Singam 2 Movie Review

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Suriya is one actor on a tough patch these days. With no clear-cut reason, the public loathe him and his movies. Even though he is a dedicated artist, he has become the target for mockery amongst the ‘big heroes’ club.

Come 2013, and we have Suriya joining hands with Hari for the fourth time, making way for Singam 2, the sequel to the highly impressive 2010 hit, Singam. Produced by Prince Pictures, it has Anushka, Hansika, Vivek, Santhanam, Rahman and Hollywood star Danny Sapani alongside Suriya. Music is by Devi Sri Prasad again, with cinematography by Priyan.

Singam 2 is the continuing story of Duraisingam, as he hunts down a huge drug deal.

Singam 2 kicks off right from where Singam ended. Suriya is now in Tuticorin, an NCC coach in a school where Hansika studies. A series of events leads Suriya gathering info about a drug deal taking place in the area. The first 30 minutes of the movie are bland, and the movie does take its time to unfold. Towards the interval, Hari keeps us pinned with his crisp narration, well thought dialogues coupled with witty one liner comedy from Santhanam and Vivek. The interval bang is spot on, that is one superb scene.

Into the second half, and the movie traverses on jet speed. Hari’s thinking works here, as he overlaps the main story with the comic and dramatic scenes. The movie, even though put down by a few speed breakers(songs) and a not-so-great climax, moves on at a good pace and ends convincingly.

Performance wise, Suriya is at full swing, perfect when it comes to dialogue delivery, facial expressions and his ‘veri’ as a cop. Stunts have been well executed, and he has pulled off some cheeky movements in Singam Dance. What Singam 2 will probably do is put an end to all the negativity on Suriya. This guy has lived the role.Hansika has a fairly mightier role to play than the main heroine, Anushka who has been carved as a glam doll just for the sake of the songs. Vivek is hilarious, while Santhanam does bore you down a bit at times. What Singam 2 lacks is a powerful villain. Yes we have Danny Sapani, Rahman, Mukesh Rishi and Rajendran. But none of them could catch up to Prakash Raj’s enthu as in Singam. Supporting artists are apt, most of them continuing off their roles from the first.

If a movie runs for 3 hours, and can manage to keep you entertained, you got to give credit to the director. Even though a little more care could have been taken, Hari must be lauded for his work. Dialogue writing is his strength and he has lived up to it, few lines do prick you up.

Cinematography by Priyan is commendable. One must appreciate the use of chopper cameras at various instances to provide a different angle. Editing is slick barring the long runtime. Stunts deserve a special mention, Anal Arasu and Rocky Rajesh – super work!

Negatives in Singam 2, and we have DSP written all over it. Bad songs, except for Singam Dance which is saved by Suriya’s movements, and the BGM too isn’t that great. The songs surely broke down the flow of the movie, would be great to chop them off. Santhanam wasn’t at his best either, and we have some over-the-top stunts to worry about.

Draw a comparison to the first, and Singam 2 might not beat that. At the same time, it doesn’t get bobbed down. It has enough stock to keep you entertained. Go watch it, you’ll like it. If you don’t, best of luck being a hater.

Verdict : Must Watch. Perfect Time-pass flickfor mass movie lovers & family audiences.
Just tighten ur seat belts a high voltage show waiting for u

Maattrraan Movie Review


Movie : Maatran
Director : K. V. Anand
Producer : Kalpathi S. Aghoram
Written : K. V. Anand,Subha
Starring : Suriya,Kajal Aggarwal,Sachin Khedekar
Music by : Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography : S. Sounder Rajan
Editing : Anthony
Studio : AGS Entertainment
Distributer : Eros International,Thameen Movies (Kerala)
Running time : 172 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil,Telugu
Budget : INR110 crore (US$20.79 million)

Maattrraan is a Tamil action thriller film directed and co-written by K. V. Anand and scripted by Subha.It is being produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram under the banner of AGS Entertainment. The movie stars Suriya, portraying conjoined twins, along with Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles while Sachin Khedekar and Tara play supporting roles. Maattrraan was released worldwide on 12 October 2012 along with a dubbed Telugu version titled Brothers.

