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..!! 🙂


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..!! 🙂

Vidiyum Munn (TAMIL)


Starring: Pooja, Malavika, John Vijay, Vinoth and many more
Editing: Sathyaraj
Cinematography: Siva Kumar Vijayan
Music Songs: Girrish Gopalakrishnan
Written and Directed by : Balaji K Kumar

Tamil cinema is seeing a lot of experimental films and new attempts these days, and debut directors play a vital role in it. One such try is Vidiyum Munn which can be labeled in thriller genre which is a very great attempt for a debut film. Hats off to Balaji for his thought. The tagline says 4 Men, 3 Reasons, 2 Women and 1 Day. How all of these has been connected.? All these are answered in just over 2 hours of incidents which takes place mostly in the darky time zones which sets the way for the thriller.

The film revolves around Rekha (Pooja), a sex worker and a 12 year old kid Nandhini (Malavika) who tries to escape from four men who are looking for them for three different reasons. The story happens in a single day, and the film examines their connection, the reasons and the fate of these disparate women during its course. Vidiyum Munn explores the darker side of life and the emotional imbalance it can create in the hearts of those who succumb to it. It’s not the usual thriller flick that you watch and forget as you walk out of the movie hall. Vidiyum Munn lingers on in your head for a long time. The twist and turns keep you hooked through a minimal characters.

Pooja has done a brilliant job, but it is child artist Malavika, who steals the show. John Vijay plays a smart, tricky baddie and he did his best as always. Vinoth, for sure will be reaching places with this flick. His character is moulded with minimum in dialogues and more at expressions. Job very well done by him! Amarendran who plays as a suffering and searching pimp gives some laughs in a otherwise serious film. The director avoids too many characters and throws the spotlight on only those that are linked to Rekha and Nandini.

The film has many perfects viz, casting and technical crew. Perfect Casting for all the characters. Girishh Gopalakrishnan gets full marks for his hypnotic tracks. His background score is good and suits the film to the T. It will be more awesome if one watches the film in Auro 3D enabled screens. Sivakumar Vijayan’s cinematography is apt given the mood of the film and the time the things takes place. Sathyaraj’s editing is good, particularly in the scene where the story of King and Dog was told, but he could have done a bit better, given the fact that the movie is a bit lengthy.

One of the concerns of the film might be its slow narrative that runs a little over two hours. The film could’ve been shorter, considering its genre and the not-so-popular star cast, but Balaji’s grip over the screenplay cannot be underestimated over the length factor. He focuses only on the plot and never wastes time to explain the circumstances that led Rekha to turn a hooker. Overall, Vidiyum Munn is an astonishing thriller, which could be best enjoyed by a true cinema fan than regular audience, who love commercial movies.