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Kaala Release Date Announced!

Actor Dhanush shook twitter by a storm by announcing the release date of one of the most anticipated movie of the year “Kaala”. The actor, who also happens to be the producer of the film, announced today evening on the micro blogging site that the movie would see theatrical release on April 27th.

Kaala Kaarikalan directed by Pa. Ranjith, has Superstar Rajnikanth in the titular role. It was revealed that the actor would do a Mumbai Dharavi area Don Role in the film. The film also has Nana Patekar, Huma Qureshi, Anjali Patil and Easwari Rao in significant roles.

The release date has come as a shocker to many as it was earlier announced that India’s most expensive film “2.0” also starring Rajni in the lead would release on the same date. Now the sudden decision to pre-pone Kaala left the fans bewildering. Will this movie and its expected genre boost the actor’s Political career? “Only Time Will Tell!”

A Movie News Report by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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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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Thanga Magan – Movie Review

Verdict: “Thanga Magan fails to glitter.” 

Teaming up once again with the blockbuster “Vellai Illa Pattathari” team, the anticipation was extremely high for Dhanush’s Thanga Magan. But it failed to meet the pre-release expectations due to its nondescript story and the monotonous screenplay. 

Tamizh (Dhanush) is a happy-go-lucky guy who whiles away the time with his friend Kumaran (Satish) and cousin Aravindh (Adith Arun). After a break-up with Hema D’souza (Amy Jackson), his parents (K.S. Ravikumar & Raadhika) get him married to Yamuna (Samantha Ruth Prabhu). They lead a happy life until Tamizh’s father commits suicide after being accused of stealing an important file in his office. The rest of the plot deals with Tamizh finding the reason behind his father’s suicide.

A mediocre plot and a predictable screenplay, this is what director Velraj offers in Thanga Magan. The second half of the film was boring to watch with few dull scenes and punch dialogues that were awful. The movie had its moments in the first half of the film, the romantic scenes with Amy Jackson were alluring and the comical part with Satish was good. 

Dhanush never fails to impress with his acting skills. He had given his best in the teenager as well as in the matured age character. But it doesn’t seem to be good for this National Award Winning actor to lose his unique style and mannerism and copy his father-in-law. Dhanush tries to imitate SuperStar Rajnikanth in few scenes in the second half of the film that didn’t receive any cheers from the audience. 

Amy Jackson gave a passable performance. The on-screen chemistry between Dhanush and Samantha was adorable. They both perfectly reflected the middle-class husband and wife. K.S.Ravikumar did justice to his role and he impressed me with his acting skills. Others were okay to an extent.

Though Anirudh’s songs were ear pleasing, the background score was just average to poor. Cinematographer Kumaran had filmed the songs in a very eye-pleasing manner. 

Nevertheless, Thanga Magan is strictly a one time watch for its romantic scenes and the fine-looking first half. 

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

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Maari - Movie Review

Verdict - "A Commercial Pot-Boiler with Low Content!"

Maari is one of the most awaited movies of the year starring Dhanush, Kajal Agarwal, Vijay Yesudas and “Robo” Shankar. Directed by Balaji Mohan, the film's music is composed by Anirudh.

Maari (Dhanush) is a local don with a generous heart and is interested in Dove race. But no one knows how he advanced to his power. There is a rumour that Maari took over as a local don after killing another powerful goon in that area. But there isn’t any eye-witness for that. 

Arjun (Vijay Yesudas), a police sub-inspector gets transferred to that area and tries to collect enough proof about that murder case with the help of Sridevi (Kajal) who has a personal grudge on him. In the course of time, Maari gets arrested. Returning from jail, Maari finds out an evil plan for Arjun. What happens next forms the rest of the plot. 

Director Balaji Mohan doesn’t offer anything new in Maari. He uses the same template of all the classic commercial entertainers to make this average flick with no new inventions in it. 

Dhanush was in his thaara local best. He carries the movie with his electrifying screen presence, thunderous dialogue delivery and swagath mannerism. The ways he twirls his moustache and utters the word “Senjiruvan” will definitely appeal the masses.

Another strength to the film is “Robo” Shankar who steals the show with his unique body language and one-liners. He impresses us by giving his career best performance in Maari. Kajal Agarwal gave a passable performance. She doesn’t have much to do, except for few songs. Vijay Yesudas is a misfit for the role of a cop and fails to impress us. 

Though Anirudh’s songs had already become chartbusters, the background score was mediocre. Om Prakash’s camera work perfectly captures the locals of Chennai in a stylish way. Some of the slow motion shots and single shots are to be applauded.

On the whole, Maari is a complete masala film with low content and entertainment. The film may intrigue Dhanush fans and a certain class of moviegoers. For the others just go with zero expectations and try to enjoy the content offered. 

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

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Instant Movie Review #24 (Kakka Muttai)

Manikandan's - "Kakka Muttai"

Positives:
1.    Story
2.    Screenplay and Dialogues
3.    Performances from the Kids
4.    Direction

Plot: The plot is about two brothers known as Chinna Kakka Muttai and Periya Kakka Muttai and their desire to eat Pizza in an outlet nearby their slum.

The kids make up their living by stealing coal in a railway yard and are raised by their mother and grandmother since their father is in the jail. 

Analysis: With a simple story and a well written elegant plot, debutant Manikandan gives a light-hearted movie which leaves a lasting impression in us.

The director had filmed the movie in such a way by beautifully illustrating the life of slum dwellers through the lead casts and explains what globalization has to do with poor people. With a crisp narration of 110 minutes, Kakka Muttai gives the satisfaction of watching a film of international standard. 

Verdict: Kakka Muttai is surely a must watch movie. Such a flamboyant movie isn’t to be missed and you’re sure to leave the theatre premises with a smile on your face. 

My Rating: 4/5
Grade: A (The 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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