Masss aka Massu Engira Masilamani

Masss aka Massu Engira Masilamani

Horror and the word has turned out to be hackneyed with relentless releases and finally with the summer vacations on the verge of ending, Venkat Prabhu and Suriya together bring out their magnum opuses ‘Masss’, which is now renamed as ‘Masssu Engira Maasilamani’. Made a whopping budget by Studio Green K.E. Gnanavel Raja and is directed by Venkat Prabhu that carries an ensemble star-cast of Suriya, Nayantara, Pranitha, Premgi Amaran, Karunaas, Sriman, Sanjay Bharathi, Parthiepan, Samuthirakani and many others. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music and cinematography is handled by R.D. Rajashekar.

Since revealing more in synopsis would actually turn to be a spoiler, we are bringing you just a gist of this storyline. Masss (Suriya) and his close friend Jettu (Premgi Amaran) are close buddies involved in conniving tasks of illegally looting money. When Masss comes across a beautiful girl (Nayantara), he instantly falls in love with her and sooner tries to help her with a whopping cash of 3.5Lacs for her to get promotion in hospital. But on their way back, the hooligan don sends out his henchmen to snatch them for looting their big money. During this course, both Masss and Jettu are hit by accident and what happens next is a series of unexpected twists and turns.

On the performance level, it’s Suriya who keeps dominating the screen space throughout. His role as Masss, a local small time thug is extraordinarily done. He effortlessly brings out the best emotions through his dialogue deliveries and body language. As an Eelam Tamilian, he pushes his career graph to the next level. His overpowering looks and makeover deserves special mention and his Sri Lankan slang is magnificent. Secondly, it’s Premgi Amaran who accompanies Suriya throughout the film and his role is quite different from what he performed earlier. Others in the cast are more disappointing as Venkat Prabhu fails to offer them the best substantial roles as before. Even the minimal roles in his movies would be so much strong, but here they turn out to be feeble. Parthiepan doesn’t get a meaty role and his role is so much limited. Samuthirakani doesn’t get a meaty role and has been wasted. Karunaas, Sriman and Premgi Amaran give their best on hilarious touch. For the first ever time, Nayantara does a film, where she hardly appears and Pranitha has the same scenario.

Venkat Prabhu endows the film with racy and gripping screenplay during the first half and everything flashes in rapid pace. On the contrary, the second half gets slightly down the momentum and the pace is completely lost with fallible writing. There aren’t any gripping moments and the screenplay turns more predictable. The flashback sequences are so common and there is no logic into it. The purpose behind the characters remains so purposeless at the end.

Songs by Yuvan Shankar Raja gets embellished by the cinematography of RD Rajashekar. The background score is indeed appealing. CG works are very well done.

Overall, Massu Engira Maasilamani has a good concept slightly reminiscent of American TV series Ghost Whisperers, but with the first half completely engrossing and second hour not to perfect and intact, this might gain the favour of children groups and family audiences as well.

Verdict: Good, but doesn’t exceed our expectations

Demonte Colony

Demonte Colony

Cast & Crew

Starring – Arulnithi
Written and Directed by – R.Ajay Gnanamuthu
Cinematography – Aravinnd Singh
Music Composer – Keba Jeremiah
Editing – Bhuvan Srinivasan
Art Director – T.Santhanam
Lyrics – Na.Muthukumar & Arunraja Kamaraj
Banner – Sri Thenandal Films and Mohana Movies

 

Movie Review:

Spooky thrillers have been making every Friday more celebratory in theatres and especially the summer vacations have been getting the best toast of its course. Following the grand success of ‘Kanchana 2’, here comes ‘Demonte Colony’, a film that is reported to be based on some real life incidents laced with fiction and the eerie elements.

Before 16 years, Hollywood spearheaded with one such unusual horror genre titled ‘The Blair Witch Project’ directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez. The film actually started off the trend, where the friends in group are attacked at haunted places. Demonte Colony brings forth such an instance, where four friends embark on their journey into this haunted house and rest is about the horripilating fate haunting them.

Four friends – Srinivasan aka Srini (Arulnithi), Raghavan, Vimal and Sajith are happy go lucky youngsters, who have this devil may care attitude. Over a night, where the entire Chennai is merged with midnight silence, they make their way into a haunted place called ‘De Monte Colony’, which is said to be haunted for centuries. When one among them carries the mysterious chain present there, rest is what they didn’t expect.

