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Maanavan Ninaithal – Bhagyaraj hogs the limelight

Posted by harino1 on July 24, 2008

Debutant director Gnanamozhi has dished out an oft-repeated storyline based on campus love although with predictable sequences.

Newcomers Ratheesh and Priyashree play the lead role. The supporting cast includes K Bhagyaraj, Nalini, Pandu, Kottachi and Manobala.

Bhagyaraj hogs the limelight and manages to leave his mark in the brief role spicing it with his unique style of wit and punch dialogues.

Newcomer Ratheesh and Priyashree have done their best to be noticed.

Ratheesh hails from a poor family and manages to secure good marks in his school final examinations. He gets admission in a prominent college in Chennai. He falls in love with Priyashree, who studies in the same college. His life then takes an unfortunate turn.

He gets acquainted with a group in the college and goes the wrong way. He takes to drugs and liquor. Realizing his folly, he decides to end his life.

He conveys his decision through an audio cassette and sends it to his parents. Enters K. Bhagyaraj, a do-gooder, who helps Ratheesh overcome all his problems.

Newcomer Dashi has come up with a couple of hummable tunes.

Produced by Adhavan creations, ‘Maanavan Ninaithal’ is a movie that could have been made better had the director infused pace in the screenplay. The narration too could have been placed in a better order.

Taking into considering that this is Gnanamozhi’s maiden venture, a pass mark can be given.

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Subramaniapuram – Realism in all its splendor

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

Can a movie be made in an interesting and crisp format in spite of a boasting of a huge star cast?

Director Sasikumar, who had his tutelage under Bala and Ameer, has proved that a quality entertainer can be made with less-known faces provided the movie has interesting storyline with the right amount of twists.

Designed in a retro classic style, Sasikumar portrays Madurai in a different color and with a new perspective. As the title suggests, the entire movie is set in Subramaniapuram, a hamlet in Madurai.

The story, set in the 80s, takes place in Madurai Subramaniapuram, a suburb of the city. Movies like Palaivana Cholai dwelt around four friends. Perhaps Sasikumar impressed by such classics, has made an attempt of chronicling the life of a group of friends.

They are fun-loving and carefree, who spend most of their time together. Jai, Kanja Karuppu and Sasikumar (the director himself), are typical youths, who do not miss an opportunity to fight when they come across a brawl on the streets. Often arrested, they come out of jail with the help of a neighbor, played by Samudhirakani. The neighbor’s elder brother happens to be a former Councilor.

The irony is that Jai falls in love with the Councilor’s daughter. When the councilor is ditched by a member of an opposite gang, the trio step in and bump off the man. Unfortunately Samudhirakani doesn’t help them this time and the three are remanded for murder. However, they manage to come out themselves.

They then vow to settle scores with Samudhirakani and the Councilor. The revenge plot has enough twists and turns.

A movie is loaded with fun and suspense all through and is pleasant to watch coming across as a whiff of fresh air amidst commercial clichés. Sasikumar and Jai impress. Their body language and diction of the Madurai Tamil are noteworthy.

Due credit should be given to music composer James Vasanthan, a television anchor-turned-music director. He has reminded everyone of Ilayaraja during his heydays, James Vasanthan’s background score is scintillating.

Sasikumar is a welcome addition to the list of talented directors taking centre stage in Tamil cinema in recent days.

’Subramaniapuram’ is a must-watch movie for those who love realism in Tamil Cinema.

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Ulliyin Osai – A period film worth watching

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi as a screenplay writer set a new trend in Tamil cinema. His films ‘Parasakthi’, ‘Manohara’, ‘Poompuhar’, ‘Avan Pithana’, ‘Malai Kallan’ among others brought about a renaissance in Tamil cinema.

The veteran has proved once again that he has not lost all his touch in spite of his busy schedule with ‘Ulliyin Osai’. The film is inspired by Karunanidhi’s ‘Sarapallam Samundi’, and turns out to be an interesting and engrossing film.

Making a period film is no easy task. The movie on the life of a sculptor set in 1005 AD has enough twists and turns sans bloodshed or gory violent sequences.

Director Ilavenil deserves the credit for fusing commercial elements like dance and songs and comedy in the right mix. The dialogues in chaste Tamil are not lengthy and does not test the patience of the audience.

Vineeth plays the lead role, while the cast includes Keerthi Chawla, Akshaya, Sarath Babu, Manorama and Ganja Karuppu.

