Kapoor and Sons (HINDI)

KapoorStarring: Rishi Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Fawad Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhat, Ratna Pathak and many more
Editing : Shivkumar
Music : Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko, etc    Background Score : Sameer Uddin
Cinematography: Jeffery F Bierman
Directed by: Shakun Batra

Another hindi film which I watched with the help of subtitles. The only point in seeing this film is that it’s widely been in news on its plot and also on how Rishi Kapoor looks so artificial in his makeup. Man that’s disaster to see him as such. Also this film is one of the many multi starrers that comes in Bollywood. So come lets peep into these Kapoor’s.

90-year-old Amarjeet Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor) stays with his son Harsh Kapoor (Rajat Kapoor) and daughter-in-law Sunita Kapoor (Ratna Pathak Shah). One day Amarjeet Kapoor gets heart attack and his grand sons Rahul (Fawad Khan) & Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra), who are staying abroad, returns back. The family reunites after a long gap and along with the family bonding many other internal issues keep emerging, due to which fights and heated arguments takes place between all of them. Amarjeet’s final wish is to have a photo consisting of all his family members and ‘Kapoor & Sons’ written below it. But quarrels, inner desires, dark secrets and romance come in between Amarjeet’s dream and that’s what the entire film is all about.

There’s a strong Karan Johar impression on the film, but that was expected. With several parallel tracks running through, Shakun Batra crafts a refreshing tale of family problems and the art of sweeping them under the carpet. A special mention for the scene where a plumber gets unwillingly stuck in a family fight and leaves everyone in splits. The nuances in the story are reflected brilliantly in all aspects of the film from the performances to the technical aspects like production design, music, editing and photography.

Rishi Kapoor is cute and charming. Every scene of his enhances the viewing experience. Fawad Khan is intense and perfect for his character. Sidharth Malhotra lends good support. Alia Bhatt is lovable in her parts. Rajat Kapoor is soulful. Ratna Pathak Shah is marvelous. Together Rajat and Ratna acts like the main pillars of the film. Jeffery F Bierman’s camera captures the essence of Coonoor in the best way possible. The music is soothing. This is a decent, neat and a clean family drama which will be loved and connects with everyone who loves films from this genre. Nice watch..!! 🙂

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Pichaikaran (TAMIL)

Pichaikaran-Movie-Latest-PosterStarring: Vijay Antony, Satna Titus, Bagavathi Perumal, Muthuraman and many more
Editing : Veera
Music : Vijay Antony
Cinematography: Prasanna Kumar
Directed by: Sasi

Vijay Antony once again have chosen a title which is peculiar and no one will ever even give a thought of. Also he joins hands with Sasi, the expectations were high. Inspired by a real life story he has provided this film. Lets see how the film has fared.

Arul (Vijay Antony) is a multi-millionaire and his only worry is his deceased mother, who is bedridden. After months of treatment, Arul loses all hope. When Arul approaches a saint, he tells him to forsake his name, wealth and securities and beg for a living for 48 days in return for his mother’s life. The rest of the film is all about how Arul adapts himself to the new environment and how his offering cures his loved one. Of course, the film has an other branch of stories like a mental healthcare facility conducting illegal clinical trials on hapless patients, and a money-grubbing uncle out to cheat him off his inheritance and also cute romance with Magizhini (Satna).

Sasi’s forte has been selecting a story with human values and emotions and creating powerful scenes with touching dialogues. He has once again proved it in this film too. The film definitely sheds some light into the real lives of the beggars and also deals with their problems. Getting inspired by a real story, Sasi has packaged the film as a good commercial package, with equal dosage of sentiment, romance, action and comedy. All the areas have worked out decently.

Vijay Antony’s success lies in the fact that he picks up scripts and plays to his strength. Be it the suave business tycoon who later turns a beggar, he gets his emotions right and scores for most part of the film. Satna plays a typical good heroine role. Bhagavathy Perumal as the friend cum manager of Vijay Antony gives a neat performance. The actors who performs as beggars are a scream. Cinematography by Prasanna Kumar elegantly capture the streets of Chennai and Veera’s editing is sharp.

