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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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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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24 - Movie Review

Verdict - "A remarkable attempt!"

What would you do if you have a watch that not only displays time but also allows you to travel back and forth? Well, I would stop myself from joining Engineering. 

The most awaited film of the year 24; directed by Vikram Kumar stars Suriya in a triple role. The film demystifies one of the most complicated theory and impossible thing to do – Time Travel.

While certain directors intricate the movie by explaining the theory of time travelling, Vikram Kumar had made this film with minimal to zero elaboration of concepts making it easier to understand.

Athreya (Suriya) is the new badass villain in the tinsel town. Though the character is trapped in a wheelchair, Suriya hasn’t failed to show utmost evilness with his looks, body language and dialogue delivery and joins the elite club of baddies. 

Sethuraman (Suriya) is an innocent scientist and the twin brother of Athreya, living a peaceful life with his wife Priya (Nithya Menon) and child. He spends most of the time in his laboratory and works dedicatedly on his Project 24 (A watch which can be used to control the time). Things change when Athreya comes in search of him for the watch and what happens next forms the beginning of the movie. 

Mani (Suriya) is a happy-go-lucky guy and has a watch repair shop. He falls in love with Sathya (Samantha) who comes as a customer to his shop. He has the Project 24 with him and once he gets to know what the watch could do, he has some fun with it until Athreya comes in search of it. 

Samantha is an oozing beauty. Though she has limited screen time, she makes sure everyone falls in love with her eyes and expressions. Saranya Ponvannan, Ajay, Sathyan, Appukutty, Girish Karnad, Mohan Raman and others have done the role of supporting the narration with perfection. 
The biggest plus of the movie is its special effects. 24 have one of the best visuals in Tamil cinema industry. They were indeed spell bounding and the flawless CG and VFX along with Thirru’s cinematography made the movie look visually rich. 

A.R.Rahman, his songs and background score serve as another backbone to the film. While the songs are already ruling our playlist, the perfectly scored background music especially the Athreya Theme gives goosebumps.

A simple story made on a complex concept, yet it’s elegant and easy to understand. Vikram Kumar gives a wholesome entertainment for three hours. 

My Rating - 3.75/5
Grade - B+ (Highly Entertaining)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Pasanga 2: Haiku - Movie Review

Verdict: “Heart warming movie with much needed social-awareness”

The story revolves around two kids named Kavin (Nishesh) and Nayana (Vaishnavi), who are very naughty and hyperactive due to which they are thrown out of each and every school they join in. Frustrated by their behaviours, their parents decide to join them in a residential school but they’re pushed out of that school too and end up meeting Tamizh Nadan (Surya), a children’s psychiatrist who help them understand their children.

National Award Winner Pandiraj has once again come up with a children’s film. This time he looks upon some serious issue regarding the present society and the modern day parents’ who have no time for their own children’s. He has clearly portrayed the problems faced by children’s with ADHT who requires some special care and showed how technology ends up being a hindrance to kids’ growth.

He also showed the mentality of present day parents of joining their children in a posh school which demands huge amount as fees but gives poor quality education. Few razor sharp dialogues in this movie about the present scenario in the society not only got claps but also made the people to think about it.

Kudos to Surya and Amala Paul for being a part of this kind of movie and I really enjoyed Surya’s performance in this movie. The way he handles the kids and be friendly towards them is really appreciable. Though he had a minimal screen time, he is sure to create a large impact. Even the kids were so amazing and natural with their acting. Bindu Madhavi, Karthik Kumar, Ramdoss and Vidya Pradeep who portrayed as the kids parents also did their part well. You are sure to enjoy the comic part in this film.

Cinematographer Balasubramanian has done stupendous work with his camera. The film looks eye-pleasing with vibrant colours, making the movie a treat to watch.

Finally, Pasanga 2 is realistic and well made non-commercial movie of this year which is a must watch for the present day stressed parents. There are only few movies which shouldn’t be left it as a movie and take the positives out of it and apply it practically in day to day life and in upbringing our children’s. Pasanga 2 is one such of it. 

My Rating - 4/5
Grade - A (Best one around)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Massu Engira Masilamani (Masss/Rakshasudu) - Movie Review

Verdict - "A perfect Sixer from Venkat Prabhu and Surya, Entertaining all the way!" 

