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Kaala – Honest Movie Review

Verdict: “Kaala Shines As a Pa. Ranjith Film with Rajini Touch In It!

Set in Mumbai, Kaala stage the story of an immigrant man from Tirunelveli and eventually emerges as a righteous don in the Dharavi slums. Director Pa. Ranjith also highlights the sufferings of Tamil migrants and other slum dwellers in Mumbai who are often victims of discrimination.

Pa. Ranjith came up with a story with an excellent blend of commercial and realistic elements. He executed it well with utmost care not to overdo in any aspect. He sticks true to his ideologies and the film has many subtexts to follow and understand where the director has conveyed his thoughts.

Rajnikanth as Kaala Karikalan is electrifying to watch with his unmatched screen presence, charisma, and body language. But, as earlier said it is a Pa. Ranjith film with Rajini touch in it. We do get to see many goosebumps scenes, yet it is not an outright Rajini film. It has a heavy content and the actor has done justice to the director’s character and portrayed as Kaala.

Nana Patekar as Hari Dada is a perfect choice as the actor has carried out with ease. The scenes where Kaala and Hari Dada face each other are such a delight to watch as both the actors are high on their performance. Huma Qureshi, Easwari Rao, Samuthirakanni and other ensemble lists of support cast have done their part well.

Kaala is technically a brilliant movie. Kudos to art director T. Ramalingam for bringing the Dharavi slums to live. Cinematography by Murali. G is fascinating as the film had many colors to be captured in the frame. Santhosh Narayanan elevates the movie with his background score and songs. 

Finally, Kaala has what fans expected in Kabali (Pa.Ranjith and Rajini’s previous film), perfectly delivered and definitely, this is one of the best movies in their respective career. Keeping the lead actors political credo aside, Kaala is altogether an enjoyable movie.

My Rating – 3.75/5 | Grade – B+ (Highly Entertaining!)
An Honest Movie Review by Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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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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Lingaa - Movie Review

Verdict - "Astonishing performance from Rajnikanth; let down by poor screenplay".

Lingaa, the most awaited movie of this year, starring “Super Star” Rajnikanth released today amidst mammoth expectation. It’s a double celebration for all the Rajnikanth fans worldwide as it’s the Super Star’s birthday today and we all get to watch Thalaivar on a live action film after four years.

Theatres were all decorated with banners, walls will posters and paintings. Fans thronged the theatres and performed Paal abhisekham to their matinee idol, all these celebrations began by late night 1am. Could you even believe this? Yes! That’s the craziness of fans for Thalaivar. It’s not craziness; it’s their love and affection towards him.

Lingaa has Rajnikanth in the lead and Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha as the lead ladies. It also has Santhanam, Karunakaran, K. Vishwanath and many others doing the supporting role.
Rajni plays dual role in the film, as an Engineer Raja Lingeshwaran who wants to build a dam for the people of his region. But his idea is opposed by the Britishers citing various political reasons. Hence he takes up the whole responsibility and inspires the people of the village to build the dam. He also spends his own wealth for the dam. In spite of facing many hurdles from people with evil intentions, the dam is built successfully.

Now in the present day, a corrupt MP puts the entire village in danger. An old village head man played by K. Vishwanath comes to know about this evil plan and wants grand-son of Raja Lingeshwaran to open a Shivan temple near the dam which was also build by Raja Lingeshwaran himself to solve the problems of the people. Why was the temple closed? What are the dangers befallen on the villages forms the rest of the plot.

K.S.Ravikumar had come up with a good story, but he has failed to work on the screenplay. With a mighty length of 2 hours and 55 minutes, Lingaa has got nothing new to offer. Climax fight sequence was made in a stupid way. The momentum which the movie carried was just destroyed by the climax fight scene and I was like dafuq just happened??

No one is a match for the energy level of Rajni. His charisma and evergreen screen presence makes the film enjoyable, as he carried the entire film on his shoulders. Fiery dialogue delivery, ever stylish walk makes us still go mad. Though Anushka and Sonakshi have a little time on screen, they did their part in an appreciable way. As usually Santhanam made us laugh our socks off with his one liner and his comic interlude with Rajni have worked out well. Supporting actors were just average doing their respective parts well on their own ways.

I was pretty impressed with DOP Rathnavelu’s camera work. It was a feast to eyes to see the scenic beauty of landscapes and majestic palaces through his lens. His joint work with DI Colourist to bring out the difference between two time periods must be appreciated. Sabu Cyril, as a production designer has done a brilliant job in visually presenting the attractive sets, especially the pre-independence era.

Samjith Mohd should have taken utmost care in editing the movie. He must have interacted well with the director to trim the movie and make it racier. Mighty length of the movie is a downer.

A.R.Rahman’s songs and background score was mediocre. Mona Gasolina and Indiane Vaa were good. Misplacement of the songs in the movie made it not so enjoyable.

To sum it up, Lingaa fails to impress and meet the sky-high expectation it had. Except for Rajnikanth there is nothing to enjoy in this film, usual story with faint narration. Can give it a try for Thalaivar and his grand screen presence.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Kochadaiiyaan - The Legend: Movie Review

Verdict: “A New Scintillating Experience!”

Kochadaiiyaan, the most awaited movie released yesterday amid much fanfare. Having India’s biggest “Superstar” Rajnikanth enacting the triple roles and being India’s first movie using motion capture technology the expectations were sky-high. Have it lived up to everyone’s expectation?

Rajnikanth enacts triple role as Kochadaiiyaan, Rana and Sena. The plot is simple and deals with jealousy, betrayal and rivalry between two kingdoms. K.S.Ravikumar’s paperwork is truly impressive and keeps us engaged throughout the film. Being an historic film, dialogues were written according to that period.

The efforts of director Soundarya R. Ashwin stands tall in the film. Her immense hard work can be seen on the big screen. Her creative vision has been brought on the screen with her untiring efforts and hard labour.

The Motion Capture technology used to capture the actors action and succeeds in it but not their emotions. Animations were dull and gloomy in many places and were just average overall.

But that were not even a problem as they were brought with a minimal budget and less duration used for production works. This is just a one step by Soundarya, one giant leap by Indian Cinema Industry. Soundarya deserves a standing ovation for taking a path never taken in Indian Cinema yet.

Rajnikanth, the name is enough to make his fans go crazy. And this time seeing their matinee idol in never before seen Avatar makes them much excited. His mere screen presence is enough to keep the audience intact till the end. His chemistry, power packed and fiery punch dialogues and trademark style were such a delight on screen.

Deepika Padukone looks beautiful and impresses us with her expressions that too in animation. Nasser gets much screen time and does his part well. Jackie Shroff, Adi, Rukmini and Shobana have given their full efforts to make their characters perfect. Thanks to Soundarya for bringing the legendary comedian Nagesh back on screen and a big round of applause for the person who voiced him. It was just perfect.

A.R.Rahman’s background score is the main backbone of the movie. It was “Mozart of Madras” who steals the show with his amazing background music and ear pleasing songs. Especially during the fight scenes, the background score were magnificent.

Ultimately, Kochadaiiyaan will surely impress you and give you a whole new experience. It definitely full fills your four year wait and expectations if you really don’t bother about the average animation. But all the negatives were overshadowed by Rajnikanth and he surely keeps you entertained. Rajnikanth-the name and fame has gone even higher.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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