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”
Heist/ caper movies as in films which showcase in detail one or more crimes (especially thefts, swindles, or occasionally kidnappings) perpetrated by the main character/s with less focus on the actions of police or detectives attempting to prevent or solve the crimes are a rarity in Indian cinema. Sometimes even when they do appear, they pale out in comparison to ‘commercial’ movies because of some uninspired juvenile treatment or in other cases, lack of a tight script. Last year we saw Nalan Kumarasamy literally nailing the genre with ‘Soodhu Kavvum’ attaining cult status. Now debutante director H.Vinoth comes out with his version of the chess game-hunt or Sathuranga Vettai, which proves to be the dark house of this year.Continue reading “Sathuranga Vettai Movie Review: Appealing Con Caper”
Natarajan Subramaniam or ‘Nutty’ as he’s known in the industry is widely known as a popular DOP in Bollywood with an impressive filmography comprising of films like Paanch, Black Friday, Parineeta, Jab We Met, Golmaal Returns, Love Aaj Kal, Raanjhanaa etc. But down South he’s also someone who’s tried to make a transition as an actor and that too as a leading man but hasn’t really met with much success so far. While his 1st film as actor, Naalai (2010) was reasonably appreciated, the subsequent films haven’t really generated much interest. After a gap of 3 years he is now back with his next film as actor- Sathuranka Vettai (Chess Hunt). Directed by H.Vinoth who makes his debut here, the film is produced by actor-director Mano Bala and Thirrupathi Brothers. Continue reading “Sathuranga Vettai: Trailer”
Once in a while a movie is announced which makes you pray that it doesn’t disappoint. You are so into it for various reasons that you badly want it to work. So when news came out that maverick producer C.V. Kumar is bankrolling the full-length version of the riotous short film ‘Mundasupatti’, beyond my obvious genuine excitement, deep down I was also filled with concerns of it turning into another case-study in my list of ‘ostentatiously’ padded out films. The movie was quite interestingly marketed for a small budget film with some significant social media buzz, and I was waiting to see whether it had captured the magic of the original. Well, thankfully, for the major part of the narrative, it has.Continue reading “Mundasupatti Movie Review: Brilliantly Funny and ‘Feel-Good’!”
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”
Earlier this year we had Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, a Tamil film that was based on the short film of the same name by writer-director Arun Kumar. Now we have another such Tamil film coming up, Mundasupatti which is based on a short film of the same name by Ram Kumar. Incidentally the film is produced by C.V.Kumar‘s Thirukumaran Entertainment along with Fox Star Studios who now seem to be bullish about Indian regional cinema. C.V.Kumar has been a trendsetter in the Tamil film industry of late by introducing new talents and here again Ram Kumar is from the Nalaaya Iyakunar brigade. Featuring Vishnu Vishal and Nanditha in the lead along with Kaali Venkat, Anandraj etc, Mundasupatti is a film set in rural South Tamil Nadu of the 1980’s when photography was a big thing, unlike today when even a kid knows how to click a picture on a simple mobile phone.Continue reading “Mundasupatti: Sneak Peek”
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)