Baahubali 2 (TAMIL)

Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramyakrishnan, Satyaraj, Nasser and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Dialogues : Kaarky
Directed by: SS Rajamouli

Baahubali 2 the biggest release of this year in Indian cinema and the most expected sequel has finally released. After a blockbuster first part, the expectation for Baahubali 2 movie reached great heights. Did the movie manage the hype? Let’s see that in below.

The plot is simple – Palvallthevan (Rana) cunningly kills Amarendra Baahubali (Prabhas) through the royal slave Kattappa (Satyaraj) and also arrests Baahubali’s wife Devasena (Anushka). Saved by the sacrifice of Sivagami (Ramyakrishnan),  Mahendra Baahubali (Prabhas) comes to know about  the cruel death of his dad and takes revenge against his uncle Palvallathevan to become the king of Magizhmathi kingdom. Did he win and takes the throne forms the rest.

Rajamouli treats every frame with so much attention and care and that makes you to avoid blinking for the fear of losing out on a jaw-dropping moment in the story. Apart from the slightly dragged romantic sequences between the lead pair, the rest of the screenplay was so crisp that it covers all areas that are needed for such a grand film. Prabhas has stolen the show with his exceptional performances as Amarendra Baahubali and Mahendra Baahubali in the movie. He oozes action in all the scenes he appears. Anushka once again proves why she has been considered as one of best actresses of her generation, with the brilliant performance. The actress succeeds in matching the senior actors in the frame with her effortless acting skills.

Rana Daggubati who appears as the antagonist, is simply perfect in his role. His portrayal of the cruel king, especially the in the older age portions of the character is totally praiseworthy. Surprisingly, Satyarj’s character has been given an humourous touch in the movie, and the actor has played it to near perfections. Ramya has wonderfully portrayed the various shades of her character with the same ease. The VFX was exceptional at the certain points, but falls flat at a few portions, especially in the climax war sequences. The biggest highlight of the movie Keeravani and his background score. BGM gives you goosebumps.

Senthil Kumar’s camera takes you on a wide panoramic ride of eye-popping sets. Sabu Cyril and his team can take a bow for creating such breathtaking manual sets. Rajamouli has successfully broken the myth which suggests that sequels can’t over-power the first parts, with this amazing piece of work. He deserves a huge round of applause for making Baahubali 2 a magnificent cinematic experience. Baahubali on the whole is magnificent and has all the elements to make you watch it in theaters. A classic movie experience which simply outshines its highly celebrated prequel. Don’t miss this one..!! 🙂

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Aandavan Kattalai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay Sethupathy, Ritika Singh, Yogi Babu, Nasser and many more
Editing : Anucharan
Music : K
Cinematography : Shanmuga Sundaram
Directed by: Manikandan

After the super success of ‘Kaaka Muttai‘ and ‘Kutrame Thandanai‘, director Manikandan returns with Vijay Sethupathi to give us this film. In a short span of time his two movies have released and Vijay is having an excellent time in the industry with this being his fifth movie. Lets see how this new pairing has shaped up this movie.

Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) comes to Chennai to get passport and visa along with his friend Pandi (Yogi Babu) to settle down in London in order to clear their debts. They approach middlemen to get tourist visa and provide fake names under the spouse section. Pandi successfully clears the visa process, Gandhi does not and decides to settle down as an accountant in a theater group owned by (Nasser). Gandhi gets a chance to goto London along with the troupe and in order to maintain his image, Gandhi tries to take out the fake spouse name ‘Karmega Kuzhali’ and to his luck he finds a journalist (Ritika Singh) with the same name and approaches her to help him out. What happens next forms the rest.

Right from the start of the movie (the awareness message is the core of the plot), the 80’s style of title credits and till the end ‘Subam’ card the film is a laughathon (except few thriller kinda serious tone towards the pre-climax). Manikandan has shown his versatility over his all three films and its tough to choose which genre he fits best. Moreover the film does not give a movie tone feel and looks absolutely real and natural. The wafer line script is backed full by strong screenplay where how one lie leads to another and to another to turn against the situation.

The movie is null without its strong and long cast. Vijay Sethupathi is consistent and here he is quiet natural and makes us feel for him every time when he faces some irk. Yogi Babu, take a bow bro. He steals the show with his quirky one liners and comic expressions, the first half completely belongs to him. Ritika Singh proves her acting talent in a completely different role showing that she too can act and emote. The actor playing Srilankan refugee brings life and he deserves the highest praise for his portrayal. Nassar, Pooja Devariya, George, Vinodhini, Singampuli and all other players are uniformly good.

