Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Movies 2015 - Best and Worst So far

Last year by this time I have been to cinemas for 41 times and this time it's 59, thanks to my room-mates, will definitely reach 100 this year I guess.

Among the movies I have seen this year Premam impressed me a lot. And, in Tamil Kakka Muttai and Indru Netru Naalai. Mad Max Fury Road in English and Baby in Hindi.

Among the characters, I really loved Malar from Premam and also Chinna Kaaka Muttai from Kakka Muttai.

Best: I liked the most:

  1. KaakaMuttai - Most probably best Tamil movie of this year.
  2. Indru Netru Naalai
  3. Rajathanthiram
  4. Anegan
  5. Yennai Arindhaal

Not Bad

  1. Uttama Villain
  2. O Kadhal Kanmani
  3. I
  4. Demonte Colony
  5. Isai
  6. Tamilukku En Ondrai Aluthavum
  7. Masss
  8. JK
  9. CSK
  10. 36 Vayathinile
  11. Enakkul Oruvan
  12. KakkiSattai
  13. Inimey Ippadithan
  14. India Pakistan
  15. Yagavarayinum Naa Kakka
  16. Darling
  17. Komban
  18. Vai Raja Vai
  19. Purampokku
  20. Aambala

Worst: Mudiala

  1. Thannila Kandam - Worst movie of this year for me.
  2. Valiyavan
  3. Eli
  4. Nannbenda
  5. Romeo Juliet
  6. Kanchana 2

Good Movies in English

  1. Mad Max: Fury Road - 
  2. Inside Out
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. Avengers 2
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Fast & Furious 7
  7. Jurassic World
  8. American Sniper
  9. Birdman
  10. Tak3n
  11. San Andreas

Good Movies in Hindi, Malayalam

  1. Premam (Mal) - Best movie of this year for me.
  2. Oru Vadakkan Selfie (Mal)
  3. Baby (Hin)
  4. Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (Hin)
  5. Shamitabh (Hin)
  6. Badlapur (Hin)
  7. NH10 (Hin)
  8. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (Hin)
  9. Dum Lage Ke Kaisa (Hin)
  10. Fireman (Mal)
  11. 100 Days of Love (Mal)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Malar - Malaree... En Uyiril Vidarum PaniMalare..

"Malare ninne kaanathirunaal, Mizhivekiya niramellam maayunna pole" 
Malar, a fictional character in Premam made me fell head over heels for her (trying to be Gautam Menon). None of the characters had made this much of an impact on me like Malar did. So many reasons made me love Malar and she's been driving me crazy since I saw the movie first time. Now I have seen it two more times just for Malar  miss and that Malare song video, lost the count on how many times I have seen it, my counter variable have overflown. Fantastic song with beautiful lyrics, singing and music and perfectly complemented with a brilliant video.

Before going into the movie I didn't even know her name. I didn't remember her face also even though I saw one pic in twitter. But, when she entered on screen and introduced herself as "Malar, en pera sonen", she just made me love her immediately just like how George (Nivin Pauly) felt at once after seeing her.

There's something unique in the way she speaks Tamil and her voice as well. It was very cute, the way she spoke her lines, "Sollamaten, sollamaten", "kadaisi number 6, maathi solliten", "enna pannittu irukenga?". Vizhunthuten. And, she isn't trying to be cute like few heroines who will irritating while trying to be cute and acts a loosu. She's the cutest and even her pimples adds more beauty.

I have already fallen for Malar and then comes the knock-out punch, her kuthu-dance. It was stunning, just like the way she stunned those three guys in the movie.  And, when I was watching for the first time it was a shocking surprise. That was really a mind-blowing kuthu dance I have seen in a long time. I wish they had one video with her dance movies alone for that "Rockankuthu" song. I just figured out later she danced in some reality shows and in fact Alphonse Puthren remembered her from one of the show and called her after seven years.

I have already downloaded every available picture of her on the internet and liked all the FB pages with her name and following her in Twitter as well. One more stalker for her. If the Wikipedia entry is right her hometown is very near to my native and she grew up in my native CBE as well, that's interesting. And, if this is true, "Her future plans is to complete the MBBS and return back to Coimbatore her home town and practice there", I am gonna get sick very often.

"Malare ninne kaanathirunaal, Mizhivekiya niramellam maayunna pole" - Malare, in your absence, all the colours decorated me are fading off. Lovely line from that Malare song in Premam and yeah even I feel the same and watching this movie again and again just for Malar. I have seen it thrice already I may watch it at least one more time in big screen.

Malar, a beautiful character in a beautiful film played by a beautiful actor. I am not gonna forget Malar easily. Thanks to Alphonse Puthren for writing such a character and also for casting a perfect Malar.

"Hi Malar.
Im Karthic.

