Om Shanthi Om

Om Shanthi Om

Directed by : Surya Prabaakar
Produced by : P. Arumai Chandran
Written by : D. Surya Prabhakar, Sankar Kumar (dialogue)
Starring : Srikanth, Neelam Upadhyaya, Baiju
Music by : Vijay Ebenezer
Cinematography : Bhaskaran K.M
Edited by : Vivek Harshan
Production company : 8 Point Entertainment
Release dates : October 30, 2015

Time and again, Tamil cinema has been witnessing lots of horror movies with a mix of comedy, fantasy and romance as well. This one comes in a different style, much alike Suriya-Venkat Prabhu’s Massu Engira Maasilamani, which dealt with the same style of theme. Srikanth and Neelam are playing lead roles in this movie, which stars Naan Kadavul fame Rajendran in important character.

The film opens a bus accident somewhere on the way between Pazhani and Trichy and with no connection, the story travels to six months later, we get to see Srikanth as a happy go lucky chap with no worries. A good job, pay and quite a luxurious life and of course, he falls in love with a beautiful girl (Neelam), who later falls for him. When things are happening with peace and serenity, Srikanth comes across few people who start following him. What do they want from him or has he got anything connected with their lives?

First and foremost we need to appreciate director Surya Prabhakar for offer a decent tale set in the backdrops of horror. Usually horror stories are meant to be more gory with violence and revenge, but this one is a feel-good one that might resemble American TV series American Whisperers in certain way, but not to the maximum.

If you’re looking up for the flip side, we have already seen lots of horror movies and this one arriving late in time doesn’t surprise us vividly. You would easily predict the twists before they are offered on the screens. The running length is yet another problem, where director should hav easily understood that such genres should be presented in 90-100 minutes. Few sequences and songs, especially in the second half should have been trimmed.

When it comes to performance, Srikanth tries to make up for the best results and has accomplished to a certain degree. But we feel, he is capable of offering something more than this. He is always at his best. Neelam looks beautiful and gorgeous in songs, but her performance could be better as well. Aadukalam Naren delivers decent performances as before. But the actual showstopper is Naan Kadavul Rajendran who scores more than Srikanth and others in the cast.

Musical score by Vijay Ebenezer is appreciable and cinematography in songs is best, although some of the songs are misfits to the screenplay.

Overall, Om Shanthi Om is a good attempt, but with yet more engaging screenplay, it could have drawn us into the theatres.

Verdict: Moderate effort with some emotional moments

Om Shanthi Om Movie Review in Tamil

Naanum Rowdydhaan

Naanum Rowdydhaan

Movie : Naanum Rowdydhaan
Directed by : Vignesh Shivan
Produced by : Dhanush
Written by : Vignesh Shivan
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara
Music by : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : George C. Williams
Edited by : Sreekar Prasad
Production company : Wunderbar Films
Distributed by : Lyca Productions
Country : India
Language : Tamil

How do you ennoble this film? Black Comedy or Romantic Comedy? That’s a close call as it indicates a metaphorical labels like what if        Sundar C writes screenplay for a Anurag Kashyap film.  That’s a panache of what we find here in the Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. Before few years, there was Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey that turned Bollywood in ultimate craze. It had such a dark theme in the backdrops, but we see it so entertaining with narration laced with humour. Vignesh Shivan has matured a lot with his distinctive narration and the technical brilliance by George C William’s cinematography, Sreekar Prasad’s editing and Anirudh’s songs are more commendable. And bringing for the best of all great attributes, it’s the spellbinding performance by Vijay Sethupathi and Nayantara, especially the latter bestowing the audiences with something beyond their expectations and perceptions.

A funny handsome guy in the backdrops of Pondicherry named Pandi aka Pondy (Vijay Sethupathi) differs in ideas from his mother (Radhika Sarathkumar). He wants to become a Rowdy and prove his prowess towards the town of his origin. His acquaintances that include RJ Balaji offer him the best support and things take a turn when Pandi comes across a beautiful girl Kadambari (Nayantara). It sooner becomes a tale of vengeance, retaliation and more emotions, but guess what? everything iced with heavy ingredients of humour.

