Kavan is an Indian Tamil-language social thriller film directed by K. V. Anand written with Subha and produced by AGS Entertainment. The film stars Vijay Sethupathi and Madonna Sebastian in lead roles with Vikranth, T. Rajendar, Pandiarajan, Jagan, Chandini, Srinivasan, Bose Venkat and Akashdeep Saighal in pivotal roles. The film, which has a soundtrack and score composed by Hiphop Tamizha, Edited by Anthony and Cinematography handled by Abinandhan.


Thani Oruvan is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Mohan Raja and written by Subha. The film, produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh and Kalpathi S. Suresh under the production company AGS Entertainment, stars Jayam Ravi and Nayanthara in the lead roles. The film's soundtrack was composed by Hiphop Tamizha. The cinematography and editing was handled by Ramji and Gopi Krishna respectively.




Irumbu Kuthirai is an Tamil film directed by Yuvaraj Bose and produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh Kalpathi and S. Suresh in the banner AGS Entertainment. The film features Adharvaa and Priya Anand in the lead roles while Lakshmi Rai, Joshna, Jagan, Manobala, Mayilsamy, Devadarshini, Anupama Kumar, Neelu, Swaminathan, Sachu, Joe Malloori, Sanjay, Akshara Gowda, Alisha Abdullah and Johnny Tri Nguyen appear in supporting roles. Music composed by G.V. Prakash Kumar. Cinematography handled by Gopi Amarnath. Editing by T.S. Suresh.

Plot:

Prithviraj Narayanan (Atharvaa) is a Pizza Delivery Boy, his mother is Mary (Devadarshini) and his bestfriends are Jagan (Jagan) and Christina (Raai Laxmi).

Prithviraj receives complaints from his boss (Manobala) for slow pizza delivery, he follows every rule on riding the bike after a bike accident where he witnessed his father's death. Prithvi falls in love with Samyuktha aka Sam (Priya Anand), they become friends and she asks him to buy a bike. Samyuktha suggested him to get a second-hand black Ducati Diavel known as the Raven.

But that very bike brings danger to Prithvi due to a shocking past. One day Prithvi and Sam get into an argument when he attempts to kiss her and she tells him that she only likes him as a friend. On the way home, Samyuktha is kidnapped by mysterious bikers. Prithvi, Jagan and Christina look for clues to find the kidnappers. The kidnapper is revealed to be Don Stoney (Johnny Tri Nguyen) who was the first owner of Prithviraj's bike.

Don Stoney named his bike as the Raven for its extreme speed. Stoney was fired from Motocross in France after he beats a guy to death for scratching his Raven. Stoney is obsessed with his Raven. Stoney's brother, Roger, takes Raven and competes with another racer called Michael (who's always wearing a helmet and whose face is never shown). At the race, Roger loses the Raven to Michael. Unable to face his brother, Roger commits suicide. For 3 years Don Stoney has been searching high and low for his Raven, and the racer Michael - whom he sees as the cause of his brother's death.

Prithvi receives a call from Stoney who asks him to come to his hideout at Mahé if he wants Samyuktha back safely. As Prithvi leaves, Jagan talks to Christina, who reveals the truth about Prithvi - his full name is Michael Prithviraj Narayanan. Prithvi is none other than the Michael who rightfully won the Raven.

Prithvi/Michael enters a race against Stoney and wagers pink slips for the Raven. During the race, Stoney gains an advantage, but loses it when Michael uses his extreme skill to catch up to Stoney, handing the victory to Michael. Afterwards, Stoney releases Samyuktha and says that he does not want the Raven without winning it. He tells Michael that one day he will come back to challenge him again for the Raven, and that until then, Michael is the only other person worthy to possess the Raven. He lets Michael and Samyuktha go, who then leave on the Raven, heading back home.

Tenaliraman also known as Jagajala Pujabala Thenaliraman is an Tamil historical fiction comedy film directed by Yuvaraj Dhayalan, Vadivelu stars in this film in dual roles. Meenakshi Dixit plays the heroine in the film. The other cast includes Manobala, Radha Ravi as the main antagonist, G. M. Kumar, Bala Singh, Mansoor Ali Khan - Cannibal tribe leader, Santhana Bharathi, Shanmugarajan, Joe Malloori, Devadarshini, Kingkong, Namo Narayana, Baby Neha, "Besant Nagar" Ravi and Bose Venkat. Produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram, Kalpathi S. Ganesh Kalpathi and S. Suresh in the banner AGS Entertainment. Music composed by D. Imman, Cinematography handled by Ramnath Shetty.

Plot:

The movie opens to the Maamannar (Vadivelu as a king), the king who is ruling over his kingdom along with his nine ministers, whom he claims to be the navarathnams (nine jewels) of his court. The most interesting aspect is that the Maamannar has a rather large family including 36 wives and 52 children. One fine day, along comes Tenaliraman (Vadivelu as a common man) to the court of the king. After a display of his all-round talents (singing, dancing, extremely sharp wit and amazing sense of humour), Tenaliraman impresses the king very much and becomes a very integral part of the king's court and an even closer adviser to the king than the ones who are already there. However, there is a courtier (Radha Ravi), who wishes to overthrow the king and gather power for himself. Meanwhile, the Chinese also arrive at the kingdom and wish to do trade with the people of the kingdom. With all these things happening around, there is a sinister plot being woven in the background and a lovely but potentially dangerous romance is also brewing. What is the sinister plot? Why is the love dangerous? What are the issues that the Maamannar faces? Will Tenaliraman be able to get a solution to all problems? The answers form the crux of the story.

