Review : Inkokkadu – Only for Vikram

Inkokkadu

Release date : September 8, 2016

 Rating : 2.75/5

Director : Anand Shankar

Producer : Shibu Thameens

Music Director : Harris Jayaraj

Starring : Vikram, Nayantara, Nithya Menen

National Award winner Vikram, is back with yet another interesting film Inkokkadu. The action entertainer which has the star hero in a double role has hit the screens all over today. Let’s see how it is.

Story:-

Th entire Malaysian police are busy cracking a mysterious case about a dreaded criminal called Love(Vikram). They have no idea about him and where he operates from. One fine day, they get a clue that an ex-RAW agent, Akhil(Vikram) had a personal vendetta against Love and was dealing the case four years back.

They hunt Akhil down and ask him to take up the case. Who is this Love ? What personal problem did Akhil have with Love ? How did Akhil tackle this case ? and where do Nayanthara and Nithya Menen feature in this entire set up ? That form the rest of the story.

Plus Points:-

Vikram is the heart and soul of the film. It is his double role which attracts the audience right away into the proceedings. The star actor is especially good as Love. Be it his body language, dialogue delivery and walking style, he is a treat to watch whenever he is on screen.

Nayanthara plays a different role and has very good screen presence. The interval bang leaves you with a surprise and sets the film up nicely. The first half has good chases, interesting investigation scenes, and superb performances.Special mention should go to Harris Jayraj’s background score which elevates the film to another level.

Minus Points:-

After a gripping first half, things get slightly slow as the film loses its pace in certain areas. Also, the presence of two songs in unwanted areas disturbs the flow of the film to an extent.

Off late, Nithya Menen has been doing these small roles which do not have any weight in the film. She is wasted in her role as Vikram overshadows her completely throughout the film.

After a point where the twists are revealed, the second half becomes a bit predictable and it is left to the villain character played by Vikram to bring spice into the proceedings.

Technical Aspects :-

Inkokkadu is very strong on technical aspects. Production values are superb as the action entertainer looks quite stylish. Even the way all the characters have been styled is very good. Inkokkadu is a screenplay based film which runs in investigation mode. The director Anand manages to engage the audience well during the first half but falters during the later part.

Music is just about okay but as said earlier, the background score is a highlight. The camerawork is stunning and showcases Malaysia and its surrounding quite well. Editing is below average as many scenes and a song during the second half could have been edited out.

Verdict:-

On the whole, Inkokkadu is a unique action entertainer which has its moments. Engaging first half and Vikram’s performances are a huge plus. This is a kind of film which will be liked only by action film lovers and general audience who love popcorn entertainers, might get disappointed. Finally, if you manage to ignore the lacklustre second half and predicatble storyline, you can give this film a shot for Vikram who is awesome as LOVE.

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‘Janatha Garage’ Review: Needs Some Repairs

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Movie: Janatha Garage
Rating: 3/5
Banner:
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Cast: NTR, Mohanlal, Samantha, Nithya Menen, Unni Mukund, Sai Kumar, Brahmaji, Benarjee, Ajay, Sitara, Devayani, Gunaji and others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Thiru
Editing: Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Fights: Anal Arasu
Art: A.S. Prakash
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Mohan (CVM), Y.Ravi Shankar
Written and directed by: Koratala Siva
Release date: September 01, 2016

Fresh from the success of “Nannaku Prematho”, NTR has teamed up with hit director Koratala Siva for “Janatha Garage”. Ever since the movie was announced, it has created huge interest among the film lovers and with the casting of Malayalam superstar Mohanlal the interest hiked further.

As Koratala Siva is in top form and the trailers have become popular, the movie generated huge expectations. Touted as one of the biggest movies this season, it has hit screens in Telugu and Malayalam languages simultaneously.

Let’s find out how the film has fared and whether it has the potential to become blockbuster.

Story:
Satyam (Mohanlal) establishes an auto garage in Hyderabad in early 1980’s. Soon he becomes a leader to their locality. All people in the neighbourhood approach him for help and he also “repairs” (bashes up) men who do wrong to the people.

