Sairat (MARATHI)

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I have never thought that I will be seeing a Marathi film in my lifetime. But due to lack of good and sensible films in my regional language I was rather interested to see this movie as it was gaining popularity even in my city. So amidst the hot bookings we managed to get tickets for the film and watched it among the full house audience. Lets see what the film offers us.

Aarchi (Rinku Rajguru), a rich upper class girl falls for her classmate Parshya (Aakash Thosar), a poor but smart boy from the lower social family. The magic happens, and they start seeing each other secretly at first, but they get bold with passing time. The problem is that Aarchi is not just from the upper class, her father is a powerful politician, and her brother Prince is following in on his footsteps. The entire affair is a recipe for trouble, and as expected, trouble arrives. With the help of Parshya’s friends, they decide to make a run for it. What happens to them after this forms the rest.

The film has its nail-biting sequences as well, when the couple elopes, struggles, gets caught and punished. Just when you think it’s over, the film surprises you with the cliff-hanger moment. This movie may remind you of ‘Kadhal‘, a Tamil movie, and yet there’s a whiff of freshness in this. Though the film gives a different feel in first half, the second half moves slowly and the length of 170 mins for the film gives a boring feeling towards the end till the twist happens. Rinku Rajguru as Archana @ Aarchi is outstanding in her debut performance.

The brilliant music from Ajay-Atul, camera work, and a graph that encompasses happiness and sadness, only add to the quality. Nagraj Manjule is a master at bringing out the irony in situations and that is on ample display in the movie. He proves he can also make a deeply touching mainstream romantic film which is loud and clear. Overall it is an epic love story told in a highly affecting manner, filled with solid performances, great songs and an assured hand in direction. Go for it..!! 🙂

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The Conjuring 2 (ENGLISH)

the-conjuring-2-posterThe original Conjuring, that released three years back, was about a haunted farmhouse and it was a sleeper hit in India as the movie was released without any hype and managed to win er. sorry scare everyone here. As usual there comes a sequel for it and lets see whether this too haunts equally or not.

The sequel is set in 1977, seven years after the original events take place. Single mother Peggy Hodgson and her four children are terrorized by the ghost of a former occupant of their shabby house, Bill Wilkins, after her youngest daughter, 11-year-old Janet Hodgson, opens the door to the underworld by messing around with a Ouija board. What does the Warren’s do to save her forms the rest.

You need patience to sit through the build-up as the story takes a while to gain momentum. The intensity just builds and builds without you actually realizing it until it hits you in the face when you are least expecting it. The biggest plus of the movie is the apt writing which makes us to sit tight in the seat. The movie satisfies more than it disappoints. Who knows there may be another sequel too..!! 🙂

Uriyadi (TAMIL)

UriyadiposterStarring: Vijay Kumar, Mime Gopi, Chandru and many more
Editing : Abhinav Sunder
Music : Masala Coffee    Background Score : Vijay Kumar
Cinematography: Paul Livingstone
Directed by: Vijay Kumar

This film is ‘A’ certified and the certificate was procured on 1st of January 2015. Its getting released in May 2016. This shows how low the film and its star cast should be so that it did not acquire any attention from anyone until Nalan saw it and released. Though the star cast may be low but they are new as the story. Lets see what is new in this.

Four friends (Vijay Kumar, Chandru, Jeyakanth and Sivaperumal) have a great time in their college and they booze and eat at a nearby dhaba all the time. Life goes well until their brash behavior earns the wrath of the dhaba cashier and also the son of local alcohol distributor. Meanwhile the dhaba owner (Mime Gopi) uses the undying enmity for his political advantage and sketches a plan to create caste war. The rest of the film is all about whether these four college goers can stand against the wicked politicos or not.

On the surface, Uriyadi might look like a simple revenge story but Vijay Kumar has built the story on multiple layers. The mod-us-operandi is so realistic that you will definitely understand how caste based politics work in Tamil Nadu and the importance of statues in it. Director compensates all the dull moments of the film with the riveting climax that the last twenty minutes will leave lump in your throat. It doesn’t take its audience for granted and never tends to hide anything from them.

Vijay Kumar as the central character Lenin has given a good account of himself with appropriate expressions in all the scenes and especially in the climax sequences. The newcomers who play the three friends as well as every other actor have performed uniformly well. Mime Gopi is apt as the foxy caste organization leader who manipulates every member and situation to suit his ambitions. Special mention to the actor playing the drug addict Ramananthan.

