Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (TAMIL)

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Starring: Dulqar Salman, Nazriya, Madhoo, Pandiarajan and many more
Editing : Abhinav Sundar
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography : Soundararajan
Written and Directed by: Balaji Mohan

Interesting Title..!! The teasers also showed and proved it. How its possible is what all would think. But what does this short film turned feature film director offer in his second film was the most interesting thing to watch out from this film and that too his debut was runaway hit both in short and feature film. So whats there in this talk oriented film.? Lets see..

The film is set in Panimalai, a fictional mountain town, where the hero Arvind (Dulqar Salman) is a salesperson who is kind at heart as he cannot stop himself from solving things that are broken. Anjana (Nazriya), doesn’t talk much and obliges to her boyfriend’s dictates. Meanwhile, interesting things are happening in the town like a mysterious illness is spreading in the town which results in people losing their voice. The government declares this as Dumb Flu, and implements a curfew forcing all individuals of the hill station from speaking. What happens next forms the interesting part of the film.

The director has created different kind of roles and brings in a lot of fun moments through them. One thing that should be appreciated is that fact that there are not commercial distractions in the storyline and the humour quotient is high. The screenplay is refreshing and human emotions have been perfectly presented. There are satire on present-day politcally motivated scenarios like banning movies. The second half entirely relies on BGM and the news reporter’s relay which is a very high risk taken and which has succeeded.

Dulqar makes a ravishing debut in Tamil. His Tamil diction and dialogue delivery is perfect. And another person who makes impact in her silent role is Nazriya. Madhoo makes a comeback but her role just crosses as it is. The director Balaji Mohan himself as appeared as a newscaster which does draw some laughs, but it is Robo Shankar and John Vijay’s (who essays the character of Nuclear Star Boomesh) antics that draw the maximum laughs. Many other characters like Pandiarajan, Arjun, RJ Balaji, Kali, Vinuchakravarthy added more flavor to this interesting story. Character selection is apt in this film.

Debutant Sean Roldan should be much happier for getting such a film as his debut where he has entire second half to prove his BGM skills and he scores to the T in that. His variations in songs are also good. Soundararajan has captured Munnar’s beauty in every frame of the film. Though film is nice, characters use motion language in the second half that may not be liked by all section of audiences and thus it may appear to be draggy. Balaji’s film is refreshing and a totally new concept coupled with his unique narrative style and a screenplay loaded with satire and comedy, makes Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable film. Definitely a must watch, if light hearted films is your genre..!! 🙂

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2 States (HINDI)

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Starring: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amrita Singh, Revathi and many more
Editing : Namrata Rao
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography : Binod Pradhan
Written by : Chetan Bhagat
Directed by: Abhishek Varman

The film is entirely based on a popular novel and the writer also involved in its making keeps us glued on the film, that too after his previous films which were made into feature films were runaway hit (3 Idiots, Kai Po Che). Even the lead pair selection was also interesting. So what does this surprise package offer us.? Lets see.

Krish Malhotra (Arjun) and Ananya Swaminathan (Alia) meet on the IIM A campus and slowly develop their love in the form of joint study and some sharing of food. Ananya’s parents are conservative, strait-laced and simple. Krish is saddled with a loving but melodramatic mother who insists on calling Ananya’s family ‘Madrasis’ and an alcoholic father with serious anger-management issues. How each other resolve this and finally get married forms the rest.

The movie has some superb performances and hillarious punch lines and surely has a lot of freshness in the seemingly not so fresh story. The film does have some moments of inspiration, like when the hero, armed with four rings, proposes collectively to the girl’s family over lunch. But these are too few and far between to add up to much in the final analysis.

Arjun was superb with his effortless performance while Alia’s expressions are enough to make your eyes stuck to the screen. The on-screen chemistry between Alia and Arjun surely did wonders for the film. Amrita Singh plays the typical Punjabi mother perfectly and the clash of cultures makes for a highly amusing watch. Revathy is indeed a nice choice for the Tamilian mother character. Ronit Roy makes you remember Anil Kapoor towards the end.

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s songs plays the perfect supporting role to the film and they are quiet enjoyable. Camera work picks the best of North and South of our country. The movie directed by Abhishek Varman has few poetic touches to the screenplay as the story is already very familiar for many. The mission to make both the families to accept each other and the father son episodes make the film to feel good. If you are in a mood for a Bollywood family comedy drama with measured senti elements and the right amount of music, please go for it… 🙂

Thenaliraman (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vadivelu, Meenakshi Dixit, Radharavi and many more
Editing : Raja Mohammad
Music : D Imman
Cinematography : Ramnath Shetty
Written and Directed by: Yuvaraj Dhayalan

Note: This is my 50th post..!!

