Petta Movie Review: The Stars Are Out Tonight

There’s something to be said about the excitement in the air, as one walks into the theatre for a Rajinikanth movie. The old cliché about a Rajinikanth movie being an event didn’t ring true for a while, what with the critically reviled Kochadaiyaan and Lingaa and mixed feelings with regard to Kabali, but with Kaala, it seemed like the star for a change made way for the actor, and 2.0 was for the fans and fans alone.Continue reading “Petta Movie Review: The Stars Are Out Tonight”

Bairavaa Movie Review: Much Ado about Nothing

Early on into Bharathan’s (or is it Bharhathan as he prefers to call himself now) Bairavaa we see the branch manager of ICIC Bank (Y.G.Mahendra) call upon his collection agent Bairavaa (Vijay) in desperation. The manager is in a soup because of a bad debt in the form of a loan given to a local thug Karuvadu Kumar (Mime Gopi). With the bank authorities breathing down his neck, the manager has just a day to hand over the money & with his daughter’s wedding scheduled for a month later he is extremely distressed. With Bairavaa assuring his boss that he would be back with the money by the evening one would typically expect fireworks in the form of a regulation fight sequence. But that’s where Bharathan and action choreographer Anal Arasu show some ingenuity. Yes there are fireworks on display indeed but not in the form of a typical fight which would follow some chest thumping dialogues. In fact the dialogues exchanged between Bairavaa and Karuvadu Kumar is kept to the minimum and the action happens in the guise of a game of cricket.Continue reading “Bairavaa Movie Review: Much Ado about Nothing”

Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output

Chimbu Deven who started his career as a cartoonist with the popular Tamil magazine, Ananda Vikatan went on to turn filmmaker with Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (2006). A period comedy, the film was widely accepted for its novelty and made comedian Vadivelu acceptable as a hero as well. Chimbu Deven then went on to make more films like the contemporary fantasy Arai En 305 il Kadavul (2008), the western comedy Irumbukottai Murattu Singam (2010) and a contemporary tale like Oru Kanniyum Moonu Kalavaanikalum (2014). When it was announced that his next film would be with Vijay it didn’t really surprise me as he did have a decent track record to talk about. But considering that the film in question, Puli was to be a period fantasy adventure, I was quite skeptical. Skeptical only because of the fact that a project like this is expected to be a little too ambitious and isn’t something that everyone can actually deliver.Continue reading “Puli Movie Review: Lofty in Ambition, Mediocre in Output”

Rajathandiram Movie Review: Brilliant Deception, Smartly Served!

The ‘con trick’ genre, as I see it, is like walking a tight rope, especially in the context of Indian cinema. Why?  Before I explain the obvious connection, let me briefly take you through the etymology of the genre. A confidence trick (con-trick) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit classic characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naiveté and greed. The perpetrator of a confidence trick (or “con trick“) is often referred to as a confidence (or “con”) man or a con-artist.

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Kallappadam: Trailer

Poster 3J.Vadivel, a former associate of Mysskin now turns director with the forthcoming Tamil film-Kallapadam. Produced by Iraivan Films,it is slated for release on 20th March. A tale of four youngsters who aspire to make it big in cinema (as a director,DOP,music composer & editor respectively), the film features Vadivel, Santosh, K and Venkat in the lead roles & the supporting cast includes Aadukalam Naren, Singampuli and Senthil. Srirama Santhosh is the DOP while K is the music composer and Gaugin is the editor of Kallappadam. Continue reading “Kallappadam: Trailer”

Rajathanthiram: Trailer

A.G.Amid makes his debut as filmmaker with the Tamil heist film, Rajathanthiram. Produced by White Bucket Productions in association with Sunland Cinemas and Gautham Vasudev Menon,the film has music by G.V.Prakash Kumar (BGM by Sandeep Chowta) while S.R.Kathiir is the DOP and Praveen Antony is the editor. The film features Veera (last seen in Gautham Menon‘s Nadunusi Naaygal), Regina Cassandra, Pattiyal K.Shekar, Darbuka Siva, Ilavarasu etc. Rajathanthiram will be due for release in early 2015.

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Thirudan Police Movie Review: Fun Cop, Funnier Villain

Blending two differing genres into a new storytelling twist, or what I like to call a ‘cocktail’ genre is something which has not been explored in South Indian cinema. A movie of this ‘cocktail’ genre typically impresses with the twist. By the twist, I don’t mean the usual plot twist that we have become so accustomed to. Its the art of telling a story, with a fresh perspective or in a hitherto overlooked angle. Regardless of whether or not such cocktail works receive uniform critical acclaim, they are—at the very least—fun for the masses, refreshing for the audience who are expecting the usual and most often go on to become crowd favorites. This week’s new release ‘Thirudan Police’ directed by newcomer Caarthick Raju falls under this category.Continue reading “Thirudan Police Movie Review: Fun Cop, Funnier Villain”

Aadama Jaichomada Movie Review: Silly and Irreverent Fun

A cabbie proposes by getting an ‘idli parcel’ from his sweetheart’s road side shop and returning it back to her with an engagement ring stuffed inside the idli. The ‘idli kada‘ lady promises to marry him if he could afford a room with an attached posh restroom! An upright and sincere inspector walks inside an interrogation room, closes the recording camera with his cap and proceeds to tickle the suspect. A senior police official is made to pledge on his head by an accused when investigating a major sport betting racket. A rookie producer proudly showcases a highly emetogenic action movie titled ‘Sooravali’ starring his ‘gubeer sirippu’ star-son to his forlorn looking financier. A cricket bookie is found mysteriously  with a ‘laughing face’ rigor mortis inside the room of a star hotel.  Well, good luck trying to connect the dots.Continue reading “Aadama Jaichomada Movie Review: Silly and Irreverent Fun”

Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal: Trailer

Idhu Kathirvelan KadhalS.R.Prabhakaran made his entry into filmmaking with the popular Tamil movie Sundarapandian (2012). He is now ready with his second film- Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal which is produced by Udhayanidhi Stalin‘s Red Giant Movies. Udhayanidhi had made his debut as hero with Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), a popular rom-com directed by M.Rajesh. Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal has Nayantara as the female lead and she is on a roll right now with the back to back success of Raja Rani and Arrambam in 2013. The film also has Santhanam in a prominent role and considering that the Udhayanidhi-Santhanam duo were successful with OKOK, expectations are for a similar experience this time as well. The rest of the star cast includes Chaya Singh, Saranya Ponvannan, Aadkulam Naren, Mayilsamy etc.Continue reading “Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal: Trailer”