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Movie Review of ‘Eeram’ – Tamil Movie

After a long time I had an opportunity to watch a good tamil movie. The film is called ‘Eeram’ which means wet literally but it also has philosophical meaning.

This is a super natural thriller and the director almost convinces us with the slick screenplay & excellent background score. The film opens with a young lady suicide in an suburban apartment. The police officer is our hero and he is known to the lady who is our heroine. He starts to investigate on the suicide and finds that 3 of them die related to the heroine one after another by some way of accidents/made to look like accidents. Panic sets in among the apartment residents and the police officer moves into the apartment to get a conclusion of these deaths. When you find the thing that is behind these deaths you are amazed by the story telling. A simple distorted fact can wreck a family & people die.

The hero Aadhi is good as a youngster & police officer. His athletic body suits the role. The film moves seamlessly from the current scene (investigative mode) to the hero/heroine’s earlier days (college day) when they were in love. There is no confusion whatsoever in the alternating sequences which is a relief.

The director does not enter into an argument whether ghosts exists or not, even the hero is compelled to believe that ghosts exists (so do we).

It’s a clean movie, a thrilling one and a different kind of movie experience.

My rating for this movie is 3 star out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Movie Review of ‘Kandasamy’ – Tamil Movie.

We watched this movie last Saturday, 22 Aug 2009. It is the one of the most expensive film ever made in Tamil Film Industry. The hype and hoopla is naturally big. The producer is Kalipuli S. Dhanu known for splashing money, Susi Ganesan who has made a mark with his earlier movies and Vikram as the hero, which makes everyone anticipate whats store in Kandasamy.

Well, nothing much or nothing special is in store for you in Kandasamy. Its all the same, take money from rich and give it to the poor. The leader of the group (Vikram) dons the avtar of god Kandasamy, gets the black money from rich and distributes to the poor. He is a CBI officer during day and Kandasamy in nights. The director and his team thought they are doing it differently but the entire film falls flat. The money, hard work of the crew and the time (2 years in the making) are all have gone in vain.

The script goes no where, its just bits and pieces stitched together with no real design or style. It was boring right from the 1st scene where Kandasamy is introduced, introduction is great, makes you sit-up but the length of scene goes beyond time and you begin to think/wonder what is he going to do? With no script or no foundation the building can never stand tall! Susi Ganesan can never become Shankar. He needs to understand this and get the basics right.

I read this comment somewhere in Love Aaj Kal review. The reviewer had said there is a problem with Directors’ who have directed low & medium budget films cannot take the big budget movies so easily. The transition from medium budget to taking big budget is far difficult for the directors. I am not sure about Imtiaz Ali but he had handled it satisfactorily on LAK. This comment is apt for Susi Ganesan who has only made low to medium budget movies and this was his first big budget which he makes a total mess.

All the departments including acting, music, camera, editing are all bad which makes the film a totally bad movie. You can spend your 3 hours somewhere else!!

My rating for this movie is 1 star out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Movie Review of ‘Kaminey’ – Hindi

I had to see it yesterday as it was a delay release in Mumbai partly because of the promo and the positive reviews in the past few days.

The first comment I wanted to write is Fuper movie! Shahid Kapoor in a dual role as Guddu and Charlie are excellent infact the entire cast is fuper sorry super. The credit must go to the script and the casting director. The caper genre movies seems easy on the screen but the amount of work that goes through behind the scenes are enormous. As with Kaminey the story revolves around the brothers, one a good guy and the other a race bookie/gangster. The circumstances lead both of them to the darkest underworld of Mumbai and how they fight for their survival is the plot summary.

I thought the film was slow with some predictable sequences or maybe I could see it coming. The other day I saw this movie ‘Sankat City’ which is also a Caper genre and the story revolves around 5-8 characters. Sankat City was also a brilliant movie but it had no big names or production house or big budget. It was noticed, had positive reviews but failed to make impact. Kaminey will leave a huge impact on the audiences as the style and scale of the movie is comparable with hollywood movies. If you have seen Pulp Fiction or Snatch similar kind of movies they are simple, no exaggerated facts but with Kaminey the presentation goes overboard. The sleek style and simplicity is missing! with no unpredictable twist.

The song ‘Dhan ta ten’ is simply amazing. The effects can be felt in the theatre, the song which we see daily on TV is nothing when compared to listening there. I am sure this will be superstardom for Shahid Kapoor and he deserves it. If he wants to retain it and move on he has to be selective on the future scripts.

My rating for this movie is 3 stars out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Movie Review of ‘Love Aaj Kal’ – Hindi

The most anticipated movie from Imtiaz Ali, the director of Jab We Met and the first movie produced by Saif Ali Khan. The movie has Saif and Deepika in the lead role and supported by Rishi Kapoor. People cannot stop comparing with Jab We Met due to the huge popularity of that film which was blockbuster hit bringing Kareena and Shahid Kapoor to fame. Imtiaz Ali has to live with this comparison probably for his lifetime! unless he comes up with a brilliant movie which smashes all records.