Anegan is an Indian Tamil film directed by K. V. Anand. The film stars Dhanush and Amyra Dastur in the lead, while Karthik, Atul Kulkarni, Ashish Vidyarthi and Jagan play supporting roles. Produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram, Kalpathi S Ganesh and Kalpathi S Suresh in the banner AGS Entertainment., the film has music by Harris Jayaraj, cinematography by Om Prakash and editing by Anthony Gonsalves. The other crew includes Subha, Kiran, Kanal Kannan, Anu Kushboo, Venkat Manickam and Nikhil.

Plot: 

Munaruna is a Tamil worker in 1960s Burma. His friend Saamuda falls in love with Mallika, but Mallika loves Munaruna. Munaruna saves Samudra, the daughter of a Burmese army general, from a Ferris wheel accident and they fall in love. When Mallika learns about this, she is devastated and marries Saamuda. The Burmese general disapproves of the union between Munaruna and Samudra, and revokes the privileges that the Tamil immigrants had until then. Violence breaks out and the Tamil nationals flee Burma. Munaruna and Samudra join the refugees on a ship with Saamuda and Mallika. When Samudra's father comes looking for her, Mallika spitefully reveals where they are hiding. As Samudra and Munaruna try to escape by diving into the ocean, Munaruna is shot and killed. Samudra drowns after promising to be together forever.

Back in Dr.Radhika's office in present-day India, Madhu claims that it is the story of her previous life and she has already met Saamuda and Mallika as Jagan and Meera, who are fellow programmers in the same gaming company. Radhika dismisses this and gives Madhu medicine for stress. Madhu meets Ashwin, a new employee in her company, and realizes his resemblance to Munaruna and flirts with him. Kiran is their boss and he knows to extract work from employees with ease.

Meera hallucinates about ghosts that try to rape her and she jumps from the office window and dies. Madhu is disturbed and attends her therapy sessions with Radhika when she remembers her first birth.

Madhu and Ashwin meet with a car accident and Madhu is admitted in a hospital. She dreams about overhearing a policeman Gopinath's conversation about Kaali and Kalyani, when she intervenes and says that she knows their whereabouts. Once awake, she recites the dream to the policemen in the hospital and they are confused. Police commissioner Gopinath visits her and Madhu realizes that he looks like the police from her dream. He says that the Kaali-Kalyani story was a missing person case that happened 25 years ago. Madhu claims that Kaali and Kalyani were killed and buried and takes Gopinath and Ashwin to a place where they dig up and find skeletons identified as remains of Kaali and Kalyani. Gopinath finds a ring engraved with letter R on one of the skeletons. Ashwin is confused as to what R may mean.

Madhu returns to her therapy, and Kiran hears about her hallucinations and rushes to the clinic. Madhu hallucinates about her third birth, where she is Kalyani, a Brahmin girl who falls in love with a rowdy Kaali and her father forcefully arranges her marriage with RaviKiran when Kaali is in jail for murder. Kaali escapes from prison and meets Kalyani and they plan to elope, but RaviKiran finds out and offers to help them. He takes them to a secluded spot where he murders Kaali and Kalyani out of jealousy and buries them. The finger with the ring belongs to RaviKiran and is amputated by Kaali during the fight. RaviKiran buries it along with dead bodies, unknowingly.

In the present, Kiran is RaviKiran in his youth. When he finds out that, as a child, Madhu learned the truth of Kali and Kalyani's death from Kalyani's father, he kidnaps and tries to kill her. Ashwin finds video games whose plots resemble the stories of Madhu's previous births and Meera's hallucination and death. He finds a drug that the employees have been using to boost memory. He realizes that Kiran has been giving illegal drugs his employees to boost their creativity so that he can profit with uniquely-themed, intense games. As a side effect of the drug, his employees hallucinate. Ashwin confronts Kiran, and in the ensuing fight, he saves Madhu and Kiran is killed when a knife Ashwin threw into a tree falls onto Kiran's chest. Gopinath covers up the death as suicide, stating that Kiran killed himself for the illegal activities.

Ashwin and Madhu marry and honeymoon in Burma, where they pass by a log with a heart and the names of Munaruna and Samudra carved into it.

Vai Raja Vai is an Indian Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Aishwarya Dhanush, starring Gautham Karthik and Priya Anand in the lead roles. The other star cast includes Vivek, Taapsee Pannu, Daniel Balaji, Sathish, Director Vasanth, Gayathri Raghuram, Bose Venkat, M.S.Bhaskar, Manobala and Sriranjani. The film has music score from Yuvan Shankar Raja. Produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram, Kalpathi S Ganesh and Kalpathi S Suresh in the banner AGS Entertainment. Cinematography handled by Velraj. The other crew includes Subha, Kola Bhaskar, Jai, Poornima, S.M.Venkat Manickam and Riyaz.

