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@Rangoon – Movie Review

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‘Rangoon’
directed by Rajkumar Periyasamy (former assistant of Director A.R.Murugadoss), is an action drama thriller that has Gautham Karthik in the lead role. The film primarily revolves around the illegal trading and black market gold business in North Madras.

Director Rajkumar Periyasamy has tried to present an interesting crime thriller and has managed to be successful in it. The director does impress in the efforts he has put to make the film as authentic as possible – say the research done to collect information related to the Gold smuggling & the Black market for Gold in India, the Hawala money laundering and the transfer service brokers. Right from the beginning where the protagonist narrates his past from Rangoon and describes about his childhood, surroundings and friends, everything looks genuine. The director has made sure that the protagonist’s locale, the characters and ambience are all believable and relatable for the audience.

Even though there are a number of characters, the director does not spend much time for their character introduction – but still, he assures that every other pivotal character does leave an impression. The pre-interval Rangoon scenes and the kidnap episode in the second half have been well-directed. Even the twists and turns are neatly placed and not thrown on the audience face just for the sake of it.

The film has a good share of emotions, humour and action – but nothing out of the script, that is where the director scores! The love track and the heroine alone do not help the script by any means, but still those scenes aren’t boring either. The dialogues are quite simple and straight such as ‘Porakkurathu easy, Saagurathu adhai vida easy.. Renduthukkum naduvula vaazhurathu dhan kashtam’.

Gautham Karthik has done his part very well, giving the audience no chances to complain at all. Next to his debut film ‘Kadal’, this is one film where he had ample scope to perform; ‘Rangoon’ might probably be the first ever hit film in his career. Malayalam actor Siddique is just amazing as Gunaseelan, delivering a very subtle performance. Lallu who was already seen in films like KTVI & 8 Thottakkal seems to be a very promising artist. Daniel Annie Pope and the television actor who appears in the role of Kesavan had roles that of very high importance which they had utilized perfecttly. The brilliant cinematography by Anish Tharun Kumar and the songs and the elevating background score by Vikram RH & Vishal Chandrasekhar do contribute a lot to the film.

‘Rangoon’ is not a flawless film; it has some minor flaws and pace issues here and there. But, the end product is a recommendable entertainer that stands out because of its presentation.      

– Rahman

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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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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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Kuttram 23 – Movie Review

‘Kuttram 23’ directed by Arivazhagan is an intriguing crime thriller, based on the Rajesh Kumar novel of the same name. The film’s crux deals with the topic of ‘Artificial Insemination’ and on how does the medical advancements are being used to exploit people in the name of ‘Fertility Hospitals’.

The film which begins as a simple investigative thriller circling around a murder in a church, then follows a chain of mysterious suicides ending up in a very big scam. In today’s world where diseases, treatment and medicines are seen just as a business, ‘Kuttram 23’ is a much needed movie. The film doesn’t speak about this topic alone, but also on the mental pressure put on married couples to give birth to a child as earliest as possible. The director should be highly appreciated for putting forth a question about going behind artificial fertility methods rather than adopting one out of the lakhs of homeless / parentless kids in our country.

Director Arivazhagan has been so intelligent on making a perfectly woven medical thriller, without a mass hero and unnecessary buildups; the narration stays focused till the end. The director has been very clear on what his script needs and what could really make it a better product. Even though the romance episode is nothing new or refreshing, we don’t feel bored or uneasy anywhere. On the flip side, the final moments alone looked so rushed once Vettrimaaran finds who is the accused.

Arun Vijay’s looks as a fit cop, his measured performance and arresting screen presence makes us wonder if this ‘handsome hunk’ had chosen scripts like ‘Thadaiyara Thaakka’ & ‘Kuttram 23’ consistently all through his career, he would have been a top actor undoubtedly. Nevertheless to say, he needs to work a lot more on his reactions and expressions in some simple scenes (say the scene where he knows that his sister in law is conceived). The lead female actor Mahima Nambiar, her acting and expressions are indeed a treat to watch; it is she who makes the romance scenes in this film enjoyable to extent (wish that she does many more memorable roles). Arivazhagan’s films are much known for extraordinary visuals and arousing background score – cinematographer Bhaskaran and music director Vishal Chandrasekhar’s work has contributed to it efficiently.

