Thaarai Thappatai (TAMIL)

Tharai-Thappattai-Movie-Posters-1Starring: Sasikumar, Varalakshmi, RK Suresh, GM Kumar and many more
Editing : G Sasikumar
Music : Ilayaraja
Cinematography: Chezhiyan
Directed by: Bala

After the tale of enslaved tea workers of the pre-independence era, Bala takes up the cause of folk artists in this film. The movie released among many expectations mainly because of the maestro’s 1000th film and totally different star cast of the film. Lets see what the film offers.

Sannasi (Sasikumar) is a great folk artist, and he leads a troop of folk artists. The star attraction of the troupe is Sooravali (Varalakshmi), a fiery, bold, outspoken girl with a heart of gold. Sooravali loves Sannasi and she will go to any extent to get his attention. Saanasi is also smitten by her but does not admit it. When he is ready to propose, her mom arranges her marriage with Karuppaiah (RK Suresh), who introduces himself as a driver to the district Collector. After one year, Sannasi comes to know that Karrupaiah is actually a pimp and Sooravali’s life is in danger. What happens later forms the rest.

Kudos to Bala for showing the plight of the folk artists. While the first half promises so much the second half is a total let down as the screenplay does not click well. Varalakshmi is the star of the show with a standout performance. She is extraordinary as Sooravali, as she plays with confidence and doesn’t miss a beat. Sasikumar is completely at home in this self-sacrificing character. GM Kumar acts well and he gives what is required. RK Suresh on debut as the villain is apt and the supporting cast are all uniformly good.

Maestro Ilayaraja’s music is divine. It is the biggest positive of this film along with performances. Chezhiyan’s cinematography is raw and callous. While movie is full of blood and gore, the biggest drawback of this film is its second half, where the climax reminds you of all other Bala flicks. Not sure why he chooses the ending of all his flicks like this. Though the flick does not offer much to think its enjoyable to some extent, thanks to Bala’s writing. The film has all the elements of Bala and even the climax reflects the same which is the odd point of the film, otherwise its a good one to watch..!! 🙂

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Kathakali (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vishal, Catherine Teresa, Karunas, Mime Gopi  and many more
Editing : Pradeep
Music : Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography: Balasubramaniem
Directed by: Pandiraj

Pandiraj, for the first time, has come out of his usual genre to present a film where action is the main part. Vishal usually known for his love for action subjects has joined hands with Pandiraj for the first time. This itself has raised the expectations on this movie. Lets see what does this film has to offer.

Amuthavel (Vishal) comes from USA to Cuddalore, after a gap of 5 years, for his love marriage with Meenu Kutty (Catherine Tresa). Amuthan’s family has an enmity with the local gangster Thamba( Madhusudhanan) and for this reason only Amuthavel went to US. Thamba gets murdered mysteriously and his wife, gang members and cops suspect Amuthan. The rest is who killed Thamba and what happens to Amutha and his marriage.

Director Pandiraj has delivered a thriller that is quite racy for the most part. Though the second half of the film is racy, the first half though is not as exciting. Most of it is wasted on a meaningless romantic angle with some tiresome comedy thrown in as there is noting else to showcase. The screenplay is very good as it does not give any answer for the thriller till the end. The film revolves entirely around Vishal and the actor gives a decent performance. Catherine does her role pretty well in the love portions. Karunas fits the bill, namesake, as a comedian.

Movie’s another big asset are the raw action sequences, especially where the hero takes a selfie at the bus stand. Although Hiphop Tamizha does not have much to perform for songs, he has compensated with pulsating BGM. Balu’s camera work is splendid in capturing the night with rain as the background. Pandiraj has proved that he is not only best in delivering a children movie but also for a thriller. Do watch it if you like to witness a murder mystery without wasting a minute..!! 🙂

Rajini Murugan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Sivarkarthikeyan, Keerthi Suresh, Rajkiran, Soori, Samuthirakani and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Balasubramaniem
Directed by: Ponram

After a long delay the movie has released on a grand scale amid roaring expectations thanks to the many trailers and many release dates which were announced previously. Also the hero’s mileage in giving hits made the expectations to grow high. Lets see how the film had fared.