Massu Engira Masilamani, earlier titled as Masss is a supernatural comedy thriller directed by Venkat Prabhu with Surya in the lead enacting dual role. It has an ensemble list of cast including Premgi Amaren, Nayanthara, Pranitha, Samuthirakanni and Parthiban. 

Masilamani (Surya) known as Masss in his locality, along with Jet (Premgi Amaren) make their living by cheating bad people and escape with their money. During once such incident, they meet with a road accident. Masss barely escapes with injuries and when he comes back to his normal senses he finds that he has some special powers that enable him to see and communicate with ghosts. How does he use his power and what does this special grant lead him to forms the plot.   

Venkat Prabhu makes use of his trademark style in scripting this movie including his usual fun elements, sentiment and not to miss the unexpected twists. Despite the sluggish first half, the film has its brief moments post interval. With no big storyline, Venkat Prabhu makes sure everyone enjoys the film. 

Surya plays a dual role of entirely different shades and characters. Whether its body language or dialogue delivery, he shows the required variation and does his part with ease. 

Premgi as Jetli aka Jet had something interesting to do. Venkat Prabhu ensures that his brother has equal screen space and a solid role in this film. 

Nayanthara and Pranitha as the lady leads have nothing much to do but doesn’t fail to impress us with their looks. Certain scenes between Surya and Nayanthara in the first half seem to be forced and were mundane to watch. 

Others, Parthiban, Samuthirakanni, Riyaz Khan and people acting as ghosts add some drama and have done their given part well. 

Yuvan Shankar Raja keeps the film going with his grand background score. The opening song “Therrikudhu Masss” was highly enjoyable. “Poochandi” song was hilarious despite being a dark song. This song was a tribute to King of Pop Michael Jackson and Surya’s dance moves were apt and admirable. “Piravi” song in the second half is sure to move you emotionally.  

Being DOP Rajsekar and editor Praveen’s 25th and 50th film respectively, they have made the film technically rich. Praveen helps in making the film look racier with a crisp narration within 150 minutes. The film looks grand and beautiful through Rajsekar’s lens. VFX and CG stand as the backbone of the film. Though being gloomy in certain scenes, the overall VFX and CG works were commendable. 

Finally, Masss serves as a comeback for Surya after a disastrous experience with his earlier film. Venkat Prabhu had given a fairly satisfying film and he doesn’t forget to entertain us in his usual style.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
 -By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Anjaan – Movie Review

Verdict - “Predictable plot and weak screenplay makes Anjaan a huge let down”

Anjaan, another hugely anticipated movie of 2014 released on August 15th amid tremendous fanfare but failed to satisfy the sky high expectations.

Starring Suriya, Samantha and Vidyut Jamwal in the lead, the plot of the movie is about two Mumbai Gangster-duos Chandru Bhai (Vidyut Jamwal) and his best friend Raju Bhai (Suriya). It is just another ordinary revenge drama with few predictable twists.

Director Lingusamy has come up with a script that is spineless and with a weak screenplay. There is absolutely nothing new to look out in Anjaan’s story. And its mighty length adds misery to our suffering. The movie’s second half drags with lots of unwanted scenes portraying friendship of Chandru Bhai and Raju Bhai and tests our patience till the end.

Suriya was masculine with rugged look and in a not before seen stylish avatar. So was Vidyut Jamwal. Both the dudes were enough to woo us with their charisma and screen presence. Even Samantha changes her girl-next-door look in this movie to an ultra modern fashion babe. She is not to be missed in the songs “Kadhal Aasai” and “Oru Kaan Jadai”. Her chemistry worked out well with Suriya.

Another flaw in this movie was the lip sync off for the Bollywood actors Manoj Bhajpai and Vidyut Jamwal which could be easily noticed and in few scenes it gives you a feeling of watching a dubbed movie.

Santhosh Sivan’s camera work was stupendous and it was the only positive component I could find in this movie. The movie looked colourful through his lens. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs have already topped the charts but the misplacement of the songs makes it not an enjoyable one on the screen.

On a final note, Anjaan didn’t meet up with the hype it created before the release. Dull script and boring screenplay makes Anjaan an awful one. The movie could be watched only for Suriya, Samantha and Santhosh Sivan’s cinematography in the end.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Lost in the Midway!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK (@NirmalRaj2911)

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