Thani Oruvan

Thani Oruvan

Movie : Thani Oruvan
Directed by : M. Raja
Produced by : AGS Entertainment
Written by : M. Raja, Subha
Starring : Jayam Ravi, Nayanthara, Arvind Swamy
Music by : Hip hop Tamizha
Cinematography : Ramji
Edited by : Gopikrishna.V
Production company : AGS Entertainment
Distributed by : Sun Pictures
Release dates : 28 August 2015
Country : India
Language : Tamil

After a long hiatus, Jayam Ravi has been striking efficiently with back to back hits. Of course, three releases in a span of two months is something nearly to a miracle in Tamil cinema, where an actor has made up his mind to amuse the audiences with different genres, themes and roles. We extend our appreciations to Jayam Ravi for these earnest decisions.

The tale of a good and honest cop fighting against an evildoer and do you think is something new to Tamil cinema. It’s one of the most fundamental elements of story in Indian film scenario. But what makes it precisely different from the ones we are talking about is unique style of crafting the tale and keeping the audiences engaged with some fresh and appealing scenes. The second appreciation goes to Jayam Raja who has been continuously remaking Telugu movies. Giving a break, he comes up with Thani Oruvan, which indeed is a fresh script that has some racy moments without any hassles.

One more thing that appealingly convinces the audiences is the ensemble star-cast, which doesn’t merely look like a Telugu commercial pot boiler, where there are many actors appearing on the screen for namesake, but yet don’t find a substantial scope. Over here, he has made sure that each and every one in every frame has something more meaningful to deliver.

An honest sincere cop by nature Jayam Ravi and his bunch of friends are tested by the turmoil and upheavals caused by the society’s most happening icon (played by Aravind Swamy). What actually pulls them together putting in a ring of combat is something you’ll have to watch it over the screens. Instead of choosing a stereotypical pattern that goes with just hand on hand combat, where the hero bashes down 20 roughnecks at the same time and finally has his turn of beating the baddie black and blue, the director has managed to balance it with brainy moves.  The intelligent moves made by Jayam Ravi and Aravind Swamy have been very well etched with brilliance. Had the director completely focussed only on this aspect by cutting down unwanted elements, the film would have been more engrossing. But he slightly fails to maintain the momentum because of involving some unwanted commercial elements like romance and comedy, which doesn’t befit accordingly.

Jayam Ravi has always showcased an immense performance in his movies, especially with the ones that are so much emotionally punching. Here, he makes sure of utilising every frame, but we find when compared to his movies like Aadhi Bhagavan and Nimirndhu Nil, it is comparatively little lesser. Nayantara on the other hand has been projected with a difference and she manages to carry her portions well, but yes, she can perform more than this. Aravind Swamy turns the spotlights towards him eclipsing the others in the cast. His performance is vivifying though little unconventional to see him a baddie. The last few minutes of this film brings an impactful performance from this genius. Ganesh Venkatraman is simple at his best. Others in the cast deliver what has been offered to him.

Cinematography by Ramji is top-notch and his visuals are the greatest strength in the technical department. Hip Hop Tamizha manages to deliver at least one hit number in an album, but he has to improvise a lot with his background score.

Director Raja keeps the duration too lengthy around 160 minutes and if it was somewhere around 120-130, this would be a genius thriller that would outperform some of the best films in the recent times.

Although there are some minuses in the film, the gripping moments of brainy confrontations among the characters and the good performance of Jayam Ravi and Aravind Swamy stands out to be a source of attraction in keeping us engaged.

