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Throwback Thursday: Aayutha Ezhuthu [Review]

Verdict - "Daring!" | Rating - 4.5/5

Once again, we delve into a master storyteller’s bag of class films. Mani Ratnam’s Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004) is a technical magnum opus. For someone like me who intently looks out for the colors used for the mood board, this film is right up there with the best. All 3 main characters (Madhavan, Surya and Siddharth) have a particular Color ascribed to them and their personality. Just take a look at how much of red there is in Madhavan’s timeline, Green in Surya’s and Blue in Siddharth’s. There’s so much detail involved in this non-linear political thriller.

Absolutely loved Surya’s role as a student leader. It’s mature and bold and has a distinct Surya style to it. Madhavan takes the cake with this one with his baddie role. Siddharth plays your dopey-eyed lover boy next door and he performed his duties with ease. My personal favorite however, would have to be Bharathiraja, with his sweet talk and ruthless act, his gait contrasts nicely with Surya’s charming screen presence.He made the antagonist role his zone and you see him in a new light with his performance.

I don’t see the full Mani Ratnam stamp on this movie though. Once again, he has played with the time sequence in the film but the dialogues do not have the staccato tone that The Director usually employs. He has tried something new and his approach is heartening. Unlike so many other movies, the pace of the film is fast in the beginning but slows down towards the end where the film takes time to tie up loose ends.

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Vikram Vedha - Movie Review

Verdict – “Dark, Deep, Raw and Fine Filmmaking!”

Vikram (R. Madhavan) is a rough, fierce cop whose only aim is to eliminate a ruthless gangster. He is married to Priya (Shraddha Srinath), who is a lawyer and also has a soft side in his heart despite being merciless. Madhavan is a perfect choice for the role as he pulls it off with ease with his evergreen charm and screen presence.

Vedha (Vijay Sethupathy) is the most feared North Madras Gangster, who is on a run as Vikram and his special team of police wants to encounter him and his gangster-friends. Vijay Sethupathy as Vedha is the latest baddie in the tinsel town. With his look, laugh, comical body language, dialogue delivery, Vijay Sethupathy produces what’s needed utmost for the characters evil outlook and joins the elite club of baddies in Tamil Cinema. 

Pushkar and Gayathri are serious couple goals. The director duo is only three films old yet the never failed to impress us with their narrative style and direction. Coming up with a not so new base story, however, the way in which they have recited is what that matters the most. 

Bringing the mythological characters Vikramaditya and Vedhalam as the main leads characters, every time Vikram catches Vedha, the latter narrates a story from his life and ask him for his judgment on what he should have done during that situation. But Vikram realizes only later that Vedha has given him hints through the story he had narrated to him.
In the end, backed up by sheer acting skills of Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathy, top notch technical brilliance and intense background score, Vikram Vedha is definitely one of the best movies to be released this year and one of the finest crime thriller made in Tamil Cinema Industry with deep characters. 

My Rating – 4/5
Grade – A (The best one around!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Saala Khadoos / Irudhi Suttru - Movie Review

Verdict - "Bolstered with terrific performances, Saala Khadoos is an entertaining one-time watch."

Adi Tomar (R. Madhavan) is a former boxer and now works as a head coach for the women boxing division in Delhi. Infuriated with the wrong evaluation that he received from the head management, Adi gets transferred to Chennai where the situation of women's boxing is at the lowest level. 

Thwarted by his current state, Adi starts filtering out incompetent boxers in hopes to find a fresh new talent. He then comes across a fish monger, Ezhil Madhie (Ritika Singh) and immediately notices the ability she has insider her. Adi then offers help to Ritika in training and prepares her as the next big thing.

Even though with a tried and an outmoded storyline that we've seen before, writer-director Sudha Kongara kept the movie engaging with her sharply paced script that had no dull moments throughout the runtime, she established memorable characters on a dime and didn't make the film seem long. Unlike other directors, she's managed to integrate the likable comedic sequences along with the storyline which didn't feel forced and enthralled me with an entertaining flick.

Performances: As Adi quotes Madhie as a "born champion" in the film, Ritika is a born talent for the Indian Film Industry. Pursuing her life goal to become a boxer, the debutant stunned me with her tremendous acting skills. She portrayed her pompous arrogant character with ease and stole the show in every emotional scene. Her chemistry with Madhavan worked out really well, who was also remarkable in his role as a brash, brutal and a smug coach.

Overall, although Saala Khadoos fails to present something new as a story, but the impressive screenplay and direction by Sudha Kongara backed up by some brilliant performances from the leads kept the film in a safe place without being a bummer. Interestingly, it also exposes the dark side of politics that are taking place in sports and enlightened the idea of "a powerful woman" brilliantly.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Tanu Weds Manu Returns - Movie Review

Verdict - "Kangana outperforms, Tanu weds Manu Returns is ecstatic and gratifying."

2015 is turning out to be yet another significant year for women with films like NH 10, Margarita With a Straw and Piku getting both critical and commercial success. After scoring a sleeper hit in 2011 and with soaring expectations, did Tanu weds Manu Returns live up to the hype or did it follow and align itself in the list of boring sequels?

After a miserable and a woeful four-year relationship, Tanu and Manu decide to split up into their own ways due to hatred and disgust. 

After coming back to India, Tanu decides to amend herself and reunites with her ex-boyfriend Raja Srivastav. On the other hand, Manu who was filled with disgust meets and become friends with Kusum, a fun-loving individual who looks identical to Tanu.

Screenplay always plays an important role for any sequel, it should be fascinating enough for the audience without causing any adversity and displeasure. Screenwriter, Himanshu Sharma made sure that the movie never loses its breath at least for the first half by filling it with few spry and enjoyable moments.

But, in the second half, the movie felt a little prosaic and mind-numbing with the perplexity factor and never found its place till the third act. 

However, the comedic aspect never felt inert in the movie, they're few hilarious one-liners and scenes that hit the home run and I appreciate the director, Anand L Rai for entirely adhering to the genre.

Kangana Ranaut prolonged her dominance throughout the movie, the diversity she brought into the two characters (Tanu and Kusum) was something unique and refreshing to watch as she continued to be the superior star in the movie.

Yet again, Madhavan proved to be a likable character in the movie and Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi completely stole the show.

Altogether, barring few uninteresting scenes in the movie, Tanu weds Manu Returns is an ecstatic and a gratifying sequel and stands out as one of the best comedies of 2015. Once again, I can undeniably say that Kangana Ranaut is the queen of Bollywood.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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