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@Vanamagan – Movie Review

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‘Vanamagan’
is the story of a man who comes from jungle into city, who is unaware of civilization or technology. Director A.LVijay has tried to make a film on how we humans have been digging our own graves by exploiting and destroying all natural resources in the name of urbanization and rapid development.

Despite putting aside the issues of plagiarism and references from Hollywood films, Vijay has not been successful in delivering a completely engaging entertainer. The idea of making such a film is interesting, but the film has been so ordinary as a script and in terms making.

The initial 40 minutes of the film was enjoyable to an extent, due to the fresh plot and the scenes that show how Jayam Ravi’s character gets adapted to the urban environment. But, once the film takes a turn as a love movie, it does look very artificial. While we are not convinced about the reason for Sayyeshaa to keep Jayam Ravi with her in her house actually, it is even more unpersuasive for us to see her falling in love with him. The film does not have any strong scenes that could make the spoilt rich girl loving a tribal man appealing or believable. The abrupt placement of romance songs like ‘Yemma Yea Azhagamma’ and ‘Pachchai Uduthiya Kaadu’ were also acting as big speed breakers.

The second half which unfolds the flashback of Jayam Ravi and the search for his tribe gets sluggish halfway. The screenplay post interval does falter a lot making us wonder if this film would progress ahead or not, testing our patience to some extent. The impact of the flashback is also very less. The CG work in some pivotal scenes such as where Jayam Ravi saves Sayyeshaa falling from a cliff was poorly done (though the graphics was good in a few other scenes). The action scenes have been made in a clichéd template, where none of the Police or Commandos does even make the right aim on the target at-least for once. Another issue with Vanamagan is that few messages that are told in the film gets overdone and looks preachy & dramatic over a point of time, such as the ‘AC room and window’ comparison, human’s addiction towards technology and how mobile phones have separated us from our loved ones mentally.

The plus points of Vanamagan are the film’s casting, songs and Tirru’s splendid cinematography. Jayam Ravi has done a fabulous job as a tribal, his underplay was perfect and he just looked like a trained animal in the first half. He has to be appreciated for choosing different scripts every time, but it would be wise enough if he chooses scripts that are even stronger. Debutante Sayyeshaa does impress with her improbable dancing skills and she does act well too. Other actors including Prakash Raj, Velaa Raamamoorthy, Thambi Ramaiah and Shanmugarajan have done their part fairly. Songs in Harris Jeyaraj’s music are a plus point for Vanamagan, whereas the background score reminds us of many popular OSTs from Hollywood.

‘Vanamagan’ could have been a great entertainer with a better script and making. The film is a bearable one-time watch, if you could withstand the sluggish second half.

– Rahman

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Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan / @AAA – Movie Review

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After the success of his debut film ‘Trisha Illana Nayanthara’, Director Adhik Ravichandran has joined hands with Actor Silambarasan for the romantic action thriller ‘Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan’ aka ‘AAA’. Adhik has tried to give a masala entertainer in his own style that could be a treat to STR’s fans. Has he managed to successful in that? Read on, to know!

AAA’ is the story of the 3 different roles played by STR in this movie – Madurai Michael a Madurai based gangster, Ashwin Thatha an old man and a third character which has been kept as a surprise for the audience. How are they related to each other? What is the problem between them? These questions form the crux. The film primarily focuses on Madurai Michael & Ashwin Thatha in the first half and second half respectively. The two halves of the film pre & post interval look like two different films. The worst part is that both the halves are unexciting. The first half is bearable to an extent with one or two arousing moments, whereas the second half is completely mind-numbing.

The only plus point or saving grace in the whole film is the background score of Yuvan Shankar Raja and the screen presence of STR in Madurai Michael episode. Everything else in the film is either uninteresting or exasperating. Yuvan Shankar Raja who has composed a thumping score in flashback scenes does disappoint in the scenes of Ashwin Thatha; the songs are below average that we could not really believe if it was Yuvan who had composed them. STR’s energy and screen presence as Michael is good whereas his acting as Ashwin Thatha and the other role is horrible – STR who comes as a 55 year old man displays the body language and voice tone of a 30 year old (the make-up was horrible to say the least). His Madurai accent for Michael was so alien, where he speaks mostly in Chennai accent only (just like he did for the Nellai slang in Osthe).

