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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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Achayans – Movie Review

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Except for a handful of good comedy lines in the first 40 minutes and the performances of veteran actors like Prakash Raj & Jayaram, Achayans is a meager masala entertainer. There are a lot of misses than hits.

Neither the comedy nor the investigation portions are interestingly made. With so many insipid commercial additions (the unnecessary fights and songs) and unexciting twists in second half, #Achayans is let down by poor writing.

– Rahman

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@KO2 – Movie Review

*** Spoiler-Free Review ***

‘KO 2’ is a political thriller directed by debutant Sarath. It is not a direct sequel of ‘KO’, but is the remake of Telugu movie ‘PRATHINIDHI’.

‘Ko 2’ is a very average entertainer that has a dry screenplay with very less content to impress or engross the audience. The first half is so poor with too much of unwanted / stretched commercial additions, except for some sharp & hard-hitting dialogues. The second half is engaging to an extent, once the flashback begins.

What helps ‘Ko 2’ from becoming a disaster is the last 45 minutes and the presence of an extra-ordinary actor like Prakash Raj. The lethargic writing and making in too many scenes makes it a yawning watch. For such a film that has a great plot, the screenplay should have been much tighter with interesting ideas.

Karunakaran comes in a very small role, but delivers an astounding performance. It is Actor Bobby Simha who was a big plus point in films like NERAM, SOODHU KAVVUM and JIGARTHANDA; but, he is the biggest minus point in films like URUMEEN, BANGALORE DAYS and KO 2. It is high time this National award winning actor should stop imitating Rajinikanth in every other scene and start focusing on selecting good scripts to save his career. His overacting and poor Tamil pronunciation makes his acting even more unbearable (say the first scene where he recites a powerful Bharathiyar song with zero energy). Bala Saravanan’s comedy is not funny at all in most places, but is annoying instead.

On the whole, ‘Ko 2’ might be an entertainer that is once watchable, if you can sit through the boring first half!

Rating: 2.5/5

Review by: Rahman

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@MANITHAN – Movie Review

*** Spoiler-Free Review ***

‘MANITHAN’ directed by ‘ENDRENDRUM PUNNAGAI’ fame Ahamed is the official remake of the 2013 release Bollywood film JOLLY LLB’, which was successful both critically and commercially (the film has won 2 national awards too). The trailer and songs of ‘MANITHAN’ were promising. So, how good is the film? Read on, to know!

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First things first. Director Ahamed has been honest to the original in most places, without making any major changes or modifications in the script. There are few minor changes here and there, with some additional commercial stuffs and an extended romance episode. Ahamed has tried to give a fair remake that has some more commercial ingredients and rich colours & making without spoiling the core content, in which he has succeeded in most parts.

In a satire film that speaks about the loop-holes and the feebleness of the Indian Judiciary System & the Law, for a film that happens mostly within a courtroom, the performances & the dialogues need to be very much contributive and the emotions needs to be handled very well. The direction team has taken considerable efforts to make it possible, that’s where MANITHAN wins! There are minor changes in the script on dramatizing the emotions and backing the characters with reasons (say the reason why Sakthi comes to Chennai, the montage sequences in the second song where people and emotions around Court are depicted – An accused in a Police van seeing his child from window, the scene where Sakthi and his fiancée are attacked).

The first half 30 minutes of MANITHAN is literally boring, with an uninteresting romance episode (this portion was handled much well in the original, where it was not a minus) and humour that is not so funny (with Power Star and other characters); thankfully, this frivolity goes off once the film gets into the plot. Once Sakthi files a PIL, the film settles in good pace and things get engrossing towards the interval. The second half is completely enjoyable except for one or two boredom moments, with the impressive climax that hits the bull’s eye.

Coming to performance, Udhayanithi Stalin has done a very good job in the role of an innocent and struggling advocate. His performance is reasonably convincing, which he has played very subtly. MANITHAN could be a very significant film in Udhay’s career, which might fetch him some more good scripts like this and might increase his fan base to an extent. Wish he does such script oriented entertainers in future too! The show-stealers of MANITHAN are none other than the veteran actors Prakash Raj and Radha Ravi. Both of them have done an adorable job, elevating the film’s mood to a different level, setting fire on screen in those crucial scenes with an extraordinary performance (with great competition between themselves). Prakash Raj was seamless in his part, being spectacular in every other scene. It is not really an easy job to repeat the magic of an actor like Boman Irani; Prakash Raj has done it very pleasingly once again, after VASOOL RAJA MBBS. Radha Ravi has an even tougher job to do, since Saurabh Sukhla has won a national award for this role delivering an unmatched performance; Radha Ravi has nailed it in his own style giving no space for comparison. Aishwarya Rajesh and Vivek does their part decently. Background score by Santhosh Narayanan was a very big plus point, with 2 good songs. Cinematography by Madhie and Editing by Manikanda Balaji were commendably good.

On the flip side, the length has been an issue (with the extended scenes – 25 minutes longer than the original version). Hansika Motwani is the biggest show-spoiler of MANITHAN. She has been offered a meaty role which she has not utilized properly. It is one of her worst ever performances with over-acting, very bad lip sync and her style of routine and template reactions. She spoiled the feel and mood of many pivotal scenes, which made her character itself totally unbearable. So, how long are we going to cast Hansika or any such heroines for the role of a Pollachi town girl (who cannot even remember their lines)?

Overall, MANITHAN might not be as perfect as JOLLY LLB, but still a very decent remake! There are some boredom moments and few other minuses. But, this film will change your perspective on the roadside dwellers who do not have an address; once you leave out of the cinema hall and go home, you would have started noticing how many such people are out there. That is the success of this remake.

Rating: 3.25/5

Verdict: Not as perfect as the original, but still a pretty decent remake! A recommendable entertainer with adequate good moments.

Review by: Rahman

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