Bajrangi Bhaijaan (HINDI)

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Starring: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Nawazuddin, Harshaali and many more
Editing : Rameshwar
Music : Pritam        Background Score: Julius Packiam
Cinematography: Aseem Mishra
Directed by: Kabir Khan

Hurray..!! After long long time seeing Salman’s film in a big screen. Wait. In fact I have not seen any film of his on the big screen i guess. But why this film. One it does not have usual Salman routines of commercial elements. Two ‘cos it got very rave reviews. Three it had subtitles. Of course that’s the main reason maybe. So what does Sallu bhai gives in the film. Lets see..

Story is about India and Pakistan. A couple in Pakistan gives birth to a girl and name her Shahida as they like Shahid Afridi. The girl is born as dumb and so they come for treatment to India where she gets lost halfway in the train. Cut to India and we see Pawan @ Bajrangi (Salman), a true Hanuman devotee. The girl meets him and follows him and he takes her to his lover’s home, where he stays, and he thinks she is Hindu and calls her as Munni. Slowly he comes to know that she is a Muslim and also a Pakistani. He plans to leave her back in her country. Does he succeed in that is the rest.

The movie truly has a good story that captures the emotion of both religion and cross-boundary tension in a balanced manner. The story is simple and the screenplay is packed with some good humor which makes the film to travel smooth. Limited romance, fights makes the film tight and also makes us wonder whether this is a Salman film. Thank god he moved away from his usual routines. Kabir Khan should be given the credit for this. Romance part does not suit well and slows the film and towards the end the film keeps on increasing more on melodramatic things.

Salman Khan really outdoes himself with this role of an innocent and simple man. He’s earnest, he’s convincing, and he’s determined which makes us like him in this avatar by dropping the hyper-macho image. The director has brilliantly used the exceptional talent of the lovely Harshaali Malhotra as Munni. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as usual ends up doing a good job and once again saves a linear story from going wayward in the second half. Kareena plays well as a usual heroine. Nice visuals with apt usage of songs, Kabir gives a good film with all contents needed for a decent emotional film. Recommended..!! 🙂

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Maari (TAMIL)

MaariStarring: Dhanush, Kajal Agarwal, Robo Shankar, Vijay Yesudas and many more
Editing : Prasanna
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Directed by: Balaji Mohan

In the recent days, publicity plays a very important role in a movie’s success. Not only for success even for the failure too. Publicity is fine we can accept as that’s the way to reach out the public. But what about the pre-hype which is created? We have seen pre-hype’d movie becoming a huge hit like last week’s ‘Baahubali‘ or the all time box office dud ‘Anjaan‘. So one such pre-hype’d movie is what we gonna see now which has national award winner playing as the lead. Lets see whats there.

Maari (Dhanush) is a local don who has murdered another don eight years back and thus ruling over his locality. Arjun (Vijay Yesudas), transferred cop to that area takes up this case and plans to arrest Maari. Sridevi (Kajal) comes to the area with plans of opening a boutique and Arjun takes the help of Sridevi and arrests Maari. Once he comes of out jail, Maari comes to know about the real picture of Arjun and what happens between Maari and Arjun forms the end.

This is another film which shows good in trailer but the film fails when compared to trailer. The film follows the tried and tested template of the age-old mass commercial movies of Tamil cinema. Even though the film has some bird race or sandalwood smuggling parts in the plot, nothing has been told in-depth which leaves the story hung without balance. Stylish beard, coolers, trendy shirts, punch dialogs all are well portrayed for the hero, but there should be some powerful villain for him. But that is missing badly here. This is not a bad film, but just a badly written film.

The film’s biggest strength is undoubtedly Dhanush’s impetuous performance and terrific screen presence. He carries the character of Maari through his back with punch dialogues and one liners. After him, Robo Shankar is the biggest asset of Maari, his amazing screen presence and amusing body language is one thing and his timing comic counters is another. Kudos to Balaji Mohan for utilizing him to full extent in both of his movies. The screenplay continues to entice by showcasing the hero’s mass, thanks to his sidekicks the film is kept lively. Debutant Vijay Yesudas (in acting), has nothing to offer other than the first few scenes. One of the damn boring part of the film is Kajal Agarawal and her so-called-love scenes with Dhanush.

