Bharath Ane Nenu (TELUGU)

After his father’s death, Bharat Ram (Mahesh Babu) comes down to Hyderabad from London. The onus of taking the chair of his deceased father falls upon him. Bharat, who believes in values and fulfilling the promises made, sits in the chair of Chief Minister, and brings new age governance. He also falls for Vasumathi (Kiara Advani) who works in his office. This romantic affair leads to political embarrassment for the young CM as wily Varadarajulu (Prakash Raj) conspires to unseat him. What obstacles Bharat has to face in his political journey is the rest of the story.

Dialogues are the star of this entertaining political drama. An actor like Mahesh Babu who is restrained on-screen and doesn’t believe in loud performances is the perfect pick for the role. A political drama with a young and good-looking CM at the helm, what’s not to like? But you can’t help but wonder if the director did the right thing by veering away from an intense political drama to end it off with clichéd climax. Started off brightly in an otherwise normal and predictable commercial potboiler..!! 🙂

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Black Panther (ENGLISH)

King T’Chaka (John Kani) is dead and it’s time for T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) to return to Wakanda to take over the throne. Wakanda is a strong nation but it’s also vulnerable. With umpteen amounts of vibranium that they hold, this is their biggest weapon which could very well blow up in their face as well. T’Challa has to defend his throne against the local tribes as well as the outsiders but with his sister Shuri (Letita Wright) by his side and a brand new Black Panther suit, he looks unbeatable until he meets a real competitor in the form of Erik Killmonger (Michael B Jordan). What happens next forms the rest.

The story is like any other superhero film story. The plot is quite predictable, as there simply isn’t all that much excitement to go around. The core story is so generic that almost everything you expect will happen, does indeed happen. Chadwick Boseman seems to be a convincing Black Panther for most of the film. Yet, interestingly, it’s the supporting women characters, who outshine him. This is not merely a great film but, vitally, a cool one in every way..!! 🙂

 

Kalakalappu 2 (TAMIL)

Ragu (Jai) comes to Kasi to claim his ancestral property which is now in the hands of Seenu (Jiiva), who runs it as a mansion. Ragu seeks the help of local Tahsildar Aishwarya (Nikki Galrani) to know the location of his property but she secretly helps her good friend Seenu. In the process, Ragu and Aishu start meeting often and love develops between the two. Meanwhile, Seenu also finds his love in Hema (Catherine) who happens to be his future brother-in-law (Sathish)’s lovely sister. When the real truth about the property comes out, Ragu says that Seenu is also eligible for an equal share in the property. When everything seems to be fine, Ragu and Seenu come to know about the whereabouts of Ganesh(Shiva), a petty thief who looted five lakhs each from them. What happens next forms the rest.

The movie, barring some laughs which don’t make up for the weak writing, has absolutely nothing new to offer in terms of entertainment. While the original had a variety of situational and slapstick comedy on display this one depends on actors repeatedly being beaten up and the repetitiveness is mind numbing. Can see if you are badly in need of laughs but watch it at your own risk..!! 🙂

Gulaebaghavali (TAMIL)

Badri (Prabhu Deva) is a right hand to Nambi (Mansoor Ali Khan), head of an antique idol smuggling gang. Viji (Hansika) is a small-time crook whose job is to trap rich men in pubs and snatch money from them. Masha (Revathy), is an expert car thief and we also have Munish (Ramdoss), a loyalist to a local gangster (Anandaraj). While Badri, Viji, and Munish are assigned to find a treasure hidden in a village named Gulaebaghavali, Masha joins them on their way. The rest of the film is all about the fantastic four and their roller-coaster adventurous ride.

The screenplay of the movie seems to be loosely stitched with enough leeway for trivial plot diversions. Even though the film falls short of the aspirations that it set for itself, it cannot be dismissed entirely for its conventional treatment of the genre to the very word. One time watch..!!

 

Mayaanadhi (MALAYALAM)

Huhhh..!! Again a long gap..!! I know but can’t help this..!! Hope I can be regular from now on..! Lets see.. For the time being the pending reviews will be somewhat shorter so that I can catch up with the many pending things..

Mathan (Tovino Thomas) is a guy with shady background and in the company of all the wrong friends. After a serious incident, he goes to his ex-girlfriend Aparna aka Appu (Aiswarya Lekshmi), who is now a struggling model. They were in the same college but had separated after he got involved in a financial fraud, cheating her well. But she still loved him. And he loved her too. What happens to them forms the rest. The climax is a clincher. The magic realism in the end give the movie a final polish. It is the kind of film that goes straight into your heart and provides a variety of emotions. It’s romantic, funny and moving. It’s the kind of honest and realistic movie that is not to be missed..!!

Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle (ENGLISH)

As usual saw this movie as I did not have any other choice to spend my new year night. Also I have seen the first part of this series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Having that on mind I started watching the movie.

The narrative begins in 1996 where a teenager finds the board game on the beach and he plays the game and is immediately sucked into the game. Twenty years later in the same neighborhood, four students are placed in detention together for disrespecting their respective teachers during class. They stumble upon a five-player Jumanji action-adventure console game. Soon, they find themselves teleport into the jungle as avatars they chose as characters from the video game. The mission tasked to the four players by Nigel, the non-player character, is to find the jeweled eye of the Jaguar, which is now stolen by the big game hunter Van Pelt and restore it to the giant statue’s eye socket. Were they able to do that. Lets see..

The movie does deliver few exciting scenes but at the end of it, it becomes clear that nothing significant or memorable has happened. What works nicely is the good banter of the lead actors and the funny one liners which are adequately stuffed in the narrative. It is amusing to watch the ace actors with dynamic characteristics pretend to be ordinary kids. Their performances are obviously charming and spectacular. Can watch once for this sheer entertainment..!! 🙂

Velaikkaran (TAMIL)

Starring: Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara, Fahadh Faasil, Sneha, Prakashraj and many more
Editing : Ruben, Vivek Harshan
Music: Anirudh
Cinematography: Ramji
Directed by: Mohan Raja

Arivu (Sivakarthikeyan) is an intelligent youngster hailing from a slum in Chennai, he starts a local FM channel with the help of the area gangster Kasi (Prakash Raj) only to unmask his real face as he misuses the area’s youngsters. But in the process, Arivu understands that he has a family to take care of and decides to start searching for a job. Luckily his first attempt turns successful and he joins a leading food factory where he meets the shrewd marketing wizard Adhi (Fahadh Faasil). Arivu understands that workers in corporate companies also get cheated by the owners to earn huge profits. Just like how Arivu tried to start a revolution in his slum, he puts in effort to bring a new change in the food industry. What happens next forms the rest.

Siva presses the pause button on his usual comedy gimmicks and delivers an intense performance with lots and lots of dialogues as a socially responsible young man. The first half of is fresh with a lot of interesting twists and the manner in which director Mohan Raja throws new information in each and every scene is laudable. Ramji’s cinematography is top class which provides a rich feel to the film. Art director Muthuraj’s hard work evident with realistic slum sets. On the downside, the second half of the film turns tedious with the endless cat and mouse game between Siva and Fahadh. The romance between the lead pair is not convincing and there is no chemistry between them.

There is no denying the fact that movie has its logical loopholes and for its generalized view of corporate and sales people. The story and dialogues look tad too harsh and flimsy in trying to frame bosses and the companies. But with an engaging and responsible story line at its helm, these factors including the faint love portions do not harm the film’s baseline. Raja has done it yet again..!! 🙂