Wednesday, August 31, 2011



Plot - 7/10
Action/Thriller - 8/10
Cinematography - 9/10
Overall - 8/10

The year's most anticipated film in Tamil Industry is finally rocking in cinemas near you beginning today. I would like to be honest with two things, one I'm a fan of Venkat Prabhu's direction and secondly I'm not a Thala's fan. Vijay had always been my favourite but after watching Mankatha, Thala stole my heart!!!!

As what the plot was buzzed around with, Mankatha revolves around a Mafia gambling gang and so it was afterall. ( SPOILER ALERTS ). First scene of the film will definitely pump your heart at max rate because this is one hell of a way to introduce Thala in his 50th film. Not only that, people will start going mad when 'Vilayadu Mankatha ' song is set early in this film! The only downfall of the film was the first half where some scenes were so easily predictable and the plot develops slow and steadily. At a point you will be feeling bored to death if you predicted all upcoming scenes and if you did just like me than you just took Venkat Prabhu's mega bait !!! When you are hooked to your own mind-plot and when it all goes with a flow, second half of the film will make you stand up and whistle for the direction. It was all about MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY....UMMAH.

Direction wise, Venkat Prabhu sir had developed much since Goa and his direction keeps on getting better and better and better.Premji Amaren, famous for his comedy tracks did a few laugh-out-loud scenes only and we know there was better comedies in Chennai 600028 or Goa but that doesn't matter much in an action-thriller film. Ajith sir too had comedy scenes with Premji which tickles your stomach as they produce unforgettable scenes. Truthfully, all credits should go to the cinematographer and film editors Sakthi Saravanan and Praveen/Srikanth. Editing was stunning, actions were amazing and Thala was rocking the ground in every single appearances !!!!!!

Not forgetting our Action King, a special op Police Ofiicer who tracks gambling activities and somehow plays cat and mouse with Ajith. No worries because you can finally see Action King and Thala on a one-one fighting scene in the climax which went with a twist that cramps your whole body. Thala is,was and will be the best villain of all time and all previous villains cannot be compared to Thala's style,dialogues,stunts and expressions.Yuvan's background score blended well with the film and songs which already topped the charts will make you sit and watch them playing instead of going to the washroom. On the other hand, Trisha was just a toy whom Thala was playing with and she did not execute on the main storyline much. Buzz was going around that Vijay was in the film but actually it was just a cinema scene where ' Vinnai Kappan Oruvan ' song was playing.One thing you can't expect to see in this film is real-life gambling scenes despite it being a gambling-mafia-money film. Ending credits shows some warm yet funny scenes from the film's shooting and you would go off smiling happily after watching those mini clips. Everyone played their parts well and credits should be given to Venkat Prabhu and his team.

Mankatha is being a massive hit in Malaysia during all first day shows since all tickets were sold out. I'm proud to say that I was the early ones to catch Mankatha on the big screen. Mankatha could easily be a blockbuster for all it's hype and could be equal to last year's Endhiran.

Despite being as an Ilayathalapathy's loyal fan, I trully loved Mankatha for it's uniqueness and thankfully it was not a typical Tamil mass masala film. Overall, Mankatha is thrilling, heart-pounding and mind-blowing although some scenes were predictable and slow but that should not stop anyone from watching it.


Friday, January 21, 2011


Plot - 8/10
Comedy - 8/10
Drama - 7/10
Cinematography - 8/10
Overall - 8/10

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Vijay is set to return after a series of flops and his return is absolutely fantastic in Kavalan. The definition for Vijay's Kavalan : A soft and fluffy dough of pizza layered with melting cheese, topped with mixtures of mouth-watering fillings and baked in a hot oven. LOVE IT!!!

Kavalan is not Vijay's typical masala film with punch dialogues and rough actions but it is proven that a film is better without it. The plot was somewhat a remake of 90's Tamil film with today's state-of-the-art technologies. You need to understand that the plot did not make the film good but rather the performance executed by the cast.

In this romance film, Vijay is ordered to be a bodyguard (Kavalan ) to an ex mogul's daughter ( Asin ) and love blossoms unexpectedly between them. When I say UNEXPECTED, I really mean it! Why? The twist in the climax will make some of you cry or even go mad......

Kavalan will never bore you easily because of our Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu. His comedy scenes will definitely hit the charts this year but it was not as good as Boss Engira Bhaskaran or Siva Manasula Sakthi. He will make you laugh if you are willing to do so. Therefore do not go with very high expectations for the film.

Oh yeah the songs. When they had the album release I did not find the songs interesting enough. Even before watching Kavalan, the songs just can't get into me. I am surprised to say that the plus point of the film is the songs itself. It was shot beautifully in different locations and the lyrics will drive you towards the screen. Ekambaram has done a fantastic job as cameraman (even though Kandasaamy and Sura were average) because many scenes, especially the songs had camerawork like Hindi movies. This is one of the films that you must not go to the toilets during the songs.... :)

Best thing about the film is the camera will not show Vijay all the time like his previous movies and all the characters acquire proper screen time and importance. Go to the movie with no expectations and you will definitely enjoy. The director deserves praises and credits for making the film fun, enjoyable and intriguing.

Kavalan is a must watch.......