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Gulaebaghavali - Honest Movie Review

January 15, 2018

Verdict: “Fizzles Away Without Entertaining!

After tasting success with Devi, Prabhu Deva’s anticipated movie Gulaebaghavali released during the Pongal festival weekend clashing with two big releases, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (Gang) and Sketch.

Badhri (Prabhu Deva) makes a living by robbing idols for his boss Nambi (Mansoor Ali Khan). He, along with Viji (Hansika Motwani); who cheats people for their valuables outside a bar, Masha (Revathi); a car stealer and Munish (Ramdoss); henchman of a business person (Anandraj), go in search of a treasure hidden behind a temple in the village Gulaebaghavali. How they acquire the treasure forms the rest of the plot.

Director Kalyaan had the opportunity to make the film in two different ways. Either it could have been neither an adventure film nor a comedy film. Yet what we got is a result of poor writing which led to a messed up movie. 

Prabhu Deva did his best and it’s always amusing to see him act as he is naturally witty with his actions and body language. With an ensemble list of casts, the director could have used Rajendran, Ramdoss, and others in a proper way to make the movie humorous. Failing to do so resulted in blunt funny scenes. 

Songs by the duo Vivek-Mervin were mediocre, yet the BGM made a mark in giving the movie an upper hand. Technically, the cinematography was neat in capturing and editing was crisp and fine.

Overall, the deficit of a fulfilling story and the lack of entertainment factor make Gulaebaghavali a unenjoyable one.

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade – C (Meh! Probably a Rental)
An Honest Movie Review by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Sketch - Honest Movie Review

January 14, 2018

Verdict: “Falls Short of Being A Decent Film!” 

It has become a habit for Vikram to give a hit movie and then come up with a couple of ordinary ones. His last venture “Irumugan” was a moderate success at the box office. Now with Sketch directed by Vijay Chander, he follows his routine as the movie turned out to be an average flick.

Set up in the iniquitous streets of North Madras, Sketch (Vikram) works as a vehicle seizer to Saettu (Hareesh Peradi). Saettu uses Sketch’s ability to seize any vehicle and provokes him to grasp the car of ‘Royapuram’ Kumar, a local don, who thinks the car as his proud possession. Sketch with his skills, snatches the car along with his friends, only to earn foeship of ‘Royapuram’ Kumar. Within few days, Sketch’s friends die one by one. What happens next forms the rest of the story with an impressive twist. 

While we have seen quite a few cat and mouse revenge flicks in the past, what makes Sketch unique was the screenplay with detailed character plan for each role. Vijay Chander lets the character develop slowly on the screen, as we get to know the actual plot of the movie only before the interval.

Yet, the unnecessary love portions with Tamannaah and unwanted songs make the film sluggish. When we are made to sit on the edge of the seat with thrill scenes, these clichéd romance scenes come as a speed bump and spoil the mood set by the preceding scene. Trimming them or completely avoiding them would have made the film even better. 

Moving to the performances, Vikram never fails to amaze us with his acting skills. We have seen him as a North Madras guy in ‘I’ but that too for a short time in that movie. Seeing him as a North Madras local in this film was a delight as he portrayed the role with ease with his charismatic persona. 

Tamannaah had nothing significant to do, as her scenes were the ones that messed up the movie. Soori, Baburaj, RK Suresh, Sriman, Kalloori Vinoth were apt as North Madras natives and were all remarkable in their respective roles that had an equal importance all through.

BGM and songs for the film were composed by S. Thaman. Though the BGM was elevating, songs and their placement ruined the overall movie. Technically, the cinematography was uppermost capturing the North Madras in its most natural manner. 

Overall, Sketch falls flat and ended up as tolerable one. Though the director sketched a good screenplay for an average story, well-written characters, an interesting twist and a convincing social message, many unwanted scenes made the film a tedious watch.

My Rating - 2.25/5 | Grade – C (Misses the Mark!)
An Honest Movie Review by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Thaanaa Serndha Koottam / Gang - Honest Movie Review

January 12, 2018

Verdict - "A Profound Entertainer!"

Directed by Vignesh Shivn and starring Suriya Sivakumar and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (dubbed as Gang in Telugu) is loosely based on the 2013 Bollywood film Special 26 which was inspired by the 1987 Opera House Heist in Mumbai. 

