Action Hero Biju (MALAYALAM)

imgaction-hero-biju-box-office-collectionStarring: Nivin Pauly, Anu Emmanuel and many more
Editing : Manoj
Music : Jerry Amaldev    Background Music : Rajesh Murugesan
Cinematography: Alex J Pulickal
Directed by: Abrid Shine

After Nivin Pauly delivered the mass hit ‘Premam’ and after coming to know that this director Abrid Shine only directed the cricket classic ‘1983’ and the duo-unite in ‘Action Hero Biju’ is the main reason why I chose to watch this film. Lets see how this Action hero is.

The film is a realistic portrayal of incidents that happen in the life of Biju Paulose (Nivin Pauly), a Sub Inspector of police at a certain point of time. A ride with a police officer, that’s the tag line of the film and it is exactly that. If you are looking for a revenge action cop movie then this is not such a routine police film. Biju is not the conventional superhero police officer, he is a normal cop, who is passionate about his responsibilities and is totally committed to his job.

The difficulties and hard situations a police officer faces are well executed and is depicted brilliantly on-screen. Life of a police officer is glorified through this movie in a realistic way. Nivin Pauly tries his best to suit his character. He is impressive, especially in those lighter moments and also in the emotional scenes. Anu Emmanuel has nothing much to do other than being a pretty face. One of the highlights of the film is the superb performance from some of the supporting characters.

BGM by Rajesh creates interest and the songs are just montages which does not affect the flow of the film. Editing could have been crisper. Abrid Shine handles well the screenplay with both intense moments as well as lighter moments, which show that even those rough-looking cops have a sense of humor. This is definitely an unconventional film which I have never come across and such tries needs to be welcomed warmly. Take a bow..!! 🙂

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Airlift (HINDI)

airlift-2016-film-official-poster-featuring-akshay-kumar-and-nimrat-kaur-1Starring: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Ninad Kamat and many more
Editing : Hemanti Sarkar
Music : Amaal Malik, Ankit Tiwari    Background Music : Arijit Dutta
Cinematography: Priya Seth
Directed by: Raja Krishna Mohan

In 1990, during the first Gulf War, over 170,000 Indians were stranded in Kuwait when it was attacked by Iraq. A few local businessmen and Indian diplomats took on the valiant, significantly uphill task of bringing those people home. This movie simplifies this incredibly complex operation to become little more than a vehicle for one man’s redemption. Lets see how was that possible.

Businessman Ranjt Katiyal (Akshay Kumar) resides in Kuwait along with his wife (Nimrat Kaur) and daughter. He is powerful enough to tackle all is problems and lead a wonderful life. Ranjit is proud to be a Kuwaiti and hates every little thing that reminds him of India. It is only after a mishap strikes Kuwait and Iraqi soldiers invade Kuwait, that he realizes his worth for his homeland. He along with many lakh Indians is evacuated from Kuwait to reach India safe and how, forms the rest of the story.

Director tells this remarkable tale astutely, keeping us on the edge of our seats. He also masterfully brings out the shockingly callous behavior of the officials and ministers in charge. Akshay Kumar, in what must surely be one of his finest performances, is so utterly convincing as the conflicted but tough Ranjit Katyal that there are times in the film when he does not appear to be acting at all. The actor lends believable human dimensions to the gallant figure of Katyal, who isn’t fighting an evil enemy as much as he is confronting the forces of history and destiny.

The sharply edited film looks slick and has a wonderful background score. Filmmaker Raja Krishna Menon is one dedicated man and the way in which he has put his whole and soul in the film is clearly seen. The research that has gone into bringing a mishap like this in front of the people is enough to tell what Menon is capable of. It’s an incredible story one that makes you feel patriotic, but more importantly, reinforces your faith in humanity. Go for it..!! 🙂

Visaranai (TAMIL)

Visaranai-movie-stills-2Starring: Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Murugadoss and many more
Editing : Te Kishore
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: S Ramalingam
Directed by: Vetrimaran

In recent times, Tamil films are very much looked up in the film festival circuit and that is the best medium to promote the film not only to your audience but also globally. ‘Kaaka Muttai‘ did that and from the same producers comes this film which created flutter when it was screened in Venice. Also the director is back after 4 years since his last film which bagged the coveted National award which also added to the expectation. Lets interrogate the movie now.

The movie is about four guys from Tamilnadu who stays in Guntur, Andhra and does odd jobs. Pandi (Dinesh) works in a provision store and sleeps in the park nearby along with his three friends. On a fateful morning, they are picked up by police and taken to the station and brutally beaten up for a crime which they are not aware of. This is because of a robbery which takes place at the Brindavan Colony, Guntur and the police officials are under a lot of pressure to close the high-profile case. Their only clue to this crime is that the miscreants spoke Tamil fluently. But to their luck, a special team from Chennai headed by Murugavel (Samuthirakani) comes to their rescue as they are present in Andhra to arrest a high-profile auditor (Kishore). What happens to these four boys and what is the link between Kishore and Chennai police forms the rest.

What makes the movie truly terrifying is the knowledge that the plot is not the result of someone’s imagination but is based on true incidents. Unarguably, this is one of the most powerful and hard-hitting stories told in recent times. Every scene hits you on the face and repeatedly reiterates that nothing is bigger than the system. The director cleverly exposes how the higher powers use the police force and civilians as pawns for their own gains. Even their own colleagues are being used as scapegoat is what which proves through the film.

