Starring: Prashanth,Isha Gopikar and Kasturi
Though the film has come out very well, one cannot eliminate the
feeling that the film resembles KADHAL KOTTAI almost everywhere. Agathiyan
switched of his think tank and has made another file copy of KADHAL KOTTAI.
Prashanth is a rich young lad who does not get any peace in his house
bcos of his mother(Ambika) who keeps fighting with everyone. Prashanth and
Charlie(driver cum friend) go to Delhi where they meet Isha Gopikar.
Every time they meet they end up with a fight. Soon, Prashanth goes for
a Europe tour, where he writes a poem and places it along with a boquet
in Diana's Memorial. Isha who comes there on a cultural trip, reads the
poem and replies to it along with another boquet, not knowing that the
previous poem was written by Prashanth. Soon they start loving each
other (Paakamaley Kadhal). Before they could identify each other, they
had to leave London. When they return, Prashanth tries to find his
lady love. Meanwhile, Isha identifies Prashanth and sends him a poem/letter
stating that she is the person whom he is in love with. Prashanth
not knowing that Isha is his love, tears the poem without reading it.
This goes on like KADHAL KOTTAI but is interesting. Kasturi has acted
as a seductive secretary to Prashanth. Kasturi- "hmmmmmmmmmmm enakillai,
enakillai" especially the song "Thakthom Thaka Thimi Thomthom "....pettai.
Illayaraja is omnipresent, antha songs enna, antha bgm enna, antha humming enna,
Raja Rajathan. A pat in the back of the cinematographer.
Starring: Prakashraj, Eashwari Rao and Kushbu
The film was this years surprise hit. Director Manojkumar
(sishian of Barathiraja) has taken this ordinary story and taking into account the taste of
our audience has mixed in right proportion elements like comedy,
thrill and sentiment. The movie involves a lot of suspense
elements and I dont want to break them while trying to review the
story line. Prakashraj has acted well especially in the scene
where he loses his hall ticket and the scene where Anju Aravind
reads the letter written by Prakashraj to her father. Manivannan
asusual. There was a lot of disappointment for all the fans who
went for the movie to see Eashwari Rao (after seeing her bathing
photo in Anandha Vikatan)..... Censor has once again played a
spoil sport. The film is doing well in all centers inspite a
Deva doing the necessary damage.
Starring:Rajkiran, Revathi and Adhiyaman
A nice family story but a flop. Rajkiran is a village head. His
wife, Revathi, gives birth to a child which dies immediately.
Meanwhile, Bhanupriya who is raped by the villain gives birth to
a male child and Rajkiran replaces the the dead child with the live
one. The secret is known only to Rajkiran, Bhanupriya and
Radharavi (Revathi's brother) who overhears Bhanupriya talking to Rajkiran.
Radharavi thinks that the child is born to Rajkiran and Bhanu. The child is
Adhiyaman. The story moves on slowly until the day when Revathi asks
Radharavi for his daughter to get married to her son. Radharavi tells
her that she is not the mother of the child. Revathi and Rajkiran split.
Finally, the villain is forced to tell the truth and the family unites.
The story may not be so special but the characterisation and acting
is Zer Gut!!. For once, Illayaraja not so impressive except for the
the background score where he proves he is indeed a Maestro.
Starring: Karthik,Kousalya and Heera
I loved this film. The movie starts off very slowly and soon we
will realize that it is a strong base which was being laid. Karthik
is in love with Heera but with Heera the vice versa is not true.
Kousalya is in love with Abbas. Kousalya's father, Radharavi is
against love marriages. Kousalya, calls up Radharavi to tell him about
her love with Abbas, but fearing that he will seperate them, tells him that
she has already married Abbas. Unfortunately, Abbas dies in an
accident. A dejected Kousalya meets her college friend Karthik and
due to an unavoidable circumstance is forced to act as her husband.
