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Aranmanai 2 / Kalavathi - Movie Review

Verdict: “A routine revenge story; lacked in expected chills”

Following the success of “Aranmanai”, Sundar. C directed the sequel similar to its prequel with the only difference in the cast and the title. The film has Siddharth, Trisha, Hansika as the main leads and Poonam Bajwa, Soori, Kovai Sarala, Radha Ravi, Subbu Panchu, Sundar. C as the supporting cast. 

Murali (Siddharth) makes a come back to his village along with his fiancée Anitha (Trisha) to take care of his unwell father (Radha Ravi), who is hospitalized after a ghost attack. The ancestral mansion they live in is a haunting ground and the evil spirit wants everyone in the mansion dead. Soon, Murali and Anitha witness mysterious things happening around them and realize that they are in a serious trouble. At this juncture, Anitha’s brother Ravi (Sundar. C) enters the story and find who the evil spirit is and aid them in saving their lives. 

Sundar. C follows the same template of making comedy-thriller genre movies. A routine story, slapstick humor and few spooky scenes that aren’t even scary, this is what Aranmanai 2 offers. The major drawback is, all the cast and their characterisation look similar to its predecessor though there are few minor changes in their character sketches. 

The most intriguing aspect of this film is, it had three lead actresses. Trisha, the glam girl, make us go gaga over her with her perfectly toned body. She was smoking hot in this movie. While Trisha overtakes Hansika in the glamor aspect, the later overtakes Trisha in terms of acting. Hansika had given a worthwhile performance. Poonam Bajwa impresses us with her looks. 

Siddharth did not have much scope, as the women overshadowed him. Another savior to this routine story flick is Kovai Sarala, Mano Bala, and Soori. Their comical parts give relief especially in the second half of the film. Sundar. C and the other supporting cast did an average job. 

Hip Hop Tamizha’s songs are already chartbusters and were perfectly placed in the film. Though they elevated the scenes with the pulsating background score, it didn’t evoke fear in me and was too loud in certain scenes. The Amman Song in the climax deserves a mention. Hip Hop Tamizha’s music and the picturization by Senthil Kumar was top-notch.

The art department and the cinematographer deserve an appreciation for making the film look majestic with a grand set and vibrant visuals. But the outdated and tired looking VFX made the film technically poor. 

On the whole, Aranmanai 2 entertains with its comical part and the fast-paced second half. If the director would've worked more on the script without making it look more like its prequel by adding some spine chilling scenes, the movie would've been lot better.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Bhooloham - Movie Review

Verdict: “A power-packed sports film enjoyable by both action genre lovers and sports fanatics”

This Film primarily deals between two vengeance seeking boxers and money minded TV channels. Introduction scenes of the film is shot in the suburbs of Chennai set in early 90’s with a boxing match, in which Bhooloham’s (Jeyam Ravi) father is eliminated by a knockout punch. Filled with remorse and shame, he eventually commits suicide that instigates Bhooloham to seek vengeance against his rival’s son Aarumugam.

Meanwhile, Deepak Shah (Prakash Raj) MD of a TRP hungry media channel decides to convert this vengeance into a money making event by taking this conflict to Global market by conducting an International Boxing Tournament. Did Deepak Shah’s ideas go as per plan? Did Bhooloham seek revenge? The movie answers these questions.

Jeyam Ravi has given a splendid performance. His hard work and fitness deserves special appreciation. His dialogue delivery, body language, short tempered attitude, humor sense looks more like of complete changeover from his previous movies.

Trisha as Gowri Sindhu plays the role of a college student and Bhooloham’s love interest. She fails to impress us with her performance. Focusing more on glamour, her character failed to create an impact on the audience, yet she still proves every now and then as the “Dream Girl” of youngsters with her ever gorgeous look.

Prakash Raj played a fantastic role as a witty, cunning and money minded MD of a TV Channel. Ponvannan as Gym Instructor did his assigned job at his best.

Nathan Jones as Steven George, an International Boxer more like a Psychopath played his role to his best. Audiences erupt into laughter and cheers when he appears in lady costume and dance for Gana music.

Director N.KalyanKrishnan has come up with a bold attempt and an unpredictable plot that keeps us engaging and in the edge of the seats till the end of the movie.

Bhooloham’s biggest minus is the Songs and Background score. Srikanth Deva’s music were loud and of poor quality.