Set in the late 1980's, Iniyan (Suriya Sivakumar) recognizes a crooked trend in the Government offices where bribery plays a major part in getting selected for a job. After personally being denied for a post in the CBI office and seeing his friends getting the same treatment, he decides to assemble a team of fraud CBI officers, as they conduct a raid and steal gold, money from corrupt politicians and organizations.

Loosely based on Special 26, director Vignesh Shivn opted the proper approach by not making the film an exact photocopy of its source material and made sure that he tweaked the storyline enough to entertain the South Indian audience. The core elements and the emotional scenes in the film were impactful and enhanced the necessary depth in the storyline. The comedic scenes were short, quirky and were not overdone. Furthermore, the heist sequences were rendered well with entertainment and edginess.

Advancing to the negatives, the first half suffered for a bit with the screenplay not being clear and a lengthy runtime. Don't get me wrong, the film kept moving at a decent pace but it felt a fraction long primarily because of the love-angle and the songs between Suriya and Keerthy which I felt unnecessary, but I get why the director has to keep them in the movie.

Regarding the technical aspects, the music and BGM by Anirudh were stellar throughout the runtime, the retro passé music filled with catchy beats suited the storyline flawlessly and elevated the entertainment level of the film. Cinematography by Dinesh Krishnan was also exceptional with the vibrant colors that felt beautiful to gaze at.

Moving to the performances, Suriya Sivakumar proved to be remarkable again with his ability to engage the audience with his charismatic persona. His conduct during the comical, emotional and action sequences were all on point as he portrayed the role with ease. Keerthy Suresh was decent with the minimal amount of screen time she's given. Ramya Krishnan, Kalaiyarasan, Nandha, RJ Balaji, Senthil, Sivasankar Master, Sathyan and Suresh Chandra Menon were all splendid in their respective roles that had an equal impact all through. But, Karthik was the stand out at least for me, as his involvement in the film felt significant and his screen presence felt captivating in the second half.

Overall, Thaanaa Serndha Koottam / Gang had few bumps in its entirety, but the movie was solid and engaging enough for me to get enthralled. All credits to the director Vignesh Shivn for taking the basic elements from Special 26 and making a profound entertainer.

My Rating - 3.25/5 | Grade - B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws)
An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Aruvi – Movie Review

December 17, 2017

Verdict: "A Bold, Soul-Stirring Movie!"

Tamil Cinema never fails to amaze us with quality movies that have strong content, every now and then. Aruvi is one such film. It showcases the life of Aruvi, a woman in her mid 20's. Her happy-go-lucky life takes an unexpected turn and what she has to go through, how society treats her because of a totally unforeseen event forms the story of the movie. 

Casting for a movie with such content is very important as the lead actors should fit into the character to convey the emotions. Debutant Aditi Balan was very natural with her performance. She had the looks of a girl we would normally see in our daily life and was phenomenal with her acting. Through her real and unschooled acting, the movie looked even more organic so that the audience could easily connect with her character and emotion.

Cinematographer Shelley Calist had recorded the scenes in such a way that the movie doesn't look constructed with a structured plan through his unconventional camera angles. 

Background score by the duos Bindhu Malini and Vedanth Bharadwaj deserve an appreciation. Never once it over went other than what was required. It was in-flow with the film and naturally elevated each scene's triggering emotions. 

Arun Prabhu Purushothaman, the debutant director had wonderfully crafted the movie. With a unique script containing a gutsy main lead, her suffering story and her social anguish were delicately handled and presented as a film filled with emotions, social message, eye-openers, philosophical dialogues, and metaphors. 

The major plot of the movie finishes right before the interval. Post interval the director has carried the film through his comical and very stirring, tear-jerking melodrama which wasn't a lag.

Finally, Aruvi is sure to leave a strong impact on everyone and will linger in our mind for a long time. This is one such movie that made me use a tissue paper. With a stand-out script backed by remarkable acting job from the cast, a nonlinear cinematography, in sync bgm; Arun Prabhu Purushothaman delivers the best film of 2017. 

My Rating - 4.5/5 | Grade - A+ (Do Not Dare To Miss It!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Richie - Movie Review

December 9, 2017

Verdict: “Misses to Gel.”

