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”

Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Movie Review: Atonement Is Here!

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues, Direction – the supposedly essential elements of film-making. Well, Chaplin and Kamal have already shown us the art of doing a mute film. It’s impossible to make a movie without screenplay and direction. So, why don’t we do a film with no story at all, asks Parthiepan Radhakrishnan, arguably one of the first nonconformists of Tamil cinema.Continue reading “Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam Movie Review: Atonement Is Here!”

Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam: Trailer

Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam PosterActor-director R.Parthiepan is known for his attempts at making experimental Tamil films within the commercial space. While his previous film as a director, Vithagan (2011) was an out an out action film, he returns with an innovative film now, Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (Story,screenplay,dialogues,direction). Reportedly the film doesn’t have a conventional story structure and it is all about what happens next in the narrative. Produced by K.Chandramohan,KTVI features newcomers Santosh, Dinesh, Akhila Kishore, Lallu, Sahithya Jagannathan etc along with Thambi Ramaiah. The film also features cameos from Arya, Amala Paul, Prakash Raj, Vishal, Taapsee Pannu, Sivakarthikeyan, Vijay Sethupathi etc. KTVI has music by C.Sathya while Rajarathinam is the DOP and R.Sudharsan is the editor. The film will be due for release shortly.

Check out the interesting trailer of the film now-

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Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) Movie Review: Different and Dazzling First Half, with a Dull and Dark Second Half!

NSM-PosterSpoilers ahead…

Let me start by giving you a scenario.  X and Y are friends who have different aspirations in life.  X’s most valued possession and biggest dream of his life-time is ‘inadvertently’ destroyed by Y, for which X takes revenge by taking away the only thing, Y lives for.  Now, X has to face the wrath of Y’s resolve to retaliate, and fight for  his own survival. Whoa!

Now, let’s try to weave a commercially viable script (tentatively titled ‘Pazhi’) out of that knot, naming X as ‘Sundar’ and Y as ‘Indran’. Since it is ‘commercial-revenge -thriller’, we cannot overlook any of the  routine ‘must-haves’ – the romance, the comedy, the pre -interval action segment, the songs and the climax fight!  Piece of cake, right?Continue reading “Naan Sigappu Manithan (2014) Movie Review: Different and Dazzling First Half, with a Dull and Dark Second Half!”

Naan Sigappu Manithan: Trailer

Naan Sigappu Manithan PosterDirector Thiru and actor Vishal have worked together on 2 Tamil films in the past,Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai (2010) and Samar (2013). Now they are back with their third venture together, Naan Sigappu Manithan (I am a Red Man) which is jointly produced by Vishal’s Vishal Film Factory and UTV. The film’s title has a lot of significance as it is has been used for a Rajinikanth movie in the past (S.A.Chandrasekhar‘s 1985 hit film of the same name), though this film is not a remake of the earlier one & has no connection whatsoever apart from the title. Apart from Vishal the star cast includes Lakshmi Menon, Iniya, Sunder Ramu, Jagan, Jayaprakash etc and the film has music by G.V.Prakash Kumar.Continue reading “Naan Sigappu Manithan: Trailer”

My Best Of Regional and World Cinema In 2013

Yet another hectic and eventful year at the movies comes to an end. Every year we see films which we love, hate, abhor, feel indifferent towards. And this year has been no indifferent.

As the year draws to an end, every film buff (including yours truly) loves making a compilation of films under various such categories (good films, bad films etc)

As a movie buff this year too was no different.  There were some films, which made for pleasurable viewing while some films induced sheer boredom and made for a rather tedious viewing.  Regional cinema (esp. Tamil and Malayalam films) in my opinion once again reiterated that they are churning out films which are different from the regular fares, yet makes for some good viewing  while being commercially viable .

Besides there were a lot of foreign language films which made all the right noises amongst movie buffs and the film festival circuits.

So here goes my list of best films in the foreign films and regional cinema section.

Too many films and too little time has been the bane of every film buff. As always there were quite a few films I wanted to watch but could not due to various reasons. So in case you do not find a particular favourite of yours mentioned in this list, kindly excuse me. 🙂
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Pandiya Naadu Movie Review: An Engaging Tale of Revenge

Pandiya Naadu movie poster
Pandiya Naadu movie poster

Writer-director Suseenthiran made his entry into Tamil cinema with a bang in the form of Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu (2009), his 1st independent assignment after having been an A.D for long with filmmakers like S.D.Sabha and Ezhil. While there have been many sports based films in India, most of them have revolved around cricket with films like Chak De India being exceptions. Continue reading “Pandiya Naadu Movie Review: An Engaging Tale of Revenge”

Pandiya Naadu:Teaser

Pandiya nadu movie posterWriter-director Suseenthiran made his entry into Tamil Cinema with a bang with his very 1st film, Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu. He followed it with two more interesting films- Naan Mahaan Alla and Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai. Continue reading “Pandiya Naadu:Teaser”