Mozhi – my all time favorite

It doesn’t happen always that you sit to watch a film and suddenly realize that it has made to your all time favorite top. Mozhi was such a film and it might well be some time before any other film dare challenge it. I am starting to like Prakash Raj for more than being a great actor. He has pulled off some spectacular movies as producer especially with Radhamohan. Mozhie is a sweet poetry of a physically challenged girl and a romantic hero who tries to win her heart. It is more than that, it has a great screenplay, awesome melodious songs, good character portrayal by almost everybody and a comedy that Vadivel and Vivek would be envious about. It is a jolly good movie. Go and have fun.

Rated : 80/100 on my scale

Veyil – a good movie

Produced by:Director Shankar, That is how it is displayed in the title and somehow I get the feeling that Shankar might after all be a very good producer than a director. His films, Kadhal, 23rd Pulikesi and now Veyil have done extremely well. His ‘S’ Productions which started off with Mudhalvan might have collected more in % income from the low budget films.

Coming to Veyil, Pasupathi is growing stronger in his performance with each film and Veyil is no exception. Same goes true for bharath as well and no doubt he is the preferred hero for ‘S’ productions budget films. The story revolves around two brothers and how each one faces life, or how life throws them apart. A very good movie and if you ok with a few sentiments then you can have a go. But if you are fond of strong characterizations and look forward to films like Kadhal then it is a must watch.

Surprisingly the songs have come out very well. I was surprised to see very good photography too. ‘Veyilodu vilayadi…’ and ‘Uruguthae, Maruguthae…’ are excellent songs.

I loved the film. Hope you will too

SKR = 65/100

Dishoom

After the success of kadhal for Sandhya and Ram for Jeeva, the two have rocked another hit in Dishoom. Jeeva is a stunt man and an orphan. Sandhya accidentally comes in his life. She becomes a good friend and understands his profession, even recommends that he get married. Jeeva likes the care Sandhya takes and wishes to marry her, eventually falling in love. Sandhya refuses it but does give him hope that someday she might love him. Jeeva is full of hope and whether he suceeds or not is the story. The story might look feeble, but the screenplay is really solid and the movie is on a fast track. Director Sasi should be congratulated too. If ‘Nenjankootil neeyae..’ song is a good melody number then ‘Dilamo’ rocks!!. Jeeva has grown to be a good actor and he performs very well in this movie too. Kadhal heroine Sandhya looks much more likeable than in her previous movie and pleasing in the songs as well. Acting comes so naturally to her. With the story revolving around these two characters, the movie doesn’t have any bad spots. Add to that a good comedy track as well. All in all a very good movie.

Kalvanin Kadhali

If you liked ‘New’ and were starting to become a fan of Surya in ‘Anbe Aruirae’, then you might enjoy this film. But for everyone else the film is a  disappointment. Surya looks like he is straight from the sets of Anbe-Aruirae. Nothing has changed for him, not even his costumes and he eventually does his baby talk throughout the film. Nayantara looks much better, in fact far better than what I saw in Gajni. Surya is a spoilt-brat and looks to enjoy girls. He acts as if he is in love with them, but once he has them, moves on to the next girl, typical playboy. When he sees Nayanthara he adds her to his list. But Nayanthara is a lovely, homely girl and devotedly loves Surya. Her family network also supports her. When Surya learns that he cannot have her before marriage, he is upset. But more so when he learns that her entire family treat him as her husband already. Eventually he also falls in love with her. Just then, an old friend of Nayanthara, who also happens to be one of Surya (s)ex-mates, meets her in a hotel and spots him and not knowing about their affairs, discusses about Surya being a playboy. Nayanthara is all upset and breaks with Surya but eventually the expected happens.
The screenplay is not all that boring, but nothing special about this movie. Note: Surya is just as actor in this movie and has not directed it.

June.R

A sentimental film. Jothika is June.R, because she is an orphan and was found in the month of June and because one day while at a Cathedral she was so upset by other kids calling her an orphan, that the Sister (read Nun) there said that she was the daughter of Rose. Jyothika is in a marketing firm and looks like she is enjoying her life. But back home she talks with her virtual mother and yearns for motherly love. To hide this fact from co-workers, she gets food from a hotel and says that her mother had prepared it.
Kushboo is a social service aunty (neighbour and well-wisher of Jyothika) who takes care of three physically challenged kids. One day as Jyothika is driving back, she finds Saritha on the road unconsious, helps her to a hospital and signs as her daughter. But Saritha has a son, who doesn’t want to take care of her. So Saritha ends at Jyothika’s home and the two are a very happy mom-daughter (they even sing a song). Then the son tries to take her mother back (We learn later that it was because of her money). Saritha falls ill and Jyothika tries to bring Saritha’s brother who had not seen her for a long time (good for him) since it was her last wish.
Jyothika probably decided that Saritha will die for sure and so she does at the end. And at that moment of immense sadness, comes Surya to protect Jyothika from Rain (He even carries an umbrella) which makes people to smile rather cry as the director expects. So again Jyothika ends up without mother. (Yeah but with Surya). The screenplay is wonderful that you don’t feel the film has finished by the time it does, but well I really didn’t get it. Why the hell show an orphan longing for her mother and then provide her one only to take it away from her again. I don’t know where such people derive their pleasure from. Very Sadistic.

