Thangamagan (TAMIL)

Dhanush, Samantha & Amy Jackson in Thanga Magan Movie Posters

Starring: Dhanush, Samantha, Amy Jackson, Radhika and many more
Editing : Rajesh Kumar
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: Kumaran
Directed by: Velraj

After a big gap comes a real big-ticket movie towards the close of the year. As usual the expectations were huge since this is the biggest regional release after the heavy floods and from the combination of VIP team. Lets see how this son has given this film.

Tamizh (Dhanush) is a happy lad, roaming with his friend and his cousin Aravind. Tamizh is smitten by Hema (Amy) and after few chases they both fall in love. Over time, Hema and Tamizh fall apart, and eventually Hema gets married to Aravind and Tamizh finds Yamuna (Samantha) and they are two happy families. The happiness gets spoiled when Tamizh’s father (KS Ravikumar) commits suicide. When nothing is known about the suicide, the rest is the story of how Tamizh uncovers the truth.

The casting of the main characters are the big plus whereas the casting of villains is a big let down. For such a hero who punches through his mouth every now and then, the villains looks just flat. Second half struggles with its poor screenplay with scenes which offers nothing in many places. Comedy clicks well in the first half which is easily the biggest thing in the film. The film rests completely on Dhanush’s shoulders. He turns on the charm in all characterizations as the ideal son, lover and husband. Amy Jackson has a better role and it’s such a pleasure to see a heroine not playing the usual character. Samantha in a homely role is impressive. Radhika and KS Ravikumar provide the ample support as same as Satish.

Editing is good as the film is just few minutes over 2 hours. Debutant Kumaran’s camera has clicked in both halves. Anirudh has provided songs that are needed for situations and as usual excels in the BGM’s. Though the story is impressive it does not help the film due to the bad screenplay. Though it has not clicked fully still the film has something to offer in the form of comedy and the family essence added into it. A good time pass film overall..!! 🙂

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Kochadaiyaan 3D (TAMIL)

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Starring: Rajnikanth, Deepika Padukone, Nasser, Jackie Shroff and many more
Editing : Antony
Music : AR Rahman
Written by : KS Ravikumar
Directed by: Soundarya Ashwin

Enough is said and written bout the film. Its the first motion capture film from India. It was initially announced that the film will be releasing 2 weeks before the normal release and suddenly it dint make to the theatres but now it did. Its not the usual Rajni film, so don pile up your expectations and watch the film. Its motion captured computer animated film where the story is based upon the history, kings and the war. So just keep it simple and watch the film and it will be worth the watch.

The bright introduction about the film in the voices of AR Rahman sets the mood of the film. The film is about the battle of two kingdoms Kalingpuri and Kottaipattanam. During one of the wars, a kid runs away from his sibling. He becomes Rana, the war commander of Kalingapuri who actually belongs to Kottaipattanam. How he returns back to his own kingdom and how he reveals his identity along with his dad’s forms the rest. Here Rana, the son and Kochadaiyaan, the father both are played by Rajni and the other sibling Sena, also played by him comes at the end and shows the way for us for the sequel.

The first credit for the success will go to KS Ravikumar for coming out with a remarkable story. Though, it is predictable at parts, the tale manages to surprise you at regular intervals. It is simple, yet entertaining. No matter what Rajnikanth does, he continues to steal the show. His expressions are good to watch. But Deepika Padukone’s character disappoints you big time. Jackie Shroff, Sarathkumar, Nasser, Shobana and others have done justice to their roles. Full marks for bringing back yesteryear actor Nagesh’s character and kudos to the person who has dubbed for him. Even Soundarya appears in a cameo in the first song where she sits in the audience.

The characters on screen look like waxed-up mannequins when viewed in close shots. But given the budget and the time to create the film these all can be ignored. The cinematography and editing are good. The music by AR Rahman is largely generic but they suit the film well. The background music makes the film better but the music hampers the pace of the film. And even the scenes seems to be moving a bit slow. Even though it has some flaws in the form of motion capture, we cant keep away this film as we can see Rajni dancing Rudhrathandavam & Bharathanatyam, White Peacock in a duet and such a huge stellar cast in a period film and that too in a gripping story. So we can give a big handshake to Soundarya, Ravikumar and Team for taking such an effort to prove Indian cinema is no longer a dumb one. Hats Off..!! 🙂