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Friday, 19 December 2014

Pisaasu Movie Review

Horror movies are a safe bet in any movie industry and Tamil cinema is no exception but when Mysskin announces that his next film asPisaasu, it certainty created huge curiosity. An inevitable question aroused , how on earth a sensible film maker like Mysskin will opt for a horror film which is ought to be filled with amusements and superstition but hands down Mysskin for breaking every given stereotype for a horror movie.

The very first shot which depicts a group of people running towards a heavily injured girl (Prayaga) who was just hit and run by a car. Among the three men who help her, she holds the hand of a young violinist, Siddharth (Naga) and there you go, the beautiful diva passes away straight at looking his eyes. As you guess, the girl turns into a Pisaasu and haunts Naga’s house. Once Naga starts experiencing the paranormal activities, he slowly gets to know the reason behind her death. The rest of the story tells us an emotionally driven poetic climax, where we witness an unexpected decision taken by the devil itself.

What makes Pisaasu as easily one of the best unique horror movies ever told is Mysskin’s treatment. The small yet beautiful characterizations including a rude drunkard who always beat his wife, a mentally challenged boy, a fraudulent dude and most importantly an angelic devil which steals our heart. Mysskin also satirically trolled fake exorcists and how religions come together in order to drive a devil.

Performance wise, Naga is adequate and he exactly replicates Mysskin’s earlier protagonists. The walk, look and dialogue delivery indeed remembers us of Naren who acted in Chitiram Pesudhathi and Anjathey. Naga’s ability to emote is too good for a debut actor. Though Prayaga comes for a few minutes, her beautiful characterization and charming face might get her a lot of offers. Radharavi who played as Prayaga’s father has given an incredible performance in a short yet strong role given to him.

Technically Pissasu is simply outstanding. Aroll Corelli’s background score is divine and poetic for a horror movie while cinematography by Ravi Roy is sensational that his shot coveys thousand stories. The effort done by the sound effects team is also quite laudable for hair-raising scary moments. It won’t be an exaggeration to say Mysskin has once again proved that he is a responsible, sensible film who is capable of adding novelty even in a horror movie.

Overall,  Pisaasu is a poetic , feel good horror-thriller. Yes , you read it right!

Rating : ✮ 1/2

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Lingaa Movie Review

Rajini films are always special; he is not just another superstar who runs his career only with mindless masalas. Rajini’s hit films always have good characterization, there will be a powerful villain and the missions set by him will be difficult enough for the Super Star and how Rajini cross all those hurdles will be a treat to watch but sadly Lingaa doesn’t have any above said things.  In Lingaa everything is easy for superstar, nothing seems to be  difficult for him, director KS Ravikumar has given not just one but two roles Raja Lingeswaran and the con Lingaa(grandson of Lingeswaran) just to celebrate the superstar in big screen.

Lingaa follows the same tried and tested formula of KS Ravikumar where a comic- casual present situation built up with an epic flashback portions where Raja Lingesawaran was shown as a messiah for Cholayoor village,  his character was inspired from British engineer John Pennyquick who built the Mullai Periyaar dam.  Lingerswaran builds the dam against all the odds but due to ego and grudge of a fellow British collector there happens a misunderstanding between Lingeswaran and the Cholayoor people . Lingeswaran was expelled by the people and when they came to know the truth he becomes the legend.

Years later, a greedy politician (Jagapathi Babu) trying to destroy the dam and murders even the inspection officer for the sake of it. The rest of the story tells us how the con Lingaa saves the people of Cholayoor and the dam against the loud clichéd Jagapathi Babu.

Performance wise, Rajinikanth steals the show as Raja Lingeswaran in which the actor’s charisma and style is top notch.  The way Raja Lingeswaran character faces the difficult times show that Rajini is a great actor but sadly the over stretched and over the top climax spoiled the show. Among the two heroines Anushka does her part with her oomph factor while Sonakshi steals our heart with her cute act.

Technically, Lingaa is just average except for the grand visuals of Rathnavelu. The make-up is so pathetic for young Rajini that he looks very aged while the VFX portions at the climax is just horrible and it learly indicates that things are done in haste. There is no big scope for the background score in Lingaa but the Indianey Vaa number is certainly bring goose-bumps for any Rajini fan otherwise there is nothing big to boast up.

Overall one can watch Lingaa for the charismatic –majestic Raja Lingeswaran but if you expect something epic, sorry this not the kind of Rajini film which you are expecting for.

As Rajini says in the movie " I've not failed... I've just postponed my success " - நான் தோற்கவில்லை. என் வெற்றியை தள்ளி வைத்துள்ளேன்......"  I seriously believe that Rajini will soon be back with a bang!

Rating : ✮1/2