Kabali (TAMIL)

tumblr_o8s3wqVNpX1uvsrs8o1_400Starring: Rajinikanth, Radhika Apte, John Vijay, Dhanshika, Kishore and many more
Editing : KL Praveen
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: G Murali
Directed by: Pa Ranjith

SUPERSTAR. Dot. What else should be said apart from that one word. That one word creates magic. It creates power. It shows the way and it shows how powerful the person will be who is having the title. Thats what the world is facing for past few weeks. Wherever you go, you cannot miss topics that involves Kabali. Right from the air to the chocolate he is everywhere. Ranjith who has proven to be a promising young director with two critically acclaimed super hit films joining with the superstar took the expectations to huge levels. Lets see how this happening combo has given us the film.

Kabali (Rajinikanth) is a Malaysian Tamil Don who gets released from jail after 25 years. He has lost his wife Kumudhavalli (Radhika Apte) when she was pregnant and does not know whether she is still alive or not. He has fought for the equal rights for the oppressed Tamils of Malaysia and has emerged as their leader and good don. He also runs a school to refine the Tamil youth’s who roam around as spoilt brats in Malaysia and make them as good citizens. Apart from this he has to eliminate the opposition gang mafia led by Tony Lee (Winston Chao) and his partner Veera (Kishore). Whether Kabali overcome all these forms the rest.

Known for his simple narration and armed with a slow-paced yet emotionally powerful screenplay, the two-film old director has not made many compromises for Rajinikanth. The film does not have a punch dialogue anywhere. The mass scenes are limited but effective. The film is more of emotion than action. The intent of the director to make present the film as realistic as possible is clearly visible throughout. Director needs to be complimented for making a film that has shown us the other less utilized but equally powerful facet of the SUPERSTAR. It is the belief in him and his script that has made Rajini to do a film that is unusual in his commercial route. Emotions seem to play a bigger role in this gangster movie. The spotlight is almost entirely on the love story, and neither the workers nor the gang wars or its leaders are given any additional importance.

Rajinikanth puts up a performance like never before. He looks dapper in well fitted suits and his styling is top class. The actor even at this age carries the film on his shoulder. It is the strong screen presence and sheer aura of the man that keeps us rooting for the film. He has really ‘ACTED’ in this film. Radhika Apte is brilliant and her pairing with Rajinikanth looks fresh and their chemistry has worked out well. When she was casted everyone was questioning her selection but she proved everyone with her acting. Dhansika and John Vijay have got their lifetime opportunity to play SUPERSTAR’s daughter and friend respectively. Winston Chao and Kishore have played well their parts. Dinesh, Rithvika, Kalaiarasan also got their chance to perform well.

Santhosh Narayanan’s already hit songs fit well into the narration and a few of them are aptly used as montages. His BGM’s fits the happenings very well. Murali’s cinematography is top-notch that he has shown Malaysia in a different angle. The stunt sequences and shoot-out scenes choreographed by Anbarivu, with Rajini putting his best foot forward, is sure to give adrenaline-rush to his fans. Though he had SUPERSTAR by his side, Ranjith never took that into his mind and still treated the film as his and made the actor to perform in his film. His choice and taste of portraying Tamils gets a standing ovation. Still some may feel that this is not the usual SUPERSTAR film but, come on, thinking the real age and his guts to show him as his age on screens, Ranjith proves why he is chosen by none other than SUPERSTAR just for his third film. Watch it for ‘Thalaivar Adhiradi at his real age’. Magizhchi..!! 🙂

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Visaranai (TAMIL)

Visaranai-movie-stills-2Starring: Dinesh, Samuthirakani, Kishore, Murugadoss and many more
Editing : Te Kishore
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: S Ramalingam
Directed by: Vetrimaran

In recent times, Tamil films are very much looked up in the film festival circuit and that is the best medium to promote the film not only to your audience but also globally. ‘Kaaka Muttai‘ did that and from the same producers comes this film which created flutter when it was screened in Venice. Also the director is back after 4 years since his last film which bagged the coveted National award which also added to the expectation. Lets interrogate the movie now.

The movie is about four guys from Tamilnadu who stays in Guntur, Andhra and does odd jobs. Pandi (Dinesh) works in a provision store and sleeps in the park nearby along with his three friends. On a fateful morning, they are picked up by police and taken to the station and brutally beaten up for a crime which they are not aware of. This is because of a robbery which takes place at the Brindavan Colony, Guntur and the police officials are under a lot of pressure to close the high-profile case. Their only clue to this crime is that the miscreants spoke Tamil fluently. But to their luck, a special team from Chennai headed by Murugavel (Samuthirakani) comes to their rescue as they are present in Andhra to arrest a high-profile auditor (Kishore). What happens to these four boys and what is the link between Kishore and Chennai police forms the rest.

What makes the movie truly terrifying is the knowledge that the plot is not the result of someone’s imagination but is based on true incidents. Unarguably, this is one of the most powerful and hard-hitting stories told in recent times. Every scene hits you on the face and repeatedly reiterates that nothing is bigger than the system. The director cleverly exposes how the higher powers use the police force and civilians as pawns for their own gains. Even their own colleagues are being used as scapegoat is what which proves through the film.

