Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (TAMIL)

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Note: This is my 100th post..!! 🙂

Starring: Nakul, Dinesh, Bindu Madhavi, Aishwarya Dutta, Sathish, Urvasi and many more
Editing : Sabu Joseph
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Deepak Kumar
Directed by: Ramprakash Rayappa

Films, these days, find very difficult to release in a very competitive world of entertainment. But thanks to few production houses, who back some good films, they find a release. One such film which attracted through its trailer finally came out thanks to the backing up. Intriguing trailer which shows right from glipmse of a stone to some blast, car, and even telephone signal pillars. Whats the link for all these? They ask us to press ONE to know that.

The film has about three stories intertwined together. Simi (Bindu Madhavi) who gets stuck in a pit just below the 83 tonne Vaasthu rock waiting for Mukhil (Dinesh) for help. Cut. Raja (Sathish) is a taxi driver whose taxi is used by terrorists to destroy the city on Independence day by planting a bomb which will explode when the terrorist makes a phone call. Cut. And then there is a brainy tech savvy college drop out Vasanth (Nakul) whose job is to make projects for the college students. Also there is a solar based natural calamity occurs leading to a major network jam which snuffs out the much needed signal from each and every mobile phones in the city. Bindu Madhavi is helplessly stranded with a lifeless phone, the terrorists are trying to explode the bomb by making that all important phone call and Nakul tries hard to restore the signal to all mobile phones in the city. How these three stories are brought together in the end forms the rest.

Even though the film has a story well suited for thriller sorts, the entire pacing of the film does not look so thrilling as it has many comedy present in it in the form of dialogs majorly from the call taxi driver. And the romance part of Vasanth and the college girl looks artificial. Nakul scores well by being so casual in his role and his performance. The special mention goes to Urvasi who plays his mother. The way she describes the technicalities to the engineering students deserves a special mention. Dinesh as usual scores with the witty dialogs but seems to have the ‘Cuckoo‘ hangover. Sathish steals the show for most part of the film and Bindu emotes well through her eyes.

Editing is perfect as the film involves three stories in it. Deepak Kumar has given variations according to the situations even in the shadow of the Vaasthu stone. Thaman’s BGM elevates the film and the songs are minimal which is very good in thriller sorts of films. Ramprakash gives a different version of another race against time kind of film that too as his debut. The film could have been well made if the tempo is maintained according to the story but adding few comic scenes for the commercial version made it a less favour to type the ONE which the want us to. Techno Savvy thriller dialled within a commercial placed telephone..!! 🙂

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Anegan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Dhanush, Amyra, Karthik, Jagan, Ashish Vidyarthi and many more
Editing : Antony
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Written by: KV Anand, Suba    Cinematography: Om Prakash
Directed by: KV Anand

Back to back releases makes Dhanush a notable actor in this month. He comes with a film directed by KV Anand whose last film was a debacle one. He has taken his time and woven a script where he joins with Dhanush for the first time. The nation wide actor and cinematographer turned director together joins with the yesteryear heartthrob along with a debut heroine. What does this team offers..? Thats Anegan..

A complicated story line to describe in words. The film starts in Burma in 60’s, with Samudra (Amyra) falling in love with Murugappan @ Muna Roona (Dhanush). Circumstances tear them apart, but decades later Madhumitha (Amyra) who works for a gaming company, comes across the glimpses of the Burma part in her inner mind. She meets people who are rebirths of the ones she was with in Burma. Eventually, Madhu meets Ashwin (Dhanush), who looks like Murugappan. Again she comes into another episode of Kaali and Kalyani of 80’s (again Dhanush and Amyra) and what happens to her and her past and what happens to the love forms the interesting and tricky link of the film.

KV Anand is one person who always takes the help of the veteran writers Suba in all of his films which is very positive in current period of films where the script gets very much notice. A story with reincarnation and revenge reaches the level of crime oriented novel for which the writers were authors for many. The high point of the film is the strong casting and the support cast. Even though the script and screenplay is interesting the cliche part of commercial cinema is forced back into the climax where it obviously ends all good for the lead pair.

This story highly suits Dhanush and he aptly fits into the multiple role of the film sans those wigs ( 😉 ). Be it a yesteryear labor or the local goon or the current Techie he molds him very well like the clay. Once again the heroine scores very well in her debut. Amyra’s eyes emotes well and her funny mannerisms is interesting to watch. She just acts casually and comes out winning. Karthik still has the same enthusiasm and energy which he had two decades back. He is the surprise package of the film and he comes to the full in the second half of the film. Jagan, Ashish Vidyarthi, Aishwarya all does neat performance in the film’s journey. Antony’s editing is perfect and never loses the momentum from the thrill. Om Prakash varies the color code across all the story of the films and captures the bright colors in the songs. Harris’s songs are a big let down except the Danga Maari. BGM mingles well with the course of the movie.