Raja Raja Chozhan (Sarath Babu) and his son Rajendra Chozhan want to build a temple in Thanjavur and choose Iniyan (Vineeth), a sculptor from Kanchipuram for the purpose. Iniyan begins the task but finds it difficult to come across a dancer who can pose for sculpting. Finally, he comes across a poor young girl (Samundi). Her stunning looks and graceful dance movements impress him. In due course of time, he falls in love with her.

When he expresses his love to her, he is shocked to know that she is the Prince Rajendra Chozhan’s wife. What happens next forms the crux. Vineeth, a dancer himself, has played his part well. After some miniscule roles in the recent past, ‘Uliyin Osai’ should provide him the right break. He has managed to get his screen presence right. Keerthy Chawla and Akshaya too impress. The real scene-stealers are Manorama and Kovai Sarala. The two go on to prove as to why they are masters in their own leagues.

Ilayaraja’s tunes are a major backbone for this film. His immaculate tunes and astounding background score deserve applause.

Though the movie has its own backdrops, this is a film that’s worth watching.

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Aayudham Seivom – Gripping in patches

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

After the Bollywood blockbuster, ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’, Gandhiji had become a pet theme for many Bollywood ventures. Director Udhayan has developed a fascination for the Mahatma and brings him with the right spirit to Tamil filmdom with ‘Aayudham Seivom’.

In a nutshell, ‘Aayudham Seivom’, produced by Pyramid Saimira, is a tale of a gangster who does justice to his wrong-deeds adopting the ‘Ahimsa’ way as propagated by Gandhiji himself. The director goes on a preaching spree shrewdly packaging it with drama, dance, humor and action.

‘Saidai Sathya’ (Sundar C) is a goon, hired for all illegal activities. He along with his friend ‘Traffic Kandasamy’ spend 30-days in a Gandhi Museum for a wrong-act, following a High Court order. Both come to know about Gandhi and develop a passion for him. They win the admiration of the museum’s in-charge and freedom fighter Nasser.

On his return from the museum, he comes across an upright advocate (Vijaykumar), from whom he is entrusted the task of extracting evidence over the involvement of a corrupt politician (Manivannan) related to the murder of the Chennai District Collector (Sukanya).

In the melee, the advocate is killed. A disturbed Sathya decides to do justice to all his wrong-deeds. He embarks on a journey to probe the murderers of the District Collector and adopts Gandhian principles (Ahimsa) to bring them to book.

Udhayan has managed to progress well until the end of the first half. However he falters and the movie develops a lag as it progress towards the end.

Sundar shoulders the major burden as he flexes his muscles, tries to evoke laughter and emotes well. ‘Kattradhu Thamizh’ Anjali has very little to do, while Vivek has regained his glory-evoking fun. The cast also includes Manivannan, Sukanya, Vijayakumar among others.

The movie is enjoyable in parts. Had Udhayan managed to sustain the same momentum all through, ‘Aayudham Seivom’ could have been sharper and more enjoyable.

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Vallamai Tharayo – A feel-good family fare

Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008

‘Vallamai Tharayo’ is a poetic title. So is the attempt by debutant director Madhumitha with imageries and metaphorical representations. She has come out with a film that is set on family-values and a unique bondage shared by a couple.

The movie reminds one of Mouna Ragam. The Mohan – Revathi episode from the film seems to have inspired Madhumitha. But she has carefully laced her script with powerful dialogues and quick turn of events.

Madhumitha deserves credit for breaking away from the commercial format of film-making. However the characters lack depth and narration is very slow reminding one of the soap shows on Tamil satellite channels.

Anand (Parthiban) and Nandita (Chaya Singh) are newly married. But Nandita, who is unable to forget her aunt’s son whom she is in love with, wants to estrange from Anand. Nandita manages to obtain divorce and starts to lead an independent life. Unable to forget Nandita, Anand sets out on a mission to convince her and start life afresh.

It is a typical Parthiban. He utters one-liners which are witty. Tailor-made for the character, he shoulders a major burden of the film. Comedy comes comfortably for the actor-director.

Chaya Singh, who is identified with the peppy number Manmadharasa, has really taken off to the next level in terms of her acting. She has emoted very well in the film. Madhumitha has extracted the best out of the actress and Chaya Singh on her part has not let down her director.

Anandhraj as Chaya Singh’s father fits the bill well. Srikanth plays a cameo. Music director Bharadwaj has comes up with a couple of melodies. However his background score fail to provide the right fillip to the script.

