Thaana Serndha Koottam is supposedly the Tamil adaptation of the 2013 Hindi Film Special 26 with a few changes and additional side spice adding stories. Suriya plays Inyan who is the center of the story and is a typical commercial hero who can dance, fight, romance, deliver punch dialogs and even pull off comic sequences with ease. Keerthi Suresh has virtually no part to play except in a couple of comic scenes and dance in more than a few plot-interrupting songs.
The cast includes comic stalwart veterans like Thambi Ramayya, Senthil, yogi babu, Satyan, RJ Balaji who have very little scope to even fully form their character but the most tragic waste is Brahmanadam who is given a screen space of about 30 seconds. Everything is rushed and easily out of focus as if everyone including the script is working in their spare time to accommodate some other main project. Special mention of the veteran actor Karthik who plays an eccentric yet brilliant investigative officer. He plays his role with surprising vigor and dawns the character to a T.
Lets take a moment here for Suriya. Suriya has time and again set high expectations over the years with Nandha, Kaakha Kaakha, Pitamaghan, Gajini and a few others but last couple of years things are not really working out or him with the commercial hero approach, ok…he tried and kudos for that but as intelligent viewers we are unable to take in another 24 or Mass or Singham even. We demand the mind-blowing actor that Suriya actually is to be back – in the remake direction if necessary.
Vignesh Shivan has directed and also scripted the movie. Previously he has given us hits like VIP and Naanum rowdydhaan. The entire experience is 2 Hr and 18 min and editing is non-existent by Sreekar Prasad, there are so many slack moments that it could have been easily wrapped up under 2 hours.
The background score is off track, interrupting and sometimes even irritating. The dialogs sometime even are hard to hear because of the disturbing eeriness. Anirudh Ravichandran is clearly distracted and/or disinterested and the songs and too long and meaningless to the narrative.
In conclusion – Watch Special 26 instead. With subtitles if language is a barrier.
Vikram and Vedha have represented the right vs wrong, the just vs corrupt in the form of stories of King Vikramadityan and the demon Betaal or Vethalam from our childhood.
The plot follows Vikram – a headstrong, self-righteous cop who sees good and bad as clearly as day and night or so he believes. On the other side is Vedha – a dreamer, driven by situations and angered by the constant fight for dominance in his own world. Priya is the attorney wife and Chandra is a hard talk but good at heart tough lass. The character painting is an extremely complex art which the writer-director duo – Pushkar-Gayathri excels at, just like in ‘oram po’
Madhavan is back with his amazing screen presence and a glimpse of ‘ayitha Ezhuthu’ and maybe a bit of ‘irudhi Suttru’ but the show stealer is definitely vijay Sethupathi. His thoughtful demeaner, the poriki slang and the menacing beard is just perfect. Shraddha Srinath is exceptionally spicy and takes the lawyer-attorney privilege a bit too seriously. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar is praiseworthy in her short and meaningful role.
Although the entire movie is 2 Hours and 27 minutes but the story is very engrossing and the editing is air-tight. The screenplay is very well crafted, P.S Vinod is brilliant in his cinematography and finally Nassar is a smart choice as a narrator. Overall fantastic edge of the seat thriller.
Verdict – ‘saar, oru kadhai sollatuma saar?’ (saar, can I tell you a story saar)
The first thing that one has talk about this 2 Hrs 47 min feature film is the visual spectacle it showcases. The sets are so spell bounding that Sanjay leela Bhansali should enrol for a crash course with SS Rajamouli. The dancer movements, battle formations and even the daily court sessions are so perfectly in synchronization that the person with the highest OCD like Monica will approve.
The plot takes up from exactly the point where it left of in the part-1. The expected cast reprise their respective characters in the sequel. About 90% of the story is in the flashback so Devasena (Anushka) is shown in her youth. Rest of the characters are differentiated by their facial hair colour from the 1st part. Everyone have black hair, black beard and some of them even black heart. Rana Daggubati have worked super hard on his body to build those muscles which have been given the screen space for the entire 12 seconds of the movie.
The plot is so detail oriented that even a fly cannot get in, editing is very tight. Prabhas dominates the entire screen space in most of the shots and his absence is very strongly felt in the sequences he is absent. Special mention of brilliant acting by industry veterans like Nassar (as the handicapped father) and National Award winner Satyaraj (Katappa of course!) and the large angry eyes of Ramya Krishnan (Rajmata Sivagami devi)
Ok, agreed that this is an era movie but the over the top unbelievable VFX graphics becomes annoying after the 1st few times of – Oh really, he broke that? or Oh really, he jumped that? But overall the cinematic experience is quite good especially if you are watching in 4K Ultra HD enabled theatres. The song Hamsa Naava features a flying ship (this is not a spoiler!) with exceptional cloud swan animations which would easily put pirates of the Caribbean ship graphics to shame. Interesting trivia is that the title song – Saahore Baahubali major portion is sung by Daler Mehndi himself.
