Vaalu (TAMIL)

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Starring: Simbu, Hansika, Santhanam, VTV Ganesh, Naren and many more
Editing : Suresh
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Shakthi
Directed by: Vijay Chander

After a long time we are seeing Simbu’s film, nothing much just about 3 years long. Even though it had many release dates announced in the middle it was this year it made to the screens. The problems and issues behind the film itself made it a film to be watched. Hype’s can be created like this too. So lets see what Simbu’s Vaalu is about.

Sharp (Simbu) is a happy-go-lucky guy who leads his life without any worries. He sees Priya (Hansika) and its love at first sight. When he proposes Priya tells that her parents have already decided her to be married with her maternal uncle Anbu (Aditya). What happens to Sharp and his love forms the rest of the story. The good thing about this film is how Sharp’s family treats him. Even though he does not work or do anything useful, his father supports him like anything.

This is a usual story and as usual it goes with comedy in the first half and few action blocks in the second. Other than that there are no twists or nothing in the film. The ending is somewhat refreshing where the main villain does not fight with the hero and thus saves the time. The dialogues and the comedy has worked big time for the film. The film is a complete Simbu show all the way. It’s no harm that he waited so long for this film.

The Simbu-Santhanam chemistry also works big time and is the highlight of the film. VTV Ganesh too adds to the fun. Remove comedy and the film falls flat. Hansika comes across as the bubbly heroine in a commercial film. Naren as Simbu’s father steals the show with his performance. There is no much scope for the villains. Editor could have chopped a few scenes which could have made the film more lively. Camera looks ok and Thaman scores well in his songs and BGM’s. Overall its just another romantic commercial entertainer which passes muster thanks to comedy..!! 🙂

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Kanchana 2 (TAMIL)

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Starring: Raghava Lawrence, Taapsee, Nithya Menon, Kovai Sarala and many more
Editing : Kishore
Music : Thaman, Sathya, Leon James, Aswamithra        Background Score: Thaman
Cinematography: Rajavel Olhiveeran
Directed by: Raghava Lawrence

Kanchana was the first film to make the new genre say ghost based comedy type of films in the Tamil industry. It comes back with Kanchana 2 but not as a sequel based. Each and every time a new film comes and goes in this genre. So will this one be too on the same line or is there something different to present. Lets see..

The story is nothing different from any of its earlier versions which is mixed with some social issue and message on that. Lawrence plays the role of a cameraman at a popular television channel. In order to boost up the TRP’s the channel plans to make a series on ghosts and start on that with the crew which has Taapsee, Sriman, Manobala, Chaams, Mayilsamy, Pooja and Madhu. They enter a haunted house as a part of their work schedule and return after witnessing a horror unfold in front of their eyes. Needless to say, after a few days they discover that both Lawrence and Taapsee are possessed by different spirits seeking vengeance. Who are those ghosts and what do they want forms the crux of the story.

There are very usual elements like songs, dance, comedy and as usual some special VFX added to make feel that this is a ghost film. First half goes very slowly until the story starts. VFX looks ordinary overall and the climax looks like its based on Mortal Kombat game. Lawrence plays a dual role and there are many differences in his characterization. Taapsee is the surprise package of the film, be it as the show director or when she transforms as the ghost. Nithya Menon steals the second half but the flashback looks outdated. Kovai Sarala and others have performed what was needed.

Second half could have been trimmed a lot and Lawrence changing into different characters could have been cut short. Music by different persons gives more satisfaction and Thaman’s BGM are perfect for a ghost based film. Rajavel Olhiveeran’s camera work is precise and has done justice to the horror genre. Lawrence, has come a long way as a director and sure knows how to cook up a normal story with the needed stuffs. However, the second half is tiring in parts and the flashback sequences are over-dramatized. Climax looks a tad blunt and incomplete. Kanchana 2 is definitely an entertaining movie but could’ve easily been much better with a better second half. Time Pass..!! 🙂

Meaghaman (TAMIL)

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Starring: Arya, Hansika, Harish Uthaman, Ashutosh Rana and many more
Editing : Srikanth
Music : Thaman
Cinematography: Sathish Kumar
Written and Directed by: Magizh Thirumeni

After dishing out ‘Thadaiyara Thaakka‘ movie with a gripping plot, director Magizh Thirumeni is back with Meaghaman in which Arya plays the lead. Meaghaman had created some excitement prior to its release. It comes along with array of films and action forms the main theme of the film. So what’s up with the captain of the ship, let’s find out.

Shiva (Arya) and his colleague cum friend Chandra (Ramana) are two young cops who are on a undercover mission to stop a drug mafia by tearing the mask of a person who they think is the brain behind all illegal activities carried by the mafia group. While Shiva tries to gain the confidence of Jothi (Ashutosh Rana), the main antagonist, Chandra does the same in a different group led by Sharma, a cop turned gangster. Chandra fails to keep his true identity in the dark as he gets caught by Sharma and also lets the cat out of his bag by revealing Arya’s real identity as well. What happens to these two policemen? Do they stop the most dreaded mafia despite giving away their true identity or do they succumb without accomplishing their mission forms the crux of this action-thriller.

The director has not traded off with undesirable punch dialogs, comedies and un reasonable gallantry and has given precisely what the story requested. Characterization has assumed a significant part in the motion picture, were everybody’s character has been decently planned and overall portrayed. He has made the audience constantly on the edge of their seats trying to spring in something new every scene, but all those happen in a slow mode. An undercover agent amidst all the action gets caught red-handed, ah yes you have heard this story but the director does spring in a few meaty tricks that sure catches you off guard. The screenplay is too sluggish with the first half building up an array of characters and fitting climax could have served the movie’s purpose.