Director Arivazhagan has done perfect justice to the crime thriller novel of Rajesh Kumar. ‘Kuttram 23’ can be called as the second best of Arivazhagan, next to ‘Eeram’. A highly recommendable thriller! 

– Rahman

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@SAWAARI & @PUGAZH – Short Reviews

#Sawaari Review

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First things, first! Psycho thrillers being a rarity in our industry, a very big garland to debut director Guhan Senniappan for attempting this genre very honestly (we have few directors in the industry who make run-of-the-mill films in untouched genres, without doing right justice).

The film has no songs, no unnecessary romance portion or anything needless that deviates the film from its core plot. The film primary revolves around three characters – an innocent car driver who has to deliver a car from Chennai to Nellore, a psychopath killer and an assistant commissioner who tries to find and kill him. Being a thriller movie, the director tries to make an impressive show in the budget given (80% of the film happens inside a car itself). The scenes are simple and the director has played it low / subtle within the plot & its scope. The dark comedy has worked out very well (especially the lines uttered by the driver character), except few forced humour.

TM Karthik steals the show appearing in a crucial role, delivering what was needed exactly. The director must be appreciated for not choosing a popular actor for this role and avoiding making it stereotypic. Karthik Yogi as the driver provides the much needed comic relief; hope he will be seen in many more films shortly. Benito Franklin as the young cop looks convincing in few scenes, and less confident in some other scenes. The music, cinematography and editing has been a big asset for Sawaari. The aerial shots by Chezhian and the striking background score by Vishal Chandrasekhar elevates the thrill factor.

Overall, ‘Sawaari’ is a simple thriller that has its own ‘Edge-of-the-Seat’ moments, despite few flaws and bore moments. Worth a watch!

Rating – 3/5

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#Pugazh Review

After his first film ‘Udhayam NH4’, director Manimaran is back with his second film ‘Pugazh’ starring Jai. It is a film on local politics; if it was a Wall for ‘Madras’, it is a Playground for ‘Pugazh’.

The first half of the film is pretty engaging with a perfect package of comedy, romance and action; the election scenes and the political scenario of a small town has been depicted well in a very appealing manner. The second half is where the problem begins; the screenplay falls flat with some otiose moments here and there. In particular, the last 30 minutes is a big let-down where the film is just wandering; the film turns ‘larger than life’ suddenly with a massive / heroic that does not fit at all.

The biggest plus points of Pugazh are its likable first half, RJ Balaji’s comedy, the romance portion that is cute to an extent and the music. Jai has done complete justification in the role of Pugazh. He is one actor who has all potential to become a great entertainer. All his recent films have an interesting plot (Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham, Vadacurry, Thirumanam Enum Nikkah and Valiyavan); but they failed at the box office because they were not good as a complete script or they did not succeed in the translation of script to celluloid. Actor Jai needs to be little more careful in this aspect. Surbhi comes in a small role and does not have much scope to perform, but is looking too pretty all-through the film.

Every single dialogue that RJ Balaji speaks get a lot of applause and whistles at the theatre; he lits up the laughter cracker now and then. Karunaas has done a great job as Jai’s brother; he is emerging as superb character artist these days. Marimuthu, Ananth Ram, Rajani, Piraisoodan and every other actor has given their best.

Over all, Pugazh is a political drama that is neither great nor poor; it could have been a lot better. A decent entertainer on the whole!

Rating – 2.75/5

Review by: Rahman

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Thoughts on ‘JIL JUNG JUK’ @JilJungJuck

Thoughts on ‘JIL JUNG JUK’

** Mild Spoilers Ahead **

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I knew it’s too late to write review for a movie that is 3 weeks old, but I felt that I must write about this film in detail definitely. Better late than never! I watched this film on the day of its release itself, but did not write much since I missed the initial 20 to 25 minutes; later, when I watched it second time after a few days, I loved it so much 🙂

Tamil cinema has seen ‘n’ number of films on drug smuggling and lot of comedy films on the same in the recent years. But, what makes ‘JIL JUNG JUK’ so special is its presentation. Deeraj Vaidy has got a very unique style for himself and he has stamped it very impressively in his debut film. Be it the character sketches, screenplay or technical brilliance, he scores distinction!