Plot:

Karthik (Gautham Karthik) is a middle-class boy who works at an IT company, gifted with an extrasensory perception. He has a girlfriend, Priya (Priya Anand). During school days, he scores good in the exams using his power, so his father asks him suppress this power and forget its existence. Then, he meets Pandian aka Panda (Vivek) at his office and befriends with him. Panda, who is a gambler, gets to know about Karthik's power and asks him to play cricket gambling by using his power. Rande (Daniel Balaji) is in charge of the cricket gambling under an unknown man known as Kumar. Karthik wins 1 crore in the gambling and uses 10 lakhs for his elder sister Gayathri's (Gayathri Raguram) marriage. Panda, Karthik and Sathish (Sathish) go on a vacation to Goa to spend the gambling money. There Rande threatens Karthik to play Roulette in the Casino Royale ship. Initially Karthik hesitates but Rande threatens him by kidnapping Priya. Karthik accepts to play. By this incident Priya comes to know about Karthik's power.To train Karthik, Shreya (Taapsee Pannu) comes to help. Karthik plays the game and tricks Rande to take his place in gambling . The officials of the casino suspect Rande and arrest him . Karthik, with his money won in the gambling with Panda, Sathish and Priya, escape and go back home. Shreya helps Rande to escape from guards by the saying of Kumar. Rande traces Karthik and takes him to his place. There Karthik using his power to fight Rande's sidekicks and threatens Rande with his own gun. At that time a Rolls-Royce Phantom comes and is revealed that the unknown man Kumar is Kokki Kumar(Dhanush) and ask Karthik to play for him in Politics.

Naveena Saraswathi Sabatham is a Tamil contemporary fantasy comedy film written and directed by K. Chandru, the former associate of C.S Amudhan and Venkat prabhu. He also wrote the lyrics for songs like pacha manja, ohmahaazeeya and oru sooravali kilambiyathe in Thamizh padam.

The star cast includes Jai, VTV Ganesh, Sathyan, Niveda Thomas, Manobala, Ramya, Swaminathan, Chitra Lakshmanan, R.S. Sivaji, Master Mathusudhanan, Rekha Suresh, Kovai Kamala, Raj Kamal, Emey, Subbu Panchu, Devadarshini, Badava Gopi, Sam Anderson and Rajkumar. Venkat Prabhu plays an important role in this film as a director. Produced by Kalpathi S Aghoram, Kalpathi S Ganesh and Kalpathi S Suresh in the banner AGS Entertainment . Cinematography handled by J.Anand, associate of Nirav shah and music by Prem Kumar. Editing by T.S.Suresh. The other crew includes M.G.Murugan, S.M.Venkat Manickam, Dhilip Subbrayan and Nikhil


Plot:

The Story begins in a modern heaven, where Lord Paramasivan (Subbu Panchu) gives orders to Narada (Manobala) to pick 4 people for his Thiruvilaiyadal to make the world realise the ill effects of smoking and drinking. The candidates picked are Ramarajan (Jai), a Siddha Doctor, Ganesh (VTV Ganesh), a helpless man who is the husband of a local don, Gopi (Sathyan Sivakumar), a future politician and son of a selfish politician and Krishna (Rajkumar), a budding actor. How Does Paramasivan carry out his Thiruvillaiyadal and how do these four overcome it forms the rest of the story.
Ethir Neechal is a 2013 Tamil comedy drama film directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar, a former assistant to Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanush in the banner Wunderbar Film Pvt Ltd. Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand and Nandita play lead roles. The other cast includes Jayaprakash, Ravi Prakash, Vaali and Suza Kumar. Speacial appearance made by Dhanush and Nayanthara. Distributed by Vendhar Movies. Music composed by Anirudh Ravichander. Cinematography handled by Velraj and Editing by Kishore Te. AGS Entertainment distributes the film in the Chennai city alone.

Movie Review:


Dhanush’s Wunderbar Films presents Ethir Neechal, featuring Siva Kathikeyan with two pretty women for company in the form of Priya Anand and Nandita. There is also an experienced support cast comprising the likes of Jayaprakash and Raviprakash to back the main leads.

The main protagonist in Ethir Neechal feels that the name that was bestowed on him after birth, is his biggest undoing as he becomes the butt of ridicule due to this unique name. He then gets himself a new name and just as things start falling in place for him thanks to a new job and a pretty girlfriend, they come back to square one due to his original name. He then decides to get rid of his ‘slacker’ attitude and wishes to achieve something in life.

The Chennai Marathon gives him that opportunity and the rest of the movie is about how he swims against all odds and proves a point to himself and his dear ones and also how he uncovers a pertinent issue to the society as a whole.

Ethir Neechal provides a wholesome package which combines elements like comedy, romance, hardship, inspiration and ultimate fruition in the end. The first half is mostly a breeze thanks to the situations arising from the hero’s unique name and his efforts to change it. There is a whole lot of wordplay involved such as Kenayan being addressed as K9.

Siva Karthikeyan and his friend are the typical cinema combo where the friend stands by the hero all along and provides plenty of light moments. These two rule the first half. Priya Anand is the romantic interest of Siva and she plays a beautiful teacher and has a small role in Siva’s transformation. The scenes when Siva woos Priya, using a small school kid in his neighborhood, provide some healthy laughs.

