Kallazhagar** (1999)

Posted on November 10th, 2006 in 1999 Movie Reviews,Action,K,Laila,Tamil Movie Reviews,Two Star Movies,Vijaykanth by truthandhappiness

I was cleaning out my yahoo inbox and I found this email. After watching this movie, I had sent a review to few of my friends. I thought it would be interesting to post it here.

Cast: Vijaykanth, LailaKallalagar tmail movie clip

Review: I understand that, unlike me, most of you are actually busy, with “real” work on your hands. But still I got to share this with all of you. Yesterday I watched Kallazhagar starring Vijaykanth and Laila. What is the excuse?…..well it was free and we humans as a race, have a huge weekness for freebies!

The director makes Laila wear a inskirt, dips her in cold water and makes her run for about a mile and covers it in slow motion. Yes you all guessed it right, it is Laila’s debut!

The story goes like this, Laila is a orphan who is cared for by some old woman, who tells her folklore of Kallazhagar while feeding the brat. But she turns to grow up in to a total nutjob, who believes that Kallazhagar will come and marry her just like Kannan married Andaal. One fine day she sees Vijaykanth and thinks that he is Kallazhagar. Can’t blame her, because Vijaykanth is the spitting image of the Kallazhagar statue in the temple. So she goes around bugging the hell out of Vijaykanth. Our man wants nothing to with the whack-job and tells her his story hoping to get rid of her.

Actually Vijaykanth is a muslim guy(Kamaal) who happens to find out that there is a huge plot going on to kill Hindu pilgrims during the Kallazhagar festival. He knows that there will be bombs, but doesn’t know the trivial details like how many bombs, where, who will be planting them…etc. So he comes to the festival disguised as a Hindu guy(KamalaKannan) and gets very pal-y with the village people, teaches vedham and sastram to the Iyengar priests in the village and impresses the hell out of the chief “bhattar”. After a lots of sentimental and patriotic scenes/dialogues he finds out that the “chinna bhattar” is actually a spy from Pakistan and is orchestrating the bomb attack. Kamaal saves the world!

Kasthoorimaan **** (2005)

Posted on October 2nd, 2006 in 2005 Movie Reviews,Director Logidass,Drama,Four Star Movies,K,Meera Jasmine,Prasanna by truthandhappiness

Kasthoorimaan tamil movie clipCast: Meera Jasmine, Prasanna, Sarath Babu, Vinodhini

Gist: Meera Jasmine is a blithe college girl who likes playing harmless pranks on her co-students. Every one in college is under the impression that Meera is from a wealthy family. Prasanna is from a once wealthy family. He has ambitions to pass IAS and become a collector. Prasanna’s family is heavily in debt and the family members are looking up to him to restore the family’s good name. Meera learns about the plight of his family and offers to helps him out by lending him the money to pay his tution fees. Meanwhile Prasanna stumbles upon the truth that Meera is also from a poor family and that she works as a part time nurse, tending to invalid people to support her family and pay for her education. As if she does not have enough problems, her brother-in-law is lusting for her. Prasanna looks at Meera in a whole new light and develops respect for her. Their friendship slowly matures in to a sweet romance. Watch the movie to find out if Prasanna manages to pass IAS and marry Meera.

My 2 cents: This Malayalam remake by Logidass(Meera’s mentor) is beautifully crafted for Meera. And being the talented actress she is, she aces through the role and captivates our hearts by her superb acting. Be it a carefree college girl or a harassed sister-in-law, she fits the role with ease. And the climax….wow! The way she pulls off a star studded performance with just her eyes and body language is amazing.

The story revolving around Meera, doesn’t mean that the other characters are blanked out. Every one has a part to play and are given a good chance to express themselves.

The only person who seems to have fallen short of expectations is llayaraajaa. Pretty mediocore music with a stange sense of deja vu.

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Verdict: A bit on the heavy side, but a well made and executed movie.

Kadhal ** (2005)

Posted on October 2nd, 2006 in 2005 Movie Reviews,Barath,Director Balaji Shakthivel,K,Love/Romance,Sandhya,Two Star Movies by truthandhappiness

Cast: Barath, Sandhyakadhal tamil movie clip

Gist: Same beaten down old love story from the times of Alaigal Oiyvadhillai. The backdrop for the movie is Madurai. Sandhya is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. She is a school girl in her 9th standard and falls in love with Barath. What is so special about Barath that Sandhya picks him to spend the rest of her life with? Is he wealthy? Nope. Is he educated? Nope. Do they share the same interests? Nope. He is the first guy to give Sandhya a piece of his mind, that’s what attracts her to him. They decide to elope for Madras and struggle to start a life. Meanwhile Sandhya’s folks are frantic. They find out through Sandhya’s schoolmate that they are in Madras and come to Madras to get her. They promise Barath and Sandhya that they will not harm them, lure them back to Madurai, beat Barath black and blue and force Sandhya to marry someone else. Few years later Sandhya finds out that Barath has lost his mind after Sandhya left him. Sandhya’s understanding husband learns about all this and takes care of Barath.

My 2 cents: The positive point of this movie is that most of it is very realistic. In fact the director, Balaji Shakthivel claims that it is a real life story. The director has pointed out that life is not a bed of roses for young lovers who elope. Sandhya’s uncle who comes to Madras in search of her sweet talks them in to returning to Madurai. As their convoy reaches Madurai, he slowly shows his true colors. These are some scenes that closely resemble real life. On the flip side, Sandhya and Barath seem to have fallen in love for no strong reason. So when they struggle to begin a life, it fails to get my sympathy. I felt like shouting, ‘serves you two right’ at the top of my voice. The climax where Sandhya’s husband learns about the truth and assumes responsibility for Barath is very dramatic. Both Barath and Sandhya have proved that they can act well. The little boy who acts as Barath’s assistant is abolutely irritating. I just can’t stand little kids who act all grown up. Joushua Sridhar’s music is pleasing.

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Verdict: Kadhal is highly overrated.