Sankarabharanam

Sankarabharanam

Music has no language. And for the ones who couldn’t lay their earnest trust of belief in this saying had it all witnessed before years through the everlasting musical realms through ‘Sankarabharanam’. A film that crossed beyond the boundaries enchanting us all and now with the digitally restored version dubbed in Tamil, it’s a gracious opportunity for the ones of this generation to have a different experience with it.

Certain films are not to be critically analyzed, but taken up as a case study and Sankarabharanam, directed by K. Vishwanath belong to the latter one.

The film speaks about a pure relationship of teacher-student in the world of music. J.V. Somayajulu plays an orthodox Carnatic singer who has made the cities and villages to fall for his musical spell. He comes across a young lady(Manju Bhargavi) who is supposedly to be trapped into the world of women on street. Apparently, as they come across each other, the magic of music happens, but not sooner do the fate plays its havoc with the emergence of western music. What happens next is a drama of touching emotions and a climax that creates lump in our throats.

Putting down our review in words for Sankarabharanam would turn to be an amateur task. It is an experience of wonderful delight. The dialogues (thanks to the writer for Tamil version) for delivering the exact emotional punches that were present in the original version. There are so many dialogues in the film, which speaks about the traditional ties that have been separating the people based on caste, the infuriating lines against the fake teachers of music are mind blowing ones.

The second half might take away with a diversion from the central theme of this film, where it focuses on the daughter of Somayajulu and her falling in love is entertaining indeed.

There is no need to speak a word about ‘Musical’ aspects of this flick and it’s a blessing to the souls that keep us enthralled through the course. SP Balasubramaniam won the best National award for his voice and the album is packed with splendid ones.

Final Word! Don’t miss Sankarabharanam and if you belong to the previous generation of 70s make sure your children and grandchildren watch it without fail, for they would boast of being a part of India film fraternity when addressing the world level film leagues.

Verdict: Leaves us marvelled throughout the musical downpour of bliss and emotions.

Rajathanthiram

Rajathanthiram

Conmen were once the favourite of Hollywood channels and instantly, the Tamil showbiz has turned more fanatics towards them. Over the years, we have been coming across the good will Robin Hood and last year release ‘Sathuranga Vettai’ claimed to be a decorous hit. From the new bunch of team, ‘Rajathanthiram’ throws an ultimate heist thriller that comes as a package of some promising performance, unexpected twists and few more surprises.

The film traverses through the likely minded unconventional personalities – Veera, Siva and Ajay. They are looters of town who make headlines for their unique style of heist, but they never attempt for anything bigger, but their life takes a turn in ‘Italian Job’ twist style, when they come across many characters including a young beautiful girl (Regina) proposing MLM business and these trio land up for a striking deal with Pattiyal Sekar.

As mentioned earlier, the film boasts of a new-yet-fabulous star-cast that comes offering the best of their potentials. Not to miss the generously compelling performance of the lead actors – Veera and Arjun who bring forth everything on its toast of emotions and humour at an ease. Decades back, we could sense the similar flight of excitements on watching JD Chakravarthy performing those best works. Veera remaining sangfroid in many situations without any complex gestures makes it more brilliant. Regina Cassandra deserves her quotient of best appreciations for a remarkable job. She might be straining herself a lot, but has a neat attitude and her dialogue deliveries keeps us enchanted over her. Siva brings up an iconic performance now and then as possible. Ilavarasu takes sleepwalk through his role and as usual gives into the crème de la crème one. But who overshadows everyone among the promising star-cast is none other than producer Pattiyal Sekhar, who astonishes us completely throughout the film, Embracing the best dialogue deliveries and body languages, he is the showstopper here.

When you are introduced to the genre of ‘Conmen’ and ‘Heist thrillers’, no way you’re easily shown the way to some references, especially the new generation of movies like ‘Soodhu Kavvum’ and ‘Sathuranga Vettai’. Some of the sequences in the film easily lets us reminiscence of such illustrations, but apparently the nitty-gritty element of engrossing screenplay evokes the engagement. The efficient method of revealing the suspense elements turn to be the most surprising element here. Of course, you make some predictions tickling your cognizant department, but as some of the best quotes say, a filmmaker is supposed to make the audiences win with their guesses and somewhere shock them with surprises. In all likelihood, filmmaker has ritually followed these ethics.

Sandeep Chowta has been a highly celebrated music director far-famed more for his signature theme music and background score, especially in Bollywood and this one adds an extra feather to his kitty. Cinematography by Kathir has always been a beautiful icing of cake and the sleek visuals grips up the thrill elements voraciously.

