Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga (TAMIL)

vsop-Posters-1Starring: Arya, Tamannah, Santhanam, Vidyulekha and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Directed by: Rajesh

The comedy combo is back. Rajesh joins hands with Arya and Santhanam after ‘Boss engira Bhaskaran‘, which was a runaway hit. So the usual expectations are there for the film. Adding to this, Arya completes 25 films with this one. So the promotions were full-fledged thus making it a big film for him. This combo rocked in comedy in their previous outing. So lets see what they give this time.

Vasu (Santhanam) and Saravanan (Arya) are friends from childhood who start a mobile shop on their own. Vasu gets married and his wife does not like Saravanan and asks Vasu to cut his friendship. So Vasu thinks if Saravanan also get married, there won’t be any problem. Thus the search for the girl begins and enters Aishwarya (Tamannah). Once Tamannah also starts to ask Saravanan to cut his friendship with Vasu there starts the problem. What the friends do to make their friendship alive forms the rest.

As usual the film moves forward only because of Santhanam and his comedy, thus making him like a near hero of the film. There is no continuous comedy and what is available is just few comedy scenes in bits and pieces. The film has many big stars but the director have not used them effectively. Just one or two scenes for them is utterly wasting of time. Tamannah looks stale like how some comedy is there in the film. Sema Kalaai, Magizhndiru the two comic punches of the film are not effectively used.

Arya and Santhanam plays like the lead of the film. I doubt whether Arya had anything to perform other than following the heroine or leading his friend to the bar whenever there is a chance (almost all the time he had that chance). Tamannah has nothing new to perform and she too has not acted anything. Vidyulekha is surprise element and her family episode is a plus for the film. Banu and Karunakaran have limited scope to perform.

The film’s biggest strength are Nirav Shah’s camera, Imman’s music. Nirav gives a grandeur feel to the film. Imman scores well both in songs as well as in BGM’s. Rajesh thinks that he has gone back to the old comedy days but the comedy has not worked to the fullest. Its time to come up with a story in which comedy can fit in comfortably so that it’s an enjoyable experience. Once again Rajesh has missed the bus but managed to get a cycle, but the path is long to go..!! 🙂

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Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arya, Shaam, Vijay Sethupathi, Karthika and many more
Editing : Ganesh Kumar
Music : Varshan        Background Score : Srikanth Deva
Cinematography: NK Ekambaram
Screenplay : Roghanth
Directed by: SP Jananathan

After giving us many meaningful movies Jananathan comes out with a political action thriller and that too with a multi starrer. Generally Jana’s films has more action along with some social message. Lets see how does Purampokku fare out and what Jana has gives us..

Balu (Arya) is sentenced to death by a military court on charges of carrying out a deadly attack on the Indian army. The Judge gives the execution to Jail Superintendent Macualay (Shaam) who as a human rights criteria, needs to find a hangman who is experienced in doing the job with the least amount of pain to the prisoner. He finds Yemalingam (Vijay Sethupathi) whose father and grandfather were hangmen and he himself had hanged a prisoner when he was young. Balu quickly turn all the prisoners into his friends and boldly fights for their rights. Meanwhile Balu’s comrades headed by Kuyili (Karthika) plans to kill Yemalingam but later recruit him and draw a plan to get Balu out of prison. Do they succeed in their mission or not forms the rest.

Relatively slow paced first half is one of the low points of the movie, the other is its songs. Not that the songs are unbearable, but they actually seem out of place in the entire plot. The directors should get the courage to leave out songs if they are not required which is a sad question that remains to be answered. The story of the movie begins slowly and gains momentum towards the end. Director has a good story to tell, but the length of the screenplay and predictability are a letdown.

