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Velai Illa Pattadhaari 2 – Movie review

After the success of Velai Illa Pattadhari (VIP) follows VIP 2 directed by  Soundarya Rajnikanth and story by Dhanush . In the story we follow Raghuvaran (Dhanush) our hero , is now married to Shalini ( Amala Paul) and getting used to married life. We are also introduced to another character Vasundara played by Kajol who is returning to tamil cinema after two decades. Vasundara who runs the top architectural firm in South India, wants Raghuvaran in her firm after he wins the prestigious Engineer of the year award. But Raghuvaran’s who wants to start his own firm says no to the offer. This triggers a chain of reactions and adds fuel to the ego war between Vasundara and Raghuvaran. How Raghuvaran manages to tackle Vasundara’s rage is the rest of the story.

Though the films starts with a fresh face of Kajol , the movie doesn’t offer anything new. We find traces of Padaiyappa in Dhanush and Kajol encounters. The first half is faster than the second half which drags to a clumsy finish. Though Kajol dominates the screen along with Dhanush , weak storyline and lifeless screenplay makes the second half unbearable. Addition of characters from the previous part makes the first half enjoyable but the same flow is not maintained in the second half. Dialogues written by Dhanush manages to create his fans roar in the theatres but nothing stays in the mind after you come out of the theaters. Music was a big letdown from Anirudh  as well. Overall the movie gets 4/10

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Posted by on August 14, 2017 in Movie Review


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Thondan – Movie review

Vishnu ( Samuthirakani) is a emergency Ambulance driver, who looks this as a public service more than a job. He his so committed that once patient is in his vehicle he makes it a point to get to the hospital on time. He even manages to turn his drunkard friend Vignesh into medical attendant and finds him a job. When he saves a man who left bleeding behind in a political murder, he earns the enemity of the local politician son Narayanan(Namo Narayanan). Things get more complicated when the politician brother ends up dead in his emergency vehicle when he is taken to the hospital for medical help. The politician owes to take revenge on Vishnu and his family . How Vishnu diverts the politician and manages to save is family is the rest of the story.
Though it was clear that this was going to be a film with Samuthirakani preaching non stop in the film, we thought there would be story to support it. But film lacks a decent screen play and wanders up and down loses it way. Samuthirakani even tries his hands in some romance , but fails miserably . Vikranth gives a decent performance, and so does Arthana who comes as Samuthirakani’s sister. First half is slow and picks up speed before the break. Second half is cluttered but ends decent . More messages but less story gives the film 4/10.

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Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Movie Review


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Vetrivel – Movie Review


Vetrivel which is directed by Vasanthamani opens in a rural backdrop, where caste system overtakes human values and life itself. Saravanan (Ananth Nag) and Subha (Varsha) are lovers studying in the same college. Subha is worried as her father Rajamanikam (Prabhu) intend to get her married soon after their studies and that too to a person of the same caste. Saravanan approaches Vetrivel (Sasikumar) his elder brother for help. Vetrivel tries to reason with the parents on both sides to make this work but his attempt ends in vain. Finally they try to kidnap Subha in a temple festival which ends wrong and Vetrivel’s world is turned upside down. How Vetrivel manages to overcome this situation and brings the lovers together is the rest of the story.

Vetrivel main strength is the ensemble of cast backed with a good performance. Sasi kumar offers nothing new and keeps his role in perfect degree, but he could have avoided those dance steps and the intro song. Viji Chandrasekar and Ilavarasu dominate in their roles and outperform everyone. New faces Varsha and Nikkila give a decent performance and Mia George and Prabhu’s role has been underplayed. Comedy track Thambi ramaiya too doesn’t gel in the movie and slows down the pace. In fact the duration and editing are the main flaws in the film. The director too tries to merge all emotions in the second half which leave the film half cooked. Imman impresses which just one song and the rest is worthless. The story too is very predictable and the pace of the film makes it worse. Vetri vel is a old wine bottle, wiped and kept backed in the display. I give it 3/10


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Posted by on April 23, 2016 in Movie Review


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Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum – Movie Review


Film starts as Yazhini (Madonna Sebastian) a University Graduate who leaves her hometown with determination and dreams of making it big in the city. Reluctant at first her parents finally agree with her and send her to work. Things don’t work right for Yazhini as her company is shut down in a few months and she is out of job. Unable to make ends meet she is forced to move to one room apartment while searching for a new Job. That’s when she meets her neighbor Kathir(Vijay Sethupathy) , a good for nothing small time gangster . Kathir has just returned after serving 5 years in Jail for his boss who owns a chain of liquor bars .and he hopes his boss would reward him for his term in jail .Frustrated with his life he often gets into trouble and ends beaten up always. Initially both of Yazhini and Kathir don’t get along well, but soon they both form an unusual friendship after he helps her out a few times. How these two get along with each other and whether their lives changes is the rest of the story.