Horror movies irrespective of how engaging it is or should be manage to grab the audience’s attention if it has the best technicians on board.  The background score and cinematography if exerted with the best appeal, then it would bring you the most chilling experience with visuals. Over here, cinematographer Aravind Singh and guitarist-music director Keba Jeremiah offer the best efforts to nurture this eerie thriller. These two are the greatest pillars of this film.  Although, two songs in the first half are enjoyable, they seems to be deliberately included for the sake of commercial aspects.

The first half rarely has some catchy moments, which would let your popcorn’s juggled up over the seats. Very less thrills and chills during the first hour and the actual horror-drama strikes as we move to the second half, with some commendable moments. Not to miss the scene, where the protagonist himself has his own terror. But Arulnithi could have emphasized few more efforts to give the best performance. He looks little doubtful in many places of what he is doing. Raghavan manages to bring forth some of his laudable energy and his performance is completely close to the skin of his characterization. Ramesh Thilak is always known for giving the realistic acting and over here does the same. In fact, his presence adds up some additional intensity. The one essaying the role of De Monte is extraordinary and his makeover is extraordinarily done.

If you want to know which scene really excites you with shuddering effects, then it’s none other than the intermission point followed by the immediate start of second half and not to miss the penultimate sequences that will push you up with fun and Goosebumps.

While Tamil Cinema has been following the prototyped horror stories in the technical and narrative aspects, Ajay Gnanamuthu has clearly struck a different stroke following the pattern of James Wan’s Conjuring and Insidious.

 

Verdict: A sleek horror-thriller worth watching.  

Purampokku

Purampokku

The official trailer of ‘Purampokku’ Starring Arya, Vijay Sethupathi, Shaam and Karthika Nair in lead.

Movie – Purampokku
Starring – Arya, Vijay Sethupathi, Shaam, Karthika Nair
Music – Varshan
Director – S.P. Jhananathan
Editing – N.Ganeshkumar
Cinematography – N.K.Ekambaram
Producer – Siddharth Roy Kapur
Banner – UTV Motion Pictures, Binary Pictures
Music Label – Sony Music Entertainment India Pvt. Ltd.

Review :

A drama that turns our hearts fragile throws the lumps in throats and let u turn speechless during the final moments. SP Jhananathan brings forth an amalgamated essence of these emotional aspects in his latest outing ‘Purampokku Engira Podhuvudamai’. Produced by SP Jhananathan under his home banner in collaboration with UTV Motion Pictures, the film stars top-charting actors like Arya, Shaam, Vijay Sethupathi and Karthika Nair in lead roles….

Incorrigible international criminal is the word and 3 time death sentence is the penalty for Balu (Arya) for committing attack attempts on Indian army. The Supreme Court passes the judgment of hanging him at Chennai Central Prison and Maucalam (Shaam), a daring IPS officer has been assigned to handle this and a proficient hangman named Yamalingam (Vijay Sethupathi) is the one hired for execution.

An incredible spell from almost everyone in the team. It’s so simple to analyse and credit the equal dose of praises to this entire crew. To start off with, Vijay Sethupathi is the magnanimous showstopper with an irresistible energy to prove that he has touched the next step of his ladder towards success. This could be the best of his performance graph till the date although he has back-to-back four blockbusters to credit up. Couple of scenes that empowers his prowess performance leaves us completely astonished. The scene, where he remains depressed in desolation over his past experiences of hanging the criminal and the climax act is unbeatably extraordinary. Arya gets a meaty lead role to perform after a very long time and Shaam is brilliantly tremendous.

Arya is simple great and stands out best on his part. He remains completely silent in many sequences and his interaction with Shaam during the final episode is mind blowing.

Background score by Srikanth Deva emblazons the film with more magnitude, particularly during the second half…. The orchestral instruments mix up the emotions leaving a huge impact in our hearts. Cinematography by Ekambaram is masterful of visuals and art director is sure to win the National awards.

Regardless of some negative points that include portions of Karthika and her crew to hatch up escape plans for Arya, they are little disappointing. Certain sequences could have been trimmed and couple of songs or even three deleted would have made it more engaging.

