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Kaapaan (காப்பான்) was an action thriller with big dreams but little to show. Compared to the recent films of actor Suriya, this one by Director K V Anand feels better and that itself is a big stretch. The first half was quite engaging, with Suriya playing a government secret agent tasked with saving Prime Minister’s life in London and then in Kashmir – the locations and the camerawork were beautiful. We are impressed with the screen presence of Mohanlal who comes as India’s Prime Minister. Sadly, it is downhill after the interval – Arya being given little to do and hence he…

Sivappu Manjal Pachai (meaning Red, Orange & Green indicating Traffic Signals) is a film that will easily be forgotten. Actor Siddharth has delivered a wonderful performance, mature and composed, and it is unfortunate Director Sasi has wasted that in a film with a dreary second-half. The film starts well as a sentiment story of a girl and her younger brother, who grew up alone after losing their parents, reminding us of Meyaadha Maan (2017). Then the first-half transforms into a conflict between the two important males in the life of that lady (played by Lijomol Jose) – her lover (played by…

Saaho (2019) is a grand film, resembling a Hollywood production, even Mumbai city comes out as rich-looking as Dubai.  The efforts of the entire team, particularly around the action sequences and special effects are clearly visible, and for that, the film deserves a mention. Prabhas has done his role well. There are plenty of other actors, including Arun Vijay, Mandira Bedi and Murali Sharma, unfortunately, none leave a mark. The heroine Shraddha Kapoor just managing to dazzle the audience with her bright costumes. What starts as a master-conman vs police flick, quickly descends into a hotchpotch screenplay with too many…

How is NGK (2019), the much-anticipated film by Selvaraghavan with a star cast of Suriya, Rakul Preet Singh, and Sai Pallavi? I will make it easy for you, NGK means Not the Good Kind. The film is about Nandha Gopala Kumaran, a well-educated youth who returns to his native to do organic farming, being forced to get into the “dirty” pool of politics. How he swims and even thrives here is supposed to the story. Unfortunately, the film falls apart due to a bumbled screenplay with many scenes even missing connection with one another. There are no villain characters worthy of…

Ayogya (2019) starring Vishal and Raashi Khanna has an interesting oneliner, but due to a bad screenplay turns out to be a total dud. Karnan (Vishal) is a ‘corrupt’ police inspector who values money over everything else and is unapologetic about his behaviour. In the beginning this anti-hero characterisation makes us sit up, unfortunately very soon the character gets lost and from there it is all downhill. Though it is cliché, a rowdy after a life-changing incident turning a new leaf like in Vijay’s Jilla (2014), is an engaging story to watch. Here, there was no such convincing incident. The hero suddenly…