Nandita has a more substantial role from the second half onwards as Valli, Siva’s trainer and a former promising athlete whose prospects are ruined by a doctored hormone test.

The film throws light on the hardships that humble athletes have to encounter in the face of the rich, influential people who matter. In these segments, the ambitions that a dad has for his daughter and his efforts in bringing her talent to light, have been portrayed well. There is also a subtle mother sentiment angle earlier in the movie, between Siva and his self-respecting mother who struggles to raise him single-handedly.

Anirudh is the biggest backbone of the movie with his background score lifting each scene and putting it on a pedestal. This youngster is surely a tremendous talent and watch out for him in a cheeky cameo as a bartender. His songs are already fan favorites and each of them earns the whistles and claps from the excited crowd.

Dhanush’s cameo in a Kuthu song at the bar will please his fans while Nayanthara, in another cameo, doesn’t have much screen-time in the same song.

The movie’s production values come across in the way the marathon has been picturized in an intricate manner. Though the action in the marathon is cinematic, the milieu appears authentic and Velraj’s work behind the lens spells quality as always. The training period that Siva goes through before his appearance at the marathon has also been presented seriously but with a tinge of lightheartedness running through it.

On the whole, though the movie isn’t very racy, it offers something for the entire family. Beyond just being a mindless romantic comedy, it also makes some valid points about the state of poor athletes in the country.

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Maattrraan is a 2012 Tamil action thriller film directed and co-written by K. V. Anand and produced by Kalpathi S. Aghoram along with his brothers Kalpathi S.Ganesh and Kalpathi S.Suresh. It stars Suriya who portrays conjoined twins, along with Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles while Sachin Khedekar and Tara play supporting roles.

Plot:

Ramachandran (Sachin Khedekar) is a genetic scientist who doesn't get due credit and funds for his research. He tries creating a human with several talents through baby designing, which thus leads to the birth of his sons, who are conjoined together above the waist. Since they share a common heart, doctors suggest a sacrificial surgery, to which their mother Sudha (Tara) objects. They begin raising their children, Vimalan and Akhilan (both played by Suriya). In the following years, Ramachandran makes it big with the help of Sudha. His company, Locus Lacto Products, makes huge profit through their product “Energion”, the top-selling children’s powdered milk energy drink in the market.

Vimalan and Akhilan are poles apart in character, the former being decent and good at studies while the latter is care-free and poor at studies. Anjali (Kajal Aggarwal) joins their company as a translator. Both Vimalan and Akhilan fall for her. She, along with her Russian friend Volga, a journalist, spend their time with the brothers. Meanwhile, Anjali falls for Vimalan and Akhilan is happy for them.

Volga is then revealed to be a spy who tries to steal the trade secrets of Energion. She is exposed and sent out by Ramachandran. She then takes the brothers to their cattle farm under the pretext of an interview where she takes pictures and even collects a milk sample from their farm. When Vimalan questions her, he is warned by her that Energion was an adulterated product and could lead to the death of thousands of children. She also exposes their father of killing the head of their R & D department and setting the lab on fire, thereby destroying evidence. Consequently, she is murdered, but, she swallows a pen-drive containing evidences of the foul-play before dying. Anjali acquires it from the person who performs Volga’s autopsy. She hands the pen-drive over to Vimalan. Following this, Vimalan and Akhilan are confronted by goons who try to get the pen-drive from him. Akhilan is convinced that the attack was only meant for robbing them. During this fight, Vimalan suffers a huge blow on the head.

Vimalan is declared brain-dead and his heart is transplanted into Akhilan. After the twins are separated through a surgery, Anjali grows closer to Akhilan. Sudha is warned that Energion is adulterated and she confronts her husband who asks the food safety department to raid their company. But to her surprise, Energion is declared safe and hygienic. Meanwhile, Akhilan discovers that his father is behind Vimalan’s death by tracking his assistant, Dinesh (Ravi Prakash). He gets hold of the pen-drive that contains several photos, where ingredients used as cattle feed at their farm are declared as no feed. The beginning of the scheme is traced back to the fictional republic of Ukvania.

Accompanied by Anjali, Akhilan sets out to solve the mystery. They get her friend Ashok’s help, but he is subsequently killed. The photos are revealed to be athletes who were competing as Unified team under the olympic flag in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. The athletes were declared dead in a plane crash. The investigation leads them to the army medical research centre. The truth is then revealed that Energion was originally an undetectable steroid invented by Ramachandran to improve the performance of the athletes at the world games. Though the country performed well, some of the athletes began suffering from similar health problems leading to their deaths and that their death from a plane crash was faked to avoid national shame. They also learn that the adulterant in Energion could be detected only with the addition of ionization enhancer. After being assaulted by a local mafia led by Dinesh, Akhilan manages to kill him and takes the remedial ingredients back to India.

Once they are in India, Ramachandran is exposed and is about to be arrested. Akhilan requests his father to surrender but however, he discovers his father’s ugly side and finds out that he and his brother are just a result of their father’s failed experiment. Ramachandran also states that he used the whole society as his research lab, through Energion. His leg is then crushed by a rock after being unsuccessful in killing his son. Akhilan then leaves his father to die at the hands of rats which chew on his flesh.

