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June 12, 2008

Dasavatharam Review – First on Net

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Everything that happens is for good (or has a better reason) – that’s the underlying theme for Dasa. Kamal had said in one of his interviews that his 11th role in the movie, that of a screenplay writer is what he is looking forward to and I feel that has turned out to be his BEST role of Dasa 😎
Shortly after the movie begins we are taken to the Nambi and 12th century – Kamal as Rangaraja Nambi (though for 10 mts) is fabulous – the scene where he is being drowned along with the Vishnu statue and the leadup to it is jus a sign of the level of entertainment we can expect in the movie. The movie then moves to Washington DC and we meet Govind the scientist – what happens there and the connection between the rest of the Kamals and a Bio weapon/Sand theft/Tsunami is where Kamal the screenplay writer has excelled in. The first half of the movie races forward in full speed, second half starts off in normal speed and again goes to a full peak finish. Apart from the screenplay and wonderful dialogues (playing with tamil at times) by Kamal, he is superb as Balram Naidu/Christian Fletcher. Asin has done a great job, so has MS Bhaskar. Its a laugh riot in most scenes MS Bhaskar comes 😛 (same with Balram Naidu). Camera work was outstanding and Devisri prasad has done a not bad job in the rerecording (esp the music for Fletcher was 😎 ) Kallai mattum(good camera work) & Mukundha/ Oh Oh Sanam songs wonderfully choreographed – wait & watch Ulaganayagane song. Mallika does what she does best in the Kaa Karupanukkum song.

Krishnaveni Paati/Boovaraghan/Nambi are the next best avatars in order. Climax fight between the Fletcher and the Japenese guy (Narahasi) was wonderfully choreographed – we dont even realise its two Kamal’s fighting 😎 Bush’s mannerisms and his portrayal of his intelligence sooooooooooooooooooper 😛

In short a film not to be missed by anyone – 100% entertainment – easily one of the best screenplays to come out in recent times in Indian films. Btw dir K.S.Ravikumar ?!?!?!? I found his touch only in one cliched explanation given by a doc to avatar singh in the climax

PS : I know this aint a proper review – but dont wanna reveal the story and thrill for the ppl who are yet to see

The only let down for me in the movie was the graphics scenes involving the 12th century drowning and some Tsunami effects – cud have been loads more better!!

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May 2, 2008

Kuruvi – Unfortunately not a Gilli

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If giving a blockbuster is difficult, even more difficult would be to follow it up with another one. Dharani with a hatrick of sorts in the form of Dhill/Dhool and Gilli comes up with yet another fast paced ‘hero smashes villain and saves people’ formula. With a big family to take care, Vettrivel (Vijay) in an effort to go to Malaysia takes up a one time job as a Kuruvi (a guy who moves stuff from Malaysia – Chennai). The issues he faces after reaching there in the form of Suman and gang and how Vijay brings Suman’s and Ashish Vidhyarthi’s illegal diamond business to CBI’s notice is the movie’s story. In between ofcourse is a love track between Vijay and Thrisha (Suman’s sister). Movie is an entertainer with comedy sprinkled (including a couple of non-parliamentary ones 😛 ) generously in the first half and action packed in the second. Scenes involving the diamond theft and escape with Thrisha to Chennai and the flight scenes and the ones involving Jeeva are taken from Vettam, malayalam movie. Contrary to reactions after audio release, Mozha Mozhanu seems to the winner in picturisation along with Happy New Year song. Thaen Thaen is unnecessary in the movie and could have been removed. On the other hand editing and Cinematography is good and Vidyasagar’s BGM in some places (the Malaysia club scenes/Cuddappah scenes) are very good. Suman is good as a villain though his voice is a bit soft to be menacing, the heavy built villain in the diamond ‘kvaary’ is good. Ashish Vidyarthi with doses of telugu dialogues does ok.

Pros :
Vijay’s comedy sense and dialogue delivery (he is becoming thinner and thinner day by day though 😳 )
Vivek

Cons :
Lots of logical potholes (surprisingly from Dharani)
Gravity defying stunt scenes including the ridiculous intro race scene (though the first fight in Malaysia is top notch)

Movie should get a good run in the B and C centres and for general audience should be ok for a one time watch and a good treat for Vijay fans. My personal verdict – can watch once, dont expect logic.

