Kaatru Veliyidai (TAMIL)

Starring: Karthi, Aditi Rao Hydari, RJ Balaji, Rukmini and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : AR Rahman
Cinematography : Ravivarman
Directed by: Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam, known for his romantic tales with a different note is at it again! Each time he surprises us with a fresh angle. Tweaking his lead characters with curious settings and narrating the tale in a refreshing manner, Mani is able to achieve his vision to a great extent. Thanks to his long time association with ARR and Vairamuthu he has once again given the oomph factor needed for the film. Lets see how the movie has fared.

Fighter pilot Varun aka VC (Karthi) and doctor Leela Abraham (Aditi Rao Hydari) fall in love against the backdrop of the Kargil war in Srinagar. Everything is smooth till Leela realizes that it is difficult for her to move with VC’s self-centered nature and the way he disrespect her in public. She is a modern girl who wants equality in a relationship and decides to walk away from his life. VC gets caught by Pakistan army and he keeps on thinking of Leela and what happens next is the rest.

In this film, Ratnam rehashes themes and moments from his previous films, but he also takes a bash at understanding the gender wars. The climax looks tad weak, the scenes where Karthi escapes from a Pakistan jail looks convenient filled with logical loopholes. The screenplay sleep walks till the pre-climax where only the film moves in a normal speed. The film’s biggest strength is Aditi Rao Hydari, and she shines in every frame. She is there throughout and even gets a perfect introduction scene. She owns the film with her winsome performance. The way Aditi cries, laughs and emote completely attract us.

With a toned physique and sporting a new look sans a mustache, Karthi is at his career best, be it in a male chauvinist act or as the one who regrets his past actions. Blame it on his character of a self-centered egoistic brash guy, we hardly root for him and he looks quite uncomfortable in most of the intimate scenes. Visually, Kaatru Veliyidai is beautiful, beyond anyone’s imagination. Each frame is like a painting and Ravi Varman as the cinematographer deserves more than just praise. It is amazing how Ratnam uses the beautiful backdrop of Kashmir and a few other places throughout the film to paint a troubled love story and to highlight the different facets of love.

Rahman’s music, too, serves as the backbone of the film. The songs are perfectly placed and never break the flow of the narrative. Usually Mani flashes his brilliance in all his movies and he has shown in this too but unfortunately all that gets lost in a largely underwhelming film. There are some great scenes, some moments that prove why he’s a legend, but otherwise it is disappointing. Either he comes to our world and give his version of our story or he wants us to come us into his story. This belongs to the latter part where we are invited but we could not enjoy it fully. Better luck next time..!! 🙂

Idhu Enna Maayam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vikram Prabhu, Keerthi, Navdeep, Nasser, Charlie and many more
Editing : Antony
Music : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Directed by: AL Vijay

AL Vijay’s films usually carry some sorts of uniqueness in most parts of the film and he is one of the newly grown directors who wish to give something new and his romance films are good to watch. He joins with Vikram Prabhu, for whom romance is new genre, and has given the film with his usual crew and cast with few changes. What magic he has created for the film..?

Arun (Vikram Prabhu) and his friends runs a drama troupe but there are none to watch their plays. So they plan to make drama as their profession by starting UMT service (Unnal Mudium Thambi), where they will create a drama kind sequence and they will unite the lovers. Santhosh (Navdeep), a business tycoon, comes to them and asks them to help him by uniting Maya (Keerthi). Arun already knows Maya and what he does and whats the relation with her is the rest of the film is about.

Flashback sequences keeps on going on and never seems to end. Placing four songs in the first half is a real blunder for such a slow film of sorts. Screenplay keeps on to get slower and slower and thus we lose the connectivity with the film. Vijay’s small additions to the film clicks but those are only few but not many. Comedy scenes works well which makes the film to fall under a light-hearted one. Twists are there but those are easily guessable. Arun’s parents and their separation does not add any value to the film.

Vikram looks so brittle for such a romantic film. His face still has that rock hard feel which he had done for his previous films. Keerthi is a new addition to the tamil films but she is a valuable addition. She enacts the scenes good to make it feel as real ones. Charlie gets a good scope and Vikram’s friends like RJ Balaji, RJ Ajai, Balaji and others. Nasser as usual done justice to his role. Nirav’s camera is über cool given the genre and GV’s score is half okay and BGM is passable. Vijay has failed in the screenplay part which makes the film to move very slow and thus make the film to hang loose without any support. Slow magic which fails for most of the time..!! 🙂

Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (TAMIL)

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Starring: Dulqar Salman, Nazriya, Madhoo, Pandiarajan and many more
Editing : Abhinav Sundar
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography : Soundararajan
Written and Directed by: Balaji Mohan

Interesting Title..!! The teasers also showed and proved it. How its possible is what all would think. But what does this short film turned feature film director offer in his second film was the most interesting thing to watch out from this film and that too his debut was runaway hit both in short and feature film. So whats there in this talk oriented film.? Lets see..

The film is set in Panimalai, a fictional mountain town, where the hero Arvind (Dulqar Salman) is a salesperson who is kind at heart as he cannot stop himself from solving things that are broken. Anjana (Nazriya), doesn’t talk much and obliges to her boyfriend’s dictates. Meanwhile, interesting things are happening in the town like a mysterious illness is spreading in the town which results in people losing their voice. The government declares this as Dumb Flu, and implements a curfew forcing all individuals of the hill station from speaking. What happens next forms the interesting part of the film.

The director has created different kind of roles and brings in a lot of fun moments through them. One thing that should be appreciated is that fact that there are not commercial distractions in the storyline and the humour quotient is high. The screenplay is refreshing and human emotions have been perfectly presented. There are satire on present-day politcally motivated scenarios like banning movies. The second half entirely relies on BGM and the news reporter’s relay which is a very high risk taken and which has succeeded.

Dulqar makes a ravishing debut in Tamil. His Tamil diction and dialogue delivery is perfect. And another person who makes impact in her silent role is Nazriya. Madhoo makes a comeback but her role just crosses as it is. The director Balaji Mohan himself as appeared as a newscaster which does draw some laughs, but it is Robo Shankar and John Vijay’s (who essays the character of Nuclear Star Boomesh) antics that draw the maximum laughs. Many other characters like Pandiarajan, Arjun, RJ Balaji, Kali, Vinuchakravarthy added more flavor to this interesting story. Character selection is apt in this film.

Debutant Sean Roldan should be much happier for getting such a film as his debut where he has entire second half to prove his BGM skills and he scores to the T in that. His variations in songs are also good. Soundararajan has captured Munnar’s beauty in every frame of the film. Though film is nice, characters use motion language in the second half that may not be liked by all section of audiences and thus it may appear to be draggy. Balaji’s film is refreshing and a totally new concept coupled with his unique narrative style and a screenplay loaded with satire and comedy, makes Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, a thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable film. Definitely a must watch, if light hearted films is your genre..!! 🙂