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@Brindhaavanam – Movie Review

Brindhaavanam’ directed by Radha Mohan is the story of Kannan – a youngster who is deaf and dumb. The film is a feel good drama, for which the director is very well known for. As like the other films of Radhamohan, there is a lot of importance for relationships and emotions in ‘Brindhaavanam’ too.

Radhamohan’s trademark style of humour and sentiments works at most scenes, except for the overdose here and there. The casting has been a very big plus point. Arulnidhi has tried to justify his presence in the role as much as he can; he fits in perfectly as the innocent and ever-smiling Kannan. Tanya who was seen very much underutilized in her debut film ‘Bale Vellaiyathevaa’ has got ample scope to perform in this film, which she has used very efficiently – the interval scene and some scenes in the second half does speak of her potential. Comedian Vivek who appears as himself in the film comes in a very pleasant and lively role in the film, which has been one of the biggest USP. Except for some silly one-liners like ‘Vaazhkai oru vaazhakkaai madhiri’ or ‘Ippodhan en manasu pal set kazhattina paati madihri, free ah irukku’, Vivek makes the audience laugh in a number of scenes. This will be remembered as one of his best roles in his career, and most of the scenes in the first half are like a dedication to him since Arulnithi comes as an ardent fan of Comedian Vivek in the film. M.S.Bhaskar is seen delivering a brilliant performance once again.

The first half of ‘Brindhaavanam’ is beautiful with a handful of heart-warming moments, whereas the second half has an intense flashback after which the film gets middling for a while. The pre-climax and the tediously protracted ending do test our patience to a large extent. The film does have some striking dialogues such as ‘Naama vaazhkkaiyila sandhikkura sila per, Naama vaazhkkaiyila izhandha sila perai gnaabagapaduthuvaanga’ and the conversation between M.S.Bhaskar and Tanya at the church in second half. Radhamohan’s signature style humours like ‘Enga veettula 5 per 5 phone vechirukkom… Apdiyum lonely ah dhan irukkom’ and ‘Pesurathukku phone kuduthaa, Vilaiyaada Candy Crush ketkuriyaa?’ are there in every scene.

Vishal Chandrasekhar’s background score and Vivekanand’s cinematography has been an uplifting feature in the movie. The second song ‘Yaar Nee Yaaradaa’ was good, whereas the other two songs were absolutely needless. The other minuses in ‘Brindhaavanam’ are the over-dramatic characterization and acting of characters like Thalaivaasal Vijay and Subbu Panchu (despite the fact that the scene between Subbu and his daughter was emotional), the film moving episodic at a point of time and the overdone melodrama and unfunny jokes in few scenes (especially towards climax).

Brindhaavanam’ might not be as great as Radhamohan’s ‘Mozhi’ or ‘Abhiyum Naanum’, but a pretty decent drama that is worth a watch!

– Rahman

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Balle Vellaiyathevaa – Movie Review

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Director / Actor Sasikumar had two releases earlier in 2016, out of which one was a bearable entertainer (Vetrivel) and another one was a pretty decent flick with sound technicalities and making (Kidaari); his third outing of this year ’Balle Vellaiyathevaa’ which has released today is a rural dramedy that has hardly laughable scenes.

’Balle Vellaiyathevaa’ has some worthy side-splitting here and there, thanks to few of its characters and the premise where the story takes place; but, unfortunately we have a number of dreary moments too. There are many scenes and characters that comes for no reason (we see the hero’s grandfather speaking about his love for television, we see one of the villains talking about his family, we see a lot other characters describing their flashbacks, one of the villain takes revenge of the hero by announcing his love to the village people through his cable TV – all these characters are either confusing or baffling most times and most of them are not well connected to the script and we wonder what value do they add to the film). To be frank, I did not get the point on what was the actual crux of this film, till the very end 😦 Was it just about marrying the heroine? Or about the hero’s interval challenge (which he forgets totally in the second half)? Or what else actually?!

The film does not gain momentum anywhere at all, with a very flat screenplay which has been the biggest minus. Rather than having a proper story, the film moves episodic mostly (where the team’s motive seems to make it a mere hit in C centre alone). Neither there is any interesting conflicts between the characters nor there is a consistency in the writing; over a point of time, we lose patience waiting for any scenes that could make us laugh.

Kovai Sarala tries to save the film to an extent in the second half and Sasikumar also has done his part very well; but all in vain due to the very average writing. After a noteworthy debut in Kidaari, musician Darbuka Siva impresses with his background score once again – the melody number in the second half was good too; if utilised well in good projects, Darbuka Siva can really make it big and become one of the bankable composers! (Speaking about songs, it is high time Sasikumar should stop or reduce his trademark ‘Wannabe-Rajini’ kind of intro songs with full of messages and philosophies).

On the whole, ’Balle Vellaiyathevaa’ is recommendable only if you are so desperate about watching a middling rural comedy movie that guarantees a very minimal time pass only! It is appreciable that Sasikumar is encouraging debut filmmakers and technicians continuously, but he could definitely do much better entertainers easily (at least, something like KIDAARI) 😦

– Rahman

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