Rajini Murugan (Sivakarthikeyan) is a happy-go-lucky guy, whose only job is to take care of his grandfather (Rajkiran). He always roams along with his friend Thothathri (Soori). He is madly in love with Karthika Devi (Keerthi), daughter of his uncle, who is no longer in good terms with the family. Rajkiran’s one and only aim in life before he dies is to meet all his family members, who are settled abroad, sell his ancestral house and give everyone their share. In order to bring all the family members Rajini Murugan sketches a plan. There enters ‘Ezharai’ Mookan (Samuthirakani) who says he too have a share in that property. What happens next is rest.

The film is a package of all elements which is needed for a commercial film and director had succeeded in delivering whats needed to deliver a hit. The biggest plus, as usual, is the comedy of Soori and Siva which has worked here in regular intervals. The story grips in the second half but the length seems to be so long that when we know it’s the end the film still keeps going on. But hold on, the climax gives you another surprise which makes you to smile and leave the hall after watching.

Sivakarthikeyan is at his usual best and a treat to watch. When he joins with Soori they always give a blockbuster performance which they have proved once again. Keerthy looks fresh. Her screen presence and performance definitely needs a thumbs up. Samuthirakani is another big asset for the movie, his uncanny villainy act and Rajkiran is in top form. While songs are already chartbusters, BGM by Imman is apt for the movie. Balu has aptly captured the fun, chaos and colour of this lighthearted entertainer.

Ponram comes up with the usual formula oriented first half which would have fallen flat if the comedy was not good. Despite seeing this story and screenplay in many other movies, Ponram keeps you glued to the screen with the performance of Siva and proper usage of comedy. Overall, the movie is an entertaining watch and treat to family audiences..!! 🙂

Charlie (MALAYALAM)

charlie-movie-poster-8683Starring: Dulquer Salman, Parvathy, Aparna Gopinath, Nedumudi Venu and many more
Editing : Shameer
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: Joman T John
Directed by: Martin Prakkat

I use to watch Malayalam movies only when it gets some word of mouth views. So this film is one such movie which were said very high about the characters and music. Also I watched mainly because of Parvathy, my favorite. So lets see how the movie is.

Tessa (Parvathy) runs away from her home after quitting her job and stays in a house which is occupied full of things which was left out by the previous person who stayed there, Charlie (Dulquer). She finds a drawing where a story is conveyed through art and its left over half. Interested in knowing the ending, Tessa travels to find who is Charlie and whats the end of the story he drew. Her travel towards Charlie and life forms the rest.

This movie might not appeal to all, but its sure to excite those who love the unusual. Maybe the director was doubtful about the ability of the audience to understand the movie so added few commercial elements. In doing so, he has compromised on that subtle artistry, which would have given a naturalness to the narrative. The lead actors Dulquer and Parvathy sizzles in their roles. Dulquer is intense as Charlie. Despite the bearded, edgy get up, he manages to carry the role with just the right amount of warmth. Parvathy plays her inquisitive part well and has equal screen time and presence as the hero.

A melodious background score from Gopi Sundar blends in well with the story. Camera angles by Jomon are charming enough which captures the difference with a tinge of romance. The crisp dialogues, the ideology presented and sequences are the big positives. It goes off slow in the middle of second half but comes back strong towards the end. This movie sure is a winner and a must watch, which prompts you to live life free-spiritedly. Barring its narrative style, ‘Charlie’ is one movie which can be enjoyed whole heartedly…!! 🙂

Maalai Nerathu Mayakam (TAMIL)

Maalai-Nerathu-Mayakkam21Starring: Balakrishna Kola, Wamiqa Gabbi, Parvathy Nair, Azhagamperumal and many more
Editing : Rukesh
Music : Amrit
Cinematography: Sridhar
Written : Selvaraghavan
Directed by: Gitanjali Selvaraghavan

It’s been a long time since we have seen a movie from Selva’s stable. To quench the thirst he has written for this film which is directed by his wife. So quite naturally, movie had managed to create decent buzz prior to its release, even though the film has no top actors nor top technicians. So lets see how the film has used his writing.