While Nivin Pauly had tried and succeeded a bit to make a solid direct debut in Kollywood, I felt Richie falls short of a satisfactory story and pace to keep the audience engrossed. 

Who is Richie? A journalist (Shraddha Srinath) embarks in search of this man and meets various people associated with him only to know about his life. 

The movie is in a narrative manner, and we get to see different views and various characters who are some way or the other related to Richie with their backstory. The first half doesn't reveal what are the characters exactly trying to narrate and results in mental chaos. 

The second half of the movie moves at a snail's pace, and we get the answers to all the different narratives only in the climax. The problem is half of the film pass-by without a clear vision of the overall story. Though the director has tried a distinct storytelling method, the screenplay and the pace played the spoilsport. 

Nivin Pauly gave his best for the titular character. I was very much impressed with his acting, expression but his strong Malayalam accent didn't work out for his role as a coastal village based gangster.

As the movie is character driven, Prakash Raj, Natarajan "Natty," Elango Kumaravel, and Murugadoss played their roles exceptionally well. The “Yaanji” girl Shraddha Srinath didn’t have much scope and had very minimal screen presence.

Cinematography blended well with the movie. Cinematographer Pandi Kumar has worked well by using different shades of lights to match the narrative style. 

Ajaneesh's background score worked big-time giving the movie its deserved sound without overusing it and he has also gave a feel of a musical-gangster film which was refreshing.

Overall, the lack of pace, a brilliant screenplay and story thrive as a negative to the movie making it unexciting. The film could be an interesting, offbeat one for the in-depth audience while it's a downer for the general public. 

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Sathya - Movie Review

December 9, 2017

Verdict - “Captivating Thriller!”

In the last two years, Sibiraj managed to deliver few movies. Though nothing worked big-time, every film was unique in script showing Sibiraj's selectiveness in choosing. Sathya, directed by Pradeep Krishnamoorthi is a remake of Telugu movie ‘Kshanam' and to be honest, this is Sibiraj's best movie in his career. 

Sathya (Sibiraj), an NRI, returns to India to help his ex-girlfriend Swetha (Remya Nambeesan) in finding her kidnapped daughter. What happens next follows a tale with twists and unpredictable scenes. 

Sibiraj has gave his best performance in the movie. Be it showing emotions or anger; he did well in them. The script is not clumsy with many characters. It only revolves around a few, and the actors who essayed those roles like Remya Nambeesan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Anandraj, and Sathish delivered what is required. 

The main scope of the film is its script. Being a remake movie, the director has extensively worked on the script not to make it look like a carbon copy. I liked his way of presenting a thriller with a perfect blend of love, sentiments, action and other required elements. Not once he over went in any scene making the movie an easy yet an interesting one. 

Simon K. King's background score adds another plus to the movie. He, with his BGM, naturally elevated the film making it even more rousing. 

On the whole, with a crisp run time of 129 minutes and a gripping script, Pradeep Krishnamoorthi delivers a solid thriller.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade – B+ (Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Mersal / Adirindi - Movie Review

October 20, 2017

Verdict - “Skilfully Made Commercial Entertainer”

Problems and Vijay movies would make the best love story. Yet again his movie faced numerous allegations from various people, only to be proved wrong and Mersal released amid much fanfare coinciding Diwali festival. Did it satisfy the mammoth expectations? 

Mersal follows the Lemuria continent old story of two brothers avenging the brutal murder of their parents. Atlee’s search for a fresh script without any adaptation continues with Mersal too. Yet what makes Atlee’s movie entertaining is his way of presenting it to the audience.

Atlee managed to throw some spotlight on the dark side of Medical Business and harsh reality about the private hospitals. The scenes and dialogues about the present condition of the state (TN) and the country are highly commendable. Though is the story is nothing new, he has extensively worked on the screenplay with Vijayendra Prasad and executed it well with the top-notch technical team. 

Vijay plays triple roles in this movie and to be honest, this was one of his best performances in his career. His screen presence, charisma, extra-ordinary dialogue delivery proves that he is an amazing entertainer. 

