Tharai Thappattai

Tharai Thappattai

Bala is definitely a genius filmmaker and criticizing his films could perhaps land the analysts into a zone of ‘Not matured enough to mark verdicts’. But to make a precise mark, the film Thaara Thappattai lacks a proper storyline and doesn’t hold us intact anywhere. The filmmaker usually gives a depth exploration of whatever he handles in concept, but this time, things go vague and directionless by the first few minutes of this film. It all starts with a promising note, where we find the documentary filmmakers capturing the best folk arts group performance. That’s a fantabulous dimension, where we find Varalaxmi boozing up before performance and giving the best spell out there. The scenarios persist with good dimension, but lose the way out by the middle of this film. It’s so disappointing to see, the story losing the impact and brilliant performances of actors going in vain.

Say for instances, the sequences we find about the dancers in Andaman Island is remarkable and especially not to miss the spellbinding performance of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. Yes, as she says in the trailer, ‘Naan Hero, Mama Heroine’ with a hilarious touch, she proves to be the main protagonist in this film, where she spells the best brownie points and Sasikumar not getting much to perform until the climax, where he apes the usual style of protagonists in Bala movie. Studio 9 producer Sasikumar deliberately makes an impressive performance towards the show and he is simply casual in terrorizing with his acting.

Ilayaraja offers the best support to this film, where his background score is prodigious and beyond his usual paradigms. His orchestral works in the background score is matchless and he yet again proves his wizardry in 1000th film.

Getting on with the narrative analysis, the screenplay goes feeble, but there is no connectivity between one scene to the other. There is so much discontinuity, where Bala blindly throws up lot of harsh sounds through slaps, beatings and combat. It looks like Bala had felt that he could grab the audiences’ attention by these tactics.

Overall, Thaara Thappattai belongs to Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, where she can easily walk away with lots of awards, but when it comes to Bala, it’s a mere disappointment as the film doesn’t completely deal with the essence of Thaara Thappattai folk art. What is supposed to be a musical genre, fails to survive because of poor screenplay and unbearable violence.


Verdict: Powerful performance but heavy loaded with gory sequence

Rating: 3/5

Rajini Murugan

Rajini Murugan

Sivakarthikeyan’s Pongal release ‘Rajini Murugan’ to make it a precise mark is a sangfroid entertainer that stands out to be a neat stress buster. The film comes from the team that offered ‘Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam’ and yes this time; they manage to offers something more as a wholesome entertainer. Rajini Murugan is directed by Ponram and is produced by Lingusamy and Subash Chandra Bose of Thirrupathi Brothers with Sivakarthikeyan, Raj Kiran and Keerthi Suresh in lead roles with D Imman composing music.

The film has a simple yet engrossing plot of Rajini Murugan (Sivakarthikeyan) a jolly guy with no worries. He has a special affinity with his grandfather (Raj Kiran) who pampers him unconditionally. When he wants to sell the ancestral property so that he could bring his children and grandchildren united for this reason, a notorious land grabber (Samuthirakani) tries to create problem by claiming him to be step brother of Rajini Murugan.

What makes the film is director Ponram giving his best with his team of writers with an engaging screenplay. In spite of the lengthy duration, the film nowhere leaves you bored and that’s a tougher job to keep the audiences engrossed nearly for 2hrs 45 minutes. Sivakarthikeyan has tried to keep his performance decorous in places, where he never tries to overact. He has carefully tried to eclipse the mistakes he committed in Kaaki Sattai. Keerthi Suresh looks cute and beautiful with a commendable performance. She gives the best what is required for the role… Raj Kiran is incredible, where he not only emotes perpetually but in places tickles our funny bones as well. After a long time, Soori gets to offer wholesome entertainment with his non-stop laughter. His combination with Sivakarthikeyan works out again. Samuthirakani is a baddie though his role is tingled with hilarious touch as Sathyaraj was surprising in VPVS.

Musical score by D Imman is enjoyable and although the second half has too many songs, it doesn’t look like hampering the narration. The initial moments of this film are little dragging and so much stereotypical, but sooner it gains momentum of humour. Likely, the climax portions are not so much appealing though Sivakarthikeyan fans might have some surprise.

Overall, Rajini Murugan is a carefree entertainer that doesn’t test your patience anywhere, but offers a decent neat family entertainer sans any vulgarity, double meaning, etc. Yes, the film deserves special mention for this very reason.

