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Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan / @AAA – Movie Review

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After the success of his debut film ‘Trisha Illana Nayanthara’, Director Adhik Ravichandran has joined hands with Actor Silambarasan for the romantic action thriller ‘Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan’ aka ‘AAA’. Adhik has tried to give a masala entertainer in his own style that could be a treat to STR’s fans. Has he managed to successful in that? Read on, to know!

AAA’ is the story of the 3 different roles played by STR in this movie – Madurai Michael a Madurai based gangster, Ashwin Thatha an old man and a third character which has been kept as a surprise for the audience. How are they related to each other? What is the problem between them? These questions form the crux. The film primarily focuses on Madurai Michael & Ashwin Thatha in the first half and second half respectively. The two halves of the film pre & post interval look like two different films. The worst part is that both the halves are unexciting. The first half is bearable to an extent with one or two arousing moments, whereas the second half is completely mind-numbing.

The only plus point or saving grace in the whole film is the background score of Yuvan Shankar Raja and the screen presence of STR in Madurai Michael episode. Everything else in the film is either uninteresting or exasperating. Yuvan Shankar Raja who has composed a thumping score in flashback scenes does disappoint in the scenes of Ashwin Thatha; the songs are below average that we could not really believe if it was Yuvan who had composed them. STR’s energy and screen presence as Michael is good whereas his acting as Ashwin Thatha and the other role is horrible – STR who comes as a 55 year old man displays the body language and voice tone of a 30 year old (the make-up was horrible to say the least). His Madurai accent for Michael was so alien, where he speaks mostly in Chennai accent only (just like he did for the Nellai slang in Osthe).

The first half wanders pointlessly for most of the time with annoying scenes like the ‘Current’ comedy, Jacket comedy at the Panchayat and the ‘Kaadhal Kottaavi’ comedy which is of no use to the script. The second half is filled with even more awful scenes such as the ‘Kaadhal – Kaamam’ mobile call test, discussion about kissing and hugging in public, etc., Also, there are ‘n’ number of scenes and dialogues in the second half that stereotypes and labels women. There are too many scenes of heroic build-up in the film such as the liquor shop scene where Michael saves his friend, the scene where the judge is killed, the market scene, the old-age home fight scene but none of them was actually good except the introduction scene of Michael.

The comedy scenes involving Y.G.Mahendran, VTV Ganesh, Mottai Rajendran and Kovai Sarala are pathetic, except for one or two laughable moments such as the Thalli Pogathey song. Both the heroines Shriya Saran & Tamannah who does not even care about their lip sync, contribute well on their part to the film’s boredom factor. Shriya Saran who looks so old already doesn’t fit in the half-saree get up; she is a total miscast for this village girl role with a very odd dubbing voice. There is nothing much to comment on Tamannah who is seen in the regular Tamil cinema ‘Arai Loosu Heroine’ character. Adding to all of these, we have a most annoying secret agent character. The dialogues are either so silly such as ‘Maduraiyila ethanaiyo kalyaanam nadandhirukku, innaikku maduraikkey kalyaanam’ ‘Naan mosamaanavan dhan, kevalamanavan illa..’ or dialogues that over-praise the hero for no reason such as ‘Avan panimalai illai erimalai’, ‘Avan vandhaa adhirum, edhirikku odharum’, ‘Avan vaaipu thedi poravan illa, vaaippai uruvaakkuravan’, ‘Avan innoru kootathula poi serravan illa, thanakkunu oru koottathai serkkurava’ and ‘Rajiniyum Kamalum kalandha Silambarasan madhiri nee’, etc.,

Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan’ easily gets into the list of the worst films of 2017 and is one of the most awful films that Simbhu has ever acted!

– Rahman

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சத்ரியன் – திரைப்பட விமர்சனம்

Sathiriyan - Movie Review (1)
என்கிற சூப்பர் ஹிட் படத்தோடு தன் கேரியரைத் தொடங்கிய இயக்குனர் S.R.பிராபகரன், உதயநிதி ஸ்டாலினுக்காக ‘OK OK’ ஸ்டைலில் எடுத்த ‘இது கதிர்வேலன் காதல்’ திரைப்படம் சுமாராக ஓடியது. நடிகர் விக்ரம் பிரபுவுக்கு தன் முதல் படமான ‘கும்கி’ படத்திற்கு பிறகு, சொல்லிக்கொள்ளும்படி பெரிய ஹிட் எதுவுமே இல்லை. ‘இது என்ன மாயம்’, ‘வாகா’, வீர சிவாஜி’ என சமீபத்திய ரிலீஸ்கள் எல்லாமே படுதோல்வி அடைந்தது. விக்ரம் பிரபு, இயக்குனர் பிராபகரன் என இருவருக்குமே கண்டிப்பாக தங்கள் கேரியரில் ஒரு பெரிய ஹிட் தேவைப்படும் இந்நிலையில், ‘சத்ரியன்’ அவர்களுக்கு கை கொடுக்குமா?