KV’s films has some sorts of story but here the story is very much clear and crisp and thus are the dialogs by the Suba. That’s the reason he joins hands with them in all of his film right from his debut. The interesting screenplay without even a single dull moment (except it has more songs in the first half) is the plus of the film and thats where the film comes to the front. Even though the theme of reincarnation is seen in many movies this one can also be enjoyed as it has all the needed elements of a commercial fare with more amounts of thrill and suspense. KV Anand takes love this time and mixes thrill with it to give a family entertainer. Guarantee granted..!! 🙂

Shamitabh (TAMIL)

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Starring: Amitabh Bachan, Dhanush, Akshara Hasan and many more
Editing : Hemanti Sarkar
Music : Ilayaraja
Cinematography: PC Sriram
Directed by: Balki

Hindi movies and the industry is the one where you can do any type of experiment as the budget dont have any say over there. Take multi starrer for example where all the leading actors may join together to give a film. Such is the acceptance over there. So this might have kindled over there which could have triggered the idea of casting the leading senior actor of the Indian Cinema and the slowly growing into a great actor across the South India and just have expanded his wings in the North. Thus Balki thought of giving a mixture of both of them and just their raw acting resulting into this film. Whats the mixture all about..?

Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachan) is an all time alcoholic who stays in a graveyard while Danish (Dhanush) is a mute person who comes from a small town to Mumbai with the dreams of becoming a superstar. The two characters are in complete contrast with each other, what Danish lacks in voice, he makes up for it with his talent and energy in acting while Amitabh has nothing but his heavy and rich baritone voice. Debutante Akshara Haasan plays the role of a assistant director who makes use of a technology and combines the talents of Amitabh and Danish to make a perfect recipe for stardom. The duo give themselves the name of Shamitabh and it’s their mixture of whisky and water that keeps the audience hooked to the film. What happens when ego comes in between and spoils this mixture forms the rest.

Balki likes to experiment Amitabh a lot in his films that too with the use of all South stalwarts to his company. He takes the service of Dhanush this time and has made an interesting film altogether. But making him to drink all the time at this age could have been avoided and the long so second half, which includes the bad ending too, could have been thought in other way and made interesting like how the first half was. But hats off to him for showing the bond with a jealousy and the game of cat and rat with two best actors.

There are no words to describe Amitabh Bachan’s performance because once you see the movie, you will realize how there could not have been better person to pull off the role. Big B keeps his best for Balki and this time his deep baritone voice does wonders. Mr Bachan is the voice and soul of Shamitabh. His flawless dialogue delivery and super voice modulation is worth every penny. Dhanush on the other hand shows the transformation from the role of a mute village youngster to that of an overnight star with ease. To match with the powers of living legend like Amitabh needs tremendous confidence and Dhanush in his second film gives it equal to the icon. As mentioned in the film, If Amitabh Bachchan is the soul of Shamitabh then Dhanush is the body. He is simply a delight to watch. Akshara too has pulled of the role of an assistant director well, her father’s acting genes are definitely inherited by her, and we just have to see how well she makes use of them.

Ilayaraja has given the background music to suit the mood of the film which stays along with many of the scenes thus increasing the level of watching. PC shows everything right from the graveyard to that of the abroad neat and clean. Balki has once again taken a movie which is totally out of the box and the unusual plot which shows how the power of acting can make into a good film which might go well with only a few who see a movie as a movie and nothing else of it and to the performances of the lead stars. Can watch for the awesome twosome..!! 🙂

Yennai Arindhaal (TAMIL)

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Starring: Ajith, Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka, Vivek and many more
Editing : Anthony
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Dan McArthur
Directed by: Gautam Vasudev Menon

The directors movies are class on its own. He already took two cop films which was a trendsetter in those times. He joins with a actor who dies to give more and more good films and they come together for the first time after a lot of unsuccessful tries earlier. When they both join and give a cop story then imagine how high the magnitude it will be. Lets see how thats been reflected in the movie.

The film is one of the passage which a person crosses in his life. The story revolves around Sathyadev (Ajith) from his age of 13. Thenmozhi (Anushka) meets Ajith and when she starts liking him she comes to know that Victor (Arun Vijay) is behind the motive of killing her and Ajith is there to rescue her. When she comes to know about Ajith she also gets to know about Hemanika (Trisha) and their daughter. Who are they and where is Hemanika now and who is Victor to Sathya. These all forms the entire story.

If you’ve followed Gautam’s films, the kind of roles he writes for his leading ladies and the way he portrays them are commendable even if they were to feature briefly, and its for sure that none other filmmaker can beat him in this regard. The only best portion of the film is only when Arun Vijay comes to the screen and the rest of all other scenes, the love portions all have already come in the director’s earlier films which was also a cop film. This is one area in which the film slows down and the sad thing is it takes our toll hugely in the first half.

Without doubt we can clearly say that Ajith has given his full life into the character of Sathyadev and except him no one else could have carried it with ease. The actor is full of energy and constantly shines in the classic emotional portions and racy action sequences. After Ajith, it is Arun Vijay who takes the film to a different level. Arun Vijay has brought out his best and we are not surprised on this and finally he has attained the coveted place in the industry. Anushka has little to do, but the beautiful chemistry shared by the lovely Trisha and charming Ajith, definitely works big time. Vivek could have been used a bit more. Parvathy Nair and Daniel Balaji are also present along with Nasser in a short and sweet role.

