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Mahanati / Nadigaiyar Thilagam - Instant Movie Review #40

Nag Ashwin's - "Mahanati / Nadigaiyar Thilagam"

Positives:
1) Keerthy Suresh
2) Story and Screenplay
3) Direction
4) Production Design
5) Cinematography
6) Music
7) Performances

Negatives:
1) Subplots

Introduction - Directed by Nag Ashwin, who's responsible for one of the best films of 2015 in Yevade Subramanyam, Mahanati is a biographical drama based on the controversial yet heartening life of Savitri garu, one of the most celebrated and exceptional female actresses of the 50's, 60's and the 70's in both Tollywood and Kollywood film industries. The storyline follows the journey of Savitri from her childhood to get married to her sweetheart Gemini Ganesan and later spoiling her health and relations with her family after getting addicted to alcohol.

Analysis - Now, making a biopic is a tough task, the research, and the execution have to be spot on cause you don't want things to go south when presenting the life stories of one biggest lady superstars. Nag Ashwin, did a fantastic job directing the film and the screenplay (excluding the sub-plots) was well written. The film's objection was to make us love, care and feel for the protagonist's character and it delivered on that level cause I didn't find a single person in the theatre without a teary eye. The technical aspects of the movie, cinematography and production design also deserve a notable appreciation. Also, the music and the background score by Mickey J. Meyer was outstanding and matched the film's vibe remarkably.

Performances - Now, portraying Savitri garu and her character accurately is one giant obstacle or even casting the right actor to represent the character is also a huge task. With that being said, Keerthy Suresh was phenomenal to a point where I believed that I was watching Savitri garu on-screen. Her ability to transform into this character who has a multitude of variations has to be appreciated and she carried her role perfectly. She is one of the reasons why the movie worked out so well. Her co-star Dulquer Salmaan along with the supporting cast, Samantha Akkineni, and Vijay Devarakonda also did their best in their respective roles.

Verdict - Overall, Mahanati is an incredible, emotional, thoughtful and a well-illustrated biopic of one of the most beloved actresses of South Indian Cinema and this film did the best it could to display her love for humanity, acting, and movies. So far, without a doubt, the best film of the year.

My Rating - 4/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Instant Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Rajini Murugan – Movie Review

Verdict: “Commercial pot-boiler, entertains to an extent” 

Teaming up again with the “Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam” team, Sivakarthikeyan’s “Rajini Murugan” simply is one the most awaited film after few postponements. But it ends as an average flick and efficiently entertains to a certain extent.

Ayyankalai (Rajkiran) decides to sell his property and divide the rightful shares among his children and grandson Rajini Murugan (Sivakarthikeyan). But thug Ezharai Mookkan (Samuthirakanni) becomes a hurdle and demands a share for him citing he is his grandson, who is born out of an illicit relationship. 

The remaining part is how the hero fights against the baddie over his family property and also become successful in his love with Karthika (Keerthi Suresh).

In an era of experimental filming, few directors still stick with an old age commercial filmmaking formula just to make it successful at the box office. Director Ponram had given the same rum in a different bottle. Without many complications in the screenplay, he had come up with a routine commercial script with many clichés. 

The second half of the film tests our patience from time to time, with unnecessary scenes and songs. Thanks to Sivakarthikeyan and Soori. Their combo once again proved to be successful. Timing, comical one-liners, and good performances from them make this film an easy watch without boredom.

Rajkiran is another pillar to this movie. This veteran never fails to impress us with his acting skills. Samuthirakanni shines brightly as an egoistic villain. Keerthy Suresh, the new sensation in the tinsel town is a delight to watch. Though she doesn't have much screen presence, she carried a lot of expressions and is sure to steal some hearts.

D. Imman’s songs and background score were fair to middling and the technical team were of no great shakes.

Finally, Rajini Murugan is a not a burdensome watch. Sivakarthikeyan and Soori carry the film on their shoulders and entertain us for the given 120rs. 

My Rating: 2.75/5
|Grade - C+ (Decent Flick!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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