• Movie Review

    Kodiyil Oruvan (2021)

    Vijay Antony is known to opt for interesting stories to compensate for his acting skills, but Kodiyil Oruvan (கோடியில் ஒருவன்) is a cookie-cutter good vs evil story and a lazy screenplay. It is about an IAS aspiring youngster who is forced to fight the local politician(s) in order to save the students living in the community from taking to alcohol and crimes. Director Ananda Krishnan, whose Metro (2016) was good, has made a mediocre film. The film which made a theatrical release in September is now available on Amazon Prime Video, gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Vijaya Raghavan (Vijay Antony) is born on a traumatic night where a local politician kills…

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    Movie Review

    Kolaigaran (2019)

    In all his movies, irrespective of the character he is playing, Vijay Antony “acts” as if he has deep secrets and an intense personality. This film is no exception, but luckily for Vijay Antony, the story being an unusual murder mystery suits him well. Kolaigaran (2019) starts with the confession of Vijay Antony of murdering someone to the police inspector played by Arjun. Did he really the murderer or not, and, why is the story. Unlike, most in this genre, the film doesn’t go for a grand reveal, instead, like an onion, the suspense is lifted one at a time, still, till the end, we are kept hooked – Director…

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    Thimiru Pudichavan (2018)

    Vijay Antony continues to compensate for his lack of acting skills with the good quality of the scripts he chooses. Thimiru Pudichavan (2018) is a run-of-the-mill honest police officer against a local rowdy who uses young adults for his crime empire. What was different was the treatment, there were only a few illogical or heroic sequences (we need to discount the climax),  and most of the characters and the dialogues came out straight and genuine. It is a movie that was not great, but certainly watchable, especially for someone who likes Vijay Antony style of films. I felt the screenplay was something that the audience will imagine in their heads as an alternative for…

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    Kaali (2018)

    I have a liking for Vijay Antony‘s films, that may be due to the stories he opts for, and for his non-heroic performances! He certainly has to improve as an actor, but that doesn’t stop him from trying and I like that. Kaali (2018), his latest film, is about a successful heart surgeon Bharath (played by Vijay Antony) who sees in his dreams a little boy being chased by a bull – to figure out why he gets this dream and to identify his biological parents he comes to India and settles in a small village. Immediately on arrival, Bharath discovers the actual place of his dreams and his mother’s identity- I thought…

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    Annadurai (2017)

    After the successful release of Pichaikkaran (2016), Vijay Antony has earned the reputation of selecting well the stories for his films. With his recent Annadurai (2017), he has missed the beat. The film opens with a hero introduction for Annadurai (Vijay Antony)  – who is a drunkard saving the modesty and life of a girl kidnapped by five men. The next day, the girl (Mahima) falls in love with Annadurai, who turns her away saying his heart belongs to his Ester who is buried in the cemetery. This is not the only girl who loves Annadurai, we later see the next heroine – Chitra   (Jewel Mary) too proposing to…

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    Yaman (2017)

    Following different story selections of Vijay Antony in his films Saithan (2016) & Pichaikkaran (2016), I went in with expectations to Yaman (2017). The story begins as a typical village caste rivalry, but it turned out to be a city based gangster/politics film. In a village near Tirunelveli which is the centre of most rural films of Kollywood, a succession rivalry follows between the son Thangapandian (Arul D. Shankar) of the deceased four-time MLA and his political heir Arivudai Nambi (Vijay Antony). Thangapandian deceptively murders Nambi and starts his successful journey in politics. Nambi’s wife commits suicide leaving her young son Tamizharasan (Vijay Antony) under the care of her father (played…

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    Saithan (2016)

    Lot was riding on Vijay Antony’s shoulders to repeat the block buster hit of Pichaikkaran (2016); by going with an uncommon story he has proven once again that big budgets and stars are not needed to make an interesting film. Saithan (2016) is NOT a supernatural or a ghost film, it’s a psychological crime thriller which becomes obvious in the first 30 minutes. The story is an odd stitch of Anegan (2015) & Enakkul Oruvan (1984) done with a thread from Isai (2015). Director Pradeep Krishnamoorthy has succeeded in maintaining the suspense for longer than expected and has ensured he has a screenplay that works within the capabilities of the actor in Vijay Antony. Vijay Antony is impressive in his period makeup…

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    Pichaikkaran (2016)

    After India Pakistan (2015) I had limited expectation from Vijay Antony in his new film Pichaikkaran (பிச்சைக்காரன்). To my surprise, he has improved greatly in his acting and has delivered an enjoyable performance in this film. Pichaikkaran is a mother sentiment story, but thankfully we are shown the mother-son affection through a single growing-up song. The kidnap sequence of hero’s uncle who values money over his own fingers establishes his ruthlessness swiftly sparing us from elaborate flashbacks. Vijay Antony’s character is a son to a kind mother who has single handedly established a multi million dollar textile factories. Following an accident she falls into a coma and the caring son turns into a beggar (Pichaikkaran) for 48 days as an offering…