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..!! 🙂


Akira (HINDI)


Starring: Sonakshi Sinha, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap, Amit Sadh and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Vishal-Shekhar    Background Score : John Stewart
Cinematography: RD Rajasekhar
Directed by: AR Murugadoss

ARM’s previous history in Hindi shows us he has done 2 of his own remakes which was runaway hit and this time too he has taken a remake but not of his own film but from a different directors. But he has changed the main core of the movie which is projecting the story in the point of heroine not on the hero like how the original was set. Lets see how he has changed and whether that has helped the movie or not.

Akira (Sonakshi Sinha) stays in Jodhpur with her family. Her life changes when a local rowdy throws acid on a girl’s face. Affected by this, her father helps her in learning the art of self-defense. Akira turns rebellious and takes revenge of that guy and she is sent to children person for this. After 14 years she moves to Mumbai with her brother and studies in a college and stays in hostel. She gets ragged and she gives them a fitted reply to all of them. On the other hand, Govind Rane (Anurag Kashyap), is a corrupt ACP. He rules his own police his three disciples. Incidentally, these four police officers come across an accident on their duty which changes their lives forever. Akira and Govind are dealing with their own mess but what leads them two to cross paths is the entire mystery. Rabiya Sultan (Konkona Sen Sharma), a SP of Crime Branch, is appointed to solve that mystery. What happens to the mystery and these 3 forms the story.

Based on the Tamil original ‘Mounaguru‘, Murugadoss has altered the movie by changing the gender of the lead and just added the first few minutes to tell why she learnt the martial arts. Apart from this everything else was scene-by-scene remake which has spoiled the movie. ARM could have added his own touch to this plot and could have given a bit crisper. The basic premise of the film is appealing and has good scope to keeps one’s interest intact in the film. The first half takes its time to settle until the middle part of the film. The tempo goes down again in the second half of the film and moves on a snail pace.

Sonakshi Sinha has done a decent job in this film. She performs her best in the emotional scene when she elopes from the mental asylum and tries to convince her family. She delivers the action part with ease. Anurag Kashyap as the Police is impressive and does justice to his character, making one sufficiently accept his unethical ways. RD Rajasekhar has beautifully captured Mumbai throughout the film. BGM fits the bill well. ARM has astutely dealt with the subject with no major deviation. It stars with a promise of being a good action thriller but ends up being a decent action drama which had all potential to become a taut film..!! 🙂

Naanum Rowdydhaan (TAMIL)

naanum-rowdy-dhaan-latest-posters02Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Parthiban, Radhika, RJ Balaji and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: George C Williams
Directed by: Vignesh Sivan

No one would have remembered Vignesh by now as he has directed a film long back which just created sound and settled soon. Once Dhanush announced that he is producing Vignesh’s next film then everything fell places. Cast, Crew everything made a good noise which gained attention of the public and thus this film attained the needed pre-release hype. Lets see how the film is.

‘Pondy’ Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi) is the son of a local inspector Radhika and he is trying hard to be a local rowdy, while his mom wants him to join the police force. Kadambari (Nayanthara) is a hearing impaired and her only aim is to kill Killivallavan (Parthiban), who had murdered her parents. Pandi meets her and accepts to help her with his set of friends. The rest of the film tells us how they go about it. As usual story is a known and seen one but the screenplay is the biggest plus of this film.

Vignesh has given a casual comedy with a slight story behind it and packed it very well with good characterization. Dialog’s are another plus for this film and that too dialog’s said by RJ Balaji makes the audience to go mad. Vijay Sethupathi has shed his weight along with his beard and mustache and has given the life to his character. His mannerism of talking seriously at first and then changing to comedy is highlight. Nayanthara as the hearing-impaired Kadambari puts up one of her best acts till date. She emote well and looks beautiful in her simple costumes. This lead pair is fresh and their chemistry works wonders on the screen. Another plus is she has dubbed for herself which boosts the visuals.

Parthiban scores with his unique brand of performance in a role which is simultaneously menacing and funny. His expression upon meeting with Nayanthara for the first time is a huge laugh riot. Other veterans like Anandraj, Radhika, Mansoor Ali Khan have performed well. RJ Balaji as Pandi’s friend is excellent. He gets back to his famous crosstalk show mode and has not spared any top hero or their films. George C Williams’s cinematography and Sreekar Prasad’s editing are top-notch and are some of the biggest positives along with Anirudh’s brilliant and apt background score.

