Language : Tamil | Running Time : 176 Minutes | Director : Gautham Vasudev Menon
A Gautham Vasudev Menon film. It isn’t a phrase that makes me go gaga but I look forward for this man’s films. I look forward because there is almost no other filmmaker who caters to the urban middle class youth like he does with his self portrait of a hero who remains courteous to women, walks beside them with his hands in his pocket, shuffles like a 17 year old crushing on the hottest girl in school when he finds the love of his life, has the sentimental attachment to a scooter his dad used and takes his kid on it, be this man of honor and sensibility that makes you smile and feel like it might be a reflection of you. But more importantly, I look forward to his portrayal of the heroine.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal (2015) Movie Review: Well, The Same Old Menon World”
The defining moment of every celluloid love story is the stretch where the lead couple meet. Or so they say.
But watch out; if its an Indian movie featuring a star with a huge fan following among the masses, the tropes and templates are pretty much simple. No breaking the head for scriptwriters here. The following are fitted in using various permutations and combinations.
1. The dashing lady develops a liking for the loafer with a golden heart, while he is busy stalking her on the street and passing lewd comments about her to his friends.
2. She ogles over his manliness and decides her partner for life while he is giving her some life-lessons on how it is so ‘un-girly‘ to have brains of her own.
3. She falls head over heals in love with his raw energy while he instructs her on the supposed ‘divinity’ of womanhood, only to romance her wearing a (decent!) bikini the next sequence.
4. She gets to look pretty and coy while letting the coffee mug slip when the guy’s fingers touches hers, in an expression of utmost femininity.
5. She is humiliated repeatedly (physically and mentally) until she realizes that the lead man is indeed her savior (of life and chastity), and she is a ‘nothing’ without him
I have a few issues with Yennai Arindhaal. It is close to three hours long and the second act drags a bit. It resembles Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu to some extent in the first half. The BGM is too loud. Okay, now that we have gotten this out of the way, let us settle down and come to the enjoyable parts.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal Movie Review: Sathya Dev Jayate”
Gautham Vasudev Menon is now back, trying to recreate past glory with Yennai Arindhaal (If you know me). This is his third cop film (after Kaakha Kaakha (2003) and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu and his first film with Ajith. The film has Anushka Shetty and Trisha Krishnan playing the female leads and Arun Vijay plays the antagonist. Parvathy Nair, Vivek and Thalaivasal Vijay are also in the film. Shridhar Raghavan and Thiagarajan Kumararaja (director of Aaranya Kaandam) have written the film along with Gautham Menon. Produced by A.M.Rathnam and S.Aishwarya, Yennai Arindhaal has music by Harris Jayaraj while Dan McArthur from Australia is the DOP and Anthony is the editor.Continue reading “Yennai Arindhaal: Official Trailer”
‘I’ or Ai as it was being referred to earlier is an acid test of a film for multiple reasons and it has been in the news ever since it was launched. The film brings back Shankar and actor Vikram together once again after their blockbuster Anniyan (2005). In my opinion Vikram hasn’t really had a good film after that (with films like Mani Ratnam’s Raavanan and A.L.Vijay’s Deiva Thirumagal being passable fare), hence what could be a better way to bounce back finally in style than associating with the same director who gave him such a big turning point in his career earlier. After working with Harris Jayaraj in his previous film Nanban, Shankar once again has fallen back on his trusted music composer A.R.Rahman for the soundtrack of ‘I’. Incidentally ‘I’ is the 12th film to be directed by Shankar of which ARR has composed the music for 10 of them (the other 2 films, Anniyan and Nanban being Harris Jayaraj compositions) and so the expectations were always going to be high.Continue reading ““I” Music Review: The Shankar-ARR Combo is back, but just about”
S.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”
Language : Tamil | Running Time : 160 Minutes | Director : Selvaraghavan
In Aayirathil Oruvan, Selvaraghavan pointed towards a messianic character finding his calling. The hero at that time was Karthi. This time, in Irandaam Ulagam, we have Arya with make-up suited for the Twilight series, donning such a role. I think we can safely say that Selvaraghavan is a director who has seemingly reversed the objectifying of his females with objectifying his men. When you look at Selvaraghavan’s career, Irandaam Ulagam comes across as natural progression, his central themes are going to the polar opposite of his earlier films, from empowering men, he has come to empowering women characters and he brings his themes of lust, misogyny, sexism in one world, a far off world that’s not earth and in earth he brings the opposite. There have been telling signs that Selvaraghavan’s themes though remaining similar to his earlier films, post Pudhupettai or starting with it, his male characters have started to be the ones needing looking after and the women becoming the traditional men. It is a theme that’s hard to miss and the first thing you notice about the movie is how this classic line of women and men being altered in one world and heightened in the other.Continue reading “Irandaam Ulagam (2013) Movie Review: The same world problems”