Pasanga 2 (TAMIL)

Pasanga 2

Starring: Surya, Amala Paul, Nishesh, Vaishnavi and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Aroll Corelli
Cinematography: Balasubramanium
Directed by: Pandiraj

Pandiraj is known for his films which is based on kids. This is his 3rd film based on the kids and that shows how much confidence he has on himself and the power of making kids act which is a very big task. Add a top star to this and this is what you call the hit elements. How has the film managed lets see.

Naina (Vaishnavi) and Kavin (Nishesh) are extremely active and naughty in school and their parents are forced to keep on changing the schools and flats. They come across Tamil Nadan (Surya) a child psychiatrist, where they learn that their kids have Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD). How the kids overcome the disorder with the help of Tamil Nadan and his wife Venba (Amala Paul), who works as a teacher in a school which has an altogether different setup for school, education and parenting.

If ‘Pasanga‘ was for rural kids this film is for urban kids. But the major difference is the former did not deal mainly about their problems but it had many side stories where their families were involved where here its only about those kids and the disorder. This major difference makes you feel this film is very slowly poised in the second half and its very difficult to think away that most scenes remind us about ‘Taare Zameen Par‘. Though many scenes are cliché and melodramatic, Pandiraj saves the film with his sharp dialogs and his way of making the kids perform. The film’s lead actors Vaishnavi and Nishesh make a brilliant debut. They will be loved for what they do and their innocence. Nishesh deserves a special mention for his dancing skills.

Karthik Kumar, Ramdoss, Bindu Madhavi and Vidya Pradeep add solidity to the film, by coming up with credible performances as anxious parents. Surya and Amala Paul have played extended cameo roles. Surya is at his best as a child friendly young parent. Amala Paul does her best. Balu’s visuals have excelled in the kids world and Aroll Corelli is back with a bang and he has etched his violin tunes all over the film. Editing is sharp as the film is just 2 hours in length. Though the film gives you the dejavu feel, the content is king and the movie is backed by good performances and strong dialogs which makes you to enjoy the kids play all over the film..!! 🙂

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Bajirao Mastani (HINDI)

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Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Milind Soman and many more
Editing : Rajesh Pandey
Cinematography: Sudeep Chaterjee
Written by : Prakash Kapadia
Music and Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Sanjay comes back with his previous film’s lead pair and the movie’s trailer created more expectations with its exotic visuals and action choreography. So lets see whether Bajirao creates interest like Ramleela.

The film opens with Bajirao (Ranveer) been appointed as Peshwa of the Maratha empire. He is survived by his wife Kashibai (Priyanka). After 10 years, a messenger from a distant land seeks help of Bajirao to save their kingdom. The messenger is none other than Mastani (Deepika). Ranveer helps Deepika and her kingdom and saves it. He returns back to Pune and Mastani too reach there after few days as she is attracted by Bajirao. What follows is how the half Muslim and half Rajput princess and Bajirao gets united amidst loud discourage from Bajirao’s mother. Whether they unite or not and what happens to Kashibai forms the rest.

Movie doesn’t leave much room for complaint. The story sucks you in from the first frame, and stays that way till the interval. Post that, the pace slackens here and there but the performances keeps you glued to the screen. But few parts of the movie looks dramatic mainly towards the end and the climax which looks artificial. Ranveer Singh is outstanding and one can easily identify Bajirao through him with his stunning looks and action. Deepika looks mesmerizing throughout the film and her performance is worth as the film. Priyanka may have not got much screen space, but even in that little time, she is a treat to watch.

The entire art department, costumes, make up, production design everything have well cooperated the director. Sudeep’s each and every frame is breathtaking. Be it the war scenes or the romance or the feel of missing everything comes intact as the visuals. Sanjay has improved his mettle as the music director this time and his BGM’s are passable. Overall, the movie is a must watch for the story, mind-boggling performance and the real love between a king and his all time lovable girl..!! 🙂

Thangamagan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Dhanush, Samantha, Amy Jackson, Radhika and many more
Editing : Rajesh Kumar
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: Kumaran
Directed by: Velraj

After a big gap comes a real big-ticket movie towards the close of the year. As usual the expectations were huge since this is the biggest regional release after the heavy floods and from the combination of VIP team. Lets see how this son has given this film.