Anirudh, once again, proves him that he is a huge plus for all the films he has scored. Songs and BGM’s saves most of the film, which falls low otherwise. Om Prakash and Prasanna have done their part well. Balaji Mohan’s big leap of faith into the commercial stream with didn’t seem to have worked in his favour. His previous outings was very well enjoyed and thus he must have thought to go to the next level and has taken this route. Having Dhanush, Anirudh, Robo Shankar on one side as positive’s could not get a good story which makes this film less on entertainment but more on masala. One and once only for Dhanush..!! 🙂

Baahubali (TAMIL)

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Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramyakrishnan, Satyaraj, Nasser and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Dialogues : Kaarky
Directed by: SS Rajamouli

Finally here it is..!! The much awaited film which boasts of the tag claiming of the biggest ever production in India uproar the entire world and the finest part was the film is not just a single part but it comes in two parts where the second one will come in early next year. Vast usage of VFX, CG everything is present in the film and thus is the star cast of the film too. Lets see what else is present.

The film starts with Sivagami (Ramyakrishnan) carrying a child escaping from men who are in search of her. She escapes and lifts the child and crosses the river. The infant is saved and brought up by Rohini who belongs to a tribe and he grows up as Shiva (Prabhas). He likes climbing mountains and on one such day he meets Avantika (Tamannah) who is a warrior belonging to the group which is on verge of saving Devasena (Anushka) who is kept tortured by Bhallala Deva (Rana) and his dad (Nasser). Avantika is helped by Shiva who rescues Devasena and then he comes to know about the truth behind his birth. He is none other than the son of Devasena and Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas, dual role). Kattapa (Sathyaraj), slave warrior explains this to him. Here comes the end of first part. Why, where and what all are answered in the conclusion part..!!

Now, there are several films that are about greed for power, palace intrigue and bloody battles. But this film is more about the imagery and visual grandeur, than the story itself. The VFX stands tall from the beginning (except a few shots). The artificially generated waterfall and the entire kingdom of Mahishmati deserves a huge applause. In fact, visual brilliance helps Baahubali bail out of trouble mainly in the first half. The film takes time to settle in the first half which is slow and lacks fascination. The whole of Baahubali depends on its fast paced second half and the climax will leave you wanting for more. Another letdown are the songs and its placements.

Prabhas, both as the father and son, has worked extremely hard and carried the roles on his broad shoulders as per the title. Rana as the antagonist is excellent with his body language and his dubbing is perfect. Ramya Krishnan has given a powerful  performance and proves her caliber. Tamanaah has tried her best, and her part is well used to move the story. Sathyaraj eaves an indelible mark, giving his all for the role. Nasser has been typecast in the usual role of the villain and does not have much scope in this part. Anushka has just few scenes where her makeup can take the credit.

Kaarky’s dialogues are very powerful and his special dialogues for the climax need subtitle. Sabu Cyril needs a special mention for such huge sets and statues. Senthil Kumar has once again captured the mega sized dreams of his director through his lens. Background score by Keeravani adds strength to the film. Venkateswara Rao could have chopped few scenes to make the first half interesting but achieves exactly that in the second. To bring such a huge cast, VFX, CG, creativity in visualizing the shots all kudos should go to the man who created this epic, Rajamouli. The film has touched one of the highest levels as far as visual grandeur is concerned and Rajamouli’s stamp is evident only in this aspect. See this for sure and wait again in 2016..!! 🙂

Papanasam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Kamalhaasan, Gauthami, Asha Sharath, Kalabhavan Mani and many more
Editing : Ayoob Khan
Music : Ghibran
Cinematography: Sujith Vasudev
Dialogues : Jeyamohan
Directed by: Jeethu Joseph

Yes, now the Visual has come to the people of Tamilnadu to be witnessed. This film is the official remake of the Malayalam blockbuster ‘Drishyam‘. The major plus of the film is the lead character which is enacted by Kamal. I don’t think any other information is needed about the film as Kamal, the one word, is enough to create the ripples.

