Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae – Movie Review

‘Horror Comedy’ has been the most irritating genre in the past 4, 5 years. ‘Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae’ is yet another underwhelming film to join the list of the dull, unexciting, monotonous horror comedy films. Point out anything from this film ‘#SBKT‘, that is a cliché for you. The director has been extremely lazy in trying to write a horror movie script and a lot more lethargic in the way he has presented it.

Every single person in the cinema hall knows what he is going to see in this horror comedy film – a haunted house where the protagonist and his family gets into, a flashback about why the spirit is doing this, how the hero gets rid of it. Doesn’t a writer have the responsibility of trying to present it interesting in the least possible way? The film evokes laughter rarely in bits & parts, with a ‘beaten to death’ ghost story formula that we see in franchises like ‘Muni’ & ‘Aranmanai’.

One loses interest in the very first scene which is highly dramatic and tries too hard to be authentic, followed by an amateurish photoshopped title card (which has pictures taken from Google and films like ‘The Grudge’ 😂😂) – yes, that’s the maximum creativity you can expect from this director.

The 2 flashbacks (one in the first half and the other in the second half) were interesting, though it could have been presented in a better way. There are some interesting ideas in the film here and there, and some instantly hilarious comedy scenes (4 or 5 such scenes). Other than that, ‘SBKT’ is filled only with comedy scenes that aren’t helping the script in anyway and horror scenes that are so dumb and highly annoying with cheap thrills. The cheesy romance episode and the kuthu song in the 2nd half that comes out of nowhere, adds to it. Vishal Chandrasekhar who had done a terrific job in ‘Jil Jung Juck’ & ‘Kuttram 23’ has disappointed heavily in both the songs and background score of ‘SBKT’.

One thing that I always wonder is how does actors like Jiiva and investors like Fox Star Studios choose such substandard products. Do they at least read the bounded scripts of these films?

‘Sangili Bungili Kadhava Thorae’ is an insincerely made humdrum horror comedy! It could be worth an one time watch if you are someone who don’t really worry about mindless entertainers. There are chances that this weary entertainer might also become a hit, and therefore creating more demand for ‘Aranmanai 3’ ‘Muni 4’ or ‘Shivalinga 2’!

– Rahman

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Ramante Edanthottam – Movie Review

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What will you do when you come to know that your wife is in an affair for so many years with someone? ‘Ramante Edanthottam’ begins with such a scenario, which arouses the curiosity of the audience.

‘Ramante Edanthottam’ directed by Ranjith Shankar is starring Kunchacko Boban & Anu Sithara in the lead roles, which recommends living for oneself and enjoying even the most small happiness in life & cherishing them. The film speaks about husbands who take their wives for granted, the prison-like life of many housewives. The authenticity in every aspect and some beautiful takeaways in this film makes it special. The emotions have been handled very subtly, making it look perfect. The conversations were simple and so relatable. The way the director has handled the relationship of Ram & Malini and the film’s ending were ideal.

Casting has been a boon for ‘Ramante Edanthottam’ where Kunchacko Boban, Anu Sithara & Joju George who has played the 3 central characters have delivered a faultless performance. On the flip side, the slow pace might be a problem for a set of audience and 2 of the songs looked only as a mere gap-filler. Also, the comedy track involving Aju Varghese was totally out of the script (off late, such irrelevant comedy tracks have become a regular practice in some Malayalam films).

‘Ramante Edanthottam’ might not be a must watch film, but is really worth your time if you love breezy drama tales.

– Rahman

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The Circle – Movie Review

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A very ordinary girl who is living a boring & unchallenged life gets into a dream job at a giant technology company, which changes her life upside down completely. Eventually, she understands that something isn’t right with the company that could endanger the whole human society. What happens then forms the crux.

‘The Circle’ which begins as a pretty decent science-fiction / techno thriller gets boring, in less than 30 minutes into the film. Though there are some intriguing ideas & scenes here and there, most of the film is just plain and is moving aimlessly.

Emma Watson tries too hard to save this film from becoming a disaster, but it has been hardly possible for her. Wonder why Tom Hanks agreed to do such a role that is ‘good for nothing’.

– Rahman

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Movie Review


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It is indeed real fun to see Quil, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Baby Groot and Rocket on screen again! The film is definitely as good as the Vol 1. In ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2′, the guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.
Director James Gunn has understood what clicked in the first volume and has

tried to recreate the humour, emotions and action in a different style. The film has been very successful as a sequel in terms of the astounding visuals and by retaining our love for the central characters.


Except for few hiccups towards the climax, ‘
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘ was a roller-coaster ride guaranteeing unlimited fun! 🙂– Rahman

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​​CIA @ Comrade In America – Movie Review

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Amal Neerad‘s Comrade in America (CIA) starring Dulquer Salmaan is a rom-com survival movie. The story revolves around Aji Matthew, a Kerala based youngster and communist who goes to America in search of his girlfriend to stop her marriage and bring her with him.

The film begins with the introduction of the protagonist Aji Mathew who is an intransigent communist, and his father who is a well-known leader in the Congress Party. Most of the first half is invested in the romance track and the reason why Aji has to go to the states. The whole second half focuses on whether he manages to survive to reach US through Mexico illegally. The film speaks in detail about the plights of the illegal immigrants in US.


