Valiyavan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Jai, Andrea, Aaron Chaudhary, Bala Saravanan, Azhagamperumal and many more
Editing : Subarak
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan
Directed by: Saravanan M

This director’s previous two films were of different genre and both were more than satisfactory. So he joins with his first hero once again for his third film and this time he has taken a complete action based story and made his hero suffer a lot by asking him to build a six pack abdomen which made the industry to talk about this film. Lets see how bold this Valiyavan is.

Vinod (Jai) is a marketing executive and he meets Subhiksha (Andrea) who says I Love You to him. Thrown by the surprise he starts in search of her with his colleague (Bala Saravanan). Andrea and Jai’s father (Azhagamperumal) works in the same bank. There comes a boxer in between the life’s of all these three and one fine day Vinod decides to defeat the boxer as per his lady love’s interest. Is that the only reason and does he defeat him forms the second half.

The director has different ideas but the way he has shown on the screen is completely disjointed and the first half keeps on increasing even without letting us know whats happening. It keeps on dragging and there is no idea where it is leading to until the last half hour, when the director decides to reveal the plot. Jai looks good in but his voice still gives the problem whenever he utters the dialogs. His six pack needs no mention. Andrea looks stylish and has performed what was expected from her. Rest of the cast should feel sorry for acting in the film.

Camera and music are the saving grace of the movie. Dinesh’s visuals looks rich along with the costumes and the background music gives the pep needed for an action film. Subarak should have taken a bigger size scissor and should have trimmed the film. Director like Saravanan who has proved in his last two films should rethink what was wrong in this commercial floppy film else it will be paining for him to see all his films giving so much pain to the entire audience. A big huge pain in terms of time, money and eyes..!! 🙂

100 Days Of Love (MALAYALAM)

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Starring: Dulquar Salman, Nithya Menon, Shekhar Menon, Aju Varghese and many more
Editing : Sandeep Kumar
Music : Govind Menon    Background Score: Bijibal
Cinematography: Pratheesh Verma
Directed by: Jenuse Mohamed

Another Malayalam film which got good reviews across the town and made me to watch this film. And it was a surprise for me to see the entire hall is full for the show. Thats a big thing for a Malayalam film as usually films wont get full during the world cup season. Thanks to the lead pair’s popularity and to the name of the film it enjoys the warm reception here. Lets see what we are gonna see in this 100 days.

The movie revolves around Balan K Nair @ BKN (Dulquar Salmaan), who works as a columnist in National daily. He lives with his best friend Ummer (Shekhar Menon), who is a gamer. BKN, who is recovering from a painful breakup, encounters Sheela (Nithya Menon) in a rainy night, who leaves her camera in the taxi. He immediately falls in love with her and searches for her with the help of Ummer by using the pics left in her camera. Also there is BKN’s staunch rival from his college days, Romanch Kumar (Aju Varghese) who is enjoying  the fate of his friend, ever ridiculing him. This forms the crux of the story.

This is another movie which is set in Bengaluru which is a stylish film that is nothing out of the ordinary. What’s different is the treatment – humour and novelties – the director brings that is clever enough to keep us engaged till the last frame. The movie which travels through the cliched situations and dialogs looks artificial at places. The director has managed to conceal the little flaws to an extent with the brilliant visualisation. Dulquar Salman perfectly plays the role of metro centric journalist guy. He looks stylish and sinks his teeth into his part and carries the movie unaffected all through. Nithya Menon, with her beautiful smile fits well. Shekhar Menon is good and his gaming thinking makes the film to move. The others in the cast play to their roles.

