TAMIL REVIEW

  • 'Aaha Kalyanam' review: This Tamil film is a faithful remake sans creativity February 22, 2014

    Cast: Nani, Vaani Kapoor, Badava Gopi and Simran Director: A. Gokul Krishna Rating: 2.5 out of 5 'Aaha Kalyanam', the southern remake of Hindi entertainer 'Band Baaja Baaraat', is a faithful attempt by debutant director A. Gokul Krishna. But the biggest problem with it is that it's a frametoframe copy of...
  • 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' review: This Tamil film is bold, quirky December 28, 2013

    Cast: Prasanna Venkatesan, Lekha Washington, Delhi Ganesh, Uma Padmanabhan and Crazy Mohan Director: R.S Prasanna Rating: 4 out of 5 What makes a man a 'man'? The premise of the boldly entertaining 'Kalyana Samayal Saadham' surrounds whether the answer to the question is a man's ability to perform in bed. The film's...
  • 'Pattathu Yaanai' review: This Tamil film is full of humour July 27, 2013

    Cast: Vishal Krishna, Aishwarya Arjun, Santhanam, Jagan, John Vijay, Murali Sharma, Seetha, Mayilsamy Director: Bhoopathy Pandian Rating: 3 out of 5 'Pattathu Yaanai' delivers more entertainment as a comedy entertainer than as an action flick. It could have been a wholesome comedy entertainer provided Vishal stayed away from his aspiration to don the...
  • 'Singam 2' review: This Tamil film is bigger but not better July 6, 2013

    Cast: Suriya, Hansika Motwani, Anushka Shetty, Santhanam, Vivek, Radha Ravi, Nasser, K. Vishwanath, Mukesh Rishi, Danny Sapani, Anjali and Rahman; Director: Hari Gopalakrishnan Rating: 2 out of 5 In 'Singam 2', Suriya as Duraisingam spends most of his time running and chasing baddies. This explains why he is trim with...
  • 'Ambikapathy' review: This Tamil film is a breezy entertainer June 29, 2013

    Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub and Swara Bhaskar Director: Anand L. Rai Rating: 3.5 out of 5 What's a love story without some fun, heartaches and reality checks? Most love stories of our times pass through these three phases, and by then, either the girl or the...
  • Tamil review: 'Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru' is entertaining June 15, 2013

    Cast: Siddharth, Hansika Motwani, Santhanam, Ganesh Venkatraman, Balaji, Vidyullekha Raman, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Vishal Krishna, Mano Bala and Bosskey Rating: 2.5 out of 5 It's extremely difficult to make a highly entertaining film sans cliches, and proof to that is 'Theeya Vela Seiyyanum Kumaru' (TVSK). The film manages to be a...
  • Tamil Review: 'Saattai' is an interesting watch September 21, 2012

    2012 seems to be a year of movies that speak about the need to reform the education system. First came 'Nanban' and then followed 'Dhoni'. Now it is the turn of 'Saattai'. 'Saattai', directed by debutant M Anbhazhagan, speaks about the pitiable condition of primary education, especially in government schools. The need...
  • Tamil Review: 'Sundara Pandian' is watchable September 15, 2012

    Director Sasikumar knows the knack of rendering rural entertainers laced with romance and friendship. Starting with 'Subramaniapuram', he followed it up with 'Nadodigal'. Now in 'Sundarapandian', which is more of 'Subramaniapuram' meeting 'Nadodigal', the producer in Sasikumar has brought to the world a good director in S R Prabhakar. If the first...
  • Tamil Review: 'Siruthai Puli' is mindless September 9, 2012

    In this twoplus hours of sheer torture, you wish you had walked into the theatre with few anacins in your pocket. 'Siruthai Puli' is the dubbed version of Telugu film 'Chirutha' starring then debutants Ram Charan and Neha Sharma. Helmed by the master of screenplay Puri, the film screams boredom and...
  • Tamil Review: 'Perumaan' Original concept Slow film September 7, 2012

    With a subtitle (The Rajinikanth) that's enough to kindle the interest of the audience, debutant director Rajesh Kannan has come out with 'Perumaan', a film with newcomers Arjun and Sruthi in lead roles. The smartness he has shown in conceiving the tagline is missing in the way he has narrated the...
  • Tamil Review: 'Mannaru' has a good storyline September 7, 2012

