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    Attakathi (2012)

    After watching Pa.Ranjith‘s later works of Madras (2014) and Kabali (2016) I got to watch his first film Attakathi (2012), a film I had missed when it got released. Apart from the Director the other reason for me to watch Attakathi after 4 years of its release is Dinesh, an actor I like and have watched most of his other films – Oru Naal Koothu (2016), Visaranai (2016), Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (2015), Thirudan Police (2014) and Cuckoo (2014).  While you can notice similarity in the acting style of Dinesh which remains same in many of his films of romantic genre, two films stand out for his exceptional acting – Visaranai being the first and Cuckoo…

  • Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (இரண்டாம் உலகப்போரின் கடைசி குண்டு)
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    Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (2019)

    Take the news of an entire German town being evacuated to clear a second world-war bomb, change the place of happenings to India, write a brisk screenplay, and deliver it with a fine cast, you get a successful film. That’s exactly what Director Athiyan Athirai has done with Irandam Ulagaporin Kadaisi Gundu (இரண்டாம் உலகப்போரின் கடைசி குண்டு). Attakathi Dinesh is a lorry driver at a metal-scrap yard in Chennai who is in love with Anandhi, a girl from his village. Their love is opposed by her family. Did they join is the story told in the backdrop of a trip from Chennai to Pondicherry where Dinesh is carrying in his lorry an unexploded…

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    LKG (2019)

    In Tamil Cinema, when it comes to political comedy, we have satires, spoofs and then LKG (2019). In his maiden attempt as a writer and hero, RJ Balaji gets promoted to middle school right after kindergarten. The story is a familiar one – of how a local municipal councillor becomes the Chief Minister of the state through his aspiration and smartness – we have seen a similar storyline in last year’s Annanukku Jai starring Attakathi Dinesh – what separates LKG from all its predecessors was the plausibility and ingenuity in its script. Yes, RJ Balaji was unable to express any kind of emotion onscreen, but he makes it up with…

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    Annanukku Jai (2018)

    Annanukku Jai (அண்ணனுக்கு ஜே!) is a political comedy starring Attakathi Dinesh and Mahima Nambiar that works in most parts. It is about a story of an accidental politician – a young man “Sekhar” from a small town who wants to get into politics to safeguard his father’s illegal toddy business – lucky for him, he is booked for an assault case he didn’t commit and goes to jail, returning from the prison he grows in status due to his shrewd moves. We have seen in Kollywood many many movies featuring this line of Political rivalry and treachery, but what makes Annanukku Jai enjoyable is the straightforward narration by Director Rajkumar and the…

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    Oru Naal Koothu (2016)

    After a long time myself and wife went for a movie, it was for Attakathi Dinesh starring Oru Naal Koothu (2016). The story line interested us to see the film together, it was of the struggles different couples go through for their wedding. It could be a love marriage, an arranged marriage or a marriage that never happens. The film is a good attempt by Director Nelson Venkatesan who is supported well in the background score and songs by Music Director Justin Prabhakran of Pannaiyarum Padminiyum fame. Adiyae Azhage is a wonderful melody, that you keep humming even after coming out the theatre. The movie is centered around three female…

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    Visaranai (2016)

    Tamil film lovers around the world were eagerly awaiting after its premiere (in 72nd Venice International Film festival) for critical acclaim, the film is Visaranai (விசாரணை). The cinema is based on a novel Lock Up by M. Chandrakumar, the film weaves the incidents that happened in police lockups for the Autodriver turned writer in his real life, into a fiction for it’s audience viewing pleasure. The story is two parts, the first part happening in neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh (AP) and the second part in Tamil Nadu (TN). Attakathi Dinesh and Aadukalam Murugadoss are the lead two of the four workers from Tamil Nadu who are make a living by doing odd jobs in Guntoor (AP), they…

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    Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum (2015)

    போன வாரமே இந்தப் படம் – “தமிழுக்கு எண் ஒன்றை அழுத்தவும்” (Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum) வெளிவந்துவிட்டது, ஆனால்  இன்று தான் என்னால் பார்க்க முடிந்தது – இந்த சின்ன வயசில் எனக்கு எவ்வளவு ஏமாற்றம் பார்த்தீங்களா! கதை என்று பெரியதாக எதுவும் இல்லை, ஆனால் அதையும் சுவராஸ்யமாக சொல்லியுள்ள  முதல் பட இயக்குனர் ராம்பிரகாஷ் ராயப்பாவிற்கு பாராட்டுக்கள். படத்தை குழந்தைகள், பெற்றோருடன் சேர்ந்துப் பார்க்கலாம் – கவர்ச்சி துளிக்கூட இல்லை (சத்தியமா எனக்கு அதில் வருத்தமே இல்லை, ஏன் நம்ப மாட்டேங்குறீங்க), அடிதடி சண்டை இல்லை, எந்தவித ஹிரோயிஸமும் இல்லை, டாஸ்மார்கில் குடித்துவிட்டு நாயகன் பாடும் சோகப்பாட்டு எதுவும் இல்லை, அப்படி இருந்தும் படத்தில் குறையென்று பெரிதாக எதுவும் இல்லை. ரசிக்கும் படி இருந்தது, சிரிக்கவும் சில காட்சிகள் இருக்கிறது, இயக்குனார் நடிகர் மனோபாலா உதவியால். “தமிழுக்கு எண் ஒன்றை அழுத்தவும்” என்ற தலைப்பைப் பார்த்ததும் இது கால் செண்டர் அல்லது தொலைப்பேசி நிறுவனத்தைப் பற்றிய கதை என்று நினைத்தேன். ஆனால் இது…

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    Thirudan Police (2014)

    Today I saw the movie Thirudan Police (திருடன் போலீஸ்) starring Attakathi Dinesh and Iyshwarya Rajesh. Earlier I had seen Dinesh in Cuckoo and Aishwarya Rajesh in Rummy & Pannaiyarum Padminiyum, so I was expected some good performance from both of them in this movie and they didn’t disappoint. Dinesh plays the role of an unemployed youth whose father is a Police constable who is bossed around by his superiors. One of the superior officer conspires to have the father killed by anti-social elements. Rest of the movie is about how Dinesh gets the guilty punished. The difference in this film was the revenge was done not in the usual super-hero format, but in a simpler slow paced manner.…