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Throwback Thursday: Anniyan [Review]

Verdict - "Entertaining!" | Rating - 3.75/5

When you have an acclaimed actor in your ranks and you partner him up with a good director, you get commercial cinema’s gold standard. Anniyan (2005), follows Ramanujam A.K.A Ambi, a lawyer suffering from multiple personality disorder and his vengeance against society’s wrongdoers. Bringing forth the themes of social justice from his previous ventures such as 'Gentleman' and 'Indian, Director Shankar experiments with tales of Hindu epics; giving his story an added kick and his protagonist ample scope to showcase his versatility.

Vikram’s powerhouse performance as the hero with three different personalities keep you enthralled throughout and he portrays the different characters so convincingly. The antagonist, Prakash Raj serves up as the perfect foil for Vikram and the interrogation scene at the police station was carried out flawlessly by both veteran actors. The dialogues written for characters such as Ambi and Anniyan are sharp and succinct. The cinematography is great and the I absolutely love the play on colors in the film. The camera work is intense and it contributes immensely to the film’s awe-inspiring feel.

However, the film moves at a snail’s pace and there are certain scenes that just seem so draggy that i wished it could have been edited out. Additionally, it does irritate me that the actress (Sadha) does not recognize the resemblance between Ambi and Remo. All he did was curl his hair and color it? I didn’t think that the Remo personality was actually necessary for the film. It felt like a speed breaker and I felt the film would have been fine without that character written into it.

Aside from all these small irksome details, Anniyan does not disappoint and there’s a really good story told in a grandiose manner. “Rose means beauty. Beauty means Nandy, as sweet as Candy.”

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Chekka Chivantha Vaanam / Nawab – Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “The Resurgence of Mani Ratnam!

The feeling when a master story-teller coming back with a bang is pretty unmatchable. Mani Ratnam, who is always a class apart, has proved why he is the best in the industry once again with this multi-starrer. Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is the kind of movie we all were looking forward from Mani Ratnam and he has finally delivered a quality commercial film.

The movie revolves around three brothers Varadhan, Thyagu and Ethi, fighting against each other to ascend the throne after their father, Senapathy (Prakash Raj), a business tycoon cum gangster. 

So there a lot of fan theories and write-ups online explaining the story or where it is adapted from and I don’t want to do the same and let me keep it straight and simple. Mani Ratnam has the ability to present a simple story in an extraordinary way with his unique filmmaking skills. The most intriguing aspect of this movie is the way the characters are sketched and the way the actors justified the writings with their immense acting skills.
 

Arvind Swami as Varadhan, the eldest son of Senapathy, takes care of the business and other dealings in Chennai along with his father. The character is tempered as well as vulnerable. He wants to be the boss but couldn’t make the correct decisions and he is letdown by betrayal. Arun Vijay as Thyagu, the second son, takes care of the business in Dubai along with his wife Renu (Aishwarya Rajesh). The character has the shades of Victor from Yennai Arindhal, a role which Arun Vijay is known for, but Thyagu is much classier and does the role with ease and attitude. 

Simbu aka STR as Ethi, the last son, the mischief one, does illegal business in Serbia with his girlfriend Chaya (Dayana Erappa). This is definitely a great comeback for Simbu after being criticised for his lacklustre performance in AAA. His mannerism, screen presence, and his capableness to allure the audience with personality are very much enjoyable. Vijay Sethupathi as Rasool plays the role of a suspended cop and dear friend of Varadhan. This is Vijay Sethupathi’s third release this year and he was funny with his wit and dialogue delivery. As usual, he uses his strength and gives his best.

 

The film didn’t have a solid female character which every Mani Ratnam film has, except for Jyothika as Varadhan’s wife. The roles of Aditi Rao Hydari, Dayana Erappa, Aishwarya Rajesh or Jaya Sudha didn’t make a mark. A.R.Rahman always saves his best for Mani Ratnam. In that way, he elevates the film with his scintillating background score and the adequate uses of songs without being fully shot and the use of ‘Sevandhu Pochu Nenje’ as a song as well as background score is gratifying. 

Finally, Chekka Chivantha Vaanam is a well-crafted multi-starrer, high on action and emotions, backed by the star’s acting, Rahman’s music and Santhosh Sivan’s magic with the camera. Though the film lacked depth and had predictable twists, the movie as a whole is very much enjoyable and satisfying. 

My Rating – 3.25/5 | Grade – B (Entertaining! With Few Noticeable Flaws!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Bharath Ane Nenu - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Bland and Boring!"

Directed by Koratala Siva, Bharath Ane Nenu starring Mahesh Babu in the lead role is a political-drama dealing with the current situation of politics in Andhra Pradesh and also stars Kiara Advani as the female lead.

After his father's sudden demise, Oxford University graduate Bharath (Mahesh Babu) is cherry-picked by his uncle (Prakash Raj) as the next Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Irritated with the poor governance in the state, Bharath brings few radical changes to the society which in-turn introduces him to new rivals and bitter adversaries from the opposition party who questions and argues for his zany agendas.