The three sidekicks for three Vijay characters - Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Akkineni didn’t have almost anything to do with the movie. Except for Nithya Menen who had some scope in the second half of the movie and also had more screen time than the other two heroines. 

S.J. Surya yet again succeeds in his portrayal as the antagonist. It’s surprising to see him accomplish his task with so much ease and he looks like a born artist specially made for Villain roles.

Cinematography by debutant G.K. Vishnu deserves appreciation. The movie was visually rich; especially the song “Aalaporan Tamizhan” was absolutely a delight to watch on the big screen. 

The movie has a runtime of over 2 hours and 40 minutes, yet it looked crisp and racy with Ruben’s cut. Even though the first half was a bit lagging, it wasn’t a problem. 

‘The Mozart of Madras’ has brilliantly composed the movies background score with no boisterous music which usually adorns a commercial movie. It didn’t even have a specific theme song and the BGM mingles flawlessly with the movie scenes, giving it the right momentum needed. 

Though being an inspired and off-the-record adapted movie, Atlee managed to pull off a worthy commercial entertainer with a social message. Despite the fact that it has certain logic issues, Mersal is surely a praiseworthy movie for the festive weekend.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Entertaining With Noticeable Flaws!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Magalir Mattum – Movie Review

September 16, 2017

Verdict: ‘Joyous and An Emotional Reunion.’

Magalir Mattum follows the story of three middle-aged women who were separated during their school days and reunite after 38 years. The movie has Jyothika, Urvashi, Banu, and Saranya Ponvannan in the lead.

Prabhavathy (Jyothika), a tomboy, stays with Gomatha (Urvashi) who is her mother-in-law to be and carries her documentary works. She introduces her to Social Network and helps in finding her school friends. They eventually end up finding them. 

Seeing them entangled in their daily life chores and pressure from their husbands and family people, Prabha decides to take them on a trip. A trip of their life, without any worries, mental stress and day-to-day chaos.

Jyothika pulls off her character with ease. She is full of energy and enthusiasm. It’s always a delight to watch the Queen of Kollywood on screen. Yesteryear actresses Urvashi, Banu and Saranya Ponvannan do their part equally well. They are sure to take all the ladies who experience similar turmoil in their life, a ride down their memory lane, to their school days. 

Director Bramma has tried to explore a completely different journal after his previous flick “Kuttram Kadithal”. Coming up with women centric plot is very much appreciated. Though he has succeeded in the plot, there were many details missing in the script. Certain scenes and characterization could have been much better. Those would have made the movie even more engaging. 

Despite the minor flaws, the second half recovers the movie and offers lots of happy moments. The picturization of the scenic locals and the childish acts of the three ladies were a delight to watch. 

Keeping aside the issues with the script and how could it have been made better, Magalir Mattum is an easy watch showing how much ladies eager for a holiday from their eternal job as housewives. It's sure to give nostalgic moments to the ladies who watch the movie.

My Rating – 3/5
Grade – B (Worth a watch)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Vivegam / Vivekam – Movie Review

August 25, 2017

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

August 12, 2017

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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Vikram Vedha - Movie Review

July 30, 2017

Verdict – “Dark, Deep, Raw and Fine Filmmaking!”

Vikram (R. Madhavan) is a rough, fierce cop whose only aim is to eliminate a ruthless gangster. He is married to Priya (Shraddha Srinath), who is a lawyer and also has a soft side in his heart despite being merciless. Madhavan is a perfect choice for the role as he pulls it off with ease with his evergreen charm and screen presence.

Vedha (Vijay Sethupathy) is the most feared North Madras Gangster, who is on a run as Vikram and his special team of police wants to encounter him and his gangster-friends. Vijay Sethupathy as Vedha is the latest baddie in the tinsel town. With his look, laugh, comical body language, dialogue delivery, Vijay Sethupathy produces what’s needed utmost for the characters evil outlook and joins the elite club of baddies in Tamil Cinema. 

Pushkar and Gayathri are serious couple goals. The director duo is only three films old yet the never failed to impress us with their narrative style and direction. Coming up with a not so new base story, however, the way in which they have recited is what that matters the most. 

Bringing the mythological characters Vikramaditya and Vedhalam as the main leads characters, every time Vikram catches Vedha, the latter narrates a story from his life and ask him for his judgment on what he should have done during that situation. But Vikram realizes only later that Vedha has given him hints through the story he had narrated to him.
 
