Sandaikozhi *** (2005)

Posted on October 3rd, 2006 in 2005 Movie Reviews,Action,Director Lingusamy,Meera Jasmine,Rajkiran,S,Three Star Movies,Vishaal by truthandhappiness

SandaikozhiCast: Meera Jasmine, Vishaal, Raajkiran

Gist: Vishaal visits his friend after completing college. He not only falls in love with his friend’s sister, Meera, but also gets involved in a fight with the local rowdy. Vishaal whups the rowdy and returns to his family. The rowdy wants revenge. He lands up in Vishaal’s village only to find out that Vishaal’s father Rajkiran is a bigshot and it is next to impossible to lay his hands on Vishaal. In the climax Vishaal and the rowdy butt heads and Vishaal triumphs.

My 2 cents: Even though there is nothing novel about the story of this tamil movie, Sandaikozhi is a well rounded action-masala from Lingusamy. I loved the song “Dhavani potta deepavail” by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

Meera is pretty, needless to say, and wins our hearts with her rowdy behaviour. Vishaal plays shy guy in front of Meera, but shines well in action sequences. Rajkiran plays a local big shot just like in Nanda. Timely dialogues by Kanjaa Karuppu are enjoyable.

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Verdict: Sandaikozhi is spicy.

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.

Ullam Ketkume ** (2005)

ullam ketkume tamil movie clipCast: Shyam, Laila, Aarya, Pooja, Aasin

Gist: Shyam, Laila, Aarya, Pooja and Aasin are collegemates. After they leave college they meet each other for Aarya’s wedding. In this time a lot has happened. The rest of the movie is a flashback about their college life, their friendship, broken hearts and lennnnngthy climax in which Shyam realizes that it is better to give up his one sided love and to marry the girl who loves him.

My 2 cents: This movie was first named Pepsi. After many issues the movie was finally released, but it falls quite short of expectations. Considering the fact that Laila was the only major star when the movie was made, her role receives a lot of importance. Laila is too peppy for her own good, but evokes sympathy when Shaym treats her like a pain in the wrong part of the body. I like her much better when she is calm and composed. A bubbly Laila is pretty irritating. Aarya cannot act for nuts. Let us see if his internship with Bala for ‘Naan Kadavul’ manages to mold him in to a good actor. It is Aasin’s debut. She plays a practical girl who knows what she wants in life. Shyam and Pooja manage to do their part well. Music by Harris Jeyaraj is effervescent.

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Verdict: Ullam Ketkume is so-so.

ABCD ** (2005)

Cast: Shyam, Sneha, Nadhana, AparnaABCD tamil movie clip

Gist: Don’t jump to any conclusions based on the title of the movie. The movie has nothing to do with Indians in US or identity crisis of immigrants! A is for Anand(Shyam), B is for Barathi(Nadhana), C is for Chandra(Sneha) and D is for Divya Daisy(Aparna).

The movie is about the three different women (Nadhana, Sneha, Aparna) Shyam meets in his life. All three are in love with Shyam. Shyam’s role gives an impression that he is in love with all the three of them. It is not a play boy kind of role, don’t get me wrong. Sneha is recently widowed and is quite happy about her marital status because her husband is a bad seed. Nadhana plays a middle class family girl who is the prime bread winner for her family. Aparna is an orphan. All three of them are looking for a shoulder to cry on. Shyam treats them with dignity and respect and this attracts the women. As in most of the tamil movie climaxes, the climax of ABCD is whom Shyam marries.

My 2 cents: Sneha and Nadhana’s performance are worth mentioning. Sneha has proved time and again that she is a very competent actress. Shyam and Aparna compete with one another for the worst performance award. Their dialogue delivery flat as a table top. Shyam tries to play a level headed guy who is logical and never gets over excited. But since he cannot emote, he is just standing there with absolutely no expression on his face.

The songs can be used for bio breaks!

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Verdict: Director Shravana Subbaiah (the director of the movie Citizen) has tried to juggle couple of things. He attempts to tell the audience about the hardships faced by women in everyday life and also about the delicate relationship ties. He has a long way to go.