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@Thondan – Movie Review

Director Samuthirakani is one of those directors who makes films with a lot of social responsibilities each and every time, with bold statements against every wrong-doings in the society.

Thondan’ also has a lot of such messages with a noble intention. The director has talked about so many things such as farmers’ plight, violence against women, stalking, corruption and caste politics. There is also a scene where the protagonist Maha Vishnu speaks about the rare breeds of cows that our previous generation had and how we had lost them and a few gutsy and open lines about the Jallikattu protest and its tragic end and the violence against fishermen who helped the students. These were great to hear and applaud, but actually none of these were relevant to the script by any means!

In simple, ‘Thondan’ is the same old ‘Good vs Evil’ template social action drama film where a common man confronts a corrupted politician. But, most of the scenes in the film are out of the script that speaks about the current issues. A director has all rights to use cinema as a tool to convey his messages about the current affairs. But cinema being a visual medium, all of them must be well-etched into the script (like ‘Kaththi’ or ‘Thani Oruvan’ without deviating from the core plot). That has not happened in ‘Thondan’ at all, which makes the audience lose their interest eventually.

There are a couple of hard-hitting scenes in the film, but all go futile with a pathetic script. The predictable narration, age-old clichés in action scenes, the preachy ‘puratchi’ lines and philosophies about life, the characters that are either too good or extremely bad, the exaggerated emotions and the unwanted songs – all adds to the boredom factor. The comedy scenes in the first half are laughable to a point and the pre-climax IT raid scene was really hilarious, whereas the ghost comedy in the first half was highly irritating. Such a script did not even demand a heroine or a romance episode at all.

– Rahman

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@APPAA – Movie Review

There are just a handful of filmmakers in our industry who makes films with socially responsible thoughts, reflecting the primary issues in our society. Samuthirakani is one among them. His recent directorial ‘Appaa’ is about 3 fathers – Dhayalan (Samuthirakani), Singamperumal (Thambi Ramaiah) and Nadunilaiyan (Namo Narayana) with dissimilar mentality & approach towards their kids and the way they are raised.

Appaa’ is much similar to ‘Saattai’, since both the films talk primarily about our ways of parenting and the current education system; but ‘Appaa’ is much better in many aspects including the way it is presented.

Appaa’ is not a flawless film definitely, but it does serve its purpose aptly keeping in mind its target audience. The film has a lot of hard-hitting scenes resembling a number of incidents that happen among us every day; referring the playschool admission scene and many other scenes where the kids are asked to do a project work on Taj Mahal, the scene where Dhayalan asks his queries honestly in the parents meeting. There are some memorable moment such as where Dhayalan makes his son befriend a girl. The dialogues are good at most scenes such as ‘Paiyanoda ethirkaalam school’kitta illa, paiyan’kitta irukku’, ‘Ellaarume 100 mark edukkanum na, yaaru dhan 80 mark 90 mark ellaam edukkuradhu?’, ‘Unga paiyan padippula mattum dhan sir first, Vaazhkkaiyila zero’, ‘Ponnunga namma ethirpaalinam, avlodhan… Namakku adichaa valikkura maadhiriye, avangalukkum valikkum’, ‘Sondhakaaranunga ellaam summaa… kooda irukkavan ellaam kashtappattutte irukkanum, ivanunga advice pannitte irukkanum’. Richard M Nathan has done a commendable work in cinematography.

On the flip side, ‘Appaa’ gets too preachy over a point of time and the emotions turns to be unrealistic; there are a lot of overdone emotions and many scenes of overacting from the lead actors to junior artists. When we see the actors advising someone or everyone with so many pages of dialogues in every other scene, we doubt if we are at a film or a parents counselling session. Also, there are ample scenes with exaggerations and stereotyping within the core concept (scenes such as the Headmaster asks Dhayalan harshly, if he is a Naxalite). The frequently seen dramatic moments kills the film’s authenticity and the reach of the message it conveys, to a larger extent. If filmed in a better manner, the scenes of Dhayalan’s son’s Guinness record and Nadunilaiyaan’s son’s book release would have been much impactful! Another biggest minus point of ‘Appaa’ is the songs and background score by ‘Maestro’ Ilaiyaraja, which is a major let-down.

Regardless of all the above said minuses, films like ‘Appaa’ are so indispensable for our society where we read the news of suicides in schools & colleges very often and we hear of 15 to 20 ‘Kalvi Thandhais’ in every city. The film is a MUST WATCH for all parents and kids, which has a solid message to take home!

Rating: 3/5

Bottom-line: A film that is less of story and content, but more of messages and counsels. But still, a much-needed movie of the hour. MUST WATCH FOR ALL PARENTS!

Review by: Rahman

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@AmmaKanakku – Movie Review

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Amma Kanakku’ by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, is remake of her own directorial 2016 Hindi film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ which opened to critical acclaim. ‘Amma Kanakku’ speaks about the importance of women education in our society and about the dreams of the underprivileged people / low class people. The film primarily focuses on the bonding between Abhinaya (Yuvasri), a 10th standard school girl and her single mother Shanthi (Amala Paul) who aims at seeing her in a respectful job such as Engineer, Doctor or a Collector.

Amma Kanakku’ does not begin so momentously – we are not convinced with Abhi’s desire of becoming a housemaid or the dumb acting of the School Headmaster. But, slowly the film gains momentum and settles in good pace. The wrapping of comedy and drama in right amount keeps the film engrossing to an extent. The novel plot of both the mother and daughter studying in the same class creates good interest in most places.

There are some highly dramatic and preachy moments in the second half which happens to be a let-down, where we feel like the director loses her hold over the audience in the mid second half. Scenes involving Revathi at her home are completely uninteresting, even though her performance was lively. Despite all these minuses, ‘Amma Kanakku’ does not fail to make an impression. The film does have some good heart-warming moments and a takeaway message, which makes it a simple and beautiful feel-good movie that is definitely one-time watchable. The dialogues look simply blunt in some scenes, but is astounding in few other scenes – say ‘Azhuradhukku yaarukkum kaasu kudukka thevai illaella’, ‘Vaazhkaiyila endha kanavum illaadhavanga dhan, Unmaiyaana yezhai’ and ‘Oru silar un kanavai paathu sirippaanga.. Avangalaip paarthu neeyum sirichidu’.

Amala Paul does the right justification in the role offered; it is one of her finest performances in Tamil cinema after ‘Mynaa’ in 2010. Samuthirakani’s acting as the headmaster looks so odd and artificial, not fitting anywhere into this character who speaks mostly like ‘Major’ Soundararajan. Child artist Yuvasri has done a fantastic job as Abhinaya.
Gavemic U Ary’s cinematography does help in setting the right mood in most scenes. Ilaiyaraja’s background score was okayish, whereas the songs are below average and totally impact-less.

Rating: 3/5

Review by: Rahman

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