Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Kodi - the Sirukki's must watch


Watched it at the theatres during my Deepavali holidays.

Verdict : I loved it. Despite the major emphasis being politics.

Dhanush. I'm a huge fan of him. One of those few who actually have good acting skills. The fascination begun with Aadukalam. And it is growing with every good one he continues to give. Think Mariyan.

In Kodi, Dhanush plays dual roles. As the serious political fanatic Kodi and the home buddy Anbu. He has done immense justice to both.

I'd choose Kodi any given time. Full beard. Serious. Driven. Ambitious. Loyal to the core. He was an epitome in his character. And, yes, adorably charming. He is. He is. He is.

Trisha. If you enjoy watching good Tamil movies - yup, please read that line again.
If you enjoy watching good Tamil movies (not the mass ones which have dancing around trees, big names, item numbers, exotic locations, massive stunts BUT no storyline ;) - then, you will understand that Trisha was an equally strong character in Kodi. As equal as Kodi himself, actually. And she brought total grace to her over ambitious Rudra.

Saranya Ponvannan. The perfect mother character. As always. She never goes wrong in her ability to showcase love in such candid ways. We can relate her to our Moms at home, so very easily.

Santhosh Narayanan. The modern music director. His flair for jazzy untraditional Indian music. The duet between Dhanush and Trisha titled Sirukki Vaasam stands at Number One for me.

Bhagat Singh. Kodi's best friend. Despite not having too big a role, he definitely leaves a mark.

Don't listen to what others have to say. Don't let them stop you watching from this good movie. It is. Do. If you enjoy reading my blog and the movies I suggest, then, yes, kindly watch. I did. I'm recommending to many.

Till then, it's Shalu signing off. With love and prayers to keep you safe always.

Hooked on this one. Wow song. <3 p="">

Friday, January 20, 2017

Acham Enbathu Madamayada - Cool Watch

Acham Enbathu Madamayada

A one time watch but nevertheless a good one, with some illogical hiccups. But, we can close an eye to that. Because of the ones mentioned below :-

1. Cinematography - GVM is an ace at bringing out colors in his scenes. From Simbu's home to the roads they travel, everything is just so fresh and vibrant.
2. Manjima Mohan - Stunner. And a natural, at acting. No frill heroine to watch out for.
3. Songs - ARR. Magical. The most beautiful ones to me, come in sequence, in the movie. Raasali, Avalum Naanum and then Thali Pogathey.
4. GVM - Gautham Vasudev Menon. His storyline. His on and off appearance to make a mark in his movie. It's become routine now. But, why not ? Positive stamps are always good.
5. Daniel Balaji - After a long hiatus. But as bad as always. His villainy character always makes me tremble. In this, too.
6. The Royal Enfield - What A Bike ! I saw many on the streets and highways of India. It's a luxury there. GVM made it look more majestic in this movie.
7. The hero's name - Undisclosed until the end. I'm not saying anything more. You've got to watch it to know. Wink, wink.
8. Kanyakumari - Reminiscence. For me. The coastal town where sunrises are too beautiful to be explained. The couple watch one on their road tour. Overwhelming.
9. The Ending - We do get a summary on why things happened and how it has come to present day. Justified. As we were not left in a lurch.
10. STR - for not overdoing it, unlike in his other movies. GVM always tones down STR and brings out the best in him, alike VTV.

So, that's it. 10 reasonable points given to watch Acham Yenbathu Madamaiyada. It was not a box office hit, but a pleasant one, no doubt. Tamil audience are hard to predict and harder to please.

But, zealots will continue to recommend the good ones - box office or not.

Vijay Yesudass is a gem. Tamil at its utmost.
Chose this video for its Tamil lyrics.
No language expresses emotions like Tamil.

Yes, watch. Not the "wow, what a movie one", but "yes, a cool one"...

Signing of,
R. Shalu

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kathalum Kadanthu Pogum - Must Watch

Kathalum kadanthu pogam.
If you have a weekend to laze at home with two hours or so, just to get comfy on the sofa with a cup of hot Nescafé and something to munch - this movie will be your best pick.

I loved it. I LOVED it. So much.