November 8, 2007

ATM – Not a bad attempt

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jus back after seeing ATM -Its a vijay movie with lots of comedy + dance + wonderful songs. editing was crisp and movie moved quite fast in the first half. second vijay was not bad with the voice modulation and style etc. one more worthy mention is the fight sequence b/w both vijay’s. the songs choreography was very good for kelamal and ponmagal.

the intro fight plus the fight with bamboo during a chase etc was uncalled for. also the technical dept somehow seems to have messed up the scenes involving two vijay’s with each looking in some direction. Was expecting a lot of stuff for Valayapatti and ended up thinking why on earth ARR gave this song to this director. The supercool Marlyn Monroe also gone for a toss with the Mini elephant dance for that song

first half with comedy sequences and ESP etc set the pace for second half. second half with the villain vijay sequences laced in with comedy was too good. intro song dance + choreo was top class – too good, but somehow felt that the song and dance do not gel together. i personally liked the graphics usage (though amateurish) especially for the scene of ants carrying food. climax was on expected lines with not even 0% chance of vijay dying in the movie. that is the main drawback of the movie too with an abrupt ending and the villain deciding to be good and blah blah blah

the way vijay says, ‘evalavo panrom – idha panna maatoma’ is Coooooool

Plus :
Vijay
Arr + Songs
Shreya (he he he)

Minus :
Intro fight + intro song arr voice (felt it didnt suit Vijay)
Lack of Solid Story

overall, its vijay all the way with no other characters having any considerable screen time. a entertainer for only vijay fans!!

July 24, 2007

Kreedom – Imitation Crown

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Ajith’s next movie after the tragic aalwar and before his almost HIT movie Billa (courtesy Vishnuvardhan), is Kreedom.

The movie narrates the story of a honest cop rajkiran who yearns to make his son, Ajith, a police officer and dreams to salute his son one day. Because of one incident which involves both him and his son and because of his son’s own love for him Ajith gets into huge trouble with the biggest local henchman, after which life is not the same for him. The father sees his own son’s would-be police career and personal life going down right in front of him and it comes to a real shattering climax.

Remade from a mega hit classic from Malayalam with the same name, the director has tried his level best to stick to the original as much as possible unlike his FALSE claims of just inspiration. It is to be noted that the Malayalam film’s hero Mohanlal got a special National Award for this movie. So Ajith has(had) that much of scope in the script of this movie.

The first song is the stale one “velayadu” — perhaps a song for audience to take some rest and be prepared for the tight storyline following. Comedy scenes of Thrisha (has done it to good effect with Santhanam) are all newly done for the tamil remake, while the role of Vivek as the bad brother-in-law is a take from the original. He is no way near his best. The villian of the movie is the main drawback. Varadarajan doesn’t give you that irritation or scare whenever he comes on screen (just shouting Aee in high pitch is not a great villain), whereas the original villain was menacing as Keerikaadan Jose.

The main trouble with the movie is that it is a remake from the 80’s and there have been many stories inspired from the same mould, of the hero being unnecessarily pulled onto a bad situation and then his life becoming miserable afterwards. It is the main storyline in most of Dharani’s movies like Dhill, Dhool and even Ghilli to some extent. Infact Dhill also speaks of a hero who wants to become a police and his fatal clash with the villain at the prime time becoming his main trouble.

Rajkiran has excelled in his role as a father. G. V. Prakash has done a commanding performance in the BGM though the songs are a rehash of many recent tamil songs, it works. Ajith’s performance in the climax is to be surely appreciated. He is miles above his normal acting in the climax. He is one actor who would perform even well with an great director in his side which is why Billa is sure to be a hit. Perhaps Vijay, an assistant of Priyadarshan could have made some more changes to the script which IMO looks more like Dhill because the movie is changed to suit the tamil audience with more masala which is perhaps what Dharani did long back.

All in all, the movie should be a good one for Ajith’s fans who would get to see him without all his normal punch dialogues and flying in the air kinda stuff which IMO was his downfall. But how far it would pull in family audiences is to be seen, with the movie becoming a regular routine except for the climax. Some movies just ought not to be remade, unless you have the best director or the best actor in the lineup.
Kreedom would have done wonders with Ajith alongside a more talented director or with Kamal acting in it with any director.

