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Seema Raja - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Unexciting Commercial Pot Boiler!

As expected, Director Ponram repeats the same formula with Seema Raja similar to what he had done in his previous two flicks with Siva Karthikeyan in the lead role. While his previous two films were at least entertaining to an extent, Seema Raja, on the other hand, was bland and boring cause Ponram had decided not to write anything fresh or intriguing to a rising star who trusted him for the third time. Like ‘Siruthai’ Siva for Thala Ajith Kumar, Ponram is for Siva Karthikeyan. That explains everything that I wanted to say.

So, the movie is all about Seema Raja (Siva Karthikeyan), 33rd Rajah of Singampatti, wealthy Zamindars during the pre-independent era, trying to win Kathadi Kannan (Lal) and his second wife Kaaleshwari (Simran) on a brawl over village market. The rest of the film explains how Seema Raja defeats them and marries his lady love Suthanthira Selvi (Samantha Akkineni).
 

Now, looking at the filmography of Siva Karthikeyan, comprising of 12 films, I would say he had played the same or similar role in more than half of the movies. Seems like Karthikeyan is tailor-made for the role of unemployed, lollygagger, roaming around the heroine, harassing her in the name of love and to be honest he does the role well and glorifies stalking. He even took stalking to a whole new level with his previous film ‘Remo’. Even though Siva Karthikeyan has been criticised in the past for promoting stalking in his films, the director while addressing ‘The News Minute’ has said who else can go behind the heroine instead of the hero and justifies the act.

By the way, what didn’t work with ‘Seemaraja’ is almost everything. The plot was an overly clichéd one. The screenplay tested my patience and after a long time during a movie I was looking at my watch every now and then, hoping for the movie to end soon. In addition to an already lengthy film, and making the enmity added a twenty-minute flashback sequence in which Karthikeyan appears as Amarendra Baahubali, which was absolutely unnecessary.

Even the entertainment factors in the movie such as Soori’s comedy didn’t provide any relief from the dreary state of the film except for few scenes. Songs in a Siva Karthikeyan film are usually a factor to look forward too but interestingly even the songs of this film had a repetition in their placement. An intro song, a song for stalking, a sad one when the heroine says ‘No’ for his eternal love, interesting isn’t it? 

Samantha Akkineni has been doing roles which didn’t have much importance, conventional, formulaic characters lately. For the first time in a while, I have seen an actress be a part of two movies releasing on the same day ('U Turn' being the other). Even though she had nothing much to do in ‘Seemaraja’, except for showing her brilliant wonderful Silambattam skills, 'U Turn' turned out to be a great attempt in her career.

With that being said, I don’t want to talk about anything else, any other supporting roles or technical department as this movie doesn’t require any more discussion. Seema Raja is a tedious watch. A big yawn! 

My Rating – 1.5/5 | Grade – D+ (A Hangover!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Kadaikutty Singam / Chinna Babu - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - “Decently Made Commercial Entertainer!” 

Director Pandiraj’s movies have always been entertaining and commercially successful ones. With Kadaikutty Singam, he has delivered an ideal movie to spend the weekend, a movie which has nothing new to offer yet doesn’t bore us in any way.

The movie revolves around Perunazhi Ranasingam (Satyaraj) and his huge family comprising of his two wives, their children, and grandchildren. The problem arises when Ranasingam’s only son Gunasingam (Karthi) decides to marry Kannukiniyal (Sayyeshaa) when his family members thought he will marry any one of his nieces. The further movies show Gunasingam’s struggle to convince his family members for his marriage. 

Now, we have seen a lot of movies in Tamil which deals with such family issues, what makes this movie unique is Pandiraj's screenplay and his profound execution. I do agree that the film had many cliché scenes but none of them were boring or unwanted, besides, they were refreshing. 

Karthi’s previous film “Theeran: Adhigaram Ondru” was one of the best of 2017, it was intense in terms of script and filmmaking and his acting did justice for it. With Kadaikutty Singam, he turns into a village macho and the role of farmer suits him more than perfect. One thing which I like about Karthi is, he tends to live his character and make sure he does his part with utmost sincerity and completeness. 

I never liked Soori’s comedy lately cause it's boring and unfunny. But he has improvised a lot and teaming up with the supportive cast; he did manage to crack some decent comedy this time.

I have admired Sayyeshaa Saigal since her Tamil debut “Vanamagan”. She was a chubby girl then and her moves for the song “Damn Damn” were stunning to watch. But in Kadaikutty Singam, she seems to have lost lots of weight with clear jawline and I personally didn’t find her attractive, though she did her part as Kannukiniyal, a simplicity loving college girl role satisfactorily. 

This film has a huge list of actors doing supportive roles and everyone essayed the given character to the best of their ability. I especially liked Priya Bhavani Shankar’s (of Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai soap opera and Meyyadha Mann fame) performance.

D. Imman usually gives quality songs and background score for a movie with village backdrop but his songs were mediocre and didn’t create an impact, at the same time the background score was pretty much satisfying.

On the whole, Kadaikutty Singam is just another regular family drama where the director cleverly crafted the screenplay and added a social message about the importance of agriculture. A worthy film to watch with your family after a busy week. 

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade – B (Worth a Watch)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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