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”

Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?

There are some things that never change when it comes to films, Tamil Cinema being no exception. Every actor worth his salt and of course every rupee invested on him, and every single whistle devoted to him, would love to feature in an out an out masala, playing a larger than life character in his or her own way. This is part of the whole “I feel I have it in me to become the next superstar” drive in which a lot of actors get involved in, some are open about it while some do it a little clandestinely. Which is why even actors like Vikram, Suriya, Dhanush who are all known for their acting prowess, keep attempting mass movies, time after time, not succeeding every time of course. We also have directors who otherwise do films of a slightly different kind also attempting to make the transition with more ‘formulaic’ films. Mysskin tried it with Mugamoodi, Ameer tried it with Aadhi Bhagavan, Suseenthiran tried it with Rajapattai, none of these worked and they have gone back to making their kind of films again. But the quest for commercial success doesn’t stop, the yearning to be the darling of the masses never ends.Continue reading “Maari Movie Review: The Swag Works, But Would That Alone Do?”