Few people complained about the writing in the second half (the length too). I felt that the length was completely justified, there was no scenes ‘out of the plot’; coming to the writing, the director could have avoided being convenient in one or two scenes (say the entry of Juck’s father in the climax) and a few jokes on ‘Jai Shankar & Jessi hunger’ and Kottalakkal did not work for me (which looked forced, more of a gap-filler). Other than these minuses, the film had an unblemished writing mostly; infact, I felt that the film was a little advanced for our audience. There were some minute nuances in writing and detailing in characters, which many might fail to note (referring to few dialogues like ‘Un pondaatti pathini, padi thaanda maattaa’). The characterizations were fresh and original – the long-time rivals Deivaa and ‘Rolex’ Rowther, the wise ‘Jil’ who is an idea factory and a jack of almost all trades 😉 , the ever-nervous ‘Jung’ and the innocently humorous ‘Juck’. In the second half, Deeraj connects the dots perfectly between Jil Jung Juck, Deivaa and Rowther making it an interesting ‘Cat & Mouse’ game. The writing and dialogues sparkles in many scenes such as the scene where Deivaa reveals a truth about Rowther’s ROLEX, the scene where Jil explains about the plans . , and ! There are few interesting ideas such as the ‘Butterfly Effect’ that help the story progress, but they look scanty; more such ideas would have made this film even more exciting.

The humour was quirky often, and witty in some places 🙂 Some of the dialogues / jokes made sense only after few minutes we pass it, and that is the main reason some people were not able to enjoy / relate to the film. So what? Deeraj seemed to very clear about his target audience for whom he made this film, he did not want to spoon-feed his audience or simplify his film. The whole theater ROFLs in scenes of Uganda drug deal, the scene where Jung speaks about his knowledge on ‘World films’ and the thievery at a petty shop which ends with Juck asking for bill 😀 The film has an important character called ‘Pai’, for whom the popular ‘Mahadevaki’ voice has been used; it was hilarious but a set of audience had complaints about using that voice. I see it the other way, for a film which has been made uncompromisingly with no heroine or any crowd-pulling masala factor, it is one thing that could help attract the mass (good thing is that PAI did not speak anything out of his character or the film, to bring in humour forcibly)!

Casting was at its best on the whole, it was just perfect. Siddharth fits easily into the role of JIL who believes that ‘One should be ready to do 9 small tasks, to do 1 big task’. Avinash Raghudevan and Sananth were the best choices for this roles, that demands the actor to be neither too subtle nor too dramatic; both of them have done great justification. Radha Ravi proves right his expertise once again in the role of Rowther, and is good to see him back doing deserving roles as seen in films like Irudhi Suttru and Pisaasu. The director has used under-utilized actors like Amarendran very well, who is a less-noticed yet great performer.

On technical stand, Jil Jung Juck is outstanding! Be it the spectacular cinematography by Shreyaas Krishna or the path-breaking music by Vishal Chandrashekhar, lot of time has been invested to bring in novelty and perfection on-screen, which is evidently seen. Vishal Chandrashekhar who has already composed music for a few films in Tamil and Telugu, sets a benchmarking style with the songs and background score of this film. The detailing in ‘Red Roadu’ song and the background score in the scene where the Petrol silo explodes are an example to refer how striking his work was. The whole technical team including the works in costume desiging, editing, VFX and locations have put-in a lot of effort to create a different world which has worked big time; all credits to the ‘Captain of the Ship’ Deeraj, who is a terrific find! Provided  a solid script in his upcoming films, he will reach great heights, for sure! Siddharth must be appreciated, for giving opportunities to young talents continuously 🙂 (he is doing another film for the same team once again (y) ) Salutes to him!

On the whole, ‘Jil Jung Juck’ might not be a flawless film, but an enjoyable entertainer that is fresh and unique in various aspects. This film opened to positive and mixed reviews equally in its opening weekend, and few of my friends also shared that they liked it a lot in the second watch (alike me). Am not sure how profitable or successful it was in the box office, but I am definite about one thing that it will be celebrated a cult comedy classic in a few years (in a decade, may be!) 🙂

Veridct: A unique entertainer which might be celebrated as a comedy cult classic in few years! A terrific debut film.

Rating: 3.5/5

Review by: Rahman

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