Akhilan gets National recognition for bravery. He later gets married to Anjali, and the couple subsequently become parents to conjoined twins.
Vellore Mavattam is a 2011 Tamil action film written and directed by R. N. R. Manohar, whose earlier flick was Maasilamani. It stars Nandha and Poorna in the lead role and  Santhanam, Azhagam Perumal, Jayaprakash, G.M.Kumar, Singamuthu, Mayilsamy, Sathyan, Vaiyapuri and Alex  in the supporting role, Featuring music by Sundar. C Babu, it is produced by AGS Entertainment Kalpathi S. Agoram along with his Brothers Kalpathi S.Ganesh and Kalpathi S.Suresh., the film released on 5 October 2011 on the occasion of the festival of Ayudha Pooja.  

R.N.R Manoharan speaks about Vellore Mavattam:

R N Manoharan who directed Maasilamani is now directing a film titled Vellore Mavattam. While speaking about this film, he said,” This film is not about an arrogant police officer. This film is about a youngster who is the son of a farmer and how he becomes an IPS. 

Nanda who is donning the role of Muthukumar IPS will remind you of your son or next door boy. Once I decided that this is the story, I immediately contacted D G P Vijaya Kumar, D I G Pon Manickavel and S P Maurya and discussed with them a lot and finally I learnt a lot of things from them. I also stayed in the Hyderabad Police Academy and spoke to the trainees and gathered a lot of information from them.

After this only I finalized the story. In one film I cannot pour all the things. I have mixed entertainment and sentiment in the right proportion. Why I have given the back drop of Vellore is because normally police stories in our films happen only in Madurai, Nellai and southern districts.

So I decided to go to a different place. I choose Vellore to be the backdrop since this place formed the basis for freedom struggle. In this serious film, Santhanam and Mayilsamy will make people laugh intermittently.”

Nandha speaks about Vellore Mavattam:

More often than not, you may have seen cops flaring up their nostrils and rolling out punch dialogues but here is a different one. This one is Nanda and he is coming up with Vellore Mavattam wherein he plays a cop. Speaking about it, Nanda said that his role is very soft spoken and added that he has not even raised his voice in the film except one scene.



Movie Review:

Sometimes you feel the necessity to name the movies in Tamil has made naming convention a lot better. But it’s not enough the name of a movie catches your fancy, is it now? Case in point; Velur Mavattam. As much as the title promises to be a gritty action thriller about a police officer’s fight to bring the gangsters in the heartland of Tamil Nadu to books, Velur Mavattam tumbles into greater levels of predictability.

Nanda plays Muthukumar IPS, who hails from a poor family. His father is a farmer who toils for his daily life and is particular that he does not want his son to get stuck in a similar life. So the son studies arduously, becoming an IPS officer. Life as an IPS is not a cake walk and what it offers to Muthukumar as an IPS officer is what Velur Mavattam all about.

It’s very tough to make a straightforward story work, exactly the case here. Besides, the movie also has resemblances of many other movies from the past; of the top of our head, Saamy and Singham - only with no vitality. While the first half travels like a slug, the second half brightens up just a little bit. But that happiness does not last long as it plummets to a foreseeable climax.

Muthukumar studies hard, passes the IPS exam with flying colors, falls in love and marries, tides over a quarter-life crisis of sorts and goes back fighting evil. This is all that happens in the movie and in that particular order. And to say the movie is an action entertainer, the director hasn’t paid enough attention to the action, or the entertainment. He also makes an actor with potential like Nanda, remain stony throughout the movie, since he plays a cop.

Heroine Poorna doesn’t have much scope in a hero centric story. Others, including Santhanam and Azhagamperumal are just fillers. It’s surprising to note that even Santhanam couldn’t manage to pull a few laughs.

Sundar C Babu’s background score and music play spoilsport and ends up lackluster. Neither the songs nor the movie’s background score do anything to pace up the movie.

Formulaic and predictable are two words that can describe Velur Mavattam. The director seems to have set out to portray the life and struggle of an honest officer in this big, bad world. However, while drawing a line between commercial and realistic cinema, he has missed out major chunks of portions screaming for attention leaving the movie a predictable fare.

Courtesy: Behindwoods




Nandha dons a khakhi for the first time and plays a rough tough cop in 'Vellore Mavattam'. At a time when filmmakers go around Madurai and its interior villages, director RNR Manohar of 'Masilamani' fame has chosen Vellore as the movie's backdrop and has used its geographical locations well to deliver a slick entertainer.

Although cop stories need no introduction in Tamil cinema, the swift screenplay of 'Vellore Mavattam' sets it apart. Nandha plays an IPS officer who fights not just against evil men in the society or anti-socials, but corrupt men within the police department too. Poorna plays his wife while the cast includes Azhagam Perumal, GM Kumar, Santhanam and Mayilsamy.

Muthukumar (Nandha) is the son of a vegetable vendor in a village. His father wants him to study well and come good in life. He strives and becomes an IPS officer. After a brief stint of training at National Police Academy, Muthukumar is appointed as Additional Superintendent of Police in Vellore district. Meanwhile, he meets Priya (Poorna) and both fall for each other. They eventually get married.

