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NOTA - Honest Movie Review

‘Well done you f*cking politicians’, Vijay Deverakonda, the Southern Sensation of Tollywood, begins his journey in Tamil Cinema Industry in an exceptional way. He gets a dream debut with packed theatres and his fans whistling and cheering during his introduction scene.

Verdict - “Competently Made Political Satire!

Earlier, we have seen movies in which the main lead accidentally land in the Chief Minister’s position. Be it Shankar’s ‘Mudhalvan’ or Koratala Siva’s ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’, those movies are about how the protagonist takes forward the unexpected power he's given, and how he reforms the State. NOTA begs to be different. In spite of getting into the shoes of a Chief Minister, Varun (Vijay Deverakonda) is reluctant and acts as only rubber stamp before certain events change him. 

NOTA is not a full-fledged political film, the movie deviates to focus on the sub-plots, which cause an issue to the intensity of the film. It parodies every single important event in the political timeline of Tamil Nadu. Director Anand Shankar fearlessly satirizes the Government with his well-written screenplay and sharp dialogues. 

Vijay Deverakonda has already become a household name in Tamil Nadu, and the audience didn’t feel alien with him. They're elated, powerfully applauded and supported him. Devarakonda shined well as the accidental Chief Minister and performed his role proficiently. Yet, the movie doesn’t completely rely on him, as the supporting cast, Nasser, Sathyaraj and M. S. Bhaskar had significant characters to perform. Even though the subplots slow down the pace of the film, it didn’t have any unwanted duets to cause any mayhem or disruption.

Finally, NOTA will sure be well received by the Tamil audience and for the Telugu fans of Vijay Deverakonda, I am sorry as you guys would not be able to connect with this film and the scenes unless you had followed the Tamil Nadu politics from 2015. The film is a fearless attempt and a successful debut to The Deverakonda.

Welcome, Vijay Deverakonda!

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade – B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Throwback Thursday: Virumaandi [Review]

Verdict - "Brilliant!" | Rating - 4.8/5

The Rashomon effect (named after Kurosawa’s Rashomon) occurs when the same event is given contradictory interpretations by different individuals involved. When employed well, it can really elevate a film. Enter Virumaandi (2004), a Kamal Hassan directorial that revolves around a farmer who gets involved in a clan feud back in his village. 

When a film decides to use the Rashomon effect as the selling point, the only way to do it justice would be to choose the correct cast members to enact their own perspective in their own style. This really helps to divide and conquer audiences and get them involved in the film as well. I don’t think I have to talk about Kamal Hassan and his performance. I’ve mentioned more than once about his intensity and the performance levels he brings to a film. 

Who I’m more impressed with is Pasupathy and his interpretation of the character, Kothala Devar. Pasupathy more than often outshines Kamal Hassan with his strikingly devious and menacing demeanour. Virumaandi is not an easy film to make. It is a technical knockout and the quality of excellence in this film comes with two thumbs up. Showing the same incident with Two different point of views can always end up boring the viewer, but the director has managed to pull it off by introducing new details and an interesting narration process that is well executed. Virumaandi is a highly violent film. 

There’s blood and mutilations and severed bodies all over but what’s interesting is how the film used a whole lot of violence to preach about non-violence. Once again, Kamal Hassan has mixed folklore with the themes in his movies and Virumaandi, another name for lord Bhrama, is taken to life in art form by Kamal Hassan. The tragedy that surrounds Both Virumaandi (the deity and Kamal Hassan’s character) are stuck in a conundrum where they can live a physically freed life but in a hopeless future and it is reflected very well from the start of the film.

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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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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