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    appa padam paakkanum innu aasaithaan aanal paakka mudiyaatha soolnilayil ullen kaaram,anmaiyilthaan en appa kaalamaanaar...padatha paatha nichayam alunthiruven so,konjal naal aagadum...

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    my condolences Anand
    but you should still watch, as a tribute to your beloved father.
    Never argue with a fool or he will drag you down to his level and beat you at it through sheer experience!

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    Oru Melliya Kodu - suspense thrilleraam, story goes haywire and comes to a "shocking" end.

    I had a hard time trying to keep awake.

    Oru periya kEdu
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    நன்றி வேலண் அண்ணே..நிச்சயம் கண்டிப்பாக பாக்கனனும்..

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.ANAND View Post
    appa padam paakkanum innu aasaithaan aanal paakka mudiyaatha soolnilayil ullen kaaram,anmaiyilthaan en appa kaalamaanaar...padatha paatha nichayam alunthiruven so,konjal naal aagadum...
    Sorry to hear that bro ,my condolences.
    Om Namaste astu Bhagavan Vishveshvaraya Mahadevaya Triambakaya Tripurantakaya Trikalagni kalaya kalagnirudraya Neelakanthaya Mrutyunjayaya Sarveshvaraya Sadashivaya Shriman Mahadevaya Namah Om Namah Shivaye Om Om Namah Shivaye Om Om Namah Shivaye

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    KARMA tamil movie 2016 - Karma is the first Tamil movie to get an online digital release

    1 hour 12 mins....good effort
    Dane Dane Pe Likha Hai Khane Wale Ka Naam

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    Rekka & Remo [2016 : Tamil : 2h20m : Romance (Action, Drama)]

    Two youngsters living in distant lands are pulled towards the main objective of life - Love.

    The God of Desire directly initiates romance in SK's life, whereas situation supervises Shiva to find his other half in a place he never would look for. Caught between emotions and ambitions, the two youngsters have to sail through the storms of the future, guarding their romantic episodes, as a flag swaying high in the violent winds of the present.



    SK (Sivakarthikeyan) does a kind of dual role in the film Remo - One, an youngster who aims to become a film star and two, as a nurse named Remo. SK cross dresses to portray a 'plastic playmate' right from the shelves of Barbie doll. As adamant as he is, waiting for a break to enter into the celluloid world, he drops everything behind when he sees Kavya walking on the breezy street. From here on, his only aim is to convince her to marry him. Without any suspense, he directly jumps into a cosplay act, so that he can be as close as a nurse to the doctor Kavya, in the hospital where she is practicing medicine.



    'Treasure of the People' Vijay Sethupathi is Shiva in Rekka, whose main activity is to be the chauffer for his supportive father. He unites couples in romance or elopes those who are forced to marry, during his free time. Age is not a criteria for him, but only Love, as he even kidnaps an aged pair to celebrate their marriage anniversary, a prestigious event their family members fail to honour. A terrible situation puts him in the neighbouring city, a place widely known as 'terror' in Tamil Films, where he has to kidnap a "politician-rowdy-don-mafia-goon-godfather-killer-kingpin-etc"'s daughter. Amidst the danger, Shiva finds the girl with whom he had already decided to travel along for the rest of his life.



    In both the films, Rekka & Remo, the ladies our heroes fall in love with are already engaged. And yes, the respective grooms are not good people, thus the acts performed by Shiva & SK enlarges to a certain heroic level where not just romance but liberation of woman from the cruelties (of the society) is silently exploited.



    In Remo, a tiny episode that looks quite forced to activate a stunt sequence, plays briefly narrating an episode claiming that both kind of youngsters, one who is anti-social and the other who is sacrificial, co-exist. It all depends who really the person is and not what he is, that decides his action.

    In Rekka, Shiva is suddenly caught between three women - his sister, his childhood guilt and the girl whom he loves. Inside a closed area (read elevator), he has to decide with whom he is going to walk out with - his blood relation or his life or his future. All woman in life are important and they cannot be ordered with priority, our valiant Shiva realises and from here there is no stopping him.



    Bakiraj Kanna, the writer/director of Remo, does not shy or hide that Remo is indeed an extended work to Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) American Film based on the novel Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. Remo is undoubtedly Miss Doubtfire. To add the Indian Romantic flavour, Bakiraj looks at Bollywood and picks all the dew drops from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, year 1995 SRK starrer (there is also a lyrical line in Remo 'Local Sharukh Khan' credited to Sivakarthikeyan in Remo OST). Bakiraj Kanna add nostalgic moments in his original transcript in interesting manner - one of my favourite scene in the film is when SK along with his friends (Sathish & Rajendran) tie up the nurse doll (Remo) to a street light pole and beat it with a fat piece of log; I found if quite hilarious when SK (influenced by alcohol) threatens the doll taking it seriously.