Director Amid has seemingly worked a lot in both narrative and technical aspects to make it a full-fledged entertaining movie. To look up for something on the flip side, there aren’t anything much, but the only point is the delayed release and with accordance to the couple of references we made earlier, this one seems slightly to be a so-called runner up concept to the other two ones that have already proved the best in BO.

Overall, ‘Rajathanthiram’ has been very well presented with some surprises in the screenplay, decorous performance of artists and appreciable technical ones.

Verdict: A heist thriller that will keep you in surprise till end.

Enakkul Oruvan

Enakkul Oruvan

A sophisticated plot inspired or borrowed from Tom Cruise’s Vennila Sky (2001), though not completely, but with some percentage. Enakkul Oruvan, a remake of Kannada hit flick ‘Lucia’ had the best appraisals across the globe and the Bollywood went gaga as the producers clasped the remake rights for a whopping price. It was so much exciting to see the remake happening here in Kodambakkam. Let’s see what really impresses us and what disappoints with SiddarthDeepa Sannidhi starrer ‘Enakkul Oruvan’

The film speaks about the swapping mode of a youngster from dream-real-dream world due to his insomniac problems. One happens to be an uneducated unsuccessful underdog boy working as a theatre operator and other one, a filthy rich actor on top of charts. The characters in real and dream world persist to be the same and before you conclude your assumptions, an unexpected twist of surprise happens in the end.

A simple plot, well recognized and acclaimed in Kannada industry with not-so famous actors in the cast and a complete new attempt, where public funded this project. Before starting off with the analysis, we would like extend our appreciations to filmmaker Pawan Kumar, who wrote script and screenplay for the original version as well. Over here, Prasad Ramar credited with additional screenplay along with director has made some modifications that reluctantly favour and at times turn out to be a disappointment.

The first and foremost problem with ‘Enakkul Oruvan’ in blunt terms would be a dissatisfying characterization of lead actors, especially Siddarth. The performance level of Siddarth remains so vague and stubborn. The theatre boy role has to be more sympathetic, but Sid exhibits a slight arrogance into it. Deepa Sannidhi although does her best in performance, her role could have been very well etched. The innocence, love and spirit of emotions is blindly lacking, which doesn’t help us connect with the film. Aadukalam Narain is the only convincing factor in star-cast and rest are just okay.

Technically, the black and white-colour portions irk us after a certain point of time. The makers have directly hired the original version elements to Tamil version. They should have clearly been cognizant of what Tamil film audiences are capable and what they would reject. This turns out to be yet another disappointing element in the film. Although, the justification has been done towards the end, there is nothing more progressive about it.

The songs by Santosh Narayanan are good and the background score is appreciable with the cinematography by Gopi with top-notch effects.

On the whole, Enakkul Oruvan – if there could be one person who deserves the best appraisals, it’s Pawan Kumar, the writer and director of original version while with performance, its the supporting ones that carries the film on its shoulders. The climax portion of truth revealed, the secret interview and few elements of emotions tries to rub off the boring elements in the 2 hours of flick, but it doesn’t achieve the best results of what it is capable of.

Verdict: Excellent plot letdown by performance and snail-paced narration.

 

Komban

Komban

GV Prakash commenced his musical journey with a folk based musical genre in ‘Veyil’ following which after many years; he returned back experimenting with it again in National award winning film ‘Aadukalam’. Teaming up with Karthi for the third time, he has now tried something completely folk in ‘Komban’. The album has five songs and we bring you the exclusive music review of this Komban-Lakshmi Menon starrer directed by Muthaiah and produced by Studio Green K.E. Gnanavel Raja.

 

Kambikara Vetti

V.M. Mahalingam and Ananthu

It’s a festival song in the rural backdrops and there is a plethora of dance and celebration in it What turns more impressive about the song is the rendition panache of V.M. Mahalingam and Ananthu for they consistently deliver the lines with more energy. There are lots of dance sequences in this track and will be surely enjoyed by the rural audiences.

 

 Appappa

 GV Prakash and Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal remains too synonymous for her sweet melodic voice and this song carries her best persona in usual paradigms. GV Prakash has his portions embellished in the midst of hers cherubic delivery. The song speaks about the erotic and loveable chemistry between a newlywed couple in the native lands with more poignance.

 

Karuppu Nerathazhagi

Vel Murugan and Maalavika Sundar

The song captivates your memories for the first time you hear it and you will not stop listening to this track. A special surprise from GV Prakash who hasn’t delivered a single Chartbuster in the recent times and this one is a fabulous one. Laced with best music, lyrics and wonderful rendition by Vel Murugan and Maalavika Sundar, the track is sure to top the charts in a short span of time.