In the end, backed up by sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released this year and one of the finest crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep characters. 

My Rating – 4/5
Grade – A (The best one around!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Meesaya Murukku – Movie Review

July 24, 2017

Verdict: “Fun-filled, breezy Rom-Com”

Adhi narrates how he, along with his childhood friend Jeeva, went on to become music sensation and pioneer in Indian Hip Hop and established a brand named “Hip Hop Tamizha” after facing lots of insults, disappointment, and struggle. The film is a mixture of fiction and some chapters of the duos life. 
    
Adhi, being the story and dialogue writer for the movie has come up with a perfect script with right elements needed for a commercial film. He gives us many nostalgic moments through the college scenes and the harsh reality faced by a middle-class teenager with passion and dreams. 

Vivekh as Adhi’s father gives a flawless performance. ‘Smile Settai” RJ Vigneshkanth as Jeeva steals the show. Along with Adhi, the duos are smart and witty in their act. 

Songs and Background score by Hip Hop Tamizha blends with the film and is flawless for a musical film. The film doesn’t look like a debut for Hip Hop Tamizha, as they have handled it so maturely in technical aspects with not so big flaws to mention. 

Overall, Meesaya Murukku is a light hearted film, showing the pains faced by Hip Hop Tamizha Adhi & Jeeva before they rose to fame, also takes us back to our college days and a trip down our memory lane. 

My Rating – 3.75/5 
Grade – B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Si 3 (Singam 3) / Yamudu 3 - Movie Review

February 15, 2017

 

Verdict: “Suriya and Hari roar once again!”

Si 3 (Singam 3) becomes the only film in Tamil to be a successful franchise movie with three blockbuster installments. Despite constant postponements and unfavorable situations in Tamilnadu, Si 3 released amidst much enthusiasm among the fans and made its mark in the box-office. 

Durai Singam (Suriya) is called in as special CBI Officer by the Andhra Pradesh Government from Tamil Nadu to investigate the murder of Vizag Commissioner. As he begins his inquiry, he is led to a Wealthy businessman, son of the Indian Central Minister and Australian Citizen; Vittal Prasad (Thakkur Anoop Singh), who is behind the murder of Commissioner. Why he killed him, what other illegal activities he does and how Durai Singam offers him his end forms the plot.

Si 3 is Suriya’s show all the way. You can find him in every single frame of the movie with full of energy as he carries the charisma of a fierce yet most efficient cop. With full focus on Suriya and his mission to eradicate the villain, every other actor has nothing much to do in this film, except for mere supporting roles. Suriya once again proves that no one can perform as Durai Singam much better than him. Whether it’s an aggressive action sequence or a mighty dialogue delivery, Suriya does them with ease. His body language and showing various expressions just with his eyes are highly appreciated. 

Shruthi Hassan, Robo Shankar & “Porotta” Soori were useless as ‘ueue’ in the word queue.  “Porotta” Soori’s comedy didn’t work large time and was only irritating throughout the movie. Though Shruthi Hassan had much screen presence time than Anushka, she had nothing significant to do. 

Director Hari with his Usain Bolt speed screenplay has given a perfect commercial entertainer. Though the screenplay was racy and widely enjoyable, he didn’t wait until the scene could create the necessary impact on the audience. Before we could contemplate what was happening, the movie sped up. 

Harris Jayaraj’s songs appeared as speed breaker to the racy plot. But they were not hummable. Background score was much better and loud enough to match the roar of Singam. 

Except for certain illogical scenes, Si 3 is a pucca mass commercial entertainer which would work largely among the B and C center audience and die-hard Suriya fans. As in the end credits, they have given hint for a possible sequel, it would be better if Hari changes his usual template to write the script and lower the decibels. Then Singam 4 would be a sure shot success.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Bairavaa – Movie Review

January 21, 2017

Verdict - “Commercial Lackluster”

It’s not new to see Vijay in such commercial films with nothing new to offer and Bairavaa is one of them. Being the first big release of 2017, expectations were quite high for it. But the film failed to impress even few Vijay fans upon release.