Dialogue is an impact-making aspect of the film. They are sharp and have in-depth meaning.

On the whole, the movie has have missed out some tricks on the enthralling part, but Madhumitha’s sincere approach and hard work deserve a pat.

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Dasavatharam (TAMIL) – Kamal’s performance and graphics dominate

Posted by harino1 on June 13, 2008

One striking feature that hits you in the face once you have watched ‘Dasavatharam’ is Kamal Haasan’s passion for filmmaking. All the ten roles he has essayed have been meticulously planned right from the body language to dialogue delivery. Be it the American president George Bush, the Vaishnavite priest of the 12th century or Fletcher, the American baddie.

The eyes are considered the most effective tools in creating the right kind of attitude for any actor and Kamal Haasan is a master at that. There are many a time in the film when the audience would have to force themselves to believe that it is the same actor who is the good guy as well as the bad guy.

The expressive and determined eyes of the priest, the mushy and yet funny countenance of Balaram Naidu, the hilarious CBI officer and the peaceful martial artist eyes of the Japanese character have all shaped up to fit into any acting text book. Hats off to Kamal Haasan on the acting front!!

Based loosely on Chaos theory, the narration of the film promises a lot of excitement and as the story unfolds, somewhere down the line there are a few missing links that have been forcefully stitched together. Govind, the bio-scientist in the United States of America has been wronged by his boss who has intentions of selling his invention to wrong hands. The determined scientist doesn’t give up. He sneaks it away and after a few accidents the invention lands in India. The hunt and race against time especially with Fletcher, the ex-CIA baddie sniffing at his neck with murderous intent culminates into Govind meeting an irrationally sentimental and at times sweet Andal (Asin). The baddie with sizzling Mallika Sherawat for company proceeds along the vulnerable Indian security system and shows up at the right places at the right time.

The narration then makes sure most of the characters played by Kamal get into close proximity in terms of geography. The stunt sequences are quite professional with its share of thrilling moments, but then there are too many coincidences consistently. The protagonist and his slowly, but surely falling-in-love lady companion seem to be jumping off just about everything. Soft landing seems to be a predictable option at most times.

When it comes to action and stunt scenes, ‘Dasavatharam’ is head and shoulders above most Indian films. The music element in the film is passable with some breathtaking re-recording bits in patches.

Cinematography has been simply awesome. The heavy compositing and trick shots have not dampened Ravi Varman’s innate talent at creating the right kind of mood the film depicts.

‘Dasavatharam’s’ review can never be complete without talking about the makeup part. Apart from the desired result one can guess the kind of effort and hard work Kamal Haasan would have had to go through just to get them on and that too on a daily basis. Makeup has been good overall except for a few shots that show off a kind of plastic look.

Computer Generated Imagery plays a huge role in the film. When the same actor plays seven feet plus youth and an old woman who is barely five feet, one can imagine the kind of intensive scaling and image manipulation by the CG team. Recreation of the 2004 Tsunami is impressive and the action part weaves the intensity of the story.

The direction has been apt sticking to the script in the true sense of the term. K. S. Ravikumar known for his simple style of narration has not been himself with ‘Dasavatharam’, but has shown sparks of ingenuity.

Kamal Haasan has stuck to his favorite subject of the ‘no God’ debate in this film too and has glorified himself probably for the first time on screen with a dialogue directed at him as being the ‘Ulaga Nayagan’.

With Kamal Haasan playing

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Dasavatharam (TAMIL)- Kamal’s perfect ten

Posted by harino1 on June 13, 2008

One striking feature that hits you in the face once you have watched ‘Dasavatharam’ is Kamal Haasan’s passion for filmmaking. All the ten roles he has essayed have been meticulously planned right from the body language to dialogue delivery. Be it the American president George Bush, the Vaishnavite priest of the 12th century or Fletcher, the American baddie.

The eyes are considered the most effective tools in creating the right kind of attitude for any actor and Kamal Haasan is a master at that. There are many a time in the film when the audience would have to force themselves to believe that it is the same actor who is the good guy as well as the bad guy.

The expressive and determined eyes of the priest, the mushy and yet funny countenance of Balaram Naidu, the hilarious CBI officer and the peaceful martial artist eyes of the Japanese character have all shaped up to fit into any acting text book. Hats off to Kamal Haasan on the acting front!!