Now Radharavi wants to see his daughter and son-in-law. Kousalya
wants to live in the memory of Abbas and so asks Karthik to act as
her husband for sometime while she is in her father's village. While
in village, Kousalya slowly starts liking Karthik and Karthik gets
drawn towards Kous. Enter....Heera, who now realizes Karthik's love
and the triangle is established. What next?!!! Karthik, Kousalya,
Radharavi, Manorama and Heera compete with each other to give their
best performance. Bharadwaj (music director of KADHAL MANNAN) has
rendered some melodious numbers. The film is produced by Balachander's
Kavithalaya banner. It is doing well in A & B centers and is average
in C center.
Starring: Parthiban, Roja, Devayani and Priyaraman
Parthiban pettai kalakkal. In the first scene, he appears like a mad
man (badly dressed with a long beard) and says that his ambition is
to become the Chief Minister of the state. He goes on to become an
MLA, support a minority govenment to become a minister and finally
introduces a crisis to the CM and becomes the Chief Minister.
Parths plays a dynamic role, lifting the movie on his shoulders
without losing his originality. There are a lot of Parthiban
trademark scenes which would make you clap your hands at a
subconsious level. Parthiban plays the role model CM with ease
and finally quits politics handing over the post to a good
politician, 'Delhi' Ganesh. Devayani (as ex-lady love), Roja (a
prostitute whom Parths will marry) and Priyaraman (introduced just
for a glamour song) have no major role to play. The three heroines
slow down the otherwise fast film. Priyaraman is bayangara
'Free'yaraman in one song. Debutant director, Jeeva has done a really
good job. Deva---- No Comments.
EN UYIR NEETHANEY
Starring: Prabhu and Devayani
From a totally different start, the movie takes an ordinary course
and soon tests the patience of the audience. Prabhu looks like a
'Papa' Bear and would soon be rejected by his fans if he does not
try and reduce his weight. It is indeed a bold start. The heroine,
Devayani is raped by someone within the first 15 minutes from the
start. Her family drives her away and 'saviour' Prabhu takes her
to his house. Apparam enna, the hero falls in love with the heroine
and they finally marry and live happily ever after. Ethellam oru
pudhumaiyana kathai.....thalai ezuthu. Whenver Devayani is there
the directors make sure that they have another heroine for glamour.
Maheshwari fulfills the directors expectations. Goundamani and
Senthil exist and their impact is not felt.
Starring: Sarathkumar, Kushbu and Vineeth.
How many CHINNA GOUNDERs ? How many YEJAMAANs? How many NAATAMAIs?
One set of fools keep talking about Viagra, Nuclear tests,
Recession, VRML,etc. but we use our innovation to promote 8 patti
rasa into a 16 patti thalaivar. Sarath and Kushbu come to a
village. Sarath stops a caste fight and immediately he becomes
the head of 16 patti villages. Anandraj the villain values casteism
more than anything else. He is dead against Naatamai..sorry
Sarathkumar. It so happens that Sarath's son Vineeth joins
Anandraj after a small fight with Sarath. Finally, Sarath kills
Anandraj and.....Ven Thirayil Kaanga. Kanaga's character is a
total waste. Sarath does a 'Rudra Thandavam' dance in the
climax.....Eashwara!!! Producer. R.B.Choudry and director Sounder
should be warned not to take movies like this. S.A.Rajkumar is very
ordinary except for the climax song which would go well with
Another super hit from Vikraman. Roja is an illegitimate child
of Mouli. When Roja's mother dies, Mouli brings her home
and tells his wife that she is his friend's daughter. Roja is treated
like a servant by Mouli's wife. Karthik and Ramesh Kanna (Ramesh
is directing the film THODARUM) are petty thieves who break into
Roja's house. Roja locks them in a room and since the others in the
house had gone for a pilgrimage, she keeps them in house arrest for
3 days. During this time Karthik falls in love with her and reforms.
Later when due to a family fight, Roja is driven out of the house,
Karthik gives her shelter and makes a big playback singer. Now,
Mouli and family join Roja and soon drive Karthik out of the house.