Bairavaa (Vijay) works in a bank and is responsible for collecting interest and loan amount from those who are unable or unwilling to pay the amount. Soon he gets involved in the life of Malarvizhi (Keerthy Suresh), whose life is distressed by PK (Jagapathi Babu), a wicked Educationalist. 

The rest of the plot deals show how Bairavaa single-handedly defeats the hefty villains and save Malarvizhi and her friends from PK’s educational institution. 

Coming up with a film after quite a long gap, Bharathan could have worked more on the screenplay. Though his intention to come up with a social message is appreciable, but the way he presented it failed to create an impact.  

Vijay, being the darling of Mass does his part well. But repeatedly seeing him in this kind of commercial films offering only punch dialogues, unwanted or over crafted fight sequences makes the general audience and neutral fans tiresome. 

Regardless of his attempt to sport a new look, it was completely awful to watch him sporting that hilarious wig and makeup.

Keerthy Suresh and all other supporting characters have meaty roles to do and nothing to create an impression.

Santhosh Narayanan was another one to miss the mark. Everyone expected some scintillating background score and good-to-listen songs which turned out to be bad. 

To conclude, Bairavaa is yet another commercial pot-boiler which Vijay acts in every now and then. I didn’t even find one good substance in the film to praise off. Watch it if you really want to.

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

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24 - Movie Review

May 8, 2016

Verdict - "A remarkable attempt!"

What would you do if you have a watch that not only displays time but also allows you to travel back and forth? Well, I would stop myself from joining Engineering. 

The most awaited film of the year 24; directed by Vikram Kumar stars Suriya in a triple role. The film demystifies one of the most complicated theory and impossible thing to do – Time Travel.

While certain directors intricate the movie by explaining the theory of time travelling, Vikram Kumar had made this film with minimal to zero elaboration of concepts making it easier to understand.

Athreya (Suriya) is the new badass villain in the tinsel town. Though the character is trapped in a wheelchair, Suriya hasn’t failed to show utmost evilness with his looks, body language and dialogue delivery and joins the elite club of baddies. 

Sethuraman (Suriya) is an innocent scientist and the twin brother of Athreya, living a peaceful life with his wife Priya (Nithya Menon) and child. He spends most of the time in his laboratory and works dedicatedly on his Project 24 (A watch which can be used to control the time). Things change when Athreya comes in search of him for the watch and what happens next forms the beginning of the movie. 

Mani (Suriya) is a happy-go-lucky guy and has a watch repair shop. He falls in love with Sathya (Samantha) who comes as a customer to his shop. He has the Project 24 with him and once he gets to know what the watch could do, he has some fun with it until Athreya comes in search of it. 

Samantha is an oozing beauty. Though she has limited screen time, she makes sure everyone falls in love with her eyes and expressions. Saranya Ponvannan, Ajay, Sathyan, Appukutty, Girish Karnad, Mohan Raman and others have done the role of supporting the narration with perfection. 
 
The biggest plus of the movie is its special effects. 24 have one of the best visuals in Tamil cinema industry. They were indeed spell bounding and the flawless CG and VFX along with Thirru’s cinematography made the movie look visually rich. 

A.R.Rahman, his songs and background score serve as another backbone to the film. While the songs are already ruling our playlist, the perfectly scored background music especially the Athreya Theme gives goosebumps.

A simple story made on a complex concept, yet it’s elegant and easy to understand. Vikram Kumar gives a wholesome entertainment for three hours. 

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Instant Movie Review #34 (Visaranai)

February 14, 2016

Vetrimaran’s – “Visaranai”

Positives:
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Direction
3) Performance

Introduction:   Visaranai is a crime thriller based on the novel “Lock Up”, written by M. Chandra Kumar, an auto-rickshaw driver in Coimbatore where he narrates the brutality he faced in a police station lock-up in Andhra Pradesh. 

Plot: Pandi (Dinesh) and his three friends fled from their home town in Tamil Nadu to work in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. In a cruel twist of tale, they are illegally arrested and beaten black and blue by the police until they accept a crime they never committed. What happens to them in the end forms the plot.

Direction: Vetrimaran is back after five long years with a merciless, raw, inhumanely depiction of what happens inside a Police Station lock up and corruptions and dishonesties in the judiciary system. He deserves appreciation for taking such a bold movie and showing the world the dark side of the Police department and judiciary system. 