Based loosely on Chaos theory, the narration of the film promises a lot of excitement and as the story unfolds, somewhere down the line there are a few missing links that have been forcefully stitched together. Govind, the bio-scientist in the United States of America has been wronged by his boss who has intentions of selling his invention to wrong hands. The determined scientist doesn’t give up. He sneaks it away and after a few accidents the invention lands in India. The hunt and race against time especially with Fletcher, the ex-CIA baddie sniffing at his neck with murderous intent culminates into Govind meeting an irrationally sentimental and at times sweet Andal (Asin). The baddie with sizzling Mallika Sherawat for company proceeds along the vulnerable Indian security system and shows up at the right places at the right time.

The narration then makes sure most of the characters played by Kamal get into close proximity in terms of geography. The stunt sequences are quite professional with its share of thrilling moments, but then there are too many coincidences consistently. The protagonist and his slowly, but surely falling-in-love lady companion seem to be jumping off just about everything. Soft landing seems to be a predictable option at most times.

When it comes to action and stunt scenes, ‘Dasavatharam’ is head and shoulders above most Indian films. The music element in the film is passable with some breathtaking re-recording bits in patches.

Cinematography has been simply awesome. The heavy compositing and trick shots have not dampened Ravi Varman’s innate talent at creating the right kind of mood the film depicts.

‘Dasavatharam’s’ review can never be complete without talking about the makeup part. Apart from the desired result one can guess the kind of effort and hard work Kamal Haasan would have had to go through just to get them on and that too on a daily basis. Makeup has been good overall except for a few shots that show off a kind of plastic look.

Computer Generated Imagery plays a huge role in the film. When the same actor plays seven feet plus youth and an old woman who is barely five feet, one can imagine the kind of intensive scaling and image manipulation by the CG team. Recreation of the 2004 Tsunami is impressive and the action part weaves the intensity of the story.

The direction has been apt sticking to the script in the true sense of the term. K. S. Ravikumar known for his simple style of narration has not been himself with ‘Dasavatharam’, but has shown sparks of ingenuity.

Kamal Haasan has stuck to his favorite subject of the ‘no God’ debate in this film too and has glorified himself probably for the first time on screen with a dialogue directed at him as being the ‘Ulaga Nayagan’.

With Kamal Haasan playing

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Kathavarayan – Conveying a strong message

Posted by harino1 on May 31, 2008

If student politics was the crux of Karan’s earlier venture ‘Thee Nagar’, the actor is back with a strong message in ‘Kathavarayan’.

Stay away from liquor and drugs. You will lead a happy and healthy life. This forms the crux of Karan’s ‘Kathavarayan’. Debutant director Salangai Durai has dished out a commercial entertainer which laced with this strong message.

It’s Karan all the way as he strikes the right chord playing a illicit liquor vendor in the first half, who reforms to save a girl from the hands of a drug-pedler. Unfortunately at many a places, the movie goes on a preaching mode and there are less drama elements to sustain the interest of the audience.

The movie revolves around Kathavarayan (Karan), who sells illicit arrack in Hogenakkal. Though he is involved in arrack trade, he is a man with golden heart.  Malathy (Vidisha), a student, comes to  the village as part of her NSS project. She vows to end the arrack menace in the village and takes efforts to arrest Kathavarayan. Thanks to her efforts, Kathavarayan gets arrested and lodged in prison in Chennai.

Call it fate, Malathy is arrested for no fault of her in Chennai. Her efforts to expose drug-pedlers in Chennai backfires. They hatch a conspiracy and Malathy falls a prey to it. She gets arrested for possessing drugs and lands in prison.

Kathavarayan comes out of jail to avenge Malathy. But comes to know her real intentions and the trouble she is facing. He masterminds a plan and joins the gang selling drugs and eventually exposes them only to save Malathy.

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Karan has come up with a matured performance. He is good in dance and stunt sequence. His diction of the Kovai Tamil also deserve a special mention. Debutant Vidisha does a decent job. She plays her part well. Vadivelu plays a money-lender who lands in trouble for no fault of his.

The cast also includes Sundara Travels Radha, Kadhal Dhandapani, Alex among others.  Dheena has scored the music which are very loud.

Salangai Durai deserve a pat for coming out with a strong message. But had he cut down on preaching, the movie would have been different.

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Pandi – A commercial cocktail

Posted by harino1 on May 24, 2008

A commercial entertainer targetting front-bencher is ‘Pandi’.  It has comedy, action and romance to lure the B and C audience. With Larencce oozing the right energy and Sneha and Namitha filling up the glamour quotient, ‘Pandi’ turns out to be an entertainer that is worth a watch.

