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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Dharmadurai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Vijay Sethupathi, Tammanah, Radhika Sarathkumar, Aishwarya Rajesh and many more
Editing : Kasi Viswanathan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sukumar
Directed by: Seenu Ramaswamy

Seenu Ramaswamy is the director who gave huge break to Vijay Sethupathi and he directs him for the third time which created huge buzz among the industry. Also when their previous outing is still lying on the cans for a long time this film has come out within a short span of making time. Lets see how the movie has fared.

Dharma Durai (Vijay Sethupathi) is a drunkard and spoils the reputation of their family. Dharma also tells his mother Pandiyamma (Radhika) that he will not stop drinking till all his die. At one point of time, all the three brothers sketch a plan to murder Dharma but as per Pandiyamma’s suggestion, he escapes from his own house with a bag full of his family business money, which he was not aware of. Dharma’s brothers start searching for him whereas Dharma goes to the medical college where he completed medicine to find out the whereabouts of his close friends, Stella (Srushti Dange) and Subashini (Tammanah) to get back his lost, charming life. How did Dharma become an alcoholic? What part does Aishwarya play? All these forms the rest.

Seenu’s dialogues are touchy and relevant, but screenplay lags at times, especially the college portions. Showing all the characters as positive is a biggest plus of the movie. The college portions does not look linked to the story and stays separate. The biggest plus for the movie is Seenu has extracted the best from each and every actor, be it small or big. Vijay Sethupathi gets a role which has many shades and it is a cakewalk for him be the drunkard or the student. The genuinely written character of Vijay Sethupathi is a big plus of the film along with powerful women characters- Tammanah, Radhika, Aishwarya Rajesh, who helps him regain the confidence and makes him a complete person from time to time.

Among the three girls, it is Aishwarya Rajesh who steals the show with her stellar performance. Tammanah in a matured role is impressive. Srushti Dange has nothing much to do. Radhika demonstrates her versatility and brings in so much to the movie. Ganja Karuppu makes us to smile at times. Yuvan’s songs and background score aid the proceedings exceedingly well. Sukumar’s captivating camera angles and movements are laudable. Director Seenu Ramasamy has woven a beautiful tale with plenty of family sentiments, fun, and an important social message. The well-written characters with some powerful performances forms the backbone of this film. A feel good family drama..!! 🙂

Thozha (TAMIL)

Thozha-Movie-Release-Date-PosterStarring: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannah, Vivek and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Gopi Sundar
Cinematography: PS Vinod
Directed by: Vamsi

The movie is the official remake of the critically acclaimed and hugely successful French comedy-drama The Intouchables that portrayed the beautiful friendship between a quadriplegic billionaire and his less-privileged caretaker. The major plus point of that film was the casting and their chemistry. Lets see how that has been handled in this remake.

Seenu (Karthi) is a carefree lad, who has just released from prison and his mother (Jayasudha) and siblings hate him. Money is everything for him until he meets Vikram (Nagarjuna), a quadriplegic billionaire who was paralyzed from the neck down in a para-gliding accident. Vikram is under enormous stress, which he doesn’t tell anyone and hates being seen with sympathy. Seenu is appointed as Vikram’s caretaker much to the surprise of his smart secretary (Tamannah) and best friend (Prakash Raj). The rest of the film is about how Seenu and Vikram help out each other in making their lives better and life is all about enjoying the moment.

The film beautifully portrays the fact that each and every one in the world has problems but if they get someone, who can show unconditional love, they are blessed. The film has a touching emotional content that thankfully is largely underplayed and never touches melodrama. The slow pace of the movie tests our patience mostly in the second half or otherwise its a smooth ride. Karthi impresses with his quirky dialogue delivery and body language. He fits into the role like a charm.

Equal credit should go for Nagarjuna. The veteran has portrayed a paralysed person who does not seek compassion with finesse. Prakash Raj in his tailor-made role does his job neatly. Tamannah as the secretary does her part without any mistake and she looks extremely ravishing. Jayasudha as Karthi’s mother is convincing while Vivek who comes as Karthi’s lawyer manages to make us laugh with his trademark dialogues. Anushka and Sriya chips in with cameos.

PS Vinod has done a great job, capturing most parts of Paris beautifully. His visuals are slick and looks to be of the highest quality. Dialogues by Raju Murugan and Murugesh Babu stand out throughout the flick. Gopi Sundar’s songs and BGM are good. Great performances, a refreshing screenplay and some stunning visuals make Vamsi’s movie a breezy, fun-filled entertainer that is definitely worth your time…!! 🙂

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga (TAMIL)

vsop-Posters-1Starring: Arya, Tamannah, Santhanam, Vidyulekha and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : D Imman
Cinematography: Nirav Shah
Directed by: Rajesh

The comedy combo is back. Rajesh joins hands with Arya and Santhanam after ‘Boss engira Bhaskaran‘, which was a runaway hit. So the usual expectations are there for the film. Adding to this, Arya completes 25 films with this one. So the promotions were full-fledged thus making it a big film for him. This combo rocked in comedy in their previous outing. So lets see what they give this time.