*** Mild Spoilers Ahead ***

திருச்சி மாநகரமே பார்த்து அஞ்சிடும் ரவுடியான குணா (விக்ரம் பிரபு) தன் காதலி நிரஞ்சனாவுக்காக (மஞ்சிமா மோகன்) தன் தொழிலையும் வன்முறையையும் கைவிட்டு திருந்த முயற்சிக்கும்பொழுது, எதிரிகள் மூலம் அவருக்கு பல பிரச்சினைகள் வருகிறது. அவற்றை சமாளிக்க மீண்டும் வன்முறையை கையில் எடுக்கும் விக்ரம் பிரபு அதிலிருந்து மீண்டு வருகிறாரா இல்லையா என்பது தான் ‘சத்ரியன்’ படத்தின் கதை.

காதலுக்காக திருந்தும் ரவுடி என்கிற ஹைதர் காலத்து கதையை, நாம் தமிழ் சினிமாவில் குறைந்தபட்சம் 200 படங்களிலாவது பார்த்திருப்போம் இல்லையா? அதையே இன்னொரு முறை தன் பங்குக்கு எடுத்திருக்கிறார் இயக்குனர் S.R.பிராபகரன். அதை கொஞ்சம் சுவாரஸ்யமாக சொல்லியிருந்தாலாவது, தேவலாம். ஆனால், அதுவும் இல்லை. படம் ஆரம்பித்து 5 நிமிடங்களில், வில்லன்களுக்கு கொடுக்கப்படும் அறிமுக பில்டப்பிலேயே நமக்கு போரடித்துவிடுகிறது.

அதைத் தாண்டி… படம் நெடுக பார்த்து பார்த்து சலித்துப் போன பழைய காட்சிகளும், எளிதில் கணிக்கக்கூடிய டிவிஸ்ட்களும், கிளிஷேக்களும், தூக்கத்தை வரவழைக்கும் வசனங்களும், எந்தவித ஈர்ப்பையும் ஏற்படுத்தாத பாடல்களும் சண்டைக்காட்சிகளும் காமெடியுமே படம் முழுக்க நிறைந்து கிடக்கிறது. பேசிக்கொண்டே இருக்கும் வில்லன்கள், பில்டப் மட்டுமே கொடுக்கும் ஹீரோ, 1990 சினிமாக்களில் வருவதைப் போல ‘நல்ல போலீஸ்’ என்கிற பெயரில் வரும் ‘மொக்கை போலீஸ்’, ஹீரோ இருக்கும் இடம் தெரியும் என்று சொல்லியும் ஹீரோ பிரண்டை ஒன்றும் செய்யாமல் விடும் லூசு வில்லன் என படத்தின் குறைகளை சொல்லிக்கொண்டே போகலாம். மொத்த படத்திலும், ஞாபகம் வைத்துக்கொள்ளும்படி ஒரேயொரு காட்சி கூட இல்லை. அரங்கத்திலிருந்த மொத்த ரசிகர்களுமே ‘எப்போடா இண்டர்வெல் வரும், எப்போதான் படம் முடியும்?’ என காத்திருப்பதையும் கிண்டலடிப்பதையும் பார்க்க முடிந்தது.