Watch the movie for everything – the plot twist, the action, the graphics, the songs and not just to get the answer for that one question that’s haunting you for the last 2 years.
Verdict – Yes! The movie answers the question and its totally worth it.
People who are tired of seeing Ilayathalapathy doing the same role with the same look of 3-day old stubble plz give me a cheer. That was the LOUDEST cheer I have heard in a while, thank you.
There is absolutely nothing new or unexpected in Vijay’s 60th movie. So, in this movie the hero Bairavaa is a loan collector. yes, that is apparently a job which requires him to wear tie to office. The damsel in distress is played by Keerthy Suresh who otherwise has nothing to do than look defiantly a few times, cry a little and of course dance in four songs.
Talking of the songs except the title song ’Varlaam Varlaam Vaa’ every other song is like a irritant sticking out from the entire narration and looks forced. Soul touching lyrics from Vairamuthu has been complete wasted. The background sound effects is very prominently noticed, hence they are not so much background I guess. There is however a song which is shot in the beautiful valleys of Switzerland, which tempts you to plan a vacation there.
The screenplay is really bad, the 1st half sort of keeps the audience a bit interested in the story but after the interval the movie falls with the velocity of Niagra Falls. The direction is pointless and editing is pathetic. Other than the lead pair the other characters have no depth and Jagapati Babu playing the villain is not scary at all, in fact he gives the impression of a soft grandfather who is surrounded with not so witty goons.
In conclusion, it has everything you can expect in a vijay movie – over the top action, half baked comedy, expected flashbacks, too much repeated punch dialogs, insignificant side actors and of course long preaching dialogs from Vijay which everyone hears with rapt attention…Yawn…..
Verdict – Varlaam Vaarlam Vaa Bairavaa……. Can go back in the same route plz.
After much speculation on Jr NTRs new look and the aura created around the movie it is very easy to get disappointed, but leaving out all the cheering, fan following and the hype the movie delivers to a certain level.
The backbone of the movie is a corporate espionage drama twined with a twenty-year-old revenge story and of course as the title suggest a father son bonding angle. Jr NTRs carries the entire movie on his shoulders from the 1st scene onwards. Just like all the spicy offerings in earlier movies in this one too he is seen singing, dancing, kicking bad guys butts by defying gravity and of course being ridiculously confident in equally ridiculously impossible situations. The style factor has definitely amped up and the pointed bearded look suits him very well. The efforts made to fit the character is really seen.
This movie is a good afternoon home DVD watch after a leisure Sunday meal with family, the entire setting is London so the not only the songs sequences but the general scenes are pleasing to the eyes. Talking of songs Devi Sri Prasad peppy numbers are energetic foot tapping which again Jr NTR excels in delivering with ease. The leading lady Rakul Preet Singh has not much to do except be impressed by the charming bearded lad, in fact everyone in the movie gets impressed including Jagapati Babu who plays the arch enemy.
Ashish Vidyarthi & Rajendra Prasad could have been utilized more, casting could have included Shayaji Shinde as his absence is felt throughout.
In conclusion the hard work by Jr NTR to reinvent himself is visible, if a slick flick with impossible stunts, fast songs your mug of boost then this movie is the ‘on the rocks’ for you.
Verdict – go for it, take a leap of faith – with subtitles if necessary.
For those netizens who are still unaware of the original series concept please do not read further and browse through the various channels in you tube and come back in a few hours.
(After a few hours….) Good, you are back, and thanks all others who were waiting patiently so far, lets continue, then.
Permanent roommates narrate the story of Tania and Mikesh (Collectively called Tankesh) playing relationship snake and ladder throughout the 2 seasons. The S01E01 was released with a humble beginning on Oct 29 2014 of just 14.30 long. So convenient that it’s like someone could watch the episode while taking a leisure trip to the washroom. However, as the popularity and the sponsorship increased the story line grape-vined to parallel stories (some relevant others not) the final episode of season2 was 55:28 long. If you are still in the washroom, then that’s another issue of course.
Suddenly midway through Season2 TVF decided to launch their own app and website and made the last 2 episodes exclusive, this was a gamble because it was no longer in youtube platform for all to see but people had to download the app or go to their website to see them. This gamble paid off as the android app download soared to 1 million within a short time with high rating.
In spite of all the marketing and repeated threatening to like, share & comment in every video the actual reason for the popularity is the series itself. The story line is quite simple and very much relatable to almost all target viewers. The script and dialog is absolutely fantastic. The casting and characterization is very elaborate and meticulously executed (Even a cab has a name) The only reluctant improvement in the series could have been the length of the episodes and few episodes could have stayed on track of the story – like S02E04 titled ‘dinner’
In conclusion, very high standard and hilarious series with good mix of light and heavy subjects flawlessly picturized, there is a takeaway for everyone. Watery eyes are guaranteed – sometime from rib tickling laughter and other times from heart wrenching moments.
Verdict – If you can take an Ola then why rent a bus for the same? didn’t get it? then watch it now. In fact, save it offline and show it to your grandchildren when they are old enough.