Performance: All the actors have gives their best in this movie. “Attakathi” Dinesh has proved his worth with Visaranai.  Director has perfectly extracted the emotions and pain from the actors and showcased it with the backing of G.V.Prakash Kumar’s music. There are certain scenes in the movie where you can sense the pain and terror of the actors when they stumble with their broken and bruised bodies. These scenes are sure to send chills down your spine.

Verdict: On the whole, Visaranai is undoubtedly is fine piece of filmmaking and one of the best movies to be ever made in Tamil Cinema Industry. Kudos to the whole team for making such a chilling movie showing the ugly side of the Police.

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

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Aranmanai 2 / Kalavathi - Movie Review

January 31, 2016

Verdict: “A routine revenge story; lacked in expected chills”

Following the success of “Aranmanai”, Sundar. C directed the sequel similar to its prequel with the only difference in the cast and the title. The film has Siddharth, Trisha, Hansika as the main leads and Poonam Bajwa, Soori, Kovai Sarala, Radha Ravi, Subbu Panchu, Sundar. C as the supporting cast. 

Murali (Siddharth) makes a come back to his village along with his fiancée Anitha (Trisha) to take care of his unwell father (Radha Ravi), who is hospitalized after a ghost attack. The ancestral mansion they live in is a haunting ground and the evil spirit wants everyone in the mansion dead. Soon, Murali and Anitha witness mysterious things happening around them and realize that they are in a serious trouble. At this juncture, Anitha’s brother Ravi (Sundar. C) enters the story and find who the evil spirit is and aid them in saving their lives. 

Sundar. C follows the same template of making comedy-thriller genre movies. A routine story, slapstick humor and few spooky scenes that aren’t even scary, this is what Aranmanai 2 offers. The major drawback is, all the cast and their characterisation look similar to its predecessor though there are few minor changes in their character sketches. 

The most intriguing aspect of this film is, it had three lead actresses. Trisha, the glam girl, make us go gaga over her with her perfectly toned body. She was smoking hot in this movie. While Trisha overtakes Hansika in the glamor aspect, the later overtakes Trisha in terms of acting. Hansika had given a worthwhile performance. Poonam Bajwa impresses us with her looks. 

Siddharth did not have much scope, as the women overshadowed him. Another savior to this routine story flick is Kovai Sarala, Mano Bala, and Soori. Their comical parts give relief especially in the second half of the film. Sundar. C and the other supporting cast did an average job. 

Hip Hop Tamizha’s songs are already chartbusters and were perfectly placed in the film. Though they elevated the scenes with the pulsating background score, it didn’t evoke fear in me and was too loud in certain scenes. The Amman Song in the climax deserves a mention. Hip Hop Tamizha’s music and the picturization by Senthil Kumar was top-notch.

The art department and the cinematographer deserve an appreciation for making the film look majestic with a grand set and vibrant visuals. But the outdated and tired looking VFX made the film technically poor. 

On the whole, Aranmanai 2 entertains with its comical part and the fast-paced second half. If the director would've worked more on the script without making it look more like its prequel by adding some spine chilling scenes, the movie would've been lot better.

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

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Gethu - Movie Review

January 18, 2016

Verdict: “A painful watch.”

After three continuous rom-com movies, Udhayanidhi Stalin has decided to promote himself as an action-hero with his latest film “Gethu” and has failed miserably. 

Sethu (Udhayanidhi Stalin) is a librarian and his father Thulasiraman (Sathyaraj) is a physical education teacher. Thulasiraman does not share a good relationship with a wine shop owner nearby the school he is working in. To everybody's surprise, the bar owner gets killed suspiciously and the cops arrest Thulasiraman in connection with the case. 

Now, Sethu wants to prove his father's innocence and his mission leads to Bull (Vikrant), who aims to kill India's biggest scientist. The remaining part of the story is about how the Sethu fights the baddie to save his father.

Director Thirukumaran’s story and the screenplay are blunt and repetitive. There was no necessary element included in this so-called crime thriller making the movie lifeless and boring to watch.

