• Movie Review

    Cobra (2022), a three-hour film that was tame

    Seeing Cobra (2022), it was clear that like all his previous films, Chiyaan Vikram has worked super hard on this one too – in the various make-up, he was totally unrecognizable – excellent performance by him. The film is about a mercenary killer, whose identity is not known to anyone. The killer is chased by an Interpol officer (the cricketer Irfan Pathan) & by a world’s rich businessman. The film gets a Raw in mangoidiots scale. Starting with an engaging plot, the movie was enjoyable for the first hour, but then it loses its orientation and gets chaotic for no reason. The visuals and the overall arrangement of the scene…

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    Thiruchitrambalam (2022)

    Thiruchitrambalam by director Mithran R Jawahar is a feel-good romance film that we normally don’t see in Kollywood, which likes to over-exaggerate love, loss, friendship, and family.  Nithya Menen and Bharathiraja have given phenomenal performances, the former casually overtaking Dhanush in most scenes. I like the two-hour-plus running time which benefitted from a no-nonsense screenplay. Even with these, I am giving a Raw rating as the story was unmemorable and on expected lines. In a middle-class household, Thiruchitrambalam Sr. (played by Bharathiraja) is the grandfather of the hero Thiruchitrambalam, and he manages the household and cooking. His son Inspector Neelakandan (played by Prakash Raj) and grandson (the hero) have past baggage…

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    Viruman (2022), a formula village film!

    If you go to a library on Tamil films, reach the rack on village stories, pick the first book covering father-son differences and go directly from there to the location for shooting, you will get Viruman (2022). The film gets a raw rating in the mangoidiots scale. Karthi has done well the role of the village hero who is honest to a fault, strong as hercules, yet crumbles on the first instance for love & family. Debutant Aditi (Director Shankar‘s daughter) fits the role of the rural girl, impresses with her natural appearance and unpretentious acting. Surprisingly, comedian Soori has underplayed and shouts less, making him tolerable. Manoj Bharathiraja comes…

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    Kuruthi Aattam (2022), a timeworn gangster war & friendship

    The film starring Atharvaa and Priya Bhavani Shankar has been aptly titled the Kuruthi Aattam. The two-and-half-hour film is a non-stop sequence of action, chases, fights, knives and blood. Add to this, the story is based in Madurai, the city that Kollywood loves to portray as the gangster capital of the state. Director Sri Ganesh keeps you engaged by the fast-paced screenplay, but the lack of a powerful story and absence of definitions for any of the characters including the protagonist makes the movie exhausting. We can’t wait for the bad guys to die and the hero to triumph so that we can leave. It gets a Mangoidiots Raw rating. Sakthivel…

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    Kaatteri (2022), you laugh yet feel tired with this horror comedy!

    Kaatteri (2022), featuring Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Karunakaran & others is a familiar comedy film. A group of misfits venture to an unknown place haunted by ghosts that resemble living humans during the day. How they survive or who survives is the story. The first half-an-hour was enjoyable, we were made to laugh by the good performances of the cast but the second half was exhausting. As a result, it gets our mangoidiots rating of Raw. I love the acting of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, a fabulous actress, she gets only a limited role as one of the ghosts & a small flashback. Another actor l like is Karunakaran, he has…

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    The Legend (2022), an amateurish film that was laughable!

    From the time the songs, which were hits, and the trailer got released I knew I will watch the film – The Legend (2022). Produced by Saravana Store‘s owner Arul Saravanan and featuring him as the hero, the film was released on over 600+ screens and even had an early morning show. It was a full house for the first-day evening show in Luxe Cinemas, Chennai. The action film is not a spoof, is not a parody, but if you imagine it to be one, you would thoroughly enjoy the movie. I and my friends did so and we had a good time. You won’t be able to get through…

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    Deja Vu (2022)

    A writer comes to a police station asking for protection from his fictional characters who are threatening him. What was ridiculous at first, becomes serious as a lady’s missing case unfolds as told in the writer’s new novel that is being written. Tamil Nadu DGP calls for the help of an undercover officer, played by Arulnithi. In the first half, this plot was used well in Deja Vu (2022) and keeps us engaged, regrettably, the second half was dreary. The two-hour film gets a Raw from Mangoidiots. With his recent films, Arulnithi has proven he can act convincingly. In this one, he comes as a police officer but is never seen…

  • Movie Review,  தமிழ்

    Kadhal Kottai (1996)

    தமிழ் சினிமாவில் மறக்க முடியாத ஓர் திரைப்படம் காதல் கோட்டை (1996). அஜீத்துக்கும், தேவயானிக்கும், இயக்குனர் அகத்தியனுக்கும் மிகப் பெரிய வெற்றியைத் தேடிக்கொடுத்தப் படமிது. இன்று சன் நியூஸ் பார்த்ததில் தெரிந்தது, படம் வந்து 25 ஆண்டுகள் ஆகிவிட்டதென்று. இந்தப் படத்தில் நாயகனும், நாயகியும் பார்க்காமலேயே படமுழுக்க காதலிப்பார்கள், தபால் வழிக் காதல். நம்ப முடியாத இந்த நிகழ்வை, நம்பும்படி தந்திருப்பது தான் படத்தின் வெற்றிக்கு காரணம்.அதோடு அஜீத், தேவயானி, ஹீரா அவர்களின் நல்ல நடிப்பும் சேர்ந்து நம்மை கவர்ந்துவிடுகிறது. இன்றும் படத்தில் வந்தப் பலக் காட்சிகள் எனக்கு நினைவில் இருக்கிறது. பெட்டிக்கடை நடத்தும் மணிவண்ணன் மற்றும் இரவில் குளித்து, இஸ்திரி செய்த துணிகளைப் உடுத்தி, மேக்கப் எல்லாம் போட்டுக் கொண்டு தூங்கப் போகும் பாண்டு கதாபாத்திரமாகட்டும் எல்லாம் பசுமையாக நினைவில் வருகிறது. பொதுவாக ஆங்கிலப் படங்களில் அல்லது வேறு நாட்டுப் படங்களில் இருந்து தழுவியக் கதைகள் தான் தமிழ் சினிமாவில் வருகிறது என்கிற குற்றச்சாற்றுக்கு மாறாக காதல் கோட்டைக் கதையைத் தழுவி, பின்னர் வந்த…