Leads have been well cast and have a significant role in the film. Vijay Sethupathi is top notch as he steals the show with his comic one liner and often elevates the energy level. Arya’s character is a powerful one but his body language and dialogue delivery fails to impress. It  is a terrific opportunity for Karthika who sinks her teeth into the character. She not only looks confident but her agile body and expressive eyes convey a lot. Shaam makes a fabulous comeback as the tough no-nonsense cop. Background score by Srikanth Deva is a big boost for the film. The film does not even require songs. Camera work is as usual good from Ekambaram. Art work scores big in the movie with that Jail set where the entire movie is shot. Jana is as usual excellent with his thought and dialogs. Overall this is another film where the concept is laudable but fails short in execution..!! 🙂

Meaghaman (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arya, Hansika, Harish Uthaman, Ashutosh Rana and many more
Editing : Srikanth
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Sathish Kumar
Written and Directed by: Magizh Thirumeni

After dishing out ‘Thadaiyara Thaakka‘ movie with a gripping plot, director Magizh Thirumeni is back with Meaghaman in which Arya plays the lead. Meaghaman had created some excitement prior to its release. It comes along with array of films and action forms the main theme of the film. So what’s up with the captain of the ship, let’s find out.

Shiva (Arya) and his colleague cum friend Chandra (Ramana) are two young cops who are on a undercover mission to stop a drug mafia by tearing the mask of a person who they think is the brain behind all illegal activities carried by the mafia group. While Shiva tries to gain the confidence of Jothi (Ashutosh Rana), the main antagonist, Chandra does the same in a different group led by Sharma, a cop turned gangster. Chandra fails to keep his true identity in the dark as he gets caught by Sharma and also lets the cat out of his bag by revealing Arya’s real identity as well. What happens to these two policemen? Do they stop the most dreaded mafia despite giving away their true identity or do they succumb without accomplishing their mission forms the crux of this action-thriller.

The director has not traded off with undesirable punch dialogs, comedies and un reasonable gallantry and has given precisely what the story requested. Characterization has assumed a significant part in the motion picture, were everybody’s character has been decently planned and overall portrayed. He has made the audience constantly on the edge of their seats trying to spring in something new every scene, but all those happen in a slow mode. An undercover agent amidst all the action gets caught red-handed, ah yes you have heard this story but the director does spring in a few meaty tricks that sure catches you off guard. The screenplay is too sluggish with the first half building up an array of characters and fitting climax could have served the movie’s purpose.

Arya has been depicted in an alternate style and with distinctive characterization. One might feel that the film could’ve been a film without a female lead for Hansika has been used only in songs which in fact acts as a speed breaker hindering the pace of the film. Supporting cast has come good mainly Anupama Kumar and Ashutosh Rana. Thaman’s BGM deserves a thunderous applause and acts as a true catalyst in the movie at much wanted scenes. Sathish Kumar’s cinematography gives a stylish look to the movie and is effective in all stunt sequences. Editor Srikanth has done a decent job in keeping the movie crisp however, some ordinary screenplay fails to support an interesting plot which otherwise would’ve turned this movie into an edge of the seat entertainer throughout.

Magizh wanted to present a full fledged and well detailed action film but missed the pace in the screenplay which gets predictable at the end and doesn’t enthrall much. Meaghaman is certainly not the captain of the ship but a rock-solid entertainer with a volley of twists and action..!! 🙂

Jeeva (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vishnu Vishal, Sridivya, Charlie, Soori, Lakshman and many more
Editing : Antony
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Madhie
Written and Directed by: Suseendran

The director is back with a sports genre and with the hero whom he introduced in his debut film. The film is just based about the game of cricket and the pre release hype was given by the two other heroes getting associated themselves with the film. So lets see what this Jeeva is going to give us.

Jeeva (Vishnu Vishal) is hooked to cricket from a young age and he wants to be one another player playing for his country. He comes from a lower middle class family, and struggles to buy a cricket bat, is thrown out of his classroom for playing cricket. His single father is a habitual drinker and is brought up by his loving neighbor (Charlie) and his family. He falls in love with Jenny (Sridivya) his neighbor and there is strong parental objection. Jenny is taken away by her parents and Jeeva throws himself into cricket as he is eying state selection. Will Jeeva make it as the selection system is biased towards a community, forms the rest of the story.

The major highlight of the film is the running time and the treatment given for the problem which is said like a sugar coated tablet. This film is a very proper cricket cinema where the hero gives his life towards the game. Susee has mended the film with a very clean and crisp screenplay. He smartly points out that true talent is often neglected. However the entire first half is devoted to romance and songs for which the hero, even at the school level, waits patiently.

