Orange Mittai

Orange Mittai

A journey is always filled with revelling moments and some contrastive experiences. Life is indeed a journey of bittersweet moments and that becomes the soul of this film Vijay Sethupathi starrer film directed by Biju Vishwanath as the title suggests ‘Orange Mittai’ that is tinged with sweet and bitterness. Very rarely we do see such movies surprising us in the theatres, where they emotionally let us connect and bring some smile with tears together. Well, don’t assume this is a tragic movie and keep away from watching it. This might be a spoiler alert, but again there could be some misconceptions of seeing Vijay Sethupathi as a sick patient and probably the wrong guesses might pop up. The film also features Ramesh in another lead role alongside Aarumugam and Aarshitha.

The film is a comedy drama, where an EMT Sathya (Ramesh) has completed his first year death anniversary rituals of his father. He visits the house of his girlfriend Kavya (Aashritha) and his father shocks him with some business plans of fortune for a happy married life, which disappoints him. He comes back on duty and that’s when an urgent call from a heart-attack patient Kailasam (Vijay Sethupathi). Rest of this film is about the journey of 48 hours that brings two contrastive characters Kailasam and Sathya together giving them a father-son relationship.

Very well written and beautifully crafted narration with crisp and short duration stands out to be the enthralling experience with Orange Mittai. Just a running length of 1hr 45 minutes and we are convinced with decent screenplay that doesn’t turn out to be vague anywhere. The characters are just limited, but they get a substantial scope. Be it Vijay Sethupathi or the minute one like the love failure case that gets into the ambulance, everyone etch an impressive element. Ashok Selvan appears only during the last frame, but even gets our attention. Such is the appealing sketch by Biju Vishwanath and the roles played by everyone.

The scenes involving Vijay Sethupathi and Ramesh reflect the real life instance of many fathers and sons. There are clashes, where Ramesh swears in bad language upon the annoying nature of this aged Vijay Sethupathi, but the very next second, they reconcile. This father-son relationship is something we have never seen in many Tamil movies in the recent times, but this one projects a reality.

When it comes to performance, Vijay Sethupathi throws up an ultimate vivification of absorbing completely to the character and he owns lots of awards now. Preferably, a National award for his scintillating performance and you can sense it everywhere with his portions. There is a particular scene, where we get appalled with his sickly outburst in hospital and immediately during the auto journey, he starts dancing for ‘Adiye Manam Nilluna Nikkaadhadi’. Ramesh is awe-inspiring with his naturalistic performance. Karunakaran doesn’t appear more than couple of shots, but has a very good characterisation though it’s slightly negative. Aarumugam as Ambulance driver keeps tickling our funny bones in many places and his episodes with Vijay Sethupathi are uproarious. Aashritha is a simple beauty and her performance is appreciable.

Musical score by Justin Prabhakaran is a real bliss to the film that makes the drama complete. The background score is pleasing and couple of songs ‘Payanangal’ and ‘Theerathey Aasaigal’ are emotionally binding.

Orange Mittai offers a unique experience based on emotions and relationships that is beautifully written and very well shot by Biju Vishwanath.

Verdict: A poetic emblem of sweet emotions

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga

Carrying the most famous brand of ‘Boss Engira Baskaran’, Arya-Santhanam-Rajesh trio is back with Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga. The film is produced by Arya’s home banner of The Show People with D Imman composing music.

1. Vasuvum Saravananum

Singers: Sooraj Santhosh and Kailash Kher

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

The song is simple and well composed by D Imman with not too many complicated instrumentals. The lyrical lines by Na. Muthukumar is merely average, but its okay when we would watch them on the screens. The singers Sooraj Santhosh and Kailash Kher are best in their places.

2. Sona Sona

Singers: Armaan Malik, Varun Parandhaman and Maria Roe Vincent

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

Peppy tune that might not impress you at the earliest, but might keep you engrossed with repeating hearings. Much alike rest of the songs, the singers play a vital role in enhancing the feel of this track.