Arya has been depicted in an alternate style and with distinctive characterization. One might feel that the film could’ve been a film without a female lead for Hansika has been used only in songs which in fact acts as a speed breaker hindering the pace of the film. Supporting cast has come good mainly Anupama Kumar and Ashutosh Rana. Thaman’s BGM deserves a thunderous applause and acts as a true catalyst in the movie at much wanted scenes. Sathish Kumar’s cinematography gives a stylish look to the movie and is effective in all stunt sequences. Editor Srikanth has done a decent job in keeping the movie crisp however, some ordinary screenplay fails to support an interesting plot which otherwise would’ve turned this movie into an edge of the seat entertainer throughout.

Magizh wanted to present a full fledged and well detailed action film but missed the pace in the screenplay which gets predictable at the end and doesn’t enthrall much. Meaghaman is certainly not the captain of the ship but a rock-solid entertainer with a volley of twists and action..!! 🙂

Kadhai Thiraikadhai Vasanam Iyakkam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Thambi Ramayya, Santhosh, Akhila and many more
Editing : Sudharshan
Music Songs: Alphons Joseph, Sharreth, Vijay Antony, Thaman    Music Background: C Sathya
Cinematography: Rajarathinam
Directed by: Radhakrishnan Parthiban

Difference always never gets accepted and in most of the cases it gets overlooked. That was the initial case for this film which just informs us that the film does not have a story but it names itself as the 4 most important aspects for a film. Thats the mettle which the director R.Parthipan who is known for his difference. For a change he has rechristened himself as Radhakrishnan Parthiban too from this film for reasons known only to him.

Film without a story. Thats the story of the film. Apart from that if we search something in the film then it leads us to a group of people with the dreams of becoming big in the film industry headed by one of the seniormost assistant director Seenu Sir (Thambi Ramayya) along with few others who works as assistant to Tamizh (Santhosh). Their daily work is to find a story for their film and have their discussions in Tamizh’s house which disturbs his wife Daksha (Akila). Are the terms good between them? Has the group found the story? Did Santhosh directed it? Check out.

The film as mentioned is really a tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema as no one has ever had the guts to announce that their film does not have any story as such. This film just go throughs the different phases of the film industry, its plus and minuses and it has its similarities with the few weeks old Jigarthanda as both deals about film in a film. The film packs with Parthiban’s stamp all over which makes the film to watch carefully not with your eyes but also with your ears too.

As the subject is a bit tricky, director depended on a fresh star cast with backing of a senior Thambi Ramayya and he proves why he earned a National Award. He is an extraordinary performer, and has been aptly chosen for this role. The extra support has been given by many senior actors viz. Arya, Vishal, Taapsee, Amala Paul, Vijay Sethupathi and many more in a cute and sweet cameos. The director himself appears in some important scenes of the film which makes the film to develop more interestingly.

Rajarathinam deserves to be lauded for his spectacular camera and angles setting the mood right in every frame. Seeing the film to be completed with just a few minutes over 2 hours makes us to laud Sudharshan, the editor. The songs are nice as they are little and the BGM tickles the thrills and chills of the movie. The director has penned a different story with crisp and interesting screenplay backed by sharp and witty dialogues and directed it well to make sure he has titled the film aptly. Parthiban has given us a film based only on a good writing and proved that director and story always marks the success of a film and not only the star power. 🙂

Vallinam (TAMIL)

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Starring: Nakul, Mridhula, Atul Kulkarni, Jagan, Jayaprakash and many more
Editing: Sabu Joseph
Music : Thaman
Cinematography : Bhaskaran
Written and Directed by: Arivazhagan

As everyone says the second film of a director is the most watched that too if the debut was a run away hit. Club that with a very strong producer in the industry and that too a sports film. Then the expectations will be sky high. But what this film faced is the just opposite. The film was lying in the cans for long time and finally comes out. So what does this sports film going to say to us.

Krishna (Nakul) is a talented basketball player in Trichy. During a game an accident takes place and his best buddy Shiva (Hero Kreshna in a cameo) dies. To get away from the past, Krishna leaves Trichy and moves to a Chennai college. He finds that cricket is the most favoured game and given undue advantage in the college sports curriculum. Due to the villainous cricket captain Krishna starts basketball team in college. What Krishna does to bring up the basketball team with the help of heroine (Mridhula) forms the rest.

First hats off to the crew for not using a full fledged CG part for taking the basketball scenes. And that too they have used special camera person for taking the match. And the entire cast has trained and acted and played well in the film which makes you forget that you are not seeing a film but a match. The heroine is a big let off and the love portions does not make any impact apart from the heroine’s dad being the sponsor for the tournament.

It is undoubetedly the best movie of Nakul. He has matured as an actor and has come out with brilliant performance. His voice modulation and acting are good. Jayaprakash, Jagan, Amzad, Atul Kulkarni and others have done justice to their roles. Heroine Mridhula looks horrible and watchable in only the song whichcomes in second half.

Bhaskaran’s cinematography is excellent and Thaman’s music stands out well. Arivazhagan has come out with all together different genre and showed us what all the practical difficulties that a sportsman and sports need to face out to prove it out. Vallinam is a good attempt and needs encouragement. It is worth watching once for the efforts put by the young team and the spirit on the game.