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Casablanca & 12 Angry Men - Classic Movie Reviews

"Casablanca (1942)" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 5/5

“Of all the Gin Joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” The woman who breaks a man’s heart walks into his bar with her Husband. Casablanca will forever be one of my favourite movies. With the right blend of comedy, action and suspense as well as a tight script, it’s no surprise that Casablanca is one the most well-known movies of its time. The terrific Humphrey Bogart, with his wisecracks and wit, romances Ingrid Bergman, and it’s a love story that is subtle and works very well. Bogart aside, it was wonderful watching Ingrid Bergman play the very conflicted Ilsa Lund, who has to now choose between her Husband and the ex-lover that she presumed to be dead.

The entire movie was littered with quotables and much of it works because of Bogart’s screen presence and his character portrayal of a cynical American with a broken heart. Casablanca was directed very stylishly, you could see the emphasis on Bogart’s quote-heavy monologues or the really sublime quality of the Bogart-Bergman pairing and screen time together. Approximately 75 years since the release of Casablanca, it still remains a gripping romantic noir. Casablanca, A masterpiece!

"12 Angry Men (1957)" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 5/5

Sharp and Engrossing, 12 Angry Men is a sincere examination of the jury system that may still be relevant today. The plot revolves around 12 jurors who comb through the case files and evidence to declare if the accused, a Puerto Rican boy should be sentenced to death for knifing his father. Though many people have trouble accepting the concept of “reasonable doubt” which is the belief that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty. There was no action in this film, only strong body language, tension from the dialogues and a clash of personalities. I always liked the idea of a movie is shot in just one room or at one location throughout and I’m pretty sure that 12 Angry Men was one of the pioneers of the concept. Who knew debating evidence could be this fun? 12 Angry Men, Absorbing.

-A Classic Movie Review by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Manmarziyaan - Honest Movie Review

Owing to the centre of all the latest excitement and hype, Anurag Kashyap's new romantic comedy-drama finally throws light on the realistic hardships of love stories. It's hard not to expect phenomenal movies when it comes to this director and I can surely say that Manmarziyaan qualifies as one of them.

The story revolves around a fiery and ardent Rumi (Tapsee Pannu) who is stuck between loving two desirable men Vicky (Vicky Kaushal) and Robbie (Abhishek Bachchan) where both of them are amiable to different parts of her puzzling personality. 

Every artist in the movie including the supporting roles with hardly enough screen space are bewitching, mirroring their respective characters accurately and the music by Amit Trivedi makes each situation more intense and solid. The story written by Kanika Dhillon could've used more clarity considering the lengthy second half and the confusing climax.

However, that is completely clouded by Tapsee, Vicky and Abhishek's fascinating portrayals. Extra admiration for Abhishek Bachchan who oozes sensitivity and depth to an otherwise light character and Vicky Kaushal who brings out the passion, innocence and allurement to his role but Tapsee, already being an accomplished actress somehow isn't very surprising in the film. 

Trying his hand at a new genre even with a slightly bumpy script Anurag Kashyap clearly knows how to win the audience and he does with Manmarziyaan as well. Finally, I'd like to say that the film is surely something interesting and unique to ponder over for this September.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nikitha Kashyap aka WW
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Seema Raja - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Unexciting Commercial Pot Boiler!

As expected, Director Ponram repeats the same formula with Seema Raja similar to what he had done in his previous two flicks with Siva Karthikeyan in the lead role. While his previous two films were at least entertaining to an extent, Seema Raja, on the other hand, was bland and boring cause Ponram had decided not to write anything fresh or intriguing to a rising star who trusted him for the third time. Like ‘Siruthai’ Siva for Thala Ajith Kumar, Ponram is for Siva Karthikeyan. That explains everything that I wanted to say.

So, the movie is all about Seema Raja (Siva Karthikeyan), 33rd Rajah of Singampatti, wealthy Zamindars during the pre-independent era, trying to win Kathadi Kannan (Lal) and his second wife Kaaleshwari (Simran) on a brawl over village market. The rest of the film explains how Seema Raja defeats them and marries his lady love Suthanthira Selvi (Samantha Akkineni).