Dinesh and Murugadoss shine throughout with their perfect portrayal of helpless guys. Samuthirakani is in his usual element as a police officer and he is emerging as one of the bankable character artist in the industry. Kishore underplays the role of a suave auditor who is caught off guard. Ajay Ghosh as the inspector in Andhra is a menace. Apart from these major characters, all the other people create a lasting impression such as the senior constable Ramdoss in the Chennai station and the encounter specialist. GV Prakash kills it with haunting BGM that sets the perfect mood.

Every moment of their pain, torture and humiliation has been realistically captured by cameraman Ramalingam, which was brilliantly edited by Late Kishore. The film runs just about 2 hours. Vetrimaran clearly says this movie depicts the harsh realities of life and he has made sure that every scene stays with you long after you leave the theatre. The movie isn’t preachy or never tries to debate on anyone, but it tries its best to portray that such incidents happen everywhere and affect the naive. This is an engaging unadulterated cinema at its purest form and is a must watch for all fans of good cinema..!! 🙂

Irudhi Suttru (TAMIL)

 

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Starring: Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Nasser, Radharavi, Zakir Hussain and many more
Editing : Sathish Surya
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Written by: Arun Matheswaran
Directed by: Sudha Kongara

It is called as Maddy’s comeback film as he is making entry into Tamil industry after sometime. Though he has ‘Tanu weds Manu‘ success in Hindi, he badly wanted a hit in Tamil and lets see whether this film is his much deserving break.

Prabhu (Madhavan) is a ferocious boxing coach, who has a bad name at Indian Boxing Federation. He shares an enemity with chairman Dev (Zakir Hussain), a politician dabbling in administration. Due to a baseless sexual harassment complaint, the committee transfers Prabhu to Chennai. Madhi (Ritika Singh), a fisher woman who accompanies her sister for the training, attracts Madhavan by her skills. He asks her to come for training by paying her and make her train. Madhi goes to big competition but she loses there. The rest of the film moves ahead of how she survives in boxing amid-st the politics in the association.

The second half may make you feel that the screenplay is rushed somewhat, but the first half is an absolute delight. Climax provides the icing on the cake, which makes the blemish in the second half ignorable. Casting is apt which helps the film to go a notch higher. Ritika Singh as Madhi scorches the screen in every frame of the film and its hard to believe she is a debutant. Her way of how she trains boxing and the fierce in her eyes initially against the coach explains how much she has given herself to the film and dubbing is perfect for her. Hats off Ritika.

Madhavan has transformed himself for the role of a boxing coach and delivers an energetic performance. There is no wrong for him to wait for more time to come back and give such a film. Zakir Hussain clearly shows how the sports association works in our country. Nasser once again proves his mettle as assistant coach. Radharavi, Kali Venkat and Mumtaz helps the film to move on its pace. Santhosh’s music is undeniably another hero of the film. Background scores gel with the narration and also elevate emotions to a different level. Sivakumar Vijayan’s visuals look slick and his color choice for different cities deserves a mention.

Sudha Kongara deserves every praise that comes her way for writing and directing such a wonderful film. Arun’s dialogs has helped her immensely all through the film. She has worked a lot and made a non-Tamil girl to act like a proper North Chennai girl and she has succeeded in that. Pace may jump at times but to give such a film under 2 hours is really a big task and Sudha is eligible to get all the compliments. A decent sports flick based on women and the treatment for sportswomen in our country. Do not miss it..!! 🙂

Aranmanai 2 (TAMIL)

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Starring: Sidharth, Hansika, Trisha, Sundar C and many more
Editing : Srikanth NB
Music : Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography: Senthil Kumar UK
Directed by: Sundar C

Ok… This is the film which I was forced to see without a cent of interest. When you know how the film will be then it will be tough to watch. As my other choices of movies were not accepted by my friends I was made a scapegoat. Anyhow lets see how the film is.

This is not a sequel of ‘Aranmanai‘ as this is a new story. Murali (Sidharth) and Anitha (Trisha) are happily engaged and Murali’s father (Radharavi) is in coma stage as he fell from the terrace (yes the ghost pushed him). Anita’s brother (Sundar C) finds out the reason of the ghost who is Maya (Hansika). What happens to Maya in the flashback is the reason of the ghost to attack back. What happens after that is the so-called end. The plot is about the restless spirit of a wronged woman yearning for revenge. But this one is more predictable, with hardly any twists and turns.

The first half kind of drags through with a predictable screenplay which is almost similar to the film’s previous version. The comedy portions also makes you to laugh just here and there. The VFX is rather ordinary and the film is loaded with annoying horror clichés. The actors breeze through their performances without breaking a sweat, though none stand out. The second half is trying to find a route to come to the ending which makes you to sleep. Sidharth is wasted in the movie. Trisha’s glamorous side takes over the actress in her. Hansika on the other side is brilliant in her cameo.

Cinematographer Senthil Kumar’s angles captures the scenes well but much cannot be attributed to the songs. BGM’s are good at times. Hiphop Tamizha just passes in this type of film. Sundar C as usual given his best in all the departments of the film. But neither the script, nor its characters or its actors have much to offer in this horror comedy that is totally devoid of any scary moments. Wait for the TV premiere..!! 🙂