Vijay Sethupathi. The dark Greek God. He is plain awesome. One of our skilled actors, who broke through the industry a little late. But, he is here now. And he is definitely going to stay. For long.
In this one, he plays the not so notorious rowdy. He stumbles during fights. And loses his cool easily. But, he has the quirkiest dialogues you can ever imagine. The ones that make your eyes pop and you lips smile.

Madonna Sebastian. She is girl next door gorgeous. I've seen her on Kappa TV, singing but I was amazed by her acting skills. She is a natural. And, her dressing sense syncs a hundred percent with mine. The chemistry between her Yazhini and the hero Kathir, is magic.

Decency. Many Tamil movies lack this substance. Of lately. This one wins high time. No sexy songs. No read in between the dialogues. No unnecessary dialogues. The flow just goes and goes and by the time you realize it, baaammmm.., the movie ends.

The sky is the limit. The ending puts you in such a mood. I was in tears. I was smiling, too. What is life without gratitude. What is life if you forget the people who actually matter.

Songs. Awesome. Jazzy. No overseas backdrops. They run along with the movie plot. But so tastefully done.

A word of caution though. It is slow moving. Like a dark comedy. The mass will not be able to digest this kind of movies. But, zealots will.

If you read my blog regularly and the movies I suggest suit your taste, this will to. Nalan Kumarasamy is a Nallaya Iyakunar talent. This time to the silver screen.

Yes, watch. Please.

Signing off with love,
R. Shalu 

- no song day, listen to what you want.. ;)
Or leave me a line, on what you would like me to listen to, for change ;)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Recommended Tamil Movies 2015 & 2016 - A Zealot's List

Recommended Tamil Movies 2015 & 2016 - Zealot's List (with added features)

The movies that made me realize how mind blowing Tamil movies can still be.

For the year 2016. In no particular order, unless stated.

Undisputed : Kabali. Review can no one ever. That's how mass the Superstar is.

* Irudhi Sutru - Madhavan & Rithika Singh. An incredible attempt to emphasize the art of boxing. Excellent cinematography and amazing songs. A must see.
* Bangalore Naatkal - Arya, Bobby Simha & Sri Divya. One of those movies I have yet to get tired of. It's a wholesome entertainer. Adapted from the original Malayalam box office Bangalore Days, the Tamil one justifies equally.
* Sethupathi - Vijay Sethupathi & Remya Nambeesan. Yes, I'm a huge fan of Vijay Sethupathi. He is charming. It's a police movie but with a twist. Yes, watch. It's a good one.
* Kathalum Kadanthu Pogum - Vijay Sethupathi & Madonna Sebastian. Again. Vijay Sethupathi. He's the current heartthrob. I really love this movie. Despite it being a slow, dark comedy. Madonna Sebastian was out of the world in her character. It carries a beautiful message. Keep some tissue for the heartwarming ending.
* Vetrivel - Sasikumar & Miya George. Sasikumar continues to sacrifices in yet another saga. Smile please. Smirk, at least. I tried making a funny statement there. But, despite the redundancy of his character, the storyline nails the point. Miya George is a stunner, despite only being in the first half of the movie.
* Kodi - Dhanush & Trisha. One of my recent favorites. It was my watch-at-the-theaters-Deepavali-movie, and I truly enjoyed its entirety. Especially the political position crazy Trisha. Must watch 2016.
* Oru Naal Oru Koothu - Dinesh & a beautiful lanky newcomer. I watched this movie like three times on paid TV. A very good attempt about marriage and relationships. Life is full of twists and turns.
* Dharma Durai - Vijay Sethupathi & Tamanna. Yet again. 'The' Vijay Sethupathi as a heartbroken doctor from a feuding family and how he overcomes the obstacles in his life.

For the year 2015. In no particular order, unless stated.

