Thaara Thappattai

Thaara Thappattai

Emotional enhancements have been the heart and soul of Maestro Ilayaraja and his songs irrespective of what the genre is instantly gets our attention. It’s an oceanic mammoth journey for Ilayaraja as he completes his 1000th album with Bala’s Thaara Thappattai and we bring you the exclusive music review of this album featuring an ensemble bunch of star-cast with Sasikumar and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar in lead roles.

The album starts off with a passable tune titled ‘Hero Introduction’, where there isn’t much to ennoble up with. But somehow it could have the charming esthetical aspects exhibited through the visuals and choreography that could add up the enthrallments.

Vathana Vathana Vadivelan
Singers: Kavitha Gopi, Priyadarshini

Here comes the first cherry pick of this album that has a beautiful rendition by the singers Kavitha Gopi and Priyadarshini. The essence of aesthetics has been very well delineated and not to miss the interludes that is so much spellbinding in all aspects.

Paruvaaya
Singers: Sathya Prakash, Surmukhi

One of the most elite honeyed verses from Thiru Vaasagam has been beautifully translated with vivacious vocals by Sathya Prakash and Surmukhi. What makes the track more enhanced is the mellifluous instrumental part that travels throughout along with the vocalisms.

Idarinum
Singers: Sharath

Usually, such songs would be offered by Ilayaraja towards the ace singers like Yesudas, but he clearly understands the need of situation and brings in some proficient singers from the contemporary league. The song has stunning moments that comes by the second minute, which is really incredible in all aspects of both musical and intonating vistas.

Aattakkari
Singers: MM Manasi and Prasanna

MM Manasi with Ilayaraja’s musical score – Something more unusual and beyond our imaginations… She has been involved in some peppy numbers composed by young musicians and her collaboration with Maestro is more surprising and of course she makes an impressive rendition and Prasanna is on pars with her.

Thaara Thappattai – Instrumental track

It’s an ultimate treat for the ones who had been waiting to get out and shake their legs on floors in theatres. Watch out for this song during the screening, the entire theatre would pop up for the celebration of dance.

Arrambam Aavudhu
Singers: Ilayaraja and Ananthu

It’s a ballad song and Ilayaraja is unbeatable when it comes to such genres, Maestro is the top of all order and this time he comes up with his rendition along with Ananthu. The song is sure to have the intensity as we watch it in accordance to screenplay and the placement of situation.

Arrambam Aavudhu
Singers: Ilayaraja and Ananthu.

What else do you need, when the legend himself is on the track? It’s a middling composition though; it brings more enhancements through the voices. Again, the visuals should bring forth some intensity to the track over the visuals. It’s almost like a ballad, which could get more intensity with the onscreen performance and visuals indeed.

Overall, Thaara Thappattai is a collage of some brilliant music by Ilayaraja and few tracks will gain the eminence through the visuals and treatment of visuals.

Verdict: Masterpiece written in most of the parts.

Pasanga 2

Pasanga 2

Movie : Pasanga 2
Directed by : Pandiraj
Produced by : Suriya, Pandiraj
Written by : Pandiraj
Starring : Nishesh, Vaishnavi, Aarush, Karthik Kumar, Bindu Madhavi, Vidya Pradeep, Ramdoss
Music by : Arrol Corelli
Cinematography : Balasubramaniem
Production company : 2D Entertainment, Pasanga Productions
Distributed by : Studio Green, Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Release dates : 24 December 2015
Country : India
Language : Tamil

Filmmaking, like parenting, is an art. If the former is about conceiving a subject, developing it into a script, picking the right team, shooting the film, carefully carrying out pre-production, publicising the end-product and making it reach the audience, the latter is an even more a lengthy process that requires a lifetime.

Director Pandiraj, the master of films about parenting, has struck a right chord once again. ‘Pasanga 2’ stands out tall among the rest of his films after his maiden venture ‘Pasanga’, and here we tell you why.

First, the subject is like a walking on a tight rope. Even a slight miss could end up in disaster. But Pandiraj, in the company of Suriya (the movie’s producer who has done an all-important ‘cameo’) and a bunch of kids, makes ‘Pasanga 2’ an enjoyable and touching experience.

Hardly we could feel the preachy tone, which was found in loads in films of such genres earlier. In short, it is a fun ride with a crucial message to parents towards the end.

