Romeo Juliet

Romeo Juliet

With the season of horror movies slightly coming to an end, the romantic and comedy genres have started up to showers it realms in theatres. While the other release of this Friday, Inimey Ippadithaan is a comedy entertainer with some romance and emotions, Jayam Ravi-Hansika Motwani starrer ‘Romeo Juliet’ falls into the ‘Romance’ genre. The film is directed by Lakshman and features some interesting star-cast like Poonam Bajwa, VTV Ganesh and few more prominent actors.

Jayam Ravi has been an ordinary man with ordinary lifestyle, who has been searching for true love in his life. On the other end of city, there is Hansika Motwani who strongly believes life without money and luxury isn’t worth living. She starts looking up for the richest guy to date and Jayam Ravi becomes the mistaken identity. Both of them come across each other and fall in love eventually, but sooner when Hansika Motwani realizes that Ravi is just a man earning 15K per month, she breaks up and moves away. Now what happens next has been narrated in a hilarious and quite emotional drama style.

Filmmaker Lakshmanan tries to bring forth the emotional context of love with some hilarious touch. The very opening titles of the film from MGR’s Anbe Vaa to Rajnikanth’s Thalapathy, Kamal Haasan’s Guna, Ajith Kumar’s Kadhal Kottai, Vijay’s Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, 7G Rainbow Colony and finally with Dhanush’s Aadukalam. This indeed brings out the complete excitement among the audiences and sooner with the title song ‘Dandanakka’, everything is a celebration out there. After few minutes into the movie, there seems to be certain drop in momentum, where we see the scenes repeated with the narration slightly letting us feel tiresome. Post-intermission there seems to be lively moments with Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani together bringing out their best efforts in rendering a beautiful show. Their cute and loveable actions are very well done. Poonam Bajwa with her minimal role steals the show.

Technically, the film holds some prominence due to the background score and songs by D Imman and cinematography are laudable indeed.

The major plus of the film is sizzling chemistry of Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani, some hilarious episodes involving VTV Ganesh and others in the cast and some songs by D Imman. On the flip side, if director Lakshman had narrated the screenplay with some fresh aspects, it would have far better than what it is now.

Overall, Romeo Juliet might not be a classical masterpiece of romance, but it’s a feel-good love story that would surely garner some good response from multiplex audiences.

Verdict: Certainly enjoyable, but could have been better

 

Innimey Ippadithaan aka Inimey Ippadithan

Innimey Ippadithaan aka Inimey Ippadithan

Cast & Crew

Movie – Innimey Ippadithaan
Starring – Santhanam, Thambi Ramaiah, Ashna Zaveri, Akila Kishore, ‘Aadukalam’ Naren, Pragathi and Many Others
Music – Santhosh Kumar Dhayanidhi
Director – Muruganand
Editing – Ruben
DOP – Gopi Jagadesswaran
Producer – Santhanam
Banner – Handmade Films

 

Movie Review

Santhanam has been involved in the scrupulous efforts of achieving something greater as a solo hero and his first film ‘Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham’ was indeed a good example. Now with more efforts, he has tried to give the best show in his second film as hero. Inimey Ippadithan is directed by duo Muruganand and is produced by Santhanam’s home banner with Ashna Zaveri and Akhila Kishore playing the female lead characters.

When Santhanam doesn’t find a good looking girl with high personality for being his wife, even his parents get tired on this relentless pursuit… Meanwhile, Santhanam falls in love with a gorgeous girl (Ashna Zaveri) and manages to win her heart. Apparently, his parents along with uncle (Thambi Ramaiah) finally get an arranged proposal of beautiful girl (Akhila Kishore). Now Santhanam is wedged between the two girls and is unable to handle the situations. Who is he going to marry finally? This forms the crux of the story.

What strikes our minds at the earliest is that Santhanam’s proficient skill in dedicating himself to the role. He looks completely apt for the character and does a marvelous job in his mannerisms and body language. Not to miss his authentic style of delivering funny dialogues that keeps everyone enchanted. Ashna Zaveri has become too much thinner and she could have maintained her weight for better looks. Akila Kishore doesn’t have more prominence to her character, but with her minimal portions does a neat task. VTV Ganesh as usual amuses the crowd with his fun-filled lines and everyone in the cast including Aadukalam Narain and Thambi Ramaiah has their toast of fun-filled celebrations.

The songs by Santosh are exquisitely good, but the film doesn’t find a proper placement. Cinematography could have been better with few best visuals. Editing is good. The screenplay becomes the most substantial element in this film for we don’t find the film boring anywhere. Thanks to team of writers and directors who have managed to pull of the film perfectly with engrossing aspects.

The establishment of characters with humorous touch and almost every character making a best spell and the hilarious lines keep us in huge laughter-riot. The film ends with a good message, especially for every guy in town who wants to marry the dream girl. Somehow, we can relate this film and its formulae to the yesteryear Bhagyaraj movies.

On the whole, Inimey Ippadithaan offers the best package of humour and entertainment with an unexpected twist in the climax with a good message at end.

 

Verdict: Can watch it for sure

Maari

Maari

Maari, the film’s title together with big names like Dhanush and Anirudh had kindled up the best exhilarations among Dhanush fans. With the track list making it all clear that this is going to be out and out commercial entertainer with the story set against the backdrops of slums, what else can Anirudh do than pumping heavy beats of Thaara Thappattai. Comprising of six tracks, the film is directed by Balaji Mohan. who shot to fame for his romantic comedy flicks like Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Yeppadi and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum.