Now, if you've seen Koratala Siva's previous films, you're well aware that he presents his heroes remarkably. Similarly, his execution of Bharath's character was exceptional to watch. The stature, persona, and caliber were brilliantly presented by Siva as Mahesh Babu did his best to deliver on his performance. Also, the dialogues were also well written and added a much-needed weight to the film.

Advancing to the technical aspects, Ravi K. Chandran and Tirru did a fantastic job when it comes to the camera work. The music and the background score was well presented by Devi Sri Prasad especially the BGM which synced in well with the bestowment of the film. Also, Kiara Advani was delightful to watch. Although her character and involvement in the film felt forced and was understandable, she did her best in the role she's offered.

But, I'll tell why this movie didn't work for me. First up, the storyline, which is nothing new or broke any rules. As I stated earlier, they are few radical ideas in the film that I want to see implemented IRL, but, the basic storyline excluding the ideas was bland and mundane to watch. I can't help draw similarities between this film and Leader starring Rana Daggubati cause the two storylines are soo parallel to each other and I didn't see this coming from an acclaimed director like Siva.

Nevertheless, Bharath Ane Nenu had few moments here and there, but on the whole, this movie is a disappointment as it felt like something I've seen before. Watch it when it debuts on Amazon Prime.

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks
An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Richie - Movie Review

Verdict: “Misses to Gel.”

While Nivin Pauly had tried and succeeded a bit to make a solid direct debut in Kollywood, I felt Richie falls short of a satisfactory story and pace to keep the audience engrossed. 

Who is Richie? A journalist (Shraddha Srinath) embarks in search of this man and meets various people associated with him only to know about his life. 

The movie is in a narrative manner, and we get to see different views and various characters who are some way or the other related to Richie with their backstory. The first half doesn't reveal what are the characters exactly trying to narrate and results in mental chaos. 

The second half of the movie moves at a snail's pace, and we get the answers to all the different narratives only in the climax. The problem is half of the film pass-by without a clear vision of the overall story. Though the director has tried a distinct storytelling method, the screenplay and the pace played the spoilsport. 

Nivin Pauly gave his best for the titular character. I was very much impressed with his acting, expression but his strong Malayalam accent didn't work out for his role as a coastal village based gangster.

As the movie is character driven, Prakash Raj, Natarajan "Natty," Elango Kumaravel, and Murugadoss played their roles exceptionally well. The “Yaanji” girl Shraddha Srinath didn’t have much scope and had very minimal screen presence.

Cinematography blended well with the movie. Cinematographer Pandi Kumar has worked well by using different shades of lights to match the narrative style. 

Ajaneesh's background score worked big-time giving the movie its deserved sound without overusing it and he has also gave a feel of a musical-gangster film which was refreshing.

Overall, the lack of pace, a brilliant screenplay and story thrive as a negative to the movie making it unexciting. The film could be an interesting, offbeat one for the in-depth audience while it's a downer for the general public. 

My Rating - 2.5/5 | Grade - C+ (It Deserves Your Attention for a While!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Thoongavanam/Cheekati Rajyam - Movie Review

Verdict - "A cutting-edge-action-thriller."

Subsequently, after an abrupt incident that involves drugs and gunfire, Narcotics Control Bureau officer Diwakar (Kamal Haasan) gets hemmed in a relentless situation where his son gets kidnapped by a callous goon Vittal Rao (Prakash Raj) due to some unfinished business.

Kamal Haasan's commendable screenplay is undeniably one of the finest aspects of the film, as the narrative strictly takes place in one bustling place, Mr. Haasan made sure that the writing surpassed all its expectations and be strong enough to keep the audience engaged and entertained with few intense and amusing scenes.

Under a technical standpoint, this movie is well shot, and the action sequences were well choreographed and executed. But the background score plays a very significant role in every single action-thriller and as a result, Ghibran's intense electronic BGM made the movie a lot better to watch.

On the other side, this film might not seize the interest in a particular set of audience that don't like to watch an offbeat movie. The pacing felt quite bogged down, especially in the second half, maybe due to the reason there's nothing much left in the film to enlighten as a narrative.

Nonetheless, Thoongavanam is undeniably a hard movie to sell to the movie audience primarily because of its offbeat premise. But, if you're thrilled to watch a thrilling cutting-edge-action-thriller like me, then you'll definitely appreciate this film a lot. 

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Worth a watch!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #13 (Temper)

Puri Jagganadh's - "Temper"

Positives:
1) NTR and Posani's performances
2) Story and Dialogues

Negatives:
1) Romantic and Comedic aspects
2) Generic Villains

Plot: In a society occupied with corruption, the movie narrates an imperious tale about Daya who's dream is to become a debased police officer and aspires to become a symbol of venality.

Analysis: Jagganadh's nonspecific storyline and few compelling dialogues held the movie really well without turning into something wearisome. But, for the most part, the movie did suffer in few aspects of romance and comedy, which really felt out-of-place. 

Performances: Playing a role of a desperado, NTR's distinct performance as an arrogant heel was completely mind-boggling which elevated the movie to a whole new level.

Verdict:  Overall, Temper is a watchable movie for NTR's performance all alone, but the thought-provoking theme of the movie felt significant and deserves a single watch.

My Rating - 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a watch!)| -By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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