The story revolves around Nayana (Vaishnavi) and Kavin (Nishesh), who are extremely playful and are a nightmare to teachers and parents. As a result, their parents (Karthik Kumar-Bindhu Madhavi and Ramdoss-Vidya Pradeep) are forced to change schools often.

During one such transfer, the two families relocate to the same apartment complex. Nayana and Kavin become good friends and their naughtiness and pranks only get increased. Unable to bear this, other occupants of the flat ask them to vacate the premises.

When the parents decide to admit their wards to a hostel, chips in Tamil Nadan (Suriya), who too lives in the same campus. While Tamil Nadan is a child psychiatrist, his wife Venba (Amala Paul) is a teacher.

The couple has a totally different perspective on parenting, education and schooling. Tamil Nadan finds that the two kids have Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder. The rest is about how it is addressed.

Bouquets and chocolates to Vaishnavi and Nishesh, who have brought the world of kids alive before our eyes. Suriya’s performance enlightens the whole movie, while the likes of Amala Paul, Bindhu Madhavi, Karthik, Ramdoss and Vidya Pradeep have delivered their best.

Arrol Corelli’s songs are average, while his background score is good. Balasubramaniem’s camerawork is colourful, which is inevitable for a movie with such an interesting theme. Praveen K L’s editing is crisp and sharp.

Pandiraj should be lauded for packing the movie with multiple informations without missing on the entertainment factor, thus making it a good infotainment venture.

Listing out the cons, some scenes are too predictable and there are dialogues which sound like a straight lift from Wikipedia.

All said, there is no denial that ‘Pasanga 2’ has plenty to offer. It is doubly so if you are a school going student or a parent who has a kid in that age. Suriya and Pandiraj can certainly be proud of their product.

Verdict: Good Message For Parents.. Must Watch

Bhooloham

Bhooloham

Movie : Bhooloham
Directed by : N. Kalyanakrishnan
Produced by : Viswanathan Ravichandran
Written by : S. P. Jananathan
Starring : Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Nathan Jones, Ponvannan, Narayan
Music by : Srikanth Deva
Cinematography : S. R. Sathish Kumar
Edited by : V. T. Vijayan, N. Ganeshkumar
Production company : Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release dates : 24 December 2015
Running time : 143 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Budget : 24 crore

 

Jayam Ravi with this movie has proved that he has become an artist who has attained understanding of the art and its purpose after a stupendous “Thani Oruvan” with his brother.  The movie at every stage portrays the massive efforts taken by him as he has attained originality in the body language and the local North Chennai slang where the story revolves. Trisha’s character is not one just like any other heroine and the character has a good purpose. However unwanted forced glamour is one that puts her at the back stage as it does nothing to add value to the process of narration.

A huge round of applause goes to the director who has done a perfect job in casting every artist. From Prakash Raj, Ponvannan, Shanmugarajan to Nathan Jones, every artist fits appropriately into their proposed characters. The basic skeleton of the story is also impressive showing that the director has done enough research to show how big corporate companies thrive on petty community clashes, advertisements and the means to reap monetary benefits. These are the reasons why we can confidently declare the efficiency of the director’s table in the pre-production process of this film.

Through the first half the director takes time to show the multiple characters in the movie, the reasoning behind the anger, the little heat between two communities elevated to the next level by a sports channel run by Prakash Raj and then the all-important Boxing Championship. The director sets a perfect milieu for the fight by blending the rightful ingredients and clearly portrays how corporate companies use their skills to mint money out of every available slot. Prakash Raj too pulls of the trigger as the CEO of a sports channel as he keeps looking at every single opportunity to lure advertisers by spicing up the heat on the local Boxing community.

The main cut turn for the movie is when Bhooloham knocks out his opponent Arumugam and starts realizing how dangerous violent Boxing can be. Nathan Jones, the huge Troy star then walks in through the second half and steals the show as he shares a few lighter moments other than his fabulous boxing moves.

The climax episode featuring the boxing match looks real in all the aspects. Pseudo heroism has also been avoided and that enhances the believability and acceptance of the viewer. Though this episode goes on for a long time, it engages well without any lag.

Though the film is applauded in many aspects it is Srikanth Deva’s music that marks the first main drawback for the film. The BGM too hasn’t done justice at any time and repetitive use of certain templates troubles a lot. Though pairing for the second time with Jayam Ravi he has failed to do the magic which took his first pairing to success.

SR Sathish Kumar’s work with the camera is another added plus for the film as he has made every frame authentic with accordance to the raw nature of the film.