In the present day, Anand (NTR), an environmental researcher, studying and living in Mumbai frequently lands in problems for his cases against powerful people who pollute the nature. He also knows how to teach them a lesson by bashing them.

On a study exchange program, Anand comes down to Hyderabad and he closes down the illegal quarry of Satyam’s son Raghava (Unni). Impressed with Anand’s aggressive and righteous nature, Satyam asks him to take over his garage. Why? What is his motive?

Artistes’ Performances:

NTR has excelled once again where performance is concerned. He has shown his maturity when he does the scene of Samantha leaving him.

The great actor Mohanlal has not much scope for giving great performance but his presence itself mesmerizes. Samantha and Nithya Menen are wasted in the movie. Sai Kumar’s role is laughable. Ajay’s character lacks proper depth. The villainy done by Unni and Sachin Khedekar also fail to give desired results.

Among other actors Devyani has done good job. Kajal Agarwal’s item song comes at wrong time but she has tried to spice up the screen with ample skin show.

Technical Excellence: 
The film boasts high technical values with top-notch camera work by renowned cinematographer Thiru and great artwork. Much of the film is shot at Janatha Garage set and even Mumbai set props are eye-catching.

Devi Sri Prasad’s music is okay. Only couple of songs are good. Editing is bad – from pace to keeping plenty of unnecessary scenes. Fights are routine. Dialogues are good but direction and narration are not effective.

Highlights:
NTR’s performance
NTR and Mohanlal’s scenes
GHMC Episode
Some dialogues

Drawback:
Dull first half
Heroines with no proper roles
Lack of emotional quotient
Weak Villain
Predictability
Lengthy runtime

Analysis: 
“Idhi Oka Kutumba Katha”

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is a huge plus as all the songs have been composed quite well. Devi’s background score in the second half elevates the proceedings to a decent level. Production values of the film are pretty good. Camera work is superb as Hyderabad and Mumbai have been showcased in a wonderful light. Dialogues written by Koratala Shiva are meaningful. Editing is below average as the film needs to be trimmed by at least 15 minutes.

Coming to the director Koratala Shiva, he has done just an okay job with the film. Though his thought is good, he takes too much time to establish the story as the film catches steam only after the first half. He makes things predictable and ends the film on a simple note.

Verdict :-

On the whole, Janatha Garage is not your regular popcorn entertainer which Tollywood churns out every week. It is a character-driven film where the onus is on serious emotions. Though NTR performs brilliantly, Mohan Lal gets a prominent role and this might not go well with NTR’s fans. The film will appeal to the general audience more than the fans. Finally, if you ignore the predictable story line, you may give this film a shot. But keep your expectations in check.

 

 

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A Flying Jatt Movie Review

TIGER’S SUPER-SOFT SUPERHERO POWERS A FLYING JATT!

TIGER'S FLYING JATT!RATING: 3.5/5

CAST: Tiger Shroff, Jacqueline Fernandez, Amrita Singh, Gaurav Pandey, Nathan Jones, Kay Kay Menon
DIRECTION: Remo D’Souza
GENRE: Fantasy
DURATION: 2 hours 30 minutes

STORY: Aman fears heights, dogs and industrialist Malhotra who sends merciless Raka to grab Aman’s land – but what happens when Aman discovers his own superhuman powers? Can he defeat Raka – and the power behind him?

REVIEW: So, straight away, the best thing about A Flying Jatt is the fumbling Jatt played by Tiger Shroff. Wicked industrialist Malhotra (Kay Kay) wants Aman’s family’s lands, which hold a sacred tree, for his polluting industries. Aman’s mother, Mrs. Dhillon (Amrita), ferociously opposes Malhotra – but Aman quakes before him, intimidated by most things on earth, including his own martial arts students.

Can Aman ever stand up to Malhotra and his huge henchman Raka (Nathan) – and can he fight his own fears?

