Maanagaram (TAMIL)

Starring: Sundeep Kishan, Shri, Regina Casandra, Charlie, Ramdoss and many more
Editing : Philomin
Music : Javed Riaz
Cinematography : Selvakumar
Directed by: Lokesh Kanagaraj

This is one film which got released with very low expectations and gained popularity over the word of mouth publicity by the normal audience. I was waiting to see this film as it had almost every one in the crew making their debut and also with not so strong cast in the film. Whats so special about the film. Lets see..

As the title suggests, movie deals with the different perspectives of people living in today’s fast-moving urban life. A youngster (Shri) with a lot of dreams comes to Chennai to take up a job in an IT firm. Then there is this care-free youngster (Sundeep Kishan), who will go to any extreme for the safety of his love (Regina Cassandra) who works as HR in the firm where Shri is about to join. We also have a soft-spoken taxi driver (Charlie) who has come to the city so that he can give better medical treatment to his son. How the lives of these four characters get hyperlinked through a kidnap that goes wrong, forms the rest of the film. This kind of plot is called as hyperlink cinema.

Hyperlink cinema is a complex theme and narrating it in an entertaining manner needs a lot of work and detailing. Any good cinema will have realism and fantasy in equal proportions. Lokesh enforces audience to get ready from the beginning and ensured they don’t miss out the thrill. All thanks to the director for his gripping and an engrossing screenplay. Shri comes up with a brilliant performance as he conveys, the shock, desperation and dejection without going overboard anywhere. Sundeep Kishan as a rugged youngster is quite apt in the action scenes and does a pretty decent job otherwise.

Regina Cassandra gets a little limited screen space,  but still manages to perform in a way that justifies casting her in the role. Charlie comes in a pretty lengthy character after a gap and he has as usual plays the part effectively. Ramdoss has given yet another hilarious performance as a naive kidnapper. He evokes laughter every time he appears on the screen and the best part is that it is his character and the way he has handled it makes us laugh. The attempt at dark humor is successful as even the way he weeps when his life is in danger, tickle our funny bones.

Special mention to the young technical crew of the movie. Music composer Javed Riaz is top form be it BGM or songs. Cinematographer Selvakumar showcased the nightlife of Chennai in a gritty manner while Philomin’s cuts have contributed for the crystal clear narration. Lokesh Kanakaraj, the man behind the product has oozed his passion and interest towards cinema and the same could be seen and felt in every frame. Finally, a definite watch for all sections of audience and not to be missed at all..!! 🙂

Kuttram 23 (TAMIL)

Starring: Arun Vijay, Mahima, Vamsi, Thambi Ramiah and many more
Editing : Bhuvan Srinivasan
Music : Vishal Chandrasekhar
Cinematography : Bhaskaran
Directed by: Arivazhagan

Really dint have interest to see this film but was too bored and it was long time since I watched a movie so ticked off this film as it was told that this is a thriller based on a famous novelist’s plot. So lets see how the film is.

The film opens with the twin murder of a priest and the wife of a leading TV channel’s CEO who was at the church to confess. The TV CEO requests the Police Commissioner to find the culprit, who immediately appoints Vetrimaaran (Arun Vijay). In his investigation, Vetrimaaran finds a hidden medical crime happening in the name of artificial insemination that a lot of pregnant women are continuously committing suicide. Who is the mastermind? Can Vetrimaaran crack down this complex case forms the rest.

Arivazhagan has handled the story well by not allowing commercial elements to take center stage. The plot touches on the social stigma related to childless women who fall easy prey to predators in the medical profession. What could have been worked on was the screenplay. A tad loosely etched, the message is diluted and spread out. Arun Vijay fits the role of a young officer to the T and has given one of his career best performances and he is excellent when he becomes a normal family man when interacting with his sister-in-law and family.

Thambi Ramiah, who comes as an assistant to the hero attracts us with his one liners, the scene where he smartly converts Arun Vijay’s emotional murder into self-defense is a scream. Mahima looks cute and brings reliability to her character. The villains Arvind Akash and Vamsi Krishna fit the bills and after a long time, Abhinaya scores in a well-written role. Vishal Chandrasekhar has scored well in the songs and his BGM too is worth a mention.

Bhaskaran’s stylish visuals is a big strength to the film, especially the action sequences was splendid! Editor Bhuvan Srinivasan has complemented him with seamless cuts. Incidentally, the 23 in the title apart from the film being Arun’s 23rd venture, also has a connect to the film’s plot. Arivazhagan known for his superb making style has placed much emphasis on the script and the technical crew, and it shows in the output. Overall, can be watched mainly for its plot..!! 🙂

Si 3 (TAMIL)

Starring: Suriya, Anushka, Sruthi Hasan, Anoop Singh Thakur and many more
Editing : VT Vijayan – TS Jay
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography : Priyan
Directed by: Hari

Sorry guys..!! Couldn’t write out the reviews of few movies which I watched in last one month (not many though). Was held up with few works so I will be writing them now. Adjust please..!! 🙂

The story is set in Andhra Pradesh. When Andhra Police is unable to pin down the killers of Police Commissioner of Vizag (Jayaprakash), the Home Minister (Sarath Babu) brings Durai Singam (Suriya), a cop belonging to Tamil Nadu through a special appointment to crack the mysterious case. During his investigation, Durai Singam finds that Central Home Minister’s son Vittal (Anoop Singh Thakur) who is based in Australia along with his henchman Reddy (Sarath Saxena) is shipping tons of e-waste and medical waste near Vizag. This kills many school students and it was Reddy and gang who kills the Commissioner, who had solid evidence to put them behind bars. How Durai Singam nails Vittal forms the crux of the story.