Tamizh (Dhanush) is a happy lad, roaming with his friend and his cousin Aravind. Tamizh is smitten by Hema (Amy) and after few chases they both fall in love. Over time, Hema and Tamizh fall apart, and eventually Hema gets married to Aravind and Tamizh finds Yamuna (Samantha) and they are two happy families. The happiness gets spoiled when Tamizh’s father (KS Ravikumar) commits suicide. When nothing is known about the suicide, the rest is the story of how Tamizh uncovers the truth.

The casting of the main characters are the big plus whereas the casting of villains is a big let down. For such a hero who punches through his mouth every now and then, the villains looks just flat. Second half struggles with its poor screenplay with scenes which offers nothing in many places. Comedy clicks well in the first half which is easily the biggest thing in the film. The film rests completely on Dhanush’s shoulders. He turns on the charm in all characterizations as the ideal son, lover and husband. Amy Jackson has a better role and it’s such a pleasure to see a heroine not playing the usual character. Samantha in a homely role is impressive. Radhika and KS Ravikumar provide the ample support as same as Satish.

Editing is good as the film is just few minutes over 2 hours. Debutant Kumaran’s camera has clicked in both halves. Anirudh has provided songs that are needed for situations and as usual excels in the BGM’s. Though the story is impressive it does not help the film due to the bad screenplay. Though it has not clicked fully still the film has something to offer in the form of comedy and the family essence added into it. A good time pass film overall..!! 🙂

Eetti (TAMIL)

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Starring: Atharva, Sri Divya, Jayaprakash, Naren and many more
Editing : Raja Mohammad
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Saravanan Abhimanyu
Directed by: Ravi Arasu

After the much troubled floods in Chennai, this is the movie which I saw once the city started to settle down again. I saw this film in the recently opened multiplex so it was much joy for me to explore both the city and the plex after a long time. So chose this film as it was getting some good feedback. That too after a long time I watched it on a weekday. Lets see how this sports based movie has fared.

Pugazhenthi (Atharva), an athlete, has a rare bleeding disorder called thrombasthenia. Even a small scratch on him causes black-out and heavy bleeding. He falls in love with Gayathri (Sri Divya) and he happens to come Chennai for a sports meet. He plans to meet her lady-love for the first time and happens to give lift to a stranger who happens to be the brother of Gayathri and thus earns the wrath of a gangster and his sidekick. Why he is being chased? What happens to his love forms the rest of the story.

The fight sequences are cleverly pictured and the director deserves credit for not over exploiting the story. The characters appear real, and even the medical condition has been well used. As usual the first half is damn slow which is filled by the so-called romantic songs but the love scenes look interesting. At times the comedy works out. The work done to show how the money laundering is done deserves a pat.

With toned physique, right expressions and subtle performance, Atharva brilliantly fits into the role of an athlete who turns up larger than life when situation warrants. Sri Divya is apt as his love interest. Jayaprakash steals the show as a caring father and Naren sparkles in the role of Atharvaa’s coach. RNR Manohar has the venom kind looks in his eyes. Selva, Murugadoss, Thirumurugan does their part too. Songs by GV Prakash are passable while BGM fits the bill and pushes the momentum in action sequences. Abhimanyu’s camera captures both the hurdles and fights with different shade. Editing could have been sharper in the first half.

What works for the film is the screenplay. The director aptly weaves all the sub plots together without appearing too cinematic. The director has presented action oriented film with good share of romance, family sentiment and comedy. Eetti has the sharpness for most part of the time and kindles interest towards the end and makes a decent commercial flick..!! )

Spectre (ENGLISH)

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Note: This is my 150th post..!! 🙂

Actually its a special feel when you come to know there is one more bond movie which get releases. Its extra special when you happen to see it in IMAX and that to the very first IMAX screen of your city. So there are many specials when I write this review. Lets see how the bond has scored in the movie.

The movie starts in Mexico City. Agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) trails some criminals in a continuous tracking shot. He shoots them, and escapes the crumbling structure only to land up fighting the criminal inside the helicopter over the town square. What follows is Bond hunting the organization responsible for the deaths of those closest to him, namely the prior M (Judi Dench). His path leads him to the nefarious terrorist organization, SPECTRE and its feared leader who has his own personal agenda for causing Bond misery.

At two-and-a-half hours length, the film is far too long and the climax has been dragged beyond patience. The film is more of a romance thriller than an espionage film, with a bloated plot at a meandering pace, without any real or semblance of reasoning. The director along with his cinematographer ensure that the frames are atmospheric in nature.

Overall, Spectre is a dazzling film, but it lacks the luster and adrenaline rush of a bond film which does not shake or stir us and leaves us blank with the high expectations it garnered..!! 🙂