Archive for August, 2013

Arya and Vijay Sethupathi to star in Purampokku

The next Tamil film, Purampokku is going to present actors Arya and Vijay Sethupathi sharing screen space. The project is about to take off under the leadership of S. P. Jhananathan. The film will be produced by UTV Motion Pictures jointly with the director’s banner of Binary pictures. The film, as others directed by Jhananathan, is likely to be a mass entertainer while conveying a strong underlying message. The tagline “No man’s land” has been affixed to the title.

Director Jhananathan said that the story of the film revolves round how the land slated for public use are cornered by powerful individuals illegally. It will draw heavily on some incidents of the recent past and will be presented in a strongly commercial format. G. Dhananjayan, the chief of South Business, Disney UTV said that this film is going to be a “very different combo” with Arya and Vijay sharing screen space and directed by Jhananathan.

This will be the third time that the two actors will be seen together in a film. Arya and Vijay Sethupathi had shared screen space earlier inVettai and Settai. The search for a third hero and the leading lady is still under way.

Memories malayalam movie review

If you are a fan of Prithviraj or love the thriller genre of films, Memories is one movie that you do not want to miss. Superb acting and extremely gripping storyline with a resounding climax has made this film a must watch.

The story revolves round a police officer named Sam Alex played by Prithviraj. He is a brilliant officer and a loving family man who lived with his wife (played by Meghna Rai) and daughter. But both are killed by a terror group and Sam gradually descends into alcoholism. He becomes a laughingstock of the department.

At this time, a serial killer makes his appearance and the investigation is given to officer Vinod Krishna (played by Suresh Krishna). However, the IG unofficially involves Sam in spite of negative reports and reactions from higher level of the department. In spite of himself, Saqm becomes involved in the case as he manages to unearth shocking clues from the victims. The climax is unexpected and the second half of the film is truly brilliant.

In recent years, Prithviraj is excelling in the role of problem ridden police officer. In fact, there are distinct similarities with his work in Grandmaster and in this film also, he has surpassed himself. The very engaging acting coupled with the parallelism between the killings and the events in the life of Sam Alex have created nail biting suspense in the second half of the movie. Other characters have done well, but they lacked scope beside the all consuming role of Prithviraj.

The film is well named as it shows a man trying to ran away from his memories but circumstances force him to confront them again and again till he realizes that he cannot run from himself and it leads to a self discovery. The two haunting scores by Thirayum Theeravum and Sejo John have added to the richness of the film.

Verdict : Above average

Rating : 3/5

Thalaiva tamil movie review

Director AL Vijay is back with his latest project Thalaiva. The movie is crisp and action packed. The story revolves round Vijay whose father Ramu (played by Satya Raj) is the Anna of Mumbai. In fact. The film begins with Satya Raj’s character being introduced in Mumbai. His son, Vijay is being brought up in Australia. The first half of the film deals with the life of Vijay in Australia. A colorful performance is rendered by some breathtaking dance moves by Amala Paul in this half. Witty one liners delivered by Sanathanam are guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. Finally, the first half ends with a circumstantial twist which forces Vijay to return to India.

The second half is more compact with lots of action and stunts. It deals with how Vijay is forced to step into the too big shoes of his father. Stunts are awesome though the climax is predictable. The film is fast paced, but if the length could have been cut by half an hour, it would have been better. The second heroin who appears only for a small time has added to the richness of the film.

Vijay has definitely excelled in Thalaiva though it is not the racy entertainer that we have come to expect from him. Amala Paul has come into her own in the film while the role of Sathya Ray has been powerful. Sanathanam has managed to deliver humor effortlessly while the other supporting cast has also done justice to their roles. Masterful work has been done by the camera by Nirav Shah. The music is not one of the high points of the film.

Rating : 3/5
Verdict :Above average ,Thalaiva is full of substance but it is definitely slow and is in danger of losing its audience half way because of the languorous pace.

Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty malayalam movie review

Expectations have been running high on director Ranjith, especially after he had paired up with a multifaceted actor like Mammootty. Social satire, strong script and unexpected characters are the hallmark of a Ranjith film – many of which have been blockbusters. Sadly, that special Ranjith magic was missing from Kadal kadannoru Mathukutty whose chief weakness was a script that is both underpowered and underwritten.

The story started promisingly enough. Matthew George or Mathukutty is a Keralite who stays in Germany and he is not much respected by his family. He is sent by a Kerala cultural Association to Kerala to fix up a show with Mohanlal and others. He accepts happily and begins his journey with his wife Jansamma (played by Muthumani). The rest of the plot deals with how he is gradually disillusioned with his home country.

The film contains Ranjith’s trademark cracks against alcoholism and corruption, but the strong social satire that the audience has come to expect from his earlier movies like Pranchiyettan, kayyoppu and Indian Rupee. The scenes appear clumsy and artificial. One example is the scene where Anandan serves Scotch whiskey to Kochunni. The fact is that the film is not a sentimental rediscovery, a romantic comedy or a social satire. It appears rather contrived.

Mammootty has worked well but the role did not present him with any challenges. The cameos by Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dileep are diverting while good work has been done by Tini Tom as the venomous reporter. Shahabaz Aman’s music and Madhu Neelakantan’s cinematography are two brightest spots in the film.

Verdict : The movie lacked the customary flair that the audience has come to expect from a typical Ranjith flick. The script is a major weakness. Unnecessary subplots were dragged out ,while interesting plots were left unfinished. Overall, it has been a huge letdown.

Rating : 2.25 /5

Nithin to be paired with Catherine Tresa

A lot of anticipation is building up regarding the new film of Nithin. The latest news is that he will probably be paired with Catherine Tresa in the new film. The new movie is being produced by the Vaishno Media. It is directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film is titled Heart Attack.

The preproduction work on the film is already under way, but the name of the lead actress is yet to be announced. There is a strong rumor going around that director Puri Jagannadh has probably approached Catherine Tresa to appear in the lead role opposite Nithin. The director has worked with the actress in a previous film Iddarammayilatho and it was quite successful. Hence, there is a chance that the director has approached her for Heart Attack also. However, no official confirmation has yet been given. The film will begin shooting towards the end of August.

In the meantime, Nithin is busy shooting his film Courier boy Kalyan which is directed by Prem Sai. In this film, he has been paired with Yami Gautam while the film is produced by Gautam Menon. Apart from this, he also has a project with Karunakaran in the future.

Dileep and Rima Kalingal in Ezhu Sundara Ratrikal

Rima Kalingal was seen working with Dileep in Kammath and Kammath which also starred Mammootty. Now she has been paired with Dileep in the upcoming comedy film Ezhu Sundara Ratrikal. This makes a difference for the actor, who has till now been mostly paired with Kavya Madhavan and Bhavana.

The film is directed by Lal Jose while the script of the film is written by James Albert. James Albert and Lal Jose have worked together in an earlier film” Classmates”. It turned out to be a hit at the box office. This has raised the expectations regarding Ezhu Sundara Ratrikal which is slated to be released around Christmas.

The story revolves round a young producer of advertisement films played by Dileep. It deals with what happens seven days before his wedding. This full length comedy film will feature two heroines. One role will be played by Rima Kalingal while a fresh face is expected to be seen in the other role.

Albert said, “There will be two heroines for Dileep in Ezhu Sundara Rathrikal. While Rima has been confirmed, the hunt is on for the other lead. We are looking at roping in a fresh face for the role.”

“It is too early to announce about Rima’s role in the movie. All I can say for now is that, it will be an interesting role. We will lock the script after the release of Lal Jose’s Kunchacko Boban-starrer,” he said. Talking about Ezhu Sundara Ratrikal, Albert said, “It is going to be an all-out entertainer with elements of humour as well as suspense.”

Rima is currently shooting for her film “Escape from Uganda” in South Africa.

In addition, Murali Gopi will be appearing for an important role in the film.

It remains to be seen if “The Midas of Malayalam cinema”, Lal Jose can weave his magic again.