Now, looking at the filmography of Siva Karthikeyan, comprising of 12 films, I would say he had played the same or similar role in more than half of the movies. Seems like Karthikeyan is tailor-made for the role of unemployed, lollygagger, roaming around the heroine, harassing her in the name of love and to be honest he does the role well and glorifies stalking. He even took stalking to a whole new level with his previous film ‘Remo’. Even though Siva Karthikeyan has been criticised in the past for promoting stalking in his films, the director while addressing ‘The News Minute’ has said who else can go behind the heroine instead of the hero and justifies the act.

By the way, what didn’t work with ‘Seemaraja’ is almost everything. The plot was an overly clichéd one. The screenplay tested my patience and after a long time during a movie I was looking at my watch every now and then, hoping for the movie to end soon. In addition to an already lengthy film, and making the enmity added a twenty-minute flashback sequence in which Karthikeyan appears as Amarendra Baahubali, which was absolutely unnecessary.

Even the entertainment factors in the movie such as Soori’s comedy didn’t provide any relief from the dreary state of the film except for few scenes. Songs in a Siva Karthikeyan film are usually a factor to look forward too but interestingly even the songs of this film had a repetition in their placement. An intro song, a song for stalking, a sad one when the heroine says ‘No’ for his eternal love, interesting isn’t it? 

Samantha Akkineni has been doing roles which didn’t have much importance, conventional, formulaic characters lately. For the first time in a while, I have seen an actress be a part of two movies releasing on the same day ('U Turn' being the other). Even though she had nothing much to do in ‘Seemaraja’, except for showing her brilliant wonderful Silambattam skills, 'U Turn' turned out to be a great attempt in her career.

With that being said, I don’t want to talk about anything else, any other supporting roles or technical department as this movie doesn’t require any more discussion. Seema Raja is a tedious watch. A big yawn! 

My Rating – 1.5/5 | Grade – D+ (A Hangover!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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U Turn - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

As I exited the underwhelming ‘Shailaja Reddy Alludu’, it occurred to me that like her husband, even Samantha Akkineni has stuck to mainstream entertainers (including this week’s release 'Seemaraja') and her filmography has very few exceptions. Director-writer Pawan Kumar’s bilingual thriller, U Turn is one such glorious exception. A remake of his own Kannada hit, U Turn is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, with measured pace and the right amounts of twists and turns, barring the slightly bumpy climax.

An interning journalist with ToI, Rachana (Samantha Akkineni), sets out to cover a story on the recurring accidents at a flyover in RK Puram in Hyderabad. She soon gets entangled in a web of seemingly interconnected events, which link her to the mysterious death of a bunch of people unrelated to her. Taking the help of her office crush, Aditya (Rahul Ravindran) and the tough cop, Nayak (Aadhi Pinisetty), Rachana solves the mystery and it is this unfolding of events that create an intriguing and engaging narrative.

Initially, I found it hard to fathom why would a rookie journalist bother about people taking a wrong U Turn on a nondescript flyover. But the racy, fast-paced narrative makes you overlook it and absorbs you into the mystery surrounding these deaths. The camera work by Niketh Bommireddy is top-notch, and he uses rain, lightning and odd-shots of his actors to create a dark and consuming image. The director, Pawan needs to be applauded for not making the visuals gloomy and low-spirited – a convenient way chosen by most of the directors, who make thrillers. There are no songs dampening the tempo of the film, and the eerie background score by Poorna Chandra Tejaswi perfectly accentuates the thrills.

Playing a righteous cop fighting against a cliched boss, Aadhi brings an honesty to his character and is effective in his part. He is smart and acts pre-emptively, trying to be a step ahead of the antagonist in the game. Rahul Ravindran is easy on the eyes and gets a relatively smaller part but delivers whatever is expected of him. Bhumika Chawla, in a cameo, gets steely gazes and a long face complimenting her character well.

But, as evident from its trailers, the movie rests comfortably on the shoulders of its protagonist, Samantha. Her character is layered well – we are told she is an independent woman, shooing her pestering mom away, resisting a ‘USA sambandham’ and referred as ‘Mogarayudu’ at office. These details help us connect to this petite rookie, who seems rather composed and confident, even when stuck in a chaotic police case. She chews on the author-backed role given to her and delivers beautifully. Thankfully, she never shrieks or cries out loud – another unwritten norm in female-centric thrillers. It is a great attempt in her career and she deserves to be applauded.