3. Lucka Maattikkichi

Singers: Dholak Gana Jagan, Senthildass, Palaniammal

Lyrics: G Rokesh

Rokesh has been having his realms in the industry with back to back hits like ‘Danga Maari’ and ‘Dandanakka’. Now he comes up with something similar in the genre ‘Lucka Maattikkichi’ that has been gaining good credits from the moment of single track release. This song is sure to make a good show in the theatres.

4. Adadaa Onnum Solladha

Singers: Benny Dayal, Shakthisree Gopalan

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar

A soft toned melodious duet that brings the much celebrated princess of vocals – Shakthishree Gopalan. Benny Dayal as usual is so much best with his vocalizing strengths. The musical components are just casually with not much impact.

5. Naa Romba Busy

Singers: Santosh Hariharan, Neeti Mohan, Sharanya Gopinath

Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar, Snigdha Chandra

Based on the famous Tamil film dialogue by comedian Goundamani ‘Naa Romba Busy’, D Imman has composed this track with hilarious factors. He had recently attempted the same with ‘Dandanakka’ in Romeo Juliet, where he had blended some dialogues from T Rajendran.

Rest of the album has the Karaoke version of Sona Sona, Adada Onnum and Lucka Maattikicchu.

Overall, ‘Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga’ has mediocre music and it looks like D Imman has rendered something that would be appropriate for this film. But he had given some best music for commercial entertainers like ‘Jilla’ with an equal mix of melody, fast beat and folk numbers.

Verdict: VSOP – Just ¼ cutting

Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum

Naalu Policeum Nalla Irundha Oorum

Cast and Crew Details

Directed by : N. J. Srikrishna
Produced by : V. S. Rajkumar, P. Arumugakumar
Starring : Arulnithi, Remya Nambeesan, Bagavathi Perumal, Singampuli, Rajkumar
Music by : B. R. Rejin
Cinematography : Mahesh Muthuswami
Edited by : V. J. Sabu Joseph
Production company : Leo Visions

Sometimes, the basic concept of a film would be phenomenally great, somewhere going by the panache of Avant-Garde filmmakers. There are times, when we view a similar film alike from France or Italy, extending our appreciations for a satirical take. The film is based on a compelling theme – THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. It’s often so relevant to our everyday lives and this fictional comedy based on four policemen in a peaceful village is based on this very concept.

Porpandhal has been a peaceful village, where the land is blessed with innocent and good-hearted people .You miss a thick gold chain, you comeback after two days and get it back. That’s the spirit of this village, where you drop the money after buying goods from a shop as token of faith. Arulnidhi, Singampuli, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom fame Bhagavathi Perumal and Rajkumar are the four policemen leading a happy life. They play games, watch cricket and shut down the police station by 5 p.m. and Sundays are strictly holidays.

Since there hasn’t been a single police case registered in the time of more than decades, their lives are shook by a sudden order from higher officials on their transfer to the state’s most violent district of Ramanathapuram. Apparently, these policemen hatch some plans of turning the innocuous land into a corrupt place so that their position would be retained here.

But less they did expect some shocking convulsions that are yet to strike the town.

As said above, the film holds some prominence for filmmaker Sri Krishna coming up with some innovative theme. He deserves commendable credits for crafting an interesting plot with light-hearted moments. But the basic problem rises with the fallible writing. Hit the bull’s eyes or at least manage to keep the audiences engrossed should be the primary motto of this film, but it fails to deliver the assets. The first half is laced with so much of loose ends with nothing much to carry. When we start expecting there could be something substantial in the post-intermission sequences, yet again, the scenario remains the same. The basic problem with the film is the confusion of balancing humour with seriousness.

Arulnidhi has to be too choosy with the scripts and roles he wants to take up. He had made a wonderful phase with ‘Mouna Guru’ and he needs to pay more attention towards it. This is a very much underplayed role that doesn’t shoot up his career graph. Singam Puli is seen over-reacting during most of the sequences. Both the actors Raj Kumar and Bhagavathi Perumal together streaked up a hilarious riot in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, but they remain dumb and silent throughout the film. Ramya Nambeesan doesn’t get a meaty role though she performs at her best.

Technically, it’s a film with mediocre that lacks strong elements in both music and cinematography.

Overall, if the makers had kept the film intact with good flow of screenplay and engaging elements, NPNO would have been a great time pass film.