However with so much applauds in the film there is something which has troubled the process, leading to disturbances in the overall output and it is the threats that it had in the production and post-production stage.

To sum up, if the team had taken care of consistency issues in the narration and the production and post-production stage issues, Bhooloham would have turned out a better product ticking all boxes right.

Verdict : A strong punch to finish the year

Thanga Magan

Thanga Magan

Movie : Thanga Magan

Directed by : Velraj

Produced by : Dhanush, G. N. Anbu Chezhiyan

Written by : Velraj

Starring : Dhanush,Samantha,Amy Jackson

Music by : Anirudh Ravichander

Cinematography : A. Kumaran

Edited by : M. V. Rajesh Kumar

Production company : Wunderbar Films, Gopuram Films

Distributed by : Sri Green Productions

Release date : December 18, 2015

When Dhanush-Velraj teamed up for VIP, they had miniscule prominence for emotional episodes, which in turn became the most intriguing part of its success. It looks like; the impactful success should have prompted them to make a full fledged emotional drama. Perhaps, ‘Thanga Magan’ comes into this genre of family drama, where the characters are very well defined by the prowess performance of actors.

Tamizh (Dhanush) is seen as a happy go lucky youngster with nice parents to take care off (KS Ravikumar and Radhika Sarathkumar). His close friend (Ethir Neechal Satish) and cousin Aravind mean everything to him and then comes his first love (Amy Jackson). The life proceeds towards various junctures laced with sadness, happiness, failures and losses lands up Tamizh on a crucial situation – To save his father’s reputation.

Much precisely, an intriguing element in Thanga Magan – It owns emotional backdrops well interwoven with power characterisations. Even the minor role has been very well delineated and the actors have given their best efforts of performance. Dhanush is always at his best when it comes to emotional role and he makes it more evident yet again. But in few places, he could briskly avoid the mass appeal. Yes we do know that he has a huge fan following, but the due respect to the genre of ‘Family Drama’ is such that it doesn’t need of action sequences and punch dialogues. While the film is seen juggling between mass and emotions, it loses a sort of intensity. Of course, it’s ‘Emotions’ that have the realms and preferably, a better suggestion would be to have them avoided turning ‘Thanga Magan’, somewhere closer to the zone of ‘Aaril Irundhu Arabadhu Varai’.

Samantha emotes well with a complete homely role and maybe, her voice is the slightest drawback, it’s natural though. Amy Jackson looks cute and her performance is commendable. The director has managed to offer substantial roles to both these heroines as they appear throughout the movie. KS Ravikumar is the power house of this film with Radhika Sarathkumar is speechlessly awesome. Satish brings forth some lively moments with Dhanush. Jayaprakash is just okay. MS Bhaskar is wasted. The one playing the negative role could have been better.

Few dialogues in the film are really worthy of appreciations. The cuteness is very well pictured when Dhanush buys beer for Amy and Samantha pulling his legs when he prepares best space for Amy after marriage… These sequences are very well crafted.

Musical score by Anirudh is average as the background score turns out to be mediocre and couple of songs is good. Cinematography deserves special mention for the shots are composed with natural lighting.

On the whole, Thanga Magan will draw family audiences into the theatres and could have good reach with word of mouth publicity.

Verdict: Strong emotional base with some mass diversions. 

Eetti

Eetti

Movie : Eetti
Directed by : Ravi Arasu
Produced by : S. Michael Rayappan
Written by : Ravi Arasu
Starring : Atharvaa, Sri Divya, Jayaprakash, Aadukalam Naren, Aadukalam Murugadoss
Music by : G. V. Prakash Kumar
Cinematography : Saravanan Abhimanyu
Edited by : Raja Mohammad
Production company : Global Infotainment Pvt. Ltd
Distributed by : Global Infotainment Pvt Ltd
Release dates : 11 December 2015
Country : India
Language : Tamil

Atharvaa Murali on his prolonging attempts to make a best score has eventually landed him up towards a certain extent now. Following couple of disasters – Irumbu Kuthirai and Chandi Veeran, the actor has landed up with a conventionally substantial film ‘Eetti’. As the title suggests, it’s a film about an athlete who has an unachievable dream. Yes, to win the Gold medal for India at world level athletic race, but he has a rare disorder of bleeding. The film is directed by debutant Ravi Arasu and is produced by Michael Rayappan with Sri Divya, RNR Manohar, Soundarajan and many others in the cast.