Vishnu, who actually was a Ranji player for Tamilnadu, fits perfectly for the role. He has given a commendable performance, showing the subtle changes as he matures from teenager to young adult. The heroine, Sridivya is cute as a school goer, beautiful as a college student, and looks matured when her role wants her to be. Producer T Siva and Charlie are flawless in their given role, and Soori replicates his magic once again to induce few laughs without swaying away from the storyline. Lakshman, another real life cricketer, emotes well during the match scenes.

Imman’s music is top class and his BGM is terrific especially in second half. Madhie’s cinematogapahy is brilliant. Antony’s editing is taut, and he shows his prowess with some unimaginable cuts in the second half where the cricket takes the center stage. Susee manages to capture some of the excitement on the field and reveals the harsh truths behind the game of cricket that forms such a huge part of the lives of youngsters in the country. On the whole, it is a nice entertaining film, and another feather on the director’s cap..!! 🙂

Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Thambi Ramayya, Santhosh, Akhila and many more
Editing : Sudharshan
Music Songs: Alphons Joseph, Sharreth, Vijay Antony, Thaman    Music Background: C Sathya
Cinematography: Rajarathinam
Directed by: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Difference always never gets accepted and in most of the cases it gets overlooked. That was the initial case for this film which just informs us that the film does not have a story but it names itself as the 4 most important aspects for a film. Thats the mettle which the director R.Parthipan who is known for his difference. For a change he has rechristened himself as Radhakrishnan Parthiban too from this film for reasons known only to him.

Film without a story. Thats the story of the film. Apart from that if we search something in the film then it leads us to a group of people with the dreams of becoming big in the film industry headed by one of the seniormost assistant director Seenu Sir (Thambi Ramayya) along with few others who works as assistant to Tamizh (Santhosh). Their daily work is to find a story for their film and have their discussions in Tamizh’s house which disturbs his wife Daksha (Akila). Are the terms good between them? Has the group found the story? Did Santhosh directed it? Check out.

The film as mentioned is really a tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema as no one has ever had the guts to announce that their film does not have any story as such. This film just go throughs the different phases of the film industry, its plus and minuses and it has its similarities with the few weeks old Jigarthanda as both deals about film in a film. The film packs with Parthiban’s stamp all over which makes the film to watch carefully not with your eyes but also with your ears too.

As the subject is a bit tricky, director depended on a fresh star cast with backing of a senior Thambi Ramayya and he proves why he earned a National Award. He is an extraordinary performer, and has been aptly chosen for this role. The extra support has been given by many senior actors viz. Arya, Vishal, Taapsee, Amala Paul, Vijay Sethupathi and many more in a cute and sweet cameos. The director himself appears in some important scenes of the film which makes the film to develop more interestingly.

Rajarathinam deserves to be lauded for his spectacular camera and angles setting the mood right in every frame. Seeing the film to be completed with just a few minutes over 2 hours makes us to laud Sudharshan, the editor. The songs are nice as they are little and the BGM tickles the thrills and chills of the movie. The director has penned a different story with crisp and interesting screenplay backed by sharp and witty dialogues and directed it well to make sure he has titled the film aptly. Parthiban has given us a film based only on a good writing and proved that director and story always marks the success of a film and not only the star power. 🙂

Irandam Ulagam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arya, Anushka, Venkatesh Harinathan and many more
Editing: Kola Bhaskar
Cinematography: Ramji
Music Songs: Harris Jayaraj    Music Background: Anirudh
Written and Directed by : Selvaraghavan

Love is everywhere. It is here and also in the unseen worlds. The thought of love itself is beautiful and Selva’s latest movie takes it to the next level. But let me warn you that it is not an ordinary work which could be a trap for regular audience! Having said that it has an alluring magic of visuals that will enchant you. The film starts with a quote that tells us that there are many worlds in this universe, and people like us could exist in any of these worlds, and people who die do not necessarily depart us.

The film’s plot involves two romances — one that is set in our world and the other in a fantasy world. How one of these love stories inspires the other and what true love can do to a person is what the film is all about. In the real world, Anushka plays Ramya, a doctor, who is in love with Madhu Balakrishnan (Arya), a college professor. While in the fantasy world, she plays Varna, a high spirited, warrior-like character who deeply values her freedom. She is desperately pursued by Maruvan (Arya again), who is madly in love with her. Alternating between both worlds, the story progresses smoothly, like your average love story, until just before the interval, when the director introduces a dramatic twist.

