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Yennai Arindhaal

The Movie: Yennai Arindhaal (True Translation: If you know me)

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Caption: Partly Emotional, Partly Humanitarian, and Partly Romantic

Savvy’s Rating: 3.75 / 5

Zephyr: Background music, Songs, Story, Screenplay and most of the Casting

Brush off:

1)  Second heroine role can be generic ;  not really crucial. Instead of an established actress, any upcoming hero / heroine would have made justice to this role too

2) At times, it looks like Hero is not acting. Just doing his well known mannerisms. Don’t know if I have to still consider as acting

3) Hospital scenes where the Hero tries to save his friend’s daughter are not convincing ; those were very crucial in the movie

4) Nazar is under utilized

Savvy’s Rede:

Love always sells. Especially, a slow paced love where looks exchange, waiting for the girl, unconditional love are perfect to connect to audience. On top, if the guy is carefully balancing his personal and professional life, yep, he’s a Hero and is most Wanted by all gals. 🙂

This movie is not a trilogy. But, Hero gets to play various roles to save 3 gals in his life viz., Heroine 1, her daughter and Heroine 2. I felt like he’s a Super Human emoting all possible emotions in the world – Lovable, Romantic, Responsible, Tough etc. etc. 😉

Btw, if it is all about Hero everywhere, can we call it as, “Exclusively for Thala fans??!!!” 😉

MovieMakers always use this sure shot success formula of producing movies with established hero / developed “so called image”. The good thing is minimal Paisa Wasool (min ROI). It’s all part of business, you see. 😀

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Hero:

1) Professional Life: Tough cop → a night mare to Villains → goes in disguise to the jail and befriends human trafficking gang member (Victor) → Gets to know about Head of that gang thru Victor → When Victor realizes that, things get lot worse → Now, the Hero has a main enemy in the name of Victor

2) Personal Life: Likes an artiste, Hemanika (Trisha) → She’s a single mom with a cute daughter → Both are good friends → Hero never proposes her although he starts liking her in the very first sight → After say 5-6 years, one fine day, he proposes Trisha → Gets married → On the very day of wedding, a mishap happens to her

Heroine 1: Hemanika (Trisha) → Hero’s love interest → Has a daughter → Theirs is a silent love

Little gal: Dad/Daughter scenes are emotional and touchy. No complaints

Heroine 2: Themozhi (Anushka) → a wasted role → Sorry 😐

Villain: Handsome villain → leads human trafficking and organ stealing mafia business → got a contract for Organs for a wealthy man → the suitable donor is Heroine 2 → Hero is trying to save her by going above and beyond

What mishap happened on the day of wedding? whether the Villain get to take Organs from Heroine 2? What happens to kidnapped little girl? Time to watch it onScreen.

What worked well:

1) I am in awe of background score ; Honestly, I have a feeling that it is NOT done by Harris, I could be wrong

2) Story is good; Screenplay is done well

3) Villain is good looking and did his role very well

Savvy’s Punch:

I do not call it as a 100% thriller but definitely keeps you engaged. In Telugu, it is dubbed as Yentha Vaadu Gaanie. If you get a chance, watch it.

Savvy’s Hearts:
heartheartheartheart Background score

heartheartheart Story, Screenplay

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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Movie Reviews, Tamil

 

Katthi

The Movie: Katthi (A knife)

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Caption: Digs straight into your heart

Savvy’s Rating: 3.75/5

Zephyr: Story, Direction, Vijay, Dialogues and Background score

Brush off:

  1. Annoying Samantha’s presence (her role has literally no value at all, my observation only)

Savvy’s Rede:

Some movies are like, “Picture not seen is opportunity lost!

Watched “Katthi” movie. My first reaction is, Kudos to Vijay for coming forward to act on sensitive issue like this. Appreciate A.R.Murugodoss for making a complicated subject to sail lot smoother. It’s a gutsy move and the team made it.

Well, people are accustomed to shy away from reality. They don’t want to see a bird getting butchered but they like Chicken Biryani, they don’t want to know who’s left thirsty while they quench their thirst, and finally, they don’t don’t care about who’s lives are sucked up while they move the wealth ladder up.

