Mapla Singam

Mapla Singam

Movie : Mapla Singam
Directed by : Rajasekhar
Produced by : P.Madhan
Written by : Don Ashok
Starring : Vimal, Anjali, Soori
Music by : N. R. Raghunanthan
Cinematography : V.S. Tharun Balaji
Edited by : Vivek Harshan
Production company : Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Release dates : 11 March 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

Are you ready to watch a film that doesn’t let you strain much with logical thinking? Nothing to get your nerves tightened up with nitty-gritty action sequences or steamy sequences that would obviously stop parents bringing their kids alongside them? Then, Mappillai Singam is a film that you could watch along with your family for this weekend, without any hesitations. The film is directed by Rajashekar and is produced by Escape Artists Madan with Vimal, Anjali, Soori, Radharavi, Jayaprakash, Madhumilla, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and many others in the cast.

Set against the southern Tamil Nadu village, the film is about clashes that has been happening over ages between two groups. Radharavi has been constantly winning the elections and has earned the wrath of opposite group headed by Munishkanth. Vimal plays the nephew of Radharavi and Anjali, a lawyer is the cousin girl of Munishkanth and daughter of Jayaprakash. The family feud gets more tougher, when Radharavi’s daughter Madhumilla and Anjali’s younger brother fall in love. As the families insist to separate the young lovers, but Vimal and Anjali decide to get them united and in the process fall for each other. Will the family feud stop them from getting united or not forms crux of the story.

Vimal has always been comfortable with the rural based entertainers and has managed to favour the audiences from this cohort unconditionally. Especially his combination with artistes like Anjali and Soori has been at the best through the commercial quotients. The onscreen chemistry between Vimal and Anjali isn’t much available as more importance is laid on humour. In this quotient, it is both Vimal and Soori, who offer decent course of humour along with artistes like Munishkanth, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and Kaali Venkat.

The first half proceeds with a much lighter and lively moments, though there is no proper story. It keeps the audiences engaged with some humour and fun. Things slightly get slowed up by second half, but it works out well by the time of penultimate moments with a climax that is dramatized as in Sundar C movies.

On the technical front, the film has nothing much to be appreciated, but nor do they look like a constraint.

Overall, Mappillai Singam is a middling entertainer that you can enjoy, if you’re planning to spend some leisure time to be spent this weekend.

Verdict: Stereotypical but okay with some entertainment ingredients.

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum

Movie : Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum
Directed by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Produced by : C. V. Kumar, K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Screenplay by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Based on : My Dear Desperado by Kim Kwang-sik
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Samuthirakani
Music by : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by : Leo John Paul
Production company : Thirukumaran Entertainment
Distributed by : Studio Green, Abi & Abi Pictures
Release dates : 11 March 2016
Running time : 136 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

Instantly after the final credits, you distinctly grasp couple of blunt things about the movie and star-cast. First thing that comes to your minds would be the proficient ability of Nalan Kumarasamy to attempt something different from his previous movies. While most of the filmmakers confine themselves to a specific formulae or genre, Nalan has tried to move out of the comfort zone (Soodhu Kavvum was a heist comedy) and try something with ‘Romance’ in ‘Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum’. Secondly, the actors Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian just throw up an awestruck factor with their impeccable performances. Especially, the girl who transfixed the audiences with her ‘Celine’ image from Premam easily eclipses that persona from the very beginning of this movie, breathing deeply into the role of Yazhini.

A Rom-Com Korean movie titled ‘My Dear Desperado’, which comes with a remake through the banners of Studio Green, Thirukumaran Entertainment and Abi & Abi Pictures features Nalan Kumarasamy as the director and Santhosh Narayanan as composer.

Madonna Sebastian plays a girl with bigger dreams – Yazhini, who has desired all her teenage to pursue a high profile job at IT Company. Facing hurdles from her parents, she somehow manages to land up in Chennai for a better job and becomes lucky enough to get one. Her paradisiacal life turns into turmoil after her company shuts down and her pursuit of new job keeps prolonging with luck not favoring her. Unable to meet the financial demands, she comes down to a much little house and over there comes across her neighbour (Vijay Sethupathi), who has served long jail sentence for the sake of his friend. The film traverses into the lives of these two people with contrastive natures and would the situations bring them together,

Nalan Kumarasamy has very well handled the screenplay. Although, the moments are seemingly slow, they gain its immense substantiality through the convincing performances of Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian. On the other end, the hilarious moments have been very well crafted with limited dialogues, but with best expressions from the actors. The sequences like Vijay Sethupathi-Madonna boozing together and the final moments, where the protagonist tries to save Madonna from not missing the interview have been very well pictured. The climax portion is completely emotional and as the girl starts yearning whether she would be able to meet the man who made her life beautiful, audiences too are pushed into the same situation to ponder over it.

Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan is appealing with background score and the songs are merely seen as the background score, which is an additional strength to it. Cinematography is impressive and so is editing that goes with smooth impact.

Overall, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a poignant drama of romance that celebrates the beauty of love in a much decorous panache. Maybe, the ones who expected ‘Mass’ avatar of Vijay Sethupathi could not be gratified, but the family audiences will surely love this film for its exquisite treatment.

Verdict: Idyllically impressive with emotions and poignance

 

Pichaikkaran

Pichaikkaran

More and more emotional drama that comes well blended with immense commercial ingredients that is completely balanced with impeccable performance… Dialogues are the most intriguing factors that keeps winning the applause and there is compelling ingredients that overall attracts the family audiences towards the movie. One of the most promising features that you would see in Vijay Antony movies is that he manages to gain our sympathy with more eminence. Be his maiden debut ‘Naan’ or ‘Salim’ or his hilarious entertainer ‘India Pakistan’, they’re completely made in such features.

Vijay Antony plays the role of a billionaire son and only heir to his widowed mother, who is the proprietor of 900Crore spinning mills and business. She hands over the business to him and on an unexpected turn is hit by an accident while the machines are spinning. Desolated into the state of coma, doctors give up on her in spite of heavy treatment.

During this juncture, he comes across a God man who insists him to take up a penance for next 48 days and will his mother come back to normalcy or everything succumbs to fate is something you need to watch over the screens.

Vijay Antony has been impeccably colossal in his performance and as cited above his emotional sequences are brilliantly delivered. He is best on his performance when it comes to action, comedy and sentimental scenes. Satna Titus is so much naturalistically portrayed in looks and her characterization is very well projecting as well. On the other hand, rest of the characterizations has done a remarkable job with the performance.

The running length of 130 minutes is very well narrated and is done with impactful screenplay, where there are no sluggish elements. The first half passes on like a flash and second one that studded with lots of emotions doesn’t slow down in pace. The dialogues as mentioned earlier have become the major strength to this film, where the applause keeps happening. The one involving the beggar speaking over FM station through phone to curb down poverty and Vijay Antony’s emotional punches about faith and beliefs are stunning. The last 20 minutes of the film becomes the major highlights in this film, where you keep yourselves moved to the edge of seats with lots of tension. We had witnessed a similar instance in movies like Superstar Rajnikanth’s Arunachalam and Prabhu Deva’s Alli Thandha Vaanam.

Overall, Pichaikkaran is a movie that is sure to become a great scorer in all centres as it holds a substantial package of entertainment with decency catering to the tastes of universal audiences.

Verdict: Emotional stunner with perfect package

Aarathu Sinam

Aarathu Sinam

Malayalam script writers have been proving their proficiency over the years with incredible and exceptional writing that comes in different genres. Memories, directed by Jeetu Joseph were indeed one of the greatest films of this decade in Mollywood. While his Drishyam had a fantastic response with Tamil version ‘Papanasam’, his other film is translated by Arivazhagan of Eeram fame as ‘Aarathu Sinam’ starring Arulnithi and Aishwarya Rajesh in lead roles.

A drunken cop (Arulnithi) cannot get away from the flashes of a gruesome death of his wife (Aishwarya Rajesh) and his daughter, right in front of his eyes. Four years later, he is requested by commissioner (Radharavi) to handle a series of critical serial murders committed in the same pattern. Things get worse, when his very own personal life gets interwoven during the hunt of this serial killer.

To be precise, story is the actual showstopper in this movie and the actors are nothing but merely characterisations. Arulnithi rarely has anything to perform. This is a script where, one has to score brownie points through mannerisms and body language. It is a film meant actually from main league heroes like Vikram, Suriya, Vishal or Arya. But nothing to blame on Arulnithi and one more fact is that he looks too young for the role of a police officer. Aishwarya Rajesh has very little portions to perform and she does her best. Gaurav is okay. Radharavi doesn’t need any words to portray his performance. Tulasi is incredible as innocent mother. Robot Shankar isn’t really the apt one for this role nor his hilarious episodes work out well. It’s like adding up an unwanted comedy into a serious film.

When it comes to screenplay, the first half proceeds with some slow moments, but before the intermission, the momentum kick-starts and yes, the second half too is fast proceeding. The climax twist with Arulnithi’s brother brought into the picture is something an unexpected. The flashback sequences of murderer are more ethically shot.

The songs are not in more number and yes, it doesn’t affect the screenplay and background score by Thaman is really blissful.