Maatran Movie Story

Ramachandra (Sachin Khedekar) is a genetic scientist who wants to create a new revolution in science. His area of interest is baby designing and he chooses his own wife to experiment it. But things goes wrong and his wife delivers a conjoined twins with a common heart. Though Ramachandran wants to separate the twins, which will naturally lead to the death of one baby, his wife strongly opposes. Meanwhile Ramachandran’s project gets rejected and after a long struggle he sets up a baby milk powder (Energion) and it clicks…

Fast forward to the current situation: Now the twins have grown up but they opposite in nature. Akhilan (Suriya) is smart, witty and peppy while Vimalan (Suriya again) is calm, understanding and intellectual. At this point Anjali (Kajal Aggarwal) walks into their life. Both Akhilan and Vimalan develops a special liking for her but she falls for the smartness of Vimalan.After a few crucial incidents Vimalan learns (through a Russian journalist) that the milk powder which Energion produces is been adulterated with a life threatening steroid, which will start giving side effects after few years. This means it will affect India’s next generation… A twisted turn of events leads to the death of the journalist followed by Vimalan… What will happen next? Who is behind all these? Akhilan begins his search, which leads him to former USSR country… Problems gets bigger…. Watch Maattrraan to know more…

Actors Performances

With every film that he does, Suriya is getting better and better. He carries the entire film on his shoulders and he does it with ease. He has shown the difference of the conjoined twins rightly in the body mannerism and voice modulation. Post the interval, he appears in this third look and he does everything perfectly.

Kajal Aggarwal is pretty and beautiful; but she has to work more harder to get the lip sync right.

Sachin Khedekar plays a very important role in this film and he needs no introduction at all. In fact he is one of the seasoned actors that the country has ever seen.

Isha Sharvani’s dance number is above average. Tara, Suriya’s mother, the Russian journalist and the army officer have done a good job.

Technical Analysis

K.V. Anand’s association with Subha duo has once again emerged as the winner. However the second half of the film could have tweaked a little to increase the pace. Kudos to the director for his excellent research skill.

Harriis Jayaraj’s songs and background scores are ok. However it fails to create any major impact as the songs remind us of his earlier tunes.

Cinematography by Sounder Rajan is perfect and stylish while Anthony’s editing works are sleek.

The film is produced by AGS Entertainment and Eros International has acquired the distribution rights. The film is also simultaneously released in Telugu as Brothers.

Final Verdict

Maattrraan is a perfect watch for this weekend with your family

7am Arivu movie review

Banner: Red Giant Movies
Production: Udhayanidhi Stalin
Direction: A.R. Murugadoss
Star-casts: Suriya, Shruthi Haasan, Johnny Tri Nguyen, Azhagam Perumal and others
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Ravi K Chandran
Editing: Anthony

Performances

As expected, Suriya amazes us with his performance in both the contrasting roles of Bodhidharma and a circus artist. The actor puts in his sincere efforts and all his hard work is visible on the screens. His dedication by the way he shapes up his physique for two distinct roles is laudable. He does such complex roles like Bodhidharma with ease and amazes us.

7am Arivu is a dream debut for Shruti Haasan. The multifaceted beauty has got a meaty role including few emotional scenes apart from the dance and romantic scenes. She looked like million bucks and her performance was okay. The actress has dubbed her own voice but she should have worked a bit more on that.

Johnny Tri Nguyen as the deadly villain is extraordinary and terrific. Let’s welcome him to the Tamil cinema. Rest of the cast did their bit as required.

Story

The story takes off in the 6th Century AD showcasing the Tamil Pallava king Bodhi Dharma (Suriya), who leaves to China from Kanchipuram and becomes a saint. He is an expert at martial arts, medicine and nokku varmam ( hypnotism) and he helps one whole village in the country with his arts. He teaches the martial arts and is the founder of Shaolin. He will be worshipped by all the Chinese as Tao after his demise. Cut to the present, Aravindh (Suriya) works as a circus artiste in Great Bombay Circus who falls for Suba Sreenivas (Sruthi), a research student. The duo becomes thick pals however Aravindh finds out that Suba has some motive behind her steps. Meanwhile, the Chinese government sends Dongli (Johnny Tri Nguyen), a martial art expert to India to accomplish the mission of Operation Red so as to kill Suba as she founds Aravinds DNA matches with that of Bodhidharma. How will they accomplish the task is all about the film.

Rattha Charithram Movie Review


Movie:Rattha Charithram
Cast: Suriya, Vivek Oberoi, Priyamani, Shatrughan Sinha, Sasi, Sudeep
Direction: Ram Gopal Varma
Music: Mani Sharma

Raththa Charithram is about a man seeking to avenge the wrong done to him by turning into a victim of revenge. The strong point of this film is that it is based on a true incident.

