Hara Hara Mahadevaki (TAMIL)

Starring: Gautham Karthik, Nikki Galrani, Sathish, Karunakaran and many more
Music: Balamurali Balu
Cinematography: Selvakumar
Directed by: Santhosh Jayakumar

Hara Hara Mahadevaki is yet another adult comedy which is purely aimed at youngsters. Debutant director Santhosh Jayakumar has basically tried to cash in on the popular WhatsApp adult comedian’s voice with the tried and tested ‘comedy of errors’ formula which was seen in umpteen Priyadarshan comedies. Lets see what the film has to offer us.

The anthology opens with Thalaivar (Ravi Maria) hatching a plan with his henchman Idi (Namo Narayanan) to plant a bomb hidden in a freebie bag at a ruling party meeting and employ Spike (Mottai Rajendhran) and Kumar (Karunakaran). The second story involves Ravi (Bala Saravanan) an expert at changing fake currencies with a similar bag containing one crore rupees. The third one has Ramya (Nikki Galrani) breaking up with funeral organizer Hari (Gautham Karthick) and the fourth episode involving a couple whose child is kidnapped while staying at a resort and the cops are on the case. All these stories collide at the Hara Hara Mahadevaki resort and all hell breaks loose leading to a Sukhanubavam climax.

There are many cleverly camouflaged pokes at current politicians and policemen which receive thunderous applause. Once all the characters enter the Mahadevaki resort the laugh volume is raised to the loudest. On the downside the film takes a long time for its setup which is a yawn and as mentioned earlier the shoddily conceived and executed kidnap episode is a major let down. Gautham Karthik is comfortable as the happy-go-lucky guy, Nikki Galrani looks pretty and delivers what is required for her character. Overall, this movie can be enjoyed if you opt for some fun with a bunch of young friends. But if you look out for quality comedy, you might only come out disappointed..!! 🙂

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Spyder (TAMIL)

Starring: Mahesh Babu, SJ Suryah, Rakul Preet, RJ Balaji and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Santosh Sivan
Directed by: AR Murugadoss

Ooph moment again..!! Yes another very long break from writing the reviews. Sorry for the break. I have watched 7 movies in the meantime and will start reviewing with this bi-lingual which was also the launchpad for Mahesh Babu in Tamil. Here I go..!!

Shiva (Mahesh Babu), an Intelligence Bureau official develops a spy software to identify people in need of help. This software enables him to arrest criminals, often before they can commit crimes. One day, Shiva gets a call from a young girl and he immediately sends a woman cop to her rescue. Shockingly, both the girl and the cop are found brutally murdered the next day. Upon investigation, Shiva discovers that serial killer Bhairava (SJ Suryah) is responsible for all these. When Bhairava realises that Shiva has identified him, he decides to commit a bigger crime. How Shiva foils the sadistic killer’s plan is the crux.

Murugadoss’s writing has always been intelligent, quick and needful when the screenplay suffers a setback. This movie defies that logic on many extents. He continues to weaken his strong script with lifeless romantic sequences and needless songs. Another big minus point of the film is the abrupt climax and the forced message in the end. Mahesh Babu could not have asked for a better debut in Tamil and his dialogue delivery is flawless. The big surprise is SJ Suryah who definitely steals the show with his performance.

Harris Jayaraj is another hero of the film. Though the songs are needless and average, Harris lifts the film with his brilliant background score. Santhosh Sivan’s visuals are top-notch and Peter Hein’s stunts are scintillating. But the VFX work is not up to the mark. Expecting a really good film, this attempt from Murugadoss failed to proceed with the same momentum with which it was started. Can be missed..!! 🙂