Srimanthudu (TELUGU)

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Starring: Mahesh Babu, Sruthihaasan, Jagapathi Babu, Sampath and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Madhie
Directed by: Koratala Siva

Mahesh Babu’s film usually comes up with good story along with nice casting and songs. Keeping that on mind went to see this film with the help of subtitles only. Nice casting, some good talks about the film where around the corner which made to watch the film with little bit of expectations. Lets see what the film is about.

Harsha (Mahesh Babu) is asked to take over the reins of the empire created by his father RK (Jagapathi Babu). Harsha has other plans which is to serve for people. Charusheela (sruthihaasan) is studying Rural Development and Harsha joins the same college and they eventually fall in love. But when Charusheela comes to know Harsha is RK’s son, she avoids him. Harsha learns from Charusheela about a village Devarakota. People from this village are migrating to the cities. Sasi (Sampath) who is close to central minister has taken the entire village under his control. Harsha happens to go to the village and comes to know his dad too have some connection with the village. What does Harsha do to save the village is the rest.

Too much of villains, not that much new story like this many usual elements made the film to stay in the average region. Study about Rural development is a different move and the connection of Harsha’s dad with the village is a good twist. But the movie is too melodramatic and dialog oriented. As there are more villains there are more stunts too. First half and second half are entirely opposite to each other. There is no separate comedy track which makes us feel relieved.

Mahesh Babu exactly fits in to the role of a rich and ambitious guy and his intense performance elevated the heroism in the movie to a different level. Mahesh seems to have concentrated much on his weaker sides in this film and appears to have worked a lot on his dance moves. Shruti Haasan manages to spill her magic here and there. All the other actors including Jagapathi Babu, Sukanya and Sitara were aptly cast while Rajendra Prasad sounds too clichéd in some of the key scenes. Editing could have been more crisper as the film runs for nearly 160 minutes. DSP rocks as usual with his songs and BGM’s. Madhie’s camera captures both city and village with different color shades. If the screenplay could have been more engaging and tight the film could have been more enjoyable. Overall, a sentiment oriented half boiled potboiler with elements of victory added into it..!! 🙂

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Vaalu (TAMIL)

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Starring: Simbu, Hansika, Santhanam, VTV Ganesh, Naren and many more
Editing : Suresh
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Shakthi
Directed by: Vijay Chander

After a long time we are seeing Simbu’s film, nothing much just about 3 years long. Even though it had many release dates announced in the middle it was this year it made to the screens. The problems and issues behind the film itself made it a film to be watched. Hype’s can be created like this too. So lets see what Simbu’s Vaalu is about.

Sharp (Simbu) is a happy-go-lucky guy who leads his life without any worries. He sees Priya (Hansika) and its love at first sight. When he proposes Priya tells that her parents have already decided her to be married with her maternal uncle Anbu (Aditya). What happens to Sharp and his love forms the rest of the story. The good thing about this film is how Sharp’s family treats him. Even though he does not work or do anything useful, his father supports him like anything.

This is a usual story and as usual it goes with comedy in the first half and few action blocks in the second. Other than that there are no twists or nothing in the film. The ending is somewhat refreshing where the main villain does not fight with the hero and thus saves the time. The dialogues and the comedy has worked big time for the film. The film is a complete Simbu show all the way. It’s no harm that he waited so long for this film.

The Simbu-Santhanam chemistry also works big time and is the highlight of the film. VTV Ganesh too adds to the fun. Remove comedy and the film falls flat. Hansika comes across as the bubbly heroine in a commercial film. Naren as Simbu’s father steals the show with his performance. There is no much scope for the villains. Editor could have chopped a few scenes which could have made the film more lively. Camera looks ok and Thaman scores well in his songs and BGM’s. Overall its just another romantic commercial entertainer which passes muster thanks to comedy..!! 🙂

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga (TAMIL)

vsop-Posters-1Starring: Arya, Tamannah, Santhanam, Vidyulekha and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Directed by: Rajesh

The comedy combo is back. Rajesh joins hands with Arya and Santhanam after ‘Boss engira Bhaskaran‘, which was a runaway hit. So the usual expectations are there for the film. Adding to this, Arya completes 25 films with this one. So the promotions were full-fledged thus making it a big film for him. This combo rocked in comedy in their previous outing. So lets see what they give this time.

Vasu (Santhanam) and Saravanan (Arya) are friends from childhood who start a mobile shop on their own. Vasu gets married and his wife does not like Saravanan and asks Vasu to cut his friendship. So Vasu thinks if Saravanan also get married, there won’t be any problem. Thus the search for the girl begins and enters Aishwarya (Tamannah). Once Tamannah also starts to ask Saravanan to cut his friendship with Vasu there starts the problem. What the friends do to make their friendship alive forms the rest.

As usual the film moves forward only because of Santhanam and his comedy, thus making him like a near hero of the film. There is no continuous comedy and what is available is just few comedy scenes in bits and pieces. The film has many big stars but the director have not used them effectively. Just one or two scenes for them is utterly wasting of time. Tamannah looks stale like how some comedy is there in the film. Sema Kalaai, Magizhndiru the two comic punches of the film are not effectively used.

Arya and Santhanam plays like the lead of the film. I doubt whether Arya had anything to perform other than following the heroine or leading his friend to the bar whenever there is a chance (almost all the time he had that chance). Tamannah has nothing new to perform and she too has not acted anything. Vidyulekha is surprise element and her family episode is a plus for the film. Banu and Karunakaran have limited scope to perform.

