Paarijatham *** (2006)

Posted on October 3rd, 2006 in 2006 Movie Reviews,Director BaghyaRaj,Drama,P,PrakashRaj,PrithviRaj,Roja,Saranya,Three Star Movies by truthandhappiness

Parijatham Tamil Movie clipCast: Saranya, Seetha, Sarath Babu, PrakashRaj, BaghyaRaj

Gist: Saranya is the daughter of SarathBabu. She works as a maid in Seetha’s house. Seetha learns that Saranya’s family used to be affluent, but all the wealth has dried up presently. Seetha is very impressed by Saranya’s warm and lovable nature. She is so impressed that she decides to make Saranya her daughter-in-law. She informs her husband(PrakashRaj) and son(PrithviRaj) of her decision, but she does not disclose the identity of the bride to be. Unexpectedly Seetha sustains a head injury and dies before she could tell PrakashRaj and PrithviRaj who she has picked out to be her DIL. PrakashRaj and PrithviRaj are determined to fulfill Seetha’s last wish, but are mislead and confused. Now enters BaghyaRaj with his usual sense of wit and helps father and son to solve the mystery.

My 2 cents: At a time where the whole tamil movie world is going ga-ga over movies about underworld and hit men, Paarijatham which deals with family drama is a breath of fresh air.

Another heroine oriented subject from the master screenplay writer, BaghyaRaj. He has proved time and again that he can captivate the audience with scanty story line. The movie is littered with typical BaghyaRaj-isms. But since we are watching his work after a very long time, it does not irritate us.

For a debut, Saranya gives a decent performance. Prithiviraj has played a romantic hero, very much different from his previous role as a loan shark(Movie Kana Kandein).

We all know how the movie will end, it is an ending we all expect. The strength of the movie lies in the screen play which keeps us guessing on the route BagyaRaj takes to arrive at the ending. So no complaints about a predictable ending! Anything but the predictable ending, I would’nt have liked the movie, after all I was looking for something light.

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Verdict: But for the gross comedy track towards the end of the movie, this would have been a wholesome entertainment for the entire family.

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.

Saravana **** (2006)

Posted on October 2nd, 2006 in 2006 Movie Reviews,Action,Director K.S.Ravikumar,Four Star Movies,Jothika,PrakashRaj,S,Simbu,Vivek by truthandhappiness

Cast: Jothika, Simbu, Vivek, PrakashRaj, Eshwari Rao, Nagesh, RadhaRaviSaravana tamil movie clip

Gist: For Simbu its love at first sight when he sees his friend’s sister Jothika in a video recording. He visits his friend’s village hoping to get in to Jothika’s good books. One thing leads to another and Jothika’s whole family is brutally killed by the villain. Simbu somehow manages to bring Jothika to Chennai, hoping to send her back to London safely. Does Simbu succeed in telling Jothika his love? Does she feel the same about him? That is the rest.

My 2 cents: I have always liked K.S.Ravikumar’s method of story telling, just in case you are wondering why the movie received four stars from me. Simbu and Jothika??? There is no chemistry between them. It is now becoming a rarity to see Vivek in movies. In Saravana, he does a fairly good job. Prakash Raj’s performance is impressive. He is one of the few actors who can mould themselves to fit in to the role. He has great screen presence.

Music by Srikanth Deva is just plain ruckus. Whoever came with this new trend to remix old songs, deserves a kick on the head. People of with talent of their own, like Deva and Srikanth Deva, conveniently use it as an excuse for their plagiarism.

Simbu talks too much. He talks non-stop without even pausing for a breath. It is very irritating. Thank God he does not make silly finger puppets or deliver lame punch dialogues. In tamil they have a term called ‘adhigaprasingi’, that’s exactly what Simbu is. He some how fails to fit in to a hero image.

For all the blatant killing and fighting on the streets that goes on, one wonders what the police is doing!

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Verdict:Saravana is a good time pass movie. But for Simbu the movie would have been even better.