Muthukumar's problems start after he aspires to make Vellore a haven of peace. But there is Gurumurthy (Azhagam Perumal) who with his nexus with politicians and police officers play spoilsport on Muthukumar's dreams. Nandha is bubbly, agile as young police officer. He looks trim and seems to have done his home work well. He has enough stunt sequences too. Poorna as Nandha's wife has a small role to essay but she makes an impression with the little role she has. Santhanam as constable Kumaravelu tickles your funny bone, but at places goes overboard with double entendre.

GM Kumar and Mayilsamy form part of the cast. Azhagam Perumal plays a baddie. Cinematographer Vettri has captured Vellore district well, while editor Suraj Kavee tries to liven up the pace thanks to his scissors. His crisp editing deserves special mention. Sundar C Babu's music is peppy. Produced by AGS Entertainment, 'Vellore Mavattam' is good in most parts, although the script may set in a sense of deja vu, it's quite entertaining.

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Avan Ivan is a 2011 Tamil comedy-drama film written and directed by Bala, who with this project directs his fifth feature film. The film stars Vishal ,Arya, Janani Iyer and Madhu Shalini in the lead roles where as Surya and Reema Sen playing the Guest role. The cast also includes R.K, Ambika,  Jayapradha, Singampuli, Krishnamoorthy and Anand in the supportnig role . The film, produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram's AGS Entertainment, features music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, cinematography by Arthur A. Wilson and editing by Suresh Urs, released worldwide on June 17, 2011.

Plot:

Set in backdrops of Theni, Avan Ivan is about the relationship between two boisterously playful half-brothers Walter Vanangamudi (Vishal Krishna) and Kumbudren Saamy (Arya). Both brothers are constantly fighting and try to outdo each other with the encourgament of their mothers. Both mothers are foul mouthed and have a submissive husband (Ananth Vaidyanathan). Walter's mother (Ambika) encourages her son to steal and continue their family tradition and even ironically considers it a godly crime if he does not steal. Walter an asipiring actor (calls himself a Kalaignan) is hopeless at being a criminal in comparison to Kumbudren Samy who rubs his success in Walter and his step mother's face. The Zamindar (G. M. Kumar) who is dearly referred to as 'Highness' by the community takes an affinity towards Saamy and Walter and treats them as his own family. He is constantly encouraging Walter to leave behind his criminal acts and take up acting seriously and to be friendly towards his brother.

Walter is smitten by Police Constable Baby (Janani Iyer) from whom he attempts to steal after being dared by his brother to prove himself. She finds him completely amusing and eventually falls for him and feels that he is not like a normal thief. On several occasions he returns stolen goods from his home and from Kumbudren Samy so that she would not be fired from her job and goes to great lengths to impress her. On the other hand Kumbudren Samy falls for a college student Thenmozhi (Madhu Shalini) who is intimidated by his rough ways at first but she too reciprocates his love later on.

Everything is going all and well for the protagonists until certain issues create trouble for the half-brothers, which are resolved quite easily. For example when the Zamindar is insulted by a police inspector Kumbudren Samy and Walter track him down, puncture the tyres of the police vehicle and bash up all the police travelling in the vehicle. While Walter easily manages to knock them down Kumbudren Samy is not as strong physically and has to be saved by Walter from nearly being killed. When police backup is called Walter tells his brother to run away with his friend while Walter takes the police truck and dumps it in the forest. Kumbudren Samy is caught by the police inspector who knows him well and after acting like he swallowed a blade so he can see Thenmozhi once before going to jail he is rushed to the hospital sees her and fools the entire police force even though Baby is quite suspicious. Kumbudren Samy tries to bribe the doctor to lie but she tells the police constable who only pleads with the him but later gives up and releases him.

Actor Suriya makes a guest appearance as himself who is at the school function to promote educational awareness and his Agaram Foundation. Just as he is about to leave the Zamindar orders him to stay to witness Walter's acting skills. Walter initially tries to do some kicks and fails at singing an English song leading the crowd to Boo and Suriya to try and leave. However this all changes as Walter shows off his depictions of the nine emotions (Navarasas) and impresses everyone. His last act where he cries and is extremely emotional makes everyone cry and even Kubedrem Samy is moved by this. The entire crowd cheers and Suriya comes back onto the stage and congratulates Walter as Kumbedren Samy looks on in astonishment. A drunk Kubredren Samy then reveals to a drunk Zamindar that he actually does love his brother and that all the anger and hate it is just an act. Then enters the villain (R. K.) who illegally smuggles animals to Kerala for meat and is this is found out by the Zamindar and the authorities are informed and he loses his animal farm and is taken by the police amid media fare.

Kumbedren Samy then brings Thenmozhi to the Zamindar's house to introduce them to each other and the Zamindar blesses them. However Walter comes in and identifies Thenmozhi as the Zamindar's enemy's daughter and tells her to leave. Kumbudren Samy pleads with the Zamindar saying that he did not know so the Zamindar tells him to break it off with her to which he refuses and hurts the Zamindar deeply by telling him that he doesn't have a family and no one loves him so he would never understand. The angered Zaminder throws out Kumbudren Samy and Walter as well when he tries to defend his brother. The Zamindar then becomes extremely drunk and is later seen sitting in the rain and both brothers and their family brings him in and all is forgotten and forgiven. The Zamindar even signs over his land to Thenmozhi'a father who was trying to get a hold of the land and organises for their marriage.

