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After much wait, the Suriya’s film TSK has finally hits the screens today on this Pongal 2018. As expected, the movie is getting a good response from the Overseas audience all over the world. The movie is a heist thriller, Directed by Vignesh Shivan fame of Naanum Rowdydhaan and produced by Surya’s cousin Gnanavel Raja under the banner, Studio Green.

MOVIE CAST:
Suriya
Keerthy Suresh
Karthik
Ramya Krishnan
Senthil
Kalaiarasan
Anandraj
RJ Balaji

STORY


Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (TSK) is based on Bollywood film Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’, which features Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Manoj Bajpayee. The story is inspired by a real-life incident in 1987 when a group posing as CBI raided a jewelry showroom in Mumbai and stole around 35 lakhs.

TSK recounts the story of a gang posing as CBI officers that conduct raids on corrupt politicians and businessmen while looting black money. What happens in their last assignment, which involves 26 young and dynamic.

POSITIVE POINTS


  • It’s apleasure to see Suriya, playing yet another ‘sincere’ character that has lighter, fun shades too.
  • Anirudh’s songs are already a hit and they seamlessly move the narrative forward. Each one is a solitaire diamond and not once does a song protrude unnecessarily.
  • Dinesh Krishnan’s colourful visuals and Sreekar Prasad’s skillful cuts count among TSK’s numerous pluses.
  • Art director Kiran deserves a special mention for giving enough detailing, however the glossy outlook doesn’t give you a period film feel.
  • The pre-interval portion was too good, the emotions were well conveyed.
  • Special appreciation for The climax portion, well structured.
  • Vignesh Shivn’s refreshing character sketches and screenplay that has adapted the story for his audience has left no space for comparison

 

NEGATIVE POINTS


The heroine (Keerthi Suresh) but perhaps the film would have been much racier without yet another distraction from the actual plot.

VERDICT


Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is a great racy fun ride, packaged well & crisply directed. Worth to watch the film with family this festival season.

After much wait, the Vijay film Mersal has finally hits the screens today on this Deeepavali 2017. As expected, the movie is getting a good response from the Overseas audience all over the world. The movie is directed by young director Atlee and produced by Thenandal Studios.

Movie Cast:

Vijay
SJ Suriya
Samantha
Kaajal Agarwal
Nithya Menon
Vadivelu
Kovai Sarala
Sathyaraj

STORY


A magician comes to India and finds his long lost brother who is a doctor in USA. He learns about his identity and decides to take revenge for those who killed his parents. The screenplay aims at confusing the audience to make them believe that a magician-doctor is on a killing spree as it wants to set them up for a big surprise revelation.

The surprise is that the protagonist has an identical twin, who reveals his identity in a pre-interval action sequence. It would have been, indeed, a major twist in the narration, only if the filmmakers had taken extra care to prevent spoilers.

 

POSITIVE POINTS


  •  Vijay Steal the show. Vijay asusual rocks in fight, dance & comedy scenes
  • All songs are colourful, soulful and well choreographed. Just excellent.
  • Compared to other leading ladies Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Kajal Aggarwal, the role played by Nithya Menen is far more powerful.
  • Sathyaraj plays, an investigating officer and Vadivelu plays sidekick for both Veri and Maran characters. Atlee has been fair and created enough space for these actors to shine in this film rather than simply be fillers.
  • S J Suryah’s performance is in the second part during the flashback scenes are treat to watch.

 

NEGATIVE POINTS


  • There are also many loose ends in the story and unexplained questions. For example, how come a popular hospital in the village was deserted in the night?
  • Slow Flashback & Story
  • So much so that a bloody violent crime goes unnoticed.

VERDICT


Director Atlee has ensured that there is never a boring moment on the big screen and that aspect of the movie outweighs the logical follies in the narration.We can easily say tha from start to finish, Mersal is all about Vijay, and Ilayathalapathy does not disappoin. Mersal has the makings of being one of the biggest hits of the year.

RATING: Double Deepavali bonanza for Vijay [4/5]

After much wait, the Mani Ratnam film Kaatru Veliyidai has finally hit the screens on Friday. After amusing us with his last movie OK Kanmani starring Nithya Menen and Dulquer Salmaan, Mani Ratnam has chosen yet another fresh pair- Karthi and Aditi Rao.

PLOT


Kaatru Veliyidai opens with scenes of fighting between the Indian and Pakistani army. We see a pilot, Varun aka VC (Karthi), being captured by the Pakistani army. But very soon, we realise that this is a film about the battle between two hearts — in other words, not Roja!