Plus :
Not much of filmi stunt stuff
Rajkiran
Ajith in climax (though no way near the original)

Minus :
Villain
Too much of resemblance to Dhill
Vivek
G.V.Prakash and his copied songs

June 14, 2007

Sivaji – FIRST REVIEW ON NET!!

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Jus back after watching Sivaji in Singapore FDFS at GV Yishun.

Awesome performance by Rajini. Looking younger by decades as though travelled by a time machine, Superstar looks ravishing and has given out a spell binding performance. In his Motta role, he even makes us forget the La ka la ka la ka…… He is an epitome of style and his walks and his mannerisms have been captured in a fan like style by Shankar. Shankar is a master in bringing out social issues through his script and packaging it in a commercial way. The message in the movie and the final slides on the screen as names roll by is something every Indian would dream for.

The songs picturisation has always been Shankar’s forte and he proves that again. Ballelakka has Nayantara looking soooo hot and the scenes are so pleasing to the eyes. Sahara and the glass tower looks ravishing and Shreya is SUPER DUPER HOT in Vaaji Vaaji song. Athiradee and Style song is every RAJINI fan’s dream come true. Wonderful use of CG in both the songs. Shankar or ARR has been so clever in using the Sega Fightaa song — Hats off

Rahman’s songs have already stuck on to the top of the charts and would sure stay on for some more time with the visuals out now. He has done a wonderful work with the BGM and esp Blaaze proves why he is Rahman’s favorite. The BGM music which resembles one of the songs is too good to hear.
Sujatha’s dialogues is another strength to the movie. Scene where Suman makes fun of Rajini is another gem by Sujatha. Magic with little words and its Sujatha for you.

Heroines in Rajini and Shankar movies have always been mostly for glamour. Here too Shreya fits the bill perfectly and does a fantastic job at that. In addition she does have some scenes to prove her acting and she does a good job. Vivek’s rockbottom career is going to be revived with this movie where he is there with Rajini in most of the scenes. Office Room comedy scenes and La Ka La Ka scenes STAND OUT!! still laughing thinking about them. …. He even has a couple of punch dialogues

Suman has been a revelation in terms of Villain. Speaking fewer words and with no over the board shouting, he has done a wonderful job and looks menacing. The confrontation scenes b/w Rajini and Suman are a highlight of the movie.

Style song and Adhiradee song graphics are top class (Both are fantasy songs and they sure have unrealistic sequences which is why you have CG in the first place) Other than that, not much of CG in the movie.

As for the minus points in the movie, there is one scene with Shreya and train which is kinda unbelievable. There are slides which are put as the names roll by and they ought to have been included before that coz some people may miss that.

In Singapore theatre we had atleast 20% of crowd as women and everyone enjoyed the movie thoroughly. Throughout the first half and almost half of second half (not sequentially) it was sprinkled with lots of humour ala Rajini Style. Sivaji — Pera ketta chumma Adhirudhilla……..

June 24, 2005

Anniyan – Awesome!!

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well its been a looong gap and it needed something like this to push me to writing…… am talking about ANNIYAN!!
standing in the queue in the early hours of Tuesday, 14th jun… we all got the tickets for Anniyan at Satyam for the first day … thrilled we were would be an understatement coz all of us at home were listening to anniyan songs daily from the day we got our tickets to keep the tempo rising and rising (though the fact remains that it wud have beeen more thrilling for me if it was A.R.R) … come friday and we were there promptly on time bunking our work 😉
Review on the movie is already available in plenty of sites i dont wanna bore u guys with the same stuff again.. but whew i cant stop talking on Shankar and Vikram’s brilliance….. right after the movie, someone asked me what would be shankar’s movie’s theme… coz he has almost dealt with all the things which irritate us on a daily basis…. each of us keep seeing such things done by public on a daily basis and none of us bother to go in and do something about it…. well i am also one amongst of the guilty :-((…. hope an anniyan is born amongst us Indians…. some idiotic fools do need heavy doses of the same stuff to atleast start following some of it……….
the biggest letdown i felt in the movie was its music and the BGM…. probably b’coz am a die hard fan of A.R.R i didnt find it to my liking….. felt that Rahman would have taken the movie to the HIGHEST level… one thing i was happy was that when split personality was handled in the poorest of fashions relating it to ghosts etc in Chandramukhi, “Anniyan” and Shankar has handled MPD in a wonderful way…. hats off…….

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