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

10 Endrathukulla

10 Endrathukulla

Chiyaan Vikram fans are always frenzy about their matinee idol coming on screens. Moreover, every time he might not be able to satisfy the universal audiences, but this time is likely to enthrall them vividly through 10 Endradhukulla as everything that has been promoted from the team is obviously appealing that it’s a wholesome entertainer. With the audio launched today, we bring you an exclusive look of songs.

Aanaalum Indha Mayakkam

Vocals: Sathya Prakash

It’s a mediocre start in the album, where the vocalism by Sathya Prakash is quite commendable, b but the tune is little middling. Nevertheless, as the time progresses and with the accordance to visuals, we might have betterment with the track.

Gana Gana

Vocals: Shreya Ghoshal and Anand Aravindakshan

Not really a great number when you hear for the first time, but  maybe after sometime if the makers have the promotional songs released or with the film’s release, it would surely have a great reception among the audiences. Shreya Ghoshal is a special surprise as she usually croons melodious numbers of Imman and for the first time attempts something different.

Mysterious Travel

Its theme music and it looks like although Imman is quite laudable with his background score, he hasn’t given theme music in album tracks for a very long time. Of course, it sounds good with some peppy style of composition and would be surely placed during the sequences of action and stunts.

10 Endrathukulla (Female Version)

Vocals: Vaikom Vijayalakshmi

Vaikom Vijayalakshmi – when you hear the name, her brand is closely synonymous with beautiful melodies. Be it Malayalam and Tamil, she has always rendered some melodious numbers and D Imman as he did with her in Romeo Juliet tries to bring some new dimension with retro-rap style, which is quite abnormal and artificial

10 Endradhukulla (Male Version)

Vocals: Vishal Dadlani and Emcee Jesz

Now comes the male version of 10 Endradhukulla song that is rendered by Vishal Dadlani and Emcee Jesz, which is somewhat good in style of accompanying rhythms and trendy beats.

Vroom Vroom

Vocals: Santosh Hariharan

As the album comes to an end, the song ‘Vroom Vroom’, which was released a single track occurs and it easily deletes the memories of so ordinary tracks we heard erstwhile. The song is appealing in all aspects and has already become a great hit.

As on whole, the song ‘Vroom Vroom’ becomes the absolute showstopper and rest of the tracks might find its way slowly to the groovy levels.

Verdict: A commercial package by D Imman

Kathukkutti

Kathukkutti

Directed by : Era. Saravanan
Produced by : R. Ramkumar
Starring : Narain, Srushti Dange, Soori, Jayaraj, Sandhya
Music by : Aruldev
Cinematography : Santhosh Sriram
Production company : OWN Productions
Country : India
Language : Tamil

In an apparent bid to make critics think twice before pointing out flaws in the film, director Saravanan, who was a journalist earlier, has named his debut venture ‘Kathukutti’.

The film speaks about the woes faced by farmers (we saw Goundamani’s ’49 O’ with a similar theme only recently) and the attempts made by a wastrel to set things right.

The director, being a former journalist, has done home work to bring on screen the plight of those involved in agriculture. But he has missed out on coming out with a taut script and the packaging too lacks fizz.

Arivazhagan (Naren) is a carefree youngster and he is the son of a local politician. He spends all his time with his friend Ginger (Soori). Though he is dubbed as wastrel by many, Arivazhagan has ambitions for agriculture.

In the meantime, he also has an affair with Bhuvana (Srishti Dange). One day, he is fielded as candidate in a by-election by his father’s party, much against to the wishes of his dad. However, Arivazhagan accepts the challenge.

But he faces all hurdles in the form of Vasanth, another young and educated candidate. Vasanth is ready to go to any extent to defeat Arivazhagan and he even uses the death of Bhuvana’s father for the purpose.

The rest is all about whether Arivazhagan, the ‘kathukutty’  (novice) that he is, manages to break the evil designs of the opponent(s) and achieves his mission or not.

The first half is entertaining, but the second half is preachy. At many places, we are delivered with messages, with the main being the need to safeguard agriculture and to protect farmers.

Naren makes a comeback with this flick, but his dialogue delivery is not convincing. Soori tries to evoke laughter, while Srishti Dange fits well to the bill of a village belle. Others in the cast are okay.

The cinematography is colourful to the eyes, and the background score is good.  The director could have made the film much interesting with some smart writing and by infusing more pace to the screenplay. But still, ‘Kathukutti’ has its moments and a message too.

Read Kathukkutti Review in Tamil

Puli

Puli

Movie : Puli
Directed by : Chimbu Deven
Produced by : Shibu Thameens, PT Selvakumar
Written by : Chimbu Deven
Starring : Vijay, Sridevi, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Nandita Swetha
Music by : Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography : Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by : A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company : SKT Studios
Distributed by : Sri Thenandal films (Tamil Nadu), Ayngaran International (UK), Thameens (Kerala), S. Narayan (Karnataka), Pahlaj Nihalani (North)
Release dates : 1 October 2015
Running time : 154 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Budget : 118 crore

An ordinary man who later realises the hidden identity through the course of journey across the hurdles finally sets out to rescue the land of innocents ruled by evil powers. Vijay’s Puli travels on this basic plot that comes packaged with some adventures, fantasy, action, romance, glamour with a dose of heroines performing their best belly dance moves and more.

The film much prior to the release  had evoked lots of anticipations pertaining to the plot, where some sources claimed it could be something based on time travel and more of this sort. In all likelihood of what we have seen to be rumours, this one proves to be the same.

Let us keep the analysis short and crisp with a vivid look of what becomes the greatest hit and miss here.

This isn’t an unusual story and we have seen plethora of times films based on these concepts. It actually works out good results at the end of show to see someone like Vijay rescuing people from the deplored situations and proving to be their saviour. But what turns out to be a disappointing turn is the basic premise of the story and a fallible writing. Is it a fantasy tale or something that is meant to promote Vijay’s political ideologies? This becomes a first and foremost question as we come across infinite punch dialogues that used to be an intriguing part of Vijay’s erstwhile commercial films. Coming apart from these elements, the first half completely lacks story and it looks like the scenes were actually composed to impress Vijay fans and the comedy tracks involving Thambi Ramaiah are so much irksome. Although Sudeep appears by the first few minutes of this film, it just happens to be his introduction and he comes into picture only by intermission. Hansika Motwani and Sridevi again appear by second half. Shruthi Haasan has nothing to perform other than shaking with oomph factors for couple of songs and Hansika Motwani rarely performs anything and is just utilised as a showcase doll. Don’t ask us about Vidyullekha Raman, Thambi Ramaiah, Robot Shankar and Nandita have nothing to perform or score.

The CG works and animation should have been a major pillar in this movie, but it doesn’t stay up to the expectations. The cinematography is top-notch is places and we are bound to doubts if Sreekar Prasad had really edited the shots for the transitions are abrupt.

Certain portions in the film are promising and likeable for kids and few impress Vijay fans, but overall, it’s an average fare that doesn’t exceed our expectations with a too lengthy screenplay that tests our patience.

Verdict: Not really a grand entertainer

Puli Review in Tamil

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