Plus

  • Mani Ratnam has captured the life of men in Indian Air Force very well
  • Visuals are the real treat
  • Amazing chemistry between Karthi and Aditi
  • AR Rahman’s soulful music

Minus

  • A bit dragging
  • Predictable screenplay

VERDICT
There is no cut-throat twist in the story line, neither is any suspense. Yet every scene is a wonder and every nook of the screen is worth staring at. Costumes, choreography and camera are three atypical tools which made this movie all a magic.

RATING: Don’t expect much from the story plot [3.5/5]

In Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva, a remake of Telugu film Pataas, Lawrencce is introduced as Makkal (People’s) Superstar and you know that’s not a good sign. It doesn’t take much time to realise that the title is a mockery of super-stardom and the film is a blow to your sensibilities. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker and want to learn how not to make a mess of a film, here’s the recipe you shouldn’t follow.

STORY
The story of this movie revolves around two cops played by Sathya Raj and Raghava Lawrence. Sathyaraj plays an honest police officer whereas Raghava Lawrence plays a corrupt one. The ego clashes between these two takes the movie forward and then enters the antagonist who tries to make use of this internal fight in the police department to his benefit. They movies tells us how the cops resist and solve this issue. Sai Ramani had done a very good job as a writer and director of this movie, as he had filled the plot with all commercial elements to make the audience entertained. Even though there is nothing new in the plot, the presentation of it saved the flick.


VERDICT
Even by regular commercial cinema standard, Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva fails to make an impact. Sathyaraj is sidelined in a role that has no purpose while Ashutosh Rana, who keeps saying ‘I hate police’ for reasons never fully explained, makes you wonder what a bad film can do to an actor of his calibre. Kovai Sarla, who made a terrific comeback with the Kanchana series, is annoyingly unbearable with her loud voice.

RATING: Annoyingly unbearable example of commercial cinema [2.5/5]

The most awaited Singam 3, the third installment in the Singam franchise, has finally hit the silver screens Thursday February 9th 2017. In the film, we can see Suriya as Durai Singam, Anushka Shetty, Shruti Haasan and Thakur Anoop Singh who is making his Kollywood debut as the villain. Nassar, Sumithra, Soori, Robo Shankar, Radhika Sarathkumar, Radha Ravi are few of the other actors who are also part of the movie.

STORY
The Story of Singam 3 deals with Suriya as a ferocious cop, who will take on the criminals responsible for the murder of a police commissioner.

The movie keeps audience engaged from the beginning because of the well crafted screenplay with mass factors. Suriya (Durai Singam) as a fierce cop has been promoted to Commissioner (Crime Branch) will head to Vizag to investigate the murder of the former Commissioner of Vizag. During the course of investigation, Suriya unfolds the mystery over the murder which leads to the international mission. What’s the deal about the mission and why was the Commissioner murdered forms the crux of the story.

POSITIVE POINTS

  • Suriya steals the show with jaw-dropping performance
  • Songs and Locations
  • Fights beautifully choreographed
  • Visual Effects
  • BGMs

NEGATIVE POINTS

  • Anushka’s impact is minimal
  • Shruti’s performance is not up to the mark
  • Lengthy Story

VERDICT
Singam 3 is full on Mass Entertainer with power packed Performances, stunning actions scenes and rocking BGMs. And we are quite sure that Singam 3 will emerge as one of the best movies in Suriya’s career as well as mint fascinating figures at the box office.

RATING: Suriya rocked his performance and this bright look is attracting by his fans [3.5/5]

Kollywood’s most awaited movie of Ilayathalapathy Vijay and south latest sensation Keerthy Suresh starring ‘Bairavaa aka Bairava’ releasing worldwide on January 12th as Pongal festival special to Tamil audience. Bairavaa is an action film written and directed by Bharathan and produced by Vijaya Productions. Distributed by Sri Green Productions.

STORY
Bairavaa(Vijay) plays the role of a normal bachelor living his life happily enjoying with friends. He meets and woos Keerthi Suresh(Malarvizhi) eventually gaining her trust. Keerthi, seeing Vijay as a trusted person tells her past and the biggest problem of her life which Bairavaa takes upon his shoulders to solve. Bairavaa takes the crime case directly to court in the process colliding with Jagapathi Babu. What’s Malarvizhi’s problem and What’s the court’s final verdict forms the rest of the story.

POSITIVE POINTS

  • Pre interval fight scenes
  • Keerthi Suresh
  • Vijay mass acting
  • BGMs

NEGATIVE POINTS

  • Comedy in first half
  • Over the top action
  • Cinematography

VERDICT
Bairavaa is full on Mass Masala Entertainer with Power Packed Performances, stunning actions scenes and Rocking Music. All the fight scenes were handled very neatly and Vijay’s body language is apt for every scenes. Bharathan has written good heart tocuhing and also good punch dialogues for the movie. Music composed by Santhosh Narayanan and the BGM of the movie were superb.