படத்தின் பிரதான கதையான கோஷ்டி மோதல், யார் திருச்சியை ஆள்வது என்கிற போட்டியிலேயே ஒரு சுவாரஸ்யமும் இல்லாதபொழுது டாக்டராக வரும் கவின், அவர் காதலியாக வரும் ஐஸ்வர்யா தத்தா என பல கிளைக்கதைகள் எதற்கு? நேரத்தைக் கடத்தவா? குணா மீது நிரஞ்சனாவுக்கு காதல் வரும் காட்சி, வன்முறை வேண்டாம் என நிரஞ்சனா சொல்லும் காட்சி, தன் காதல் பற்றி ரவியிடம் குணா சொல்லும் காட்சி, நிரஞ்சனா வீட்டிற்கே சென்று அவள் அம்மாவிடம் குணா பேசும் காட்சி என படத்தின் முக்கிய காட்சி எதிலுமே கொஞ்சம் கூட வலுவில்லை. காட்சியை மேலும் ரசனைக்குறியதாக ஆக்க வேண்டிய வசனங்கள் எல்லாம், பொறுமையை சோதிக்கும்படியே இருந்தன. அதிலும் கிளைமாக்ஸில் வில்லனையும், எதிர்கோஷ்டியில் இருக்கும் தன் நண்பனையும் ஹீரோ பேசியே திருத்தும் வசனங்களெல்லாம் ‘ஐய்யோ சாமி முடியல’ ரகம்! மொத்த படத்தில் ஒரேயொரு ஆறுதல் என்றால், அது நாயகி மஞ்சிமா மோகன் தான். ‘அச்சம் என்பது மடமையடா’ படத்தை விட இதில் சற்றே எடை குறைவாகவும், திருச்சி பெண்ணாக சுடிதாரில் ரொம்பவே அழகாகவும் தோன்றியிருக்கிறார்.

இது தான் அடுத்த நடக்கப்போகிறது என கணிக்கக்கூடிய இது போன்ற மசாலா திரைப்படங்களில் ஒரு இயக்குனர் ஸ்கோர் செய்யக்கூடிய ஏரியாக்களே திரைக்கதை, வசனம் மற்றும் மேக்கிங் தான். அவை எல்லாவற்றிலும் ‘தேமே’ என கோட்டைவிட்டு விட்டார் இயக்குனர். இப்படியொரு கதையை கொண்ட படத்தின் திரைக்கதையை, இயக்குனர் ஏன் நத்தை வேகத்தில் அமைத்திருக்கிறார் என தெரியவில்லை.

எல்லா படங்களிலும் இதே போல ஒரே மாதிரியான விறைப்பான ரியாக்ஷன்களை மட்டும் கொடுத்துக்கொண்டு இன்னும் எத்தனை நாள் காலம் தள்ளப்போகிறாரோ நடிகர் விக்ரம் பிரபு? தாத்தா அளவுக்கு இல்லாவிட்டாலும், அப்பா அளவிற்காவது நடிக்க வேண்டாமா? ஒரு சில காட்சிகளே வந்தாலும் கூட, கவின் நிறைவாக நடித்திருக்கிறார். படத்தில் ஹீரோவின் காட்பாதர் போல ரவி என்கிற ஒரு கதாபாத்திரம் வருகிறது – அந்த கதாபாத்திரத்தில் விஜய் முருகனை ஏன் நடிக்க வைத்தார்கள் என தெரியவில்லை. கொஞ்சமும் செட் ஆகாத அவர், மிகப்பெரிய மைனஸ் ஆக இருக்கிறார். தாரா போன்ற திறமையான ஒரு நடிகை ரொம்பவே சின்ன ரோலில் வீணடிக்கப்பட்டிருக்கிறார். யோகி பாபு கூட ஏன் வருகிறோம், போகிறோம் என்றே தெரியாதபடி இரண்டே காட்சிகளில் வந்து போகிறார். டெக்னிக்கல் அம்சங்களில் சிவகுமார் விஜயனின் ஒளிப்பதிவு ஈர்க்கிறது. யுவன் ஷங்கர் ராஜாவின் இசையில் ஒரு பாடல் கூட கேட்கும்படி இல்லை; பின்னணி இசை ஆங்காங்கே கவனம் ஈர்த்தாலும், பெரிதாக கவரும்படி எதுவுமே இல்லை. யுவனுக்கு என்னதான் ஆச்சு? அது சரி, இப்படியொரு படத்தில் யுவனை மட்டும் குத்தம் சொல்லி என்ன ஆகப்போகிறது?

‘சத்ரியன்’ என்கிற இந்த படத்துக்கு முதலில் வைத்த பெயர் ‘முடிசூடா மன்னன்’… அப்படியே விட்டிருக்கலாம், ‘சத்ரியன்’ என்கிற டைட்டிலாவது தப்பியிருக்கும்! :/


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Chennai 600028 II Innings – Movie Review


Watched this sequel last week but I could not afford time to write a review; meanwhile, I happened to watch this film again today and it was still enjoyable and did not bore me anywhere in the second watch too. ‘Chennai 600028 – II Innings’ can be easily called as the best sequel in Tamil cinema in terms of perfection in the character’s continuity and for being seamless in sync with its first part. The film might not be a ‘master-piece’ like the first part, but still the film proves that Director Venkat Prabhu is back in a very good form. He has returned to his forte, what he is best at! Welcome back, VP!!

