Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Parthiban, Radhika, RJ Balaji and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: George C Williams
Directed by: Vignesh Sivan
No one would have remembered Vignesh by now as he has directed a film long back which just created sound and settled soon. Once Dhanush announced that he is producing Vignesh’s next film then everything fell places. Cast, Crew everything made a good noise which gained attention of the public and thus this film attained the needed pre-release hype. Lets see how the film is.
‘Pondy’ Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi) is the son of a local inspector Radhika and he is trying hard to be a local rowdy, while his mom wants him to join the police force. Kadambari (Nayanthara) is a hearing impaired and her only aim is to kill Killivallavan (Parthiban), who had murdered her parents. Pandi meets her and accepts to help her with his set of friends. The rest of the film tells us how they go about it. As usual story is a known and seen one but the screenplay is the biggest plus of this film.
Vignesh has given a casual comedy with a slight story behind it and packed it very well with good characterization. Dialog’s are another plus for this film and that too dialog’s said by RJ Balaji makes the audience to go mad. Vijay Sethupathi has shed his weight along with his beard and mustache and has given the life to his character. His mannerism of talking seriously at first and then changing to comedy is highlight. Nayanthara as the hearing-impaired Kadambari puts up one of her best acts till date. She emote well and looks beautiful in her simple costumes. This lead pair is fresh and their chemistry works wonders on the screen. Another plus is she has dubbed for herself which boosts the visuals.
Parthiban scores with his unique brand of performance in a role which is simultaneously menacing and funny. His expression upon meeting with Nayanthara for the first time is a huge laugh riot. Other veterans like Anandraj, Radhika, Mansoor Ali Khan have performed well. RJ Balaji as Pandi’s friend is excellent. He gets back to his famous crosstalk show mode and has not spared any top hero or their films. George C Williams’s cinematography and Sreekar Prasad’s editing are top-notch and are some of the biggest positives along with Anirudh’s brilliant and apt background score.
Vignesh’s filming skills might not have impressed many through his debut but he has bounced back strongly with the support of his cast and crew which he has moulded well with his neat and cool screenplay. Credits to him for making such a wonderful film. This rowdy can be well embraced by all sections of people as he is refreshingly smart and entertaining. Do not miss it..!! 🙂
Starring: Vikram, Samantha, Pasupathy, Ramdoss and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : D Imman Background Music : Anoop Seelin
Cinematography and Directed by: Vijay Milton
After ‘Goli Soda‘, all were waiting what does Milton going to do next. That too when that film went on to secure all the awards the expectations grew up when he announced that his next is going to be with Vikram. So like that this film is the Vikram’s next after the mega blockbuster ‘I‘. So lets see what does this film provides.
Vikram is a driving instructor who does not tell his real name and says a different name in different occasions like Bond, Gavaskar, Mani Ratnam. His special is he does many incredible things within 10 seconds. In the meantime he works with Doss (Pasupathy) who uses him to get things from many danger places. One such day he handles him a car to get it delivered to Mussorie. Inside the car Vikram finds Shakeela (Samantha) who is his driving student. They both travel together from Chennai to Mussorie. There they find out one group is badly needed of Samantha to fulfill their plan. Who is Samantha and what happens next is the good to hear script.
This film cannot come under Road movie genre, as this film offers nothing to it. Is just keeping on driving on the road with 2 songs placed on the way makes it to that genre. Quite not..!! The story may be good on paper but when you see it for nearly 145 minutes it makes you tired with very down the line screenplay and characters whom you not sure what they are doing and why they are there. There is no point in holding all your secrets till the last-minute and release all at once.
Vikram carries this movie on his shoulders all the way through, which was expected from an actor like him. Samantha on the other hand gets a meaty role but she has failed to deliver what was required of her. Pasupathy comes up with a refined performance and other supporting actors have delivered the goods, which is largely negated because of the movie’s not so fascinating plot. Technically, the film is top-notch with the crystal clear cinematography of Vijay Milton and lovely locales. Imman’s songs are nothing much to talk about while Anoop Seelin’s BGM is strictly average. Vikram always goes for a very casual movie each and every time after he finishes a biggie but he selects the story also to be too casual. To be missed strictly..!! 🙂
Starring: Anushka, Rana, Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Ilayaraja
Dialogs: Pa Vijay
Cinematography: Ajayan Vincent
Directed by: Gunasekhar
Once ‘Baahubali‘ started a film somewhat looking similar to that will normally attract attention. When the top leads are the same who worked in that film then eventually it will grab the interest. Such was the hype created for this film. Lets see whether this has made the film into a success.
