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'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' is All Set to Release in China!

After breaking records and wrecking havoc in Indian Film Industry last year, Tollywood's Magnum Opus 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' is all set to grace the Chinese audience very soon. SS Rajamouli's fantasy epic was sent to China for certification a few days earlier and was given a green signal by the China Censor Board.

The film will be released by EStars Media, who previously handled 'Baahubali: The Beginning' in China which earned $1.12 million. The sequel has now cleared the censorship process but does not yet have a settled release date. International sales are handled by an offshoot of producer Arka Media Works.

Actor Aamir Khan’s 'Dangal' opened the doors for Indian films in China and following its lead, 'Secret Superstar' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' also did a brilliant business there. 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion', which earned more than Rs. 1700 crores worldwide, will be awaited to watch how it performs in China.

A Movie News Report by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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Yennai Arindhal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A classy Gautham Vasudev Menon flick."

After several postponing, the most anticipated film of the year Yennai Arindhal starring “Thala” Ajith Kumar in the lead, hit the screens on Thursday. It has Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka Shetty, Vivekh, and Anikha playing the supporting roles.
 
The background score for the film was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film was edited by Anthony while Dan Macarthur handled the camera.  

Yennai Arindhal could be called as Director Gautham Menon’s cop trilogy that began with Surya starrer ‘Khakha Khakha’ and renewed with Kamal starrer ‘Vettaiyadu Vilayadu’. 

The film revolves around the life of a tough cop Satyadev (Ajith) who in an undercover mission befriends a gangster named Victor (Arun Vijay) in jail, only to kill the head of a powerful gang. The rest of the story is about how Satyadev tries to save Thenmozhi (Anushka) whom he met on a flight from getting killed and protects Isha (Anikha), daughter of Hemanika (Trisha) whom he met and fall in love during one of his investigation. 

The plot could be consi dered as a mash-up of Gautham Menon’s previous films, but the unique factor in Yennai Arindhal is the emotional tale of Satyadev and his daughter Isha and the matured love story between him and Hemanika which is very much adorable. The film lacked the main theme, and the exact reason for Victor to take revenge on Satyadev was not clearly portrayed. 

Ajith Kumar has given some electrifying performance and was the best of the recent times. Whether it a fierce action scene or an emotional scene or a romance scene, Ajith has done it with his full energy. His mere screen presence was enough for his fans to go crazy. 

Trisha, the beauty queen impresses us with her looks. The onscreen chemistry between Ajith and Trisha was luscious. The breezy romance between them with the typical Gautham Menon touch was delightful. 

Arun Vijay as the bad person amazes us with his acting skills. All his hard work for this film could be seen on the screen. Anushka had very much little to do in this film and looked aged and dull in the film. Her romance part with Ajith falls flat.

Harris Jayaraj background score was unimaginable and he is sure to give Goosebumps with his music. Dan Macarthur exquisite cinematography was top-notch. He has beautifully captured both the tense and emotional part of the movie. Editing by Anthony was fair enough.

Finally, Yennai Arindhal is a typical Gautham Menon film with “Thala” Ajith adorning it. Watch out for Ajith’s gigantic screen presence and the emotional aspect of the film.  

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

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Lingaa - Movie Review

Verdict - "Astonishing performance from Rajnikanth; let down by poor screenplay".

Lingaa, the most awaited movie of this year, starring “Super Star” Rajnikanth released today amidst mammoth expectation. It’s a double celebration for all the Rajnikanth fans worldwide as it’s the Super Star’s birthday today and we all get to watch Thalaivar on a live action film after four years.

Theatres were all decorated with banners, walls will posters and paintings. Fans thronged the theatres and performed Paal abhisekham to their matinee idol, all these celebrations began by late night 1am. Could you even believe this? Yes! That’s the craziness of fans for Thalaivar. It’s not craziness; it’s their love and affection towards him.

Lingaa has Rajnikanth in the lead and Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha as the lead ladies. It also has Santhanam, Karunakaran, K. Vishwanath and many others doing the supporting role.
Rajni plays dual role in the film, as an Engineer Raja Lingeshwaran who wants to build a dam for the people of his region. But his idea is opposed by the Britishers citing various political reasons. Hence he takes up the whole responsibility and inspires the people of the village to build the dam. He also spends his own wealth for the dam. In spite of facing many hurdles from people with evil intentions, the dam is built successfully.

Now in the present day, a corrupt MP puts the entire village in danger. An old village head man played by K. Vishwanath comes to know about this evil plan and wants grand-son of Raja Lingeshwaran to open a Shivan temple near the dam which was also build by Raja Lingeshwaran himself to solve the problems of the people. Why was the temple closed? What are the dangers befallen on the villages forms the rest of the plot.

K.S.Ravikumar had come up with a good story, but he has failed to work on the screenplay. With a mighty length of 2 hours and 55 minutes, Lingaa has got nothing new to offer. Climax fight sequence was made in a stupid way. The momentum which the movie carried was just destroyed by the climax fight scene and I was like dafuq just happened??

No one is a match for the energy level of Rajni. His charisma and evergreen screen presence makes the film enjoyable, as he carried the entire film on his shoulders. Fiery dialogue delivery, ever stylish walk makes us still go mad. Though Anushka and Sonakshi have a little time on screen, they did their part in an appreciable way. As usually Santhanam made us laugh our socks off with his one liner and his comic interlude with Rajni have worked out well. Supporting actors were just average doing their respective parts well on their own ways.

I was pretty impressed with DOP Rathnavelu’s camera work. It was a feast to eyes to see the scenic beauty of landscapes and majestic palaces through his lens. His joint work with DI Colourist to bring out the difference between two time periods must be appreciated. Sabu Cyril, as a production designer has done a brilliant job in visually presenting the attractive sets, especially the pre-independence era.

Samjith Mohd should have taken utmost care in editing the movie. He must have interacted well with the director to trim the movie and make it racier. Mighty length of the movie is a downer.

A.R.Rahman’s songs and background score was mediocre. Mona Gasolina and Indiane Vaa were good. Misplacement of the songs in the movie made it not so enjoyable.

To sum it up, Lingaa fails to impress and meet the sky-high expectation it had. Except for Rajnikanth there is nothing to enjoy in this film, usual story with faint narration. Can give it a try for Thalaivar and his grand screen presence.

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

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