Next big plus is the crew. K’s music is pleasant and all the songs are like small plays for every situation of the movie and reflects the person’s emotions. The camera work of Shanmugha Sundaram is in sync with director’s scene creation. The choice of Anucharan (director of the thriller ‘Kirumi‘) as editor puzzled me but he has shown why he is best for this film with his slow and simple cuts. Though the movie tends to move slow it’s not boring as it often offer things to us. Manikandan has covered all relevant issues including greedy house owners, plight of Sri Lankan refugees, divorces, money milking passport brokers and how they trap innocent people for their own good without being too loud and has woven all within the tight screenplay and ensured he has got it out well with his casting which is picture perfect. He gets another feather in his cap and this is a must watch for all ardent movie buffs..!! 🙂

Irumugan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vikram, Nayanthara, Nithya Menon, Nasser, Thambi Ramaiah and many more
Editing : Bhuvan Srinivasan
Music : Harris Jeyaraj
Cinematography : RD Rajasekhar
Directed by: Anand Shankar

Vikram does a dual role. I was surprised on hearing this. Yes he has not done a dual role in his long career. He might have performed various roles and even dual variations but all that was in a single role and not as two separate roles. Anand Shankar has got the opportunity to direct him in dual roles. Lets see whether he has outlived the expectations.

Indian embassy in Malaysia is attacked by Love (Vikram) and the intelligence team seeks the help of Akilan (Vikram), who is on a sabbatical, to take control of the situation. Four years back, Akilan had destructed the underworld drug mafia of Love and finished him off, paying a huge price of losing his wife Meera (Nayanthara). Love who is still alive, gains back momentum and uses a drug called Speed in the form of an inhaler through which one’s energy gets multiplied that they almost become strong and uncontrollable for five minutes. As Akilan has an unsettled business with Love, he accepts to take up the mission and flies to Malaysia with his fellow RAW agent Ayushi (Nithya Menon). What happens next is rest.

The first half of the film is a roller-coaster ride with well etched out action sequences and a brilliant twist in the interval. But the movie slows down in the second and misses to utilize the concept of Speed well. The narrative lacks intensity and pace and unfolds rather blandly. Vikram is the sole reason for which the movie can be watched and he does not disappoint and keeps us entertained throughout. Nayanthara has a substantially good role and she is a big plus for the movie and we cannot imagine any other actress carry that role with so much style, elan and attitude.

Nithya Menon plays a role which can be performed by anyone else too. Thambi Ramaiah as the bungling cop succeeds in evoking very little laughter and is upstaged by many illogical scenes in the second half that provide unintentional comedy. Rajasekhar’s crystal clear cinematography adds plus to the film and he has captured the locations well. Bhuvan could have trimmed the film a bit. Harris’s songs are runaway hit and his BGM’s are okayish for an action film and nothing much to say.

Anand Shankar, who gave the highly promising ‘Arima Nambi‘, has tried to mix science with fiction and he has managed to reach the near pass mark. By having a very strong hero he has literally managed to create the needed buzz of the hour. But still he could have taken care of the logic a bit and could have altered the screenplay in a bit the second half is as engaging as first. Despite its commercial constraints, it turns out to be a fast-paced, no-nonsense movie laced with chemistry and history lessons on drugs..!! 🙂

Irudhi Suttru (TAMIL)

 

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Starring: Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Nasser, Radharavi, Zakir Hussain and many more
Editing : Sathish Surya
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Written by: Arun Matheswaran
Directed by: Sudha Kongara

It is called as Maddy’s comeback film as he is making entry into Tamil industry after sometime. Though he has ‘Tanu weds Manu‘ success in Hindi, he badly wanted a hit in Tamil and lets see whether this film is his much deserving break.

Prabhu (Madhavan) is a ferocious boxing coach, who has a bad name at Indian Boxing Federation. He shares an enemity with chairman Dev (Zakir Hussain), a politician dabbling in administration. Due to a baseless sexual harassment complaint, the committee transfers Prabhu to Chennai. Madhi (Ritika Singh), a fisher woman who accompanies her sister for the training, attracts Madhavan by her skills. He asks her to come for training by paying her and make her train. Madhi goes to big competition but she loses there. The rest of the film moves ahead of how she survives in boxing amid-st the politics in the association.

The second half may make you feel that the screenplay is rushed somewhat, but the first half is an absolute delight. Climax provides the icing on the cake, which makes the blemish in the second half ignorable. Casting is apt which helps the film to go a notch higher. Ritika Singh as Madhi scorches the screen in every frame of the film and its hard to believe she is a debutant. Her way of how she trains boxing and the fierce in her eyes initially against the coach explains how much she has given herself to the film and dubbing is perfect for her. Hats off Ritika.