The story is not anything new and Jeethu Joseph, the director of the original, has directed this too. So if in case you need the story please check the ‘Drishyam‘ page. The major differences are the lead family has been changed to Hindu from Christian and thus the corresponding names and locations. The similarities are Asha Sharath and Esther, the IG and younger daughter reprise their roles here too, apart from Jeethu. But the nativity slang used here in this film is a huge plus and its refreshing to hear the language but it has to be listened carefully as there is wide humor enhanced on the flow.

The people who have watched the original can still enjoy this which is because of the changes they did with respect to the characterization of the artists. Right from the Viboodhi on the forehead to the Cuticura Powder on the chest, the nativity is kept tight, thanks to Jeyamohan for his dialogues and Suka who have taught the slang. All the actors have delivered the nellai slang with sheer perfection, they have also followed the mannerisms and body language of the people lives in the particular locality which deserves a huge applause!

Kamalhaasan takes the film to a whole new level. He seems to emote just as much with his body, eyes and expression as with the clever dialogues. After a long time his emotions along with the pain and his looks, mannerisms everything cooperated well. Climax scene is a sheer example. Gauthami who makes a comeback looks good in her character, but in general looks weak. Asha Sharath has brilliantly reproduced her powerful performance from the original. The rest of the actors including Niveda Thomas, Baby Esther, Kalabavan Mani, MS Baskar and Anant Mahadevan who have also excelled in their performances.

Ghibran’s music, and cinematography by Sujith, quietly blend in while adding an intensity that draws you into every frame, empathizing with the characters. Though the film is a bit longer than the original, it can be accepted given the scope of performances. Jeethu Joseph once again excels in giving a quality product with another super actor and has cooked this remake, faithfully, with an authentic local flavor and more detailing from the original..!! 🙂

Terminator Genisys (ENGLISH)

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Terminator..!! This name will definitely give goosebumps for the people whoever has seen the first two parts for sure. The next two parts was not so successful like them and now comes its fifth installment. After his stint with the expandable s, Arnold comes back strongly in his film and that gives the excitement and eagerness to watch this film..

Film starts with John Connor’s narration in the year 2029 saying Skynet is a threat and to avoid this he sends his friend Kyle back to year 1984 to protect his mother Sarah from the terminator attack and he can survive too. Due to unexpected turn of events, Kyle meets a wrong person who is a skilled fighter protected by a guardian (Arnold). In the same time, Genisys , a latest technical application which is said to come online will eventually begin the Judgement day. What happens from then is the remaining part of the movie.

Once again here comes a sequel which lacks the creativity and the story which the first two parts of the series had (of course it was directed by James Cameron). But this can be watched only for Arnold as the film is backed only by him given his smile (special one) or his dialog delivery be anything. Also the film cannot be termed as sequel as it goes to prequel, sequel and at times rehashed too.

Overall, what the movie lack in story, it made up for with great stunts, witty screenplay and memorable dialogues. Genisys is definitely worth watching in the theaters, although more than once would be a torture to anyone who is not a hardcore fan. Only for Arnold..!! 🙂

Yaagavarayinum Naa Kaaka (TAMIL)

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Starring: Aadhi, Nikki Galrani, Mithun Chakraborty, Pasupathy, Nasser and many more
Editing : Sabu Joseph
Music : Prasan, Praveen, Shyam
Cinematography: Shanmugasundaram
Directed by: Sathya Prabhas

Another low profile film which had the hero who once was a bankable star but now he has come back from nowhere. Just the trailers and Mithun’s first tamil film appearance made this film to hit into the to be watched list. Another director and hero who are brothers join together to present a thriller based movie as per the trailers. Lets see what does this film is about.

Four friends who spend their joyous moments in life , get together for a new year party. An argument arises between one of the friends and underworld don’s daughter. A word let off from one of the friend’s mouth starts the problem for them. There after they face a lot of problems and does the hero save his family or his friends who are under a great threat posed by the don is the crux of the film. There can be twists which can make us think what will happen in the film, but this film has too many twists which makes us to think too much, which at times make us tired. But all these twists comes only in the second half whereas the first half is totally dedicated to hero and his love affair which seems to be ok, even though its interesting.