The villain who had to face the police raid due to the Zamindar kidnaps the Zamindar and makes him run for his life naked and ends up flogging him inhumanely until he is unconscious. The Zamindar is then hung to death from a tall tree near the river. When the town sees this everyone is astonished, Walter and Kumbudren Samy are devastated and almost collapse with grief. Walter retrieves the Zamindar's body from the tree and then his funeral procession is shown with both brother's dancing madly while very drunk. Kumbudren Samy's face is shown to be extremely scarred and injured. A flashback then shows that he went to fight the smuggler responsible for the Zamindar's death just before the procession but was flogged and beaten severely.

Then another flashback of Walter is shown and it is revealed that Walter managed to bash up the smuggler and his men. Just as the Zamindar's body is about to be burnt it is shown the smuggler responsible for his death has been tied down under the platform with the Zamindar's body and is burnt to death along with the Zamindar. The film ends with both brother's walking along together at peace with each other.


Movie Reviews:

Bala’s highbrow emotional dramas have gained critical acclaims from all ends and actors being a part of such films have felt it as a blissful opportunity that takes them at a jet-speed progression in their career graph. Of course, Sethu, Nanda, Pithamaghan and Naan Kadavul have been the ample evidences that gave a major break for the actors Vikram, Suriya and Arya. Naturally, the surprising look of Vishal as a squint-eyed lad made it clear that the actor is one to go through the process this time and so is Arya, who has already experienced the Midas-touch of Bala with Naan Kadavul.

In Avan Ivan, Bala does not go far from his usual paradigm as he sticks ardently to the formulas of his previous movies. However at the same time, the filmmaker seems to have opted for a slightly different climax from his previous movies.

Set in backdrops of Theni, Avan Ivan is about the relationship between two boisterously playful half-brothers Walter (Vishal) and Kumbudren Saamy (Arya) who are like poles apart constantly involved in nagging but are still fond of each other, and a Zamindar (GM Kumar).

Although we have the signature as ‘A Film By Bala’ during final credits, it’s worth mentioning that the film completely belongs to Vishal. His power-packed performance leaves us astonished. Thanks to Bala for travelling into unknown territories of Vishal’s panorama. The actor is in stark contrast from his previous films and if you’re curiously looking out for his best shots, it starts right from his introduction song, where he shakes his legs dressed up like a woman. But the ultimate master-stroke is where he exhibits Navarasas on the podium as he walks away carrying great appreciations for nine different facial expressions.

Not to miss his breathtaking action sequences, it is much evident that he must have gone through toilsome moments for these sequences. Unlike Vishal, Arya doesn’t have much scope over performance, but manages to remain under spotlights with his rib-tickling comedy tracks and dialogue delivery. His rollicking behaviorism throughout the film and reaction to an unbearable shock during climax are clap-worthy moments. The versatile filmmaker-actor G.M. Kumar as the world-weary Zamindar steals the show with his effortless performance. The scene where he expresses his anger towards Vishal and Arya is a sample. G.M Kumar also joins the list of very few actors who dared to go bare in films.

It’s too ludicrous to see smart girls falling for the unrespectable guys and is so disappointing to have an intellectual filmmaker delineating such characters. Janani Iyer and Madhu Shalini do not have much to do and yesteryear actress Ambika exerts her proficient act as a mom, who smokes beedi and demands her son to save up some liquor for night.

The writing, which lets down the movie big time, turns out to be erroneous, as the screenplay remains vague and directionless. One could literally become puzzled and impatient over the proceeding of the story until a twist that appears only during last 30minutes of the movie.

On the technical front, Arthur Wilson’s cinematography carries rich flavors, and the exotic locations of Theni are a visual treat. Disappointing to see few promising tracks - ‘Avanpathi’ and ‘Oru Malayoram’ missing in the movie. Yuvan’s background score does influence the visuals with violin, veena and strings being well orchestrated.

Overall, Avan Ivan remains as a package of brilliant performances by actors, but stumbles halfway down with its writing.

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Director Bala weaves characters and movies out of common people, many of whom may be considered undesirable and avoidable by the general public, e.g. gravedigger, drug peddler, sex worker, cannibal; Bala could keep pulling out these characters from our everyday lives to make movies. In Avan Ivan, it's a light-hearted zamindar, two thieving half-brothers, their foul mouthed moms and an 'everyone knows everyone' countryside.

A sizable chunk of viewers who have experienced Bala’s movies, consider him crude and heartless in creating his shady characters; but the underlying truth is that he has showed time and again on screen that these undesirables too can laugh, love and have hopes and aspirations like anyone else. Bala has been the USP for his movies, but for Avan Ivan, it's also the squint eyed Vishal and the shaggy Arya.