The first half wanders pointlessly for most of the time with annoying scenes like the ‘Current’ comedy, Jacket comedy at the Panchayat and the ‘Kaadhal Kottaavi’ comedy which is of no use to the script. The second half is filled with even more awful scenes such as the ‘Kaadhal – Kaamam’ mobile call test, discussion about kissing and hugging in public, etc., Also, there are ‘n’ number of scenes and dialogues in the second half that stereotypes and labels women. There are too many scenes of heroic build-up in the film such as the liquor shop scene where Michael saves his friend, the scene where the judge is killed, the market scene, the old-age home fight scene but none of them was actually good except the introduction scene of Michael.

The comedy scenes involving Y.G.Mahendran, VTV Ganesh, Mottai Rajendran and Kovai Sarala are pathetic, except for one or two laughable moments such as the Thalli Pogathey song. Both the heroines Shriya Saran & Tamannah who does not even care about their lip sync, contribute well on their part to the film’s boredom factor. Shriya Saran who looks so old already doesn’t fit in the half-saree get up; she is a total miscast for this village girl role with a very odd dubbing voice. There is nothing much to comment on Tamannah who is seen in the regular Tamil cinema ‘Arai Loosu Heroine’ character. Adding to all of these, we have a most annoying secret agent character. The dialogues are either so silly such as ‘Maduraiyila ethanaiyo kalyaanam nadandhirukku, innaikku maduraikkey kalyaanam’ ‘Naan mosamaanavan dhan, kevalamanavan illa..’ or dialogues that over-praise the hero for no reason such as ‘Avan panimalai illai erimalai’, ‘Avan vandhaa adhirum, edhirikku odharum’, ‘Avan vaaipu thedi poravan illa, vaaippai uruvaakkuravan’, ‘Avan innoru kootathula poi serravan illa, thanakkunu oru koottathai serkkurava’ and ‘Rajiniyum Kamalum kalandha Silambarasan madhiri nee’, etc.,

Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan’ easily gets into the list of the worst films of 2017 and is one of the most awful films that Simbhu has ever acted!

– Rahman

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@Peechaankai – Movie Review

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What if your hand is not in your brain’s control and if it starts functioning on its own? This medical condition is called ‘Alien Hand Syndrome’ (this might happen due to a damage to the corpus callosum, which connects the left and right brain). ‘Peechaankai’ movie is all about this, where the protagonist suffers from ‘Alien Hand Syndrome’. The film is primarily a comedy thriller that revolves around a petty thief who is a part of two assignments – a robbery associated with a MLA and a child’s kidnap.

Less than 10 minutes into the film, the director assures us that we have invested our money in the right film. The introduction song of ‘Smoothu’ does set high expectations on the film, followed by the impressive sequences of ‘AH Syndrome’ and the ‘Naa Onna Ninaicha’ song. Despite a number of hiccups frequently, the director manages to keep us laughing in regular intervals – thanks to the interesting characters and the quirky writing. However, one does feel that with the plot being strikingly unconventional, this film could have been a masterpiece with an even better writing.

The characterization of Smoothu has been very well-moulded. He is a pickpocket but he has his own principles – he does not wants to have money that comes easily, he is concerned enough to return back the important documents of his customers, he is guilty to have money which is of highest priority to others and he cannot hurt kids. Karthik RS has done a praiseworthy job as the protagonist displaying the style and attitude of a petty thief perfectly; there are hardly any minuses to pinpoint about his performance. All the other actors including M.S.Bhaskar, Vivek Prasanna, Gaja and his gang members (most of them are debutants) have done their part pretty decently; the only miscast or minus in the casting was the heroine.