The film runs for more than 150 minutes, but the director does not let us think about that at all with an engrossing presentation. The audience cheer and whistle for every other character’s introduction and for their signature style acts. Venkat Prabhu must be appreciated for bringing back all the characters of ‘Sharks Team’ with full of life; we are able to relate to each and every one of them, that has been the biggest plus point of this sequel. The way they are introduced (telling about what they have been doing in the last 10 years) and connecting even small dots – say Pazhani marrying Yezhumalai’s sister, the way how the Sports minister character is used, etc., and bringing in new characters like Oor Kavalan, Maruthu without disturbing the essence of the franchise are cleverly done.    

Even though Raghu’s character has been projected like the protagonist in this sequel, it is Karthi’s character which has been show-stealer once again. RJ Shiva has done a fabulous job by keeping the audience in a laughter wave all through the film. Venkat Prabhu’s trademark style of humorous one-liners uttered by him have worked big time – the theatre bursts out in laughter when he says ‘Network illaama photo eduthirukkiyaa nee?’, ‘Bangalore poradhukku munnaadi, yaarum boost saapida maattaanga’, ‘Sachin’ukku mudi vettura orey kaaranathukkaaga, ungalai summaa vidren’ and when he asks his friends ‘Namma team’ukku SHARKS nu yen per vandhuchu theriyumaa?’ and his bowling technique in the semi-finals match to take down a wicket. On performance part, everyone have done their best. Jai and Vaibhav are two actors who have proven their acting capabilities several times, but they could not position themselves in the industry due to poor script selection (in other films); wish they stabilize themselves very soon.

I felt only 2 things as minus in the whole film. First thing was the climax; I felt that the end was so sudden and abrupt, it could have been even more fun-filled in Venkat Prabhu’s style. Second thing was the below average songs by Yuvan Shankar Raja L Except the instantly likable ‘Boys are back’ & ‘Soppana Sundari’ track, all other songs were not even average. Comparing the remarkable songs like ‘Yaaro’ (Love & Friendship version), ‘Natpukkulle’, ‘Saroja Saman Nikkalo’, ‘Vaazhkkaiya Yosingada’ from the first part, this sequel is a very average album definitely. However, the good thing is that the background score is stunning. The enhanced rehashes of BGMs from the prequel, the thumping score for Marudhu’s entry, the remix version of Appu BGM in Semi-finals match for Gopi – undoubtedly, the background score was a top-notch work in all aspects!

On the whole, ‘Chennai 600028 – II Innings’ might not be as magical as the first part, but it is comprehensively amusing. Definitely worth your time and money!

– Rahman

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10 years of @PUDHUPETTAI the Masterpiece


It was in the year 2004 – Director Selvaraghavan delivered his hattrick hit directorial ‘7G Rainbow Colony’, after the highly successful ‘Thulluvatho Ilamai’ and ‘Kaadhal Konden’. ‘7G Rainbow Colony’ was celebrated much more critically and commercially, since it had won millions of youngsters’ hearts reflecting their teenage love / first love; it was a romantic drama film that was close to the heart of most youngsters in that period! Following the humongous success and Blockbuster verdict of ‘7G Rainbow Colony’ in both Tamil and Telugu versions, Selvaraghavan was supposed to narrate one of his scripts to Actor Ajith but that did not happen. Later, he announced his next film titled ‘Oru Naal Oru Kanavu’ with Dhanush and Sonia Agarwal, which was also shelved in the initial days of shoot itself.


In a couple of months, Selvaraghavan’s next film was finalized; it was ‘Pudhupettai’ – a gangster film with Dhanush playing the lead role. Until then, the genre ‘romance’ was considered as Selvaraghavan’s forte and he had not done any films out of that genre. That way ‘Pudhupettai’ became a special film since its announcement; the caption ‘Survival of the Fittest’ was intriguing indeed!

