Vedalam Movie Review: Tried and Tested Formula, Works Here in Parts

Playing a larger than life character is something that all Tamil heroes have always been fond of, nowadays even actors who are just a few films old feel the need to play such roles, perhaps with a view of fancying a shot at the superstar’s throne. And if it happens to be a mass entertainer featuring a popular actor then it’s almost a given that the main lead would perhaps portray a larger than life character, often with a righteous instinct as well. When Siruthai Siva decided to work again with Ajith after the reasonably successful Veeram, it kind of looked like a win-win prospect for both of them. After all Ajith had done a slightly classier film after Veeram in the form of Yennai Arindhaal and so a mass film would have been good to balance the act. Also for Siva it would have meant that that he could prove his consistency by turning out another success after Siruthai and Veeram.Continue reading “Vedalam Movie Review: Tried and Tested Formula, Works Here in Parts”

Jeeva Movie Review: Mostly Engaging, Rarely Inspiring!

Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds

– Orison Swett Marden (American inspirational author)

Defeat doesn’t always feel the same. To be frank, it depends on the circumstances of accepting defeat, they say! There is this ‘defeat’ which you encounter after getting an opportunity, which leaves you dejected and sad. And there is this kind which happens when you are denied a chance to stage a fight, that leaves you broken and soulless. In ‘Jeeva’, writer-director Suseenthiran who last made the critically acclaimed ‘Pandiya Naadu’ traces the politics involved in the selection process of a sports team in a country like India, and attempts to explore the mindset of a cricketer who is on the verge of the latter kind of ‘defeat’. For that he chooses to portray a talented protagonist (Jeeva) who dreams of featuring in the National team one day, and goes on to describe his valiant struggle for recognition in a power dominated industry. Well, to be frank, Suseenthiran succeeds pretty well in this endeavor of his.Continue reading “Jeeva Movie Review: Mostly Engaging, Rarely Inspiring!”

Jeeva: Trailer

Jeeva Still 1Writer-director Suseenthiran had back to back successes last year in the form of Adhalal Kadhal Seiveer and Pandiya Naadu. He now returns with his next film, Jeeva which is presented by Vishal and Arya. Produced by Vennila Kabadi Team which comprises of Suseenthiran himself along with DOP R.Madhi and Art Director Jeevan, Jeeva is a cricket based film. Featuring Vishnu Vishal in the lead, the film also features Sri Divya, Soori, Laksham Narayan etc. R.Madhi is the DOP while Anthony L.Reuben is the editor of the film. Jeeva will be due for release shortly.Continue reading “Jeeva: Trailer”

Ten Reasons Why You Should Skip ‘Anjaan’

A National holiday or festival is the ideal occasion for a big ticket film release. A potential blockbuster with a leading star who can draw in the crowds and make it work, irrespective of how good or bad the film would be, is more than often deemed to be that perfect festival or national holiday release. Over the years, such star vehicles or films have become an indispensable part of the lives of the movie goers.Continue reading “Ten Reasons Why You Should Skip ‘Anjaan’”

Anjaan: Trailer

Anjaan Poster 2Anjaan marks the coming together of writer, director and producer N.Lingusamy and popular actor Suriya for the first time. Produced jointly by UTV and Thirrupathi Brothers, Anjaan is written by Lingusamy and Brinda Sarathy. The film features an ensemble star cast which apart from Suriya includes Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Manoj Bajpai, Vidyut Jamwal, Soori, Dalip Tahil, Asif Basra, Murli Sharma etc. Chitrangada Singh and Maryam Zakaria feature in item numbers as well. The music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja while Santosh Sivan is the DOP and Anthony is the editor.Continue reading “Anjaan: Trailer”

Maan Karate Movie Review: Smartly Packaged But with Clichés Galore

Maan Karate PoseThere are certain films which exude a completely wonderful sense of confidence on how it would turn out at the box office. Such films see a lot of merit in getting the ‘packaging’ completely right, regardless of how the content inside turns out to be. Tamil Cinema throws up such films in front of us from time to time, and we the audience lap them up too, almost always. Thirukumaran’s Maan Karate the latest Tamil release was a film which for a host of reasons struck me to be one such film. The film had a fresh new pair in the lead-Sivakarthikeyan and Hansika Motwani. Needless to say bot the actors are quite popular and have been having a good track record in recent times. Then the film has music by the hot and happening Anirudh Ravichander, whose contribution seems to be already clear thanks to the popular songs. Above all you have the contribution of A.R.Murugadoss to whom the story is credited and who has also backed the film (Thirukumaran being a former associate of his). If all these weren’t enough reasons for me to feel confident about the film, the trailer (though nothing great) promised a through & through entertainer.Continue reading “Maan Karate Movie Review: Smartly Packaged But with Clichés Galore”

Maan Karate: Trailer

Maan-KarateSivakarthikeyan is one of the more successful actors these days among the younger lot in Tamil Cinema. Last year in particular was spectacular for him with the triple success of Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Ethir Neechal and Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam. He is now ready with his next film, Maan Karate which sees him teamed up with Hansika Motwani for the 1st time. Maan Karate is based on a story by A.R.Murugadoss & the screenplay and direction is by Thirukumaran, a former associate of A.R.Murugadoss. The film also features Soori, Vamsi Krishna, Sathish etc. Maan Karate is produced by P.Madhan and A.R.Murugadoss while Anirudh Ravichander has composed the music. M.Sukumar is the DOP and A.Sreekar Prasad is the editor of the film. Continue reading “Maan Karate: Trailer”

Nimirnthu Nil Movie Review: Samuthirakani’s Disappointing Social Saga

Nimirnthu Nil-Jayam RaviWell, it so turns out that my brief sprint in reviewing Indian films has been atrociously bombarded with movies which literally ‘half enthrall – half disappoint’ you! They are there in abundance… everywhere you see! In fact, they are the majority! And that makes it really tough for the viewer and the critic to form an ‘all -encompassing’ final opinion about the movie. Good or bad? Highly engaging or lost in oblivion? Path breaking -innovative or uncreative -pedestrian? In the process of reviewing these films in detail, and trying to form opinions and arrive at conclusions, I fear I might associate myself with those ‘kind’, leaving my readers feeling exactly the same ‘A bit enriched and a bit let-down!’Continue reading “Nimirnthu Nil Movie Review: Samuthirakani’s Disappointing Social Saga”

Bramman: Trailer

Bramman PosterSocrates a former associate of Kamal Haasan has now turned filmmaker himself with Bramman. This Tamil film features actor,director and producer M.Sasikumar in the lead. Lavanya Tripathi who’s worked in a few Hindi and Telugu films makes her entry into Tamil Cinema with Bramman. The film also features Soori and Santhanam too and is produced by K.Manju and Anto Joseph. Bramman has music by Devi Sri Prasad while Jomon T.John is the DOP and Raja Muhammed is the editor.Continue reading “Bramman: Trailer”