The game of Cops and Robbers has been a rich narrative source in Cinema, and it lends itself generously to most genres, be it drama, thriller, action or comedy. When the same is combined with the folksy tale of Vikram-Betaal (Vedhalam in Tamil) that we’ve grown up hearing, it is quite evident that the audience is in for a tale of a cop and a gangster, far removed from the sensibilities of a Gautham Menon or a Mysskin. After the rather enjoyable if a tad lightweight Oram Po and Va Quarter Cutting, director Pushkar-Gayathri return from a 7 year hiatus with Vikram Vedha, and it is up to the audience to decide, was it worth the wait?Continue reading “Vikram Vedha Movie Review: Oru Mellisaana Kodu”
“Do not meddle with the way I coach”, says Prabhu (R Madhavan) to the assistant coach. “If I had listened to you, she would be cleaning toilets like you do”, he says pointing out to the aspiring woman boxer Madhi (Ritika Singh). “I may be the one cleaning toilets, Sir” replies the assistant coach, played by the excellent Nasser. “But you are the one who stinks”, he retorts with arguably the best line written for Tamil cinema this year. (And the year has just begun!). It is, therefore, so very disappointing that Sudha Kongara(Story/Screenplay/Direction) and Arun Matheshwaran (dialogues) choose to punch below their weight and could get this brilliance only occasionally transmitted on the screen. (But Sudha delivers as a filmmaker – more about that later).Continue reading “Irudhi Suttru Tamil Movie Review: No Knock Out This”
Vasanthabalan who is known for his Tamil films like Veyil, Angaadi Theru, Aravaan etc now returns with his latest film, Kaaviya Thalaivan. Written by Vasanthabalan along with Jeyamohan,the film is set in early 20th century and talks about the lives of two theatre artistes and the competition that exists between them in a small drama troupe. Produced by Varun Manian and S.Sashikanth the film features Siddharth, Prithviraj, Vedhicka, Anaika Soti, Nassar, Thambi Ramaiah etc. While the music by A.R.Rahman is already quite popular,the film has cinematography by Nirav Shah,while editing is by Praveen K.L and N.B.Srikanth. The film is finally all set for a theatrical release on 7th November.Continue reading “Kaaviya Thalaivan: Trailer”
Balaji Mohan went on to start his movie making career with a bi-lingual film, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi in Tamil and Love Failure in Telugu,based on his own short film. Interestingly he has now once again come up with a bi-lingual film, this time in Tamil and Malayalam, titled Vaayai Moodi Pesavum and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram respectively. Being a film with an interesting premise, even experimental to a large extent, I felt the need to move away from a conventional review and hence here’s a video review of VMP, albeit with a difference. If you know what the film is about (even if you don’t the review will highlight the same to you) then you may probably appreciate this attempt of mine even more.Continue reading “Vaayai Moodi Pesavum Movie Review: Balaji Mohan’s Interesting Experiment Which Works”
Balaji Mohan shot to fame with his very first feature film project, a bi-lingual in Tamil and Telugu called Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (KSY) and Love Failure respectively and it was based on his own short film of the same name (KSY). He is now ready once again with another bi-lingual project, called Vaayai Moodi Pesavum (close your mouth and speak) in Tamil and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram (speaking is injurious to health) in Malayalam. VMP introduces the dashing and popular Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan into Tamil Cinema. Nazriya Nazim who was paired with him recently in Salala Mobiles, is paired with him here as well. The rest of the star cast includes Pandiarajan,Madhoo, Vinu Chakravarthy, Kaali etc. Most of the actors are common to both versions though it is known that Pandiarajan’s character in the Tamil version is performed by Manianpilla Raju in the Malayalam version.
VMP/SAH is produced by Varun Manian and S.Sashikanth while music is by Sean Roldan. Soundararajan is the DOP and editing is by Abhinav Sunder Nayak. Both the versions will be releasing shortly. Check out the trailer of VMP.
Also check out the trailer of SAH (Malayalam version)