Madhavan has transformed himself for the role of a boxing coach and delivers an energetic performance. There is no wrong for him to wait for more time to come back and give such a film. Zakir Hussain clearly shows how the sports association works in our country. Nasser once again proves his mettle as assistant coach. Radharavi, Kali Venkat and Mumtaz helps the film to move on its pace. Santhosh’s music is undeniably another hero of the film. Background scores gel with the narration and also elevate emotions to a different level. Sivakumar Vijayan’s visuals look slick and his color choice for different cities deserves a mention.

Sudha Kongara deserves every praise that comes her way for writing and directing such a wonderful film. Arun’s dialogs has helped her immensely all through the film. She has worked a lot and made a non-Tamil girl to act like a proper North Chennai girl and she has succeeded in that. Pace may jump at times but to give such a film under 2 hours is really a big task and Sudha is eligible to get all the compliments. A decent sports flick based on women and the treatment for sportswomen in our country. Do not miss it..!! 🙂

Thani Oruvan (TAMIL)

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Starring: ‘Jayam’ Ravi, Nayanthara, Arvind Swamy, Nasser, Thambi Ramaiah and many more
Editing : Gopikrishna
Music : Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi
Cinematography: Ramji
Written by: Suba & Mohan Raja
Directed by: Mohan Raja

Mohan Raja, who is best known for remakes with his younger brother Ravi, has now come up with his own script and once again joined hands with his brother. Adding to them you have Arvind Swamy who is a different addition to the film along with Nayanthara and few more artists. So what is the film about? Lets see..

Mithran (Ravi) and his group of friends are IPS officers in probation. They find out crimes happening in the night-time by escaping from hostel. They come to know the people whom they caught are left out free. However Mithran has his own secret mission. He has already identified that the most of the small crimes are the starting points of a big ones and he decides to destroy the source of one such conspiracy. He discovers Siddharth Ambhimanyu (Arvind Swamy) the Padma Sri award-winning scientist as the mastermind of a huge conspiracy in pharmaceutical industry and also the one having a clout in real estate mafia. Mithran or Abhimanyu, who wins forms the rest.

This is the best film of Mohan Raja who desperately needed a hit to maintain his stand in the industry. He has sketched a neat story and with the help of Suba, the screenplay is the king. Even though there is love in the film it has been handled maturely. The film hardly has a dull moment and the thrill factor gets increasing once Arvind Swamy comes into the picture. Clever usage of songs does not spoil the essence of the action in the film. Though the film is 160 minutes long, the thrill factor leaves you glued to the screen.

Exuding charm and style with an air of subtle menace, Arvind Swamy, as the bad guy, is impossible to hate. He appears to be the perfect foil for the solid and dependable Ravi, who effortlessly fits into the role that seems to be tailor-made for him. Both have given their best. Apt choice for good versus evil. Thambi Ramaiah is a scream as Sengalvarayan. Nayanthara, is well-utilized instead of just using her as a glam doll. Supporting cast of Ganesh Venkatraman, Harish Uthaman and Sricharan have played their respective part in an efficient manner. Mugdha Godse debuts in Tamil as the pair of Arvind Swamy.

Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi’s background score pumps up the action all through the movie. Ramji’s usage of film for the movie should be appreciated. His wide usage of different shades of color gels well with the film. Despite the technical brilliance and the outstanding performances, it is undoubtedly the clever writing, great characterization and flawless execution by Mohan Raja deserves all the credit. He has worked hard in sketching the script and thus gives a powerful movie which is a classified and interesting thriller. Go for it..!! 🙂

Baahubali (TAMIL)

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Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka, Tamannah, Ramyakrishnan, Satyaraj, Nasser and many more
Editing : Venkateswara Rao
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography: KK Senthil Kumar
Dialogues : Kaarky
Directed by: SS Rajamouli

Finally here it is..!! The much awaited film which boasts of the tag claiming of the biggest ever production in India uproar the entire world and the finest part was the film is not just a single part but it comes in two parts where the second one will come in early next year. Vast usage of VFX, CG everything is present in the film and thus is the star cast of the film too. Lets see what else is present.