A girl possessed or sometimes psychotic! Well, these roles could be considered as the best proficient work for any actress, but what could be a speculative task for them is to perform a hilarious role impeccably. Such is the instance of Nayantara’s characterisation in this film. Definitely, she spells the best emotions when needed and her relentless dialogue delivers instantly evokes laughter.

Perhaps, a long hiatus, where we saw Vijay Sethupathi amusing us vividly with witty lines and hilarious encounters as in Idharkuthane Aasai Pattai Balakumara… He comes into a much commercially fun-filled zone, where his fans are involved in the unlimited laughter-riot. Even the most emotional sequences are delivered at an ease. The ensemble star-cast is yet another huge attraction in this movie. Parthiepan brings up a hilarious spell with his antagonistic characterisation… Mansoor Ali Khan, Radhika Saarthkuamr and RJ Balaji offer hilarious episodes. While everyone’s characterisations are very well portrayed, Vignesh could have given a completion to RJ Balaji as well by the end.

Musical score by Anirudh had garnered immense response much prior to the film’s release and with the beautiful visuals by George C Williams, they get more embellished. Sreekar Prasad is far-famed for ultimate transitions in his editing and in accordance to his cuts, the screenplay looks engrossing with best transitions.

If you’re looking up for anything on the flip side, we would suggest it’s a film that is worth watching, especially for the ones who need jovial and fun-loving film.

Verdict: You can’t stop falling in love with this ‘Romantic Rowdy’.

10 Endrathukulla

10 Endrathukulla

Movie : 10 Endrathukulla
Directed by : Vijay Milton
Produced by : AR Murugadoss
Written by : Vijay Milton
Starring : Vikram, Samantha, Pasupathy, Jackie Shroff, Ramdoss, Sampoornesh Babu
Music by : D. Imman, Anoop Seelin (BGM)
Cinematography : Bhaskaran K.M
Edited by : Sreekar Prasad
Production company : A.R Murugadoss Productions
Distributed by : Fox Star Studios
Release dates : 21 October 2015
Running time : 144 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Budget : 400 million

Fast-paced thriller with high-voltage sequences was the assurance we got to experience through the theatrical trailer of this film. Car chases, breathtaking action sequences and lots more with kisses in fill-ins made our expectations pretty groovy. With a remarkable film like Goli Soda, Vijay Milton shoots up his next attempt as a biggie ’10 Endrathukulla’ starring Vikram and Samantha in lead roles with Pasupathy, Abhimanyu Singh and Rahul Dev in important roles.

Group of innocents belonging to outer caste are mercilessly massacred in Uttarakhand… Somewhere in the deepest locations of North India, we see a herculean goon with few henchmen mercilessly chopping off hands and abducting girls. Down the south in Tamil Nadu, there is a funny broker (Pasupathy) who deals with smuggling through cars. Then there is a fantabulous drive with no name (Chiyaan Vikram) who would easily accomplish with any tasks. A beautiful girl Shakeela (Samantha) becomes the prey of kidnappers in North India and Pasupathy becomes the dealer. Coincidentally, she is up there in the car driven by Vikram and rest is about how all these characters across different parts of the country and the shocking massacre incidents are connected.

The very opening shot of the film reveals that there is something more intriguing in this movie, something more enough than commercial aspects. In fact, when the twist of surprise comes through the second half by 25 minutes prior to the climax is something more enthralling. Chiyaan Vikram has done a great job with his stunts and performance. He can ardently thank cinematographer, stunt choreographer and editor for having made car chases and action sequences more stunning. Samantha as a cherubic girl tries to give her best and revealing more on her could be a spoiler. Pasupathy on his part does what is required from his characterisation in the film. Abhimanyu Singh and Rahul Dev could have been very well utilised, but didn’t get a good scope.