Documentary films are genre apart from feature films and it is the duty of the director to ensure that while making a real-life incident into a movie, a viewer should not feel that it has traces of a documentary.

Ram Gopal Varma seems to have failed miserably on this aspect; especially in scenes where there is a background narration.

Suriya, Vivek Oberoi and all the other small characters in the film have performed well but unfortunately none of the characters remain etched in our minds. Not one of them has scope in Rattha Charithram. It makes a viewer feel so distanced from the film so much so that one may not be conscious of who is dead and who is alive in the film.

Though a film has a lot of violence, it should have an impact on the audiences who should at least be able to relate to the incidents that is shown on screen. But the director has failed on that aspect too. Though there are several gory scenes in RC, it fails to shock the audiences because, as mentioned earlier, the film does not create an impact in our minds.

The camera work needs a special mention because it is in sync with the story and script. The background music is nothing but noisy. There is no normalcy in the dialogues. It is really appreciable that kuthu songs, dances and comedy have been avoided by the director despite them being a prerequisite for commercial success. But the director could have averted the drama feel in this film.

One is left with the impression that something is incomplete in RC. Perhaps too much has been censored or much has been said in the prequel that the Tamil audiences failed to get it in this part?

Be warned that excessive slow motion sequences can cause irritation and headache.

It is true that we cannot expect intriguing and engaging scenes in a film based on reality, but the director could have elaborated in the political background to make the film more interesting.

Raththa Charithram – only Raththam in this Charithram!

Rakta Charitra movie review

Movie:Rakta Charitra
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Sushant Singh, Zarina Wahab, Aashish Vidyarthi, Suriya
Welcome to the law of the jungle. Where there’re no rules. Where the life of a human being is not worth a penny. Where goonda raj reins supreme. Where men are butchered and women abducted and raped. Where the police obey the orders of the goons. Where guns, swords, bombs, knives and sharp weapons are a man’s best friends. Welcome to Rakta Charitra, based on the true story
of Paritala Ravi.

Ramgopal Varma is known for dark and gritty cinema and Rakta Charitra is not just the film-maker’s, but also Hindi cinema’s most violent film so far. Be forewarned, Rakta Charitra is not for the lily-livered. Nor is it for those who love to visit cineplexes with their families, weekend after weekend, to watch that perfect family film. This one has just one song (not needed, actually), no romance, no comedy/humour, no phoren locations, no good looking faces, no family gatherings and no striking sets that are mandatory for escapist cinema. RGV is a rebel, he likes to make movies he believes in and Rakta Charitra proves it yet again.

Let me add, Rakta Charitra is not one of RGV’s most accomplished works. Perhaps, one of the reasons could be because he’s now churning out gangster and crime-based films with amazing regularity and obviously, there’s not much he can explore due to the limitations of this genre. But, yes, Rakta Charitra has a fascinating story to tell and even if you aren’t acquainted with Paritala Ravi, you might identify with Rakta Charitra because the essence of the film is revenge.

Final word? With a title like Rakta Charitra and all the blood and gore in the film, it’s certain that the film holds appeal for those who like to watch brutality in cinema, which, in turn, cuts off a sizeable section of the audience (ladies and kids). However, from the content point of view, I’d say that Rakta Charitra is the best bet of this week.

Rakta Charitra deals with emotionally volatile people and is set in a rural environment. It tells the story of Paritala Ravi (Vivek Oberoi), a soft-spoken person, who took law in his hands to avenge the murders of his father (Rajendra Gupta) and brother (Sushant Singh). Paritala Ravi’s name sent shivers up the spines of not only his rivals, but even the law enforcement agencies. He rose to become a minister eventually. The first part ends with his undertaking a mission to end goonda raj in the state.

By now we’ve come to expect zany camera angles, tight close ups, a raging background score, power-packed performances and abstract stories from RGV’s films and Rakta Charitra is no different. Expect all this and more [read bloodshed] in Rakta Charitra. Since Rakta Charitra is based on a true story, there’s not much one can comment on it, but the manner in which the incidents unfold keep you hooked. Of course, it’s a vendetta fare, yet one is keen to fathom what essentially provoked a soft-spoken individual to transform into a killing machine.