While I loved most part of it, I felt the climax was a bit of let-down (No more details since I do not give spoilers). I was not completely convinced with the final twist (though I had guessed it correctly!). I am told the writers have slightly altered the climax, from its Kannada original, which I have not seen. Having said that, U Turn is a crisp, sharp and well-directed movie, that deserves to be watched.

Over the years, we have mostly seen women in Telugu movies headline roles in thrillers. From the days of Charmee and Bhumika in Mantra and Anasuya, to the recent Anushka starrer, Bhagamathie, women have mostly been chosen as the protagonists in either horror or thriller genres. With mainstream actresses like Samantha taking a risk with U Turn and the multi-lingual Queen remakes, I am sure the change is just around the corner.

My Rating – 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A Perfect Weekend Pick!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

Shailaja Reddy Alludu - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

If you are someone brought up in the 1990s like me, you would remember growing up on Telugu potboilers involving a haughty mother-in-law and a macho son-in-law. From Chiranjeevi’s 'Attaki Yamudu Ammayi ki Mogudu' to Nagarjuna’s 'Gharana Bullodu' or 'Allari Alludu', these movies were massy, no-brainers, yet, extremely entertaining and celebrated the stardom of its leads. Writer-director Maruthi uses this tried and tested template, only with a weak script and an underwhelming Naga Chaitanya!

‘Ego’ seems to be the catch-phrase of the writer here and characters in the movie utter this word every 20 seconds! Chaitanya (Naga Chaitanya) is the son of a renowned industrialist (Murali Sharma), who is as known for his business achievements as he is for his boundless arrogance and ‘ego’. Chaitanya falls for a snooty and arrogant, Anu (Anu Emmanuel), who has her own little ‘ego’ battles with her overbearing mother, Shailaja Reddy (Ramya Krishna). The mother and daughter do not talk to each other and seem to be competing in their levels of arrogance. Predictably, the movie revolves around Chaitanya trying to resolve these silly and juvenile ‘ego’ issues, to get married to the girl he loves. If you think I have overused the word ‘ego’ here, compared to its usage in this movie, I have barely even used the word! The laziness in the writing can also be seen in the names given to the lead characters – directly using the names of the lead actors.

The weakest link here is the director-writer Maruthi himself. His insipid writing is further let-down by his weak direction. Mass entertainers do not usually rely on strong character arcs and I am completely fine with it, if the movie is able to convince me. Almost all the performances are one-tone and lack any depth. Ramya Krishna plays a Sivagami set in modern times, instead of Mahishmati. She uses her daunting eyes, aristocratic gait and a female ‘Godfather’ stature, and her performance is captivating, even though it seems repetitive. Anu Emmanuel can barely act, and in most of the parts has a straight face (pretending to be arrogant) and occasionally breaks into a Monalisa-isque smile. The chemistry between the leads is very dull and even sensuous sequences seem icy cold between them! Among the rest of the cast, Vennela Kishore and Prudhvi Raj provide quite a few laughs and if you savor toilet humor, you are in for some good time.

But the most disappointing performance was of Naga Chaitanya. A movie like this relies majorly on its male lead, his flamboyance and his mass-appeal. Chaitanya lacks all of these. At the beginning, he appears to lack conviction and acting through the movie half-heartedly, where he does not have the charm and stardom that his father has. A movie like this requires a certain aura around its gutsy male lead, which is best seen in the likes of Jr NTR and Allu Arjun. I wish he takes a cue from the nextgen, like Vijay Devarakonda and Nani, who seem to be choosing content-driven movies, over formulaic ones. At a time when his contemporaries are experimenting with content, it is disheartening to see Chaitanya pick such movies, probably burdened by the pressure to take the great Akkineni legacy forward.

With half a dozen forgettable songs and plot-twists at the drop of a hat, Shailaja Reddy Alludu is a disappointment! Watching our one-man-army fight against ‘ego’ for two and a half hours is not a pleasant experience. At one point, even Chaitanya asks, ‘Asalu mee lanti Talli-Kuturlu Bhoo Prapancham lo untara?’. Trust me, the audiences were asking the same!