Except the song ‘Vrooom’, D Imman fails to deliver a neat commendable song. Cinematography and Editing have been extraordinarily presented. Especially, the action sequences and even the small detailing shots like crows on the wires, some minute cuteness and other stuffs have been exquisitely shot.

On the flip side, the running length should have been trimmed. It should have been actually around 120 minutes, which could have made it more appealing and racy indeed.

Verdict: Time pass entertainer… Could have been trimmed but…

10 எண்றதுக்குள்ள விமர்சனம்

Oru Naal Koothu

Oru Naal Koothu

Following Pannaiyarum Padminiyum and Orange Mittai, Justin Prabhakaran has composed music for Oru Naal Koothu, which is directed by debutant Nelson Venkatesan and produced by J Selvakumar of Kenanya Films.

Maangalyamae

Vocals: Richard, Dr. Narayanan, Sharmila, Priya Prakash, Gnana Anthony Daasan and M.C. Vickey

Lyrics: Madan Karky

It’s a marriage song and who doesn’t love it. Over the years, in spite of who the composer is or what the film is, the songs have been a heart and soul for many listeners. Justin Prabhakaran likely joins the league of offering something more blissful in this genre. There are lots of singers and you must listen to this song for great moments.

Adiyae Azhagae

Vocals: Sean Roldan and Padmalatha

Sean Roldan of Vaayai Moodi Pesavum and Mundasupatti had rendered voice for ‘Aagayam’ from Madras that earned him decorous reception. He has now crooned this number with brilliance and perfect rendition. Padmalatha gives the best energy into the track and instrumentals during interludes are awe-inspiring.

Patta Padunga Ji

Vocals: Karthick, Padmalatha, Nelson Venkatesan and Veera

Nelson Venkatesan, director of this film has a good track journey in the world of Radio and this film is based on such theme at Radio Station. The song is about fun-filled composing based on the work life at Radio Station and maybe, the visuals would make this song complete.

Yaeli Yaeli

Singers: Sathya Prakash and Shwetha Mohan

Sathya Prakash just leaves us so much spellbound over his inspiringly convincing voice. The composing is so melodious done with mind instrumentals and Shwetha Mohan causes the best and beauteous moments with her rendition. It’s a classic love song that has to be promoted to a greater magnitude, which will indeed help for the film’s additional attraction.

Eppo Varuvaaro

Singer: Haricharan

The song holds dual significance. One that symbolizes a devotee’s for deity of Krishna and then it brings forth an emotional call of a woman waiting for her beloved. What we love about this song is Justin Prabhakaran reduces the instrumentals to best mildness and gives more clarity to Haricharan who could easily intonate any devotional song with best emotional feeling.

On the whole, Oru Naal Koothu brings some best tracks for the music lovers and there are different genres of music, which make it more pleasant. Justin Prabhakaran is definitely a musi director to watch out for.

Verdict: Pleasingly dulcet and more melodious.

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam

It’s a phase of love stories, where audiences are so much engrossed with the horripilating treat. But still few filmmakers offer some poignant love stories and Gitanjali Selvaraghavan’s debut directorial ‘Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam’ that stars  Editor Kola Bhaskar’s son Bala Krishna Kola and Bollywood actress Wamiqa Gabbi in lead roles with newcomer Amrit composing music.

Sarakka

Vocal: Amrit

Lyrics: Amrit

The album starts with an usual note of a track with love failure that comes from  the drunk heart at a Tasmac shop. Something quite prototyped that we have been constantly seeing on the screens over the years and this one isn’t an exception. Amrit has tried to make it sound good and is somewhat ok.