    Rathina Shiva, the writer/director of Rekka, projects his film as a parody to Okaddu, the year 2003 Mahesh Babu’s telugu film. He plays with the building blocks of his narrative, interchanging the main with the sub-plot. Rathina Shiva blows out a situation where he makes his hero Shiva casually walk in middle of a heavy population of goons. Moreover, a desperate girl running from danger readily gives her hand to a total stranger - this aspect is mercilessly explored, making Bharathi (played by Laxmi Menon), willingly walks away with Shiva. She is a mockery of the typical 'cinema girl' who is sure that the hero will save her (a well-played character). She even urges to inform her relations that she is eloping with the hero and the hero waits patiently at the door steps watching the goons at the gate. And in the end she urges the goon to put a knife around her throat to motivate the hero, a hilarious scene. Shiva throws the goons to the ground, kicks them when they bounce back, lifts them and hangs them over the electric cables. Yet again, Rathina Shiva does not shy about it, and ends the whole mind blowing sequence with an awesome dialogue, "These guys are yet to update themselves".



    The highlight of Remo is the attire of the nurse character. The handsome SK, turns into a gorgeous young lady. SK sizzles in a nurse gown with an awesome hair-do, pink lip colours and dazzling ear rings and he (read she) looks absolutely gorgeous in a pink outfit. A tiny episode around Remo gets developed, where she (or he), starts to face the hurdles of young woman face in the society. As SK had fallen in love with Kavya, Remo gets an instant admirer too. Moreover, Remo couldn't hold on to the makeup. He suffers and searches for locker rooms to at least remove his wig. The pink beauty visits Kavya at her resident. Hesitant to embrace her mother, but hugging her father portrays the natural character versus artificial nature. Such tiny instances sound quite loud in the film which are enjoyable. There is a funny scene in the hospital where a senior attendant doubts Remo and asks him, well asks her, to examine (read medical check) an aged patient. Remo frisks him and declares the patient is clean (as in clearing a physical security check). Another aged patient stands in the line to be frisked by Remo. Such hilarious moments paints the proceedings making Remo's presence lovable in almost every scene.



    The highlight of Rekka is its stunt sequences. Wonderful acrobatics. All stunts are done real time with traditional rope tricks over cushion floored mat. The stuntmen willingly hit at whatever they are been thrown at. The climax fight happens inside a parking lot. The ring is actually the cars parked around, and few men fight with each other inside a tiny space. Not only the two villains (Harish & Kabir) and the stunt artists, but Vijay Sethupathi also crashes into a body of a car, exploding its frames and windshield and sending pieces of broken glasses around. Deadly action sequences performed with much risk and with an amazing coordination. There is a small belt knife fight which is interestingly choreographed and performed by Harish and Vijay Sethupathi. Recently I consulted a book to know about traditional martial arts to use them in one of my personal work [The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World by Chris Crudelli (2008)], and I was surprised to note the Taoist fighting style (sans weapons) been adapted for the stunt sequences in Rekka. During a brawl, an effective technique can be used to take the energy force of the attacking opponent and use it against him. A defence called "Push Hands" is a reflexive method where one can knock out the opponent in the brawl with just the palms and wrists using the force from the attacker himself. A fabulous portrayal of action in Rekka, think the stunt master is a fan of IP Man movie series (Chinese film on Master Yip Man starring Donnie Yen).

    My Most liked scenes in Rekka & Remo:

    Remo and Kavya are surrounded by henchmen. Remo turns quickly, spins and runs away, performed identic to The Mask (year 1994 American film starring Jim Carrey).

    Shiva walks behind teacher Bharathi in a mall and few goons try to grab her. Shiva stops them all effortlessly, Super Style.



    Rekka & Remo, with their tangy narration envelop the audience into their story world respectively and successfully keep them entertained until the end. Reserve humour and acrobats for this weekend, and certainly not in any specific order, try to watch both the films in a cinema hall near you.



    Rekka & Remo - Rekka of Remo (Wings of Cupid)
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    Kodi & Kashmora [2016 : Tamil : 2h30m : (Drama/Suspense - Horror/Epic)]



    Kashmora and Kodi have much things in common, eventhough presented under two contrasting genres. The protagonists, Danush (plays Kodi & Anbu) and Karthi (enacts Kashmora & Raj Nayak), potray two different characters in respective films where one personage sports a beard. Corruption, mainly in politics (and a bit social too), is used as an important element in both these films, where Kodi fights for injustice done to his people while Kashmora absconds with the wealth of a politician. As a mild spoiler - two specific characters play a vital role between the heroes and they both are females who use a similar type of instrument to fulfil their need. Lyrically, the word "Kal Vettu" occurs in a song in each film whose music composer is Santosh Narayanan. As stated in 'Laws of Double Act', one Danush is weak while the other Karthi is valliant. Both the films were released on the same day.