 

Mella Velanjadhu

Madhu Balakrishnan

The song takes the emotional route and offers a touching impact to the listeners’ heart. Moreover, the inclusion of a singer like Madhu Balakrishnan adds additional emotions through his style of vocalisation and the montage visuals should bring forth more essence into it.

 

 A Celebration (Komban Theme)

This would let the frontbenchers in the theatres, especially the ones across the suburban and rural areas to have their blast with the dance and musical trumpets in the style of their nativity.

On the whole, ‘Komban’ has a touch of complete folk genre, which keeps us enchanted in many places. Appappa and Karuppu Nerathazhagi happen to be the instant hits and rest of the numbers would surely catch up our attention brewing up with the visuals.

 

Verdict: Moderately better than GV’s previous albums.

Uttama Villain

Uttama Villain

When viewing a Kamal Haasan or just listening to his songs, we tend to experience and learn lots of new things. Well, with Uttama Villain, scenarios are same and splendid. The album might not be a Chartbuster with commercial or melodious hits, but has something fresh and different that Tamil cinema hasn’t witnessed before. We bring you exclusive music review on Uttama Villain and have a glimpse of our vivid analysis here.

Love’aa Love’aa

Vocals: Kamal Haasan, Sharanya Gopinath, Anitha, Nivas

Lyrics: Viveka

Kamal Haasan fans usually don’t expect such tracks from this genius actor who always tries to explore something different in his albums and lets us experience the same. But sometimes with the commercial aspects in mind, he would have a Kuthu number as with ‘Suriya-Trisha’ track in Manmadhan Ambu. Similarly this track looks like nowhere close to the film, but has been compulsively added up and the rendition of singers including Kamal Haasan remains obscure. But somewhere, it would easily grab the attention in theatres for the dance steps that he is trying up in one of the interludes.

 

Kaadhalam Kadavul Mun

Vocals: Padmalatha

Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

Before you stop thinking why Kamal Haasan had to come up with commercial panoramas, you have the musical wizardry taking us into his world of interesting elements and thanks to Ghibran for conceiving the best elements that Kamal Haasan had envisaged. The elegant vocalism by Padmalatha is colossal throughout the song and the usage of instrumentals, especially harp makes it more appealing. The choreography on Pooja Kumar would be another highlighting attribute in this song.

 

Uttaman Introduction (Villuppattu)

Vocals: Subbu Arumugam, Kamal Haasan

Lyrics: Subbu Arumugam

 Usually, this genre of music gains its prominence over the time when watched the screens. The situations were similar to Anbe Sivam as most of the songs had such aspects. Villu Paattu here refers to the play that involves the introduction of Uttaman. The intonating style by Subbu Arumugam is more prodigious in places and Kamal Haasan has his own domination in his parts with a greater magnitude.

 

Saagavaram

Vocals: Kamal Haasan

Additional vocals: Yazin Nizar, Ranjith Iyappan and Ghibran

Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

Music directors composing for Kamal Haasan always have a problem, although they get to explore the best levels of music. Yes, with his rendition in voices, the instrumental parts go diminished even when scored with the best attempts. But Ghibran manages to steal the show during the interludes and preludes with soft instruments. Of course, the additional voices have the best spell made it prevalent throughout the sequences they get. If you’re looking up why there isn’t anything mentioned about Kamal Haasan, it is obvious that his presence is more than enough than what he is crooning.

 

Iraniyan Naadagam

Vocals: Kamal Haasan, Rukmini Ashok Kumar

Performed by Sofia Symphony Orchestra

Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

A major portion of this album is dominated by play based tracks and this cannot be defined and reviewed. It is based on the play and could be done with the visuals. But again, the Kamal Haasan magic is very much adherent to the theme of this film. The orchestral troupe and the instrumentalists establish their crème de la crème works here to a brilliant extent.

 

Mutharasan Kadhai

Performed by Sofia Symphony

Narrated by Kamal Haasan

Vocals: Yazin Nizar, Ranjith, Iyappan , Padmalatha

Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

 The highlighting trait about this track is the musical components including the vocalists taking the song across different levels of emotions touching various scales and octaves. Although, we could see the main essence through the visuals, the song will touch different levels post-the release.

 

Uttaman Kadhai

Performed by Sofia Symphony Orchestra

Narrated by Kamal Haasan

Vocals: MS Bhaskar, Yazin Nizar, Ranjith, Iyappan

Lyrics: Kamal Haasan

 It’s been a very long time, we had seen a ballad based song and Kamal Haasan-Ghibran combination brings forth an extraordinary work along with the Sofia Symphony Orchestra fervently with the narration of the genius Kamal. The vocals by MS Bhaskar, Yazin Nizar, Ranjith and Iyappan are uniquely encompassing the track.

