Kashmora (TAMIL)

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Starring: Karthi, Nayanthara, Sri Divya, Vivek and many more
Editing : Sabu Joseph
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Om Prakash
Directed by: Gokul

Kashmora, the title itself sounds different and that was the feel all had when the makers released the first look of the movie. Also the hero of the movie looked totally different that almost many could not identify who the hero was and finally it was Karthi. Such was the difference the movie had created as part of the pre release. Lets see how the movie has fared.

Kashmora (Karthi) is a fake black magician who dupes people and gets money from them using their fear as a tool. With the help of his dad (Vivek) and his family, he slowly becomes the best of town which makes the police and even minister to look for him. Meanwhile, Sri Divya comes for her thesis to Kashmora to make everyone feel that he is a cheat. Kashmora escapes with the minister’s money and lands with his family in a haunted palace where they happen to see the spirit of dead warrior Raj Nayak (Karthi). Who is Raj Nayak and what he does to Kashmora and his family forms the rest.

The movie starts slowly and it takes more time to get into the story. Actually towards the end of the first half the film gains back from where it went down. But what is the need of such aย  heavy flashback for such a normal story? There was no use in just repeating the same act of the hero cheating people. It could have been better if Gokul had shown more number of scenes where the hero and his family cheats the people. The war scenes could have made better so that it could have connected the story well. The end of the movie shows the director could not come to a decision how to end the movie.

The film completely belongs to Karthi and he shines as the deadly warrior Raj Nayak with his villainy mannerisms while his performance as the comical black magician is a scream. After Karthi, Vivek steals the show as his dad. Nayanthara was used to project the film’s flashback in a grandeur way. Her styling and screen presence is unmatchable. Sri Divya has nothing much to do. Om Prakashโ€™s camera angles and lighting are what makes this film differ from the usual fare in this genre. Sabu’s editing could have been even more crisper. Santhosh’s BGM makes to feel the movie more interesting. VFX could have been better whereas the detailing of the art team stands tall.

Gokul, who gave us a very strong ‘Idharkudhaney Aasaipattai Balakumara’ which was heavy in its comedy, has taken a different angle to black magic and has tried to give his best. Provided that this era belongs to the ghosts he has mixed that with a spoon of comedy and a vessel of old century fights. Unfortunately he could not give much of what was expected from the trailer and the film moves damn slow even after the story was established. Can watch only for Karthi and the visuals. Better to give a miss if you do not have patience..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Vai Raja Vai (TAMIL)

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Starring: Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Taapsee, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and many more
Editing : VT Vijayan
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Velraj
Directed by: Aishwarya R Dhanush

Three years after her debut film, 3, the director is back with her second directorial venture with all new star cast and crew and also a completely opposite genre from her debut. The trailer promised an exciting and stylish entertainer – a luxurious cruise liner, packed casinos, and the glamorous world of gambling and fashionably dressed people. Lets see whether this gamble pays off or not..

Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a normal middle class youngster who leads a perfect life with a caring girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand) and lovable family until he meets his colleague Panda (Vivek) a small time gambler. Karthik has the power to predict what will happen next and it is this ‘intuition’ that makes him an extraordinary person. Together, Karthik and Panda win a big betting amount from Randhe (Daniel Balaji) who loses one crore and he takes revenge by blackmailing them to roulette in a casino at Goa to play for high stakes. Who wins the cat and mouse game is the rest.

Though the film is mere 120 minutes of length the placement of songs and the unwanted old retro act by Vivek and MS Bhaskar makes it even boring. The screenplay needs to be more sharp as the genre is thriller but the screenplay is mixed as one time its thriller and immediately the mood sinks off. The much talked casino scenes does not have anything to offer and those initial cricket betting scenes could have been trimmed by a minute and casino scenes could have been extended instead. First half is enjoyable overall and second half is back only in the last 10 minutes.

Gautham Karthik’s character has been portrayed well by him however, he needs to pay special attention to his lip sync and voice modulation, one might feel. His various emotions seems to be similar and there is no difference. Priya Anand is as usual used only for fillers. Taapsee comes in a cameo but she is more powerful than the heroine. Daniel Balaji is back as the menacing thug, and he convinces you to bits, with his acting. Satheesh gets you in splits, as the friend. But it is Vivek who steals the film, as Pandu or the stylish ‘Panda’. He has very serious role and the film ends with the return of Kokki Kumar. Dont miss that. There are many people in the film and not everyone gets their role to perform as the story does not give space for that.

VT Vijayan has done his part well and Velraj captured the scenes as per the mood and scenario. Yuvan’s songs are not so good but BGM stands out throughout the film. Aishwarya Dhanush has penned the story, screenplay and directed the film, which is evidently a dedicated attempt at the commercial genre in Tamil cinema. However, the story is not gripping enough and it slows down considerably post-intermission. Save the climax the rest of film is just a half baked thriller..!! Time pass..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yennai Arindhaal (TAMIL)

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Starring: Ajith, Arun Vijay, Trisha, Anushka, Vivek and many more
Editing : Anthony
Music : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Dan McArthur
Directed by: Gautam Vasudev Menon

The directors movies are class on its own. He already took two cop films which was a trendsetter in those times. He joins with a actor who dies to give more and more good films and they come together for the first time after a lot of unsuccessful tries earlier. When they both join and give a cop story then imagine how high the magnitude it will be. Lets see how thats been reflected in the movie.