    At a time when commercial clich's rule the roost and herodriven stories are the order of the day in Tamil cinema, comes a film where the story holds the key and characters are woven around a script. 'Mannaru' is one such attempt by debutant filmmaker Jai Shankar. The film which has Appukutty,...
  • Tamil Review: 'Mugamoodi' has a different flavour September 1, 2012

    We grew up listening to childhood stories, involving superheroes. No different is this 'Mugamoodi'. Director Mysskin has attempted to narrate the tale of a bravado in a different style. In a nutshell, 'Mugamoodi' is like a 'Batman' or a 'Superman' of the West, meeting the action films of the East. The...
  • Tamil Review: '18 Vayasu' is complicated and tricky August 27, 2012

    A complicated story with too many twists and subplots makes up '18 Vayasu'. As against the title, it is no adolescent love story or candy floss romance. But '18 Vayasu' is a bumpy ride that speaks about a traumatized youngster. Lot was expected from actor Johnny and director Paneerselvam after their 'Renigunta'....
  • Tamil Review: 'Pandi Oliperuki Nilayam' is good August 23, 2012

    Director Rasu Madhuravan is known for tearjerkers that are set around family values and sentiments. He has opted to take a different route in 'Pandi Oliperukki Nilayam', which is a laugh riot with an army of comedians. There are enough fun elements as the story takes backstage at one point of...
  • Music Review: 'Thandavam' songs deserve applause August 20, 2012

    On one side, we have Director Vijay and Vikram coming together once again, and on another you have GV Prakash Kumar's 25th film. Things are looking rather good for 'Thandavam'. The film has 8 tracks for the audiences ranging from a folk song, to a wannabe western almostEnglish song,...
  • Tamil Review: 'Naan' is racy and appealing August 16, 2012

    Can a music composer pull it off? Until now he has been behind the screens. Can he now recreate the magic on screen? These were the questions that could pop up before one goes to watch 'Naan', for it is the maiden venture of music composer Vijay Antony as an...
  • Tamil Review: 'Attakathi' is refreshing August 16, 2012

    We all know what kind of films director Venkat Prabhu can present cool themes that would lure youngsters. When his protege Pa Ranjith forays independently as filmmaker, he has done his mentor proud by giving a similar movie that is entertaining and catchy. Set around the lives of youngsters in...
  • Tamil Review: 'Eppadi Manasukkul Vandhai' is boring August 10, 2012

    Director P V Prasath made a talked about debut with 'Kadhalil Vizhunthen'. A desperate lover who lives with his beloved's corpse was narrated in his maiden venture. The filmmaker's next 'Eppadi Manasukkul Vandhai' is no different. Here again he speaks about a lovelorn youth, who decides to go to any extent...
  • Tamil Review: 'Pani Thuli' is one time watch August 10, 2012

    It is the solo of Ganesh Venkataraman. He had been part of films like 'Abhiyum Nanum' and 'Unnaipol Oruvan' before. But 'Pani Thuli' holds an important place in his career now. Directed by Natty Kumar and Dr Jay, the movie speaks about a youth's travails in his romance. What happens when an...
  • Tamil Review: Manam Kothi Paravai is hilarious June 11, 2012

    Director S Ezhil of 'Thullatha Manamum Thullum' fame is back after a brief sojourn. He comes with a movie that is lighthearted, entertaining and hilarious and at the same a little cliched. With Siva Karthikeyan at the helm of affairs accompanied by a slew of comedy artistes, he has managed...
  • Tamil Review: 'Aravaan' is impressive March 4, 2012

    Chennai: Film: 'Aravaan': Cast: Aathi, Pasupathi, Dhanshika; Director: Vasanthabalan; Producer; T. Siva; Storwriter: Su. Venkatesan and Vasanthabalan; Composer: Karthik; Cinematographer: Siddharth; Rating: *** Vasantabalan, who made a name for himself by sensitively handling human lives and emiotions in his films, has come out with 'Aravaan', based on a novel by Su....
  • Tamil Review: Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal February 19, 2012

