Theri

Theri

Movie : Theri
Directed by : Atlee
Produced by : Kalaipuli S Thanu
Written by : Atlee
Starring : Vijay, Samantha, Amy Jackson, Baby Nainika, Prabu, Radhika Sarathkumar, Mahendran, Rajendiran, Azhagam Perumal, Kaali Venkat
Music by : GV Prakash Kumar
Cinematography : George C Williams
Edited by : Anthony L Ruben
Production company : V Creations
Distributed by : SPI Cinemas
Release dates : 14 April 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

The word “Theri” has been sounding at almost corner by the critics and fans for the past few days and the film is finally out to be judged. This movie is the second project of Atlee, the director who perfectly struck the note in his debut film, Raja Rani. The expectations for his second film were already high as his first film had a terrific response at the box office and the name Ilaya Thalapathy has brought in even more than expected. After a lot of planning the film was finally slated for April 14th and was released as scheduled, today. Read on to know if it really lived up to the hype it had created.

vijay and nainika

The movie starts off with Nainika (Meena’s daughter) and Vijay enjoying each others company in a small town in Kerala along with Rajendran who plays the role of a family friend and well wisher. Soon you will get to know that Jithu Joseph (Vijay) is leading his life in exile for the sole sake of taking care of his daughter, when he gets caught in a scuffle where his identity is revealed, due to the police complaint that was filed by Anna (Amy Jackson). The word of his presence spreads years after he was assumed to be killed and then it is in the hands of the baddie (Dir. Mahendran), who tries to finish his unfinished tasks.

theri atlee

The star cast is an added advantage to Theri, with everyone donning their roles perfectly. While actress Radhika plays the role of a Vijay’s mother, Prabhu caps the role of a senior police officer who helps the hero even during his exile. Actor Rajendran handles the comedy part in a fresh tone while being the most trustable resource for Vijay’s family. Actress Amy Jackson has done a brilliant job to justify her role and her attempt to try the role of a malayali teacher has been accomplished perfectly to the best possible level. Samantha’s glamour is one definitely to be spoken and she has captured her audience with her spell bound screen presence.

theri samantha
Theri has a perfect blend of humour, sentiments, family bonding and thriller elements and Atlee along with perfecting direction has also penned down excellent dialogues, as he had done in Raja Rani. Expectations for the music were high as it was his 50th film and though the songs were not much impressive, the scintillating touches during the action sequences clearly meant that GV Prakash still has a lot left in him. George C. Williams has taken care of the cinematography and his perfect blend of the angles in correct proportions for every shot is definitely one more factor that has helped the film get good response.

The final cuts were by Editor.Ruben and though there are a few slags, he has almost touched perfection with his works getting better in every next movie. Though the film had a lot of positive points to be spoken of, this might not be the way as Atlee was expected as there were a number of unexplained and over explained parts giving the feel that the film is a bit lengthy, eventually meaning that there has been small gliches in the story and editing. However the stardom has it all to cover them up.

Verdict: Perfect family entertainer with a few slugs. A perfect comeback for the Ilayathalapathy.

Thozha

Thozha

Director: Vamsi Paidipally

Cast: Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannaah, Prakash Raj

With the name itself giving shivers down the spine, Thozha, the official remake of the French comedy-drama ‘The Intouchables’ was directed by Vamsi and he has perfectly adapted the movie to suit the Tamil nativity while perfectly retaining the soul of the flick. Karthi and Nagarjuna, the film’s leads have perfectly done justice to their roles and this movie can definitely be marked as a perfect sweep for the Paruthiveeran hero.

The film opens with a commonly seen scene where Seenu (Karthi), a petty thief comes out of jail on parole with the help of his lawyer friend (Vivek). Being disowned by his mother (Jayasudha) who works as a clerk in the railways he was in dire need of a job so that he could get out of jail permanently by portraying his good deeds. For him money is everything and that was the reason for his mother disowning him as she felt that he might spoil his siblings as well.
In the meantime Vikramadithya (Nagarjuna), a quadriplegic billionaire, who is paralysed below the neck was looking out for a caretaker and had dismissed a dozen interviews before being finally bowled over by Seenu. Seenu too accepts the job after initial reluctance seeing the stunning house and secretary of Vikramadhitya. He also has a charming secretary Keerthi (Tamannah) and a legal advisor (Prakash Raj) who takes care of him as a best friend. He tames the role of a person who hates people looking at him with sympathy and he has done justice to the role at every scene.

The rest of the story is about how the duo, over a period of time bond over and solve each other’s problems.

Everyone have done justice to their roles and the technical department plays a major role in making this film a pleasure to watch. Gopi Sundar’s background score goes well with the mood of the film, but the songs seem to be average.

P.S.Vinod’s cinematography is top notch and of international standards, especially during the vibrant Paris episode. Although Praveen’s editing is faultless, the movie is little lengthy and he could have trimmed certain portions.  All these vibrant features push it into the list of movies that should be watched at-least once.

Verdict: A perfect blend that should never be left unattended.