    The major highlight is that none can complain about the story, as both are similar. Where the films differ is the way the writer/director projects them. Fantasy movie lovers like me will embrace Kashmora, and while viewers who like watching their day to day events running on screen, called reality, will applaud for Kodi.



    Kashmora is a fraud, while Kodi is a truthful person. Both are into social activities, where Kashmora tricks people to make money and Kodi gives his experience to serve people as a politician. Kodi takes his father (Karunas) as his inspiration but Kashmora works with his dad (Vivek), who is a crook too.



    Somewhere at the end of ACT1, Kashmora and Kodi come across an incident that changes the course of their life. Kodi stumbles upon a document that destroys the trust he had on his leader, while Kashmora ignited by greed accepts to visit a haunted mansion. Events twist their life, where Kodi fights for survival and Kashmora bleeds with fear in front of a headless ghost.



    The second part of the films starts off with new images, where we see the most awaited role of Karthi "Raj Nayak" battling alone against an entire army. Anbu, the other Danush who kept himself away from violence and politics, replaces Kodi. He tries to walk and behave as his brother, when Kashmora is running away from Raj Nayak. Several blocks of information about the motives are passed on before opening the gates of climax, where our heroes have to win a final war against evil (Kashmora is supernatural while Kodi is just another human) and both the films end with someone using identic instruments to finish the show.



    Karthi as Kashmora and Raj Nayak is excellent. Even though the film wanders a lot in the beginning with many repetitions, it sets itself back when Kashmora enters the haunted house. The situational comedy (a broker is stuck inside the palace) fused with thrills (spirits moving around) are enjoyable. Gokul, the writer/director of Kashmora, has come up with an excellent and unique twist, a humoristic turn of events, near the end. Again, both ‘Karthis’ were excellent during the climax - that smile on Raj Nayak's face while watching the 'pocessed' Kashmora, and Kashmora stumbling to correct his mistake are genuine. The Epic parts are poetical and Chief of Army Raj Nayak taking over the kingdom plays very well. Yamini (played by Sri Divya) made me feel that I have not chosen the right movie for entertainment, but luck had favoured me, she is actually not a part of the movie at all. Madhumitha who plays the sister of Kashmora, is a by stander and I love the way she rolls her eyes. I wonder why she does not get enough oppurtunities, she can easily fill the gap left by Manorama and Kovai Sarala. "Matter Romba Fresh-a Iruiku Ji" plays the broker and says, “Kitta vanga ji”. There are few parody inside, a big one is Vivek & family hanging inside a car on a tree top. Vivek excellently gives a Harry Potter look.



    There is a stunt sequence in Kodi where the brave Kodi fights local loan sharks for his not-so-brave brother Anbu. We see two Danush during the sequence. The goons are confused, but not the viewer. Danush elegantly potrays the simple differences between identical twins that allows the audience to connect with the scene and enjoy the light hearted humour. Post interval, when Anbu gets into the clothes of Kodi, we can see a mild variation in his attitude. Anbu, even though dressed like Kodi, still stays as Anbu. Hats off Danush. Durai Senthilkumar, the writer/director of Kodi, has neatly sketched his characters, esp., Rudhra (played by Trisha). There is a scene where we are introduced to the coldness of Rudhra - a triangular negotiation which she turns into her favour. Another artist as Rudra would have fitted the mould properly.



    Both the films stammer a bit, as the protagonist are mere puppets to the plot. Surprise characters attack the scenes and suddenly become the narrators who actually advance the plot. The directors then struggle to give a motive and make the heroes accomplish a forced activity. A brothers saga shifts when an egg vendor Malathi (played by Anupama) suddenly talks about sick people. Magically the plot of Kodi gets fixed here and turns into a motive for other characters. Rathna Mahadevi jumps into the scene, sits on a horse back and sings with Raj Nayak before disappearing as fast as she entered. An important character which introduces the film Kashmora loses its importance at the end (I wonder how many took note of it). Such debates shall be on to find out why both the films, even though entertaining, does not ignite an interest to watch the proceedings. But such instances will be long forgotten once the actual story kicks in and both the film makers have done a neat job in their presentation.



    Kashmora is made with the seriousness from Rowthiram, and the humour from Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara, and Kodi is a mix of the ambition in Ethir Neechal and suspense in Kakki Sattai.

    Hoist Kodi on Saturday and delight your Sunday with Kashmora.