Verdict: Unconventionally good, but could have been shorter

Jigina

Jigina

Movie : Jigina
Starring : Vijay Vasanth, Sanyathara, Singampuli, Ravi Mariya,’Daddy’ Senthil,Sugu Venkat, ‘Kumki’ Ashwin, Kutty Sridevi and Ansun Paul
Directed by : Ravi Nanda Periyasamy
Production House : Thirupathi Brothers
Music Director : John Peter
Lyrics : Yuga Bharathi
Editor : Gopi Krishnan
Cameraman : Balaji Ranga
Release Date : 21 August 2015

Vijay Vasanth’s latest release Jigina showcases the crisis involved in the world of Facebook, where the teenagers have been succumbing to. The film is directed by Nanda Periyasamy and is released by Thirrupathi Brothers.

The film opens with Vijay Vasanth standing at a suicide point with eyes moistened and we are commuted to the flashback… He is an ordinary cab driver who on getting acquainted with some guys working in IT. Witnessing their jolly lives, he too wants to have a girlfriend. His friends help him create a fake Facebook profile so that girls follow him and he chooses someone from the list. She is none other than Saniya Tara, a beautiful good looking girl. But sooner, there happens to be a twist of surprise, where the story takes us to the point where Vijay Vasanth is standing now.

To start off with, the plot and basic theme of this film is more convincing and something that deals what’s happening in the society of modernism. In fact, this is something that has been happening for a very long time and Nanda Periyasamy takes an intensive attempt to depicting it. But the problem arises with the narrative style. The screenplay is so weak that we get distracted and not get related to it anywhere. The first half rarely has some lively moments and the second hour is sluggish.

Vijay Vasanth tries to deliver what is offered to him. But the basic problem is that Vijay has done some good job in his previous outing and he could have chosen something more challenging that would take him to next level. Saniya is just beautiful but has nothing more to perform and no scope as well. Others in the cast including Kumki Ashwin are unimpressive.

Musically the songs were okay when heard on audio, but the picturing is too poor and the complete DI works are terrible.

On the whole, the film has an interesting plot, but an unconvincing screenplay and technical mediocre makes it a dull and boring film.

Verdict: Fails to glitter

Vaalu

Vaalu

Directed by : Vijay Chander
Written by : Vimalan
Screenplay by : Vijay Chander
Starring : Silambarasan, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam, VTV Ganesh
Music by : Thaman
Cinematography : Shakthi
Edited by : T. S. Suresh
Production company : NIC Arts
Distributed by : Chimbu Cine Arts (Tamilnadu), Ayngaran International (Worldwide)
Release dates : 14 August 2015
Running time : 155 minutes

3 years was perhaps a long hiatus that kept STR fans so much disappointed and they desperately wanted a release of their star. This indeed had created more hype for his comeback film ‘Vaalu’ directed by debutant Vijay Chander and produced by Nic Arts. First and foremost, there are certain things that has to be clarified before getting to watch this film or reviewing. The film was bound to unexpected hyper promotions scenario due to various reasons that we have been witnessing in the past few weeks. But while watching this film, it indirectly creates an assumption of elevating the expectation bars and suddenly dropping it downside. This is the problem with those who don’t feel the film is worth watching up for.

Vaalu is a romantic comedy that is predictable in parts and the makers are clear with their motto. A complete entertainer for all STR fans and henceforth analyzing this film with more score points isn’t so much worth it.

Silambarasan as known to everyone is an entertainer and he has completely done what will make his fans so much excited. Apparently this should have been evident while watching the film in theatres that keeps everyone, especially STR fans enthralled for the first 20 minutes. Guess what? For the ones outside STR fan zone or common audiences, they might keep waiting for something to happen, in other words, a proper story to arrive soon, which doesn’t happen.

In fact the film doesn’t have a substantial plot as well. It’s a simple romantic comedy entertainer that involves a devil may care ‘Vaalu’ boy well pampered by his parents and loveable sister. He isn’t looking forward to join a job and is seen all the time shooting breeze with beer and cigarettes with his friends (Santhanam and VTV Ganesh). This is when he falls in love at first sight with Hansika Motwani. Unexpectedly, she happens to have been already arranged by her father to marry the cousin boy (newcomer Aditya), who is a loan shark with ethical values. What unfolds next has been narrated in a way that will entertain Simbhu fans.

