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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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‘Singam III’ – Movie Review @Si3 @Singam3

After the blockbuster success of ‘Singam’ I & II which were the most profitable films of the year 2010 & 2013 – showering the distributors and theatre owners with highest profits of the year even higher than Super Star’s ‘Endhiran’ & Ulaga Nayagan’s ‘Vishwaroopam’ (I refer to the profits here, not the collection) which released in the same year, Actor Surya & Director Hari’s combo is back with ‘Singam III’ which has hit the screens after several postponements.

‘Singam III’ definitely lives up to the expectations of what an ordinary cinema goer would expect from the ‘Singam’ franchise. There are quite a number of demerits which might make you say it is the most average of all the 3 parts, but still the film does not fails to entertain you for the whole running time despite a few yawning moments.

Director Hari can be appreciated as much as possible for taking a lot of efforts to do research on the current technologies used by Police to trace the criminals, the process and loopholes in law to arrest a high profile VIP and many such things. Wish he had also shown the same level of interest in taking care of the lags in the script at some pivotal points. Hari has continued with his style of dialogues that advices on good and bad things (say the dialogue on woman harassment) which are appreciative; there are some irksomely rhyming lines too. Hari should be praised also for talking about a very important topic – ‘Medical wastes & Electronic wastes’ dumped in India by foreign countries (earlier, we had the 2015 release ‘Porambokku’ dealing with the topic of the dangers of the same).

‘Singam III’ stands as a perfect sequel of its franchise, in terms of connectivity to the previous two parts and some enjoyable references from Durai Singam’s previous cases (say the Sydney airport scene). The first half of ‘Singam III’ is very average, whereas the second half is completely engrossing. The major minus of ‘Singam III’ is that there are only a very few memorable mass scenes or striking confrontation between Durai Singam and his villains (alike Mayil Vaaganam or Bhai & Thangaraj in the previous parts). The hero’s technique of making the local dons believe that he is a corrupted officer, reminds us heavily of Hari’s ‘Saamy’; also, there is a question on how does an astute don like Reddy believe Durai Singam to be corrupted regardless of knowing about his dedication and track record. The character of Shruhihassan and her one-side love is a replica of Hansika’s role in the previous part. But, Hari gives us no time to think about any of this but only keeps us busy with his racy screenplay; that is where he wins every time.

Nevertheless to say, Suriya has been the biggest plus point of ‘Singam III’ and he has done his best as always. His arresting screen presence, dialogue delivery and his dedication in the stunt sequences are all a treat to watch. On the actors’ part, there is no one else other than Suriya who is really worth mentioning. Anushka comes in a very small role and Shruthihassan is seen in an irritating role that has a small scope of helping the script move ahead. Such a film does not need many songs at all, that too below average songs like this. The songs placement, the wearing comedy scenes by Soori, the ear-burning loud background score and every single exasperating scene featuring Shruthihassan are the failings of this masala entertainer. :/

Bearing all the flaws and minuses listed, ‘Singam III’ entertains on the whole! Suriya & Hari has a winner in hand once again, and this franchise is continuing to be a brand that will be celebrated by audience. Another blockbuster on cards! 🙂 (y)

Irrespective of all the flaws, I personally enjoyed a lot seeing Durai Singam back on screen; wish the team continue with this franchise 🙂

– Rahman

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@Iraivi & @Velainu_Vandhutta_Vellaikaaran – Movie Review

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#IRAIVI – Movie Review

Following the successes of Pizza & Jigarthanda, Director Karthik Subbaraj is back with his team in ‘Iraivi’. As the title and promos say, ‘Iraivi’ is the story of few ‘woMEN’.

First things first! ‘Iraivi’ is such a gutsy movie by Karthik Subbaraj that deals with so many relative topics such as gender discriminative relationships where the male is always in upper hand, how women are treated / looked at in our society, women liberation and gender-biased sex opinions in our social order.

The director sets the mood of the film right from the title card showing some of the central female characters and their expectations & idea about life. It has been evident from the beginning itself that Karthik Subbaraj did not want to do a commercial flick that just entertains; he has been very clear on that. Yes, the film has been targeted at a very narrow set of audience. Though the plot and theme is universal, the progressive thoughts all through the film might not work for everyone; Karthik Subbaraj knew that well but still he wanted to give a sensible film with thought-provoking questions. He has made ‘Iraivi’ as genuine / bold as possible! Hats off for that, Karthik!

