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Aayirathil Oruvan – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on January 27, 2010

This is one of the best movies I have watched in recent times and I was completely impressed by the way Director Selvaraghavan had come up with the entire movie. Yes, the movie has its own flaws. and Yes, you can draw similarities to a few Hollywood movies. But, can there ever be a flawless movie? It is quite difficult to find a movie that is unique in its identity. Directors around the world will be inspired by blockbuster movies and screenplays. Mirroring inspirations is not a crime. Read the rest of this entry »

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TN-07-AL-4777 – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on February 24, 2009

 

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I have not seen Taxi no. 9211 and so this review would not hold any comparisons drawn between the original and the remake. TN-07-AL-4777 is the remake version of Taxi no. 9211 in Tamil.

 

Pasupathy, Simran, Ajmal and Meenaskshi are the main cast in the movie with Vijay Antony hitting the music scores and Laxmikanthan, the director. My wife and I went to this movie simply because we are huge fans, me of Pasupathy and my wife of Simran. The movie did not disappoint us in terms of entertainment in any ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naan Kadavul – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on February 18, 2009

 

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 Naan Kadavul, I watched this movie with my friends at Satyam Cinemas in Chennai. My wife declined joining us as she was scared by her friends that it was a “GORI” (scary) movie. I am really glad that she did not come with us, not because I got to spend some time with my friends but for the disappointment this movie was. It definitely did not look like the fruits of three years of hard work. The first message I sent her just 15 mins into the movie was “I am glad that you did not come”. The movie would have passed through as a documentary in Doordarshan if only it did not have the song sequences and the hero fighting the villain scenes. This movie is a double documentary, one on the Agories of Kasi and the other on the life of beggars in a village in Tamil Nadu. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dostana – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on November 26, 2008

 

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Finally, a week after I watched Dostana, I have taken time off…. just a few minutes though, to complete the review I promised.

Dostana is a Karan Johar & Hiru Yash Johar production and is directed by Tarun Mansukhani. The movie stars Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyankar Chopra. Bobby Deol plays a cameo in the movie. There are few others in the likes of Shilpa Shetty who comes in for an item number, Kiron Kher as Abhskek’s mother and Boman Irani as Priyanka’s Boss who have also added their share of fun to this movie.

In short, Dostana is the story of two guys, Kunal (John), Sameer (Abhishek) and a girl, Neha (Priyanka) and their life as room mates and best friends. Kunal and Sameer are kicked out of their respective apartments and try to share a new apartment owned by Neha by posing themselves as gays. The movie follows the usual formula where the both guys (Sameer & Kunal) fall in love with the same girl (Neha), but girl falls in love with another guy (Abhimanyu – Bobby Deol) and so they try to break girl’s love but end up realizing their mistake and help her get the guy she loves. This story line is packed with variety hilarious situations that arise due to Sameer and Kunal posing as gays. All in all, the movie is a comedy track and one should expect nothing more.

Of course the film does have its downsides like when Neha says she thinks whether her parents (who are dead) would approve of her action before doing anything like allowing two hot guys share an apartment with her as room mates. What I do not understand is that if her parents would not allow that, would they be accommodative of her boozing out late nights with two gays, dressing skimpily before two hot guys, cozying out with them and et all. There is also another case where the director has assumed that guys if gay would act feminine and I am remotely unsure where he got this idea from. Watching Abhishek and John acting feminine is funny but many times repulsive.

However there are indeed scenes that tickle you out of your skin, like the one where “M”, Neha’s boss presumably gay, played by Boman Irani visits her apartment for dinner and also to meet her two gay room mates. This scene gets spiced up with comedy when Sameer’s mom, played by Kiron Kher comes from London to check if her son is actually gay and finds him dancing with three other guys confirming her fears. There is also another scene where Sameer and Kunal, jealous of Abhimanyu’s relation with Neha make him do things like waxing his chest by lying to him that Neha loves men this way. Again this is followed by a series of comical confusions which leads to Neha believe that her best friends are also interested in the man she loves. The reaction she receives behind her back from both Sameer and Kunal when confronted with this accusation is worth watching. To top all of this, the movie climaxes with John and Abhishek kissing each other because Bobby insist that this is the only thing that will earn them his forgiveness. Well, this might bring a shiver or a shudder down your spine depending on how you take it, a few might even find it a little over doze. For me, it was revolting yet comical.

This movie is one of a kind simply because it oozes male sexuality from John and Abhishek that fills the entire screen play, even when Bikini clad Priyanka walks across the screen. Female audience would have their share of treat when John reveals his awesome physique which also includes a bonus of his butt cheeks. The surprising part is that Abhishek, who does not even loosen one button from his shirt, matches frame by frame to John’s sexual appeal.

