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

Uppu Karuvadu

Uppu Karuvadu

Movie : Uppu Karuvaadu
Directed by : Radha Mohan
Produced by : Ramjee Narasiman
Starring : Nandita Swetha, Karunakaran
Music by : Steeve Vatz
Cinematography : Mahesh Muthuswami
Edited by : T. S. Jay
Production company : First Copy Pictures, Night Show Cinema
Distributed by : Auraa Cinemas
Release dates : 27 November 2015
Country : India
Language : Tamil

What happens when a youngster who has already gone through many disasters in his directorial career is on the last hope, when a fish business baron offers him a project? He has a fabulous script bounded, but is surrounded by varieties of ridiculous characters? Will he manage to get through all the hurdles and achieve his dreams?  Presenting a simple plot with some hilarious and realistic appeal, Radha Mohan (Maker of evergreen entertainers like Mozhi, Azhagiya Theeye and Payanam) focus on humour with his treatment.

Karunakaran has been so far known as someone who could tickle our funny bones incessantly, but there are few portions in the film, especially the scene where he expresses his emotional outburst towards Maari Muthu over the issues of creating cheap publicities for banning the movie. He wins the applause through the hearts of audiences, which reflects the current issue. He is someone who can get beyond the pre-written status of being a comedian and prove his proficiency in emotional roles as well.

If you think Nandita’s funny annoying role irks you, then she already won your reception. She creates an impact of being an amateur actress and the turmoil faced by Karunakaran and his team has been humorously projected. MS Bhaskar keeps up the show with a mix of humour and emotions. Choreographer Satish gets a decent role. Doubt Senthil is actually a surprising twist by the climax and the one we saw alongside in ‘Daddy Oru Doubt’ show appearing as a fake Godman keeps tickling your funny bone.  The one appearing as ‘Karnan’ Maanja and the deliberate surprise he gives by the end of show is fantastic, which leaves the theaters in incessant laughter.

Technically, there isn’t much to focus upon. Radha Mohan is known for having some best songs in his movies like Azhagiya Theeye and Mozhi, but he has gradually left without offering such splendid factors here.

There isn’t anything to mark upon the flip side, except few lengthy sequences, which could have been trimmed to make crispier.

On the whole, Uppu Karuvadu is a passable entertainer that can be watched without any expectations and get back home with a happy status.

Verdict: Simple and convincingly entertaining

Thoongaavanam aka Thoongavanam

Thoongaavanam aka Thoongavanam

Movie : Thoongaavanam
Directed by : Rajesh M Selva
Produced by : S. Chandrahasan
Written by : Roshinthan Selvamani Nagarajan
Based on : Sleepless Night by Frederic Jardin
Starring : Kamal Hassan, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Kishore, Asha Sarath
Music by : Mohamaad Ghibran
Cinematography : Sanu Varughese
Edited by : Vijay Shankar
Production company : Raaj Kamal Films International
Running time : 98 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil, Telugu

Kamal Haasan has always been someone who has been constantly sticking to the unparalleled lines of cinemas. Be it an offbeat movie or something more to deal with exceptional genres, he makes sure of encompassing something more with his unique traits. Based on the famous French film ‘Sleepless Night’, the film is an edge-seated thriller that happens over a night time inside a Pub.

The story starts with Kamal Haasan and Yugi Sethu, cops at Narcotic Control Bureau shooting down couple of drug peddlers. Immediately, Kamal Haasan gets hooked up with an unimaginable situation, where the Drug Lord (Prakash Raj) kidnaps his son and demands him to give back the snatched drugs. Meanwhile Kishore and Trisha from investigation team follow up Kamal Haasan to the pub and rest is a thrilling edge-seated drama happening at full pace.

The makers have openly accepted the fact that the film is a remake of French movie ‘Sleepless Night’ and the screenplay by Kamal Haasan happens to be the strongest point of attraction here. The film’s screenplay and running length are crisp and more matured. 10 minutes into the movie and we are taken straight into the plot, where the actual seriousness commences. The strong characterisations and wonderful performance by the actors make it more convincing. The first half has a fast-paced momentum and after intermission, there are some sluggish moments. Nevertheless, towards the climax, the pace is back to the right level and then it gets a perfect ending.