1. Maari Thara Local (Here comes Maari)

    Singer: Dhanush

    Lyrics: Dhanush

The title song of this album and it looks like the introduction song of Dhanush. It is a pakka mass commercial number that has noisy percussion’s that even overshadows the voice of Dhanush. Maybe, the fast paced choreography would add up the best momentum to it on the screens.

2. Oru Vidha Aasai

     Singer: Anirudh and Vineeth Srinivasan

     Lyrics: Dhanush

With most of the songs turning to be massive exploding fast Kuthu numbers, the song slightly gets away in an unparalleled manner. This song has some western beats and genre of music. It may click well with the visuals.

3. Don’u Don’u

     Singers: Anirudh and Alisha Thomas

     Lyrics: Dhanush

The cherry pick of this album and it will instantly catch up the fire without any doubt. The song has simple lyrical lines with peppy music and what makes the song more catchier is the rendition of Alisha Thomas. The beats and the English rap words are so finely exquisite.

4. Odayum Dagulu Maari (The Return of Maari)

     Singers: Dhanush and Anirudh

This is going to be an apparent treat of theme song for exclusively tailored for Dhanush fans. As the track begins the violin, there seems to be a surprise with the Kuthu beats with Gaana Lyrics taking over.

5. The Maari Swag

This track has been having its realms from the time first look teaser was released. Just 30 seconds and it encompasses the best heroism.

6. Thappa Dhaan Theriyum

     Singer: Anirudh, Dhanush, Chinna Ponnu and Maghizhini Manimaaran

Yet another fast Kuthu number that has every element to enthrall the audiences, particularly his fans!!! Much alike the title song, the vocalisms of Anirudh, Dhanush, Chinna Ponnu and Maghizhini Maniramaran remain completely eclipsed by the heavy beats.

Overall, Maari is completely catering to the tastes of front benchers the pakka ‘Thara Ticket’ album that will surely have the single screen audiences exalting in celebration with heavy beats and overpowering dance of Dhanush and others.

Verdict: Final word! Thara Ticket album

Dhanush’s Maari Movie Review is Here. Check it Out to Know the Audience Response and Ratings.


Kaaka Muttai

Kaaka Muttai

Cast & Crew

Movie: Kaakka Muttai
Starcast: Ramesh, Vignesh& Iyshwarya Rajesh
Director: Manikandan M
Cinematography: Manikandan M
Editing: Kishore Te
Composer: G.V.Prakash Kumar
Dialogues: Manikandan M
Producer: Dhanush & Vetrimaaran
Banner: Fox Star Studios , Wunderbar Films & Grass Root Film Company
Label: Think Music

 

Movie Review

India has been a land of arts, literature et al with a long journey of history on the spiritual and philosophical panoramas. In fact, the western masters of cinema inquisitively peep into this zone and pick the best they could translate as Inception and of course Mahabharatha beings the world’s first ever art to depict Time Travel became a major source of fantasy films in Hollywood. Nevertheless, possessing such huge traits, India is still a source of ‘Third World Country’, where the slums and poverty became an intriguing element of many films. Of course, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire indeed had grabbed such essence. But that doesn’t mean cinematographer-filmmaker Manikandan has been inspired by such instances.

This film deviates itself completely from such paradigms and proves to be something different. It’s a drama about two brothers across the slum regions of Chennai. The elder one calls himself Periya Kaaka Muttai and the younger bro as Chinna Kaakka Muttai. They have their own joys unfolding everyday and even steal up the crow’s egg as their protein intake. Their father is in prison and mother (Aishwarya Rajesh) is no different from usual mothers of this zone. Eventually, things take a different turn in their lives, when an entrepreneurship firm opens up a pizza hut in the locale that eventually grabs their attention. Now their concern is to spin the money and no issues whatever it might take them through. They get involved in the fraudulent acts and get what they want to munch in the baked Pizza with some savoring toppings. But at the end, they have something that wouldn’t have envisaged.

We would incisively put forth a simple verdict for this film, an emotional melancholic drama that traces every stage of changing phase in Indian sub-continent of how Globalization adversely has its own effects on the lower-strata cohorts. First and foremost, the realistic approach of filming certain sequences really deserve a greater appreciation for cinematographer Manikandan, but again, some diminishing elements like slow motions that usually happen in the hero-centric films with over-emotional BGM by GV Prakash might hamper the naturalistic attempt. The excellent writing of Manikandan and his visual substantiality makes it all happen with this film.

The lead actors – Ramesh and Ramesh Thilaganathan, the young chaps bring up everything so naturally that nurtures the film with what the makers had envisaged. They have no influence of cinematic mania in them and that makes the job easier for Manikandan to bring the results he wanted.

Decades and Decades back, Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves had such a blunt reality impinging the Industrial Revolution. Although, the film’s backdrop encompassed on an ordinary man’s cycle being stolen and the family searches of it, there isn’t any solution given out there, but the social transformation had its prominence. Similarly, Kaaka Muttai is something that doesn’t appeal as a time pass movie, but something that would hold a great status in the pages of Asian Cinema Library for case studies.

 

Verdict: Projecting the unconventional truth with excellence

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.  

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