The technical sides adds to the value of the film. Pratheesh Varma’s brilliant visuals makes the movie a perfect visual treat. The cinematographer has succeeded in bringing out the beauty and richness of Bangalore city in his frames. Songs by Govind are good but the editing could have been crisper. Debutant Jenuse should be appreciated for the efforts taken to bring in some freshness while telling a already seen tale. Many real and reel life cliched situations are given some impressive entertaining twists. Every romantic story is clichĂ©d in a sense and it is to the credit of the maker if he is able to find at least a speck of novelty and the film is a delightful watch..!! 🙂

Rajathandhiram (TAMIL)

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Starring: Veera, Regina Cassandra, Darbuka Shiva, Pattiyal Shekar, Ilavarasu and many more
Editing : Praveen Antony
Music : GV Prakash Kumar    Background Score: Sandeep Chowta
Cinematography: SR Kathir
Directed by: AG Amid

Another no expectations movie. Just went to time pass in a film which is acted by a hero whose previous film (that was his debut too) was a disaster. Most of the crew was either first timers or some sorts of experienced. Involvement of a bigger production houses kindled the interest to watch this. Lets see how the movie is.

Arjun (Veera), Kullan (Darbuka Shiva) and Deva (Ajai) are small time cons who lead a happy go-lucky life until they see the beautiful Michelle D’Mello (Regina Cassandra), who lost her father in the chit fund scam. Having fallen in love with Regina, Arjun along with his friends decide to loot a big amount which lands them in conflict with Madhav Iyer (Ilavarasu) and Naren who are planning a heist. Arjun plans to loot a leading jewellery shop which is run by the powerful Azhagapan (Pattiyal Sekar). Why and how they plan the robbery and what happened to chit fund scam and whats the link between Naren and Azhagapan is left to be watched on the big screen.

Even though we have seen many con films across many languages, this one tries to keep us tight till the end of the film. The film starts casually and gradually increases its speed post interval. Inclusion of just one song warrants a special mention. Though the story looks similar what makes this movie special is the way it’s been conveyed. Veera has delivered a fine performance by expressing lightly and different modulations. His eyes do the job, and his casual way of handling complex situations is such a treat to watch. Regina as Michelle D’Mello is pleasant. Darbuka Shiva is damn hilarious and his one liners gels well in the proceedings and Ilavarasu and Naren are apt choice. The major highlight in the casting is, Pattiyal Shekar. His voice and body language is something new to watch and perfectly fits in the role. Even smaller characters are quirky and convincing — like the laid back inspector, who keeps reining in his anxious subordinate while dealing with the heist.

The film is technically amazing. Cinematographer Kathir adds more perfection to the film through his camera. His using of lights upgrades the film to a higher level. Praveen has made sure the movie turns out to be an edge of the seat entertainer with his sleek editing. Sandeep Chowta’s BGM is the lifeline of this thriller and at times it sends the spine chilling factor to the audience. Amid has retained the freshness throughout the film and the narration is nice. The predictions which we make during the course of the film nothing stands when the real scenario come across. Amid has put everything into his writing. His maturity in handling the subject and the close to perfect execution is what makes this movie a brilliant watch..!! 🙂

Kaaki Sattai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Sivakarthikeyan, Sri Divya, Prabhu, Vijay Raaz, Imman Annachi and many more
Editing : Noor Azwan
Music : Anirudh
Written by : Pattukkottai Prabhakar, RS Durai Senthilkumar
Cinematography: Sukumar
Directed by: RS Durai Senthilkumar

Amidst the great talks, hype and hooplah comes the cop film in which the recently became star has switched his acting from comedy to action. This can be seen as a commercial launch vehicle of him. Sivakarthikeyan joins hands with his ‘Ethirneechal‘ director Durai Senthilkumar along with his lucky charm Anirudh and Dhanush. Lets see how action suits him.

Mathimaran (Sivakarthikeyan) is a police constable at a station headed by Inspector Sathyamurthi (Prabhu). As usual he comes across the various wrong doings by his inspector and his department. Divya (Sri Divya) is a nurse whom he falls for. Matters heats up when a young tea seller dies and Mathi accidentally stumbles upon an illegal organ trafficking ring, led by Durai (Vijay Raaz), a criminal with powerful connections. What happens when Mathi finds this and challenged Durai and destroy the whole group forms the rest of the film.