The film which moves in a steady pace until interval, loses its momentum for a while post interval. Few comedy scenes did not work as expected. Still, there were some hilarious scenes such as the telephone booth scene and the police chase too. Even though the romance episode contributed its part to the script to an extent, it was the most uninteresting portion in the whole film. The cinematography and music were like strong supporting pillars, though the background score sounded monotonous at places.

Except for the amateurish direction in some scenes and the unfunny jokes like ‘Selfie-Selvi’, ‘Bro-Bra’, ‘Android-Underwear’ in a handful of scenes, ‘Peechaankai’ is completely worth your time and money! The film does not fail to put a smile on your face while you leave the cinema hall. Director Ashok is definitely a promising debutant to the K’town!

Below are some scenes and interesting montage songs from this film:


– Rahman

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Sachin : A Billion Dreams – Movie Review

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‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’
– this docudrama-biographical film directed by James Erskine does not fails to give us countless number of goosebumps right from the title card. This documentary primarily focuses on showing the transformation of a notorious kid to a focused cricketer, Sachin‘s incomparable achievements and his dream since childhood to win the world cup for his country.

In a country where Sachin is celebrated as the ‘God of Cricket’, the question at the time of a match is not ‘What is the score?’ but ‘Is Sachin still playing?’; the answer for that question is India’s hope and it decides a match’s success and failure. This film could be a priceless time-machine to the ardent fans of Sachin and people born in the 1990s and late 1980s, which would take them on a beautiful journey down memory lane. A.R.Rahman‘s sound tracks and the background score were just scintillating!

The film also speaks about the hardships, the inner struggle and the never-lessening pressure that Sachin faced from the media, fans and committee. The comments he received at the time he too charge as the Captain, Sachin being removed from the captain-ship without even a proper information to him, the injuries in his body that stopped him from giving his fullest, the match-fixing scam, the unexpected loss in the 2003 World cup final and Team India’s most under-performed 2007 World cup matches (with Greg Chappell shuffling the batting order completely for no reason) – this docudrama covers every such thing.

The film captures Tendulkar’s cricket and personal life in substantial detail, even some of which have never been heard of or seen before. At the same time, the film has failed to talk about Sachin‘s efficiency as a good bowler though; also, there could have been more detailing on the match fixing scams which put down the Indian cricket team into one of its worst phases ever!

Sachin: A Billion Dreams – A must watch biographical docudrama!

– Rahman

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Wonder Woman – Movie Review

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Following her brief debut in the 2016 release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the ‘DC Films’ presents us ‘Wonder Woman’ in a titular character in a film that talks about her origin.  Set in the early twentieth century, the film tells the story of Princess Diana, who grows up on the Amazon island of Themyscira. The film shows the process of her becoming the Wonder Woman while she tries to stop the ongoing World War I by finding its root cause, taking the help of American pilot Steve Trevor.

With a highly inspiring and lovable characterization of the protagonist compensated by an arresting performance from the gorgeous Gal Gadot, the thrilling action sequences and extra-ordinary art direction and VFX by the team, ‘Wonder Woman’ guarantees a wholesome entertainment.

Although the film is set on a very traditional Hollywood ‘Good vs Evil’ Super Hero backdrop, this first ever Woman Super Hero from DC Comics is extremely jubilant and commercially appealing! Despite the fact that the first 15 minutes are a bit boring, the film sets in perfect pace once Diana meets Captain Steve. Diana and the amazons saving Steve, Diana going to London along with him, the funnily interesting ‘marriage’ ‘above-average man’ conversations between them, Diana’s interpretation of the mankind, their routine and behaviour from the people she sees in London, her attack at the No man’s land – everything goes in a perfect flow, until the climax that looked a little dragging (in fact, it was the only tiring portion in the film). Other than that, the film has got most things right on commercial phase; look out for scenes like the action block at the No Man’s Land which is a delight to watch!