Even though the motherly sentiment touches the border of cliché, it seems like to have worked out in the end. The pace also suffers post interval, but the climax makes it up. Overall this is another neat attempt by Sasi and Vijay Antony which is high on human values. The beggar deserves the penny..!! 🙂

Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Samuthirakani and many more
Editing : Leo John Paul
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Dinesh Krishnan
Directed by: Nalan Kumaraswamy

Nalan and Vijay created a sensation in their previous flick which catapulted them to stardom overnight and gave a new lease of life for the young gen people. They are back again with this flick which is based on Korean movie ‘My dear Desperado’. Lets see how they have provided us this film.

Kathir (Vijay Sethupathi) is a wannabe rowdy, whose only aim is to own a bar. He has just now back from prison life and it was for his area councilor, who promised him to provide him a life. Yazhini (Madonna Sebastian) loses her IT job during recession and due to financial crisis, she stays in the small flat opposite Kathir. The rest of the film is all about how these two people with drastically different dreams gel with ease and develop a liking for each other.

Kudos to Nalan for opting for a film as realistic and subtle like this. This is a film that you need to see with a clear mind, with a laid back attitude and a little patience too. One of the main reasons why this film works is because of its central characters. While Vijay Sethupathi turns even an ordinary scene into a laugh riot, Madonna makes an impressive debut. Since the movie revolves around its lead pair, supporting actors have limited screen space and yet Samuthirakani makes his presence felt with a superlative extended cameo.

Santhosh Narayanan elevates each and every scene with his soulful score. Dinesh’s camera has captured Chennai in a different shade. Leo’s editing could have done better. Everything has been handled with subtleness and that seems to be the unique attribute of Nalan. Overall its a classy romantic less rom-com which can be given a miss if you are an entertainment seeker. If not watch it for the lead pairs..!! 🙂

The Revenant (ENGLISH)

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The film is set in 19th century where revenge is best served and deserved in the forest. This is the story of man hunting on the Missouri which is attacked by a bear and considered dead by the booth open. When he starts to travel and left for dead by his party of fur trappers. There’s no deeper subtext within the film, even though visually the film poses to present something deeper.

Glass (DiCaprio) spends most of his time in agony, being angry, hungry and thirsty. The Oscar is well deserved because he does it all without any dialogue. The Revenant works as a film on men and their offspring, as a good old vengeance film and man against nature. Lubezki’s sublime camerawork that is impressive. The film is brilliantly mounted, but that’s not to say that it doesn’t have its flaws; the passage of time isn’t entirely clear, leaving it to look like Glass healed from his wounds overnight.

The film is aimed to create a sensory experience, which it does. If taken at face value, its linear structure could be deemed meaningless. Gore and bloody violence aside, it’s an effort driven by performance and effects. Leo you deserve this at least for this film..!! 🙂

Mirudhan (TAMIL)

MiruStarring: Jayam Ravi, Lakshmi Menon, Kaali Venkat, RNR Manohar and many more
Editing : KJ Venkat Ramanan
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: S Venkatesh
Directed by: Shakti Soundarajan

The expectations were more as the film is touted as Tamil cinema’s first zombie film. Also the director should be appreciated for taking such different genres as his previous movies were based on dogs and bank heist. Lets see how the movie has shaped up.

The film straight away opens up in Ooty where some bio waste is spilled down and one dog licks that and slowly the entire city is infected by a virus that is slowly turning humans into cannibals. Soon the government declares emergency whereas doctor Renuka (Lakshmi Menon) with few other doctors collects the blood samples of such victims for research of antidote. In order to reach to next city they seek the help of traffic cop Karthik (Jayam Ravi) who is in search of his sister. What happens to his sister and what happens to the research and whether they all survive in the zombie city forms the rest.

Post intermission, there are several scenes which tests our patience and we begin to wonder, where the film is heading to. But towards the climax, the movie gains back the momentum with a dramatic song and an adrenaline rushing action block, which in turn saves the film. Kudos to the director and his team for the extensive research made on the making. Ravi stands out as one man army against plenty of zombies and his job is to shoot them on spot which he delivers best. Lakshmi Menon has very little to do except being a part of the proceedings. Kaali Venkat manages to evoke a few laughs with his shooting skills while RNR Manohar as the politician fills the space.

Imman scores well in songs and BGM’s are fine. Special hats off to the makeup crew who must have over worked in setting up the n number of extras. Venkatesh has done a tremendous job in capturing the ever-moving images and the film is crisp enough but still it feels like lagging. Though the film has its own flaws, its refreshing to see our own zombie film which most parts goes slow but catches up pretty well towards the end. Zombies, welcome to South India..!! 🙂