A comedian who is off for nearly 3 years comes back not to perform his usual comedy efforts but hits back as a hero in this king sized film. So the expectations were sky high and the pre release talks were also reflected the same. But does the sky high expectations does have the worth? Lets check it..

Vadivelu plays the dual roles of a king , Mamannar, and his minister Thenaliraman. The kingdom’s future is in trouble with the council of ministers planning a conspiracy against the king. Eight of his ministers want to have a deal with Chinese traders. So, this becomes the root cause of all issues. A sincere minister gets killed and the jester enters the court of the king as his replacement. The ordinary man Thenaliraman, who is sent to kill the king, understands the situation, which is creating chaos in the kingdom. How do the Vadivelus’ tackle the situation, forms the rest.

Both the characters of Vadivelu are different from each other. The screenplay loses the grip in the second half. The wrong placement of the songs is the biggest letdown. Vadivelu does a one-man show in the film. His body language and sense of humour are treat to watch. Meenakshi Dixit doesn’t have much to do in the film. Rest other characters fits the bill and have done justice to their roles. Radharavi sounds good and acts good. Imman tries to recreate the sounds of the older decade but has tried to make up and does his best.

Ramnath Shetty’s cinematography is perfect. However, CG and art departments stand out from all other technical departments, as it gives the feel of period films. The film does not have mass slapstick comedy that one associates with a Vadivelu film. It becomes preachy beyond a point and second half drags. Vadivelu seems to have gone for a safer option and so comes with a film that feels like a less funny and bloated version of his own Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi. Yuvaraj, halfway down, makes to feel us in a dilemma whether the film is a comedy oriented or message oriented which provides the laughs far and few. The film can be a family entertainer majorly for the kids as they would have missed their comedy hero for more years. For rest its just a time pass..!! 🙂

Captain America : The Winter Soldier (ENGLISH)

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Captain America, the Black Widow and Sam Wilson join forces to uncover a conspiracy within S.H.I.E.L.D., while facing a mysterious assassin known as the Winter Soldier. With no one to trust, hunted by the very organization he fights for, the world’s first superhero clashes with the uncertain and deadly world of the modern day in this film. So, America needs its wholesome superhero and Steve Rogers aka Captain America comes to the rescue. And he does so with style.

A great story requires great characters to get viewers invested in the film. If characters are not well-portrayed by competent actors, the struggle for good characters becomes even greater. In a cinematic world where CG is the norm, this film makes a greater use of practical effects, thrilling gunplay, and brutal hand-to-hand combat sequences.

Robert Redford plays the smooth bad guy Alexander Pierce with panache. While Romanoff adds some playful sex appeal, Captain America is a lot more aggressive in this outing as he takes on the Winter Soldier (Stan) and increasingly uses his shield as an offensive weapon. Rogers might not have Batman’s toys, Tony Stark’s wisecracks or Superman’s strength, but he is the most ‘human’. This ranks among the finest in the superhero genre.

The film is one of the most spectacular films in the recent times, with blistering action to satisfy audiences, and a deep and provoking storyline to keep them invested. A web of moral complexity often unseen in comic adaptations, the film presents a thought-provoking tale that challenges all its viewers.

Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavanigalum (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arulnidhi, Bindhu Madhavi, Baghavathiperumal, Ashritha, Nasser and many more
Editing : Raja Mohhamad
Music : Natarajan Sankaran
Cinematography : SR Kathir
Written and Directed by: Chimbudevan

Chimbudevan is known for his taste on fantasy subjects and he returns for his next with always a different story and joins hands with Arulnidhi who quiet gives away different flicks in this quirky titled film. Does this film also has fantasy and that too in a Chimbu style..? Lets see..

Lord Shiva shows three different episodes in a person’s life, just by change of time and how the delay changes the whole situation. He illustrates his point through a kidnapping incident. Tamizh (Arulnidhi) is asked to kidnap his lover Isabella (Ashritha) by her father’s arch-rival in business as she is about to get married in a church. Tamizh is assisted by two other friends Malar (Bindhu Madhavi) and Isakki (Baghavathi). The crux of the story is that three different timing will have three different endings. The timing will have the three principal characters encountering different situations showing how the ways of people they meet change the story.

But what makes the movie stand out is it’s screenplay and well conceived direction. With the story in place, a lot of minor incidents are put together to make a completely appealing movie. And all these incidents have been shot with utmost care, keeping in mind all the fine details.The film belongs to Arulnidhi . He is cool and does his role with a lot of ease and has perfect timing and his body language is apt. It is a difficult role as the situation changes for the hero in three different episodes and Arulnithi makes it convincing. Baghavathiperumal @ Baks gives a good time in three different situations each time makes his effort proved. Bindhu Madhavi gives her support too. Many co characters are part of the film and all have proved their efficiency in their respective roles.