The film starts with Sivagami (Ramyakrishnan) carrying a child escaping from men who are in search of her. She escapes and lifts the child and crosses the river. The infant is saved and brought up by Rohini who belongs to a tribe and he grows up as Shiva (Prabhas). He likes climbing mountains and on one such day he meets Avantika (Tamannah) who is a warrior belonging to the group which is on verge of saving Devasena (Anushka) who is kept tortured by Bhallala Deva (Rana) and his dad (Nasser). Avantika is helped by Shiva who rescues Devasena and then he comes to know about the truth behind his birth. He is none other than the son of Devasena and Amarendra Bahubali (Prabhas, dual role). Kattapa (Sathyaraj), slave warrior explains this to him. Here comes the end of first part. Why, where and what all are answered in the conclusion part..!!

Now, there are several films that are about greed for power, palace intrigue and bloody battles. But this film is more about the imagery and visual grandeur, than the story itself. The VFX stands tall from the beginning (except a few shots). The artificially generated waterfall and the entire kingdom of Mahishmati deserves a huge applause. In fact, visual brilliance helps Baahubali bail out of trouble mainly in the first half. The film takes time to settle in the first half which is slow and lacks fascination. The whole of Baahubali depends on its fast paced second half and the climax will leave you wanting for more. Another letdown are the songs and its placements.

Prabhas, both as the father and son, has worked extremely hard and carried the roles on his broad shoulders as per the title. Rana as the antagonist is excellent with his body language and his dubbing is perfect. Ramya Krishnan has given a powerful  performance and proves her caliber. Tamanaah has tried her best, and her part is well used to move the story. Sathyaraj eaves an indelible mark, giving his all for the role. Nasser has been typecast in the usual role of the villain and does not have much scope in this part. Anushka has just few scenes where her makeup can take the credit.

Kaarky’s dialogues are very powerful and his special dialogues for the climax need subtitle. Sabu Cyril needs a special mention for such huge sets and statues. Senthil Kumar has once again captured the mega sized dreams of his director through his lens. Background score by Keeravani adds strength to the film. Venkateswara Rao could have chopped few scenes to make the first half interesting but achieves exactly that in the second. To bring such a huge cast, VFX, CG, creativity in visualizing the shots all kudos should go to the man who created this epic, Rajamouli. The film has touched one of the highest levels as far as visual grandeur is concerned and Rajamouli’s stamp is evident only in this aspect. See this for sure and wait again in 2016..!! 🙂

Yaagavarayinum Naa Kaaka (TAMIL)

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Starring: Aadhi, Nikki Galrani, Mithun Chakraborty, Pasupathy, Nasser and many more
Editing : Sabu Joseph
Music : Prasan, Praveen, Shyam
Cinematography: Shanmugasundaram
Directed by: Sathya Prabhas

Another low profile film which had the hero who once was a bankable star but now he has come back from nowhere. Just the trailers and Mithun’s first tamil film appearance made this film to hit into the to be watched list. Another director and hero who are brothers join together to present a thriller based movie as per the trailers. Lets see what does this film is about.

Four friends who spend their joyous moments in life , get together for a new year party. An argument arises between one of the friends and underworld don’s daughter. A word let off from one of the friend’s mouth starts the problem for them. There after they face a lot of problems and does the hero save his family or his friends who are under a great threat posed by the don is the crux of the film. There can be twists which can make us think what will happen in the film, but this film has too many twists which makes us to think too much, which at times make us tired. But all these twists comes only in the second half whereas the first half is totally dedicated to hero and his love affair which seems to be ok, even though its interesting.

Aadhi’s heroism and his portrayal is highly appreciable. The actor looks stunning in the action sequences. Nikki Galrani’s infectious smile and naughtiness is a major plus in the first half. Aadhi and Nikki share a beautiful chemistry and the heroine’s extra effort to dub her lines is appreciable. Aadhi’s bonding with the three friends and the timely dialogues between them make their friendship appear very natural on-screen. Nasser, Kitty, Pasupathy and Naren have proved their expertise in this film as well. Despite being a debutant in Kollywood, the veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty has succeeded in impressing the Tamil audiences. His rough and tough look and his aggressive performance is stunning. Lakshmipriya and Richa Pallod’s character add to the twist of the film.

Shanmugasundaram has upgraded the mood of the film with his amazing visuals. His extra pain to the colors has very much strengthened the film’s output, which is evident on-screen. In addition to this, the background score by Prasan Praveen Shyam has complimented the visuals and enhanced the action sequences. The film happens to be pretty lengthy due to some songs in between. The debutant director Sathya Prabhas has impressed the audiences with his very smart directorial skills. A very strong script with highly thrilling twists and turns, he has succeeded in keeping the audiences thrilled, but seems to be confused how to end the film. A good debut overall for him and he gives a decent thriller. Thirukural’s phrase clearly gives out the message. Not a bad debut overall..!! 🙂