Mora Saiyya (Yeno Mounam)

Vocals: Vijay Prakash and Shakthisree Gopalan

Lyrics: Amrit

The melodious rendition by  Vijay Prakash and Shakthisree Gopalan is worthy of appreciations and Amrit has penned some lines that are so much touching. The song has some popularity for its intriguing elements like preludes and instrumental portions. But it’s the singers who stand out to be prominently showcasing their potentials.

Mokka Piece

Singer: Amrit

Lyricist: Amrit

Again, much as we saw in all likelihood with the first track, this one too is based on a  young ordinary boy’s lamentation in a funny manner for not being blessed with a girlfriend. Amrit has crooned the number apart from penning it down with simple lyrics.

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkama

Singer: Amrit

Lyrics: Amrit

The song comes as a sudden surprise proving to be one of the best cherry-picks in this album. The song is so melodious and has sweet like experience for the ones who hear it. It somewhere slightly reminiscences of Uravugal Thodarkathai. Amrit has done a fabulous job with this track and his lyrical lines as well.

Ennodu

Singer: Mili Nair

Lyrics: Vivek

A mediocre could be the right term and the song when compared to rest of the numbers is quite middling and maybe, the visuals could add up some interesting elements. However, the singers have done a decent job.

Two Opposites – The Theme

The accordions emboss some good emotions laced with humour, where the egoistic appeal of a guy and gal in love is expressed.

The Return of Love – Theme

Quite in contrary to the previous theme music, this one is melodious and quite binding on emotional mood.

As on whole, the album of  ‘Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam’ is an amalgamation of beautiful melodies and at the same time is packaged with some trendy numbers as well.

Verdict: Appreciable debut by Amrit. 

Masala Padam

Masala Padam

Directed by : Laxman Kumar
Produced by : Vijayaraghavendra, Laxman Kumar
Screenplay by : Laxman kumar and lakshmi Devy
Story by : Laxman Kumar
Starring : Shiva, Bobby Simha, Gaurav, Lakshmi Devy
Music by : Karthik Acharya
Cinematography : Laxman Kumar
Edited by : Richard Kevin
Production company : Allin Pictures
Country : India
Language : Tamil

When Mirchi Shiva utters the best realism movie he has come across so far in Tamil cinema is Baasha and World Cinema is ‘Mirattal Adi’, it might evoke laughter across few groups, but the director actually tries to exhibit the actual taste and perception of cinema from a general public. Firstly, we would like to congratulate filmmaker Laxman Kumar for such an immense portrayal of reality. Masala Padam comes packaged with such moments that goes very well adhered to the contemporary situation of cinema.

When a producer of commercial film challenges a bunch of bloggers who incessantly keep criticizing the new releases online, they are asked to a write a script for commercial film. They take up the challenge and decide to follow three youngsters from different status of society – Mirchi Shiva from middle class, Bobby Simha – a goon in North Chennai and Gaurav, a filthy rich guy with no aspirations in life. To make the situations more interesting, they decide to make their friend (Lakshmi Devy) get acquainted to these people for grasping some intensive moments. But literally, things take a turn out that they didn’t expect.

While Mirchi Shiva comes up with his usual paradigm of amusing us with laughter, Bobby Simha delivers a neat and decorous performance. Especially Bobby’s emotional sequences with Lakshmi Devy are quite commendable. Less is what we see with Gaurav who gets to play something causual as a rich handsome guy. Others in the cast try to give some best spell including Venkat who plays a producer.

Technically analysing, the film has a graph of mediocre elements and it could have been better.

The first few minutes seems like a docu-drama presentation followed by some hilarious moments followed by the situations slightly getting into a different zone. The second half has some emotional contexts, but again the movie reminiscences of flicks like Jigarthanda and Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam.

Overall, Masala Padam is quite appreciable in few parts with the mix of hilarious and emotional events, but it would have nicer if writers had made it little crisp and made the narration more engaging.

We appreciate entire team for attempting something different and innovative, but with a narration with clear and crispness, the film would have been better.

Verdict: Interesting theme but with middling narration

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