Finally, Bhooloham is an action packed movie to watch and enjoy with your family and friends this weekend. This move is sure to bring fitness and health awareness among the youngsters.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! with Noticeable Flaws)
-By Bharath Chandrasekar

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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 #21 (Lion)

Satyadeva's - "Lion"

Positives:
1) NBK's performance
2) Dialogues
3) Sub plots

Negatives:
1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Music
3) Dim-witted villain

Story: Disoriented mentally with two different characters, the main narrative commences with Bose (NBK) struggling to find his real identity after recuperating from a major head injury which connects to his past.

Directions and Screenplay: Debutant director, Satyadeva's screenplay is surely my major concern about the movie, his distinct approach felt unique with all the subplots, but the exhilarating factor was totally missing in the first half and the second half has been just a bummer.

Performances: This movie is undeniably a one man show, NBK's over-the-top dialogues, and his outrageous performance certainly established the movie really well and his compelling screen presence was always fun to watch.

Verdict: Altogether, Lion missed out all the core ingredients of a solid family entertainer and you may have to think twice before taking this roller coaster ride.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #18 (Chirunavvula Chirujallu)

I Ahmed's - "Chirunavvula Chirujallu"

Positives:
1) Performances 
2) Cinematography
3) Production Design

Negatives: 
1) Story and Screenplay
2) Two-hour runtime

Introduction and Plot: Chirunavvula Chirujallu starring Jiiva and Trisha whirls across the layers of friendship, love, emotion and narrates an underlying story about three childhood friends who creates a pact about being single their whole life but when things start to crumble, will their opinions on life change? 

Analysis: Initiating with the positives, the movie had endless comedy with few best one-liners, the sentimental aspect was executed well and the chemistry between the leads felt appealing. But the screenplay was out-of-place especially during the second half of the movie which really felt stale and obvious.

Performances: Performances from the cast was delightful mainly from Jiiva, Vinay and Santhanam.

Verdict: In spite of all, Chirunavvula Chirujallu is not a terrible movie, it definitely had its moments and is certainly a good enjoyable watch.

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

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Yennai Arindhal - Movie Review

Verdict - "A classy Gautham Vasudev Menon flick."

After several postponing, the most anticipated film of the year Yennai Arindhal starring “Thala” Ajith Kumar in the lead, hit the screens on Thursday. It has Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka Shetty, Vivekh, and Anikha playing the supporting roles.
 
The background score for the film was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The film was edited by Anthony while Dan Macarthur handled the camera.  

Yennai Arindhal could be called as Director Gautham Menon’s cop trilogy that began with Surya starrer ‘Khakha Khakha’ and renewed with Kamal starrer ‘Vettaiyadu Vilayadu’. 

The film revolves around the life of a tough cop Satyadev (Ajith) who in an undercover mission befriends a gangster named Victor (Arun Vijay) in jail, only to kill the head of a powerful gang. The rest of the story is about how Satyadev tries to save Thenmozhi (Anushka) whom he met on a flight from getting killed and protects Isha (Anikha), daughter of Hemanika (Trisha) whom he met and fall in love during one of his investigation. 

The plot could be consi dered as a mash-up of Gautham Menon’s previous films, but the unique factor in Yennai Arindhal is the emotional tale of Satyadev and his daughter Isha and the matured love story between him and Hemanika which is very much adorable. The film lacked the main theme, and the exact reason for Victor to take revenge on Satyadev was not clearly portrayed. 

Ajith Kumar has given some electrifying performance and was the best of the recent times. Whether it a fierce action scene or an emotional scene or a romance scene, Ajith has done it with his full energy. His mere screen presence was enough for his fans to go crazy. 

Trisha, the beauty queen impresses us with her looks. The onscreen chemistry between Ajith and Trisha was luscious. The breezy romance between them with the typical Gautham Menon touch was delightful. 

Arun Vijay as the bad person amazes us with his acting skills. All his hard work for this film could be seen on the screen. Anushka had very much little to do in this film and looked aged and dull in the film. Her romance part with Ajith falls flat.

Harris Jayaraj background score was unimaginable and he is sure to give Goosebumps with his music. Dan Macarthur exquisite cinematography was top-notch. He has beautifully captured both the tense and emotional part of the movie. Editing by Anthony was fair enough.

Finally, Yennai Arindhal is a typical Gautham Menon film with “Thala” Ajith adorning it. Watch out for Ajith’s gigantic screen presence and the emotional aspect of the film.  

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

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