Aadhi’s heroism and his portrayal is highly appreciable. The actor looks stunning in the action sequences. Nikki Galrani’s infectious smile and naughtiness is a major plus in the first half. Aadhi and Nikki share a beautiful chemistry and the heroine’s extra effort to dub her lines is appreciable. Aadhi’s bonding with the three friends and the timely dialogues between them make their friendship appear very natural on-screen. Nasser, Kitty, Pasupathy and Naren have proved their expertise in this film as well. Despite being a debutant in Kollywood, the veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty has succeeded in impressing the Tamil audiences. His rough and tough look and his aggressive performance is stunning. Lakshmipriya and Richa Pallod’s character add to the twist of the film.

Shanmugasundaram has upgraded the mood of the film with his amazing visuals. His extra pain to the colors has very much strengthened the film’s output, which is evident on-screen. In addition to this, the background score by Prasan Praveen Shyam has complimented the visuals and enhanced the action sequences. The film happens to be pretty lengthy due to some songs in between. The debutant director Sathya Prabhas has impressed the audiences with his very smart directorial skills. A very strong script with highly thrilling twists and turns, he has succeeded in keeping the audiences thrilled, but seems to be confused how to end the film. A good debut overall for him and he gives a decent thriller. Thirukural’s phrase clearly gives out the message. Not a bad debut overall..!! 🙂

Indru Netru Naalai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vishnu, Mia, Karunakaran, TM Karthik, Jayaprakash and many more
Editing : Leo John Paul
Music : Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi
Cinematography: Vasanth
Directed by: Ravikumar

Another quirky and thoughtful idea which is made into a film which is backed by a producer whose only aim is to give films which has a strong story than the star power. CV Kumar should be lauded for this as he has produced films in a minimal budget but made it a big success in the industry. One such film is this where the story is based on the time machine. What this film is about.? Lets see..

The movie starts in the year 2065 and a scientist invents a time machine and to prove it he sends it to the year 2015 where it is seen by 3 persons – Ilango (Vishnu), who tries to become in life with his business ideas which goes flop all the time but he has support of his love interest Anu (Mia), Pulivetti Arumugam (Karunakaran), who says that he is an astrologer but he is not and Giridhara Parthasarathy (TM Karthik), a half-mad inventor. These 3 sees this time machine in the middle of one accident, Parthasarathy plans to work on this time machine but he ends in coma. Ilango and his friend uses the machine in order to make money, by going back and cheating the public. On one such incident they stop the death of a local goon and the incidents which follows forms the well executed film.

Time travel films can be either interesting or it can be confusing too. But here the fun elements present makes the film more interesting and doesn’t confuse the concept as it is clear. Comedy is interwoven into the story and makes us go mad at the concept whenever the lead and his friend uses the time machine. Director should be appreciated for not making this movie all scientific and too tech savvy, nothing is there to break our head to find out, for that simple and fun is the movie. VFX effects are clear and doesn’t look like VFX has been used in the movie. Second half makes the time machine to travel in a commercial route.

Vishnu has come a long way and is striving to achieve perfection with each of his films and his choice of stories are improving. Karunakaran’s blank expressions itself evoke laughter. Added to that, his hilarious one-liners are thoroughly enjoyable and he has been one of the integral part of the film. Mia looks charming and her chemistry with the lead looks good. Arya appears in a cameo. Another big boost for this movie is Hiphop Tamizha’s music, the BGM simply spices up the situation especially around the time travel scenes and the little usage of songs makes the movie short and interesting.

Vasanth’s camera work is excellent and in such a theme oriented film he has excelled with the shots. But it is undoubtedly the director, who deserves all the credit. His skilful writing and deft direction, coupled with some fitting music and great all round performances, make his debut venture worth watching. Get set to travel in the funny time machine and soon such sci-fi films may be on their way. Gooo…!! 🙂