My Rating – 1.5/5 | Grade - D+ (A Hangover!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

Merku Thodarchi Malai & Lakshmi - Double Header Review

I always wanted to write a Double Header Review like my fellow writers Surya Komal aka KM and Nikitha Kashyap aka Wonder Woman, but couldn't find the right movie to do it. Finally, I got an opportunity and took time to write one for two Tamil movies which had their theatrical release weeks ago. The two films are ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’ with entire newcomers as the cast and ‘Lakshmi’ starring Prabhu Deva as the lead.

‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’ had its screening in various film festivals and received huge appreciation for its screenplay and cinematography. ‘Lakshmi’ went on to become an average grosser at the box office with critics praising the choreography. So, let’s get into the details.

"Merku Thodarchi Malai" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 4/5

I never dreamt about a film before or after watching it unless it is Superstar Rajnikanth’s movie or if the film creates a deep impact on me. ‘Merku Thodarchi Malai’ is one of the few films which didn’t let me sleep after watching it. And it the first time I decided that a film should feature in my list of “Top 5 Best Kollywood Movies” which I’ll be writing and publishing in the first week of every New Year. Now you get a clear idea about why the content of the movie moved me immensely. 

The film revolves around Rangasamy (Anthony), a labourer who toils at the spice plantations in the Western Ghats. He aims at buying a piece of land with his hard-earned money and earns a decent living instead of climbing the challenging terrain of the Ghats every day. This being the main story, the narrative of the film is structured in a way that it doesn’t focus singularly on the protagonist or the definite story, yet goes with the flow showing the life of people living on the Ghats region and their struggle to make ends meet. 

This is how the debutant director Lenin Bharathi struck me hard with his writing and filmmaking skills. The movie is high on emotions, throws light on the unheard-of struggles of people, capitalism, communism and the director has made justice to his writings by having all newcomers as the cast, who doesn’t look like trained artists yet the residents of the village and presented the film in a beautiful manner with the backing of breathtaking visuals captured by Theni Eshwar.  

‘Maestro’ Ilaiyaraaja limits his background score and let the visuals speak for it. The sound design of the film deserves a noteworthy mention as the movie had rich and varied sounds including the sounds of insects, rustling leaves and winds in the trees. Another laudable mention to the films dialogue writer Raasi Thangadurai as the dialogue was almost indistinguishable and felt similar to the native dialects of the people living around the mountains. 

Finally, “Merku Thodarchi Malai” is a one of a kind movie which shouldn’t be missed at any cost. Thanks to the director for making a non-commercial film, a moving tale and subtly delivering a message.

"Lakshmi" Overall Thoughts / My Rating – 2/5

Having the dance legend Prabhu Deva and making a musical dance film, the film should have some exceptional dance moves and the movie does have it. And sadly, it is the only thing which the movie has, if not for the largely predictable story and overly clichéd screenplay. 

Lakshmi (Ditya Bhande), a dance enthusiast want to prove her skills in the ‘PRIDE OF INDIA Jr.’ title in the National level dance competition against the wish of her single-mother Nandhini (Aishwarya Rajesh) who dislikes dancing. Lakshmi befriends Vijay Krishna (Prabhu Deva), a coffee shop owner for the sake of enrolling her in a dance academy, faking him as her father. The rest of the movie has foreseen twists and an unsurprising climax. 

As earlier said, leaving the remarkable dance from the kids in the movie, the film has nothing new, nothing to talk about and nothing to suggest to watch this movie except for the fact the film was refreshing in certain scenes (Thanks to Prabhu Deva). Director A.L. Vijay could have made the film a more interesting, yet fell prey to the old formula of making a movie of this genre.

-A Double Header Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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The Nun - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Terrible Justice to an Intriguing Character!"

Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is the new spin-off movie which is part of the 'Conjuring Universe' after last year's smash hit 'Annabelle: Creation' and stars Taissa Farmiga and Demián Bichir in the lead roles. The movie takes place in 1952 Romania, where Sister Victoria hangs herself to death trying to escape from a demonic entity, Valak, who we all know and love from the 'Conjuring 2'. Later, the administration at the Vatican dispatches their loyal representatives Father Burke, and Sister Irene to investigate the suicide at the abbey and shortly after their arrival, they discover daunting spirits stalking them during the night, as things start to flip-flop around them at a rapid pace.