Selva is a genius and you can only acknowledge it when you keenly observe the reason behind his lead characters. In Irandam Ulagam, he creates two extremely opposite characters played by Arya and Anushka. While Anushka is a simple girl with middle class aspirations in the real world, she plays an independent warrior in the alternate fantasy world with extreme hatred towards marriage. The contradiction in the characters only points out that women are most independent when they are single and marriage weakens them.

The biggest drawback could be slow narration of the story in the first half. While the imaginary world raises curiosity, Selva’s other plot struggles to keep you engaged. Arya and Anushka fits the bill perfectly where Anushka takes an upper hand. The visual experience created by cinematographer Ramji is truly spectacular. He deserves full credit for bringing to life a beautiful new world, a magical place shrouded in mystery and filled with brilliant colors.  Graphics are pleasant but not so bad when compared to other recent flicks. The music heightens the atmosphere and Anirudh has done exceptionally well in BGM’s. The songs, scored by Harris Jayaraj, the lyrics, the picturisation as well as the vocals, everything fits beautifully.

Selva preaches love and he makes us realize that it comes with pain and separation even in an imaginary world. He reiterates that love remains pure even in a fantasy world, but human race is not and never will be. Irandam Ulagam caters to a different set of the audience but not for the masses. It takes a viewer with higher intelligence to decipher what the story is all about. Hats off to the entire team for such a tremendous work. If you have a liking for love and
pure love films, you can be ready for a fantasy ride.

Aarambam (TAMIL) – The beginning

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Starring: Ajith, Arya, Nayanthara, Taapsee, Rana and many more
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Directed by : Vishnuvardhan

‘Thala is back’.. Thats what the people were saying after seeing the teaser of the film. What makes us to go to the film initially is the joint colloboration success of Vishnu-Ajith-Yuvan combo. Added to this is Suba, the best pair in making the screenplay of the film. But have they all created another blockbuster. I will say, unfortunately, the combo fails to create their old magic..!!

The movie opens up with Mumbai witnessing a series of bomb explosions. AK alias Ashok Kumar (Ajith) is the man behind it. Soon he kidnaps Arya, a hacker, and Anitha (Taapsee Pannu), who is the girlfriend of Arya and an aspiring TV journalist and includes them in his larger plan. A flashback is revealed, where we are told about Maya (Nayantara) and her brother Rana who is a colleague of Ajith in Anti Terrorism Squad. The base of the story is a bullet proof jacket scam.

The gripping first-half breezes past, but the second half slips into familiar Tamil cinema terrain and is not as racy as one expects it to be. Though there are some boat chases and top action sequences (shot in Dubai), it fails to keep the audience enthused. The build-up to the climax is interesting in parts, but the film ends with a whimper.Alas, the film degenerates into an ordinary revenge drama, with the mandatory corrupt politician, crooked police officer and clichĂ©-ridden flashback.Film is not crisp and it is one of the drawbacks of the flick. In the second half, the story becomes predictable to some extent after the motive behind Ashok Kumar’s revenge is revealed. Mahesh Manjrekar and Atul Kulkarni have played the role of baddies in Aarambam, while Kishore is seen in the role of a honest cop.

Om Prakash is outstanding behind the camera. He has stylishly shot Aarambam, and Ajith’s fans wouldn’t have got better visuals than this flick. Sreekar Prasad’s scissors are not sharp as Aarambam is not up to the mark. There are some dragging and unwanted scenes, if removed, the movie would have had a better outlook.Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music has too been a big let-down with none of the songs making a much expected impact like of his previous outings with Ajith. Vishnuvardhan known for his creativity in story and visuals have not created deeper impact this time that too after joining hands with the slick screenplay creators Suba. Should wait for his next film to know when he comes back to form.

Aarambam is far from perfect, but it works mostly because of Ajith’s mannerisms though it doesn’t come anywhere near Mankatha or Billa. If you are in mood to watch a Tamil film this Diwali, you can try it out. A perfect film for all the Ajith fanatics but strictly a one-time watch for other movie goers.