நான் இத சொல்லியே ஆகணும். நீ அவ்வளவு அழகு. 
இங்க எவனும் இவ்வளோ அழகா ஒரு..

இவ்வளோ அழகா பார்த்திருக்க மாட்டாங்க..

And I am In Love With You.."

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Premam - Azhage.. Malare..

Okay, we travelled some 35 kms to catch a Malayalam movie that too running without subtitles, which starts at midnight (11:50 pm) at Mayajaal and reached our room back in the morning 3:30. We were mad to do this, but we did it. We weren't disappointed, it was really worth it.

Premam, second movie from Alphonse Puthren who gave us a bilingual Neram, which really caught my eye and also introduced Nivin Pauly and Nazria to me. Premam is about Nivin's three stages of love. When he was in school, then during his final year of college and he was an adult. It was like Autograph, but this was even more fun.

Alphonse Puthren has given his best in his second movie. And, Nivin as usual he was  fantastic and it was really a treat to watch him on screen. I thought Oru Vadakkan Selfie is going to be the best of his movie this year, but this one was even better. 

First love was fun, where almost all the boys in her neighbourhood follows Mary when she leaves her tuition centre. And, she chooses someone else and Nivin ends up helping them in their love. This part was pictured in most beautiful locale. How green is Kerala, fantastic.

Second love was the best in the movie. It happens during his final year in college when he fell in love with a Tamil speaking guest lecturer Malar. She looks so lovely and her Kuthu dance was terrific that was literally stunning. If I have seen the title credits correctly, I think she's the one who choreographed the Rockankuthu song. Looking forward to see her in more films. And, there was another lecturer who loves Malar teacher one-sided. He was fun who even ask Nivin himself to help him and he teaches Mava sorry Java. Nivin’s rugged look in this part suits him well and maintains that “gethu”. And, this love ends in a tragic way.

The third and final part's love story comes with an unexpected twist. It may look bit too much, but you still got to love it. The director himself does a cameo in this part.

Music was really fantastic. Aluva and Malare songs were too good, especially Malare with Malar teacher. And, Scene Contra was a different love failure song. The interval looked forced as if just because it was mandatory like a strategic timeout in IPL when the team where going good. And, cinematography was rich and the director himself is the editor as well so that part was handled well.

All three ladies was beautiful, but we came out in love with Malar teacher. Nivin's two friends also come along with him throughout the movie and provide enough laughs. We got some 70% of the jokes, I wish they had released it in Tamil also like Neram or at least could have added subs, but never mind.

Easily the best romantic movie of this year so far. After OKK, this movie puts a smile on your face from the start until it ends and I loved this even more than OKK.

The movie’s running length was big, but you never feel it. Premam was like a long ride on a rainy day in an empty road with Raja sir songs for company. You just wish the ride goes on and on.

My Rating - 5.0/5.0. Not to be missed.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Kakka Muttai - Not a “0” its a “100”

When I saw this film’s poster few years back I thought it's gonna be another “soga” film which will be praised only by critics. And, when it started winning awards I thought I was right, but the trailer changed everything. And, then the songs as well. Finally, the movie itself was fantastic.

The boys were terrific, Chinna KM and Peria KM. Especially Chinna KM when he says “My name is KakkaMuttai”. Also, Ishwarya as their mom was excellent, never knew she could pull off this kinda character with ease. The movie is about the quest of the boys to eat Pizza in a Pizza shop which was opened in a place where these kids used to play and these boys have KakkaMuttai from a tree there.

These boys father is in a jail we never know why. And, we never get to know the names of these boys as well also their friends Pazharasam’s real name.

The good thing about this movie is even though it shows the struggle of these boys the movie was never dull. It had plenty of funny moments and comedy. Excellent wiring by the debut director.

The director himself have done the cinematography as well and he is brilliant in that too. GVP’s one of the best album in recent times and none of the songs interrupt the flow, the editing was crisp. And, BGM also does the job well.

We have to read between the lines to get the messages in many scene like, when Ishwarya gets the Free TV from ration shop another one was already in her home. Now they have two TVs, and when her mom-in-law asks about the rice she says no stock in the ration shop. EKSI, ration shop has enough TVs, but not the rice. And, when Chinna KakkaMuttai says “sathiama ulla vida matanga” when they see city centre for the first time, we laugh with him, but its sad. Also when he feels the AC for the first time. I never thought they would have never felt AC’s chill in their life.

This has to be the best movie of this year. It tells you more about the difference between rich and poor, people with power and he never tries to preach something. Also, unlike many award movies this movie isn’t melodramatic or doesn't have any forced sad ending.

Also this film brings Simbu on screen after very long time. Kudos to the producers as well for doing this film. One film Dhanush and Vetrimaran can be proud of producing.
Rating - 100/100. A must watch film.