Though Udhayanidhi Stalin looks improvised in his dance skills, his pale and expressionless face makes it awkward to watch him in the movie after a certain point. Whether it’s an action or emotional scene, he stands there simply with that Kristen Stewart look on his face.

Amy Jackson’s character was forcefully added to the script. Sathyaraj and Vikrant did justice to their role.

Interestingly Harris Jayaraj’s songs and Background score was quite impressive in this movie. But the perfect misplacement of the songs makes it unenjoyable. 

Technically the movie was rich. The locations were exotic and the camera work by Sukumar was stupendous. Editor Dinesh Ponraj could have worked more on certain unwanted scenes and dragging climax, which could have made the movie, at least, less boring.

Finally, Gethu fails to show its mass and ends as below average film. I didn’t find any intriguing factors to suggest this movie. Do yourself a favor and avoid this movie. 

My Rating - 1/5
Grade - D (Absolutely Awful)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Tharai Thappattai - Movie Review

January 18, 2016

Verdict: “A typical Bala movie.”

If exploring new and untouched genres in Tamil Cinema is an art, then Balu Mahendra is a Picasso of it. Director Bala continues his legacy and went on to make realistic, dark and disturbing movies depicting the life of commoners with his films “Naan Kadavul” and “Paradesi”. He carried the same with his latest “Tharai Thappattai’ showing the life and struggle of folk artists.

The movie revolves around folk artists Sannasi (Sasikumar) and Sooravalli (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar). They and their troop of folk artists make their living by performing in temple festivals and other events. Sooravalli has an eye for Sannasi and wishes to marry him. At that time, Karuppaiah (RK Suresh) tries hard to marry Sooravalli forcefully and achieves by convincing her mother. What happens to her next forms the rest of Tharai Thappattai. 

A Bala film would never disappoint when it comes to performances. The actors tend to give more than their best in his film and Tharai Thappattai is no different. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar had given an incomparable performance. The actress has given her body and soul for the character and left us in awe with her immense acting skills.

Sasikumar has let Varalaxmi overtake him in performance and has executed his role in a restrained way.  Other supporting actors have done to best of their ability.

“Maestro” Ilaiyaraaja carries the film with his spellbinding background score and songs. Tharai Thappattai has the prestige of being Raja Sir’s 1000th film as music director. Music is the biggest plus for the movie alongside performance. 

Chezhiyan has brought the emotion of the film to the big screen with his camera work. 

Bala has done a perfect job in showing the unfortunate life of folk artists in unsympathetic way possible and was successful in showing the reality in the first half of the movie.  But the letdown was in the second half and the climax ends the way his all movies would end. It could have been better if Bala had worked more on the second half and the climax to make it look different from his other movies.

Nevertheless, Tharai Thappattai is raw, oozes blood and inhumane in certain scenes. It is a typical Bala movie and may not appeal to everyone. 

My Rating: 3.25/5 
Grade: B+ (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Kathakali – Movie Review

January 18, 2016

Verdict: “Edge of the seat thriller, elegantly made.”

Amudhan (Vishal) returns to his hometown Cuddalore from America for his marriage with Meenukutty (Catherine Teresa). On the other end, there is this powerful thug Thamba (Madhusudhan Rao), who is the head of “Fishermen Welfare Association” and has a lot of enemies including Amudhan. At this stage, Thamba gets killed and people easily suspect Amudhan's hand in the murder. Now, he has to handle the police as well as the goons from the victim's side. What happens next makes the rest of the story with twists and thrills. 

Director Pandiraj had skillfully crafted the script with all the vital elements needed for a thriller with a commercial touch. The story and screenplay stay true to the title of the film which is a rare scenario these days. With a crisp narration of two hours, the movie is a nail-biting entertainer till the end. 

Hip Hop Tamizha’s score was the biggest plus for this thriller. His electrifying background score and Chenda Melam's music supplemented tons of entertainment to the movie. Editor Pradeep had worked in sync with the script and made the film racier with all the essential cuts. 

Performance wise, Vishal did his best as the film revolves completely around him. Catherine Teresa's character had no scope expect to shine in few scenes and a song in the first half. Others were pretty good and not very exceptional. 

To finish, Kathakali is a well-made action thriller from Pandiraj. It is entertaining and worth to watch in this Pongal weekend.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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