In every other aspect, ‘Wonder Woman’ emerges as the most amusing product from the ‘DC Films’ in the recent years! Let us keep calm and wait for Wonder Woman’s next appearance in ‘Justice League’ which has been slated for release this November 🙂

– Rahman

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சத்ரியன் – திரைப்பட விமர்சனம்

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‘சுந்தரபாண்டியன்’
என்கிற சூப்பர் ஹிட் படத்தோடு தன் கேரியரைத் தொடங்கிய இயக்குனர் S.R.பிராபகரன், உதயநிதி ஸ்டாலினுக்காக ‘OK OK’ ஸ்டைலில் எடுத்த ‘இது கதிர்வேலன் காதல்’ திரைப்படம் சுமாராக ஓடியது. நடிகர் விக்ரம் பிரபுவுக்கு தன் முதல் படமான ‘கும்கி’ படத்திற்கு பிறகு, சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும்படி பெரிய ஹிட் எதுவுமே இல்லை. ‘இது என்ன மாயம்’, ‘வாகா’, வீர சிவாஜி’ என சமீபத்திய ரிலீஸ்கள் எல்லாமே படுதோல்வி அடைந்தது. விக்ரம் பிரபு, இயக்குனர் பிராபகரன் என இருவருக்குமே கண்டிப்பாக தங்கள் கேரியரில் ஒரு பெரிய ஹிட் தேவைப்படும் இந்நிலையில், ‘சத்ரியன்’ அவர்களுக்கு கை கொடுக்குமா?

*** Mild Spoilers Ahead ***

திருச்சி மாநகரமே பார்த்து அஞ்சிடும் ரவுடியான குணா (விக்ரம் பிரபு) தன் காதலி நிரஞ்சனாவுக்காக (மஞ்சிமா மோகன்) தன் தொழிலையும் வன்முறையையும் கைவிட்டு திருந்த முயற்சிக்கும்பொழுது, எதிரிகள் மூலம் அவருக்கு பல பிரச்சினைகள் வருகிறது. அவற்றை சமாளிக்க மீண்டும் வன்முறையை கையில் எடுக்கும் விக்ரம் பிரபு அதிலிருந்து மீண்டு வருகிறாரா இல்லையா என்பது தான் ‘சத்ரியன்’ படத்தின் கதை.

காதலுக்காக திருந்தும் ரவுடி என்கிற ஹைதர் காலத்து கதையை, நாம் தமிழ் சினிமாவில் குறைந்தபட்சம் 200 படங்களிலாவது பார்த்திருப்போம் இல்லையா? அதையே இன்னொரு முறை தன் பங்குக்கு எடுத்திருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர் S.R.பிராபகரன். அதை கொஞ்சம் சுவாரஸ்யமாக சொல்லியிருந்தாலாவது, தேவலாம். ஆனால், அதுவும் இல்லை. படம் ஆரம்பித்து 5 நிமிடங்களில், வில்லன்களுக்கு கொடுக்கப்படும் அறிமுக பில்டப்பிலேயே நமக்கு போரடித்துவிடுகிறது.

அதைத் தாண்டி… படம் நெடுக பார்த்து பார்த்து சலித்துப் போன பழைய காட்சிகளும், எளிதில் கணிக்கக்கூடிய டிவிஸ்ட்களும், கிளிஷேக்களும், தூக்கத்தை வரவழைக்கும் வசனங்களும், எந்தவித ஈர்ப்பையும் ஏற்படுத்தாத பாடல்களும் சண்டைக்காட்சிகளும் காமெடியுமே படம் முழுக்க நிறைந்து கிடக்கிறது. பேசிக்கொண்டே இருக்கும் வில்லன்கள், பில்டப் மட்டுமே கொடுக்கும் ஹீரோ, 1990 சினிமாக்களில் வருவதைப் போல ‘நல்ல போலீஸ்’ என்கிற பெயரில் வரும் ‘மொக்கை போலீஸ்’, ஹீரோ இருக்கும் இடம் தெரியும் என்று சொல்லியும் ஹீரோ பிரண்டை ஒன்றும் செய்யாமல் விடும் லூசு வில்லன் என படத்தின் குறைகளை சொல்லிக்கொண்டே போகலாம். மொத்த படத்திலும், ஞாபகம் வைத்துக்கொள்ளும்படி ஒரேயொரு காட்சி கூட இல்லை. அரங்கத்திலிருந்த மொத்த ரசிகர்களுமே ‘எப்போடா இண்டர்வெல் வரும், எப்போதான் படம் முடியும்?’ என காத்திருப்பதையும் கிண்டலடிப்பதையும் பார்க்க முடிந்தது.