Barring the incidents in the initial reels, there’s not much movement in the story in the first hour. In fact, there are killings and more killings. But the story gathers momentum when an iconic actor turned politician enters the scene and takes Paritala Ravi under his wings. The sequences between Shatrughan Sinha and Vivek are, frankly, the preeminent and most excellent parts of the enterprise. The post-interval is different because the killings reduce and Paritala now fights his opponent from the corridors of power.

Rakta Charitra gets lengthy in its second half and one genuinely feels that RGV should’ve curtailed the length of the film by a few minutes, although the introduction of Suriya’s character at the end only raises the curiosity for the second installment.

RGV has handled a number of sequences brilliantly, but the film leaves you with a sense of deja vu off and on. Glimpses of films like Sarkar and Sarkar Raj, besides Satya and Company, though not remotely similar to Rakta Charitra, flash across your mind. It’s a little intricate to encompass all incidents in the screenplay, but writer Prashant Pandey makes a sincere effort. Cinematography (Amol Rathod) catches your eye. Action scenes are true to life. Background score compliments the mood of the film.

All RGV films are embellished with powerful performances and Rakta Charitra is no exception. Vivek Oberoi breathes fire and venom and comes across as the most appropriate actor to infuse life into the character he portrays. He’s super efficient and his act in Company and Shootout At Lokhandwala pale in comparison. Shatrughan Sinha is remarkable. A powerful personality could’ve only been portrayed by a powerful actor and the veteran enacts it with amazing ease. Abhimanyu Singh is superb as the opponent. You hate him for being so evil and that only goes to prove how effective he is. Radhika Apte is good. Zarina Wahab is first-rate. Ashwini Kalsekar is excellent. Ashish Vidyarthi, Rajendra Gupta, Anupam Shyam, Sushmita Mukherjee, Vishwajeet Pradhan and Kota Srinivasa Rao shine in their respective parts. Sudeep and Darshan Jariwala get no scope.

On the whole, Rakta Charitra is not for the faint-hearted or the lily-livered. The violence, the blood and gore depicted in the film will shock and disconcert you, which only goes to establish as to how proficiently the subject material has been treated. The film is targeted mainly at those who love to watch aggression, violence, bloodshed, brutality and massacre on the silver screen, but a chunk of the movie-going audience (ladies and kids) will choose to stay away from this scene of carnage. The business in Telugu and Tamil versions is expected to be excellent, due to the strong identification with the subject material.

Singam tamil Movie Review

Singam – Experience the Lion’s Roar

Banner: Sun Pictures, Big Pictures, Studio Green

Production: Kalanidhi Maaran, K.E. Gnyanavel Rajan

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Direction: Hari

Star-casts: Surya, Prakash Raj, Anushka, Vivek, Radha Ravi, Nasser and many others.

Music: Devi Sri Prasad

With most of the Sun Pictures’ previous films turning to be mediocre, the expectations weren’t actually more for this film ‘Singam’. In spite of promoting the film to a greater extent, the audiences had perceived this film to be yet another mass commercial film. Of course, ‘Singam’ is one such film but with a different treatment.

Trust us! ‘Singam’ is the best film of this season as the duo combo Hari-Surya is back together with a hat trick now. Singam has more reasons to watch as the film goes inclusive of entertaining elements. You have everything you expect from a good commercial entertainer.

Good work by Hari as the director has carefully penned an interesting screenplay and catchy plot with lots of raciness existing throughout the show.

The film is yet another cat and mouse game between goodie and baddie, but with a different treatment.

Durai Singam (Surya), a sincere and good police in Nallore takes up this job mainly because of his father insisting him to do. But he is as keen on taking up the cases as a family affair and puts them to an end with his gentle gestures. Then there is cute girl Kavya (Anushka) along with her sister Divya (Priya) – daughters of topmost businessman (Nasser). Kavya falls in love with Singam for his acts and even he reciprocates it.

But then, trouble comes in the form of Mayil Vaaganam (Prakash Raj), a big shot in Chennai ruining the lives of people by demanding ransom money by kidnapping their children. The initial level of clash ensues in the transfer of Durai Singam to Chennai and the clash continues between two of them.

What forms next is Singam making sure that he puts an end to his bad activities.

Firstly, Hari deserves all praises for his outstanding nature of screenplay. Starting from the very first scene, the audiences wouldn’t miss even a single shot as every scene is mind-boggling. Maybe, little heroism in lines and action sequences may get on for a disregard, but the fast-paced screenplay is really the best. Surya wins the appreciations as a mass-oriented cop. He is good at his mannerisms and proves himself as a commercial hero as well. Anushka, the hottie gets more scope to perform here unlike her other films where she used to appear for songs and later disappear.