I guess, only in India, a farmer who’s working hard to give food to us has to touch the feet of Officials for water in their crops. I don’t know why Officials are not wise here. No water = No food. In fact, farmers have to authorize and should have more power. Wish people use discretion at least on core things like this. I am NOT saying 5 star hotels be banned with pools, but I am saying use due diligence.

Katthi movie talks about not one but many social evils.

  • Agricultural and farming challenges
  • Corporate politics
  • Sacrificing poor over Rich’s greediness
  • Water scarcity and reasons behind it
  • Land Mafia
  • Emotionless Rich people and their cruelty
  • Media Mafia
  • Corruption

Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):

Hydrologist Jeeva wants to help  his village. He succeeds in finding water in a land that can a boon for irrigation, drinking water for his and nearby villages.. However, a rich Entrepreneur wants that land for building a factory. Jeeva takes this to court.

At the same time, in some of the world, there’s Kathir, an inmate in Kolkata’s jail. He is proficient in reading blue print of any location and finding the loopholes or key security points and guessing the activities based on the request. He helps police to catch hold of a jail-mate. However, he takes this as an opportunity to run away while he helps the Police.

Kathir ends up being in Jeeva’s village and as he learns good thoughts of Jeeva, he ends up helping the villages by bringing more awareness on water scarcity, Jeeva’s findings and Businessman’s greedy affairs.

Kathir actually brings a total revolution in people at local and Nation level by putting his life at risk.

I guess, for a noble thought/cause, if the initiator is not available for whatever reasons, God sends someone as his messenger to complete it. And this was shown amazingly onScreen. Oh btw, don’t under estimate the Power of a Common Man. You have MORE in you than you think and that is shown impressively.

What happens to Jeeva while Kathir was in his village? Why Jeeva let Kathir to run the show? Will Jeeva and Kathir ever meet? to answer these questions, please watch the movie.

What worked well:

1) Everything worked well – Story, Direction, Hero’s role and dialogues ; do NOT miss the “the emotional – big – dialogue” by Vijay right before he stopping his agitation. Very intriguing!

2) I have to appreciate Anirudh (Music Director) for wonderful and gripping background score ; his flute choices were simply brilliant

3) I liked “Selfie pulla” song ; it’s peppy

Savvy’s Punch:

Savvy Certified Movie!

Savvy’s Wish:

If remade in Telugu:
Hero: Mahesh Babu (or Pawan)
Director: Trivik
Music: Anirudh
Heroine: Naah .. we really don’t need but if you insist then Priya Anand (we don’t need a fancy heroine here)

Savvy’s Hearts:

heartheartheartheartheart – Director, Hero, Producer and the Core Team

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2014 in Movie Reviews, Tamil

 

Villa

The Movie: Villa

Caption: This Villa is enthralling

Savvy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Zephyr: Story, Screenplay and Background score

Brush off:

Savvy’s Rede:
If you are a Horror movie lover, Villa is one of the movies that captivates all through. A good horror movie is not only scares you while you watch but also haunts you for hours later. This movie is definitely comes with strong points. I am in awe of Writer. His first penning, “Pizza” movie was quite interesting. He kept his promise and delivered another great story for “Villa”.

I will categorize this as a small movie with no great star casting and done in a considerable budget. However, what makes this movie watchable is appreciative quality of the movie in all aspects and keeping the grippy momentum all along.

Story in a nutshell:
Film starts with a 30 year old writer who is desperately waiting for his first book published. After his father’s death, he comes to know about the Villa that his father owned. When he visits, the writer is astonished by the palatial bungalow loaded with antique paintings. As he continues writing his second book, things turn positive and his first book gets published and he starts getting money. At one point, he goes into one of the rooms in the Villa where he finds lots of paintings. Pretty soon he realizes that incidents are happening in reality in his life as shown in the paintings.

How those paintings landed up in the Villa? what’s the relationship between those old paintings vs future incidents happening? whether Hero saves his life? You must watch the movie to get these questions answered.

Director’s Punch:
1) Sensible story
2) Awesome screenplay
3) Good background score
4) Well played characters

Savvy’s Punch:
Horror movie lovers, Watch it! 🙂

Savvy’s Hearts:
heartheartheartheart – Screenplay, Story, Background score

heartheartheart Ashok Selvan (Hero)

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2013 in Dubbing, Movie Reviews, Tamil