Vignesh’s filming skills might not have impressed many through his debut but he has bounced back strongly with the support of his cast and crew which he has moulded well with his neat and cool screenplay. Credits to him for making such a wonderful film. This rowdy can be well embraced by all sections of people as he is refreshingly smart and entertaining. Do not miss it..!! 🙂

10 Enradhukula (TAMIL)


Starring: Vikram, Samantha, Pasupathy, Ramdoss  and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : D Imman        Background Music : Anoop Seelin
Cinematography and Directed by: Vijay Milton

After ‘Goli Soda‘, all were waiting what does Milton going to do next. That too when that film went on to secure all the awards the expectations grew up when he announced that his next is going to be with Vikram. So like that this film is the Vikram’s next after the mega blockbuster ‘I‘. So lets see what does this film provides.

Vikram is a driving instructor who does not tell his real name and says a different name in different occasions like Bond, Gavaskar, Mani Ratnam. His special is he does many incredible things within 10 seconds. In the meantime he works with Doss (Pasupathy) who uses him to get things from many danger places. One such day he handles him a car to get it delivered to Mussorie. Inside the car Vikram finds Shakeela (Samantha) who is his driving student. They both travel together from Chennai to Mussorie. There they find out one group is badly needed of Samantha to fulfill their plan. Who is Samantha and what happens next is the good to hear script.

This film cannot come under Road movie genre, as this film offers nothing to it. Is just keeping on driving on the road with 2 songs placed on the way makes it to that genre. Quite not..!! The story may be good on paper but when you see it for nearly 145 minutes it makes you tired with very down the line screenplay and characters whom you not sure what they are doing and why they are there. There is no point in holding all your secrets till the last-minute and release all at once.

Vikram carries this movie on his shoulders all the way through, which was expected from an actor like him. Samantha on the other hand gets a meaty role but she has failed to deliver what was required of her. Pasupathy comes up with a refined performance and other supporting actors have delivered the goods, which is largely negated because of the movie’s not so fascinating plot. Technically, the film is top-notch with the crystal clear cinematography of Vijay Milton and lovely locales. Imman’s songs are nothing much to talk about while Anoop Seelin’s BGM is strictly average. Vikram always goes for a very casual movie each and every time after he finishes a biggie but he selects the story also to be too casual. To be missed strictly..!! 🙂

Rudhramadevi (TAMIL)


Starring: Anushka, Rana, Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj  and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Ilayaraja
Dialogs: Pa Vijay
Cinematography: Ajayan Vincent
Directed by: Gunasekhar

Once ‘Baahubali‘ started a film somewhat looking similar to that will normally attract attention. When the top leads are the same who worked in that film then eventually it will grab the interest. Such was the hype created for this film. Lets see whether this has made the film into a success.

Kakatiya dynasty’s king Ganapatideva is anxious that his new-born baby is a girl. According to the dynasty, a woman can’t rule the country and hence enemies are ready to take over the power. But Shiva Deviah (Prakash Raj), the minister of Ganapatideva, gives an idea to make a false announcement that the new-born is a boy and also trains her as a true warrior. After few years, there comes a situation where Shiva Deviah is forced to reveal the secret and eventually, enemies announce war on the kingdom. The rest of the film shows whether Rudhramadevi (Anushka) is able to manage the enemies.

First of all this is not a bilingual as its being promoted and its a clear dubbed movie. The selection of voices for dubbing is a pure bad choice which makes the viewing experience very poor. Even bigger stars like Allu Arjun, Prakash Raj sounds too odd which gives the feeling of watching dubbed serials on the television. Another drawback are the dialog which does not sync with the film at all. Screenplay drags and drags in the second half and all the scenes are just coming and does nothing to the film.

Anushka has tried to lift the film on her own and fails miserably. Rana does nothing and Allu Arjun has been made a clown who just makes fear at the beginning and just helps to finish the film. Star casting could have been done better. VFX and stunts does not add anything to such a big movie. Ajayan’s camera work just revolves around the same set of war fields and kingdoms. Ilayaraja’s BGM is somewhat okayish. Gunasekhar’s plot is nice in paper but it fails damn bad when it is shown on the screen. A queen saga which backfires most of the times..!! 🙂

Yatchan (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arya, Kreshna, Deepa Sannidhi, Swathi, Thambi Ramaiah, Adil Hussain and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Om Prakash
Written by: Suba & Vishnuvardhan
Directed by: Vishnuvardhan

Not many films are made based on a novel. One such movie is Yatchan which is based on a story which is published in a weekly magazine and Vishnu had tried to adapt it to a film having his buddies and brother for his company. The film overall looked like a rehash of Vishnu’s previous dual hero film ‘Pattiyal’ which surprisingly had Arya has the main lead. Lets see does this too come under the same category.

