Chennai 600028 Part 2 (TAMIL)

chennai-600028-2-second-innings-tamil-mp3-songsStarring: Jai, Shiva, Premji, Vaibhav, Sana and many more
Editing : Praveen KL
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : Rajesh Yadav
Directed by: Venkat Prabhu

Another sequel joins the list but this is not the usual action oriented movie types and this series falls under sport based humor type film whose first part was runaway hit nearly 8-9 years back. Lets see how this sequel has fared.

Raghu’s (Jai) wedding gets fixed and Chennai Sharks team members travel to Theni to attend his wedding. Members like Nithin Sathya, Shiva, Vijay Vasanth and Ajai travel along with their wife’s and Premji who is a bachelor. Their they happen to meet Aravind who runs away from them after looting the money they had. He tells about Marudhu (Vaibhav) the local goon who does anything to win the cricket match. Sharks team helps Aravind by winning couple of matches and as usual booze and get into a problem which stops Jai’s wedding. What happens next form the crux.

The film is a laugh riot from start to finish, with the actors seeming to enjoy the film as much as the audience. Every scene is reflective of the wonderful camaraderie they share, with none trying to overshadow the other. But the film struggles towards the end and Venkat has struggled in showing how to end the film differently like how the first part was ended and here it did not work much like the first. As usual the guys booze even after they get married and they spoil their friend’s life.

Shiva is in top form with his one liners and counter dialogues. Jai is perfect as the lover boy, Premji is in his elements as usual. Vaibhav rocks as the villain while Nithin Sathya, Vijayalakshmi, Vijay Vasanth, Aravind Akash, Ajay Raj and Mahat provide ample support. The girls provide what is needed from them. Every small character which made a mark in the first part gives an entry even here and helps the film to move. Cinematography by Rajesh Yadav and editing by Praveen are top-notch while the BGM of Yuvan complements the proceedings.

Venkat Prabhu never disappoints with a multi-starrer and this time too he has lived up to the expectations. Guess he had a clear path on how to proceed the movie till the end but has struggled towards the second half which acts as a speed breaker. Second innings do have some shortcomings in terms of narration and comedy when compared to its predecessor but, the film’s steady pace and cricket makes it watchable..!! 🙂

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Nee Enge En Anbe (TAMIL)

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Starring: Nayanthara, Vaibhav, Pasupathy and many more
Editing : Marthand Venkatesh
Music : Keeravani
Cinematography : Vijay C Kumar
Directed by: Sekhar Kammula

Remake of Kahaani..!! Thats the only phrase known about this film once it was announced. Later came that lead wont be appearing as a pregnant lady. Half the eagerness gone as that was the sole of that beautifully penned Hindi film. But what does this remake of the Hindi film offers us in the screens. Not much though even though it was helmed by one of the different directors of the Telugu industry, anyhow will check that too.

For those who have not seen the original here is the plot. Anamika (Nayanthara), a young NRI woman, comes to India in search of her husband Ajay Swaminathan. She is helped by Parthasarathy (Vaibhav), the only Tamilian in the police station, who develops a crush of sorts over her. Even as a hit man is taking down all the people whom she goes to asking for help, Anamika is told by Khan (Pasupathy), an encounter specialist, that her husband is in fact Milan Damji, a terrorist mastermind. What happens after that is rest of the plot.

There are some additions, though, like a special task force humiliating Anamika in her hotel room, like Sarathy taking her to meet his mother and so on. However, Anamika is not pregnant like Balan’s Vidya Bagchi, and Kammula gives a climatic twist which is completely different from the original. Subtitles were only used for the Hindi dialogues. How can you expect Tamil audiences to understand Telugu dialogues even though the film is shot in Hyderabad? This was one of the biggest turn-offs in the film.

Nayantara as Anamika does her best as the lead role, but she’s no match to Vidya Balan. Here’s a woman who is struggling to find her husband in a new place with a language barrier, yet we see her with make-up and eyelashes in close up shots. She fails to get into the skin of her character which was very important for the story. Vaibhav and Pasupathy play their parts well but the fake English accent used by the latter could’ve been avoided. Keeravani’s resonating background score keeps the tension of the story alive throughout. Old Hyderabad becomes a crucial character in the story. Vijay C Kumar does his best to capture the flavour of the local culture when his lens zooms through the small alleys of the city, from the preparations of a Durga Puja to the busy and densely populated market. The slow first half is strongly complemented by a solid second half.

Sekhar Kammula is not interested in a frame-by-frame remake of the original and wants to stamp his fingerprints over this film is established the moment he introduces his heroine. Even though there were many additions and changes as like the beginning and ending of the film one just cant accept that more Telugu dialogues occupies the film. Overall, if you have seen Kahaani, you will find this as just an underwhelming and not so tightest of the remakes made. Take a choice..!! 🙂