Anthony’s editing could’ve been way more crispier, as the length of this movie is its biggest minus. Screenplay is slow especially in the first half with the feel of already seen scenes and gets a touch irritating in the second half as well. Harris Jayaraj’s background score is definitely a plus but gets too loud at times. Dan Macarthur’s cinematography is fresh and captures some cool visuals even though its an action field. Gautam has tried to present a cop story with an emotion angle added to it from his previous films but he has almost pulled it as he was duly helped by his characterization of his hero. If not then it will just look like his previous outings. Watch this for Sathyadev and Victor..!! 🙂

Baby (Hindi)

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Starring: Akshay Kumar, Danny Denzongapa, Rana Daggubati, Taapsee and many more
Editing : Narayan Singh
Music : Meet Bros Anjan        Background Score : Sanjoy
Cinematography: Sudeep Chatterjee
Directed by: Neeraj Pandey

Akshay Kumar and Neeraj Pandey joins together after ‘Special 26‘ and has created lot of hope for the film. Neeraj Pandey’s terrific direction, Akshay Kumar’s awesome death defying stunts and a no nonsense plot promises super strong commercial prospects. Lets see overall how the movie is.

Baby is an Indian undercover unit headed by Danny Denzongpa. Ajay Singh (Akshay Kumar) is the key leader of this unit which is formed to nail the terrorist and false their terror attack plans. Pakistani mastermind of the terror front Rasheed prepares fresh zihadis at the border without much bother. Within seconds the film is bang on target without indulging and the screenplay makes Baby travel from Istanbul To Nepal To Saudi as the narrative breathlessly takes us till the final.

The scale of the film is so lavish and moves between India, Nepal, Turkey and the Middle East, and its performances is excellent. Right from the very first frame the movie is bang on target, does not move from its duty to engage denying any single moment of boredom which is quiet remarkable. Akshay Kumar has done an incredibly good job. Anupam Kher is brilliant. Taapsee is remarkable as Akshay’s team member. Danny Denzongpa, Kay Kay Menon and Rana Daggubati have done their job well.

Baby is technically brilliant. Sudeep Chatterjee’s camera is amazing with the splendid capture of Turkey, Nepal and Saudi is a treat for the eyes. Narayan Singh’s crispy sharp editing deserves special mention. The film is crisp enough and doesnt feel bored anywhere. Neeraj Pandey once again proves that he’s a genius. This time he proves, it’s possible to better Perfection. Baby is a brilliantly crafted, excellently performed, pulsating and salutary kick to India’s spy genre. Worth the watch..!! 🙂

Isai (TAMIL)

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Starring: SJ Suryah, Sathyaraj, Savithri, Ganja Karuppu and many more
Editing : Riyas
Cinematography: Soundararajan
Music and Direction by: SJ Suryah

SJ Suryah, the man who directed two main hero’s in his first two films with both turning out to be blockbusters. He has not done a film in Tamil for the past 10 years and returns with a film where he has acted, done music as well as directed it. He takes the help of the stalwart Sathyaraj and a debutant heroine in this film which got released after many delays. How this music will be.? Will listen to it..

The story revolves around a seniormost musician Vetriselvan (Sathyaraj) and his assistant AK Shiva (SJ Suryah). Shiva gets an opportunity to work as a composer in a small film. When he seeks his master’s blessings to go ahead, he gets permission as Vetriselvan never dreamt that his assistant would be the biggest competitor of his life. Shiva becomes a sensation in music by overcoming his master. But Shiva’s success does not go down well with his master particularly his ego not letting it to accept and what follow is Vetriselvan’s efforts to end Shiva’s career and bring back his lost glory as the master of music.

A huge appreciation can be given to the director Suryah for casting Sathyaraj in the film. We want to see Sathyaraj as a full time villain in his full enthusiasm and briskness which has been brought out very well in Isai. Though most part of the screenplay is taut, at times it becomes predictable and drags in the first half where actor Suryah makes us feel why we chose this film to watch. His shades of presenting the film and reaching the youngsters are also very much present in the film. The second half races away which gets the audience hooked with enough twists and turns before finishing off to a climax which should not be revealed now.

Suryah passes muster as the main lead. Savithri should be lucky enough to play such a role in her debut movie. She has shown her acting skills too in the second half and performs well in the climax part. Now comes the man. We can clearly say that this is another ‘Amaidhipadai‘ for Sathyaraj whom we cant stop looking at awe all through the movie. Villain overcomes the hero here. The talk between him and Ganja Karuppu is the apt thing to mention for his quirky way of saying the dialogs. Music is the soul of this movie which has been aptly named as Isai. SJ Suryah has very much impressed with his songs and background score with no one can say that this is his first movie as the music director.

Soundararajan should be lauded for capturing the right mood of the film with his alluring lighting compositions. A bit of trimming would have helped the film more. It is director Suryah’s intelligently woven brave attempt that enthralls the audiences keeping them hooked to their seats post the second half with almost no songs and boosting up the pace for the end. Isai is a good comeback for SJ Suryah without a doubt with Sathyaraj’s role thumps the movie safe..!! 🙂