Chinna (Arya) is a petty thief from Thoothukudi, who murders a thug who tears the tickets of Ajith’s film. Soon he leaves to Chennai and hides for some time. At the same time Karthik (Kreshna) is an aspiring actor from Pazhani who gets motivated by his girlfriend Deepa (Swathi) and comes to Chennai with a lot of  dreams. They both come to Chennai and bump into each other quiet often. Their life turns upside down as both of them get into wrong cars. There is another plot between Deepa Sannidhi and Vetri (Adil Hussain). Whats the link between all these forms the crux.

Vishnu cleverly portrayed both the male leads equally with equal footage for both along with performance for both. This is also one of the film where the narration takes its sweet time to come to the main plot. The shuffling between comedy and action makes us feel under what genre the film comes. Comical scenes most of the time does not work and just falls flat. Arya is best when he breaks down to the comic mixed action role which he keeps on doing in all of his films. Kreshna’s performance has gradually increased and he has given his best. Swathi is like a character and blows off in all the scenes whereas Deepa do not know how to emote in certain scenes.

Thambi Ramaiah fill the comedy space through the first half and RJ Balaji as the desperate Romeo slash rowdy adapts himself to the film mode with his role which sends us in laughs. Talented Adil Hussain makes a forgetful debut. Sreekar Prasad’s cuts are apt and Yuvan is back, finally. His songs and BGM are too good. Om Prakash’s cinematography is noteworthy for the vivid color tones and unusual angles which give a new dimension to the movie. Vishnu attempts to bring humor into the narrative by creating a total chaos, unfortunately it just does not work. Television premier is not too far..!! 🙂

Kaththi (TAMIL)


Starring: Vijay, Samantha, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sathish and many more
Editing : Sreekar Prasad
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography: George C Williams
Written and Directed by: AR Murugadas

The two big personalities in their own field joins their hands once again after the blockbuster called ‘Thupaki’ which release two years back. The fans would automatically expect too much. When the director mentioned that Kaththi will be better than previous one, many questioned it, and started to think what would be in store this time. Let’s see how they did it this time.

Jeevanandham (Vijay) is desperately trying to save his village from being swallowed up by a powerful Cola company belonging to an industrialist Chirag (Neil Nitin Mukesh). Kathiresan (another Vijay) is a petty thief who escapes from jail and plans to escape from the country with his friend (Sathish). He meets Ankita (Samantha) in the middle and gets attracted towards her. Meanwhile Jeeva is shot by some men and Kathir uses this situation and he swaps the role. Jeeva is caught by the police and is back in jail and soon Kathir understands why Jeeva is being targeted all the time. The rest of the film is all about how Kathiresan eventually saves the Jeeva’s village.

A protagonist switching places and solving the problems faced by his look-alike is an age-old happening in our movies. The trouble with the film is its first half which moves at a sluggish pace. The film takes its own time to start moving, while the actual plot starts developing only post interval and ends with a stunning climax. You can’t take your eyes of Vijay, he is fantastic as the flamboyant Kathiresan and the sober Jeevanandham. His strong screen presence adds a huge value to the project. All Samantha had to do in the film is smile and look pretty. Neil Nitin Mukesh looks rich in stylish costumes. He deserves a special mention for delivering the dialogues with clean lip sync.

Technically, the film is rich. Anirudh’s music and BGM reaches a new level with. George C Williams’s camera is eye catching mainly the night shots and the songs. The action scenes are well choreographed especially the coin fight scene. Murugudas has conveyed the much needed message to this generation via his brilliant dialogues, and made use of harsh facts to highlight the importance of water and farming. Murugadas has mastered the skills of commercial film making. He has raised the bar once again, and mixed the colorful elements in the right proportion of a social drama, and penned an excellent screenplay. Though there are some logical loopholes, those have been brilliantly plastered by cinematic liberties. This one is sharp even though not a clear razor type… 🙂