Tiger does a neat job as Aman, shivering superhero who fights crime but also buys ‘do kilo lauki’ on the way home. Tiger’s evolution, from a kind but confused kid on the block, to a focused and fierce fighter, comes across well as do the film’s light moments, including Aman as ‘Sunny Leone’. Amrita Singh, literally playing a Tiger Mom, displays feisty panache, berating her son for having ‘dole-shole, no jigra’, delivering wisdom with slaps and guzzling drinks galore. The banter between her, Tiger and Aman’s fun-loving brother Rohit (Gaurav) is fresh good fun.

Sadly, as Aman’s love interest Kriti, Jacqueline adds little zing to this party – her role consists of grinning incessantly and delivering mystifying dialogues (“I like karate – it’s like, so, hah!”) in an accent that reminds you – with longing – of Katrina Kaif. Kay Kay is much too leashed – despite his ability, Malhotra’s malevolence simply doesn’t ooze through. As Raka, who literally enjoys toxic power, Nathan Jones growls, grunts and grins in a manic sort of way. These don’t make him scary – just cartoonish.

And there lies the trouble with A Flying Jatt – the full, stark shebang of a superhero versus super-dark powers never comes through. The villains remain cardboard cut-outs and the clash grows predictable. These thrills don’t chill. On the upside, for children, A Flying Jatt provides clean entertainment – with its innocence, it evokes more Haathi Mere Saathi and less cool-cat Krrish. The film takes off only because of its simplicity – a flying jatt who’s afraid of heights, a rarity in dark times of Udta Punjabs.

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Manamantha Review: Beautiful and Touching

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Release date : August 05, 2016
Movie: Manamantha
Rating: 3.5/5
Banner: Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Cast: Mohanlal, Gauthami, Viswant, RainaRao, Anisha, Nasser, Urvasi and others
Music: Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Rahul Shrivastav
Editing: G.V. Chandrasekhar
Producer: Sai Korrepati
Chandrasekhar Yeleti has created a mark of his own with offbeat movies – “Aithey”, “Anukokunda Oka Roju”, “Saahasam”.

Bringing Malayalam superstar Mohanlal to Tollywood to play lead hero role in his movie “Manamantha”, he created huge buzz. The trailers also seemed promising. As the film hit the screens today, let’s see how engrossing the movie is.

Story:
Sai Ram (Mohanlal) who works in a supermarket is always in need of money as kids are growing and expenses are increasing at home. He expects promotion at his job but sees a hurdle in the form of another assistant manager. Sai Ram’s a silly and greedy act to move further in his career puts him in a danger.

On the other hand, there is a small kid Mahitha (Raina) who is studying 7th standard develops bond with a poor child. Her eagerness to help this poor child get education at her school also lands her in trouble.

An intelligent college student Abhi (Viswant) gets distracted from studies when he falls for the charm of a beauty (Anisha Ambrose).

A middle class woman Gayathri (Gauthami) who is stuck in mundane life gets an opportunity to better her life with the chance encounter of her guru (Gollapudi). How these four individual stories end? What incidents connect them?

Artistes’ Performances:
Mohanlal, the seasoned actor of Malayalam industry, is pillar to the movie. He has given the best performance. Although his dialogue delivery in Telugu is not perfect, he has proved again why he is called one of the best actors in India. In the final emotional sequences we see the real actor in him.

Gauthami as middle class wife is perfect. Vishwant and child artiste Raina Rao have also played their roles well.

The small kid belonging to a poor household is so endearing with his performance. Vennela Kishore as a Teacher comes up with another fine act.

Technical Excellence:

Like in all Chandrasekhar Yeleti’s movies, “Manamantha” has high technical values. Cinematography is superb.

The movie has shown the other side of Hyderabad – middle-class lanes, not-so-posh areas realistically. Art work is first rate. The movie has one only one song but the overall background score is good. Sai Korrepati’s production values are top class.

Highlights:
Emotional scenes
Mohanlal and Gauthami’s performance
Last emotional episode
Climax
Different narration

Drawback:
Slow pace
Lack of entertainment

On the whole, Manamantha is a unique family thriller which impresses you completely. Movies like these are rare to come by and when they do, they are a treat to watch. The near perfect casting who gets into the skin of their characters is seamless and undoubtedly the greatest asset for the film. It would be really interesting to see how the commercial audience lap up a serious film like this. Finally, Manamantha is a movie which can be enjoyed thoroughly. Go for it.