It takes so much of guts to write such a dialogue on Kannagi (Simha’s doubt in classroom). Not every director will be courageous enough to write a character like Malarvizhi and show her relationship with Michael as it is. The dialogues have been so contributively placed in many pivotal scenes. The climax dialogue ‘Naama enna pombalaiyaa… Poruthuttu, sagichuttu porathukkku?’ sums it all; it puts the whole story in a line! The conversation between Mazharvizhi and Michael’s uncle and in the scene where Michael asks his wife about Jagan are worth-mentioning. There is even a dialogue about that questions god’s superiority – ‘Manushan kumbidaradhaala dhan saami’kke mariyaadhai’. ‘Iraivi’ is one film that showed the effects of a creator dying in the hands of liquor so intensively in the recent times (after Mayakkam Enna in 2011). There are director’s poetic touches in many scenes such as where both Arul and his wife gets up suddenly between their quarrel hearing their kid’s wake-up sound, Michael’s kid calling him as ‘uncle’ instead of ‘dad’, the ‘good daddy’ conversation between Arul and his child and so on. Director Karthik Subbaraj has mentioned in his interviews that Clint Eastwood is one his favourite filmmaker. ‘Mystic River’ is one of the greatest ever films in English which would leave a great impact on the viewer; it was directed by Clint Eastwood. The final moments of Iraivi do have shades of it and it can be taken as Karthik’s tribute to his favourite filmmaker.

The ensemble cast and the technical excellence is the biggest plus point of ‘Iraivi’. S.J.Suryah, Pooja Devariya, Vijay Sethupathi and Anjali are the show-stealers. At last, S.J.Suryah has got a role that lets him prove his acting skills, which he has used effectively. Pooja Devariya delivers her best in the meaty role offered. Vijay Sethupathi and Anjali have done an excellent job as like always. After some underwhelming performances in his recent films, Bobby Simha is back in form with a measured performance. Kamalinee Mukherjee is back in Tamil cinema after a long gap, making it a memorable role; thanks to her dubbing voice that suited her very well. Other supporting actors including Radharavi, Cheenu Mohan, Karunakaran and Vadivukkarasi have done their part very well. After ‘Irudhi Suttru’ this year, Sivakumar Vijayan has done a fantastic job in cinematography. Santhosh Narayanan’s songs and background score are a great pillar for ‘Iraivi’.

Overall, ‘Iraivi’ is an exceptional attempt that aims at providing a different cinematic experience rather than just entertainment. The film is low on entertainment quotient and it might not do well in B & C centres. The film is leisurely paced and takes its own sweet time to settle; it is definitely not a recommendable choice for people who expect masala stuffs or a racy screenplay. Karthik Subbaraj knew it very well and still he has made it so uncompromisingly, only because of the hopes on his target audience. Do watch it in theatre and enjoy 🙂 Whether it will be a successful film or not, ‘Iraivi’ will be a significant attempt in our industry. Ways to go, Karthik Subbaraj (y)

Rating: 4.25/5

Verdict: A master piece with intense, progressive thoughts. Must watch for all woMEN!

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Director Ezhil’s new comedy venture ‘Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran’ stars Vishnu Vishal & Nikki Galrani in the lead roles. The film has been produced by Actor Vishnu Vishal himself along with Director Ezhil and Fox Star Studios.

Comedy films in our industry can be categorized into three types – First, films that have a strong script and relies completely on that (say Thillu Mullu or Panchathanthiram or Naduvula Konjam Pakkathai Kaanom) Second, films that does not have a proper story but has adequate comedy scenes that are well-packed (say OK OK, Varuthapadaatha Vaalibar Sangam, Rajini Murugan, Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiyaa) Third, films that have nothing but comedy actors who keeps on talking absurdly and failing disastrously in entertaining us (say films like VSOP, YA YA, Oru Oorula Rendu Raja, All In All Azhaguraja). Yes, your guess in cent percent right! ‘Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran’ falls under the third category, which has got nothing to entertain or engross its audience.

Looks like Actor Vishnu Vishal wanted a change from doing unconventional quality films like Jeeva, Mundaasupatti, Indru Netru Naalai; this time he wanted to try a complete commercial outing that targets the B & C audience. There is nothing wrong in that. But, he could have chosen a script that was tolerable at-least. One cannot stop wondering how did he agreed to act & produce such a crap piece of work. Not just he alone, a giant production house like FOX STAR STUDIOS has funded this film; I do not think that the team would have even listened to the script. Does these corporate firms choose films based on scripts or do they sign projects just looking at the filmmakers’ previous hit ratios?

