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Throwback Thursday: Ratsasan [Review]

Verdict - "One of the Best!" / Rating - 4.5/5

For the first time in a long time, I really did not want a movie to end. A finely crafted suspense thriller, Ratsasan (2018), will have you at the edge of your seat. Right from the beginning, the film starts off with a murder and the pace of the film is steadily kept on the accelerator all the way through. The first half of the film sets the story and there are some speed breakers in the form of romance scenes and songs. However, the second half of the film is electric and this is where the audience is bombarded with intense nail-biting moments. The last half an hour of the film holds the biggest surprise and the way the scenes were so expertly staged, you could actually compare this to a Hollywood film.

One of the film’s strengths lie in the background score department. Ghibran’s music for Ratsasan is excellent. He manages to elevate the film to a god-tier level with his eerie and spine-chilling BGM. The cinematography is on point as well. The film had both dark and light sequences that was well shot and edited. But the biggest strength for me, was the story itself. The director has not taken the audience for granted. He has gone through every small detail with extreme care and he presented an antagonist who is methodical and intelligent and somewhat unbeatable. Additionally, the young protagonist’s character development is a joy to watch and as the audience, you can’t help but silently urge him to move a little faster or think a little harder to crack the case.

The only problem I had with the movie was that I found Vishnu Vishal’s (the protagonist) acting just passable. The lack of variety in terms of facial expressions and body language showed in certain emotional scenes that Vishnu could have busted wide open by emoting a bit more. However, this film is a stepping stone for the actor and it will be interesting to see where he goes from here.

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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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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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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Vellai Illa Pattathari – Movie Review

Verdict: "An Extremely Exhilarating Entertainer".

Being one of the most expected movies of this year, Dhanush’s 25th outing, hit screens today amid much fanfare and mammoth expectation among all the engineers. It has Amala Paul, Saranya, Samuthirakanni, Hrishikesh and Vivek playing pivotal roles. It’s the debut movie of Cinematographer Velraj as director and has Anirudh Ravichander composing songs and background music.

The film revolves around Raghuvaran (Dhanush), an engineering graduate desperately trying to get a job. After being constantly humiliated by his parents and friends, is Raghuvaran able to get a job and will he be able to survive in that job makes the plot.

Dhanush has perfectly nailed a commercial entertainer for his Silver Jubilee film and has given some praise worthy performance. He has perfectly characterised the role of an unemployed graduate. Amala Paul as Shalini plays the role of Raghuvaran’s love interest. She impresses with her looks.

Samuthirakanni and Saranya Ponvannan as Raghuvaran’s parents faultlessly depicted the role of typical Indian Parents.


Velraj has given a clean entertainer with a racy plot and engaging screenplay. There was no scenes in which the movie lagged. Each and every dialogue uttered by Dhanush and many scenes in the movie was just the reflection of every unemployed graduate. Anirudh’s background music was extraordinary and songs were received with huge applause from the audience.

Ultimately, Vellai illa Pattathari is a wholesome entertainer and a perfect ode to Engineers. Take your gang of friends and enjoy the movie. Vellai illa Pattathari is sure to amuse you.

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

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