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a remake of Korean romantic drama, “My Dear Desperado.” Though a remake, Director Nalan Kumaraswamy’s execution is flawless and Vijay Sethupathy has performed well to the character. In fact I couldn’t replace any actor to this role. His casual dialogue delivery and slothful presence was natural. Madonna too was near perfect to the role, just her dubbing could have been better. Casting was perfect throughout and well balanced, not a single character was wasted. The only flaw of the film was the slow narrative which was visible throughout. Santhosh Narayanan’s songs were OK and BGM was experimental, but well supportive to the narration.Though the ending could have been better .This team deserve a round of applause for their efforts. I give it 6/10


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Posted by on March 12, 2016 in Movie Review


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Visaranai – Movie Review


Four friends who have run away from their homes in Tamil Nadu land up in Guntur district of Andra Pradesh.  Doing odd jobs and sleeping in the public park at nights they barely make ends meet. One morning everything changes when they all are picked up by the local police and marked as accused for a crime which involve a huge amount of money. Tortured and brutally beaten they are forced to take the blame for the crime so the local police can close the case. With no one to support the four friends have only their courage to overcome the situation.

Based on the real-life story of Chandra Kumar who is now an auto rickshaw driver in Coimbatore Visaranai was brought to life. Even though the film shows torture and police brutality, it also shows if you are expendable in the system it doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor. With zero commercial elements a strong screenplay dominates the movie. The whole team has worked to perfection that you hardly see a flaw. Dinesh shows that he can deliver as an actor if he is directed well. Samuthirakani, Kishore and Aadukalam Murugadoss perform naturally in their characters. Portrayal of each and every character in the film is unique and executed well. G.V Prakash’s background score supports the whole film and wraps it well. Art direction gets a special mention, though cinematography could have been better. The only drawback from the film is that it can make the common man even more distant from the law enforcement. I give it 8/10


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Posted by on February 5, 2016 in Movie Review


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Paayum Puli – Movie review


When a ruthless gang targets business men around Madurai and Trichy district and extort money, the police manage form a plan and suppress their attack. But the gang kills the lead Inspector and proves their dominance. In comes ACP Jayaseelan (Vishal) who with his point blank approach manages to wipe out the gang, when the story takes a new twist which will test his wits against the evil mastermind.

While everyone may think that it will be usual Vishal police story, Suseenthiran manages to break that and bring in the offbeat touch. Vishal of all his police stories manages to be clear headed and performs well. We can also find traces of Pandiya nadu – their previous venture in this film. Finally the director manages to complete the film with family sentiments, pride and honor in the second half which is entertaining and faster .The problems in this film are the Romantic scenes with Kaajal Agarwal and the comedy scenes by Soori which doesn’t connect nor entertain in any way. They prove to be a distraction from the begging and make the 2hr 15 min film look like 3 hrs. . Songs doesn’t impress but the BGM is better. Velraj does a fabulous job; his drone top angles create a new field of vision to the audience. In all Paayum puli manages to cross half the distance. I give 5/10

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Posted by on September 5, 2015 in Movie Review


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Nimirnthu Nil – movie review

nimirnthunil_sandhira_13940086768880Aravind Sivaswamy (Jayam Ravi) a young man who has comes from a Gurukul education, he regards honesty and self-discipline are the key elements in human life. But soon he finds out that these are not applicable in real life. He finds out that real life is full of corruption, lies and deceit. When he refuses to pay a corrupt traffic police he is caught in a string of events which costs him his vehicle, his job and most of all his dignity. He then reports this to higher authorities, which makes the corrupt officials furious and take a violent step. Hospitalized and beaten up nearly to death Aravind plans to take the corrupt to justice. How he does this forms the rest of the story.

After a brief delay in releasing of the film, Nimirnthu Nil was released in theatre on Saturday evening. Samuthirakani known for his movies Naadodigal and Poraali brings Nimirnthu Nil which has corruption as the main ingredient. The movie shows a lot of real life scenarios where common man gets affected by corruption and how it has become a part of our life. After seeing Jeyam ravi in only remakes of his brother, he looks different in this character and as given a good performance. Soori who plays Jeyam ravi’s friend has been given a lot of scope and he too delivers. Amala paul plays her part but nothing new to boast about. Even with a good plot the movie strays in the second half of the film. Random songs and unwanted scenes delay the predictable ending. G V Prakash’s background score is good but music fails in the song sequences. Sarath kumar was not needed in the film; it was as though he was brought in to do an item number but in a stunt sequence. With elections around the corner Nimirnthu Nil Stands tall in the theatres with its powerful message.I give it 5/10

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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Movie Review


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