First, this film Love Aaj Kal is not Jab We Met and does not try to be. LAK is a romantic movie set in London and ends in India. Jai and Meera (Saif & Deepika) are two jolly lovers who take love ‘just like that’. After being ‘together’ for one year or so, they call it splits. Meera going on her way to pursue her own career in Delhi, India. Both keep in touch via the numerous communication tools like Chat, SMS, Email and phone. Both of them find new partners and Meera accepts the proposal from her new BF for marriage. Meera gets married despite the love for Jai. She understands that she cannot live without Jai in her life. She goes back and find Jai is preparing to chase his dreams in San Franciso. Intermission.

I guess you all can assume what happens to Jai in SFO. He realizes one day (after 4 years I think) that his world is doomed and knows that he loves Meera. He comes back for her to India and the lovers unite. This is the brief story of LAK but what makes it special? There is a parallel story of Rishi Kapoor set in 1965 (I think so!!) where Rishi tells Jai how he had won his lover Harleen Kaur. This story runs throughout the film based on the conversation between Jai & Rishi.

The special and dramatic effect can be seen and tell us that though the time changes, the circumstances change the ‘Love’ does not change. Time changes everything but Love remains same! Isn’t that true!!!!!!! There are some brilliant instances where the 1965 story stops and comes to the current scene – Jai comments about that situation & asks questions to Rishi which he should ask himself for his situation. Maybe I will have another look at all the instances start & stop of ‘old’ story and compare with the current (Jai & Meera) story.

The weaknesses I can point out is characterization. In JVM all the characters had a purpose and the background was known. In LAK this is missing which keeps the audience guessing on what the characters will do next. Sometimes the scenes are funny. This is a serious fallout since it failed to keep me engaging.

The expectations were high, when you were looking forward to a feast but end up with a good meal only you know something is missing!

My rating for this movie is 3 stars out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Movie Review of Kalloori.

Movie Name: Kalloori
Cast: Tamanna and newcomers.
Director: Balaji Sakthivel.

I had booked the tickets for Kalloori based on the reputation of Balaji Sakhtivel’s massive hit “Kadhal”. When I came out after the movie, I would say I was generally satisfied. The reason behind “generally satisfied” is due to high expectation we (meaning the public) had on Balaji Sakhtivel. I had come to the movie looking for a riveting performance and an equally turnaround climax.

Now, on to the movie…. Almost all of characters are new faces to silver screen except the lead girl Tamanna. She is like an “Angel” in this film. 9 friends, both boys and girls from a school join the govt arts college after their 12th Std. They are close friends who have studied together right from their childhood and everyone has one or other family problems. When they are together in the school/college they forget about their family lives and enjoy themselves. Shobana (Tamanna), a fair girl, not belonging to the town has joined govt. arts college on temp basis, waiting for admission in a different college at Delhi. There is absolute difference between Tamanna and her classmates in terms with knowledge and look.

She gets acquainted with these 9 friends and they accept her as one of them. The journey starts from there…. the screenplay is solid as the movie goes on stage by stage. The things we have done in college, the friendship all are portrayed with ease and actually we go back to our college lives. At a point of time when things are going smooth, the hero, Muthu falls in love with Shobana due to the thoughts instilled by some characters. After that he is not able to get along with Shobana thinking about his status and her status. Shobana falls in love when she knows about Muthu’s family conditions and she is not able to get along with Muthu after that. So, its a kind of delicate intimacy which sorrounds these two characters and the performance from lead roles is really very good.

The college ragging, eating together with friends under tree shade, sports function, college choir and intercollege competition, fighting with friends, misunderstanding with friends, mischevious in class all these have occured in our life which we see it on screen. There was especially two characters who come together, walk together and speak together. It was a good comedy done by both these cartoons all thru the college.

The screenplay flows like a steady stream of river with no stones unturned and the climax is a sudden jerk not a sudden fall like a big waterfall. When the river suddenly stops we feel… is this it?…..no, I think that life is not like this…. there must be a big steep fall, run thru the stones with great speed, steady the flow with the ground level, then join the sea with a good flow. But this does not happen in Kalloori, hence satisfied but not fed enough. The climax is shocking but we dont feel the shock because of the steady screenplay. For about two hours or so we do not see any untoward incidents except a party rally violence when they are studying in college, so we actually dont feel the shock as it should have been.

Its a good movie and I hope it will run through in southern districts. I dont think the college students in metro city like Chennai have experienced this kind of incidents. They have friendship though but I dont see they can relate with themselves. This kind of college friends and happenings can only be seen in town/village colleges. I can relate to my own friends in college, we were great friends both boys and girls. Now, every bird has chosen its own destination.

I would like to see comments from students who studied in metro college and from town colleges. Lets see whether they are different.

Plus: Screenplay, Natural acting, Tamanna.
Minus: Somewhere along it becomes like a stage drama due to the fact that no new characters are introduced.

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