Vasu (Santhanam) and Saravanan (Arya) are friends from childhood who start a mobile shop on their own. Vasu gets married and his wife does not like Saravanan and asks Vasu to cut his friendship. So Vasu thinks if Saravanan also get married, there won’t be any problem. Thus the search for the girl begins and enters Aishwarya (Tamannah). Once Tamannah also starts to ask Saravanan to cut his friendship with Vasu there starts the problem. What the friends do to make their friendship alive forms the rest.

As usual the film moves forward only because of Santhanam and his comedy, thus making him like a near hero of the film. There is no continuous comedy and what is available is just few comedy scenes in bits and pieces. The film has many big stars but the director have not used them effectively. Just one or two scenes for them is utterly wasting of time. Tamannah looks stale like how some comedy is there in the film. Sema Kalaai, Magizhndiru the two comic punches of the film are not effectively used.

Arya and Santhanam plays like the lead of the film. I doubt whether Arya had anything to perform other than following the heroine or leading his friend to the bar whenever there is a chance (almost all the time he had that chance). Tamannah has nothing new to perform and she too has not acted anything. Vidyulekha is surprise element and her family episode is a plus for the film. Banu and Karunakaran have limited scope to perform.

The film’s biggest strength are Nirav Shah’s camera, Imman’s music. Nirav gives a grandeur feel to the film. Imman scores well both in songs as well as in BGM’s. Rajesh thinks that he has gone back to the old comedy days but the comedy has not worked to the fullest. Its time to come up with a story in which comedy can fit in comfortably so that it’s an enjoyable experience. Once again Rajesh has missed the bus but managed to get a cycle, but the path is long to go..!! 🙂

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..!! 🙂

Veeram (TAMIL)

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Starring: Ajith, Tamannah, Santhanam, Nasser and many more
Editing: Kasi Viswanathan
Cinematography: Vetri
Music : Devi Sri Prasad
Written and Directed by : Shiva

Ajith’s next film after Aarambam which was not a huge success in story wise. He clans a all white with son of soil look for his Veeram. This genre is totally new to the actor. He joins with Shiva who is known for his commercial aspects churned out in a not a new story. Has he delivered a hit for the generously known as Thala.?

Vinayagam (Ajith) and his 4 brothers are together always and stays happy in their own type of life. They do fight many times and gets registered in cases for which they have a lawyer (Santhanam) with them to handle it. The brothers of Vinayagam has a love interest of their own but hesitates to bring it to notice to their elder bro as he is against marriage. So they plan to get him into love with a girl and there enters the heroine Kopu (Tamannah) by saying that he is against violence. Then what happens is part of the story which has all sorts of commercial elements like sentiments, comedy, fights, songs et. Rest is the lengthy second half.

The film is a template masala film — a superhuman hero, his bros and sidekicks who will sing his praises all the time, a beautiful-looking heroine, a raging villain and comedians here and there. There should be no room for logic, moving from one hero-worshipping scene to the next and is aimed at only his fans, and thank god this time to the families too.

Though his dark glasses, black T-shirts and expensive suits have been replaced by a snow-white dhoti and shirt, Ajith still maintains his larger-than-life persona in Veeram and effortlessly destroys the enemy with his power-packed punches and equally powerful dialogues, guaranteed to send his fans into a mad frenzy. It is a welcome change from Ajith Kumar to do a rural-based story. Santhanam breaks the funny bones all throughout the film, majorly in the entire first half. Tamannah looks too odd in the film. The brothers does the supporting cast well. Nasser is as usual does his part well. Rest of them fills the film in patches.

The song Nalavannu Solvanga has become quite popular, but otherwise there is nothing remarkable about DSP’s music in Veeram. The BGM’s suits well for the mood of the film and the actor. Camera picturises the rural scenes well and sparkles the breezes when its for songs. Editing could have been done a bit on the film. Siva should be patted on his back for knowing his responsibilities well given an actor of Ajith’s calibre. The dialogs looks neat which relates along the story.

With an ordinary story and usual line of scenes, an average screenplay and characters that are all overshadowed by one man, the film seems like an ode to Ajith and should be dedicated to all his fans. But still it will favor for the audiences who loves to enjoy a movie without thinking about the if’s and but’s. Entertainment guarantee.