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Mersal / Adirindi - Movie Review

Verdict - “Skilfully Made Commercial Entertainer”

Problems and Vijay movies would make the best love story. Yet again his movie faced numerous allegations from various people, only to be proved wrong and Mersal released amid much fanfare coinciding Diwali festival. Did it satisfy the mammoth expectations? 

Mersal follows the Lemuria continent old story of two brothers avenging the brutal murder of their parents. Atlee’s search for a fresh script without any adaptation continues with Mersal too. Yet what makes Atlee’s movie entertaining is his way of presenting it to the audience.

Atlee managed to throw some spotlight on the dark side of Medical Business and harsh reality about the private hospitals. The scenes and dialogues about the present condition of the state (TN) and the country are highly commendable. Though is the story is nothing new, he has extensively worked on the screenplay with Vijayendra Prasad and executed it well with the top-notch technical team. 

Vijay plays triple roles in this movie and to be honest, this was one of his best performances in his career. His screen presence, charisma, extra-ordinary dialogue delivery proves that he is an amazing entertainer. 

The three sidekicks for three Vijay characters - Nithya Menen, Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Akkineni didn’t have almost anything to do with the movie. Except for Nithya Menen who had some scope in the second half of the movie and also had more screen time than the other two heroines. 

S.J. Surya yet again succeeds in his portrayal as the antagonist. It’s surprising to see him accomplish his task with so much ease and he looks like a born artist specially made for Villain roles.

Cinematography by debutant G.K. Vishnu deserves appreciation. The movie was visually rich; especially the song “Aalaporan Tamizhan” was absolutely a delight to watch on the big screen. 

The movie has a runtime of over 2 hours and 40 minutes, yet it looked crisp and racy with Ruben’s cut. Even though the first half was a bit lagging, it wasn’t a problem. 

‘The Mozart of Madras’ has brilliantly composed the movies background score with no boisterous music which usually adorns a commercial movie. It didn’t even have a specific theme song and the BGM mingles flawlessly with the movie scenes, giving it the right momentum needed. 

Though being an inspired and off-the-record adapted movie, Atlee managed to pull off a worthy commercial entertainer with a social message. Despite the fact that it has certain logic issues, Mersal is surely a praiseworthy movie for the festive weekend.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Entertaining With Noticeable Flaws!)
-By Nirmalraj aka AK  (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Kaththi – Movie Review

Verdict: "Sensitive subject dealt with utmost brilliance, A.R.Murugadoss strikes again".

Kaththi the latest outing of Vijay and A.R.Murugadoss after Thupakki released today with sky-high expectations. It has “Ilaiyathalabathy” Vijay playing dual role as Kathiresan and Jeevanandham, supported by Samantha, Satish and Neil Nithin Mukesh.

Kathiresan (Vijay) is an escaped convict from jail who wants to make some fast cash and leave to Bangkok. Jeevanandham is a social activist who is fighting against a MNC trying to capture his village for its groundwater. In a blink of eye, Kathiresan finds himself in the shoes of Jeevanandham fighting against the evil corporate biggie Neil Nithin Mukesh and Jeevanandham lands in Jail.

A.R.Murugadoss deals with the most unrecognised problems in the society like farming lands being taken by Multinational companies, farmer’s suicide and media’s working only for TRP Ratings. It’s indeed a bold attempt by A.R.Murugadoss to take up a sensitive subject.

But he deals it with ease. A.R.Murugadoss has scripted the movie very well and the screenplay is engrossing despite few sluggish scenes in the first half. Dialogues were too sharp and mind blowing in many scenes, especially the one line definition of Communism is not to be missed.

Vijay had given some never before seen performance in Kaththi. There was no usual mass introduction scene and introduction song with philosophy in Kaththi. Samantha didn’t have much screen time expect for appearing in songs and supporting Vijay with his cause.

Neil Nithin Mukesh, the handsome villain, did a great job as a corporate biggie. Satish was as usual good with his one-liners. All the old people in the movie have been carefully handpicked to make their part look sentimental.

Anirudh’s steals the show with his magnificent Background score. Already the songs had become a huge hit but the misplacement of it in the movie makes it unenjoyable.

George C. William’s cinematography mixes with the story and with help of other technicians make in synchronization with colours. “Lalgudi” Ilaaiyaraaja’s art direction is brilliant, especially in ‘Aathi” song.

Finally, Kaththi has all the ingredients to make it a perfect commercial entertainer with a strong social message. Vijay, A.R.Murugadoss and the whole Kaththi team deserves applause for bringing in the much needed social awareness.

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

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Jilla - Movie Review

Verdict: “A Commercial Entertainer!

“Jilla” directed by Neason, is another most anticipated movie of 2014 which brings together Superstar’s of Mollywood and Kollywood. Starring “The Complete Actor” Lt. Col. Mohanlal and “Ilaiyathalabathy” Vijay in lead, the movie released coinciding to the Pongal festival and competes with “Thala” Ajith’s “Veeram”. 

It also has Kajal Agarwal, Nivetha Thomas, Mahat, Soori, and Sampath playing some pivotal roles. Films songs and background score was composed by D. Imman while Ganesh Rajavelu and Don Max took care of cinematography and editing respectively. 

Sivan (Mohanlal) is a Don-like figure in Madurai who brings up Shakthi (Vijay), son of his driver who was killed by a cop while trying to save him. Sivan brings up him like his own son and has utmost affection and care towards him. Shakthi grows with hatred towards police and Khakhi dress. But later he is forced to join the police due to Sivan’s compulsion and to save his crime association. 

But Shakthi turns against his father like figure due to some events and tries to stop his illegal activities and strives to make him a good person. Did he succeed in it? It forms the crux of the plot with some twists and turns.

The plot is just an ordinary one which may trigger thoughts of various other Tamil movies. Director Neason should have done enough homework to make the script racier and keep the audience engaging in a three-hour lengthy saga. 

The main let down of the film is its mighty length. It drags a lot in both the first half and second half, testing our patience till the end. Trimming the movie by at least half an hour would have been better to make it more racy and engaging. 

Mohanlal and Vijay are the backbone of the movie. The screen presence, charisma, mannerism of Mohanlal will leave us mesmerised. Vijay also gave some equal performances. Whether it is a comedy scene or action scene he gave some admirable performances. The mass duo Sivan-Shakthi worked out well and was really a treat to watch both the Superstar’s together on screen.

Kajal and others had nothing much to do onscreen. Soori’s comedy scenes were enjoyably. Others did her given job satisfactorily. 

D. Imman’s song was another saving factor of the film. Nothing to say about the songs, you all know them as it topped the charts already. “Kandaangi Kandaangi” crooned by Vijay himself was a delight to watch in the big screen. Background score was exceptionally good. Especially the Chenda Melam music was extraordinary and the theme during Mohanlal’s appearance was just awesome.

Editing, as already said Don Max should have worked with Director to trim the movie excessively. Cinematography was pretty good. 

Finally, Jilla has right mixtures need for a mass commercial entertainer, though its mighty length works against it, it may surely impress Mohanlal and Vijay’s hardcore devotees. 

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

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