Sadhuranga Vettai (TAMIL)


Starring: Natraj, Ishara, Ponvannan, Ilavarasu and many more
Editing : Raja Sedhupathi
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography: KG Venkatesh
Directed by: H Vinoth

Trailers said that its a con movie. No good star cast except the music and gripping teasers rest all were question mark about the film. One of the major prod house acquiring the film then made a sense that this is one more special film which might take off after given a pretty good publicity. So lets see how this game of chess is played.

The movie starts with the scene from a wild life channel to show how a cheetah catches its prey which is a symbolic scene to give a glimpse of what to expect from this flick. The film is of 6 episodes based on the life of Gandhi Babu (Natraj), a conman who can easily attract people who are willing to make money. His techniques used are Eemu scam, Multi level Marketing (MLM) companies scam, temple scam and so on. When he decides to change and lead a good life his past cheating hurts him so he decides to do it for one last time when his friends also cheats him. What happens next forms the film.

The director has intelligently penned the screenplay and his choice of actors shows that he has clarity in his vision. To make the movie more interesting, the dialogues have been penned to have a longing impact and this gets thumbs up from audience instantly. The characters too are interesting and painted in different shades โ€” a gangster who speaks in chaste and only in Tamil, a cop who understands this criminal’s ideology and so on. The usage of animation in the protagonist’s flashback is not a new one and looks cliche.

Natraj is totally convincing as a clever and intelligent speaker. He is equally comfortable in suits and the traditional dhoti and lungi, fooling everyone from villagers to the well educated. His body language and his modulation make us believe that this is a man who can get away from the toughest situation with his wits. Sean Roldan’s music is brilliant. Sean Roldan’s songs gets proper place in the narrative order. His choice of instruments in key scenes is one of the highlights of the movie. Venkatesh’s cinematography records the atmosphere well.

Debutant Vinoth has done a fantastic job by analyzing the root cause of all the scams and webbed an interesting screenplay. The movie definitely holds its share of cliches and questionable events, which wont click you till you come out of the film. With terrific screenplay, racy narration and out-of-the-box presentation, it is a surprisingly fresh film that works big time. Do not miss this con..!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Velaiyilla Pattadhari (TAMIL)



Starring: Dhanush, Amala Paul, Samuthirakani, Vivek, Saranya and many more
Editing : Rajesh Kumar
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography and Directed by: Velraj

Milestone is always special whoever it is or whatever sorts its for. If its for an actor then it will trigger the interest rate among the movie buffs that too for an actor who has proved as an actor across the country. D25 as its called shortly, Dhanush comes big this time with the company of unemployed graduate(s) along with him. The teaser was slick, songs were nice and the trailer rocked the public and media. Thus the expectations went sky high. Lets see what does this graduate offers us to read.

Raghuvaran (Dhanush) is a civil engineering graduate, who is constantly insulted by his father (Samuthirakani) as he is being unemployed and not interested to take up an IT job for name sake. Comparisons are drawn in the house with his younger sibling, who is into IT and earns well. It is his mother (Saranya), who consoles him and try to boost his confidence. Then comes a twist which makes him to get a job of his own interest and what happens from then after forms a good part of the film. Sorry that I forgot to mention Shalini (Amala Paul) who is neighbour of hero who does her job of loving the hero well.

First half moves well as the director sets up the milieu. It is engaging with some powerful one-liners backed with comedy and romantic scenes. The second half is high on emotions. But at the same time even though the film is short the story gets predictable in the second half. Dhanush is definitely the reason for you to watch the film. With the looks of boy next door and a suitable body language that can both show as actor and star, he takes the film till end on his shoulders with few imitations which resembles his father-in-law. Despite shades of his earlier films, this film is one more addition to his commercial entertainers.

Amala’s simplicity is what we can notice in the film which is otherwise nothing but a normal heroine role. Samuthirakani and Saranya emotes so elegantly and the bonding in the way they share things to each other makes us to feel for them. Vivek comes only in second half but he adds pep to the story. Coming to music, man whats there to say in that. All the songs are already chartbusters so no worries in that and Anirudh scores a ton in the BGM part. He gels well when it comes to Dhanush film. Some songs could have been trimmed as they were loosely hanging in the film.

Cinematographer turned director Velraj’s debut has a short but powerful line as its story which is well backed by well etched dialogs. Its a film for entertainment seekers of all ages, and a masala wrapped film which aptly explains the mood and feel of the unemployed towards the society. A simple film which scores more in entertainment section. Thumbs up with a little shake..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Arima Nambi (TAMIL)


Starring: Vikram Prabhu, Priya Anand, JD Chakravarthy, MS Bhaskar and many more
Editing : Bhuvan Srinivasan
Music : ‘Drums’ Sivamani
Cinematography: RD Rajasekar
Directed by: Anand Shankar

An assistant of Murugadoss debuts in the film which has Vikram Prabhu and Priya Anand as the leads and he directs the film for Kalaipuli Dhanu one of the famous producer of the industry. He debuts with a fresh and almost very talented crew. Much was said about the film as the genre is of edge of the seat thriller. I was pretty much not sure how much the film will be entertaining as nothing much was revealed about the crux of the film. Whether it has passed the muster or not, lets see.

Arjun (Vikram Prabhu) and Anamika (Priya Anand) become acquainted at a high end pub and the sparks fly instantly. They are deeply attracted to each other, but are at the getting-to-know-each-other phase when she is mysteriously abducted. Though he attempts to save her, he fails. Though thoroughly confused and helpless initially, Arjun finds help in Arumugam (MS Bhaskar), an honest police constable who believes in him. The story revolves around the strange events surrounding the abduction of Anamika and how does Arjun finds out the background of the abduction forms the rest.

The film opens with the scene where the hero and his friends rates the girls who comes to the pub. Next, the hero sings a song for the heroine whom he just met a few mins back. Next day they both go for dinner date where they get drunk and to continue the drink, they both go to the heroines flat. Many films take minimum 30 mins to show that lead pairs are getting into love but here its just showed in 2 scenes. Definitely not a cliche’d one which makes us feel that the director has something different (seriously..!!) to offer.

Vikram Prabhu should be given a pat for choosing a script that is apt for his stature. He plays to near perfection and never overreacts. He is full of energy in action blocks especially the long chase sequence atop tall buildings is laudable. Priya Anand as the modern girl looks cute and fits the bill to the T. MS Bhaskar in a cameo is noticeable and a nice casting for his character. JD Chakravarthy proves his mettle once again with a calm and neat performance. Drummer Sivamaniโ€™s debut music attempt gets a thumbs up for the background score as it enhances the narrative, but songs are not the same to be said. Several scenes shot at night are a credit to RD Rajashekhar. He keeps us engaged with his excellent camera work almost in all the chases.

Modern gadgets and their use in investigation is highlighted along with our extremely vulnerable situation due to social networking sites that make our private life a wide open book, accessible to all. This shows how much versed Anand’s thoughts should be which is proved by his way of film making. Even though the story might not be a new one but the style and treatment is definitely on par with our Hollywood counterparts. There is enough cleverness in the writing and assuredness in the execution, especially for a debut film. The film is highly engaging, action packed thriller backed by the writing and camera works. Worth a watch..!! ๐Ÿ™‚