Roja is about to get married to Ajeeth (Mouli's nephew) and then
the climax. The songs are too good, especially "Etho oru pattu"
which would ring in your ears, even after you come out of the
movie hall. The innovation in this movie is that all the songs have
a little bit of "Etho oru paatu" tune. With this film Vikraman has
struck a hat-trick success (POOVE UNAKKAGA, SURYAVAMSAM and U E K).
Starring: Ajeeth, Richa
Nothing much to say about this movie except...."For heaven's sake,
don't watch it". This is the most foolish movie released this year
and I still repent why I saw it inspite of sufficient warning from
Starring: Murali, Rambha and Nasser
Believe me! I was expecting an art film but not such an artistic film.
It happens to anyone when you see a movie which starts with a village
without electricity, no proper roads, no water, no hospital, etc. I
thought this is going to be another THANEER THANEER, when Murali, Ranjith
and two other youth decide to kidnap the Chief Minister, Nasser.
The plan: Kidnap the CM and his family to the village, make them realize
how much hardship the village is facing and after some days release them
and hope for a change. The plan is approved by Vijayakumar and Nagesh
(freedom fighters whom the village respects a lot). The four youth kidnap
Nasser, his wife, His daughter (Ramba) and his son and make it look as
if the CM and family where killed by crocodiles while they were taking
a boat trip. Now they shave Nassers head and bring them to the village.
Even the villagers dont know that it is their CM. They make the CM and
family to work for their living and soon make them realize there are so
many villages in the state even without the basic requirements. Meanwhile,
Anandaraj would be selected as the temperory CM and would be about to get
sworn in. The youth take Nasser back to Chennai. Anandaraj comes to know
that the CM is alive but does not wish to leave his chances to sit in the
CM's seat. The movie is a real thriller with a lot of message. WOW!!!!
Illayaraj's background score and the 'Vizhipunarchi' songs (rendered by
Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy) are tooooooo good. Cheran has given a totally
different movie but unfortunately the movie did not do well at the box
office (it however, had a good colection in B Centres).
Starring: Sarathkumar, Simran and Vijayakumar.
K.S.Ravikumar indeed knows how to make an ordinary story into a hit film.
Sarathkumar is Vijayakumar's faithful worker. Vijayakumar considers him
as a friend. One day, when Vijayakumar's wife is killed by his son-in law,
Sarath takes the blame and goes to the Jail. Sarath's son (dual role by
Sarath) is brought up by Vijkayakumar. Simran(Vijayakumar's second daughter)
acts as if she is in love with junior Sarath just to take revenge on him (she
thinks that her mother is killed by senior Sarath). Simran sends Sarath out
of the house. Meanwhile the family has a lot of problems from villain and how
Sarath saves the family forms the rest of the story. Ravikumar's screenplay
has an important role to play in the film's success. The film revolves
around Sarath and Vijayakumar and in that process, they haven't done
justice to the 100 Crore Simran fans around the world (Nan mattum illana
it would have become 99,99,99,999). "Meesai Kaara
Nanbaa, Unakku Rosham Athigamda....Athaivida Paasam Athigamda", yup, you
guessed it, another kaivannam of Deva. One song "Karuda Karuda" is an
absolute copy of Suprabaratham. Thirunthavey matarunu nenaikiren.
Starring: Pandiyarajan and Mayuri
A good comedy movie. Pandiyarajan is 'Kumbakkonam Gopalu' who is a master
in cheating people. He marries Mayuri. One day, he happens to read the
diary of Sangeetha, who dies in a hospital. He learns that she had acted
as the wife of a rich man's son. Thyagu has sex with a girl when he is
drunk and mistook it for Sangeetha. Janakaraj is Sangeetha's boss and he
too believes that he had slept with Sangeetha but actually it was her
friend. Now, Pandiyarajan, acts as if he is the brother of dead Sangeetha
and that she had given birth to a child. He makes the rich man, Thyagu
and Janakaraj believe that he is having their heir. Each one send him a
lot of money for bringing up the child. One day when they decide to come
down and see the child, Pandiyarajan finds himself in a soup. He brings
a child from an orphanage and tries to manage with him. The remaining
segment of the movie is full comedy. Master Mahendran who has acted
as the orphan child has given an excellent performance. Mayuri pettai in
one song.Illayaraja's presence is felt only in one song.