The film is one of the passage which a person crosses in his life. The story revolves around Sathyadev (Ajith) from his age of 13. Thenmozhi (Anushka) meets Ajith and when she starts liking him she comes to know that Victor (Arun Vijay) is behind the motive of killing her and Ajith is there to rescue her. When she comes to know about Ajith she also gets to know about Hemanika (Trisha) and their daughter. Who are they and where is Hemanika now and who is Victor to Sathya. These all forms the entire story.

If you’ve followed Gautam’s films, the kind of roles he writes for his leading ladies and the way he portrays them are commendable even if they were to feature briefly, and its for sure that none other filmmaker can beat him in this regard. The only best portion of the film is only when Arun Vijay comes to the screen and the rest of all other scenes, the love portions all have already come in the director’s earlier films which was also a cop film. This is one area in which the film slows down and the sad thing is it takes our toll hugely in the first half.

Without doubt we can clearly say that Ajith has given his full life into the character of Sathyadev and except him no one else could have carried it with ease. The actor is full of energy and constantly shines in the classic emotional portions and racy action sequences. After Ajith, it is Arun Vijay who takes the film to a different level. Arun Vijay has brought out his best and we are not surprised on this and finally he has attained the coveted place in the industry. Anushka has little to do, but the beautiful chemistry shared by the lovely Trisha and charming Ajith, definitely works big time. Vivek could have been used a bit more. Parvathy Nair and Daniel Balaji are also present along with Nasser in a short and sweet role.

Anthony’s editing could’ve been way more crispier, as the length of this movie is its biggest minus. Screenplay is slow especially in the first half with the feel of already seen scenes and gets a touch irritating in the second half as well. Harris Jayaraj’s background score is definitely a plus but gets too loud at times. Dan Macarthur’s cinematography is fresh and captures some cool visuals even though its an action field. Gautam has tried to present a cop story with an emotion angle added to it from his previous films but he has almost pulled it as he was duly helped by his characterization of his hero. If not then it will just look like his previous outings. Watch this for Sathyadev and Victor..!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Velaiyilla Pattadhari (TAMIL)

 

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Starring: Dhanush, Amala Paul, Samuthirakani, Vivek, Saranya and many more
Editing : Rajesh Kumar
Music : Anirudh
Cinematography and Directed by: Velraj

Milestone is always special whoever it is or whatever sorts its for. If its for an actor then it will trigger the interest rate among the movie buffs that too for an actor who has proved as an actor across the country. D25 as its called shortly, Dhanush comes big this time with the company of unemployed graduate(s) along with him. The teaser was slick, songs were nice and the trailer rocked the public and media. Thus the expectations went sky high. Lets see what does this graduate offers us to read.

Raghuvaran (Dhanush) is a civil engineering graduate, who is constantly insulted by his father (Samuthirakani) as he is being unemployed and not interested to take up an IT job for name sake. Comparisons are drawn in the house with his younger sibling, who is into IT and earns well. It is his mother (Saranya), who consoles him and try to boost his confidence. Then comes a twist which makes him to get a job of his own interest and what happens from then after forms a good part of the film. Sorry that I forgot to mention Shalini (Amala Paul) who is neighbour of hero who does her job of loving the hero well.

First half moves well as the director sets up the milieu. It is engaging with some powerful one-liners backed with comedy and romantic scenes. The second half is high on emotions. But at the same time even though the film is short the story gets predictable in the second half. Dhanush is definitely the reason for you to watch the film. With the looks of boy next door and a suitable body language that can both show as actor and star, he takes the film till end on his shoulders with few imitations which resembles his father-in-law. Despite shades of his earlier films, this film is one more addition to his commercial entertainers.

Amala’s simplicity is what we can notice in the film which is otherwise nothing but a normal heroine role. Samuthirakani and Saranya emotes so elegantly and the bonding in the way they share things to each other makes us to feel for them. Vivek comes only in second half but he adds pep to the story. Coming to music, man whats there to say in that. All the songs are already chartbusters so no worries in that and Anirudh scores a ton in the BGM part. He gels well when it comes to Dhanush film. Some songs could have been trimmed as they were loosely hanging in the film.

Cinematographer turned director Velraj’s debut has a short but powerful line as its story which is well backed by well etched dialogs. Its a film for entertainment seekers of all ages, and a masala wrapped film which aptly explains the mood and feel of the unemployed towards the society. A simple film which scores more in entertainment section. Thumbs up with a little shake..!! ๐Ÿ™‚