VERDICT: GOOD THEME BUT FLIMSY PRESENTATION

Sakalakala vallavan Appatakkar

Sakalakala vallavan Appatakkar

From the commercial director Suraj, the latest outing ‘Sagalakalavallavan Appatakkar’ stars Jayam Ravi, Trisha and Anjali in lead roles. The film is produced by Lakshmi Movie Makers with Thaman composing music.

Bulb Vaangiten Machan

Singers: Deva, Jayam Ravi and Vivek

Perhaps, this is one of the best cherry picks in this album as it brings an unusual style of singers. Moreover, with Jayam Ravi and Vivek giving some touch of their rendition becomes an additional attraction. Out and out commercial song, this is sure to make it bigger on the screens with the choreography. Deva, the Gaana King emblazons the song with more intensity.

Mandaiyum

Singers: Nivas and Sameera

Too loud and there is nothing special about the track. The singers try to give their best impression, but nothing helps the song from sinking. Thaman could have delivered something much better.

Buji Ma Buji Ma

Singers: D Imman, MM. Manasi

Thaman always comes up with similar pattern of music and never tries to give something new. This song is one such illustration, where there is no proper orchestration and except the chorus, there is nothing impressive here.

Un style eh power

Singers: Deepak and Sharmila

Yet again, the sound is high and noisy in places. The singers give their best, but nothing helps it grab our attention. The instrumentals are quite disturbing and not an impressive one.

Hitu Song

Singers: STR, Remya Nambeesan, MM Manasi, MM Monissha

Finally, to wrap up with the album, there is something quite peppy for the listeners to enjoy and thanks to STR-Remya Nambeesan combo for making it happen. It’s a normal song with the stereotypical style of Thaman composition, but the realms of STR and Remya is quite attractive.

On the whole, Sagalakalavallavan Appatakkar album is just an average fare and somewhat disappointing from Thaman, who hasn’t been able to deliver something enriching to the music buffs. Looks like his affinity for Telugu music industry has been keeping him confined to the same formulae and he has to work out something best if he plans to retain his status in Kollywood.

VERDICT: Disappointing on whole

Maari

Maari

Mass and Dhanush – Inseparable terms that goes well with this fans and they get retreated with immense joy and satisfaction. Dhanush has prominently been one of the rarest actors to have made a significant effort of juggling between performance oriented movie and mass commercial entertainers. With ‘Maari’, he proves it well with the latter category, where audiences, especially his fans are enthralled with laughter, applause and celebrations till the final credits. Produced by Magic Frames and Wunderbar Films, the film is directed by Balaji Mohan (Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Yeppadi and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum fame) with an ensemble star-cast of Dhanush, Kajal Aggarwal, Vijay Yesudas, Shanmugha Rajan, Robo Shankar, Gopi, Vinod, Kaali Venkat and many others.

It’s Chennai slum and everyone fears about Maari (Dhanush), the most dreaded local don, who lives a carefree life with his ‘Pigeon Race’. On the other end, his opponents always look up for a chance to beat him down in both the race and his arena as ‘Dhadha’. Sooner, a police officer (Vijay Yesudas) arrives in the area and has a severe clash with Maari. With all such situations happening, a beautiful girl named Sri Devi (Kajal Aggarwal) along with her family settles in the neighbourhood for a boutique business. Initially they have some issues and later Sri Devi starts having a soft corner for Maari, but things break loose when the latter gets to know about her real intentions.

Regardless of what the genre is, Dhanush always strives to give the best he can do to let his character have the substantial realms. As ‘Maari’, he has adapted himself to a new body language, mannerisms and Balaji Mohan has offered the best traits that make him look perfect for this role. Some of the sequences laced with mass elements that turns Dhanush fans so crazy over the time. Kajal Aggarwal appears throughout the film, but her role could have been far better. Playback singer Vijay Yesudas makes his debut in a negative role and has exerted something beyond his usual paradigms. Robo Shankar and Vinod are the real showstoppers winning our praises with their rib-tickling moments. Mime Gopi of Madras fame is excellent and Kaali Venkat is groovy with his usual style.