Now, let me give you guys a little prelude, 'Conjuring 2' was one of the most daunting theatre experiences I've ever had, and unsurprisingly, Valak (The Demonic Nun) haunted my dreams for two weeks and still continues to do so. Therefore, walking into The Nun, I was prepared and ready to welcome her back to turn my dreams into nightmares with her not-so adorable face and demeanour. To make a long story short, I was not only scared to see The Nun but also equally terrified of these hysterically laughing, seat kicking, loud talking, popcorn crunching chumps who tend to spoil almost every horror movie experience for me. But, surprisingly, two things happened, the college kids who sat behind me were amazingly well behaved, and the movie didn't panic me at all, cause it's horrible.

Let me explain, one of the primary reasons why people anticipate for Horror Movies is for the chilling experience. Consequently, plenty of elements like a good storyline, unsettling background score, remarkable performances and masterful direction factor in to make a Horror Film unnerving and memorable. 'Conjuring 1 and 2', along with Ari Aster's recent film 'Hereditary' were great examples of exceptional Horror Dramas. 

However, The Nun fizzles to impress in almost every aspect, the storyline was mundane, nonsensical and an abhorrent introduction to the character of Valak loaded with goalless scenes, absurd subplots, and maniacal Nuns walking in and out-of-frame every time. The jump scares felt like a heap of screeching sounds that are annoying and easily predictable. The characters were pretty much the prototypal ones you'll see in every horror drama, and Taissa Farmiga at least tried to give her best and is the only shining light in a very dark uninteresting film.

Furnished with a dreary storyline and lacklustre screenplay, The Nun is a combination of mindless jump scares, horrible dialogue, and had done terrible justice to an intriguing character, who is Valak. All I saw was a myriad of Nuns slowing walking into darkness and jumping out of nowhere demonically. A casual evening watch at best!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a Rental!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Upgrade & Tag - Double Header Review

In this week's edition of the Double-Header Review, we're reviewing two movies which are not a gigantic success, but, they're on my watchlist for a long time, and I had the chance to check them out in the past ten days cause it's very much significant to relax and watch these under-the-radar movies once in a while.

Upgrade made 12.5 million worldwide with a production budget of 3-5 million and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 87%. Tag made 77.3 million worldwide from its 28 million dollar production budget and with a Tomatometer score of 55%.

"Upgrade" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Upgrade is one of those movies where a majority of fans cheered for it online when it initially released to the public, but it didn't go on to become a surprise hit, unlike every other Blumhouse film. Starring Logan Marshall-Green in the lead role, the story takes place in a futuristic world where Grey, a vintage car mechanic finds himself paralysed in a hopeless situation and receives indecisive help from his friend, who promises to make him ordinary by injecting an experimental A.I stem into his body.

Like I tweeted on the day I saw this film, I'm very much confident that this movie will remain as the Best Action Movie of the Year by the end of 2018 cause the action scenes in Upgrade were one of the most stylishly shot and remarkably choreographed ones I've ever seen. The approach that director Leigh Whannell took to shoot the disturbing and equally entertaining action
sequences with a steady cam and on a wide angle were exceptional, and the entire vibe felt very analogous to films like John Wick, Robocop, and the latest Dredd.

The predictable storyline wears down the movie a bit, but, the unexpected twists and the crisp screenplay keep it engaging, and overall Upgrade is by far one of the best movies I've seen in 2018.

"Tag" Overall Thoughts / My Rating - 3.5/5

Starring an incredible ensemble cast of  Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner in the lead roles, Tag is surprisingly enough, based on a true story and the storyline involves a game of Tag and group of middle-aged men who are devotedly playing it for the past thirty years. 

As stupid as it sounds, this movie had a wide range of emotions from the beginning till the end, it started off on the right note, the jokes were funny, the characters were charming and likeable, and the complete cast was appealing enough for me to sit through and enjoy the film. Isla Fisher with her standout performance, Jeremy Renner with his slick action sequences, and Ed Helms play the same driven dorky character as we've seen in The Hangover films. 

Overall, aside from being funny and entertaining, Tag also struck the right chords when it comes to emotion, especially during the end credits when they showcase the real-life 'Tag Gang' who played the game for 23 years. Watch this movie, and I'm sure it will remind you why it's essential to have a goof-gang around you.

