Dharmadurai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Tammanah, Radhika Sarathkumar, Aishwarya Rajesh and many more
Editing : Kasi Viswanathan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sukumar
Directed by: Seenu Ramaswamy

Seenu Ramaswamy is the director who gave huge break to Vijay Sethupathi and he directs him for the third time which created huge buzz among the industry. Also when their previous outing is still lying on the cans for a long time this film has come out within a short span of making time. Lets see how the movie has fared.

Dharma Durai (Vijay Sethupathi) is a drunkard and spoils the reputation of their family. Dharma also tells his mother Pandiyamma (Radhika) that he will not stop drinking till all his die. At one point of time, all the three brothers sketch a plan to murder Dharma but as per Pandiyamma’s suggestion, he escapes from his own house with a bag full of his family business money, which he was not aware of. Dharma’s brothers start searching for him whereas Dharma goes to the medical college where he completed medicine to find out the whereabouts of his close friends, Stella (Srushti Dange) and Subashini (Tammanah) to get back his lost, charming life. How did Dharma become an alcoholic? What part does Aishwarya play? All these forms the rest.

Seenu’s dialogues are touchy and relevant, but screenplay lags at times, especially the college portions. Showing all the characters as positive is a biggest plus of the movie. The college portions does not look linked to the story and stays separate. The biggest plus for the movie is Seenu has extracted the best from each and every actor, be it small or big. Vijay Sethupathi gets a role which has many shades and it is a cakewalk for him be the drunkard or the student. The genuinely written character of Vijay Sethupathi is a big plus of the film along with powerful women characters- Tammanah, Radhika, Aishwarya Rajesh, who helps him regain the confidence and makes him a complete person from time to time.

Among the three girls, it is Aishwarya Rajesh who steals the show with her stellar performance. Tammanah in a matured role is impressive. Srushti Dange has nothing much to do. Radhika demonstrates her versatility and brings in so much to the movie. Ganja Karuppu makes us to smile at times. Yuvan’s songs and background score aid the proceedings exceedingly well. Sukumar’s captivating camera angles and movements are laudable. Director Seenu Ramasamy has woven a beautiful tale with plenty of family sentiments, fun, and an important social message. The well-written characters with some powerful performances forms the backbone of this film. A feel good family drama..!! 🙂

Joker (TAMIL)

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Starring: Guru Somasundaram, Ramya Pandian, Ramasamy, Bava Chelladurai, Gayathri and many more
Editing : Shanmugam Velusamy
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography: Chezhiyan
Directed by: Raju Murugan

Raju Murugan is a well-known person in the media side. His debut film ‘Cuckoo‘ was runaway hit and it dealt with human emotions which was said very well through the main characters and the story. After many years of gap comes his second movie which is, well, named as Joker. Who is Joker and what type of person is he to his village people. Lets see how this Joker behaves.

Mannar Mannan (Guru Somasundaram) is considered as a joker in his village as he treats himself as People’s President and raises voice against corruption in his locality. Mannan is mentally disturbed due to an incident that happened to his wife Malliga (Ramya Pandian), thanks to the government and its system and its loopholes. Due to the negligence of politicians and government officials, Malliga is struggling for life and is in coma. The rest of the film is an emotional roller coaster ride of Mannar Mannan and his two like-minded friends, Ponoonjal (Ramasamy) and Isai (Gayathri Krishna) as they file a petition for the mercy killing of Malliga.

Raju Murugan’s trending dialogues targeting all the political parties and flaws in the system is enjoyable in the first half whereas post intermission, the film turns emotional. This is where the film slows down a bit otherwise the movie moves smoothly which may make you smile first but if you think every smile has a truth in it. Perfect casting makes you to sit tight throughout the film. Salute to Raju Murugan who treats movies too same like as life.

Guru Somasundaram the already acclaimed actor for his performances in ‘Aaranya Kaandam’ and ‘Jigarthanda’ plays the lead and what a brilliant show of histrionics he has displayed. If he has taken efforts of acting to a new level as the suited President, he is equally captivating as the ordinary innocent worker who falls in love with a girl and hopefully pines for her even after she rejects him finally getting her. Mu Ramaswamy plays Ponoonjal the social activist with such natural elan. Ramya Pandian brings to life the local girl who adamantly rejects the hero because his house has no toilet but later slowly succumbs to his charm. Gayathri Krishna as Isai the young girl who believes in the President and Poonjalai is perfect as their spokeswoman.

Chezhiyan ‘s cinematography is a huge strength capturing the tiniest and most insignificant moments and presenting them in all their honest glory. Sean Roldan’s background score enhances every scene and so do his songs with great lyrics that are a part of the storytelling and don’t hamper it like in usual movies. Raju Murugan joins the elite list of modern-day directors who elevate Tamil cinema to international standards. His dialogues are sharp and hard-hitting. Joker is an example of pure cinema and apt example of whats happening in the state now. Hats off..!! 🙂 Continue reading