Anirudh slightly disappoints with background score, but as the songs have already become a massive hit, certain minuses get overshadowed. Om Prakash’s cinematography across the locales of Triplicane is very well etched with some good frames.

If you’re looking up for something on the flip side, there are few sluggish moments in the first half and it takes the actual story to open by the point of intermission.

However, ‘Maari’ stands out to be a well-tailored perfect treat for Dhanush fans and will precisely be a hit among the single screen and sub urban audiences.

Verdict: Custom Made for Dhanush fans

Baahubali

Baahubali

Cast & Crew

Movie: Baahubali
Starcast: Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Sudeep, Adivi Sesh, Nasser, Prabhakar
Director: S.S.Rajamouli
Cinematography: K.K.Senthil Kumar
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Composer: M.M.Keeravani
Singer: Karthik, Damini, Geetha Madhuri, Ramya Behara, Deepu,Deepika, Kailash Kher, Mohana Bhogaraju, Haricharan, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi, Aditya
Lyricist: Mathan Karky
ProducerShobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Tamil Presenters: K.E. Gnanavel Raja and UV Creations 

Things cannot be simplified over the grandiloquence of what SS Rajamouli has delivered through his magnum opus ‘Baahubali’. Sometimes, it becomes so much complicated to get a grasp of what a maverick filmmaker can deliver. Stunningly, Baahubali now proves to be the best ever prowess in every aspect. Starring Prabhas (dual roles), Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty in lead roles, the film is made in two different parts and this first instalment is ‘Baahubali – The Beginning’.

Prabhas is seen as a man born acquainted to the Mother Nature and his lifestyle is completely as same as what we have seen in Jungle Book or Tarzan. Unaware about his unparalleled lineage, he leads a nomadic life inside the forests. One day, a beautiful girl he imagined arrives in front of him and she is none other than Tamanaah. She along with the bunch of rebels is on the pursuit of rescuing Devasena (Anushka Shetty) from the clutches of an evil emperor – Rana Daggubati. He has been treating her like an animal tied to the front side of palace and humiliates her terribly. Prabhas joins Tamannaah and her group to rescue Devasena for the love he has for her. On arriving in the palace, Prabhas realises that he is none other than the son of King Amrendra Baahubali (again played by Prabhas) and Devasena (Anushka Shetty).

SS Rajamouli has always been a master of screenplays with his wizardry craftsmanship keeping us revelled in all his movies. Irrespective of what genres he handles, he never misses to keep us engrossed with his commercial inclusions of elements, but with strong contents. As the show begins, we might be little tested with our patience with some 40 minutes not being so emblazoned with high momentum, but sooner towards the point of intermission gains its peaks. The second half has its own raciness and keeps us intact till the climax. The magnificent performance of Prabhas and Rana Daggubati are beyond excellence and they become the macho hero-baddie of this decade, for we have never seen such a promising combat warriors ever in Indian film industry. Tamannaah looks gorgeous as a mythological angel and Anushka Shetty doesn’t carry much prominence here. Obviously, she will be having a big spell in the second part titled ‘Baahubali – The Conclusion’. Ramya Krishnan has tremendously emphasized the importance of her character. Nasser is perfect. Sathyaraj is overpowering and we wonder is it the same man we have been seeing for more than couple of decades.

But what stands out to be an emblazoning factor it the mind-boggling CG works that stands absolutely on the pars of Hollywood movies. The exotic visuals of the forests and waterfalls are something that we have never seen before in our films. Picking up a premise that completely sticks to the Indian origin, SS Rajamouli has carefully employed the best traits of including CG works that entertains everyone in awe, but is not overdosed anywhere.

And yet, if you’re incisively looking to grab your piece on the flip side, we would say, the initial moments are not completely at its right pace. We need to be patient till the things turn enormous. The running length could have been trimmed to keep it more engrossing. Moreover, the romantic scenes involving Prabhas and Tamannaah could have been more emotionally bounded. The war sequences albeit its rich visuals and stunning CG works turn to be lengthier.

But that doesn’t stop our excitements anywhere and we are enthralled throughout the film. Personally, Baahubali is a stud of rarest pearl in the Indian film industry and it shouldn’t be missed at any cost.

Verdict: Speechless and no words to praise this unparalleled grandeur.

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