Overall, ‘Purampokku’ is a masterpiece one could give the verdicts and SP Jhananathan deserves tons of appreciations for showcasing something that Indian cinema hadn’t tried to evolve upon. It’s not just about a jail drama or thriller, but moves deep into the planes of delineating the each and every element of reality in prison life.

 

Verdict: Mind-blowing, Excellently carved with reality factors

36 Vayadhinile ( 36 Vayathinile)

36 Vayadhinile ( 36 Vayathinile)

Cast & Crew

Movie : 36 Vayadhinile (aka) 36 Vayathinile
cast: Jyotika, Rahman
Director: Rosshan Andrrews
Cinematography: R.Diwakaran
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Art Director: Cyril Kuruvila
Composer: Santhosh Narayanan
Dialogues: Viji
Lyrics: Vivek
Designs: 24AM
PRO: Johnson
Producer: Suriya
Banner: 2D Entertainment
Label: Think Music

 

Summary :

36 Vayadhinile” directed by Rosshan Andrrews is an remake of 2014 Malayalam movie How Old Are You? written by Bobby Sanjay. The film stars Jyothika in the lead role, which marks her comeback after 8 years in Tamil since Manikanda in 2007. The film is produced her husband Actor Suriya under his home banner 2D Entertainment. Music composed by Santhosh Narayanan.

 

Movie Review:

Sophistication and enhancements in luxurious lives become the top priority of husband and daughter. A woman as homemaker and employee struggles to be the best in playing her role efficiently, but is always cornered mercilessly for being a dumb. It’s an intriguing scenario that we see every day in our own lives, where our mothers, spouse and sisters hold back their dreams for the sake of family.

Vasanthi (Jyotika) is one among them who doesn’t get her due respect from her husband (Rahman) who dreams bigger in foreign life and so is her daughter. They both leave her behind in Chennai and fly for Ireland. She now discovers the real purpose of her life and embarks on her dream journey turning the spotlights on her.

The much hackneyed terms like ‘Comeback’, ‘Spectacular performance from Jyotika’ could be boredom.  A crisp or incisive statement – As Vasanthi she conveys the best of emotions of every women we come across in our lives. The scenes where she struggles between her innocence and buried dreams for the sake of her family and yet being cornered for all problems. The scene where Rahman converses in harsh words on the lanes of Triplicane and she politely walks beside him saying, “I never knew you had so much of expectations over me before 13 years itself.” When her daughter tries to open up the question she had asked President and her reply “No, I don’t need it” is remarkably excellent. The single shot and dialogue takes the entire first half to a greater level.

The second half slightly drops down the momentum as it becomes a normal concept of organic farming doesn’t impress us. The adulteration of fruits and vegetables is something the society is used to more than three years of time and this concept doesn’t hold us intact during the second hour.

Technically, Santosh Narayanan’s background score brings more emotions and intensity to even the normal scenes. He has done a colossal task with this and in fact, his BGM along with Jyotika’s performance makes the film outperform the original version. Rosshan Andrews has evidently taken scrutinizing efforts over nurturing this remake project with more clarity. 36 vayadhinile doesn’t resemble ‘How old are you’ in any places, even for the ones who have already seen it.

The characters involving Rahman, Delhi Ganesh, Jayaprakash, Nasser, Prem etc have contributed their maximum energy into the film…

While Tamil cinema has been exploring new and different genres of cinema, hats off to 2D Entertainment and Jyotika for reviving the genre of ‘Feminism’, which was so much absent in Tamil cinema for many years.

 

Verdict: A beautiful drama one can dedicate to their women in life.

 

 

Innimey Ippadithaan

Innimey Ippadithaan

Santhanam delivered a promising debut in lead role with the film ‘Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham’ and with the grand success has proceeded ahead with ‘Inimey Ippadithaan’ that stars the same heroine Ashna Zaveri in female lead role along with Akhila Kishore of Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam. Santosh Dayanidhi makes his debut as music director and the film is directed by debutants Anand and Murugan named together as ‘Muruganand’.

 

1. Athana Azhagayum

Singers: Varun Parandhaman and Sopia Ashraf

 

The album starts off with a feel good romantic number, which is good on hearing with mild intonations and rhythmic accompaniments. Santosh deserves special mention for getting these singers Varun Parandhaman and Sopia Ashraf who brim up the song with some decorous elements.