    Kashmora & Kodi – High Spirits
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    Have not watched Kashmora, but Kodi is worth a watch! Felt Nayanthara would been a better choice than Trisha in that role.
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    Year 2016

    The year 2016 has my favourite actor's film 'Kabali' as it crown, yet, 2016 marks itself as a dark year for Tamil Cinema, mainly for lack of competent directors.

    Fabulous stories were ruined and even when screen writing moved ahead, it was not well supported by the director. The year saw no variety in female leads and lacks new faces, which made the year seemingly dull. Youngsters are always the boost for any environment and they paint an energetic colour to the industry.

    Before listing out (my) top ten films of the year 2016, here is a special mention to 24, Saithan & Iru Mugham. Drug Valkyr produced under Project Valhalla by Aesir Corporation in the fiction Max Payne is the prime theme adapted in the movies Saithan & Iru Mugam. Hats off to Prathi Krishnamurthy & Anand Shankar for bringing in such stories to TFI, both films work well under Sci-Fi genres. 24's time travel theme was refreshing, but all the three films diluted the core substance with their over dosage of cultural elements that did not match with the theme, resulting in decreasing the momentum of the narration respectively. The directors should start working on identifying the lag in the script and take measures to either correct them or remove them completely from the screenplay.

    10/ Kashmora
    Written & Directed by Gokul

    A remarkable film that used much of digital cinema technics. The headless ghost of Raaj Nayak talking and fighting are the major highlights of the films. Kashmora enters into long shot list in TFI, when the Bhai visits Kashmora who walks him through the interior of his mansion up to the exit door on the other end, all the while dressing himself up. The only film this years in which I found the dialogues been well written & spoken.

    09/ Jil Jung Juk
    Written & Directed by Deeraj Vaidy

    A film under my favourite genre, Jil Jung Juk was fabulously narrated and picturised. The fictional situations and the characters reaction correlated with each other. The interval block and the pre-climax shootout were well presented.

    08/ Manithan
    Directed by Ahmed

    A faithful adaptation of a Bollywood film which succeeds after a line of disastrous remake films results. Apart from the known characters, what clicks in the film is its casting. Right from Udhayanidhi to Raja Rishi, all the artists suited to the story and have given applause worthy performance. Santosh Narayanan's Aval & Poi Vazhva provides the needed revelations that the narration demands.

    07-06/ Rajini Murugan, Remo
    Writen & Directed by Ponram / Bakkiyaraj Kannan

    An all-in-all film, stabilising the new category called "A Sivakarthikeyan Film", a style that the artist masters while delivering a complete entertainment under a rural and/or urban backdrop.

    05-04-03/ Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum, Iraivi, Sethupathi
    Writen & Directed Nalan Kumarasamy / Karthik Subbaraj / Arun Kumar

    Ka Ka Ka Po, a remake of a foreign film, sees Vijay Sethupathi as a depressed man looking for his future. His life crosses with an intelligent girl, and the hero learns a major lesson through her - how to pick up the right choice in life. A matured tale of love painted with emotions and stroked with relationships, Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum is a sweet tale of romance caught in the rain of sorrow.

    Iraivi, which features Vijay Sethupathi amoung various other artists, showcases another world within an existing one, where people, irrespective to their gender, not only live to eat & drink, but are pulled and massacred by their own desires.

    Sethupathi, a police story that I enjoyed the most after Vikram starrer Sami. Vijay Sethupathi appeals generously as a Police officer and the highlight of the film is its gripping tale - a self-investigation where the consciousness has to find ways to prove its existence and then, its innocence.

    02/ Zero
    Written & Directed by Shiv Mohaa

    One good feature of the Year 2016 is that it provided multi-perspective films based on women and the role they play in monitoring a platform. Zero-the film, goes ahead and talks about a newly married couple where the wife is locked inside her own mind while living inside closed doors. The walls and doors play a major role to illustrate a caged situation of woman where she had to fight both the horrors - the self and the other. Spiritually set high, Zero-the film adapts several biblical materials and projects them in a non-preachy manner.

    01/ Tharai Thappattai
    Written & Directed by Bala

    One other reason for the year 2016 to be quite dull is absence of a commanding villain, the one who stands before the hero and looks straight in his eyes with a crooked smile on his face. The only film this year which had a solid villain is Tharai Thappattai. But unfortunately the film was judged for its violent content rather than taking in the impact a film work can deploy on its viewers. Tharai Thappattai talks about a society where several cultural values are sold for a materialistic price, including art and human behaviour - an outstanding fictional work of the Year 2016.

    To summarise, the films released in the Year 2016 wanted more for itself than the next film that they ate out each other. It also punctuates the need for good directors who can handle the same materials differently that light up curiosity.

    As usual, I had fun talking about films here and I wish all the artists, technicians, film makers and the members of this community success.

    Year 2016 - Vanity Fair
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