Kakatiya dynasty’s king Ganapatideva is anxious that his new-born baby is a girl. According to the dynasty, a woman can’t rule the country and hence enemies are ready to take over the power. But Shiva Deviah (Prakash Raj), the minister of Ganapatideva, gives an idea to make a false announcement that the new-born is a boy and also trains her as a true warrior. After few years, there comes a situation where Shiva Deviah is forced to reveal the secret and eventually, enemies announce war on the kingdom. The rest of the film shows whether Rudhramadevi (Anushka) is able to manage the enemies.
First of all this is not a bilingual as its being promoted and its a clear dubbed movie. The selection of voices for dubbing is a pure bad choice which makes the viewing experience very poor. Even bigger stars like Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj sounds too odd which gives the feeling of watching dubbed serials on the television. Another drawback are the dialog which does not sync with the film at all. Screenplay drags and drags in the second half and all the scenes are just coming and does nothing to the film.
Anushka has tried to lift the film on her own and fails miserably. Rana does nothing and Allu Arjun has been made a clown who just makes fear at the beginning and just helps to finish the film. Star casting could have been done better. VFX and stunts does not add anything to such a big movie. Ajayan’s camera work just revolves around the same set of war fields and kingdoms. Ilayaraja’s BGM is somewhat okayish. Gunasekhar’s plot is nice in paper but it fails damn bad when it is shown on the screen. A queen saga which backfires most of the times..!! 🙂
Starring: Vijay, Sruthihaasan, Hansika, Sridevi, Sudeep and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Natarajan Subramaniam
Directed by: Chimbudevan
Ooph.. After a long hiatus here comes our own Puli. Yes such that was its pre release hype. Not only pre release this started long back when Vijay joined hands with Chimbu has he is known for his fantasy type films. Next came the cast and crew list and raised many eyebrows. The first look, songs, teaser and trailer all attracted many counts. So what type of movie is this. Lets see..
Marudheeran (Vijay) lives happily with his father and his vilagers. Their neighbours from Vedhalapuram ruled by Sridevi kidnaps Marudheeran’s lady-love (Sruthihaasan) and kills his father. Marudheeran goes to Vedhalapuram to save his girl. There he secretly tries to find his lady-love with help from many sources and even the trust of the queen and she announces her daughter (Hansika) will marry him. The rest of the film tells us whether Marudheeran saves his people and girlfriend from the evil queen or not.
The biggest plus for would be that the film does not disappoint in its fantasy content. Huge sets, mammoth animals, lead characters with super natural powers would definitely satisfy the lovers of this genre and would also appeal to children. Fantasy based ideas like dwarf people, talking bird, a giant tortoise, black panther fight all adds interest in watching. Very poor screenplay, weak flashback, poor placement of songs, convenient turns in the story and a dragging climax dampen the overall impact. It should have been either fully fantasy or either commercial where the director fails to decide which one.
Vijay fits well in the fantasy mold without compromising anything. He carries the stunts and dance sequences with his usual finesse. With a surprise second role, he proves his acting skills (that look was a big mess). Sridevi has given her best and it is nice to see her back in a different avatar. Sruthihaasan and Hansika are literally used as fillers. Sudeep and Prabhu does not have anything to score whereas Thambi Ramayya, Robo Shankar and the dwarfs add somewhat a bit comedy otherwise it hardly exists.
Technically the film has lived up to its lavish spending and hype created. Art director Muthuraj, Natraj and the VFX team have ensured that the film is a visual treat. Sreekar could have trimmed the film a bit and selection of Devi Sri Prasad for music for such a film is a bad choice. He adds nothing to the film. Director can be appreciated for maintaining his fantasy things but his average screenplay sans fun and excitement makes this film as an average outing..!! 🙂