Tamil cinema had seen many gangsters film earlier – the classic ‘Nayagan’, the evergreen ‘Thalapathi’ and the massive ‘Baashaa’. Pudhupettai’ was very much unique as a gangster film with its raw treatment and inimitable characters. ‘Pudhupettai’ was so fresh and its characters and the play were new to the audience. It was the first time we saw a hero’s introduction scene where he pisses in his pants in the fear that his father is going to kill him. We never got to see such a lead fame character, who is a call girl by profession. Be it Mani or the local goon head & politician Anbu, every character was very-well established and the detailing on their relationship with ‘Kokki’ Kumar was perfectly etched. We have another important character in the film – politician Thamizhselvan (this role was essayed in such an astounding way by Azhagam Perumal, which was his first film as an actor). We have seen many interesting politician characters in the antagonist roles in Tamil cinema such as Ammaavaasai (Amaidhi Padai), Aranganathan (Mudhalvan) and Selvanayagam (Aayutha Ezhuthu); Thamizhselvan from ‘Pudhupettai’ is one memorable character among them.


Of course, ‘Pudhupettai’ is the story of a young innocent boy’s transformation into a cunning and ruthless gangster. As the caption ‘Survival of the Fittest’ says, it is the story of a Wolf hunting a goat and the Lion hunting the Wolf.


It is the brilliant characterizations of ‘Kokki’ Kumar, Anbu, Moorthy and Thamizhselvan by Selvaraghavan and extra-ordinary dialogues by Balakumaran which pulls us into this mysterious dark world of gangsters. The characters grows into us eventually. We do not see Dhanush not even in a single scene, it was ‘Kokki’ Kumar who sparkles all through the film; such a great casting and direction by the team! Dhanush was blessed to get such a role in the initial stages of his career itself, which had great scope for performance. He had nailed it meticulously and it was a wow-some stellar performance by him; sad that he was not recognized with even a single notable award for this film. In every other aspect, ‘Kokki’ Kumar is an opportunist. He was supposed to study well and get into some good job as per his mother’s wish. After his mother is murdered, he has no other option than begging to earn his bread. When he gets a chance to get into a gang that sells drugs, he does not hesitate. At one point – in a ‘Life or Death’ moment, he is pushed to show the man inside him which turns his life upside down. He becomes a notorious gangster after completing a number of murders and assault assignments. He is such an opportunist that he never sees what is ethical or unethical – he kills his own mentor / guru if it has to be done and he does not feel guilty about marrying his friend’s sister without her consent. He does not hesitates to threaten her about killing her brother if she does not sleep with him. Over a point of time, he does not stop for anything and does not let anyone cross or surpass him – he cuts off all his anticipated enmities. His downfall begins when he dares to stand against Thamizhselvan.


The characterizations of Krishnaveni & Selvi and their complicated relationship with ‘Kokki’ Kumar are brand Selvaraghavan’s. Such gutsy characterization and scenes make this film even more special and unique. Kumar knows Krishnaveni as a call girl, from the days he use to beg; after he becomes a renowned gangster and knows her personally, he likes her. Does he love her? Definitely not, because he does not know what love means. At one point, he is in a situation to take the risk of going against his master to rescue her from the hell of brothel. Whereas, in the case of Selvi, he does not even know her name even after marrying her. He is extremely attracted towards her in first sight; he does not want to miss her at any cost. His mind state and emotions are very well explained in the song ‘Pul Pesum Poo Pesum’. He is very happy and proud about marrying such a beautiful & educated girl. After knowing that Krishnaveni is pregnant, Kumar realizes his mistake and marries her to avoid the society calling her a w@#$% or the child called as a b@#$%@. He realizes his love for Krishnaveni and spends more time with her since she is carrying his child. (Nevertheless to mention, it is Sneha’s career-best performance till date!) Isolated Selvi who is already unhappy and angry with ‘Kokki’ Kumar, gets more saddened with the news of Kumar’s second marriage. She does not easily forget her marriage being ruined, Kumar’s threatening in their first night, his second marriage, his cunning act in the court scene to save himself or whatever else he did to her. She waits for her time and avenges him when his child’s life is in danger.

The whole film is a flashback narrated by ‘Kokki’ Kumar himself from a prison cell. While the audience expect a sad ending as like Selvaraghavan’s previous 3 films, surprisingly we get to see an ending with a sarcastic take of today’s politics!