As mentioned earlier, the film doesn’t have anything special to offer in terms of story or narration. You go easily predicting what’s gonna happen next. When it comes to performance, STR has undergone some change, where he maintains a low tone even while uttering punch dialogues, which makes him more loveable on the screens. You can precisely spot the change in his dancing skills as well, where he imitates himself in Manmadhan style and just see how he has changed his dancing pattern. In the same way, his mannerisms and dialogue deliveries have been slightly enhanced than his previous movies. Hansika Motwani in contrast has nothing special to mention about. Santhanam’s comedy lines and his episodes with Silambarasan and VTV Ganesh are good and rib-tickling. Aadukalam Narain plays his role very well and his emotional touch of father sentiments keeps winning appreciations in theatres. Newcomer Aditya appearing as baddie is commendable with his episodes.

Musically, the background score is not up to the mark and Thaman does favour for STR fans in couple of places. The music director can attempt something more efficient stepping out of ‘Telugu Masala’ Zone.

On the flip side, the film doesn’t carry a proper story even till the end. It’s a hackneyed story that doesn’t have anything surprising or exciting.

All that you can say is ‘Vaalu’ attempts to satisfy and make the STR fans invigorated who missed him a lot for three years.

Verdict: Entertainment and celebrations for STR fans

Rating: 2.5/5

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Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga

Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga

Movie : Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga
Directed by : M. Rajesh
Produced by : Arya, Prasad V Potluri
Written by : M. Rajesh
Starring : Arya, Tamannaah, Santhanam, Bhanu, Karunakaran, Vidyu Raman
Music by : D. Imman
Cinematography : Nirav Shah
Edited by : Vivek Harshan
Production Company : The Show People, PVP cinema
Lyricist : Na. Muthukumar

Filmmaker Rajesh is synonymous for his comedy entertainer and had consistently delivered some commendable comedy entertainers that still remain to be excellent time pass flicks. The films like Siva Manasula Sakthi, Boss Engira Baskaran and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. His fourth film All in All Azhagu Raja wasn’t a good hit, but this time he has tried all his best with a comeback effort in Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga. With this one turning to be Arya’s 25th film, the film is produced by his home banner of The Show People. As in all Rajesh movies, Santhanam appears as the other hero with Tamannaah and Bhanu playing the female lead character.

The film opens with Arya and Santhanam going for a fasting protest with the issue against girlfriends and wives who torture their husbands to give up their friendships. Arya and Santhanam have their own reasons to do this and they are revealed through flashbacks as it happens in all the movies of Rajesh.

To start off with, Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga is something that belongs to a complete entertainer genre. The film doesn’t need an analysis indeed and there isn’t anything much to delineate on this. It’s a clean entertainer that keeps audiences in fun and enjoyment though the pattern is same as Rajesh’s previous movies. The director’s previous movies like Boss Engira Baskaran and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi had a similar paradigm of flashback as the major backdrop and the complete story is revealed in the flashback.  One of the major highlights in this film is the time pass elements that are added as ingredients. The best scenes – if you are actually looking up, it cannot be mentioned as instances, but you will enjoy as you watch it. The film has a running length nearly more than 2 hours, but it never seems like the time has passed.

All the actors have done what is required for this roles and their performance is so genuine though nothing beyond appreciable to boast about. Musical score by Imman is okay and couple of songs like Lucka Maatikuchu and Subscriber is good.

On the minus aspect, there isn’t anything bigger to look up for the story and it reminds us of many instances from the previous movies of Rajesh.

Overall, Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga is a middling entertainer that can be watched if you’re precisely looking up for something entertaining to kill your time.

Verdict: Entertaining and rib tickling in parts

Vandha Mala

Vandha Mala

‘Thirudu, Poi Sollu, Desathi Kaapathu’. This tagline of ‘Vandha Mala‘, coupled with its innovative promotions, created enough curiosity about the film. Does the end-product live up to expectations? Let’s check out.

