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Rajni Endhiran To Release On September 24

September 7, 2010 2 comments

Good news for all Rajnikanth fans. Finally the wait is over for Endhiran. Endhiran is all set to be released on September 24 2010. Endhiran stars Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai in the lead roles.

Earlier it was reported that Endhiran will be released on October 8, as the number ‘8′ is lucky for director Shankar. But now sources from Sun Pictures has confirmed that the movie will be released on September 24, 2010 which is less than three weeks from now.

Oscar award winner A.R Rahman has scored music for the film Endhiran and it has created lot of expectations among fans.

Endhiran made at a cost of Rs. 165 crores, the film is expected to be made on the highest ever film budget in Indian cinema, surpassing that of the 2009 Bollywood film Blue.

Endhiran Countdown Starts Now!!!

Naan Mahaan Alla Opens Big

August 22, 2010 2 comments

Any film that touches the core of human emotions and senses is sure to remain constant of pages of history. If so, Karthi’s recent release ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ stands out as a best illustration. Very often, we don’t witness such emotional appreciations that flow amongst audiences’ veins.

Soon after the special show was over at Kasi, the entire audiences gave standing ovation during final credits. Similarly, the multiplex audiences enjoyed certain sequences, especially the point where Karthi makes fun of elite groups and supports frontbenchers.

Doubtlessly, Karthi has become the sweet child of Box office and he’s sure to go ahead in many places.

Don’t forget it! His next film ‘Siruthai’ is 65% completed and will gear up for release shortly.

Peepli LIVE – Review

August 17, 2010 1 comment

Aamir Khan who is known as Mr Perfect in the B-town for his excellent scripts and proper execution is back again after the blockbuster 3 Idiots. Though this movie is still the talk of the town, Peepli Live has bought Aamir in to news. He is the producer for the movie and Anusha Rizvi who is a journalist by profession has turned director for this film.

Peepli Live is a satire on the suicides of farmers in the rural parts of India and how it is affecting their families and the country as well. Natha, who is a farmer in Peepli, decides to end his life when his crops are ruined. Since the Government declares one lakh rupees compensation to the families of such farmers, Natha feels that the money can help his family. But this idea of Natha spreads in the entire village and soon, the media, politicians, Government organisations flock to the village and the rest of the movie is all about the twists and turns that happen in the life of Natha.

Even before the movie’s release, it won many international awards and the film’s making cost was recovered much earlier. That shows how well the film has been shot and how it reached the audience. No fights, no item songs, no romance, no power packed dialogues. The film is just one and a half hour and is the best in recent times.

Peepli Live doesn’t boast about a huge star cast but is based on real life story. The characters are well etched and the common man can easily relate themselves to the roles. It is a sincere attempt by debutant Anusha and Aamir Khan does it yet again! He surely has the Midas touch.

Go watch Peepli Live today and get a feel of rural India.

Endhiran Music Review

July 31, 2010 2 comments

The album takes off with ‘Pudhiya Manidha’ in the voices of S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, A.R. Rahman and his daughter Khatija Rahman. In keeping with the futuristic theme of the movie’ the opening notes are very techno. A robotic rendering of the first verse is followed by slow strong chanting ‘Pudhiya Manidha Boomiku Va’. The song goes on to sing the praise of the Robot and it’s sublimity. When the pace gradually picks up, SPB’s vocals overpower the others’.

The next song is ‘Kadhal Anukkal’, a poetic love song in the voices of Vijay Prakash and Shreya Ghoshal. The mellifluous opening guitar strumming is simple yet soul-stirring. This is a typical ARR melody of the 2000s with pacey beats in the background and a gentle melody in the foreground. The first musical interlude with the distinctive note of bagpipes has a soothing feel to it, but when the techno beats surface in the second interlude, we are reminded that we are still in the Endhiran album! Needless to say, Vijay and Shreya bring soul to the composition – they always do!

‘Irumbilae Oru Idhayam’ is the next number. The lyrics are quite touching and bring out ‘the Robot with emotions’ angle. ARR has sung the song himself, and as always, arouses our emotions with finesse. You can’t miss the female voice singing ‘Super Sonic Super Star’ from time to time in the background. Once she even calls him ‘Robotic Hypnotic Super Star!’ The song has a heavy dose of quirky English lyrics and to top it all , we have a medium-pace rap from Kash ‘n’ Krissy that kind of grows on you.

What follows the heavily westernized number is the theme music, titled ‘Chitti Dance Showcase’, a very techno, speedy theme. It starts off with few lines of rap in English and quickly converts into quick-paced classical notes sung to heavy western percussion, a very interesting piece repeated a few times in the composition. The song has a heavy dose of electric drums; when the drums fall silent, they are replaced by a serene violin orchestra with a divine harmony.

‘Arima Arima’ opens with the royal rhythm of drums, like it’s marking the entry of an Emperor, in this case, Endhiran. While the chorus chants his praises, calling him even the Silicon Singam, there is a tinge of pain in the voice of Sadhana Sargam. The thuds of the drums continue all through the number, with Endhiran sounding every bit the tough guy in the voice of Hariharan. This majestic composition has a shade of melancholy, bringing out the contrast in the psychological mindsets of the characters.

While all these songs have an obvious attachment to techno beats and futuristic rhythms, the next song ‘Kilimanjaro’ is completely removed from these moods. Tribal beats and tribal chanting persist throughout the number without the slightest mention of Endhiran or anything robotic throughout. The lyrics are on the sensual side. The sound of the drums overpowers all other instruments in this number sung by Javed Ali and Chinmayi.

