Velaikkaran (TAMIL)

Starring: Sivakarthikeyan, Nayanthara, Fahadh Faasil, Sneha, Prakashraj and many more
Editing : Ruben, Vivek Harshan
Music: Anirudh
Cinematography: Ramji
Directed by: Mohan Raja

Arivu (Sivakarthikeyan) is an intelligent youngster hailing from a slum in Chennai, he starts a local FM channel with the help of the area gangster Kasi (Prakash Raj) only to unmask his real face as he misuses the area’s youngsters. But in the process, Arivu understands that he has a family to take care of and decides to start searching for a job. Luckily his first attempt turns successful and he joins a leading food factory where he meets the shrewd marketing wizard Adhi (Fahadh Faasil). Arivu understands that workers in corporate companies also get cheated by the owners to earn huge profits. Just like how Arivu tried to start a revolution in his slum, he puts in effort to bring a new change in the food industry. What happens next forms the rest.

Siva presses the pause button on his usual comedy gimmicks and delivers an intense performance with lots and lots of dialogues as a socially responsible young man. The first half of is fresh with a lot of interesting twists and the manner in which director Mohan Raja throws new information in each and every scene is laudable. Ramji’s cinematography is top class which provides a rich feel to the film. Art director Muthuraj’s hard work evident with realistic slum sets. On the downside, the second half of the film turns tedious with the endless cat and mouse game between Siva and Fahadh. The romance between the lead pair is not convincing and there is no chemistry between them.

There is no denying the fact that movie has its logical loopholes and for its generalized view of corporate and sales people. The story and dialogues look tad too harsh and flimsy in trying to frame bosses and the companies. But with an engaging and responsible story line at its helm, these factors including the faint love portions do not harm the film’s baseline. Raja has done it yet again..!! 🙂



Starring: Parvathy, Kunchako Boban, Fahadh Faasil and many more
Editing : Abhilash Balachandran
Music : Shaan Rahman, Gopi Sunder
Cinematography : Sanu John Varghese
Directed by: Mahesh Narayan

After a long time got a chance to see some Malayalam movies and I saw two of them on the same day. Let me tell you about them what i felt good and bad about those two.

The story is based on the true incident where a group of Malayali nurses working in the Iraqi city of Tikrit were held captive inside a hospital when the terrorist outfit ISIS captured a section of the country in 2014. Sameera (Parvathy) is a nurse working in a hospital in Kerala, struggling hard to take care of her family. She has recently been divorced and has left her son with her husband. Sameera is waiting for a visa to Iraq, where she would get a good salary. Her colleague, a male nurse named Shaheed (Kunchako Boban), is her greatest support and marries her. The group of nurses who reach Iraq are not really aware about the extent of the situation there, initially. It’s a war zone and they have to take care of patients in pathetic conditions. What happens to Sameera and others forms the rest.

The great plus of the movie is how the makers have convincingly created the environment for us to empathize with the lead and her plight. As the movie progresses to the second half, the scenario in the civil war is well woven and the film takes a turn to become a thriller. Initially the movie moves very slowly as it takes time to set off things. The cast has come off brilliantly with nuanced performances. Paravthy as Sameera packs a powerful performance. She is impressive with her emotional delivery and has handled the character with ease. Kunchako Boban impresses with the balanced, matured performance. Fahadh Faasil amazes with his excellent performance. Even though his screen space is comparatively less, the actor succeeds in stealing the show with his fabulous acting skills.

Technically the movie is astounded by the way in which the special effects look realistic and the war hit Tirkit resembles reality to the perfect. Cinematography by Sanu John Varghese is specially good. Music by Shaan Rahman and Gopi Sunder is again perfect for the movie. Editing is neat. Mahesh Narayanan has come good in this brilliantly crafted movie. Without being overtly dramatic and surpassing expectations of a predictable story line he has narrated the story engagingly. Overall the movie is an engaging experience, even though it falls into slow pace at certain points.