Overall, Aarathu Sinam holds a strong plot and screenplay, but the star-casting should have been more prodigious to make it more enhanced. But for now, the film deserves a watch.

Verdict: Stark thriller with racy second half.

Kanithan

Kanithan

Very few films are made based on media thrillers and years back it was Ko, which spangled up an inmost thriller code, though loosely based on Hollywood movie ‘State of Play’. This one, which comes from Santhosh, a debut filmmaker is based on the counterfeiting of documents that actually pushes many into inevitable series of issues. The film features Atharvaa and Catherine Tresa in lead roles with an ensemble star-cast of Bhagyaraj, Karunakaran, Sunder Ramu, Aadukalam Narain and few more prominent actors.

Atharvaa Murali plays a journalist associated with a low profile TV channel… He has almost got a picture perfect life, when he is close on the heels of getting a job at BBC and winning the heart of beautiful girl (Catherine Tresa). But things turn out to be Topsy-Turvy, when police hold him as a criminal for counterfeiting college certificates. Many other youngsters are being cornered the same crime. Will the protagonist be able to uncover the mystery and get loosened up with the troubles is something you’ll have to wait and watch over the screens.

Post-Paradesi, Atharvaa had awaited a long break to get him on the right course of action and yes, it looks like the right time has come. While his ‘Eetti’ proved to be a decent run in the box office, he has improvised a lot over his performance skills in this movie too. Especially, his action sequences are incredibly expressive. Catherine Tresa has got nothing much to perform other than being an usual stereotypical heroine. Well, her glam-up factors would surely woo up the audiences. K Bhagyaraj offers his best in portions and so is Aadukalam Narain, who plays the role of his father. Karunakaran offers the best humour in parts and Sunder Ramu gets a meaty role to perform. Tarun Arora, the newbie in K-town spells out fabulously as a baddie in this movie.

Musical score by Sivamani is just okay with the background score offering some better orchestral.

The film has a fast-paced screenplay in the first half and the second hour could have been slightly trimmed, making it crispier.

On the whole, Kanithan is a decorous entertainer, where you find the narrative style in the pattern of Thuppakki, Kaththi and Arima Nambi.

Verdict: Racy and engaging in parts

Sethupathi

Sethupathi

Movie : Sethupathi
Directed by : S. U. Arun Kumar
Produced by : Shan Sutharsan
Written by : S. U. Arunkumar
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan
Music by : Nivas K. Prasanna
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by : A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company : Vansan Movies
Release dates : 19 February 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

Vijay Sethupathi has it all written throughout ‘Sethupathi’ and it completely travels on his strong performance. There is a sort of excitement and sluggishness on pars when we watch this film. Right in the first frame, we are introduced what we are about to witness in the next couple of hours. Sethupathi is a honest cop, who has a stubbornness and softness towards the profession and when it comes to family, he is a kiddo of innocence. He doesn’t miss to show his emotional attachment to wife (Ramya Nambeesan) and children. He never shows up his anger towards his fellow juniors at work, though he would hilariously attack them with witty lines. But his focus and anger is all towards finding the right justice against the ones who mercilessly killed a honest police officer.

The first half naturally has its impact of engrossing moments, where you don’t feel the stress anywhere. There are racy moments and you’re sure to enjoy them up, though a sense of Déjà vu strikes up now and then. Arun Kumar has convincingly imprinted the family quotients in a soft tone and in the very next sequences; we would find the seriousness with investigation prevailing up. But what turns out to be a slight disappointment is that Arun continually keeps repeating the pattern in second half as well. He could have completely avoided more family elements during the second hour, which could have kept the narration intact.

Vijay Sethupathi is a method actor, who could easily manage to take a cakewalk with any roles, he essays. This film is no exception as it gains him best laurels as a mass hero. He does what the usual mass heroes have done, but with discipline and perfection. You don’t see him flying across the airs, bashing down the baddies and shout out the punch dialogues, but he literally plays according to the situation. Ramya Nambeesan is a perfect cast for this role, but the disappointment comes in the form of baddies and his group. They don’t fit in well for the characterisation and someone like Prakash Raj could have added up more intensity.

Musical score by Nivas K Prasanna is pleasingly good, where he offers a mix of genres. The mass number by Anirudh fits well to the impact and couple of melodies are commendable indeed. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is simply best on transition that proceeds up the narration in style.

If director Arun Kumar had avoided too many family portions in the second half and replaced the baddies with more powerful actors, Sethupathi would have been more impactful.

For now, it holds a mass appeal from Sethupathi and although the story looks time worn, it proves to be a worth watchable show.

Verdict: Vijay Sethupathi strongly appeals with mass heroisms. 

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