Pugazh (Atharvaa Murali) lives along with his family in Tanjore. Pampered by his parents – a honest police (Jayaprakash) and an innocuous mother, he leads a happy life and not to miss his wonderful mentor (Aadukalam Narain) who has been unceasingly motivating his dreams. On an unexpected wrong call connection, he comes across a beautiful girl (Sri Divya) from Chennai. Then, there is a much dreaded mafia lord (RNR Manohar) who is running counterfeit business for a very long time. Well all these characters in different places have their lives intercrossed and during this juncture, Pugazh is stuck between the unexpected turmoil and his ambitious dreams.

Filmmaker Ravi Arasu has tried to make sure that stereotypical factors are avoided. For instance, when we might all perceive that the baddie henchmen would crave for Sri Divya and that would actually instigate the combat with Atharvaa, we are proved wrong. It’s almost the same panache of Polladhavan, where the story travels through two different characters. But the portions involving RNR Manohar could have been trimmed. Moreover, the chemistry between Atharvaa and Sri Divya should have been enhanced with few lively portions. The episodes of Atharvaa trying to make a big time with dreams and the role performed by Aadukalam Narain are so much appreciable. The efficient efforts of Atharvaa Murali over developing six pack is stunningly enormous.

But what turns out to be fallible is the screenplay. The crispness goes missing in too many places and the director seems to have strained a lot in sketching long portions for each and every character. If Atharvaa Murali has the characterisation of achieving his dreams, it should have been more encompassing and unwontedly, the RNR Manohar portions get stretched out irking us in places. The episodes prior to intermission and the climax are appreciable. GV Prakash’s background score is appreciable. Sri Divya looks beautiful, but her performance needs to be upgraded.

On the whole, Eeti comparatively to Atharvaa’s previous films like Chandi Veeran and Irumbu Kuthirai engrosses in few places. Atharvaa Murali has exerted the best efforts, but where the film drops down is the slow momentum and mediocre screenplay.

Verdict: The ‘Eetti’ throw falls into ‘Average’ zone

Inji Iduppazhagi

Inji Iduppazhagi

Movie : Inji Iduppazhagi
Directed by : Prakash Kovelamudi
Produced by : Prasad V Potluri
Written by : Telugu dialogues : Kiran
Tamil dialogues : Rakav Mirdath, R. S. Prasanna
Screenplay by : Kanika Dhillon
Story by : Kanika Dhillon
Starring : Arya,Anushka Shetty,Sonal Chauhan
Music by : M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography : Nirav Shah
Edited by : Prawin Pudi
Production company : PVP Cinema
Distributed by : PVP Cinema
Release dates : 27 November 2015
Running time : 125 minutes
Country India Language : Tamil,Telugu

It’s quite a socially inclined issue, where every girl and women would never miss to have a check on their physique. In fact, it has turned to be a psychological base for many women being distressed. Inji Iduppazhagi is an ample reflection of such instances, where in a sub-continent like India, we find ‘Being Fat’ is out of question marriage for many women. Moreover, we find the long queues rushing into fitness centre and gyms.

Sweetie (Anushka Shetty) is no exception as her mother and family feel it unbearable of her marriage proposals going out in vain. Her bulk overweight physique becomes a constraint and no one wants to marry her. But a cute looking documentary filmmaker (Arya) does love her, but things get tangled with more complications during this process, where Sweetie decides to shed down weight. Meanwhile, one of the city’s most celebrated fitness centres has launched ‘Size Zero’ programme, where people can reduce their weight sans workout, gym and dieting.

Anushka Shetty had been the deliberate showstopper behind pulling more crowds into the theatres and she sticks to a perfect standard of performance. But her physique looks little artificial as the makers have tried portraying her with artificial makeover, which is so much evident in every frame. Of course, she has put on some weight, but that doesn’t look natural though. Some of her dialogues very well received and she does everything to keep her so much under the spotlights. Arya looks handsome and silent throughout the movie. He looks so effortless and of course, girls love him badly in theatres hailing out for each and every scene he appears. Urvasi is simply at her best as usual in all her movies. Prakash Raj as a corporate baddie does his role well. The girl as Simran is cute and sensuous in her looks.

Musical score by MM Keeravani is just a mediocre as almost all the songs completely cater to the tastes of Telugu music lovers. Cinematography is rich with more colours in the backdrops.

If the film was made with a single theme, where there are no diversions, it could have gained more intensity for the film.

Verdict: Comes with an intriguing theme, but weak narration

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