Bairavaa (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, Daniel Balaji and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Sukumar
Directed by: Bharathan

Its festival time and what else can assure a great opening for the great star of Tamil movie industry. Vijay ensured that the film releases during the festival time so that he can continue his success from his previous film ‘Theri‘. Lets see whether the film has the potential to fulfill his streak.

Bairavaa (Vijay) meets Malarvizhi (Keerthy Suresh), a medical college student, at a wedding and falls in love. When he realizes that she is embroiled in a bitter legal battle with the corrupt chairman of her medical college, he promptly becomes her guard. He accompanies her to her hometown in Tirunelveli to meet real estate tycoon PK @ Periyakannu (Jagapathi Babu), who is the town’s biggest bully. He and his accomplice Kottaiveeran (Daniel Balaji) rule the town with an iron hand. His medical college is a sham with no facilities and Malarvizhi and her friends, who have paid a lot of money for their seats, are fighting for their rights. The flashback shows the rape and death of Malarvizhi’s friend Vaishali (Aparna Vinod), another student, who has sold her home to get a seat in the college. The second half is all about what happens between Bairavaa and PK.

The huge drawback of the entire movie is the entire second half. Boring screenplay and too many fights make us tired. The first half somewhat manages to pass as it has a flashback where the actual story is revealed. As usual, Vijay once again proves his capability of carrying a film on his strong shoulders. He completely steals the show with his natural swag and energetic screen presence. There are plenty of mass moments in the film and Vijay is full of energy lending much credibility to the over-the-top dialogues and unbelievable stunt sequences. His hairstyle and dialogue delivery is completely opposite to what we have seen in his previous films.

Satish’s wisecracks keep up the spirit for some time and Keerthy Suresh looks lovely in her part and has a meaty role too. Jagapathi Babu and Daniel Balaji both talented actors are just the usual loud rowdies. One of the major drawback of the movie, to be honest is Santhosh Narayanan’s underwhelming score that you wonder if these songs were created while he was half asleep! We really miss one peppy number in this Vijay entertainer. Bharathan should think why the screenplay has failed in both of his film with the same actor and after making the mistake once he comes back and does the same again and has wasted his golden opportunity. Overall the movie has its mass moments in the first half, rides on Vijay’s charismatic presence and disappoints on everything else..!! 🙂

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Dhruvangal Pathinaaru (TAMIL)

d16-from-dec-30-promoStarring: Rahman, Ashwin Kumar, Yaashika, Anjana and many more
Editing : Sreejith Sarang
Music : Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography : Sujith Sarang
Directed by: Karthik Naren

Low key film which has almost everyone as debutants but which got very high reviews. This only made me to choose this film. Generally I don’t prefer films acted by new comers as the taking would be damn bad. This film is the exception in that. Lets see what the film is about.

Retired cop Deepak (Rahman) recalls his famous unsolved psycho killer case to a young man, who wants to become an IPS officer. Six years back, Deepak investigates about a suicide case but during the investigation, he get to know it’s a murder. While Deepak tries to find the reason behind the mysterious murder, he gets another call saying a young girl is missing from her apartment with visible blood traces on the floor. Deepak makes tremendous progress in cracking the real murderer and also finds a strange connect between these cases but he is unable to arrest anyone. Why and what happens next forms the rest of this splendid thriller.

Most crime subjects are centered on the main investigator just showing his tactics and plus. But director Karthik here deals naturally, the inspector has a hard time with memory and he is keen on getting advice from his fellow policemen, though he is just a day old in his work. He makes us do the guessing game – if the story is true or false, but when the movie just goes on the connecting dots are joined when the final ploy unfolds in a good way indeed. Rahman is effective as the policeman called upon to do something which he does not quite cherish. Other characters add value to the film, almost many are fresher.

The dialogues are also simple but interesting in many places. The way the officials talk with each other has been captured well. The conversations between Deepak and his fellow-men are sharp and witty at times. Jakes Bejoy’s background score enhances the thrill and mystery element throughout the film. Sujith Sarang’s cinematography has used lights and angles that gives the feel of watching a crime investigation flick. The multi-layered complex script is easily conveyed with the razor-sharp and clear cuts of Editor Sreejith Sarang. Despite few confusions here and there, film has never failed us to score at every interval which proves Karthik’s mettle. A warm ending to 2016 and huge welcome to 2017..!! 🙂