Theri

Theri

From the word go ‘Theri’, the fans have been deliberately waiting to witness the local flavour from Vijay after a long time and GV Prakash pumps up the album with a mix of all genres. The film starring Vijay, Samantha and Amy Jackson in lead roles, directed by Atlee is getting ready for release on April 14 and we bring you the exclusive music review.

Jithu Jilladi

Singers: Thenisai Thendral Deva, Balachandran
Lyrics: Rokesh

The song has been carrying the most spectacular waves of expectations from the time, it was announced on the lyrical lines. Especially with the number crooned by Thenisai Thendral Deva and Rokesh of ‘Aaluma Doluma’ fame penning the lyrics, the combination gives a clear impression of what it is all about. The last few minutes of fast beat percussions give a clear picture of how the song is going to be.

En Jeevan

Singers: Hariharan, Saindhavi, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar, R Thiyagarajan (Sanskrit)

With the singers like Hariharan, Saindhavi and Vaikom Vijayalakshmi coming into the picture, we can sense it all that it’s a beautiful mellisonant track. An emotional one, which is soulful in parts and is sure to have an impeccable impact upon the listeners.

Eena Meena Teeka

Singers: Uthara Unni Krishnan, GV Prakash Kumar
Lyrics: Pa Vijay, Arunraja Kamaraj (RAP)

A fun loving song that has peppy beginning and later sounds like the first number in the movie, where we get to see the father-daughter having their blast of moments together. GV Prakash has interestingly roped in National award winner Uthara Unni Krishnan and GV Prakash adds up his vocalism too.

Chella Kutti
Singers: Vijay, Neethi Mohan
Lyrics: Kabilan

When Vijay is on the tracks, it could be the definite Chartbuster and so is Chella Kutti, which has a different genre of composing when compared to other tracks in the album. Neethi Mohan on her part does it all efficiently.

Thaimai
Singers: Bombay Jayashri
Lyrics: Pulavar Pulamaipithan

An emotional lullaby that gets more embellished with the beautiful rendition of Bombay Jayashri. It has some eye moistening moments, which would be more connecting with the visuals.

Raangu
Singers: T Rajender, GV Prakash Kumar, Sonu Kakkar
Lyrics: Kabilan

Imagine, TR crooning it all for Vijay for a fast beat number and definitely, theatres are going to witness something more grabbing. GV Prakash Kumar has joined the league of singing in this song and the final moments are sure to offer the best treat for Ilayathalapathy fans.

Dub Theri Step
Singer: Arunraja Kamaraj
Lyrics: Arunraja Kamaraj

The signature song sends out the adrenaline rush among the fans and it could be the best energetic song to boost up oneself when feeling tired. When seen with the mass moments in the film, it will be more enthralling.

On the whole, Theri has well packaged songs that instantly become the hit among Vijay fans and for the others; it could take some time to brew up.

Verdict: Tremendous treat for Vijay fans.

Pugazh

Pugazh

Movie : Pugazh
Directed by : Manimaran
Produced by : Varun Manian, Sushant Prasad, Govindaraj
Written by : Manimaran
Starring : Jai, Surabhi
Music by : Vivek-Mervin
Cinematography : Velraj
Edited by : G. B. Venkatesh
Production company : Film Department
Distributed by : Ayngaran International
Release dates : 18 March 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

When filmmaker Manimaran made his debut directorial with ‘Udhayam NH 4’, we felt that the young filmmaker is here to offer something more special engaging for the audiences in terms of engagement through his narration, though the plot might be hackneyed. But what we get in his second outing ‘Pugazh’ is something more disappointing as there isn’t any such highlighting trait. In fact, his maiden debut had National award winner Vetrimaaran teaming up for screenplay, but here, his avatar as screenwriter has terribly failed.

The film revolves around a small town guy (Jai), who has been considered as the favourite of his neighbourhood. He and his friends spend most of their times together at the local playground, which they consider it to be the heart and soul in their lives for many sportsmen were created here. But sooner, the playground is almost occupied by an industrial corporate, where the local politician (Maarimuthu) tries to get the deal done. The film is about the confrontations that happen between the protagonist and this politician.

Although, the basic premise of this film is stereotypical and something that we have already seen in many movies, the screenplay could have been the better option, which would have scored brownie points. Regrettably, Manimaaran fails to present the film with such traits and the complete duration of 132 minutes turns out to be a much disappointing show. Jai has been consequently picking up some unique scripts, which has the potential to click, but somewhere fails up. Surabhi looks little flimsy in this film and her role is somewhat justifying in accordance to her decorous performance. Maarimuthu manages to score the best through his performance. RJ Balaji is little disappointing as we don’t get to see his full fledged comedy tracks.

On the technical aspects, the film lacks exceptional traits except the background score good in places.