Manoja (Wamiqa) is a bold, modern girl with many male friends at work and outside. She is recovering from a break-up and her mom wants her to get into an arranged marriage with Prabhu (Balakrishna), an introvert whom girls don’t really like to spend time with. To Prabhu’s tough luck, Manoja is too classy and she finds him intolerable most of the time. Whenever he wants to move with her she resists and this goes on. At one point the couple applies for divorce. What happens next forms the rest.

The biggest plus of the movie is the characterization of the heroine. She never cares of anyone and lives as what her heart asks her to. Being a Selva’s movie we can see many of his stamps all over the movie starting from the hero himself. Everything looks to be old and nothing makes us to go deep into movie. The movie slows in a very slow manner and makes to feel the 2 hr movie to be 4 hrs of length. Balakrishna acts like a pure debutant and proves he is another son of a film producer and joins in that league. But the pick of the movie is Wamiqa. She is so fresh and perfects in her lip sync and emote well too.

Amrit’s songs saves the film big time. Nice debut for him. Sridhar’s vision moves all over the big house with different colors and hill-side towards the end. Gitanjali makes a slow but decent debut but has nothing much to prove as she has a story to direct with which she might have seen it in her hubby’s movie itself. Though the movie has touched a bold theme like how the present relationships are in place it has missed to show it with a clear idea. Can be given a miss..!! 🙂

Bhooloham (TAMIL)

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Starring: Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Prakashraj, Nathan Jones and many more
Editing : N Ganeshkumar
Music : Srikanth Deva
Cinematography: Sathish Kumar
Dialogs : SP Jananathan
Directed by: N Kalyanakrishnan

After a long hiatus this film has hit the screen at the right time by capitalizing on the fame which Ravi gained through ‘Thani Oruvan‘. This is a very long pending movie whose trailer created more ripples when it was released. Once again there is a film based on boxing but lets see how this differs from others.

The film opens with the clash between the two boxing clans, Nattu Marundhu Vaithiyar (Ravi) and Irumbu Manithar Rasamanikkam. A modern-day businessman Deepak (Prakashraj) wants to make use of this local flavor with his channel and organizes a tournament between Bhooloham (Ravi) and Arumugam, whose dad killed Ravi’s dad. Bhooloham wants to knock out and kill Arumugam for this reason. But once he defeats him at a match, he feels sad for him and swears not to play the game. Unfortunately business politics of Deepak  pushes Bhooloham to fight the national lever boxer. The winner should fight with the International psychotic boxer Steven George (Nathan Jones). What did Ravi do to both Prakashraj and the psychotic boxer forms the end.

With all the elements of making a good film, somehow in the process of narration, things go awry and the director loses control through the second half with many predictable scenes. The film just moves on its own without knowing where to proceed. The scenes are also abrupt and the film lacks continuity in certain scenes, thanks to the prolonged delay of the film. Jayam Ravi deserves a pat on his back for effortlessly fitting into the role of a ruthless boxer from North Chennai. His mannerisms, dialogue delivery and efforts taken to beef up his body add value to his role. Prakashraj is in top form. Trisha looks pretty but has nothing much to do except motivating the hero.

SP Jananathan’s dialogs are razor-sharp that too in the climax he expresses his desire through Ravi. Sathish does some good work behind the lens in capturing the gritty nature of North Madras and especially the fight sequences. Guess Srikanth Deva was not sure what type of songs and BGM was needed for the film and that’s the major drawback of the film. Though the film has the potential to make it big, mediocre second half makes it just a passable watch..!! 🙂