This film ‘Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran’ has 2 or 3 scenes that evokes laughter instantly, whereas the other 50+ scenes will make you yawn or do a face palm. It is one such film where the director expects the audience to laugh aloud for whatever the comedian blabbers or by using a comical background score. There are some handful one-liners in the film which looks funny, and the rest are so absurd and annoying. The maximum level of creativity that we can expect from the director in terms of humour is someone chanting a mantra as ‘Om Greem Ice Cream’ or a Husband reacting for the automated voice response which tells ‘Neenga azhaiththa nabar veru oruvarudan thodarbil irukkiraar’ about his wife. The protagonist often calls himself as ‘Naan Velainu Vandhutta Vellaikaaran’ (which means am like a foreigner when it comes to commitment / dedication in my work) so, what does he do in the film? Literally nothing, other than making a fool out of his friend by getting him married to Pushpa or sitting in his tailor shop & chit-chatting non-sense. The second half and the last 45 minutes are so pathetically written that the director did not even know what to do to make it as a film that runs for 2+ hours. We have a Tasmac song in the second half which comes out of nowhere suddenly, for no reason! Towards the climax, just for the sake of adding an item song and to cover-up the shallow content, the film has an episode of ‘a gang of ghosts doing meditation’ :/

A decade ago, Director Ezhil has made hit films that starred Vijay, Ajith and Prabhudeva. Later, after giving some flop films, he started doing comedy films like Manam Kothi Paravai, Desingu Raja and Vellaikaara Durai. The problem is not with him; the problem is with our audience who makes even films like Vellaikaara Durai to gross decent collections :/ This is what encourages filmmakers and producers to make more and more such senseless products.

Rating: 1.75/5

Verdict: A below average mindless entertainer that does not serve its purpose!

Reviews by: Rahman

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@Aranmanai2 – Movie Review

After his ‘Horror comedy’ hit Aranmanai in 2014, Sundar.C announced its sequel last year. The film gained good attention due to its ensemble cast including Siddarth, Trisha, Hansika Motwani, Sundar.C, Poonam Bajwa, Soori, Radha Ravi, Manobala, Kovai Sarala and many others. The shoot begun in June 2015 and was wrapped up in September 2015. Does the film provide a quality entertainment worth the ticket price? Read on, to know!

195.Aranmanai 2 - Movie Review

Director Sundar.C who is well-known as a formula filmmaker, has tried to repeat the success formula of Aranmanai once again. He has not been so successful in accomplishing the same; the film merely has a script, and is so formula dependent! Aranmanai 2 has only the same template of scenes, characters and plot but no content at all. That is what happens when a director focuses more on gimmicks alone!

Aranamani 2 starts well (at-least, in an engrossing manner); just 20 minutes in to the film, you feel that things are not right. Over a point of time, you will get the feeling of watching Aranmanai itself once again; everything is just the same till the climax, except the flashback alone (the same problem that we had with Kanchana 2). Aranmanai which released in 2014 itself, was a very average, mediocre entertainer; it had Santhanam’s comedy as a very big highlight. That film even had plagiarism complaints referring to Aayiram Jenmangal and Chandramukhi (a case is still on in the Chennai high court, which was filed by the production team of Aayiram Jenmangal).

The key reason for the success of the first part was the humour content and Sundar.C’s presentation of ‘Horror + Humour + Glamour’ formula. What did not work with this sequel / franchise is that many horror scenes turned humorous due to the poor CG work, the humour scenes were really horrible in some scenes and the glamour scenes had complete objectification of women (the camera’s eyes were at the female actresses’ parts only and the costumes were meant to be exposing only here). The make-up was also a big let-down (whether it is the actors or the artsists who play ghosts 😛 ); most characters had over-doing in make-up even in the indoor scenes and bed-time scenes.

If you ask me about the plus points of the film, there are just 2 plus points in the whole movie. First one is the background score by Hip Hop Thamizhaa which was really good. Second is the 3 heroines ( :/ well, the film has been made and promoted that way); the film is crowded so much in theaters for the 3 glamorous heroines only who make the film watchable for them at-least. Other than these, there are some laughter moments now and then.

The technical team’s work looked so outdated in every other department (or may be they were in a hurry), which made the film look even more underwhelming. The songs are all below average, yet the film has a good BG score. The editing in many scenes looked unfinished and there were notable number of jumps. Cinematography and color grading work was so poor; the day shots that were shown in night effects were so abruptly made and they were irritating literally. There were many other aesthetics of the film that looked so fake reminding you that you are watching a cinema every minute (how do you react when honey is being shown as poison in a pivotal scene, in this era of trendy making?!) The second song that comes when the hero’s father is in coma also looked so unconvincing.

Coming to performance, Siddarth literally had nothing to do in this film; it was just a mere addition in his career, sad to see a good performer so under-utilized. Trisha is also used just a glam-doll, except for the last 30 minutes. In the whole film, it was just Vaibhav and Hansika who had some scope to perform; Vaibhav has delivered what was expected exactly but Hansika spoils it with over-doing in some crucial scenes.

Despite so many minus points listed in this review, this is an out and out commercial venture that has been targeted at mainstream audience who look for a timepass irrespective of the content, Aranmanai 2 might work for that set of audience (partially at-least!)

Verdict: A mere entertainer that is neither interesting nor boring. Skip it or watch it, at your own interest!

Rating – 2.5/5

Review by: Rahman

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