படத்தின் பிரதான கதையான கோஷ்டி மோதல், யார் திருச்சியை ஆள்வது என்கிற போட்டியிலேயே ஒரு சுவாரஸ்யமும் இல்லாதபொழுது டாக்டராக வரும் கவின், அவர் காதலியாக வரும் ஐஸ்வர்யா தத்தா என பல கிளைக்கதைகள் எதற்கு? நேரத்தைக் கடத்தவா? குணா மீது நிரஞ்சனாவுக்கு காதல் வரும் காட்சி, வன்முறை வேண்டாம் என நிரஞ்சனா சொல்லும் காட்சி, தன் காதல் பற்றி ரவியிடம் குணா சொல்லும் காட்சி, நிரஞ்சனா வீட்டிற்கே சென்று அவள் அம்மாவிடம் குணா பேசும் காட்சி என படத்தின் முக்கிய காட்சி எதிலுமே கொஞ்சம் கூட வலுவில்லை. காட்சியை மேலும் ரசனைக்குறியதாக ஆக்க வேண்டிய வசனங்கள் எல்லாம், பொறுமையை சோதிக்கும்படியே இருந்தன. அதிலும் கிளைமாக்ஸில் வில்லனையும், எதிர்கோஷ்டியில் இருக்கும் தன் நண்பனையும் ஹீரோ பேசியே திருத்தும் வசனங்களெல்லாம் ‘ஐய்யோ சாமி முடியல’ ரகம்! மொத்த படத்தில் ஒரேயொரு ஆறுதல் என்றால், அது நாயகி மஞ்சிமா மோகன் தான். ‘அச்சம் என்பது மடமையடா’ படத்தை விட இதில் சற்றே எடை குறைவாகவும், திருச்சி பெண்ணாக சுடிதாரில் ரொம்பவே அழகாகவும் தோன்றியிருக்கிறார்.

இது தான் அடுத்த நடக்கப்போகிறது என கணிக்கக்கூடிய இது போன்ற மசாலா திரைப்படங்களில் ஒரு இயக்குனர் ஸ்கோர் செய்யக்கூடிய ஏரியாக்களே திரைக்கதை, வசனம் மற்றும் மேக்கிங் தான். அவை எல்லாவற்றிலும் ‘தேமே’ என கோட்டைவிட்டு விட்டார் இயக்குனர். இப்படியொரு கதையை கொண்ட படத்தின் திரைக்கதையை, இயக்குனர் ஏன் நத்தை வேகத்தில் அமைத்திருக்கிறார் என தெரியவில்லை.