Dhavamai Dhavamirunthu

If you know Cheran and the films that he had directed like ‘Autograph’, ‘Porkaalam’ you know what to expect from this film. The film has a very strong message and the story and film revolves around it. It is to highlight the sacrifices our parents make to bring us up and how many of them suffer their entire life with just the hope that their children will one day come good and take care of them.
It is about a father and two sons. The father (has a own press and struggles to make ends meet. Still he does the best for his sons. He wants them to study well and so carries them in a bi-cycle to a far off school, then spends the rest of the day (and sometimes night too) in his press constantly working without any break. The father pays a high donation to get a job for the elder son and he even gets him married. But eventually the elder son leaves his father and goes with his wife. The younger son falls in love, and they become intimate which eventually results in his lover becoming pregnant. To support her, he too leaves his father. The father is left out with a broken heart and a rich debt.
The younger son however repents, comes back and then goes on to become successful in life and takes care of his parents till their end.

Rajkiran does the father’s role. He is simple IMPRESSIVE. It is quite rare to see such performance in tamil movies. He has lived his role. Cheran comes as the younger son and though has acted quite well (Someone teach him how to cry) is nowhere near Rajkiran. Charanya is Rajkiran’s wife and she too does her role very well. But I personally liked the role of elder son’s wife. The way she fumes with jealousy inside Cheran’s new house is a touch of class and when Rajkiran and co come to her house she welcomes them with such a rigid face.

The film was a pleasant surprise. Having seen all the masala films this was a great experience. If you are not reminded of your parents and leave you with a sense of duty towards them, there is something wrong with you.

Well done Cheran.

Aaru

From the director of ‘Samy’
Starring any-role-suits-him ‘Surya’

Aaru is a local-gansters-of-chennai film. But with the crisp touch of the director and excellent dialogues it becomes a good entertainer. In fact it keeps you on it grips from the start till end. No sloppy works done to slow the pace down. Surya is a ‘adiyal’ of a famous Nathan & Co goonda group. He has been there even as a child. As you would expect he doesn’t kill anyone and reasons outs on his own. Nathan & Co, though a bit pissed off with him have to keep him as he is unbeatable and all that.

Trisha is the only daughter of a wealthy, not-so-caring father (of course her mother is dead). She falls for Surya, helps him and in the end well rewarded. What I liked personally about the film was that there was no case of the villans raping Hero’s sister or killing Hero’s parents and stuff like that. Though there is some revenge from Nathan and Co stable, it is not heart-breaking.

Kasthoori Maan

What happens when a group of talented actors meet. We get a great performance. Meera Jasmine is a lively and great actress and she has proven it in ‘Run’ and ‘Ayutha Ezhuthu’. She confirms it in ‘Kasthoori Maan’. Presanna, the lovable and realistic boy, stamps his authority and once more proves he is the master in his own way.
Presanna and Meera study in the same college. Meera jasmine is a chubby and lively girl, lighting the place wherever she goes, while Presanna is a quiet boy who is trying to keep the family’s pride up after his producer father gets caught in a swirl of debt due to some betting habits. Meera mocks and makes fun of him incurring his wrath. But presanna learns that Meera is not from a rich family but works as home nurse to finance her study and support her family.
The story revolves around Meera’s Sister’s Hubby who has a crush on Meera and want to have her. He has also done exceedingly well. Meera does her best to save herself and also protect her Sister’s life. The romantic moments and emotions are well handled by Presanna and Meera. This film is a must watch.

Kanda Naal Muthal

The story is fairy simple. Presanna and Laila are enemies from their childhood (You do have a scene depicting why so). Presanna is taken care of by Lakshmi and his son, Arvind who is also presanna’s friend is engaged with Laila. After a meet with Laila Arvind decides she is not suitable for him and flies back to US giving a 6 month delay to the marriage, and informs laila too about it. Laila suspects Presanna to be the culprit for Arvind’s decision. Laila’s sister meanwhile elops with her boy-friend which puts her mother in a heart-attack. Presanna comes to help them. They start liking each other and the climax is inevitable.
Presanna is a huge positive for the film. Even his eyes speaks romance. The way of story telling resembles ‘Hyderabad blues’ by Nagesh kukunoor. The big minus is the feeble screenplay especially in emotinaly binding scenes and Laila who seems to speak rather than act in serious scenes, though the same Laila does exceedingly well in the scenes that suit her style.
All in all the film could have been far better than what it is, but kudos to the budding directory and a producer who is keen on giving good films, Prakash Raj.

Sivakasi

Yet another Vijay film. But there is one thing surprising about him. He manages to create an interest in his films even though there is nothing much that changes between films except the heroines. Asin replaces Trisha for the ‘Kuthu’ dances and comedy. She has done very well., especially in the latter. There is quite some ‘Mother & Sister’ Sentiments, more so in the second half of the film.

But the film has many positives. For one thing there is a lot of comedy and it is like a happy-go-watch film. But you will have to bear with some sentimental touch. It also is a kind of comdy-revenge film and you will laugh for your money’s worth. Another family entertainer from Vijay and will be a hit equal to ‘Gilli’. In fact it is Perarasu who has directed the film and he has written some songs too like ‘Vadumanga uroothungo’. ‘Thayikku inga Maru vezhama’ is another sad melody that will be popular.

Story: Nothing much. Vijay is a rowdy orphan or that is what he says to everyone. Asin is a daughter of a rich dad   They fall in love. In a misunderstanding between them, Asin says that you got to have family to know about love and then says Vijay ‘I am no orphan. I have a family’ and so on.. It is Vijay who makes the feeble story line stand tall and no doubt that the entire screenplay is tailor made for him. But he does very well.

Rating :: 66/100