Rangoon (TAMIL)

Starring: Gautham Karthik, Sana, Lallu, Siddique and many more
Editing : GK Prasanna
Music Songs : RH Vikram, Vishal Chandrasekhar     Background Music : Vishal Chandrasekhar
Cinematography: Anish Tharun
Directed by: Rajkumar Periyasamy

After the ‘Baahubali 2‘ storm, there was no other film which was interesting to see. After a long gap we chose to see this film as it got some good word of mouth from public. Though I was not much interested to see it, made up my mind and went ahead. Lets see how this movie has fared.

Venkat (Gautham Karthik) is an Indian descendant born in Burma. Venkat’s family moves to Burma Nagar in Chennai in late 80’s. He loses his dad when he was a child and grows up with the support of his mother. As he grew he could not continue his education but he joins in the gold shop owned by Gunaseelan (Siddique). Only after saving Gunaseelan’s life from his business enemies, Venkat gets to know that his boss is involved in smuggling. But for Venkat, becoming rich is a dream and he along with his group of friends bring back the old smuggling to save Gunaseelan’s name among the local businessmen and also for their own good. Lady luck smiles at Venkat and his friends initially but when they decide to leave the business after one last deal, they lose huge money. What exactly happened forms the rest.

The clear winners of the movie are Raj Kumar’s direction, excellent acting from the lead cast and crisp editing. Though the movie seems to be slowly moving in the second half, it does not hinder the flow of the movie due to its twists. No one would have shown such detailed work on Rangoon, the place, and Burma Bazaar. The film loses the steam after interval but the strong climax and solid message compensate all the flaws. This is the best film in Gautham Karthik’s career so far, and he has brought so much life to the Venkat character, his energy level is amazing.

Sana, unfortunately, in her debut has very little to contribute. This is the kind of story that would work wonders even without a heroine, especially if she has no better job than to look pretty on-screen. Siddique is good choice for the character of Gunaseelan and he has performed well along with Lallu and Daniel who has pitched in with their performance too. Music composers RH Vikram and Vishal Chandrasekar have delivered impressive work and Anish Tharun Kumar’s cinematography is another major strength. With a solid content and authentic detailing, Rajkumar’s Rangoon is a gritty thriller that’s worth watch..!! 🙂

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Vai Raja Vai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Taapsee, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and many more
Editing : VT Vijayan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Velraj
Directed by: Aishwarya R Dhanush

Three years after her debut film, 3, the director is back with her second directorial venture with all new star cast and crew and also a completely opposite genre from her debut. The trailer promised an exciting and stylish entertainer – a luxurious cruise liner, packed casinos, and the glamorous world of gambling and fashionably dressed people. Lets see whether this gamble pays off or not..

Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a normal middle class youngster who leads a perfect life with a caring girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand) and lovable family until he meets his colleague Panda (Vivek) a small time gambler. Karthik has the power to predict what will happen next and it is this ‘intuition’ that makes him an extraordinary person. Together, Karthik and Panda win a big betting amount from Randhe (Daniel Balaji) who loses one crore and he takes revenge by blackmailing them to roulette in a casino at Goa to play for high stakes. Who wins the cat and mouse game is the rest.

Though the film is mere 120 minutes of length the placement of songs and the unwanted old retro act by Vivek and MS Bhaskar makes it even boring. The screenplay needs to be more sharp as the genre is thriller but the screenplay is mixed as one time its thriller and immediately the mood sinks off. The much talked casino scenes does not have anything to offer and those initial cricket betting scenes could have been trimmed by a minute and casino scenes could have been extended instead. First half is enjoyable overall and second half is back only in the last 10 minutes.

Gautham Karthik’s character has been portrayed well by him however, he needs to pay special attention to his lip sync and voice modulation, one might feel. His various emotions seems to be similar and there is no difference. Priya Anand is as usual used only for fillers. Taapsee comes in a cameo but she is more powerful than the heroine. Daniel Balaji is back as the menacing thug, and he convinces you to bits, with his acting. Satheesh gets you in splits, as the friend. But it is Vivek who steals the film, as Pandu or the stylish ‘Panda’. He has very serious role and the film ends with the return of Kokki Kumar. Dont miss that. There are many people in the film and not everyone gets their role to perform as the story does not give space for that.

VT Vijayan has done his part well and Velraj captured the scenes as per the mood and scenario. Yuvan’s songs are not so good but BGM stands out throughout the film. Aishwarya Dhanush has penned the story, screenplay and directed the film, which is evidently a dedicated attempt at the commercial genre in Tamil cinema. However, the story is not gripping enough and it slows down considerably post-intermission. Save the climax the rest of film is just a half baked thriller..!! Time pass..!! 🙂