‘Boom Boom Robot-da’ is the last number in the album. This fully techno, upbeat number (sung by Krithi Sagathia, Swetha Mohan and Tanvi Shah, interspersed with Tamil rap from Yogi B) is a mish-mash of fast techno sounds and a moderately pacey tune. The lyrics reiterate the greatness of the robot and the unimaginable avenues it opens up for the development of humanity.

Thillalangadi Movie Review

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Thillalangadi Movie Review

Jeyam Ravi’s previous films with his elder brother Raja have been commendable remakes and Thillalangadi isn’t an exception. Director Raja has copied each and every shot from the original version Kick. Of course, the film has been delivered in an entertaining manner with the attempts of savoring the universal audiences. Kudos to Surendar Reddy: the maker of original version for crafting a commendable tale and gripping screenplay.

To be precise, Jeyam Raja can be doubtlessly ennobled as the “Best Remake Director’ for exactly replicating others’ ideas. Of course, Kick itself was inspired from Hollywood’s famous thriller Catch me if you can, but it was only with the plot.

Thillalangadi isn’t different from Kick. The only difference is couple of additional songs.

Krishna (Jeyam Ravi) is a happy-go-lucky youngster, who often commits himself into risks as he feels the right Kick over it. Well for Nisha (Thamannah), what starts as a hatred turns into love with Krishna. But sooner as she finds her beau so irresponsible swapping jobs often, she breaks up with him. Sooner the story shifts to Malaysia, where Nisha’s parents arrange her marriage with Krishna Kumar (Shaam), a tough and honest cop. Krishna uncovers that he has traveled all the way to Malaysia to trap a smart thief, who has been looting crores of money from leading tycoons and politicians. The intriguing part of the film is about the fact that the thief is none other than Nisha’s ex-boyfriend Krishna.

Rest of the film is all about how Krishna wins back the heart of Nisha and the reason behind his robberies having a substantial reason.

The biggest problem with Thillalangadi is about each and every actor aping the characters of Kick. Be it the lead actors Ravi and Thamannah or Santhanam imitating Telugu actor Ali, it’s really absurd and Raja should have focused letting them act their own way. Thamannah looks cute, but again her imitation of Ileana could have been avoided. Just watch out for her gestures while performing aerobics as it’s too clumsy. Ravi looks cute and chirpy and his performance during last 45 mins is perfect. Vadivelu is good with his comedy tracks while Santhanam doesn’t get enough footage. Shaam is extraordinary with his mind-boggling acting. He looks fit and perfectly suits the role of a tough cop. It’s better if Shaam continues to choose such roles in future. Prabhu excels with his minimal role and Suhasini sleepwalks through her role. Radha Ravi evokes laughter with his dialogues. But the silliest part is about Raja copying even the lines “Jil Jil Jiga’ from Telugu as it is often uttered by Manobala (The reason “Jil Jil Jiga’ appears in Kick is that because the famous song in “Happy Days’ starts with these fancy words).

Just as mentioned before, Raja hasn’t strained him even to the least extent. The screenplay from the beginning till the end is the same as in Kick. At least Raja could’ve avoided the minuses of the original version as second hour is too long and sluggish except the flashback sequences and climax.

Musical score by Yuvan Shankar is okay while Rajasekhar’s cinematography is mediocre. Editing looks sleek and stylish.

On the whole, Thillalangadi is a family entertainer as it carries the right mix of fun, romance, sentiments, and action. Next time Raja makes a film, we request him to come up with his own ideas rather than remaking films.

‘Inception’ Isn’t Perfection

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Director Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ opens today, and it’s been touted as one of the few gleaming banner movies of the summer. After all, it is the follow-up to ‘The Dark Knight,’ one of the most critically praised films in recent memory.

But the reviews rolling out are letting expectations down easy: ‘Inception’ is solid, but it ain’t perfect.

“I truly have no idea what so many people are raving about,” says New York Magazine’s David Edelstein. Ouch.

“It’s all very beautiful, and mostly very empty,” reads the Florida Times-Union’s review.

The gist of the criticism is that while everyone was hoping for a New Classic from this summer season, what viewers may have their hands on is merely a Good Flick.

The film stands at 85 percent (an admirable score by any means) on RottenTomatoes, and 75 percent with the site’s Top Critics. More soundbites from the detractors:

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian: “There is something disconcertingly self-important about ‘Inception,’ with a plot that clogs and flags markedly in its final act.”

A.O. Scott, New York Times: “It trades in crafty puzzles rather than profound mysteries and gestures in the direction of mighty philosophical questions that Mr. Nolan is finally too tactful, too timid or perhaps just too busy to engage.”

J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader: “It sags and eventually buckles under the weight of its complicated premise.”

Rex Reed, New York Observer: “None of this prattling drivel adds up to one iota of cogent or convincing logic. You never know who anyone is, what their goals are, who they work for or what they’re doing.”

Andrew O’Hehir, “‘Inception’ may have been directed by Christopher Nolan, but Nolan’s dreams are apparently directed by Michael Bay.”

It’s worth noting, of course, that major outlets like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, the LA Times and the Boston Globe dig the movie.

And the face of film criticism himself, Roger Ebert, likes it, commending the film’s bold uniqueness: “Movies often seem to come from the recycling bin these days: Sequels, remakes, franchises. ‘Inception’ does a difficult thing. It is wholly original, cut from new cloth, and yet structured with action movie basics so it feels like it makes more sense than (quite possibly) it does.”

As for the “I’m confused!” haters? Ebert isn’t beyond acknowledging the baffling complexities: “The movie is a perplexing labyrinth without a simple through-line, and is sure to inspire truly endless analysis on the web.”

Ajith’s 50th Movie Mangatha Posters, Ajith 50th Film Mangatha Exclusive Wallpapers

July 13, 2010 32 comments