CIA‘ is not a great film that neither leaves a striking impact nor too high on the entertainment quotient, but still not a bad film at all. It is a decent entertainer with quite a number of beautiful moments. There are certain things that could have been better in terms of writing and a few ‘taken for granted‘ moments. Somehow, I did not feel disappointed with this survival drama; I left the cinema hall feeling contended, for what it was.
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The biggest plus point of ‘CIA‘ was its casting and Gopi Sunder‘s extra-ordinary music. All the 3 songs and the background score was too good. Dulquer Salmaan has done a fabulous job as Aji and his charisma adds so much to the character. Everyone else including Karthika Muralidharan, Chandini Sreedharan, Siddique, Dileesh Pothan and Soubin Shahir have played their part well. Renadive‘s cinematography takes us all the way to Kottayam, Nicaragua, Mexico and the US.

There were many interesting ideas in the film such as the protagonist narrating his love story to the audience through his imaginary interaction with the comrades Lenin, Stalin, Che Guevara and Karl Marx. The major let-down of ‘CIA’ is with the abruptness in the Mexico to US travel scenes. When we are introduced to characters like Laden who cannot enter US and the reason behind the women buying condoms, we tend to expect an extra-ordinary second half. The taxi driver’s character which begins so interestingly, gets so ordinary in a few minutes and the ending to the character was so dramatic and cliched.

‘CIA’ is good enough to be watched once; but for the fresh and untouched plot that it holds, it could have been a lot more interesting.


– Rahman

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@Lens – Movie Review

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You and your Facebook friend are having a video chat through Skype. What will you do when he says suddenly that he is going to commit suicide and he wants you to see it live? The crux of ‘Lens’ begins with such an intriguing line.

Trailer link —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exmQsRfx3TA

‘Lens’ directed by Jayaprakash Radhakrishnan is a hostage thriller that deals with the subject of voyeurism. The director has taken a very bold topic as the plot and has presented it as gritty as possible. The film runs for less than 90 minutes and there is no divergence at any point – there are no songs or any unwanted commercial additions. Almost 90% of the film happens inside a room itself, but still there aren’t much boredom moments despite the leisure pace.

‘Lens’ is an intense thriller that enlightens briefly on how endangering the technology advancements are and the dark cyber crimes happening everywhere around us. There are some hard-hitting moments that tell us on our face blatantly how every one of us are a part of this chain someway or other. There are such thought provoking scenes all-through the film. The scene where Angel holds placards and tells about her is so disturbing!

Dialogues such as ‘Manushan mathavanga munnaadi dhan nadippaan, thannai nallavanaa kaatikka’, ‘Namma asingangalai naama veliye kaatta virumburadhillai’, ‘Idhey oru policekaaran pondaatti’kko avan ponnukko nadandhirundhaa, summaa iruppeengalaa?’ are spot on! G.V.Prakash’s music has been an integral part of the film adding a lot of value, awesome job by him. S.R.Kathir’s work in cinematography is phenomenal!  Jayaprakash Radakrishnan has played the lead role, other than writing, directing and producing the film. Anandsami as Yohan, Aswathy Lal as Angel, Misha Goshal as Swathi have done their part very well. On the flip side, the screenplay is pretty much predictable. And, the lip sync has been an issue since most scenes are dubbed in Tamil (from Malayalam).

‘Lens’ is an appreciable attempt and a must watch for the Internet freaks. A decent thriller, that is worth your penny. But, not recommendable to watch with your girlfriend or family. Definitely, not for the weak hearts; it could be haunting!

Wishes to Director Vetrimaaran who has been directing, producing and distributing good films like this always! 🙂

– Rahman

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Things that you might not have noticed in ‘BAAHUBALI 2’! :)

Below are few interesting nuances that you might not have noticed while enjoying the visual extravaganza of the majestic Baahubali!

Hope you will enjoy reading it!

1. Both Amarendra Baahubali & Mahendra Baahubali second names are Shivudu

 

2. Both Amarendra Baahubali & Mahendra Baahubali grew up under different mothers

 

3. Both Amarendra Baahubali & Mahendra Baahubali fell in love deeply, seeing a woman in action!

 

4. Shivudu carries a Siva lingam on his shoulders. Amarendra Baahubali’s introduction scene has him pulling a Ganesha statue chariot.

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5. Kattappa says that ‘In Kunthala kingdom, the Pindaaris kill people & throw them in water as their time pass’. Amarendra Baahubali kills all of them opening the dam water!

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6. Sivagami gifts Bhallala Deva a bow & arrow, using which he can aim at a target up to 1000 feets. At the end, she dies shot by the same bow & arrow.

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7. Kumara Varma’s room is full of paintings showing him as a great warrior; in such one painting, he will be holding a guy up in his hands which makes the audience laugh. When he gets courage & the moment he stands up, he lifts a person & throws him! Mass elevation.

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8. Amarendra Baahubali’s mother died on his birthday. Mahendra Baahubali’s father died on his birthday. Bhallala Deva’s son Bhadra died on Bhallala Deva’s birthday!

9. Story started with Sivalinga being carried & story ends with Sivalingam being placed below the falls.

10. The title song ‘Oru Yaagam / Oka Praanam’ had every line & every word about Baahubali the Beginning scenes & characterizations clearly explained.

11. Not sure how many of u saw the song ‘Kanna Nee Thoongadaa / Kanna Nidurinchara’ which had some symbolic shots. When Devasena throws flowers on Krishna, flowers from tress fall on Baahubali. When water is poured on the statue, a dove flies splashing water on Baahubali. A devotional song sung by Devasena, with an indirect proposal to Amarendra!


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