Rangoon (TAMIL)

Starring: Gautham Karthik, Sana, Lallu, Siddique and many more
Editing : GK Prasanna
Music Songs : RH Vikram, Vishal Chandrasekhar     Background Music : Vishal Chandrasekhar
Cinematography: Anish Tharun
Directed by: Rajkumar Periyasamy

After the ‘Baahubali 2‘ storm, there was no other film which was interesting to see. After a long gap we chose to see this film as it got some good word of mouth from public. Though I was not much interested to see it, made up my mind and went ahead. Lets see how this movie has fared.

Venkat (Gautham Karthik) is an Indian descendant born in Burma. Venkat’s family moves to Burma Nagar in Chennai in late 80’s. He loses his dad when he was a child and grows up with the support of his mother. As he grew he could not continue his education but he joins in the gold shop owned by Gunaseelan (Siddique). Only after saving Gunaseelan’s life from his business enemies, Venkat gets to know that his boss is involved in smuggling. But for Venkat, becoming rich is a dream and he along with his group of friends bring back the old smuggling to save Gunaseelan’s name among the local businessmen and also for their own good. Lady luck smiles at Venkat and his friends initially but when they decide to leave the business after one last deal, they lose huge money. What exactly happened forms the rest.

The clear winners of the movie are Raj Kumar’s direction, excellent acting from the lead cast and crisp editing. Though the movie seems to be slowly moving in the second half, it does not hinder the flow of the movie due to its twists. No one would have shown such detailed work on Rangoon, the place, and Burma Bazaar. The film loses the steam after interval but the strong climax and solid message compensate all the flaws. This is the best film in Gautham Karthik’s career so far, and he has brought so much life to the Venkat character, his energy level is amazing.

Sana, unfortunately, in her debut has very little to contribute. This is the kind of story that would work wonders even without a heroine, especially if she has no better job than to look pretty on-screen. Siddique is good choice for the character of Gunaseelan and he has performed well along with Lallu and Daniel who has pitched in with their performance too. Music composers RH Vikram and Vishal Chandrasekar have delivered impressive work and Anish Tharun Kumar’s cinematography is another major strength. With a solid content and authentic detailing, Rajkumar’s Rangoon is a gritty thriller that’s worth watch..!! 🙂

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Kuttram 23 (TAMIL)

Starring: Arun Vijay, Mahima, Vamsi, Thambi Ramiah and many more
Editing : Bhuvan Srinivasan
Music : Vishal Chandrasekhar
Cinematography : Bhaskaran
Directed by: Arivazhagan

Really dint have interest to see this film but was too bored and it was long time since I watched a movie so ticked off this film as it was told that this is a thriller based on a famous novelist’s plot. So lets see how the film is.

The film opens with the twin murder of a priest and the wife of a leading TV channel’s CEO who was at the church to confess. The TV CEO requests the Police Commissioner to find the culprit, who immediately appoints Vetrimaaran (Arun Vijay). In his investigation, Vetrimaaran finds a hidden medical crime happening in the name of artificial insemination that a lot of pregnant women are continuously committing suicide. Who is the mastermind? Can Vetrimaaran crack down this complex case forms the rest.

Arivazhagan has handled the story well by not allowing commercial elements to take center stage. The plot touches on the social stigma related to childless women who fall easy prey to predators in the medical profession. What could have been worked on was the screenplay. A tad loosely etched, the message is diluted and spread out. Arun Vijay fits the role of a young officer to the T and has given one of his career best performances and he is excellent when he becomes a normal family man when interacting with his sister-in-law and family.

Thambi Ramiah, who comes as an assistant to the hero attracts us with his one liners, the scene where he smartly converts Arun Vijay’s emotional murder into self-defense is a scream. Mahima looks cute and brings reliability to her character. The villains Arvind Akash and Vamsi Krishna fit the bills and after a long time, Abhinaya scores in a well-written role. Vishal Chandrasekhar has scored well in the songs and his BGM too is worth a mention.

Bhaskaran’s stylish visuals is a big strength to the film, especially the action sequences was splendid! Editor Bhuvan Srinivasan has complemented him with seamless cuts. Incidentally, the 23 in the title apart from the film being Arun’s 23rd venture, also has a connect to the film’s plot. Arivazhagan known for his superb making style has placed much emphasis on the script and the technical crew, and it shows in the output. Overall, can be watched mainly for its plot..!! 🙂