However the story line is wafer thin. It is a cliched and oft-repeated in Tamil cinema. A youth, who is ridiculed by his family for being callous and not caring, eventually turns out to be a responsible son taking care of the entire family.

Director Rasu Madhuravan (who directed ‘Poomagal Oorvalam’ before) deserves a pat for not making a serious film though he has tried to showcase on mother-son sentiment towards the second half.

Pandi (Larencce) does menial jobs in Dubai and saves every penny he earns and sends it to his family in Usilampatti. A flashback reveals that he was a carefree youth, who is often chided by his father (Nasser). His elder brother (Sreeman) is the blue-eyed boy of his father. However Pandi’s mother (Saranya) showers all her love and affection on him. Pandi comes across Sneha, a cop’s daughter in the village and after a sequence of events romance blossoms between them. Meanwhile his family receives a shock as just a couple of days before Pandi’s sister’s wedding, Sriman runs away from the house with the money kept for the wedding.

A dejected father is consoled by Pandi, who borrows money from a private money-lender and completes the wedding. Meanwhile, Sneha walks out of the house to enter wedlock with Pandi.

Determined to payback the loan and help his family overcomes their financial constraint, Pandi decides to go abroad and work as conservancy staff. He manages to stabilize his family with his earnings. However on his return he is shocked to find his mother dead. Coming to know that it was no natural death, he decides to avenge the killers. Did he succeed in his mission forms the climax.

Interestingly Tamil cinema has seen such storyline in the early 1980s itself. Madhuravan has taken one such and treated it with a swift screenplay. Larencce carries the entire burden in his shoulders and deliver his best. He dances, romances and does comedy with style.

Sneha surprises everyone oozing glamour. Known for playing homely roles, she has decided to go for a skin show. It’s a typical Namitha in ‘Pandi’ who appears in skimpy costumes for a couple of songs and disappears. Nasser and Saranya impress in their roles. Ganja Karuppu, Sriman and Illavarasu are adequate.

Srikanth Deva’s songs are loud and the remix Masimasam Alanna….is picturised in a glamorous way on Sneha and Larencce.

All said, ‘Pandi’ is a masala entertainer that keeps the audience engaged.

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Arasangam – An engrossing thriller

Posted by harino1 on May 14, 2008

Congrats Captain Vijayakanth for coming up with a good show in his milestone movie. ‘Arasangam’, the 150th film of Vijayakanth, directed by Madhesh is a whiff of fresh air in Tamil cinema which is full of with commercial pot-boilers. Vijayakanth in the company of Madesh has come out with a thriller which is sure to delight not only his fans but also audience of all sections.

Quite unlike other Vijayakanth movies, ‘Arasangam’ has no punch line dialogues from Vijayakanth, no big song heaping laurels on the hero or clichéd comedy sequences. Madesh has struck to the basics of making an engrossing thriller and succeeds in his attempt.

Though Vijayakanth has donned Khakhi in several films before, in ‘Arasangam’ he plays an instructor in a police training college where in he is brawny as well as brainy. He lends solidity to his role and underplays. He deserves a pat for not tempting to overdo his role.

He unfolds the mystery behind the missing of his colleague cum brother-in-law Manoj (Biju Menon). The screen presence of Vijayakanth as a police officer is set to leave you spellbound.

Navneet Kaur, who plays the wife of Vijayakanth, has no big role to perform, while Sheryl Brindo lends a helping hand to the film. However, the real show- stealer is Biju Menon, who springs a surprise in two different roles.

In a nutshell, the movie is about Arivarasu (Vijayakanth), who leaves for Canada to solve the mystery and he is shocked to find a master plan by an international terrorist gang to kill all the intellectuals in India as part of their plot to check the country’s growth.

How he saves the country with the help of Canadian police officer Lara (Sheryl Brindo) forms the crux of the film.

A pet theme of Vijayakanth and hence he enjoys every part of the film. He is at his ease all through the scene. Especially in the stunt sequences, Captain walks away with applause.

Srikanth Deva’s brisk background score adds pep to the film.

All credit to Madesh, who has shown care in every frame to ensure that ‘Arasangam’ is different from the routinue Vijayakanth films.

The suspense and drama elements in ‘Arasangam’ are sure to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.

For those who enjoy suspense thrillers, ‘Arasangam’ is the right destination.

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