future films. 

My Rating – 2.25/5
Grade – C (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Vellai Illa Pattadhari 2 / VIP 2 – Movie Review

Verdict: “An Undesirable Sequel”

I still remember it was my first day of college. I bunked the orientation session and watched Vellai Illa Pattadhari-1. Less did I know every engineering graduate would face similar situation at their home when they are unemployed. VIP 1 was very relatable with every engineer’s life. So it became very popular among the youth and the career best film to Dhanush.

With similar expectations, I anticipated for VIP-2. To be honest, it didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations. There wasn’t much of difference between the plots of both the movies except for a gender change in the antagonist role.

Despite the huge letdown in the base story, the movie wasn’t boring much; despite the fact certain scenes make us yawn. Dhanush as usual delivers his casual acting. Even though anyone could have done the role of Kajol yet she gave forth what was required for the role. VIP marks the return of Kajol to Tamil Film Industry nearly after two decades. She was last seen in 1997 hit film ‘Minsara Kanavu’ (Merupu Kalalu).

Cinematography and editing deserves a mention, as they were one of the few positives which I found in this film. Anirudh’s absence was felt very much from the beginning of the movie. I would say the only scenes which received whistles and claps from the audience were the ones which had Anirudh’s background score from VIP 1. I felt that roping in Anirudh once again for this sequel would have made the film even more watchable as the songs and background score were below average.

Directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth, she should have worked well with her brother-in-law to come up with a perfect script for a crowd-pleased movie’s sequel. Failing to do so resulted in a below average fare. Maybe the movie shall please certain people and the actor’s fans, but on the whole it was a huge letdown and spoils the prequels reputation.

My Rating – 2/5
Grade – C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Jab Harry Met Sejal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Disappointment of Epic Proportions!"

Directed by Imtiaz Ali, Jab Harry Met Sejal brings together Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for the third time in their film career after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan, but this time under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment. The chart-topping music was composed by Pritam and K.U. Mohanan is the man behind-the-camera reputed for some stunning cinematography all throughout the film.

The storyline revolves around a lost engagement ring that belongs to Sejal Zaveri (Anushka Sharma), as she and her tour guide Harinder Singh Nehra (Shah Rukh Khan) roam around the popular cities of Europe in search of the misplaced ring which is used as a metaphor in the entire film.

Similar to his earlier films, Jab Harry Met Sejal also has a few analogies that Imtiaz Ali explored before. The storyline being solely based on the two main characters, the concept of "finding yourself" and realizing the "missing link in your life" is something that we've seen many times before. But, before going into the theater, I had my faith in Imtiaz Ali that he can at least keep me invested for the entire duration of the film. Thirty minutes into the movie, I realized that this is going to be a bore-fest and it actually is.

The first half of the film starts off with few funny one-liners and the establishment of the lead characters that are never really justified genuinely. The dreary plot that these characters are being endorsed on is not strong enough to keep me interested for the entirety of the film. It takes needless directions at times and is not even memorable enough for me to say that I'm entertained or remembered a particular scene after the movie. And that's the major drawback of this film which is quite frankly the weakest out of Imtiaz's filmography and also the most tedious film that Shah Rukh Khan has done in years.

Now, I'm a big admirer of Shah Rukh Khan and his film career and I went into this film with an open-mind wanting to like it more than everyone else. But watching him giving his best in every single scene to an already lifeless film made me feel sad for him and for Anushka Sharma who also tried her best to keep the film entertaining with her Gujarati accent and her naïve yet tenacious character.

Overall, Jab Harry Met Sejal felt like a big missed opportunity. Ali had everything in his favor from the cast, music to the fine-looking locales but not an interesting nor entertaining nor significant script to keep the audience member captivated. This film is a disappointment on a huge level!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental!) 
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)  | Jab Harry Met Sejal: Movie Posters - Click Here

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