Aaraathu Sinam – Movie Review
#AaraathuSinam is a crime thriller film written and directed by Arivazhagan and produced by Sri Thenandal Films. It is the official remake of the Malayalam Super Hit film Memories (2013), directed by Jeethu Joseph who has made brilliant thrillers like Drishyam. The film stars Arulnithi, Aishwarya Rajesh and Aishwarya Dutta in the lead roles.
First things first, Director Arivazhagan has given a remake that sticks honestly to its original except some minor changes and small commercial compromises. Since the original version was at its best (free of flaws), Arivazhagan has used even the same story telling technique in most aspects (including the cinematography and editing).
The initial 30 minutes are a bit uninteresting, with some forcibly added humour and too many flash cuts on the protagonist’s personal loss. The first half is not gripping as the original because Arulnithi struggles to be perfect in the role of an alcoholic / ex-cop (Prithviraj had just nailed it in the original version). In the first half, Arulnithi looked so stone-faced unable to emote rightly. However, Arulnithi scored very well in the second half utilizing all the ample opportunities he had; definitely, this is one of the best roles that he has ever sported. Arulnithi must also be highly appreciated for continuously being wise on choosing unique scripts that are out of the box and does not have any hero worship (or false heroism) right from the beginning of his career (say Vamsam, Mouna Guru, Oru Kanniyum Moondru Kalavaanigalum, Demonte Colony)
Towards interval, the film sets in right pace and progresses precisely towards the plot; there is no stopping then. The second half is a real treat for thriller movie lovers, irrespective of whether you have watched the Malayalam version or not. The director is able to pull of things accurately, which were the plus points of MEMORIES; the characters establishment and their development is an integral part in this story and that has been taken care of (say the scene where Aravind decides to quit drinking, after realizing that he was not able to run and catch the accused due to his alcohol addiction) The supporting cast including Aishwarya Rajesh, Aishwarya Dutta, Radharavi, Anupama Kumar, Tulasi, R.N.R.Manohar, Robo Shankar and Charlie have justified the roles given; Director Gaurav was convincing as the antagonist, except for the scanty dialogue delivery in the climax. Background score by Thaman was a very big plus point, despite reminding the theme music of EERAM in several scenes. Cinematography by Aravinnd Singh and Editing by Rajesh Kannan were backboning the narration very efficiently; after his brilliant debut in Demonte Colony, Aravinnd has given his best once again.
On the flip side, the too much of ‘Cinema Police’ comedy was annoying over a point of time and it lessens the thriller mood to an extent. The ‘Thirukural’ song in the second half could have been avoided, which looked like a very big speed breaker!
Verdict: A pretty decent & honest remake with a very impressive second half. Recommendable watch for weekend!
Kanithan – Movie Review
#Kanithan is an action-thriller film written and directed by T. N.Santhosh (former associate of A.R.Murugadoss) and produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu. The film features Atharvaa and Catherine Tresa in the lead roles, while Drums Sivamani has composed the film’s music.
Debutant Santhosh has attempted to make an out and out masala commercial film that deals with a social issue that most of us would not have heard about. But, he fails miserably in his mission due to a very weak script. In short, a very interesting plot has been wasted with a poor, lethargic writing! The first half was likable in bits and parts, whereas the second half falls flat with a pathetic screenplay and too many cliches. The director can be appreciated only for choosing an untouched concept and having collected many information on it through a detailed research (there are some hard-hitting facts that will put in you shock); but all of these are let down by a very conventional play.
Kanithan gives a déjà-vu feeling in many scenes, reminding us of some popular hit films in some oof its pivotal scenes. In particular, it reminds us of many films of A.R.Murugadoss and follows the same screenplay and sequential techniques used in those films (RAMANA – in those scenes where the protagonist finds the similarities between the victims of the Education Loan case, THUPPAAKKI – in the whole film, especially in those scenes where the Protagonist and Antagonist tries to find and reach each other, GHAJINI – a scene where the Sky TV employees are hiding inside a room, the villains pretend to leave and comes again reminds the scene where Asin gets stuck inside Apartment surrounded by the baddies in Ghajni)
Kanithan has a ‘n’ number of other problems in writing, casting, editing and music too. The first 30 minutes are just gap-fillers with full of unwanted comedy and romance episode (this film did not need a heroine at all, except for some skin-show). The film arouses some interest in the pre-interval portions, and when we are expecting something to great to happen in the second half, we are served with a routine, clichéd, logicless stuff 😦 One best example to define this film’s lethargic writing is a scene where the hero and his friends are in the process of unveiling a biggest scam to the public and their lifes are in deadly danger – even one of their colleague is shot dead, there the hero drinks with his friend and goes to his girlfriend’s house who is alone there! All just for a song there, we go with a facepalm 😦 In fact, such scenes are there right from the beginning – the protagonist’s family set-up which is too artificial, his friends, love, office, the cop (his father’s friend) – nothing looks real or believable; the clichés starts from showing Manobala as the CEO of the TV channel and Catherine Tresa as his daughter; we are said that the monthly salary of the Chief Reporter is Rs.6,500 per month (so, the office peon must be asked to work for free). There are few other scenes where the logic has been taken for granted, such as showing anyone is able to get acces to the systems of DOT CONSULTANCY easily, which has all of their most confidential information.
Kanithan has a very interesting plot and there are some good moments and interesting ideas here and there (say the scene where the Antagonist calls a hospital and verifies about Venkatesh & how the protagonist handles it and the end shot where a fake doctor itself becomes the cause for the antagonist’s death), but the flimsy / frail script does not make it a worthy entertainer for 2+ hours. The most important antagonist and his son roles has also been totally ruined with a very poor casting; that too, using a much popular dubbing voice for that role makes it look even more weak. Even a fight sequence in a significant situation in the second half has been filmed in a very poor manner. The below average songs by ‘Drums’ Sivamani and their worst placements are a very big minus point. Halfway hrough the film, we start feeling that even ‘run of the mill’ entertainers are far better than these type of films.
On the whole, Kanithan is somewhere between a bearable and below average entertainer.
(I still wonder how this film got such fairly positive reviews in the press show… In Sathyam cinemas, a number of people walked away even before the film got over)
P.S: A small piece of advice to Actor Atharvaa… It is appreciable that he selects scripts of different genres and backdrop (Chandi Veeran, Muppozhuthum Un Karpanaigal, Irumbu Kuthirai), but it will be good for his career if he chooses script that has a better writing (something, at-least like EETI which would make his investors happy). Performance wise , there are no major issues; he is mostly convincing in all films.
Verdict: An interesting plot wasted with a pathetic writing! Kanithan is somewhere between a bearable and below average entertainer.
(I really wanted to rate this film somewhere around 2/5 only, but could not stop myself from rating it a little high at-least for the noble plot it has)
Review by: Rahman
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