Dinesh and Murugadoss shine throughout with their perfect portrayal of helpless guys. Samuthirakani is in his usual element as a police officer and he is emerging as one of the bankable character artist in the industry. Kishore underplays the role of a suave auditor who is caught off guard. Ajay Ghosh as the inspector in Andhra is a menace. Apart from these major characters, all the other people create a lasting impression such as the senior constable Ramdoss in the Chennai station and the encounter specialist. GV Prakash kills it with haunting BGM that sets the perfect mood.

Every moment of their pain, torture and humiliation has been realistically captured by cameraman Ramalingam, which was brilliantly edited by Late Kishore. The film runs just about 2 hours. Vetrimaran clearly says this movie depicts the harsh realities of life and he has made sure that every scene stays with you long after you leave the theatre. The movie isn’t preachy or never tries to debate on anyone, but it tries its best to portray that such incidents happen everywhere and affect the naive. This is an engaging unadulterated cinema at its purest form and is a must watch for all fans of good cinema..!! 🙂

Thirudan Police (TAMIL)

thirudan-policeStarring: Dinesh, Iyshwarya, Balasaravanan, John Vijay and many more
Editing : KL Praveen – NB Srikanth
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sidharth
Written and Directed by: Caarthick Raju

Directors debut film which is backed by good music and good star cast usually attracts the crowd and so is this film. Hero comes back from an emotional oriented performance in his previous film. So what does this robber gives us and what makes us to note the police. Need to check it.

There is nothing new regarding the story. Singaram (Rajesh) is a dedicated and honest police constable who is determined to see his wayward son Vishwa (Dinesh) also to become a police but he is not much interested. He often gets into trouble with the assistant commissioner’s son (Nithin Satya). The egoistic commissioner plans an encounter of a dangerous local goon Manikam (Rajendran), and plans to get Singaram killed. Vishwa, who is totally unmoved by his father’s death, is offered a position as a police constable and comes to know the truth about his fathers death. The second half is a healthy mix of some excellent comedy and a good dose of sentiments.

One big plus of the film is the simultaneous ooze of comedy track that glues to the story mainly because of ‘Naan Kadavul‘ ‘ Rajendran, John Vijay and Bala Saravanan. The commercial elements are blended well into the narration. The film has an age-old plot and it is only the director’s refreshing treatment of the screenplay that sets this film apart. Dinesh still has a Cuckoo hangover but does a decent job and looks like a constable. The villains played by Rajendran and John Vijay are hilarious, and in the climax scene they are sure to get more claps than the hero. The hero friend and constable played by Bala Saravanan is a scream. He backs up as Viswa’s alter ego and his dialogues make you laugh. Ishwarya Rajesh the heroine is there for the songs and for some romance.

Yuvan’s background music adds some stability to the film while his songs are disappointing. Cameraman Siddharth has done an excellent job while the editing looks crisp. Though its the same old story of revenge, debutant director Caarthick Raju has managed to steal the show with right mixture of comedy, sentiment and action. It will manage to surprise you for comedy has been delivered both by the cop as well as by the miscreant which will make you laugh throughout the film. The movie is a clean time pass without much fuss and more fun..!! 🙂

Cuckoo (TAMIL)

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Starring: Dinesh, Malavika, Murugadoss, Elango and many more
Editing: Shanmugam Velusamy
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : P.K.Varma
Written and Directed by: Raju Murugan

A love story with the lead pair being blind.! How poignant it will be..  Such was the thought it striked the mind when I was about to see the film. That too it comes from a person who has written a lot through his series in a weekly magazine. The trailers were amazing and the songs were excellent, but the film? How it will not be a combination of the both amazing and excellent??

The movie is the story of two blind people, who are united by love. Tamizh (Dinesh) and Kodi (Malavika) found love not from eyes but from ears. The girl’s heartbeat increases when she hears the footsteps of the boy and brings smile on her face. They may be blinded but they can feel the love from their remaining four senses. How they protect each other and to what extent they go to save their love form the crux of the story.

There is no unnecessary moping or attempt to arouse empathy. Instead of making it drab, dark and depressive, the director has chosen to make it a bright, cheerful and colorful film with characters you will fall in love with. The entire movie gives an outlook of these specially challenged people and how they jump through the obstacles on their journey called life.

Dinesh and Malavika’s acting are nothing short of experienced professional acting and a first time viewer would definitely not agree that they are indeed sighted people. The music and entertainment troupe that Thamizh is a part of keeps the audience in splits with its unique characters. We have an MGR, a Vijay, an Ajith and also a Chandrababu that too with 3 wifes. Murugadoss plays Thamizh’s friend and well-wisher and his satirical dialogues were much appreciated earning him loud whistles.

Santosh Narayan’s music stands out from all other departments. His songs are very soothing. The film is filled with beautiful melodies complemented by haunting lyrics and mesmerizing vocals. Varma’s cinematography is apt and Velusamy’s editing is perfect. Raju Murugan takes us into the world of the very self-sufficient and independent blind community, who go about their everyday life, just as any of us would do. He showed that they too have love within them. Though there are some elements that might give a cliche feel to this movie, on the whole there is nothing to complain and it’s a must go movie for its direction, music, and aspiring acting sure to enthrall our emotions. Dont miss this..!! 🙂