Songs by Masala Coffee neatly supplements the proceedings of the film. Background score is effective and conveys the mood of the film. Paul Livingstone’s cinematography is a big plus for the movie, while editing by Abhinav Sundar Nayak is razor sharp that the short running time is huge plus. Vijay Kumar, who debuts in this film, has played the hero, written, produced and directed apart from providing the background score. Armed with a gripping and novel, screenplay, Vijay  has executed it well with minimal resources that warrants a pat on the back. Uriyadi is an example of how movies should be made – honest and uncompromising story telling..!! 🙂

Iraivi (TAMIL)

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Starring: SJ Suryah, Vijay Sethupathy, Bobby Simha, Anjali, Radharavi and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Directed by: Karthik Subburaj

Karthik, though just two films old, is famous for his out-of-the box scripts, intense characters, real emotions and sensitive execution which clearly sets him apart from his contemporaries. He has come out with his third baby with his favorite gang of stars and few new actors to his gang. Lets see how they and the film has performed.

Arul (SJ Suryah) , a known filmmaker, struggles to get his movie released as his producer refuses to do. Frustrated with life he drowns himself in alcohol. His wife Yazhini (Kamalini), a liberated woman wants a divorce. Arul’s brother Jagan (Bobby Simha) is a student who has penchant for antique idols and more so of lady god. Michael (Vijay Sethupathy) works in their sculpture shop and he is treated like their brother. Despite in a relationship with Malar (Pooja), Michael ties the knot with Ponni (Anjali) against his wishes. He is insensitive towards his wife, who dreams to have a blissful life. A stage comes when all the three men join hands in a crime and what follows next is a series of unexpected twists and turns.

While the first half has been crafted with sensibility and sensitivity, the second half unfortunately leaves much to be desired. The director’s earlier films had never seemed so long. The second half pales in comparison to the first as the narration meanders away with a few inconsistent sequences. Though the roles are well fleshed-out in the earlier part, some of the relationships are never quite clear.

There are umpteen numbers of characters, but each one has a role to play in the intriguing plot. Karthik has extracted the best from the entire cast. It is SJ Suryah who steals the show with his lifetime performance. Anjali proves her mettle in a complex role. Vijay Sethupathi has in fact underplayed his character. Bobby, Pooja in a bold role, Kamalini are adequate. Santhosh Narayanan has outdone himself with the stunning background score and great songs.

Sivakumar Vijayan’s cinematography, Vivekh Harshan’s editing and Vijay Murugan’s art work are greatly responsible for bringing the director’s vision perfectly on-screen.  Karthik has chosen a subject, entirely different from his previous work and throughout the first half keeps the audience in a stranglehold grip and then in the climax delivers all the punches. Though this may not appeal to all, thanks to Karthik for taking a film based on such a bold topic which supports ladies in the country. Kudos Karthik..!! 🙂

Idhu Namma Aalu (TAMIL)

 

 

Idhu Namma AaluStarring: Simbu, Nayanthara, Soori, Andrea and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Kuralarasan
Cinematography: Balasubramaniem
Directed by: Pandiraj

Simbu and Nayanthara coming together for a film after nearly a decade raised many eyebrows and thus the expectations of the movie went so high. The duo was last seen together in the 2006 thriller ‘Vallavan’. Pandiraj, director who is famous for giving films based on children, has moved from rural side movie making to urban style and lets see how is that transformation has fared.

Siva (Simbu) is a project manager in an IT company and the story begins when Siva visits his home town as his dad(Jaya Prakash) wants him to have an arranged marriage. Siva meets Myla (Nayanthara) and his heart melts. Interestingly Myla is the one who has a mind of her own and knows about Siva’s past. He was in love with Priya (Andrea), Myla’s friend but soon on knowing the real reason behind Siva’s break up with Priya, Myla agrees for the marriage and everything goes well with plenty of phone calls and gift exchange between the duo until a heated argument breaks between Siva and Myla’s dads over a drink! What happens next forms the rest.

The film opens on a note by introducing the jolly go life of the IT population with a glimpse of our hero too. The director too wastes no time and gets to the point. The narrative moves at a deliberate pace, getting tedious especially in the second half, with Simbu and Nayanthara endlessly crooning sweet nothings to each other over the phone. Simbu as Shiva is stylish, clean-shaved and a happy playboy IT dude who loves his father more than anything else, goes to any extent to impress his girl. Nayanthara’s character is that of a no-nonsense girl who is straight to the point and loves to tease her boyfriend, accepts the reality and forgives him when it matters.

Andrea is the chubby girl who loves to spend time her guy, sees through the situation and accepts the realism in it. But one guy who steals the show is definitely Soori, his timing, body language and everything is spot on. With a story that drools and drips in romance, his quick wit between them eases the audience with the much required laugh. Balu’s camera is glossy as usual and he has beautifully shown the chemistry between the lead pair. The film could have been trimmed a lot, especially the second half songs that comes as a speed breaker. Debutant music composer Kuralarasan has scored well in songs and his background score too is quite laudable.

The film’s second half feels especially labored with few silly phone conversations and clichéd ego clash between the lead ‘s families, which slows the tempo. But the climax and humour with it is sure to bring a big smile on your face as we walk out of the movie hall. The film ends on a light-hearted note and with a notion of could have been a lot better. One time watch mainly for lead pair and Soori..!! 🙂