 

Mapla Singam

Mapla Singam

Movie : Mapla Singam
Directed by : Rajasekhar
Produced by : P.Madhan
Written by : Don Ashok
Starring : Vimal, Anjali, Soori
Music by : N. R. Raghunanthan
Cinematography : V.S. Tharun Balaji
Edited by : Vivek Harshan
Production company : Escape Artists Motion Pictures
Release dates : 11 March 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

Are you ready to watch a film that doesn’t let you strain much with logical thinking? Nothing to get your nerves tightened up with nitty-gritty action sequences or steamy sequences that would obviously stop parents bringing their kids alongside them? Then, Mappillai Singam is a film that you could watch along with your family for this weekend, without any hesitations. The film is directed by Rajashekar and is produced by Escape Artists Madan with Vimal, Anjali, Soori, Radharavi, Jayaprakash, Madhumilla, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and many others in the cast.

Set against the southern Tamil Nadu village, the film is about clashes that has been happening over ages between two groups. Radharavi has been constantly winning the elections and has earned the wrath of opposite group headed by Munishkanth. Vimal plays the nephew of Radharavi and Anjali, a lawyer is the cousin girl of Munishkanth and daughter of Jayaprakash. The family feud gets more tougher, when Radharavi’s daughter Madhumilla and Anjali’s younger brother fall in love. As the families insist to separate the young lovers, but Vimal and Anjali decide to get them united and in the process fall for each other. Will the family feud stop them from getting united or not forms crux of the story.

Vimal has always been comfortable with the rural based entertainers and has managed to favour the audiences from this cohort unconditionally. Especially his combination with artistes like Anjali and Soori has been at the best through the commercial quotients. The onscreen chemistry between Vimal and Anjali isn’t much available as more importance is laid on humour. In this quotient, it is both Vimal and Soori, who offer decent course of humour along with artistes like Munishkanth, Lollu Sabha Swaminathan and Kaali Venkat.

The first half proceeds with a much lighter and lively moments, though there is no proper story. It keeps the audiences engaged with some humour and fun. Things slightly get slowed up by second half, but it works out well by the time of penultimate moments with a climax that is dramatized as in Sundar C movies.

On the technical front, the film has nothing much to be appreciated, but nor do they look like a constraint.

Overall, Mappillai Singam is a middling entertainer that you can enjoy, if you’re planning to spend some leisure time to be spent this weekend.

Verdict: Stereotypical but okay with some entertainment ingredients.

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum

Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum

Movie : Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum
Directed by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Produced by : C. V. Kumar, K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Screenplay by : Nalan Kumarasamy
Based on : My Dear Desperado by Kim Kwang-sik
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Madonna Sebastian, Samuthirakani
Music by : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by : Leo John Paul
Production company : Thirukumaran Entertainment
Distributed by : Studio Green, Abi & Abi Pictures
Release dates : 11 March 2016
Running time : 136 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil

 

Instantly after the final credits, you distinctly grasp couple of blunt things about the movie and star-cast. First thing that comes to your minds would be the proficient ability of Nalan Kumarasamy to attempt something different from his previous movies. While most of the filmmakers confine themselves to a specific formulae or genre, Nalan has tried to move out of the comfort zone (Soodhu Kavvum was a heist comedy) and try something with ‘Romance’ in ‘Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum’. Secondly, the actors Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian just throw up an awestruck factor with their impeccable performances. Especially, the girl who transfixed the audiences with her ‘Celine’ image from Premam easily eclipses that persona from the very beginning of this movie, breathing deeply into the role of Yazhini.

A Rom-Com Korean movie titled ‘My Dear Desperado’, which comes with a remake through the banners of Studio Green, Thirukumaran Entertainment and Abi & Abi Pictures features Nalan Kumarasamy as the director and Santhosh Narayanan as composer.

Madonna Sebastian plays a girl with bigger dreams – Yazhini, who has desired all her teenage to pursue a high profile job at IT Company. Facing hurdles from her parents, she somehow manages to land up in Chennai for a better job and becomes lucky enough to get one. Her paradisiacal life turns into turmoil after her company shuts down and her pursuit of new job keeps prolonging with luck not favoring her. Unable to meet the financial demands, she comes down to a much little house and over there comes across her neighbour (Vijay Sethupathi), who has served long jail sentence for the sake of his friend. The film traverses into the lives of these two people with contrastive natures and would the situations bring them together,

Nalan Kumarasamy has very well handled the screenplay. Although, the moments are seemingly slow, they gain its immense substantiality through the convincing performances of Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian. On the other end, the hilarious moments have been very well crafted with limited dialogues, but with best expressions from the actors. The sequences like Vijay Sethupathi-Madonna boozing together and the final moments, where the protagonist tries to save Madonna from not missing the interview have been very well pictured. The climax portion is completely emotional and as the girl starts yearning whether she would be able to meet the man who made her life beautiful, audiences too are pushed into the same situation to ponder over it.

Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan is appealing with background score and the songs are merely seen as the background score, which is an additional strength to it. Cinematography is impressive and so is editing that goes with smooth impact.

Overall, Kadhalum Kadanthu Pogum is a poignant drama of romance that celebrates the beauty of love in a much decorous panache. Maybe, the ones who expected ‘Mass’ avatar of Vijay Sethupathi could not be gratified, but the family audiences will surely love this film for its exquisite treatment.

Verdict: Idyllically impressive with emotions and poignance

 

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