 

2. Athula Oru Kaal

Singers: Mahalingam, Thalapathi and Sapta

 

Something chirpy and fun-filled! This could be the abrupt experience we gain through the song. And again, the singers make it more compelling to offer the best they could afford, but the visuals would decide the result of this song. The lyrical lines sound funny in places with unique words.

 

3. Azhagana Aanazahaga

Vocals: Harini

 

Harini is another synonym to the most mellisonant words in the musical genre. She has carried forth a beautiful effect to the song. This should be the cherry pick of this album.

 

4. Inimey Ippadithaan

Vocals: Karthik & Aishwarya

 

A cool romantic track that has some essence of emotions conveyed through the voices of Karthik and Aishwarya… Perhaps, the visuals again with colourful emblazonment would add up more celebration on the screens. Karthik sounds pretty the same and there is no modulation, but Aishwarya has her best appeal in intonation.

 

5. Thedi Odunaen

Singers: Santosh Kumar Dhayanidhi and Aalaap Raju

 

Aalaap Raju can blindly and effortlessly add the best impact to any melodies and such is his magical touch. This song becomes ample evidence to this and music director Santosh Kumar Dhayanidhi creates a best musical ambience.

 

6. Paatha Oru Lookula

Singer: Gaana Bala

Gaana Bala sounds ordinary and we are over familiar with his voice and this one could be a good one if it gets the best visuals.

 

On the whole, ‘Inimey Ippadithaan’ is an average affair that has some lively music from debutant Santosh and if the visuals are done with best visuals, then some songs would have a good result aftermath release.

 

Verdict: Moderate start by Santosh

 

 

India Pakistan

India Pakistan

Cast and Crew

Cast : Vijay Antony, Sushma Raj, Pasupathy, M.S.Bhaskar, Jegan, Manobala­
Cinematography : N.Om
Editing :M.Thiyagarajan
Music : Deena Devarajan
Direction : N.Anand
Production : Vijay Antony Film Corporation
Release: Sri Green Productions Release

 

If edge-on-seat thrillers, spine-shuddering horror flicks, adult themed romance, etc might have bored you for a while, India Pakistan might get you some relief, though not to a greater extent. Written and directed by Anand, the film features Vijay Antony and Sushma Raj in lead roles with an ensemble star-cast of Pasupathy, MS Bhaskar, Manobala and many others in important characters.

India Pakistan has a simple onionskin plot of hero-heroine Vijay Antony and Sushma Raj falling in love at first sight as they come upon each other while picking Vijay’s ‘Kadhalukku Mariyadhai’ DVDs (Courtesy to the same film where Vijay and Shalini pick ‘Love and Love only’ book). But there seems to be evidence behind a fake encounter placed inside the same DVD copies they have bought. Meanwhile, there happens to be a funny drama of hilarious encounters of ego clashes between the lead pair as they fall in love.

Nothing to blame about the basic concept or plot picked by Anand as it resembles that late 80s Fazil flicks of comedy placed inside the box of thriller. That’s a good way to entertain the audiences and he deserves the best applause for this, but on the contrary part, it’s the screenplay that has a drop and rise and drop graph scattering away our attention. We are not commenting the ‘Film is lengthy’, but how you keep the audiences engaged is what really matters. If Anand had employed more efforts into keep the screenplay effectively engrossing with humour and thriller, then this would have been a film like ‘Arangetra Velai’.

On the performance, Vijay Antony takes a risky step of trying humour, which works out only to a certain extent, but he is not the BEST as in his previous films. He fits perfectly in the genre of thriller and serious bound scripts. There has a long way for him to get accustomed to humour. Sushma Raj is good looking and her performance is appreciable. Well, if she can get her elbows greased up, she could become an elite performer. Pasupathy is outstanding, but doesn’t a meaty role and so is MS Bhaskar. Manobala with minimal role is okay.

Vijay Antony and Music are closest synonyms, but the chain is missing here and there isn’t much to appraise here. Technically, the film is okay in parts, with cinematography having his best spell in Pollachi locations of misty filled hill rocks.

The minus of this film is the fallible screenplay with some uninteresting sequences, which should have been properly lined up.

India Pakistan on the whole might be an apt treat to the audiences across the south towns and villages, but not the one for the multiplex audiences.

Verdict: Hilariously okay, but gets stuck in the middle

Rating: 2.75/5

 

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