 

Uttama Villain Theme music

We are quite familiar with this track ever since the first look was unveiled and now when we get to hear the complete track, it adds more sensational essence to our senses. As soon as the Kamal Haasan fans hear this number, they would go high on invigorations in theatres and this doubtless verdict.

 

 INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS

There is something more specific about this bunch of tracks. Usually, the makers don’t present the signature background music of all situations along with the full album, but Sony Music has tried something different and has now bestowed the listeners with it. So before you watch the film, when hearing these tracks along with the prominence of title, you would precisely get involved with the characters and situations while viewing them on the screens.

Guru  & Shishya  

Father    & Daughter  

Uttaman & Karpagavalli  

Father & son  

Letter from and to Yamini  

Dr. Aparna  

Following these instrumental tracks, the album ends with the three karaoke versions that include Kadhalam Kadavul Mun, Saagavaram and Iraniyan Naadagam.

To wind up with the final verdict, Kamal Haasan works are always beyond the criticisms and he always let us experience something different new as mentioned by the opening portions of this review. The musical journey of Ghibran hits the milestone and the life changes for him from here.

 

Verdict: Remarkably brilliant and explorations of new genre impress us.

Kaaki Sattai

Kaaki Sattai

Kaaki Sattai is an Tamil Movie Featuring SivaKarthikeyan, Sridivya, Prabhu, Manobala. Kaaki Sattai is directed by R.S.Durai Senthil Kumar and Produced by Actor Dhanush‘s Wunderbar Films

Cops have fought against terrorisms, drug peddlers, serial killers, rapists et al and now it’s a new pattern of illegal organ trafficking. Not long back in time, we had Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Yennai Arindhaal starring Ajith Kumar and Arun Vijay in lead roles dealing with same issues, but in limited episodes, but Durai Senthil Kumar focalises the complete plot with this backdrop. Let’s not get into the stuffs of who made first? Who wrote first? End of the day, it’s how engaging the film has been delivered.

Underestimations have become a normalcy in the life of a police constable Mathimaaran (Sivakarthikeyan). He often envisages of his very own persona as a cop officer shattering down the baddies, but in reality does nothing. When his senior officer (Prabhu) urges him the need to bring an appalling case that would change the history, Mathimaaran comes across one such gruesome activities of bigwigs who are involved in the illegal trafficking of organs from North Indian labours who get employed through agencies for blue collar jobs.

In spite of a usual story based on cop locking horns with anti-socialites isn’t something new, but it’s obviously the screenplay that should or supposed to keep the audiences engaged. Durai Senthil Kumar adds some interesting elements of commercial panoramas that easily gains our favour during the first half. There is a plethora of humour, witty lines in the usual panache of Sivakarthikeyan and his sidekicks offering the best to tickle up funny bones. But somewhere in the middle, we tend to feel what the story is. Although, few characterizations are established in the very beginning of the drama, it takes nearly a hour to bring open the conflicts. We tend to believe that there’s going to be more raciness in the second hour and of course, it has to. It travels with some enhancement, but the power that it should carry goes slightly missing. There are some distractions via Manobala, who is completely unnecessary for the situation. Durai Senthil Kumar seems to be self-confused on how to take forward the story. Should it be humorous or serious? This completely ruins the plot and treatment. Almost all the brilliant acts of the protagonist against the baddies seem outdated. We have seen many mass heroes adapting the similar techniques and this seems to be little vague. And we find the logic easily missed out in many places that make things fallible. If these things were neatly noticed and sorted out on the script papers, Kaaki Sattai would have been more appealing in many places.

The appreciable part on the technical front is Anirudh’s fabulous background score and songs that brings up more enhancements to the visual elements. Cinematography is good and appreciable.

Sivakarthikeyan matures to the next level of performance. Might be, it’s just a normal entertainer, which might not bring such offbeat acting, but he has breathed more life and soul into the role he has performed. Be it the hilarious scenes or the emotional ones, he brings out the best from him. Even his dancing skills are improvised and his action scenes are groovy. Sri Divya looks beautiful and her role seems to be travelling throughout the film, but it could have be at its best. Vijay Raaz as the baddie is cool, smart and villainous with his performance. With more dialogues rendered in English, he does it with more casualness. Yog Japee has his role short and crisp. Nagi Needu is convincing. Imman Annachi is funny throughout the drama.

Had the screenplay was sharpened with more raciness in the second half and few old-pattern scenes were avoided, Kaaki Sattai would be a real great film to watch for. As of now, it’s a commercial entertainer that you can watch up for time-pass.

 

Verdict: A cop’s rage for justice.

 

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