* Bahubali, The Beginning - The movie. Mind blowing. SS Rajamouli is a diligent film maker. Remember the fly movie, 'E' ? He awes us all in this too. I have already reviewed about it in full. So, yes, please watch.
* Yennai Arinthal - The movie that made me an Ajith fan. He was impeccable in his role. A wholesome entertainer that would keep you on toes.
* Oh Kathal Kanmani - My favourite movie in recent times. I really need to review it. Real soon. I think everyone should watch it, despite the a-tad-too-modern-lifestyle-for-the-normal-Indian-family. One of the major reasons it didn't appeal to the typical Indian audience. But Maniratnam  Sir is a prodigy in film making. He was just conveying what is becoming norm.
* Kaaka Muttai - The award winning one. Liked it in all its simplicity. The other side of Singara Chennai showed as how it is basis. That small boy, Chinna Kaaka Muttai, he was just adorable. And, Aishwarya Rajesh - the Tamil beauty who plays the mom role wonderfully.
* Orange Mittai - For the umpteenth time, Vijay Sethupathi. If there is one movie that I think a zealot should watch, it is this. This is not for the mass. But, it was a real awesome one, about life and relationships. Many people told me it was boring. The truth is, you need skills and patience to watch good movies. This movie applies. But, give it a try. On a real free weekend, cozy up on your sofa and play this one. You'll smile, when it's over. If you are a true fellow zealot, that is.
* Thani Oruvan - I do not fancy Jeyam Ravi. But he was good in this. The star of the movie, was however, Arvindsamy. The dashing villain. Oh, and the Kathal Cricket song that I so enjoy.
* Naanum Rowdythaan - Watched in at the theaters. An awesome comedy. I was laughing in tears for a huge part of it. Vijay Sethupathi and Nayantara and a whole lot of talented stars.
* Purampoku Engira Podhuvudamai - Arya. Vijay Sethupathi. Shaam. Another good one that many didn't appreciate. I liked it, though.
* Kutram Kadithal - I read this won awards. Local and overseas too. It is about a teacher and her pupil. And an accident which sets of a huge impact on many. A good watch, nevertheless.
* Vedalam - I watched this only a few days ago. Ajith. And Lakshmi Menon. About siblings. An enjoyable one except for a few glitches which include Shruthi Haasan. Oops, sorry.

Yet to watch but recommended by fellow zealots. I shall review once done. Apologies in advance.

* Acham Yenbathu Madamayada
* Visaranai
* Jil Jing Juk
* Pichaikaran
* Thozha
* Iraivi
* Joker
* Papanasam
* Rajathandiram
* Maya

To watch out for :-

* Aishwarya Rajesh
* Mia George & Madonna Sebastian
* Nivas K Prasanna
* Rajaganapathi of Super Singer
* Ram's Taramani

Special mention :-

Vijay Sethupathi. Tall, dark, handsome. And funny. And, an awesome actor. Tamil Nadu's undisputed current gem. Yes, I am a huge fan of him. But Dhanush still wins. At least for me.

Songs that were catchy and left a mark. My pick.

* Undisputed once again. Nerupudaa from Kabali.
* Naan Maati Konden from Bangalore Naatkal.
* Aandipatti from Dharma Durai.
* Mei Nigara from 24.
* Usuru Narambula from Irudhi Sutru.
* Azhage from Kathakali.
* Akkam Pakkam Paar from Kathalum Kadanthu Pogum.
* Sirukki Vaasam from Kodi.
* Aval from Manithan.
* Konji Pesida Vendaam from Sethupathi.
* Jittu Jiladi from Theri. Am I sure ? Yes. Catchy song, choreography and cinematography.
* Adiye Unna Paatida from Vetrivel.
* Engey Ponai from Zero.
* Malargal Keaten from OK Kanmani
* Parandhu Sella Vaa from OK Kanmani
* Adiye Azhage from Oru Naal Oru Koothu
* Kathal Cricket from Thani Oruvan
* Kanna Kaatu Podhum from Rekka
* Karuvaatu Karuvaaya from Marudhu
* Enna Solla from Thanga Magan

Appa's song. He sang me this classic many many times. It always brings a smile. Always. Originally sung by PB Srinivas, this Job Kurian cover is just as amazing.

R. Shalu

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sow Love, Reap Love !!

There's a sadness in the yelp of a hurt and helpless animal. If you hear one, don't walk away. Try to help. Please. Compassion for another being is far more valuable than everything you preach.

We helped one today. It was teamwork. A dog caught in a vacant army camp. My friend and I heard the cries while having breakfast together. And, we went searching. What begun as a wild goose chase ended up as a collective effort by many, into freeing that poor soul. You should have seen the leap it made, when freed. That was joy to us.

To everyone who was part it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To Appa, thank you for instilling so much of love in me. I miss you, so much.
To a God, the Almighty. Thank you. We are all nothing without You.

Love moves mountains and stirs seas. Spread it around.

Cheers !!