Saturday, July 5, 2008

A review on Jan – Jun, 2008

You might be aware of the fact that I was not writing any reviews from last January till June. But I have been watching most of the films released during this interval period. So here I am just briefing some of the best films released during Jan – Jun’08 which I missed writing...

Thaare Zameen Par

Directed by Amir Khan, ‘Thaare Zameen Par’ revolves around a mentally retarted child and how his teacher (Amir Khan) moulded him to the best student in the school. The movie is notable for its beautiful presentation and it also gives a message for the parents, how a child should be grown in his younger days. Film has got its excellence in script by Amole Gupte, music by Shanker-Ehsaan-Loy and cinematography by Sethu. Performance of the debutant child artist Darsheel Safry needs special mention.

Dont miss ‘Thaare Zameen Par’, its one of the best hindi films ever produced in India.

Rating : 4.5 / 5


Directors-duo Abbas Mustan who gave big hits like 'Baazigar', 'Khiladi', 'Soldier', 'Ajnabee' etc is behind the multi starrer big budjet film ‘Race’, starring Saif Ali Khan, Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Kathreena Khaif and Sameera Reddy. This is an action suspense thriller with an unpredictable way of story lines. Its a good entertainer with an effective technical brilliance.

'Race' is like a thrilling football match with twists and turns...

Rating : 4 / 5


Director Mishkin who got name through his first film, ‘Chithiram Pesuthadi’ is back with a new project ‘Anjathey’ starring Narein, Prasanna, Pandyarajan and Ajmal (‘Pranayakalam’ fame) This is the story of the underworld gang wars and its operations in metros. This is a director’s movie in which he tells the usual story in an unusual way. The scene in which the director uses the artists' foot steps only to show the character's behavior is wonderful and also never seen before. The way in which a set of artists performing in their roles is also outstanding. Camera by Mahesh Muthusamy and songs by Sundar C Babu goes well with the mood.

The word ‘Anjathey’ means "don’t afraid" come forward and watch how tamil film field is climbing heights in this media through a sensible and extraordinary approach.

Rating : 4 / 5


Bharat-Meera Jasmine starrer film, ‘Nepali’ is an action thriller directed by VZ Durai, who gave films like ‘Mughavari’ and ‘Thotti Jaya’. This revenge subject film is also having a different way of presentation. The hero’s life through different phases is shown here, it also creates a sense of curiosity among the audience.

‘Nepali’ belong to a category of films which has got a different and unusual way of story telling, Hats off to the brave director.

Rating : 4 / 5


‘Mrigam’ deals with a social relevant subject like Aids. Acted by the new comer Aadhi and Padmapriya, the film is directed by Sami. It tells the story of a person who leads an indisciplined life and how his wife helps him to become a good human being. In the end how his life is changed when he is affected by such a disease is shown realistically. Though difficult to digest, this film leaves a message for the youths who are going after everything on their own desire.

‘Mrigam’ is like a wild animal, even if it is tamed properly sometimes it will show its real nature...

Rating : 3.5 / 5


‘Bheema’ is an action film by Lingusamy (‘Run’, ‘Sandaikkozho’ fame), it tells the story of an under world don(Prakashraj) and how he reigns with the help of his orderly(Vikram). On the whole may be we can rate this action film as any other films which belong to such a category, but what differs here is the climax which the director has created courageously without looking for commercial aspects.

‘Bheema’ is like an epic with different emotions like violence and sentiments, you can watch it once.

Rating : 3.5 / 5

Calcutta News

After the unsuccessful ‘Palunku’, director Blessy is doing a big budget Dileep film produced by Thampi Antony. Picturised fully in Calcutta, this film shows the life of a journalist and how he come across a lady(Meera Jasmin) who is being trapped in the red streets of the metro. The film has not caught its attention due to a couple of reasons, such a story telling in a wide canvas is not acceptable for an average malayalee crowd, they also don’t want to see Dileep doing such a heavy role. Though flopped financially, this film enhances the directorial craft of Blessy through an excellent camerawork by S Kumar.

Usually we don’t like all the news coming in a journal; ‘Calcutta News’ is like one such journal, if you love reading then go through it...

Rating : 3.5 / 5

Sound of Boot

Though not a big thing to be mentioned, Pyramid Saimira’s maiden venture in malayalam, ‘Sound of Boot’ is a Sureshgopi-Shaji Kailas film scripted by Rajesh Jayaraman. Dont go behind much calculations, its a different action film from the ace director. The only negative you can see here is the casting. Also the film is not picturised colourfully in the middle of a city backdrop, rather ‘Sound of Boot’ has got a high range location only to tell the whole episode.

I cant smell any distaste here, if you like investigation subjects, then watch ‘Sound of Boot’ and decide.

Rating : 3 / 5

Happy Days

Dubbing films (from telugu) has always got a place among the malayalee audience since last 30years. Classical films like ‘Sankarabharanam‘, ‘Sagarasangamam’ etc were popular in the 80’s, Commercial masalas like ‘Aye Hero’, ‘Hey Sundari’ came in the 90’s. After a gap of 10years, films like ‘Bunny’, ‘Happy’, ‘Lakshmi’ etc created waves among the youth. Among them there is a small film acted by many new faces, ‘Happy Days’ has become a massive hit here. The film tells the story of few students who came to an engineering college as freshers. Their friendship, their affection, their enemity, their studies short their ‘Happy Days’ are shown realistically without any gimmicks.

In these days, since malayalam releases are not giving much happiness, people will go for films like ‘Happy Days’ and make it a big hit...

Rating : 3 / 5

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