RATING: Fans can enjoy the movie till the end [3/5]
1st day TN box office prediction: 13+ Crores

It is finally here. The much-awaited Tamil film of the year, Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada (AYM). STR, Manjima Mohan, Baba Sehgal, and Rana Daggubati are the lead cast of this film. The film got UA certificate from the Censor board, and it has the Two hours 30-minutes running time. The famous Daniel Balaji and Sathish Krishnan are also there as supporting actors.

STORY
The story of the movie is kept sweet and straightforward. The movie revolves around the Simbu (STR) and her college-going sister’s friend (Manjima Mohan) Leela. Leela stays at his home to pursue their career in Film direction. One day, Simbu plans to go for a bike trip from Vizag – Kanyakumari without informing anyone in the family. Leela also joins him on the journey. The story drives little slow but with narrations via songs. Songs have taken your heart with beautiful locations and excellent cinematography. The twist in the movie comes around the interval of the movie. Suddenly, they encounter an incident that gets them into dangerous situations. The second half of the movie is an action thriller. How Simbu handles the situation overcoming his fear is the rest part of the movie, watch the movie at Theatre.

POSITIVE POINTS

  • Simbu’s presence on the screen has always kept up with the expectations of the viewers
  • Manjima Mohan as Leela has given an electrifying performance in her debut role
  • Thalli Pogathey and Rasaali songs are shot fascinatingly
  • AR Rahman’s background score is also marked as biggest positive for this film

VERDICT
Simbu seems to have a winner in hand. Going by the viewers’ response, the Tamil movie has impressed the audience. Thanks to Gautham Menon, whose screenplay has made the big difference. The director has tapped the actor in Simbu, who has come out with a solid performance.

AR Rahman’s music has turned out to be the major highlight of the movie. All the five tracks appear in the first half and the audience will not complain. His background score adds huge value to the flick. Like in every film, Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada too has its own share of drawbacks and the major among them remains the climax portion where logic in the story takes a back seat.

RATING: AR Rahman+Gautham Menon + Simbu= MASTER PIECE 4/5
1st day box office prediction: 8 Crores

Dhanush's Kodi has opened to fairly positive reviews. The performance of the lead actors backed by mass elements has impressed the viewers.

Kodi, which released on Diwali, seems to be everything the Tamil audience wants for this festive season. The political thriller set in a rural backdrop has Dhanush in a double role for the first time in his career. On the other hand, Trisha’s feisty woman role with political ambition adds to the film’s narration.

STORY
A young politician finds himself in a position where he has to contest against his girlfriend, who is ambitious. Circumstances force his look-alike twin to also get involved in this political battle. Kodi and Anbu are twins, who are the sons of a dedicated political party worker (Karunas). While former is interested in politics despite facing severe opposition from his mother (Saranya), the latter is a lecture in a college.

On the other hand, we have Rudra (Trisha), an ambitious girl, like Kodi, who desires to make it big in politics. She is willing to go to any extent to fulfil her dreams. The film takes an interesting turn when the hero and the heroine are pitted against each other in a by-election. The surprising part of the story is that they are secretly in love! What follows next should be seen on-screen.

The drama gets even more interesting when Rudhra is forced to sacrifice her MLA seat to Kodi’s brother Anbu. After winning the bypoll elections, Anbu totally changes that he acts opposite to Rudhra’s wish and he also makes intelligent moves to find the murderer of his brother. From there the cat and mouse game begins… The first half of Kodi travels like an usual commercial entertainer but slowly the film turns into a classy political thriller, especially in the second half.

Rarely do we see a heroine have a meaty role and here Trisha gets that long awaited opportunity. The actor plots silently and is the face of calm even in the most tense moments. It’s that rare performance that is calculated, effective and one of her career best.

POSITIVE POINTS

  • The real surprise in Kodi is how the director manages to makes this plot feel gritty within the boundaries of commercial cinema.
  • Dhanush’s double role is the major highlight in the film and he is convincing in both the roles.
  • Santhosh Narayanan’s music
  • Cinematography by Venkatesh is perfect
  • Vettu Pottu and Sirukku Vaasam Songs

VERDICT
Kodi is purely a mass film in which Dhanush has excelled in dual roles. His performance in two characters undoubetedly remains the major highlight of the film. Trisha will be seen in a bold role and Anupama has done justice to her limited role. Technically, Santhosh Narayanan’s music takes the quality of the film to the next level. Well, the film has its own share of drawbacks. Major among them is poorly written scenes at parts.