All in all, watch the film for its emotional content, good and earnest scenes and superb performances from the lead actors.

 

 

Review: Dishoom is Varun Dhawan all the way

The first half of Dishoom is breezy and snappy, and the increasingly irrepressible Varun Dhawan is on point, feels Raja Sen.

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There are some filmmakers who make feature-length trailers.They think they’re making an action movie, of course, but the fact is that everything — from an overabundance of slow-motion, to the way words like ‘one day ago’ fly across the screen in the Dhoom font, and the way the film starts and ends with music videos — is for effect.

Done well, this often obvious style can be rather rollicking, and there are times when Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom is actually fun.

The first half is breezy and snappy, and the increasingly irrepressible Varun Dhawan is on point.

The setup is dynamite. It isn’t particularly groundbreaking dynamite, but it is a potentially crackling premise: India’s top cricketer is kidnapped ahead of an India-Pakistan final in the UAE.

There is much room for hilarity in a setup like this, and the film taps into a fair bit of it, even as the set-pieces get bloated and the background score thuds with relentless urgency and repetition. (To me, there were times when it feels like watching a music video version of 99, a cricket/match-fixing film I once worked on.)

This cricketer — Viraj, a combination of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, if you will — is played by Saqib Saleem, and the youngster obviously knows how to hit full-tosses all over the place. Saleem is a fine performer and the cricketing bits seem as authentic as they need to be in a film like this, and the initial mystery of who kidnapped Viraj is an intriguing one.

On the trail are Kabir, an Indian supercop flown in to hunt him down, and Junaid, a Dubai-based Indian cop itching for action. It is all Buddy Comedy 101, but as can be said justifying 90 percent of all movies starring The Rock, we all know the genre works besides its predictability because of the way the actors play off each other. Into each Murtaugh a little Riggs must fall.

The big problem here is with the heavy.

John Abraham plays Kabir, the douchey tough-cop who smokes in elevators and speaks to his girlfriend like a bully, but Abraham — who, at one point several films ago, was at least attempting to act — has turned into a top-heavy slab with all the expressions of granite. He weighs Dishoom down considerably. Even his half-winking smirk now appears leery, as if he’s been bench-pressing with his cheeks and can’t smile a human smile any more.

This is depressing because of just how frothy Varun Dhawan keeps things. With the natural, cocky charm of a young Will Smith — a fact alluded to when Dishoom references Men In Black with its heroes calling themselves K and J — Dhawan is spontaneous and funny but, most importantly, sincere.

He hits the emotional beats lightly but firmly — like when he tears up after having finally found a dog — and these are what sell his character, the way he can establish earnestness in a second and go back to being goofy right after.

Still, like I said, the first half is a lark. Varun is in form, Saqib’s realistic, and there is an entertaining cameo by Akshay Kumar who puts the man in ‘man-bun.’

It is after the interval, when the shenanigans have been left to an exhausting Akshaye Khanna, the villain of the piece, that tedium really sets in.

The film keeps trying to concentrate on the plot, which is weak, and because the action scenes and chases are long and repetitive, merely changing backgrounds don’t help things as much.


Jacqueline Fernandez joins the action, running in and unable to keep a straight face, but there is a priceless, awestruck moment when the shoe drops and she finally realises who these two cops are looking for.

There is much more that could have been done here. It should be snappier and the jokes sharper, and the plot could so, so easily have been made water-tight. There are even times, unforgivably enough, when it begins to feel immaterial that the kidnapped quarry is a cricketer; it could be just anyone held up for ransom.

But ah, the film is clearly aiming for laughs, and even when it gets lost along the way, blindsided by some unnecessarily elaborate action moment or by a bicepped un-actor, it still provides a fair bit of corny fun.

The film’s best parts are Dhawan asking a helicopter pilot to pull over ‘side mein,’ or Satish Kaushik trolling people on the phone.

If Dishoom does well, however, I do hope they’ll avoid John in the sequels — all this film needed was a cop out.

Ratings:3/5