Monthly Archives: July 2016
The stage is set in Malaysia, where Kabali (Rajinikanth) a don is getting released from prison after 25 years. He was captured by the police midst a gang war with his rival Tony Lee (Winston Chao). Losing his pregnant wife in that incident he is also stamped with a strong case and locked up. Meanwhile Tony lee and his gang take control. Back on his turf Kabali gets back to business and tries to revive his people the Tamils in Malaysia whom he once represented and brought an identity to. He is also tormented by his ghosts of his past and tries to find out what happened to his wife . How Kabali finds his inner peace and also bring his people from the clutches of Tony lee is the rest of the movie.
Rajini is back , just to see him on screen itself is a festival to his fans worldwide. Though his action and his punch lines are limited, his screen presence dominates to the core. His portrayal of a husband and a father in the film was more captivating than his character as a don. But that angle was very limited in the story. Radhika Apte role was very less but just one scene in the second half shows her ability as an capable actress. Danishka was chosen right for her role and she does a decent job. Thus saying Ranjith’s strength with characters in support role was missing and you hardly connect to the supporting cast with the film. The first half just roams like a zombie after 15 mins and the pace picks up just at the end of the film. Though Rajini’s scenes keeps you alive , it just isn’t enough. Santhosh Narayanan’s bgm was ok but his songs just doesn’t stick. Though heavily hyped this film is just an average outing and gets only 5/10
Sultan the life of a fictional Haryana based wrestler, who became Olympic and the world champion released this Ramzan weekend with much expectation from the fans and critics. The film opens in Delhi were the future of Pro take down league a mixed martial arts tournament. Aakash oberoi(AmitSadh) is man behind this league which is dying and is forced to close it by its Sponsors and investors. He finnaly convinces them for one last chance to retrieve it. He is then advised by his father to bring a Indian athlete into this franchise and give the local audience a champion to cheer. He asks him to bring Sultan Ali Khan (Salman Khan), who once was a famous wrestler who won the olypmic and the world championship for the country. Aakash goes to the hometown of Sultan, who now is a middle aged, pot-bellied clerk working for the state water dept. Askash tries to get Sultan with money, except Sultan refuses to get back into the ring. Aakash then comes to know about the story of Sultan, how he became a wrestler, his love, his reason for leaving the career behind. Will Sultan get back into ring to fight? Will he mend his broken life? That forms the rest of the story.
Salman Khan’s hardwork can be seen in every scene as a young wrestler and as a middle aged fighter who his determined to fight his demons to win back what he lost in his life. Anushka as Aarfa dazzles on screen has Sultan’s wife and also as the female wrestler. Even though the underdog moments in the second half is the usual drama with but Salman makes it look good. With very high concoction of action and melodrama we rarely have a dull moment in these 170 mins. Saying that you still could have reduced the unwanted song and few scenes which move lazy in the second half. Watch Sultan just for Salman Khan and you won’t be Sorry. I give sultan 6/10
Dhilluku Dhuddu marks the 4th feature of Santhanam as a hero, Directed by Rambala who is popular for his Lollu Sabha TV Series in Vijay TV. Movie starts with event which happened many years ago in a palace located Sivankonda Malai which is haunted by a lady and her seven years old son who were brutally killed by a Tibetan king. Since then the palace and the village nearby are tormented by the ghosts. Cut to Present day where Kajal (Shanaya) is in search of Kumar (Santhanam) her childhood friend .After some brief and usual story segments they she finds Kumar (Santhanam) and falls in love with him. Unhappy about their relationship Kajal’s Dad (Saurabh Shukla) decides to kill Santhanam with the help of ‘Mottai’ Rajendran. They lure Santhanam and his family to the haunted palace to kill them .How Kumar deals with murderous gang and the ghosts which haunt the palace is rest of the story.
Branded as a horror comedy, the horror part come just starts in the second half . First half is just filled with same old love story and usual one liners from Santhanam. Though comedy is clean it’s the same as any Santhanam’s comedy movie and doesn’t impress. Santhanam’s hero role doesn’t stand as its forced on the audience only his comedy traits are notable. New comer Shanaya dosen’t deliver she could have been replaced by any Tamil speaking heroine who could have done better. Hindi actor Saurabh Shukla who plays the girl’s dad, has done a good job but to his caliber his role was wasted with very less screen time. ‘Mottai’ Rajendran is takes command in the second half and takes the audience in a fun roller coaster. Other cast members which include Karunas, Anandaraj fail to impress. Dhilluku Dhuddu gets 5/10
The much awaited Film on Tarzan, The Legend of Tarzan released last weekend on big screens. The story begins in 1890, where Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgard) now John the Earl of Greystoke , lives in England with his wife Jane (Margot Robbie). John is invited by the king Leopold of Belgium to Congo as trade ambassador, representing the Queen. While John initially rejects the idea of going back to Congo, he is persuaded by George Washington Williams (Samuel L. Jackson) to change his mind who suspects a slave trade and misconduct by the King. While John finally agrees to come, he is unaware of an elaborate trap set for him by the murderous by the Belgian Captain Léon Rom (Christoph Waltz). How John escapes from the trap and saves the tribes of Congo is the rest of the story.
Even though the movie starts sluggishly, it picks up speed and never stops till the end. Though the second half seems to be in a hurry, the audience is kept entertained. Alexander Skarsgard is right for the character, brings a good balance as the Earl of Greystoke and as Tarzan. Christoph Waltz though passes as scheming villain stays bland and subdued which makes his character rather dull. Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie play their parts well. The cinematography was composed well and mesmerizes the audience even when there were some dull moments. CGI could have been better, but manages to blend well and provide good entertainment. Over all The Legend of Tarzan doesn’t fail you but also doesn’t fulfill, especially if you are a fan of Tarzan. I give it 5/10