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Stree - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Ridiculous Film Based on a Ridiculous Phenomenon."

Directed by debutant Amar Kaushik and written by Raj & DK ('Shor in the City' and 'Go Goa Gone' fame), Stree starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead roles is a horror-comedy, and the storyline is inspired by a ridiculously true urban legend which haunted few rural areas across India and other neighbouring countries (Pakistan and Bangladesh).

The storyline takes place in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India where every wall in front of every house is addressed with the line 'ओ स्‍त्री कल आना', in order to avoid the 'ghost of an unsatisfied wife' (who is notoriously known for abducting the 'man of the house') from entering the house. Ultimately, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) [a stud and a highly skilled tailor] unites with his wacko friends and his mysterious unnamed lady friend (Shraddha Kapoor) to solve the mystery which is haunting the entire village to pieces.

Let's start with the positives, written by Raj & DK (who I consider as one of the most unorthodox and unique director duo in Bollywood), the comedic sequences in the film were clever, exemplary, and off-the-wall funny. The witty tone carried through the entire runtime, and I can't remember the last time I laughed this hard, and that says a lot about this film.

However, when you craft or write an entire 130-minute film on a 'ridiculous phenomenon', it conclusively deteriorates, and this film honestly felt like jokes over substance. The storyline dissolved expeditiously within the first thirty-minutes and felt like it's going nowhere. And the lengthy runtime repressed me in a dilemma, cause I found myself enjoying the tricks, quips and gags, but I can see through and notice the absence of an intriguing and an ingenious plot.

About the performances, I felt that Shraddha Kapoor felt much less than a supporting character in the film, as she had barely any moments to shine. Pankaj Tripathi, who is again, one of the best actors out there in Bollywood, is also constrained to a smaller role but displayed his comedic excellence within the minimal screen time he's offered. Also, Aparshakti Khurana and his pal Abhishek Banerjee were hysterical in every single scene. But, the show-stealer of the entire film is without a doubt, Mr Rajkummar Rao as he continues to impress with his one-of-a-kind acting chops. He is incredibly believable as this innocent small-town guy, and the made the film so much better with his astonishing timing, delivery and performance.

Overall, Stree is a laugh riot and was funny from start to finish. Rajkummar Rao once again outperforms everyone with his comedic timing and his gullible persona. But, that's about it, the movie quickly fizzled out, the storyline was very thin, and it honestly felt like a three-hour film for me. I would recommend watching it if you're up for a few quick laughs and not care about the writing or the direction.

My Rating - 2.75/5 | Grade - C+ (A Decent Flick!)
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Imaikkaa Nodigal - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "A Tale of Never Ending Twists!"

Looks like bringing uniqueness and class to her every movie has become a usual thing for the Lady Superstar. After the grand success of 'Kolamavu Kokila', Nayanthara strikes once again with Imaikkaa Nodigal, a thriller film written and directed by the innovative R. Ajay Gnanmuthu. 

The potboiler can be interpreted as a brutal cat and mouse game between a CBI Officer Anjali (Nayanthara) and a psycho serial killer on the loose, Rudra (Anurag Kashyap) where each character is introduced with a sound backstory and is given adequate prominence throughout, including the most expected cameo of Vijay Sethupathi.

But, the best part of the film was the Oscar-worthy acting by Anurag Kashyap. With each scene, he fascinates the audience with his dark dialogues and creepy smile, diverting our attention from Nayan, Atharva and the story itself. In parallel, Arjun; Anjali's brother (Atharva) and Kritika (Rashi Khanna) were introduced through an innocent love story only to be connected to the main plot in the second half of the movie.

Hip-Hop Tamizha sets the most required mood through his incredible music and background scores whereas RD Rajshekhar captures all the scenes with the perfect lights and angles, especially Anurag's scenes making the entire movie much more marvellous. Atharva is a very talented actor which is asserted through his well-presented performance here as well, but,  altogether sets an intriguing career path in acting for Anurag Kashyap.

If there is something you don't wanna miss from August, its definitely Imaikka Nodigal. No tall talk necessary.

My Rating - 4/5 | Grade - A (The Best One Around!)
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