The story is predictable but director Durai Senthilkumar has made sure that the audience will get entertained to what they expect from the lead hero. Starting with comedy and gearing up with social cause, he has followed the success formula from his debut film. This well handled screenplay itself will carry the movie into a mass commercial hit movie which is further boosted by the comedy scenes in the first half. Use of stunts are limited keeping Siva in mind. Organ trafficking was also the theme of ‘Yennai Arindhaal‘ but here its coated along with more comedy than that.

Sivakarthikeyan has shown a change from a common boy next door to a cop. He has mastered by mixing the comedy along with the seriousness. He knows to show expression as a comical and as a powerful cop. This film further has heightened his image overall. Prabhu’s cameo has helped to move the film further. Sri Divya appears cliche through out the first half and sadly disappears in the second. Popular Hindi Comedian Vijay Raaz has shown a completely different face as the antagonist. He has been portrayed a ruthless villain and made sure that people forget him as a comedian by replacing himself a baddie. Imman Annachi, Manobala, Mayilsamy and Siricha Pochu comedy team makes good company along with Siva and makes the audience laugh aloud, and complimenting the movie effectively.

Technically, the film is top notch and looks grand on big screen mainly due to Sukumar’s eye-catching camera work. Anirudh’s songs are already chart busters but his BGM’s could have been better. Though the movie is engaging for most part, it takes the same old route which we have seen in all the usual commercial films. Yes, it does offers some humors, but at the end, it makes us feel that there is nothing new. Old wine in a new bottle with comedy as the accompolishments thus summarizes the film..!! 🙂

Badlapur (HINDI)

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Starring: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin, Huma Quereshi, Yami Gautam, Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta, Radhika Apte and many more
Editing : Pooja Ladha
Music : Sachin – Jigar
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Directed by: Sriram Raghavan

The director who is known for his cult way of filming is back after 3 hiatus years. He comes with a revenge story with vengeance where he takes the use of a lover boy molded hero. The supporting cast looks strong and the mood reflects dark. What does he going to give this time. And he is the one who did the additional screenplay for the Gautam’s film ‘Yennai Arindhaal‘.

Mishti (Yami Gautam) and her son Robin become unfortunate victims when the bank robbers, Laiq (Nawazuddin) and Jayant (Vinay Pathak) abduct them in their car and kill them inside. Jayant escapes with the loot and Laiq surrenders to the police blaming Jayant for the murder and the loot and Liaq gets 20 years sentence for the crime. Mishti’s husband Raghu (Varun Dhawan) gets to know this and wants to know who actually killed his family. Liaq gets a chance to live after 15 years due to his medical problem gets released. Raghu follows Liaq and comes across Jayant too. What happens between Raghu, Liaq and Jayant is the rest which has been said in a true knockout way.

As rightly mentioned in the posters, one should not miss the initial scenes of the film as that’s the crux of the film. This is a pretty brutal film on a whole. The first half of the film is brilliantly put together and makes us eagerly wait for the remaining part. The ending was not as good as the film was up to the end. This film is a clear break through for Varun Dhawan. He has gained maturity in his acting. Nawazuddin is class as always. He performs through various shades of his character. And there are many women in the film too who have performed well. Yami Gautam looks lovely. Huma Qureshi is good as a call-girl and makes the film to move to the next level. Divya Dutta is characteristically perfect as a woman who looks tired of knowing better than the men she talks to. Radhika Apte is good as a wife willing not just to go out on a limb, but to kill herself doing it.

Songs does not look tiring and acts as a catalyst. Editing is apt and the cinematography gathers the darkness and gains the momentum as and when it is needed. Sriram Raghavan is at his best. He has etched the film right from the word go. His love for noir type of film making is portrayed once again. He has been ably supported by his star cast and technical crew. Badlapur is full of bloody revenge which comes under the new genre of the growing Indian cinema..!! 🙂