The film’s biggest strength are Nirav Shah’s camera, Imman’s music. Nirav gives a grandeur feel to the film. Imman scores well both in songs as well as in BGM’s. Rajesh thinks that he has gone back to the old comedy days but the comedy has not worked to the fullest. Its time to come up with a story in which comedy can fit in comfortably so that it’s an enjoyable experience. Once again Rajesh has missed the bus but managed to get a cycle, but the path is long to go..!! 🙂

Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (ENGLISH)

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As usual like all sequels this film too gained more attention like all its previous 4 versions, thanks to their success, the film opened very big here. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is back again and he does not make you wait for so long so its straight away action right from scene 1 where he places himself on the wing of the air jet, the stunt done by the actor on his own without a body double at the age of 54. This makes us feel how the film will be in terms of action and stunts.

In this part, the Impossible Mission Forces (IMF) team is being disbanded by the CIA in front of a Senate committee. Hunt is on the mission to overcome the Syndicate, which is nothing but a group of old spies forming a separate entity which is also a rogue nation. How comes the Hunt and his team do that is the crux of this part. The mission crosses many more parts of the world like Morocco, Istanbul, Vienna and halts finally in London.

In the fourth part, we saw Tom Cruise scaling the heights of the tallest tower in the world, and here he jumps into a shallow whirlwind of water turbine and continues to amaze with his elevated tricks with the help of his team. Rebecca is the surprise package for she has more scope in terms of acting equivalent to Ethan Hunt’s character and puzzles her character continuously. Benji (Simon Pegg) and Brandt (Jeremy Runner) adds more element to the action flick.

Luckily there is no romantic subplot in the film. Mission Impossible sure is an interesting franchise, on the lines of spy movies which continues to innovate so that the franchise doesn’t grow old. Christopher McQuarrie  has infused action as its primary motto and clearly it has never dried down to the end and made sure the film ticks off all the needed things for a good enjoyable action film. Hope Ethan gets back again with MI 6..!! 🙂

Idhu Enna Maayam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vikram Prabhu, Keerthi, Navdeep, Nasser, Charlie and many more
Editing : Antony
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Directed by: AL Vijay

AL Vijay’s films usually carry some sorts of uniqueness in most parts of the film and he is one of the newly grown directors who wish to give something new and his romance films are good to watch. He joins with Vikram Prabhu, for whom romance is new genre, and has given the film with his usual crew and cast with few changes. What magic he has created for the film..?

Arun (Vikram Prabhu) and his friends runs a drama troupe but there are none to watch their plays. So they plan to make drama as their profession by starting UMT service (Unnal Mudium Thambi), where they will create a drama kind sequence and they will unite the lovers. Santhosh (Navdeep), a business tycoon, comes to them and asks them to help him by uniting Maya (Keerthi). Arun already knows Maya and what he does and whats the relation with her is the rest of the film is about.

Flashback sequences keeps on going on and never seems to end. Placing four songs in the first half is a real blunder for such a slow film of sorts. Screenplay keeps on to get slower and slower and thus we lose the connectivity with the film. Vijay’s small additions to the film clicks but those are only few but not many. Comedy scenes works well which makes the film to fall under a light-hearted one. Twists are there but those are easily guessable. Arun’s parents and their separation does not add any value to the film.

Vikram looks so brittle for such a romantic film. His face still has that rock hard feel which he had done for his previous films. Keerthi is a new addition to the tamil films but she is a valuable addition. She enacts the scenes good to make it feel as real ones. Charlie gets a good scope and Vikram’s friends like RJ Balaji, RJ Ajai, Balaji and others. Nasser as usual done justice to his role. Nirav’s camera is über cool given the genre and GV’s score is half okay and BGM is passable. Vijay has failed in the screenplay part which makes the film to move very slow and thus make the film to hang loose without any support. Slow magic which fails for most of the time..!! 🙂

Orange Mittai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Ramesh Thilak, Arumugam Bala, Aashritha  and many more
Music : Justin Prabhakaran
Written by: Vijay Sethupathi
Editing, Cinematography and Directed by: Biju Viswanath

A versatile actor launches himself as a producer and has acted in a very different kind of role in this film which is just over 100 minutes. He has once again wanted to give an altogether movie viewing experience with this film which comes out with no pre hypes, hoopla’s and so. Lets see how this candy tastes.

Sathya (Ramesh Thilak) is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), who works in the ‘108’ ambulance service. He is survived by his mother and his father is no more. He wants to start a new life by marrying his ladylove Kavya (Aashritha), for that he should leave his job and start working in a business firm run by his father-in-law. Mean while, Sathya gets a call from an old man called Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi ), a chronic kidney patient. He goes to pick him along with ambulance driver Arumugam (Arumugam Bala). What starts off as an emergency trip gets passed by various things and the journey between all these forms the story.

The films major plus is its subtle humor. The scenes involving police and Kailasam, his dance in the midnight in an empty road like these many scenes are a plus but the remaining scenes could not get that feel for the film. Though the film is small in length, the slow nature of the story makes it feel like a too big movie. Vijay Sethupathi steals the show for the entire film. Kudos to the actor for taking up such a simple yet complicated role and to deliver what is required in a powerful way. One more feather to his cap. Ramesh and Arumugam comes in along with Vijay Sethupathi but the formers performance overpowers these two performances.

Justin’s BGM’s are just average given the caliber of such a film. Biju has excelled well with the camera but not with his scissors. The film’s main plot is the father-son relationship and the screenplay slowly moves along with it and it never goes in to the melodramatic mode and the end too tells us how Kailasam wants his life to be. Biju starts off well slows down in the middle and picks up towards the end and thus made this candy with a bit of low sugar and a bit of extra bitterness..!! 🙂