RATING: Mass+Class= Master class 4/5
1st day box office prediction: 7.2 Crores

Release date : May 27 th, 2016
Director : Pandiraj
Producer : Chimbu Cine Arts, Pasanga Productions
Music Director : Kuralarasan
Starring : Silambarasan, Nayantara, Andrea Jeremiah

The wait is finally over. Simbu’s long awaited rom-com Idhu Namma Aalu has made it to the silver screen across the world. Directed by National Award winner Pandiraj, the movie also stars Nayanthara, Andrea Jeremiah and Soori in noteworthy roles.

As we all know that the movie was in the pipeline for the last 3 years or so, Idhu Namma Aalu over the years, managed to heighten the expectation among fans and cine buffs.

STORY
Simbu plays an IT professional, who takes us into his past to unravel his first love and the heartbreak he goes through thereafter. He begins his life afresh with Nayanthara and hopes for a better luck when it comes to his love life, second time around. But, how difficult is it to move on in one’s life?

Idhu Namma Aalu is about a married couple and their relationship which needs a bit of sparkle. Without much twists and turns, Pandiraj presents a neatly woven light-hearted entertainer.

PLUS POINS
+ As expected, stand out performances from Simbu and Nayantara forms the backbone of this film. Nayantara’s screen presence is in tune with her character and her on-screen chemistry with Simbu seem to fit the bill for a breezy rom-com.

+ Andrea Jeremiah’s extended cameo provides a fresh angle to the entire love saga. The Pachaikili Muthucharam actress looks gorgeous, which is an added advantage.

+ Soori’s comedy sequences, for a change, looks unforced and flows along with the screenplay. It is enjoyable as well with genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Special appearances from Santhanam and Jai manages to bring smile on the audiences face, adding to the overall feel of the movie.
Technicalities:

+ The driving force of Idhu Namma Aalu is Pandiraj’s dialogues. It is his screenplay and dialogues that make this film, which has a wafer-thin storyline, enjoyable.

+ Kuralarasan, who makes his debut as a music director, has come up with decent background score that goes along well with what’s being played on the screen.

MINUS POINTS
While the first half is breezy and entertaining, editor Praveen KL could’ve shortened the length of the movie’s latter half.

FINAL VERDICT 
Idhu Namma Aalu is nothing more than a breezy rom-com which is fairly engaging. Could’ve been a lot better but definitely worth your time.

OUR RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Directed by: Venkat Prabhu
Produced by: K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Music by: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: RD Rajasekhar
Edited by: Praveen K L

Starring: Suriya, Nayanthara, Parthiban, Samuthirakani, Pranitha, Premgi Amaren

STORY
The story is altogether different away from the usual genre of films. A cheater who cheats people is cheated by ghosts. And this conman does not know who these ghosts are. That’s the twist here. The story is well woven into a murder mystery with elements of comedy and horror blended into it with perfect one-liners that makes the theater burst into an instantaneous laughter.

As for the story, Suriya is a smalltime conman with free-for-all attitude towards life. He is followed by three ghosts who irritate Suriya. When Suriya is seen talking to these ghosts, his friends and people around him think that Suriya has gone mad, because the ghosts are only seen by Suriya and invisible to other people. Suriya then learns that these ghosts have an unfulfilled wish and they want Suriya to pitch in and fulfill that wish for them. How Suriya fulfills their wish and how Suriya finds out who the ghosts are.

PERFORMANCE
Suriya plays dual roles in Masss; one a cheater and the other a Tamil Eelam. His electrifying performance in the both the roles have won critical applause from the Masss audiences and as well as the movie pundits. His one-liners and his slang of a Sri Lankan Tamil have the perfect sense of timing which became an instantaneous hit with the audiences. Nayanthara and Pranitha have justified their presence giving their best.

PLUS POINTS
No scary scenes, Comedy scenes between Suriya and the ghosts are perfectly timed tickling ones ribs to no end. In the end, you are sure to leave the theater with happiness writ large on your face and feeling an urge to watch again and again. Venkat Prabhu did an excellent job weaving twists and turns of unpredictable nature.

MINUS POINTS
Yuvan Shankar’s music is not up to the mark. The magic of Yuvan failed Suriya and Venkat Prabhu. Graphics too are not up to the mark.

VERDICT
Masss makes you sit on the razor’s edge. A beautiful film with unexplored genre of storyline with unpredictable twists and turns. You will feel like watching again and again.

Rating: 3/5