Dialogues by seasoned writer Balakumaran were precisely sharp; few to mention are ‘Namma uyir mela bayam irundhaa dhan, mathavan uyirai edukka mudiyum’, ‘Indha modhal kolai oruthan panraan paarunga, adhaan matter. Apdiye rendu kombu molaikkum. Adhukkapuram, apdiye varisaiyaa kolai pannitte pogalaam onnum theriyaathu. Naama nenaikuradhu dhan niyaayam, Naama dhan kadavul’ and the pre-climax dialogue to the child put in dustbin ‘Uyiroda irukkanum kannu, adhaan mukkiyam’.

The film had a fabulous camera work done by Selva’s favourite cinematographer Arvind Krishna; Pudhupettai had some altered colour tones for different scenes and moods and also some intensive colour corrections. Yuvan Shankar Raja gave a fantastic album with 10 outstanding tracks for Pudhupettai; it is his best ever album in terms of variety and experimentation. Coming to the background score, it was one of the biggest plus points of the film which elevated the mood and feel of every other scene to a different level; BGM of Pudhupettai tops the list of his finest compositions alongside Aaranya Kandam and 7G Rainbow Colony.


In all terms, Pudhupettai is one of those most ever underrated films in Tamil cinema and Indian cinema industry. At the time of release, the film was not much appreciated by the mainstream audience. The film was well-received by the urban audience, whereas the layman felt he was not entertained enough. Despite boasting of incomparably great performances, music, cinematography and direction, the film did not win any major awards at all; the film was best of 2006 than any other films that released that year, in any aspect! It was a pure bad luck for Selvaraghavan & team. Undoubtedly, it is one of those great films ever made in our industry and it would definitely be there in the list of ‘100 Tamil movies to watch before you die’ if one was made! Today, the film has a cult following alike other great films that were unrecognized or underrated at the time of release such as Hey Ram, Anbe Sivam, Aaranya Kandam and many others. Pudhupettai is a film that should be remembered for years; we wish Selvaragahavan to get back in form to give us many more masterpieces like this!

If you have not watched this classic yet, do yourself a favour by watching it as soon as possible. 🙂

Write-up by: Rahman

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@MASSU – Movie Review

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In December 2013, Venkat Prabhu announced that his next film after Biriyani (2013) would feature Suriya as the male lead which would be produced by 2D Entertainment and Studio Green. The film was officially launched with a pooja on 14 April 2014. Principal photography was reported to start from July 2014. Venkat Prabhu announced in July 2014 via Twitter and Facebook that the film has been titled as MASSS. In May 2015, the film was renamed with a Tamil title MASSU ENGIRA MASILAMANI, to be exempted from the State Government’s 30% entertainment tax. Nayantara was signed to play one of the female leads along with Amy Jackson, while the director’s brother Premgi Amaren, Actor-director R.Parthiepan and Samuthirakani were confirmed to be a part of the project. In November 2014, Amy Jackson opted out of the project and was replaced by Pranitha Subhash. The film’s teaser trailer which touted the film to be a horror thriller, created much hype among the audience. The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film will be released in around 1900 screens worldwide, including 425 in Tamil Nadu, the largest release for a Suriya film. After ANJAAN – a box office diasater which was criticized heavily by the audience and critics, Suriya is in a pressure to prove him to the neutral audience. Has Venkat Prabhu delivered a good entertainer after the average BIRIYANI? Read on, to know!

Masilamani alias Mass (Surya) and Jet Li (Premji) are friends who do small-time forgeries. While trying to escape from a gangster whom Massu cheated earlier, Massu and Jet Li mets with an accident. The accident changes both their life in many ways with incredible happenings. What happens then forms the crux of the story.

After a small slip in his last flick BIRIYANI, Venkat Prabhu has come up with a decent entertainer. The film has everything that is routine in Venkat Prabhu’s films (including Hollywood references – say the scene where a lady is hit by a car and killed); for a change, no Partying or girls alone in this film of Venkat Prabhu. He has tried the genre HORROR for the first time, infact HORROR, FANTASY, REVENGE, DRAMA – all for the first time in one film! There are dull moments, however VP has been successful in delivering the final product that will be liked by the audience targeted.

The film started off so usually and the first 45 minutes was uninteresting, the film takes off after the entry of an important character. The interval block was impressive and the second half was the saviour of MASSU with enjoyable action & comedy and good emotions. Few dragging scenes in second half and the CG in some scenes were the minus. Scenes like where the Chief Doctor and his family are frightened by ghosts could have been much better, where the laughter quotient is very less. There are few usual, templated scenes in the second half, but those are presented in a likable format by Venkat Prabhu. There are logical lapses here and there; to enjoy this entertainer, you got to be ignorant to them.