Four youngsters who spend all their time doing nothing but drinking booze. There is a girl in their lives. They encounter a trouble and are forced to help a woman. Did they take up the challenge or not form the crux.

Directed by Igore, who made ‘Kalaba Kadhalan‘, ‘Vandha Mala’ is a loud and a messy affair.

Though the artistes predominantly newcomers have tried to give their best, a weak screenplay mars the show.

Produced by Jayaradhakrishnan and Navakumaran, the movie revolves around four youngsters, Tamil, Udhayaraj, Hitler and Prasad. For them everything under the sun is fun.

They snatch gold chains and spend a jolly life. There is Sri Priyanka who falls for Udhayaraj. There are enough double meaning dialogues in the first half.

These boys who have nothing to hold on in their lives are entrusted with a huge responsibility. Did they accomplish the task entrusted to them or not forms the climax.

Udhayaraj does his best, while the rest of the boys are okay. Mahanadhi Shankar and Vietnam Veedu Sundaram are also in the cast. However Sri Pyanka steals the show with a casual performance.

Music by Sam D Raj and a couple of songs sound good. The other credits are A L Ramesh (editing) and Vijayakumar Thondaiman (art director) and Knife Naren (stunts).

Igore has tried to come out with a local film and succeeds in parts.

Selvandhan

Selvandhan

To start off with, Mahesh Babu’s Selvandhan, originally titled as ‘Srimanthudu’ in Telugu happens to be an out and out commercial entertainer laced with a prototyped formulae of what we have been witnessing in Tollywood over the years. Filmmaker Koratala Siva has interwoven the screenplay with intriguing elements like action, thriller, romance and emotions with a social issue in the backdrop. But what makes the film engaged is something we have to find out in the analysis.

Mahesh Babu happens to be the one and only son of Jagapathi Babu, who happens to be one of the most richest tycoons in the country. Unlike his family, Mahesh Babu loves simplicity and doesn’t want to take up his father’s business but choose something different in his life. On an occasion, he comes across a beautiful good looking girl (Shruthi Haasan) and falls in love with her. Eventually, she starts reciprocating and later is devastated by the truth of his real identity. Sooner, Mahesh Babu sets out to her village that is suffering from severe crisis of roughnecks dominating the land looting away every resource and torturing innocent people there. This will change the entire situation with a past that indirectly links his father Jagapathi Babu as well.

Getting on with the analysis, the film gets a complete treatment of commercial package. We have seen it performed by many heroes in the past and the screenplay is nowhere different. But the screen presence of Mahesh Babu, his enchanting mannerisms and appearance is what makes it unparalleled. The scene where he proposes Shruthi Haasan and his reaction towards her outburst of rejecting him is perfect. Not to miss the action sequence in the party and all credit goes to his style and Anal Arasu’s stylish choreography. Even the toughest punch dialogues are very well delivered by him. Shruthi Haasan unlike many other movies doesn’t appear only for the sake of skin shows, but has a substantial character. Jagapathi Babu after a long time gets a meaty role. Rajendra Prasad is excellent. Sitara, Sukanya, Rahul and many others in the cast have done what is required for the script.

DSP – Devi Sri Prasad has composed the tunes that look appropriate for Mahesh Babu. The songs are very well responded in the theatres and background score could have been better though. The greatest value for this film is cinematography by Mathie.

 

If you’re looking up for the flip side, there are slight minuses that are the slow paced narration in the second half. Although the entire film is predictable in parts, the first half moves with lively moments, but post-intermission sequences could have been done in a better way.

 

Overall, Selvandhan aka Srimanthudu occurs to be a full-fledged commercial entertainer that can be enjoyed by all the family audiences.

 

Verdict: 100% Paisa Vasool Movie

Rating: 2.75/5

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