Music is apt and the songs are also comes in montages. Kadhir should have carried really the camera on his shoulders as the more than half of film keeps on running. Editing could have been better. If comedy and out-of-the-box could be mixed in the same film, then probably no one can do it with the finesse of Chimbudevan’s. OKMK is practical, which doesn’t end with being just an on-screen show, but is one that you can relate to. Time pass..!! 🙂

Naan Sigappu Manidhan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vishal, Lakshmi Menon, Saranya, Iniya, Jagan and many more
Editing : Anthony L Ruben
Music : GV.Prakash
Cinematography : Richard M Nathan
Written and Directed by: Thiru

NARCOLEPSY..!! This one word was unknown to many before the film’s teaser came. Then it reached many and we came to know that the film’s story has this medical disorder as the theme. Once you heard about the disorder immediately all were curious to know how a film is possible to be taken based on this as a theme. This cannot be ignored as another film which is based on usual disorders, so lets review what is basically dealt with.

Indran (Vishal) suffers from narcolepsy, a rare sleeping disorder, which makes him fall asleep when he experiences any form of extreme emotion or happiness. He has 10 wishes which he wants to fulfill in his life. He is supported by his mother (Saranya) and his friends (Jagan & Sundar Ramu). Indran come across Meera (Lakshmi Menon) in his life and what happens in his life next forms the rest of the interesting plot. I dont want to reveal much about the plot so I think this is enough.

As the pre release promos informed, Water, seriously plays an important role in the film and I dont find anything wrong with the particular scenes which fetched this film an UA. The co producer and the hero of the movie Vishal gives his fullest effort for the film which has worked excellent. He has carried this film on his shoulders. Lakshmi Menon has come out with flying colours. She has performed well. The lead pair’s chemistry gives an added advantage for the film. Jagan’s comedy lights up the smile which enhances the first half. Saranya is at her usual best. Iniya and Sundar’s part are the one’s to watch out.

GV Prakash’s music and BGM is another highlight of the film. Richard M Nathan’s camera especially the night effect and the top angle shots add to the mood of the film. Ruben’s fast cut editing enhances the film. There is no major drawback in the film but the screenplay in the second half is not engaging when compared with the first and it could be the only big drawback in the flick. Thiru who is known for his twists through the screenplay and who plays well with the story proves that this film is also no different with the second half taking quite a lot of topsy-turvy rides. Finally, NSM is edge-of-the-seat entertainer. This will be a perfect Summer commercial film for all classes. Watch it..!! 🙂

Maan Karate (TAMIL)

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Starring: Sivakarthikeyan, Hansika, Sathish, Vamsi, Soori and many more
Editing: Srikar Prasad
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography : Sukumar
Story : AR.Murugadoss
Directed by: Thirukumaran

Sivakarthikeyan’s cult status is very high and true to that this film also has received tremendous response from the public. Even the story for this film is written by a big director and thus the film gets bigger day by day. So what this film is offering to us..?

Peter (Sivakarthikeyan) is a jobless man and he falls in love with Yazhini (Hansika). Interestingly, his friends know that he will win. How? His bunch of friends had met a Sadhu in a forest. Sandy (Sathish) had received a boon from the saint of seeing things and actions beyond the range of natural vision. What happens next is the story. The story might seem interesting but hows the screen play.? Its a big let down.

While the film’s first half is enjoyable with pleasant moments, and keeps us glued to the screen. The second half comes across as a predictable plot and is stretched a bit to far with many melodramatic things. The slow pace of the film adds to the misery and could have cut short and kept the momentum going. Sivakarthikeyan has done a regular role. It was not a challenging role and his performance is same as his previous films with few mimics in it. But he has improved very much of his dancing skills. Hansika does the role of how the typical heroine does. The supporting cast are just passable.

The chemistry between the to lead actors is believable and comes across as natural, giving the film a much needed plus point. Anirudh, however, has proved once again that he understands the pulse of the youngsters. In fact, the BGM and sound tracks in the film, make the film appear more exciting than it actually is. Cinematography by Sukumar gets full marks. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is upto the mark.

Even though the story seems to be interesting it gets let down by a poor screenplay but the director has tried to fill up with the basic methods of comedy for which the hero is famous for and also with interesting music which may work for the summer. But overall its not upto the mark. Time pass..!! 🙂