Starring: Prashanth, Karan and Simran
Another Love Story but this time the hero is ready to sacrifice his love for
the sake of friendship. Last years 100 day film. Prashanth and Karan are friends.
Karan's elder sister falls in love with Karan's friend and marries him and this
affects his family a lot. Soon Prashanth falls in love with Simran without
knowing that she is Karan's sister. When he realizes who she is, he immediately
tries to sacrifice his love, Simran attempts suicide and Karan comes to know of
it. NATPAA? KAADHALA ? is the theme and the director has solved it beautifully.
Simran....thalaiviya patthi solava venum...pettai. Prashanth and Karan have done
a good job. Deva comes with
Sunda Kanja Soruthan,
I seriously hope some hindhi film producer gives him a chance and takes him to the
north. I cannot tolerate him anymore (and I also wonder how these songs become a hit).
Ellam Neram!!!! (Vayuru Erinchi Solren).
VEERAM VELANCHA MANNU
Starring: Vijayakanth, Kushbu and Roja
Another dabba from Vijayakanth. I was shocked when I heard that amongst
the Diwali releases, this movie was number one for 2 weeks. Thank God,
athuku apparam appadiye oduchi, theatrea vittu. Vijayakanth is like Sandalwood fame
'Veerapan'. He lives in a forest to help the villagers. The villagers are in his side
but the entire police force is against him. When his wife, Kushbu gives birth to a
child (another Vijayakanth), the child is seperated from them. Junior Vijayakanth
becomes a police officer and comes to the village to catch the senior and then the
rest is known to all. Thanthaya? Paasama? fight. Thanx for reading the review. Reviewey
ivalavu Borena appa Padam? Deva vera "Puttu Thatu"nu oru song. Agilandeshwari, Allah,
Starring: Livingston and Kousalya
Whenever 'Super Good Films' R.B.Chowdry produces a low
budget movie with a debutant director, the movie is sure to be a hit.
This is one such film and ofcourse was last years Super Hit. Livingston
is an artist who comes to the city with a lot of hope. He stays with
three of his friends. Livingston has great difficulty in getting a job and
finally becomes a banner artist. His friends freak out with girls and this
creates an inferiority complex in Livingston. One day, he sees Kousalya
using sign language while talking to a girl. Livingston, mistakes Kous to
be dumb and talks to her in sign language. Now, Kous thinks that Liv
cannot speak. Soon, they become friends. They continue talking in sign
language until one day when Kousalya realizes that Livingston has mistaken
her to be dumb. She tells him that shen can speak but Liv doesn't let her
know that he can speak. He thinks that she is with him bcos of sympathy and
so he does not want to lose her. Slowly they fall in love with each other
and that is the time when Kous learns that Liv can speak. Then What? An
end which no one would have even dreamt about. An excellent movie. All the
characters have done their parts well. The movie earned a good name for Kousalya.
Music is not so impressive but the new director, Sasi has indeed made a
Starring: Vijay, Suvalakshmi and Sanghavi
Another hit from Vijay. Vijay and Suvalakshmi are in love with each other. Vijay is a
christian and Suvalakshmi a Hindu. The village witnesses a big communal fight because of
a Hindu-Christian marriage. Vijay stops the fight and tells them that he will make sure
that such an incident does not occur again. Now, Vijay sacrifices his love for the
sake of harmony in his village. Raghuvaran comes to the village to marry Suvalakshmi and
comes to know of their love. Inspite of that he is willing to marry Suva. Then comes a
beautiful climax. The songs are very good, especially
"Neeee Kaatru Naaaaan Maram,
Enna Sonaalum Thalaiyaatuven.
Neee Mazhai Naaaaan Bhoomi,
Engu Vizhunthaalum Thaangikolven."
There is another speciality in this film. My best friend, Sanjeev Ramprasad
acts as Vijay's friend in this movie.
Gokul Santhanam is currently doing his MBA at XIME, Bangalore and can be contacted at