Verdict: A decent family entertainer of all seasons

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam

Movie : Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam
Directed by : Gitanjali Selvaraghavan
Written by : Selvaraghavan
Starring : Balakrishna Kola, Wamiqa Gabbi, Parvathy Nair, Azhagam Perumal, Kalyani Natarajan
Produced by : Beepstone Studios, Kancharla Pardha Saradhi
Music by : Amrit
Cinematography : Sridhar
Edited by : Rukesh
Release date : 01 January 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

An intense theme that really a million ton guts to deliver it in celluloid and filmmaker Geetha Selvaraghavan brings up an emoting tale of relationship between a newlywed couple that goes through hampering hurdles that drifts them apart. The reason nevertheless is perhaps, gruesome, though emotionally not a crime. A fantabulous effort by Selvaraghavan who has penned the story with so much of reality blended with emotional realms. Naturally, it’s hard for any filmmaker to drop an idea over such a complicated theme and it is almost like revisiting the Golden days of K Balachandar, where almost all his movies were based on adult themes. This one albeit being such a theme holds a sense of reality, where it touches the basic element of misunderstandings between the newlywed couple…

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam is about a newlywed couple (Balakrishna Kola and Wamiqa Gabbi), who are completely in contrast to each other. They have no likeliness in aspects of lifestyle, emotions and favourites.. The film traverses through the emotional journey of the ups and downs and separations until they start missing each other.

Unlike the writings in erstwhile movies of Selvaraghavan, Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam hardly has characters involved in verbal conversations. It’s the writing and project of visuals through editing and background that delivers the emotions of characters. Be it the initial stages of marriage life, where the girl can’t bear her hubby’s annoying snore and how it later becomes her sedation. The changeover is very well beautiful and Geethanjali’s brilliant way of narrating it is great.

Wamiqa Gabbi steals the show with a naturalistic performance and she keeps us in complete wow much alike other heroines in Selvaraghavan movies. Her final breakout with her ex-husband and on revealing what made her opt for divorce and the emotional bang is a punch. We aren’t able to bring out other aspects of this film including performance and technical aspects, because it’s Selvaraghavan’s writing that dominates throughout the film.

Maalai Nerathu Mayakkam might offer some shock to the film viewers of contemporary cinema, where usual breezy romantic entertainers and crime thrillers have dominated the markets in addition to horror. Watching this movie is like getting back to the phase of K Balachandar, Sridhar and other versatile filmmakers, who offered bold themes but with elegance.

Verdict: A raw-realism drama of emotional punch

Aranmanai 2

Aranmanai 2

Delivering a laudable debut with ‘Aambala’ and later followed by ‘Thani Oruvan’, Hip Hop Tamizha has been offering something more sensational through his musical journey. Now he has teamed up with Sundar C second time for a movie titled ‘Aranmanai 2’ and we bring you the exclusive music review of this film.

Amma – The Amman Song

Singer: Malathi Lakshman

It’s obvious that the film will have this placement of song by the end of film, where the characters call out for the divine intervention to cast out the devil. Although the song is over louder in few parts, it could be enhancing the emotional feeling with the grand set works and situational placement with more than 1000 dancers involved in the song. Malathi has been the right choice to emblazon the emotional call.

Aranmanai Theme Music           

What begins as a fabulous number with the effect of ‘Child’s Play’ factors, but in next few minutes it transports into noisy loud factory of heavy metals and lots of strings. It gets too gaudy behind the limits and perhaps with the visuals, it could bring out something more beneficial.

Kuchi Mittai

Singer: Anthony Dasan

This singer has been capturing the markets with an impeccable style and this album brings him up with a similar style of his usual panache. The instrumental parts are too loud that we fail to grasp the clarity of the singer.

Maya Maya

Singers: Kailash Kher and Padmalatha

When you listen to this song, it sounds like something based on majestic arrival of a reigning princess or queen as her spouse awaits to honour her. It starts off well with some spellbinding aspects, but Kailash Kher could have been replaced by some other singer.

Party with the Pei

Singer: Hip Hop Tamizh and Khareshma Ravichandran

This song has been getting all the spotlights from the time; it was released as single track promotional video. Just imagine, three hot belles – Trisha, Hansika Motwani and Poonam Bajwa scorching up with their sultry looks for this song along with Siddarth. The rap by Hip Hop Tamizh in the interludes is yet another embellishing element.

Poraada Poraada

Singer: Hip Hop Tamizha

Transparently, the song reminds us off Hip Hop Tamizha’s yesteryear independent album ‘Vaadi Pulla Vaadi’ and the song travels on a much decorous note. It could get more enhancements through the visuals.

Overall, Aranmanai 2 has two songs – ‘Party with the Pei’ and ‘Poraada Poraada’ is catchy and more engrossing while rest of the songs could get elevated through the promotions and visuals.

Verdict: Moderate effort, but not the best from Hip Hop Aadhi

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

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