On the whole this is one entertaining movie that you can definitely stand to watch, thanks to John, Abhishek and Priyanka. However, I doubt if there would be any repeat audience to this movie as it does not contain the usual flair of Karan Johar films. 

My rating for this movie would be 4 on 10.

P.S. – The website of this movie is definitely unique and so here is the link – http://www.dostanathefilm.com .

 

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M N Nambiar – The Legendary Villain of Tamil Cinema

Posted by Saipradeep on November 20, 2008

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The 19th of November 2008 is indeed a black day in Tamil Film industry. Shri. M. N. Nambiar, the 88 year old veteran actor passed away due to age related illness on this date. 

Many ardent movie watchers have always been and will always be hardcore fanatics of great movie heroes. But I am one of those exceptions who has fallen for a villain. Right from the days when I started watching the yesteryears movies, I have been awed by this legend’s acting style. I have watched many movies in which he has acted and somehow this soft spoken, God loving, always smiling person seem to fit very aptly into the roles of a treacherous villain, a murderous enemy or a dangerous criminal. He brought so much life into his villain roles that in his peak days, I learnt that he was hated from heart by many MGR and Sivaji fans. So terrifying was his acting that his name is eponymous with Kollywood villain. His mannerism and acting styles have been so unique that they have been attempted by many actors and mimicry artists just to display “villanism”.

M.N Nambiar is a versatile actor. Born on March 7th, 1919, he started his acting career at the age of 13 by joining Nawab Rajamanikam’s drama company. His first movie stint in the silver screen was in the year 1935 when he played the role of a villain for the movie “Baktha Ramadoss” which released in Hindi and Tamil. Though he worked as a Hero for a few movies initially, he turned out to be better or else great as a villain. He has appeared and theretened movie watchers in “Aayirathil oruvan”, “Mandiri Kumari”, “Adimai Pen”, “Engal Veetu Pillai”, “Nenjam Marapadhillai”, “Padagotti”, “Uthama Puthiran”, “Raja Raja Cholan” and many more. He has acted over a 1000 films across various languages that include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. He also played a role in “Jungle”, an English movie directed by William Burke.

I believe that he is the only actor to have been on screen across any film industry for over six decades, acting with over seven generations of actors ranging from veteran actor Balaiya to Bharathiraja’s son Manoj. He also ran a drama troupe, Nambiar Nataka Mandram and staged two plays, “Kaviyin Kanavu” and “Kalyana Supermarket”.

His favourite films remained `Aayirathil Oruvan’ with MGR, `Ambikapathi’ with Sivaji Ganesan, `Missiyamma’ with Gemini Ganesan, `Nenjam Marappathillai’ directed by Sridhar and `Thooral Ninu Pochu’ with Bhagyaraj. This film with Baghyaraj made him do many other character roles. His last film was “Swadesi” a Vijayakanth starrer. Another film which is unforgettable in the list of Nambiar movies is `Thigambarasamiyar’ where he did 11 roles. He also acted as hero in a few films two of which are `Kalyani’ and `Kavitha’ produced by Modern Theatres.

M. N. Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Swami Ayappan and has visited Sabarimala for over 65 years. His long association with the shrine led to him being called Maha Guru Swamy and he has taken many film stars including Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Amithab Bachchan to the temple. 

 M. N. Nambiar is no more, but he will be remembered by everyone who follows the history of Tamil film industry. He will remain in the memories of all movie fans as the “Original Villain” of the Tamil film industry. May his soul Rest in Peace!!!.

 

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Varanam Aayiram – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on November 16, 2008

Language:    Tamil

Genre:         Melodrama

Cast:           Surya, Simran, Divya, Sameera and others

Director:      Gautham Vasudev Menon 

 

After several postponements, Varanam Aayiram has atlast hit the screens on 14th November 2008 and sources say that this is one of the Best box office openings this year.

 

I watched the movie at Mayajaal on 14th Nov or was it 15th Nov, because the show slated to start at 11:40 PM actually took off only at 12:15 AM… yes, there are no typo errors and it is indeed 12:15 AM)

 

Gautham has given a movie straight from his heart as this movie is a tribute to his father who passed away last year. Varanam Aayiram is a movie showcasing the relationship between a father and son and how the father plays a pivotal role in shaping up his son’s life through all his ups and downs. This movie is autobiographic in nature where the son, Surya (Surya) recollects his life’s story in front of the audience.

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