Hari is a master of commercial films. The writer in him has added all the necessary elements that would satisfy the fans. On the making side, his swift and racy narration won’t give you the time to think much and will take you through a speedy entertaining ride. Hari maintains a sense of urgency in his films from the beginning to end. Suriya, meanwhile, has brought a lot of energy to his character and is only getting better at playing Durai Singam. The average first half of the film is redeemed by the onscreen presence of Suriya.

Anushka reprises her role from the previous two versions. As usual, she has given a very reliable performance but her character could have given more importance in the movie. Sruthi Hasan mostly comes like an eye candy in the film. She plays a journalist who obviously falls in love with Durai Singam and puts herself in the harm’s way. Debutant Anoop Singh Thakur looked perfect foil for the fearless cop Durai Singam. Soori’s comedy was complete let down and acts as hurdle to the proceedings. As usual there is plenty of cast in the film and they have done their part well.

Harris could have worked more on songs and his part in BGM is average. Priyan knows how to work well with Hari and has followed the same here. Vijayan and Jay’s editing is splendid. Even though not convincing to full extent, the film has addressed a serious environmental issue as well, for which the team of the movie deserves a good round of applause. Overall the film can be watched only for its famous franchise..!! 🙂

Bogan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Jayam Ravi, Aravindswamy, Hansika, Nasser, Naren and many more
Editing : Anthony
Music : D Imman
Cinematography : Soundararajan
Directed by: Lakshman

Another Ravi’s film where he has shared screen space with Aravind Swami and as usual it has kindled the expectation for the movie. Also the director has joined again for his next film with Ravi. So lets see what these people have given together in this film.

ACP Vikram (Jayam Ravi), is an honest police officer and he falls in love with Maha (Hansika). Aditya (Arvind Swami), is having a whale of a life with foreign girls and drinks for company. Aditya uses his special power and at first he mesmerizes a jewelry shop manager and loots the money from the shop and then mesmerize Vikram’s father (Naren), who is working as a Bank Manager and loots the money from the bank, where he works. Vikram starts investigating the way the money was stolen from both the places and finds out they were all done by Aditya, who has become rich in the last six months through dubious means. He finds out the truth by making friendship with Aditya and traces the truth. During the interrogation, Aditya uses his power and exchanges his soul with that of Vikram. What happens next forms the rest.

The first half is fairly interesting, racy and manages to sustain the suspense and the momentum. The early scenes depict the life style of Vikram the cop and Aditya the criminal. The director has a strong concept in his mind but he takes time to establish the mannerism of both the characters. As much as they try to outsmart each other the movie has its own trouble in dealing with logical issues. The film belongs to Arvind Swamy who dominates as Aditya from the beginning to end. His mannerisms, style and casual attitude gives credibility to the character and he seems to be enjoying his role every minute.

Jayam Ravi as Vikram and then with Aditya’s soul in him, delivers a fine performance. Hansika has a strong role in the film. As a drunkard, she was convincing in the initial scenes. Once the ‘soul exchange takes place’ how she manages Aditya in Vikram’s body were entertaining. Soundar’s camera work is colorful and is evident through the film. Imman’s background score keeps the audience on their toes. The film could have been a bit short in length as it keeps on going. The film that starts well could not sustain post interval and ends up with some sorts of lack of clarity which leaves us as well as the movie half baked. One time watch..!! 🙂

Adhe Kangal (TAMIL)

adhe-kangal-movie-teaser-launch-poster-3Starring: Kalaiyarasan, Janani, Sshivada, Bala Saravanan and many more
Editing : Leo John Paul
Music : Ghibran
Cinematography : Ravivarman Neelamegam
Directed by: Rohin Venkatesan

The film got released all of a sudden as the Republic Day special release as one of the big film was not released as scheduled. So this came in that slot. This film is the directors first movie and lets see what he has offered.

Varun (Kalaiyarasan) is a visually impaired Chef and runs a restaurant of his own. Sadhana (Janani) is a reporter in a magazine and she is smitten by Varun. Varun however falls in love with Deepa (Sshivada) who visits is restaurant a few times to buy food for poor people. Deepa who reciprocates Varun’s feelings for her tells him that she and her father have to repay a big amount for a loan taken from a thug otherwise they will have to escape from him. Varun comes forward to help her with money but suddenly meets with a road accident. In the accident he regains his eye sight but in the meanwhile Deepa goes missing. In the meantime he comes to know that Deepa’s father is dead. He goes in search of Deepa and what happens next forms the crux.

The biggest strength of the movie is that the director is very clear in his execution even though the story takes place in small towns and the crime he has handled is quite topical. Introducing humor in a serious crime thriller has always worked and in here, Rohin has achieved it through Balasaravanan. The second half moves swiftly and is engaging than the first half. The narrative includes a few interconnecting sub plots and they have been presented without confusing the audience. Kalaiyarasan has done a neat job and justifies his character. Janani scores well in her matured romance with the lead.

The major trump card of the movie is the other heroine, Sshivada. She sinks her teeth into the character and surprises us. She delves right in and brings her character to life. Ghibran’s musical is an asset. The camera work looks so glossy and gives rich feel. Editing could have been tighter though the film is just over 2 hours. Rohin has scored well in his debut directorial. Overall, the movie is an engaging thriller with neat twists which gives an engaging watch. Dont miss it..!! 🙂

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..!! 🙂

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..!! 🙂