எல்லா படங்களிலும் இதே போல ஒரே மாதிரியான விறைப்பான ரியாக்ஷன்களை மட்டும் கொடுத்துக்கொண்டு இன்னும் எத்தனை நாள் காலம் தள்ளப்போகிறாரோ நடிகர் விக்ரம் பிரபு? தாத்தா அளவுக்கு இல்லாவிட்டாலும், அப்பா அளவிற்காவது நடிக்க வேண்டாமா? ஒரு சில காட்சிகளே வந்தாலும் கூட, கவின் நிறைவாக நடித்திருக்கிறார். படத்தில் ஹீரோவின் காட்பாதர் போல ரவி என்கிற ஒரு கதாபாத்திரம் வருகிறது – அந்த கதாபாத்திரத்தில் விஜய் முருகனை ஏன் நடிக்க வைத்தார்கள் என தெரியவில்லை. கொஞ்சமும் செட் ஆகாத அவர், மிகப்பெரிய மைனஸ் ஆக இருக்கிறார். தாரா போன்ற திறமையான ஒரு நடிகை ரொம்பவே சின்ன ரோலில் வீணடிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறார். யோகி பாபு கூட ஏன் வருகிறோம், போகிறோம் என்றே தெரியாதபடி இரண்டே காட்சிகளில் வந்து போகிறார். டெக்னிக்கல் அம்சங்களில் சிவகுமார் விஜயனின் ஒளிப்பதிவு ஈர்க்கிறது. யுவன் ஷங்கர் ராஜாவின் இசையில் ஒரு பாடல் கூட கேட்கும்படி இல்லை; பின்னணி இசை ஆங்காங்கே கவனம் ஈர்த்தாலும், பெரிதாக கவரும்படி எதுவுமே இல்லை. யுவனுக்கு என்னதான் ஆச்சு? அது சரி, இப்படியொரு படத்தில் யுவனை மட்டும் குத்தம் சொல்லி என்ன ஆகப்போகிறது?

‘சத்ரியன்’ என்கிற இந்த படத்துக்கு முதலில் வைத்த பெயர் ‘முடிசூடா மன்னன்’… அப்படியே விட்டிருக்கலாம், ‘சத்ரியன்’ என்கிற டைட்டிலாவது தப்பியிருக்கும்! :/

ரஹ்மான்

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@Rangoon – Movie Review

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‘Rangoon’
directed by Rajkumar Periyasamy (former assistant of Director A.R.Murugadoss), is an action drama thriller that has Gautham Karthik in the lead role. The film primarily revolves around the illegal trading and black market gold business in North Madras.

Director Rajkumar Periyasamy has tried to present an interesting crime thriller and has managed to be successful in it. The director does impress in the efforts he has put to make the film as authentic as possible – say the research done to collect information related to the Gold smuggling & the Black market for Gold in India, the Hawala money laundering and the transfer service brokers. Right from the beginning where the protagonist narrates his past from Rangoon and describes about his childhood, surroundings and friends, everything looks genuine. The director has made sure that the protagonist’s locale, the characters and ambience are all believable and relatable for the audience.

Even though there are a number of characters, the director does not spend much time for their character introduction – but still, he assures that every other pivotal character does leave an impression. The pre-interval Rangoon scenes and the kidnap episode in the second half have been well-directed. Even the twists and turns are neatly placed and not thrown on the audience face just for the sake of it.

The film has a good share of emotions, humour and action – but nothing out of the script, that is where the director scores! The love track and the heroine alone do not help the script by any means, but still those scenes aren’t boring either. The dialogues are quite simple and straight such as ‘Porakkurathu easy, Saagurathu adhai vida easy.. Renduthukkum naduvula vaazhurathu dhan kashtam’.

Gautham Karthik has done his part very well, giving the audience no chances to complain at all. Next to his debut film ‘Kadal’, this is one film where he had ample scope to perform; ‘Rangoon’ might probably be the first ever hit film in his career. Malayalam actor Siddique is just amazing as Gunaseelan, delivering a very subtle performance. Lallu who was already seen in films like KTVI & 8 Thottakkal seems to be a very promising artist. Daniel Annie Pope and the television actor who appears in the role of Kesavan had roles that of very high importance which they had utilized perfecttly. The brilliant cinematography by Anish Tharun Kumar and the songs and the elevating background score by Vikram RH & Vishal Chandrasekhar do contribute a lot to the film.

‘Rangoon’ is not a flawless film; it has some minor flaws and pace issues here and there. But, the end product is a recommendable entertainer that stands out because of its presentation.      

– Rahman

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