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“Special 26 ” Movie Review

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Based on a series of real incidents from the 1980s, “Special 26 “tells the story of a group of conmen who rob politicians and businessmen of vast sums of money by masquerading as CBI or Income Tax officials.

The framing of the Indian cities of the ’80s  from Lutyen’s Delhi, Calcutta’s BurraBazaar, Bombay’s Opera House where all well composed by the cinematographer. The film crew chose the right locations for the outdoor shots, spent time detailing the roads with Ambassador Cars, Lambretta scooters, Maruti 800 cars and the costumes throughout the film kept the mood of that period. Although they could have avoided some of the blue screen shots which where amateurly put together by the post production team .

Akshay Kumar in a no-nonsense role share’s the same amount or less screen time with Manoj Bhajpay. Anupam Kher amazes everyone by his range of expressions donned for his character. Songs proved to be a major distraction in the film. The background score supports the period in which the story is told. The love story between Akshay Kumar and Kajal Agarwal brings down the pace of the film and could have been totally avoided – maybe Indian cinema stills needs a heroine beside the hero for a happily ever after sequence.

But the story is so well told. The pace never drops and keeps the audience engaged. One of the best told heist films in Indian cinema. I give it 7/10

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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Movie Review

 

Viswaroopam movie review

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Finally I had the chance to see Viswaroopam last week which was delayed by controversies during the past month but had built the expectations of the movie beyond limits. The movie starts off with Dr.Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), who is a nuclear oncologist in conversation with her Psychiatrist. She confesses that she is having an affair with her boss and to not feel so guilty about it she wants to investigate whether her husband might also be having an affair of his own – he husband being a Kathak teacher called Viswanath (Kamal Haasan). She also shares that she has hired a detective to track his routine and schedules. This leads to a chain of events which reveals that Viswanath is actually a Muslim and an Indian RAW agent who foils a bid by the terrorist group led by Omar (Rahul Bose) to blow up New York city .
Kamal Hassan as a Kathak dancer was great in his performance but transforms into his old self of over acting when he is revealed has the RAW agent. Pooja Kumar playing the role of the nuclear oncologist shows less IQ than that of an average person throughout the movie. Shekar Kapoor appears whenever he is wanted in the movie and Andrea Jeremiah plays a junior artist role in the film. Rahul Bose performs very realistically as the villain but his dubbing could have done better.
Cinematography was better and well planned in the action sequences but lacked composition throughout the film. Logic was missing a lot in the movie, and screen play was just not good enough.
A spy movie as it was planned keeps you spiraling with more twists ending with a note of a sequel which makes one quiver.

I give it 6/10

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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Movie Review

 

Kadal – Movie review

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Kadal marks the debut of Gautham Karthik, the son of actor Karthik, and Thulasi Nair, the daughter of actress Radha. This film also has Arjun and Arvind Swamy, who is returning to acting after four years. The story starts off good with the introduction of the main characters. Arvind Swamy who is born with a silver spoon and yet decides to become a priest and Arjun who lands up in the Christian seminary only to fend his poor family – one represents all that’s good, and the other represents all that’s bad. Arjun is abruptly thrown out of the seminary when Arvind Swamy catches him in a transgression and reports him to authorities that ends with the latter avowing revenge. We then come to the story of our Hero – Gautham Karthik who is left as an orphan and branded as a Satan’s kid born to a prostitute in a fisherman’s village. We follow the kid metamorphosing into an irate young man who learns the lessons of survival in a harsh world. Arvind Swamy comes to the village as the priest and takes him under his wing and manages to groom him into a better person. In comes our Heroine, Thulasi who immediately captures the heart of our Hero and and we are pulled into a love story with back to back love songs. We are again introduced to Arjun as a wanted person involved in gang related fight and lands in the hands of Arvind Swamy. This time Arjun manages to take revenge on Arvind Swamy and he loses his Priest hood and gets beaten by the villagers and sent to Jail. The interval block shows our hero joining the dark side.

But the story strays from what it had initially set out to tell. This was pitched as a love story and has less time showing that. The second half of the film lacks story and contains gaps which make you uneasy till the end. The songs are better off when you hear them – the fail to gel with the visuals – “Moongkil thottam” being an exception.

Am I the only Mani Rathnam fan left in B-town? The theatre was full of teenagers chatting and messaging during the film. There was no one ready to wait for a scene to finish; a story to unfold or a love to blossom, Kadal doesn’t live up to our expectations and certainly not for this fast food generation.

I give it 5/10

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Movie Review