Prakash Raj’s yet another best show after Ghilli as he gets equally powerful role as Surya. At many parts, he wins claps and whistles for his lines and body languages. Viveks comedy tracks are enjoyable and the performances of Radha Ravi, Nasser and Nizhalgal Ravi is justifying.

Musical score by Devi Sri Prasad is fantastic and the song ‘Kadhal Vandhale’ wins the applause. Cinematography is good at parts and editing adds more speed to the narration.

On the flip side, the stunts sequences are bit unbelievable as Surya steps into the shoes of Vijay as they break stones and poles apart with their fist of anger.

But the second half has such an interesting screenplay that every audience would be on the edge of their seats.

If you’re ready to bear few illogical factors like the stunt sequences, you will surely enjoy this film.

Make sure, you don’t miss it as Singam can be the best treat for this summer. Sun Pictures should have released this film by April itself instead of preferring Vijay’s Sura.

As of now, the film will win more profits than Surya’s previous film ‘Ayan’ itself and Sun Pictures can be happy about it.

Verdict: Best Commercial Entertainer… Don’t Miss It
Rating: 3.5/5

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Varanam Aayiram – Review


Starring: Suriya, Simran, Sameera Reddy, Divya
Direction: Gautham Menon
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Production: Aascar Ravichandran
Gautam Vasudev Menon’s Vaaranam Ayiram is intended to be a biography of an ordinary man. What could have been a subtly told story turns into a sloppy fare with way too much of daddy-glorification and emotional I-love-you-and-I-see-you-in-everything-dialogues. However, this memoirs-of-my-dad would have been a wonderful watch if it did not adopt a schmaltzy narrative often, more often than you think actually, interrupted with songs.

Gautam has derived inspiration for Vaaranam Ayiram from his own life and hence the movie is by and large close to real life with only very few scenes seeming out of place. Like the middle-class Surya, whose dad struggles to keep up with his family’s expenses, flies down to the USA in search of his love-at-first-sight Sameera – now that is far fetched. However, as clichéd as his love might seem, his sufferings sound more genuine – a feeling that the ‘Anjale’ song only upsurges.

The movie opens with an older version of Surya, suffering from throat cancer, succumbing to his disease. With the bare minimum background score and subdued acting, the scene helps to mound the expectations for a few minutes. The news then is conveyed to the son, played by Surya again, who is on a defense operation somewhere in Kashmir. The rest of the movie is the son’s reminiscences of his father – the son’s role overriding the father’s in the process, however.

The first half of the movie drifts away with nothing significant in the offing. In less than half-hour, it breaks into two songs. Surya (dad/son) falls in love twice and loses the love of his life. The second half, however, spruces up with the kidnap episode and the journalist rescue operation.

Vaaranam Aayiram is an out and out Surya show. When the man disrobes his tee to flaunt his rippling muscles acquired after hard slog, the ladies scream their lungs out. His subtle expressions after losing out his dad to cancer score as good as his screams and emotional turbulence after losing his girl. Surya Senior’s makeup screams for attention, though.

Simran comes a close second with her puffed eyes and refined articulation of emotions announcing that she is ageing gracefully. Sameera has a constant grin, which is adorable. But all she could come up with after seeing her stalker at her doorsteps in the US is a surprised expression after getting a scoop of her favorite ice cream unexpectedly. Surya – Sameera’s first meet in the train is well conceived and executed. Divya, however, is in her quietest form oozing loads of sophisticated attitude.

There are touching and heart-warming moments in the movie; however, they are few and far between. Like the scene in which the cancer patient dad expresses his helplessness in telling stories to his grandson since his vocal chords no longer support him and Simran’s emotional silent outburst when she is being told that her husband is about to start his final procession to the burial ground.

Harris’ music complements Thamarai’s lyrics with almost all songs, albeit termed as interruptions, hummable. And as Sudha Raghunathan breaks into the Anal Mele song in her unconventionally mellifluous voice, the movie’s sluggish pace is curtailed. Adiye Kolluthe, partly rendered by Shruti Hassan, seems to mark the beginning of Tamil punk-rock.

The three hour long movie advocates non-smoking heavily and hits the smokers hard with the harsh reality of its consequences – cancer, for instance.