Deepa Sannidhi to star with Upendra in Kick remake

The Telugu film Kick with Ravi Teja and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead roles was a super hit. The movie is now being made in Kannada and Deepa Sannidhi will be playing the role of Ileana D’Cruz. She has been cast to star opposite Upendra. The remake is supposed to be titledSupero Ranga and is directed by N Loknath and produced by K. Manju. The story revolves round two cops and how they deal with different situations depicted in the film.

Deepa’s career is definitely on a role. She has worked with some of the leading stars of the industry like Darshan and Puneet Rajkumar during her short career on the silver screen. She is now working with the golden star Ganesh in the movie Sakkare. The movie is being directed by Abhay Simha. She is also appearing opposite Yash in another movie titled Jaanu. It is directed by Preetham Gubbi. Now she gets to romance a golden star like Upendra. He on the other hand is busy with his work on Brahma and brahmana. According to repports, he has already signed on for Supero Ranga which will be his third movie.

Solar scam to be investigated by Suresh Gopi on the silver screen

The Solar scam has become a matter of much debate and discussion and the film world has not been backward in capturing this on reel. According to recent reports, work has already started on the film and a lot of the cast and crew has been decided.

Suresh Gopi will be appearing as Additional DGP Hemachandran who heads the teram of Special investigation into the solar scam. The audience loves Suresh Gopi portraying competent and honorable police officers on the screen. Starting from his commissioner, audience loves to see him in this type of roles. It is expected that he will deliver his customary fine performance in this film also. The audience is now waiting with building expectations about the actors who will play the part of Saritha, Biju Ramakrishnan and Shalu Menon. With so much hype around the film, the cast selection is going to need extra care.

The script of the film is being worked upon by Ranji Panicker. The powerful pen of this scriptwriter has created many of the legendary police persona on screen. A combination of Panicker and Suresh Gopi will surely be worth the watch.

The satellite rights of Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty are bought for record amount

The much awaited Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty is slated to be released on 9th August. But the movie is creating sensations before it has even hit the silver screens. According to reports, the satellite rights of the movie have been bought for a sum of Rs. 5.75 crores. This has set a new record in the history of satellite rights. Even Kammath and Kammath which starred Mammootty, Dileep and Dhanush bagged Rs. 4.9 crores for the satellite rights.

Hype has been created around Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty as it is a film starring Mammootty and directed by Ranjith. They had previously paired up for Pranchiyettan And The Saint which was a super hot flick. The audience is eager to see another masterpiece and hence the record amount paid for the satellite rights. Dubai based actress Alisha will be appearing in the lead role. Small cameos have been performed by Mohanlal and Dileep in the movie.

In the movie, Mammootty plays a character named Mathukutty who marries a nurse and moves to Germany. There, he is sent by a group of German Malayalees to Kottayam for a task. The difficulties he faces and the way he finally completes the tasks form the rest of the story of the film.

Ileana D’Cruz may be paired with Salman Khan

The luscious beauty for Goa, Ileana D’Cruz has captivated her audience with her role in Barfi. The actress made her appearance in the Tamil film Kedi where she shared screen space with Ravi Krishna and Tamanna. The report is that she has now been signed on for Bollywood movie and she will be working with none other than Salman Khan.

The rumor is strong that Suraj Barjatya is going to make his next movie in 2014. The title of the film is Bade Bhaiyya. Salman and Ileana has been signed on for the movie.

A source told a leading daily, “Things have been kept under wraps, but Illeana has been cast opposite Salman for Bade Bhaiyya and also she had blocked her dates.” However, when Sooraj was contacted for confirmation, he said, “No, not true. The lead actress is not yet finalized. The title is also not Bade Bhaiyya. We haven’t decided on a title as yet.” The spokesperson for Ilena also said, “We haven’t been approached for Sooraj Barjatya’s film.” However, Salman has reportedly put the shooting of the sequel of No Entry on hold to make time for this film.

The source said, “It’s obvious that no one will confirm anything at the moment as it’s too early.”