    Chennai: Film: 'Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal'; Cast: Atharva Murali, Amala Paul, Nasser, Anupama, Jayaprakash and Santhanam; ProducerDierctor: Elred Kumar; Composer; G.V. Prakash Kumar; Cinematographer: Sakthi; Editor: Antony C. Ruban; Rating: ** 1/2 Prerelease Elred Kumar's 'Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal' (MUK) was marketed as a romantic thriller. Unfortunately it has turned out to be...
  • Tamil Review: 'Oru Nadigayin...' fails February 12, 2012

    Chennai: Film: 'Oru Nadigayin Vakkumoolam'; Directo: Rajkrishna; Cast: Sonia Agarwal, Yogi Devaraj, Girija, Raj Kapoor, Manobala, Ganja Karuppu, Kovai Sarala and Nicole; Cinematographer: Naga Krishnan; Composer: Aadhish; Rating: Rating: * 1/2 Journalistturneddirector Rajkrishna has helmed 'Oru Nadigayin Vakkumoolam' and has made a bold attempt to expose the dark underbelly of tinsel...
  • Tamil Review: 'Dhoni' is an entertaining film February 12, 2012

    Chennai: Film: 'Dhoni'; Cast: Prakash Raj, Akash Jagannath, Radhika Apte, Brahmanandham, Thanikala Bharani, Thalaivasal Vijay and Nasser; DirectorProducer: Prakash Raj; Composer: Ilayaraja; Rating: *** Prakash Raj, an allrounder, has now proved to be a dependable captain with his new role as director. His directorial venture 'Dhoni' is all about change as...
  • Tamil Review: 'Marina' is a feelgood movie February 5, 2012

    Chennai: Film: 'Marina'; Cast: Siva Karthikeyan , Oviya, 'Pakada' Pandian, Sundararajan, Jitan Mohan, Attakati Aarumugam, Jayashree; Director: Pandiraj; Cinematographer: Vijay; Composer: Girish G; Rating: *** National award winning director Pandiraj has tried to explore Marina beach. The world's second largest beach is a synonym for romance in many Tamil films but...
  • Tamil Review: 'Nanban' is sweet and satisfying January 15, 2012

    Chennai: 'Nanban' (Tamil) Director: Shankar Cast: Vijay, Ileana, Jiiva, Shrikant It was a film that was critically acclaimed and commercially successful in its Hindi version. A tale of three friends, about the bonding and friendship, and of following ones dreams. And now 3 Idiots has been remade in Tamil as 'Nanban'. Remaking a successful...
  • Tamil Review: 'Rajapattai' a road unfit for travel December 24, 2011

    Film: "Rajapattai" Cast: Vikram, Deeksha Seth, K Viswanath, Mithra Kurian, Pradeep Rawat; Director: Suseenthiran; Producer: PVP Cinemas; Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja; Rating: ** 'Rajapattai', which means 'the path of the king', has turned out to be a poor show in terms of story, script and performances. Director Suseenthiran, known for presenting films...
  • Tamil Review: 'Porali' lacks finesse, reason December 4, 2011

    Chennai: Film: 'Porali'; Cast: Sasikumar, Allari Naresh, Swathi, Vasundhara, Kanja Karuppu; WriterDirector: Samuthirakkani; Producer: M. Sasikumar; Music: Sundar C. Babu; Rating: ** So what does Samuthirakkani as a director want to convey? Encouraging child prodigies? Treating the mentallychallenged with dignity? The greatness of doing good for others? The complications of the...
  • Tamil Review: 'Marudhavelu' is passable November 21, 2011

    Chennai: Movie: Marudhavelu Director: RKR Athimoolam Cast: Kailash, Aakansha, Nakshatra, Ilavarasu, Sabita Anand, Sami, Rekha A youngsters foray into the city, his getting embroiled in the affairs of a thug and its backlash on his near ones form the core of Marudhavelu. The influence of similarly plotted films is evident throughout director Athimoolams work...
  • Tamil Review: 'Vithagan' is predictable November 20, 2011

    Chennai: Film: 'Vithagan'; Cast: Parthiban, Poorna and Millind Soman; Producer: Manickam Narayanan; WriterDirector: Parthiban; Music Composer: Joshua Sridhar; Rating: ** 1/2 Directoractor Parthiban makes a comeback after a long time. He leaves behind psychological themes and opts for an action oriented cop story for his comeback movie. The film, about a...