Surya has proved once again that he can elevate a film to a different height with his screen presence, and that he can carry the whole film on his shoulder provided a good support from the director. Surya scores high in every other area, with nothing left to complain. Nayanthara and Pranitha has nothing much to perform or emote, but has got a good role as for a masala entertainer. After a very long time, Premgi Amaren is seen in a role that is relatable and delievring a performance that is likeable; his comedy portions are also enjoyable. Samuthira Kani, Jayaprakash, Karunas, Sriman and other supporting actors have done their part decently. The cameos by Jai and Vijay Vasanth are interesting, whereas Parthiban does an impressive job as like always. Technically, R.D.Rajasekhar’s cinematography and Yuvan’s background score has been the biggest plus point of the film. However, the songs are just average (the neat picturisation is what saves it!) Praveen.K.L’s cuts are sleek ensuring the flow is perfect all-through.

On the whole, MASSU is a VENKAT PRABHU brand Horror comedy film that has everything to satisfy a masala film lover. Venkat Prabhu hits a sixer with a usual story and interesting screenplay that has a perfect mix of sentiment, comedy, action and thrills. Despite several minuses, the film is thoroughly engaging and MASSU can be listed as one of the enjoyable entertainers of 2015.

VERDICT: Definitely, worth a watch. Summer recommendation for family and kids!

RATING – 3.5/5

Review by: Rahman

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@VaiRajaVai – Movie Review

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After her directorial debut ‘3’ which did not do well in the box office, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush announced her next project VAI RAJA VAI in the year 2013. Initially, director Aishwarya’s choice for the lead actor was Atharvaa, but due to schedule conflicts he was unable to work on the project, therefore, Gautham Karthik was signed to play the male lead. Priya Anand was confirmed as the female lead opposite Gautham and Velraj was confirmed as cinematographer for the film. Director Vasanth was cast as Gautham’s father to make his acting debut, while choreographer Gayathri Raguram was signed to play Gautham’s sister, making her return as an actress after a ten-year hiatus. Taapsee Pannu and Daniel Balaji were chosen to play a pivotal role in the film. In November 2014, Dhanush also shot a for a cameo role, reprising his role ‘Kokki Kumar’ he played in the film PUDHUPETTAI. S.J.Suryah has also done a cameo role in the film. The film’s audio was released in December 2014; the satellite rights have been sold to SUN TV. Has Aishwarya Dhanush managed to deliver the first HIT film for herself and Gautham Karthik? Read on, to know!

Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a youngster leading a simple and happy life with his family and girlfriend Priya (Priya Anand). He has a super power from his birth, which he hides from everyone and does not use to avoid others treating him as abnormal. His colleague Panda (Vivek) knows about his power and wants to make money out of it, which lands Karthik in a series of problems. What happens then forms the crux of the story.

As rumoured before the film release, VAI RAJA VAI has its one line inspired from the American film ‘21’. With changes suiting Tamil cinema, Aishwaryaa R Dhanush has come up with a simple and clean entertainer. Except few flaws, sluggish moments and misplaced songs, the film is engaging thoroughly.
The film starts with the sudden placement of ‘Move Your Body’ song in the title credits which was neither interesting visually or adding any value to the film. The next 30 minutes was also sluggish with scenes not taking the movie forward and 2 other misplaced songs. The film gears up from the interval block and gets more interesting in the mid of second half.

Yuvan’s BGM and Velraj’s cinematography has been the biggest assets of the film. Aishwaryaa’s direction has been impressive; some interesting detailings all through the film were good (such as reprising the same actors who used to be Kokki Kumar’s men in PUTHUPETTAI). Dialogues were so simple and good in every scene, like ‘Ithu nee mootai thookki sambaadhicha panam illa, Sambaadhichu mootaiyaa thookkittu vandha panam’.

Coming to performance, Gautham Karthik – the actor in lead role has given an average performance unlike his first film KADAL where he was much more charming and impressive; his acting was good only in the climax portion. All other actors including Priya Anand and Tapsee Pannu have done their part decently. The show-stealer of the film is Daniel Balaji, who is seen in a good role after years in which he has scored high effortlessly. Director Vasanth’s debut as actor was pretty good, whereas Gayathri Raghuram’s acting looked a bit artificial. Vivek’s comedy portions are too good (even better than #VIP) and his combination with Sathish has worked out very well. And, we have a ‘weightu’ cameo by Kokki Kumaru which has a thundering applause in the theater.