Aadhi *** (2006)

Adhi movie clipCast: Trisha, Vijay, Nasser, PrakashRaj, Manivannan, Seetha, Vivek

Gist: Vijay and his family move from Delhi to Chennai and he joins the same college in which Trisha is studying. Trisha is a college student with an air of mystery around her. Same is the case with Vijay. Later they find out that they are actually cousins who got split up when the villain butchered the rest of their family. The duo team up to avenge the death of their family members.

My 2 cents: Vijay and Trisha join hands, to do another Teulgu remake, hoping to create another super duper hit like Gilli. Unlike Thirupachi, Trisha is not used just for duets, she is actually a part of the story! The first scene of the movie, with Trisha stabbing Devan, is very intriguing. After that every other scene is predictable.

When we see that both Trisha and Vijay like to eat ice cream while getting wet in the rain, we can put two and two together and guess the rest of the story. After all we have seen only a few dozen movies with the same story line, haven’t we?!

Of the people who form Vijay and Trisha’s family, Prakash Raj is the only one who sticks to the mind. Too many people, the way they are related is not explained, except for the fact that Trisha and Vijay are cousins, everything else was a blur. Malavika, Livingstone(hopefully I have spelled his name right) and a whole bunch of others are wasted by making appearances without even a single dialogue. Vivek’s comedy is very umimpressive. So is music director Vidhyasagar. By the way, whats with Vijay’s hair?!!

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Verdict: Aadhi fails to recreate the Gilli charm.

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.

Idhya Thirudan** (2006)

Posted on September 29th, 2006 in 2006 Movie Reviews,Director Charan,I,Jeyam Ravi,Kamna,Love/Romance,Nasser,PrakashRaj,Two Star Movies by truthandhappiness

idhayathorudan tamil movie clipCast: Jayam Ravi, Kamna(Introducing), PrakashRaj, Nasser, Vani Vishwanath

Gist: Charan has dealt with the same old love story which has been beaten to death since the dawn of Tamil cinema. Jayam Ravi who is a catering college student is in love with Kamna and it is love at first sight for him. But Kamna rejects him, for no apparent reason. Slowly Kamna realizes that she is in love with Ravi but her ego gets the better of her. She proceeds to flirt with Prakash Raj, leads him on to a wedding in a registrar office. Finally who ends up with who is not something hard or difficult to guess.

My 2 cents: If you don’t ask logical questions, or for that matter any questions at all, it is a semi-decent masala. Villains are thrown all over the movie just to provide so called interesting turns. Ravi is quite good looking and is a good dancer. Kamna gets a pass mark in her debut performance. In the looks department, she is neither here nor there.

There is no explanation why Kamna hates her mother (Vani Vishwanath) so much. Also she flirts with any one and every one, it kind of gets on one’s nerves after sometime. All of a sudden Nasser metamorphoses in to a good guy. Songs are barely okay. Charan seems to rely soley on Kamna’s skimpy clothes to promote the movie.

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Verdict: In a nut shell, Idhayathirudan lacks the ability to steal the viewer’s heart.

Azhagai Yirukirai Bayamai Yirukiradhu *** (2006)

Cast: Barath, Mallika Kapoor, Arunkumar, DheepuAzhagai tamil movie clip

Gist: A regular ‘boy loves girl, girl loves another boy, that boy loves some other girl’ story. Barath comes to city in search of his lover, Dheepu only to find that she is in love with Arunkumar. Barath meets Mallika Kapoor who is nursing a secret crush for Arunkumar. So Barath and Mallika Kapoor team up to split Arunkumar and Dheepu. But there is a neat little twist after the intermission. The girl Barath is in love is Mallika Kapoor and not Dheepu. Barath sacrifies his love to make Mallika Kapoor’s love come true.

My 2 cents: Mallika Kapoor and Barath have the right chemistry. Renuka, as Barath’s mother has delivered a good performance. The plans Barath and Mallika Kapoor come up to split up Arunkumar and Dheepu invokes laughter. Old fashioned but cute cartoons that pop up in the first half of the movie are worth mentioning.

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Verdict: No double/triple meaning dialogues, no explict sexual content, decent U rated entertainment for the whole family.

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.

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