Kamal Haasan doesn’t need an analysis to be marked upon his performance. He is a genius and his performance is always ne plus ultra. Trisha has attempted something different completely in contrast to her previous movies. Her performance is brilliant. Prakash Raj expresses his astounding spell yet again with his slang and mannerisms. Sampath is extraordinary and Kishore is neat and apt for the role of what he has done. Although, the film is an edge-seated thriller, it holds substantial prominence for emotions and some humour as well.

Director Rajesh has made a commendable debut with this film and his detailing is exceedingly exceptional. The background score by Ghibran becomes one of the highlighting traits and the promo song we hear during the final credits is just awesome.

On the whole, Thoonga Vanam is a film that brings together some of the most prominent power houses of Tamil film industry and it is something really surpassing over the usual paradigms of Tamil cinema.

Verdict: Brilliantly crafted thriller

 

Vedhalam aka Vedalam

Vedhalam aka Vedalam

Movie : Vedhalam
Directed by : Siva
Produced by : A. M. Rathnam, S. Aishwarya
Written by : Siva
Starring : Ajith Kumar, Shruthi Hassan, Lakshmi Menon, Ashwin Kakumanu
Music by : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : Vetri
Edited by : Ruben
Production company : Shri Sai Raam Creations
Release dates : 11 November 2015
Running time : 161 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil

Entertainers and festivals have always been acknowledged as the closest synonyms, especially when a film from A-league superstar arrives, it takes more scope to offer the enthrallment. Following the good success of Veeram, director Siva and Ajith Kumar are back with their second outing titled ‘Vedalam’, the duo Siva-Ajith is back again with the film ‘Vedalam’ that stars Shruthi Haasan and Lakshmi Menon in female lead with a huge bunch of star-cast including Rahul Dev, Kabir, Ashwin, Soori, Thambi Ramaiah, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and many others.

The film opens with a normal scenario of Ganesh (Ajith Kumar) and his younger sister (Lakshmi Menon) coming to Kolkata. Ganesh gets a job under travel agency to drive cab and during this point, the police department of Kolkata requests all the drivers to inform them if they come across the suspected criminals. On an occasion, Ganesh comes across couple of such miscreants involved in the smuggling and girl trafficking and informs police about them. In turn, the baddies hit Ganesh badly in their place and that’s where the true identity of Ganesh is revealed with mind blasting twists and turns unveiling what’s the real connection between Ganesh, his sister and these roughnecks.

The first prominent feature that adds more highlighting traits to the film is Ajith Kumar’s screen presence… His different dimensions as innocent Ganesh and unbelievably contrast Vedalam turns the theatres in tremendous response. The first half of this film has some sluggish moments and sometimes, the comedic portions by Soori and Shruthi Haasan aren’t really impressive, though it might gain the favour of B and C centre. But the actual speed picks up intensely by the 40 minutes, where there is more power-packed performance by Ajith Kumar. The second half completely gets over the most tremendous impact of Ajith, especially the intermission block and the penultimate to climax portion are massively outstanding. Shruthi Haasan doesn’t get a proper mileage in this movie and her role is just limited to minimal prominence. Lakshmi Menon is finely best with her performance and she has to thank Siruthai Siva for sketching her characterisation with so much of emotions and elegance. Rahul Dev plays a perfect baddie and his final conversations with Ajith by climax are really stylish with some humorous touch. Kabir gets a substantial role and he sticks perfectly to it. Soori, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan, Bala Saravanan and Kovai Sarala have nothing much to do more with the script.

Background score by Anirudh is encompassing with colossal tracks, especially for the action sequences and couple of songs – Veera Vinayaka and Aaluma Doluma are specially made for Ajith fans. If you’re looking up for some features on the flip side, there isn’t much, except few comedy portions involving Soori and Shruthi Haasan in the first half.

Overall, Vedalam stands out to be a wholesome entertainer for family audiences and mass film buffs as well with right mix of action, comedy and family sentiments.

Verdict: Good show for family and mass groups

 

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