Technically, the film is strong. Yuvan’s background score has been the biggest strength of the film; he has given an outstanding BGM after so many films, without which the film would have been so weak. Velraj’s cinematography and rich visuals adds high value to the film. VAI RAJA VAI is good in editing, art direction and other technical departments too. Kudos to the director and team work which has made sure that the film’s running length of 118 minutes engaging!

RATING: 3.25/5

VERDICT: A simple, interesting entertainer despite few flaws, sluggish moments and misplaced songs! Definitely, Worth a watch!

Review by: Rahman

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POOJAI – Movie Review

117.Poojai - Movie Review#POOJAI – Movie Review

After the success of THAMIRABHARANI in 2007, Actor Vishal announced in 2013 that he will be doing a film with director Hari again which will be produced by himself. The film’s title and first look posters were released in March 2014. Shruti Haasan, Sathyaraj, Raadhika Sarathkumar, ‘Parotta’ Soori and Mukesh Tiwari were finalized to be a part of the ensemble star cast. The shooting began in April 2014 and was completed in September 2014. Vishal’s last two films PANDIYANAADU and NAAN SIGAPPU MANITHAN were his own production and they were completely different from his usual style of films; he is now back to offer a mass masala entertainer. Will Vishal manage to give another Hit film in his production and HARI manage to deliver a success after SINGAM2? Read on, to know!

Vasu (Vishal) is a youngster from one of the most respected family in Pollachi. He stays away from his family due to few problems and takes care of his business in Coimbatore. How does Vasu manage to save his family from Annathaandavam (Mukesh Tiwari), the local goon head forms the crux of the story.

Director Hari is very well-known for giving racy entertainers with a good mixture of sentiment, action, love and comedy. He has attempted giving a FAMILY-ACTION entertainer like #THAMIRABHARANI, #THAMIZH, #VEL and it has resulted in a product that is equal to #ARUL, #VENGHAI. The first 30 minutes of the film has nothing so interesting, but still the first half is decently entertaining. The second half is where the director struggles a lot and the film is dragging towards the end; there are no enough twists and turns to make it more interesting. POOJAI has all the usual commercial elements as of a Hari film, but still the punch is not that strong as like in SINGAM or his other hit films. The action gets stereotyped after a point of time; but still, the film is worth a watch on the whole.

Vishal fits perfectly in the role of Vasu, and he has performed very well in both action scenes and emotional scenes; his efforts for the action sequences are to be appreciated. Shruthi comes in a very usual role that we are seeing for decades; it is her character in the movie which is continuously irritating right from the intro scene. Her characterization, dialogues, filmy expressions and the dubbing on the whole is totally annoying. Too-much glamourness in all the songs also looks so odd; her costumes in the foreign songs are just like a bar dancer! The same to be said for the initial item song performed by Andrea; the costume, dance movements and the song on the whole was just disgusting! ‘Parotta’ Soori and Imman annachi manages to make the audience laugh here and there. Mukesh Tiwari is perfect as the villain, despite his characterization was too weak. Radhika, Jayaprakash, Sathyaraj, Thalaivasal Vijay, Kausalya, Prathap Pothen, ‘Black’ Pandi, Manobala, Sithara and others have done a decent job as part of the supporting cast.

Technically, POOJAI is very average. The below average songs by Yuvan Shankar Raja does not help the film in anyway; the background score is also just average. Priyan’s cinematography and V.T.Vijayan’s editing has helped the film for its raciness, still the editor could have given more attention to the second half. The well-executed action blocks are another positive point. On flip side, there are some unwanted dramatic scenes like where Vasu advises the eloped love pair and lot other dramatism in love scenes in second half. Also, we cannot help ignoring the usual Hari film’s template starting from the Elder widow woman in the family, Hero’s strategic plans and so on. Another minus was that having the film’s story set in Coimbatore, not even a single character speaks in that regional accent including the lead characters; we see few characters speaking in Kovai Tamil very rarely!

RATING: 2.75/5

VERDICT: An average entertainer with Hari’s usual Family + Action commercial formula. Worth a watch!

Review by: Rahman

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