G.M. Kumar plays the dethroned zamindar, who still rides on the pride that his kingdom once owned the lands around him. He cares for his villagers like his own subjects, just as his forefathers did. Half-brothers Walter Vanangamudi (Vishal) and Kumbideran Saamy (Arya) are thieves. That’s right! 'Kumbideran Saamy' is Arya’s pseudonym, which he believes will make the pestering cops refer to him with respect, even if they don’t mean to.

Arya, the younger brother, is an elusive thief with a quick mind, while Vishal is a simpleton who tries his hand at thievery, but with little success. Vishal’s heart lies in plays, acting and dance, which makes him believe he is more of an artist than a thief. Both brothers are the trusted stooges of the zamindar, who lives alone in his humongous bungalow. Though they are seen on each side of the zamindar, the brothers do not see eye to eye, and Arya constantly sniggers at Vishal for his effeminate side.

Bala’s characters are powerful, but in this film, they seem to lack a gripping storyline compared to his earlier movies. Vishal as the gender-confused individual, movingly brings out the man and woman in his character. He also expresses exceptional talent as a reluctant thief, who feels he is better off as a stage performer. Arya as Kumbideran Saamy is witty, assertive and shows no remorse in snubbing his brother, Arya’s coming of age role we can say. Bala always injects an amount of animal into his characters. Vishal’s reptile-like moves and Arya’s baby baboon type movements again prove Bala’s signature style.

Like his earlier movies, the 'undesirable', or in this case the undesirable pair, stands up against a bigger enemy. In Avan Ivan it’s RK, who runs an illegal slaughter house. When the zamindar calls upon the police and animal activists to raid RK’s illegal trade, RK turns against the zamindar, which ultimately pulls Vishal and Arya into the melee.

Vishal, Arya, G.M. Kumar and veteran actress Ambika, as Vishal's foul-mouthed, theft encouraging mother, are the prominent characters. Janani Iyer as Constable Baby has a role to some extent, but Arya's pair Madhu Shalini's portrayal is vague. Bala's signature climax fighting scene that seem like the world is coming to an end have been religiously added. Arthur Wilson shoulders Bala's love for the luscious landscapes of Theni, while Yuvan's music combined with Vishal and Arya's dance numbers are straight out of the streets. Avan Ivan is a good watch, hence Bala has successfully reused his tested formula. 


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Engeyum Kaadhal is a 2011 Tamil romantic musical film written and directed by Prabhu Deva that stars Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles. Featuring music by Harris Jayaraj, it was produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram and released on 6 May 2011 to mixed reviews.The story revolves around a girl living in France who falls in love with a boy coming from India.

Plot:

Kamal (Jayam Ravi), a young billionaire, doesn`t believe in love. He works hard for 11 months and takes a month`s break from all the work related commitments. Celloist Kayalvizhi (Kayal for short or Lolita for Kamal) (Hansika Motwani) believes in true love and is highly fascinated with Indian culture. Then she sees Kamal one day and it is love at first sight for her, but before she can follow him he gets into his car and goes away. Her father Rajasekhar (Suman) runs a small detective agency in France and Kayal often reads her father`s case files for interesting stories. One day, Rajasekhar gets a new client (Sonu Gates) who wants to know about his girlfriend`s mystery man. After a brief investigation, Rajasekhar finds that his client`s girl friend is dating Kamal. Sonu gets angry and decides to kill Kamal. Kayal overhears the conversation and deciding to save them, rushes to their hotel.

Sonu has sent some men to kill Kamal and he is on his way there. When Kayal reaches Kamal's room she finds the door locked from inside. Without knowing what to do Kayal tries to get inside through the balcony. When she was about to enter she hears a gun shot and faints in the balcony. By this time sonu's girlfriend has escaped from there. Just when Kamal is about to win the fight Sonu enters the room and threatens Kamal with a gun. Then he searches for his girlfriend he can't find her, instead he find Kayal in the balcony. Then he thinks that Rajasekar has made a mistake and apologizes to Kamal. Understanding that Kayal has saved him, he tries to get to know her better during their incidental meetings and even though Kayal tries to resist she cannot. Kamal leaves Paris for some board meetings and Kayal is heart broken. When he returns he doesn't remember her immediately even though she has been waiting for him. Kayal tries to make Kamal love her by pretending to have many boyfriends. Kamal does get a bit jealous and he decides to get a detective to know everything about her and her possible boyfriends. Initially the detective he chooses is Rajasekar Kayal's dad. Kamal doesn't know Kayal's name, but he says about all her fake boyfriends. Rajasekar realizes that the girl's boyfriends' names are same as the names of the people in his case files realizes that Kamal is actually inquiring about his daughter, Kayal as only she has seen them.

He tells Kamal about it and asks him to leave his daughter as he always does when someone falls in love with him. Kamal agrees and tells Kayal that he will be leaving for Germany and that he doesn't know when he will return. Kayal is heartbroken. Kamal tries to forget her but find that he cannot as he realizes that he too loves her. So he returns to Paris and finds her. But Kayal is angry with him and walks away. Kamal runs after her saying that he is in love with her and will never leave her and they will be together thereafter.

Movie Reviews:

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Paris, the world capital of love, Engeyum Kadhal directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by A G S Entertainment, pivots around LOVE, a theme which could be relatable to a wide section of the audience. The film languorously opens up with the Engeyum Kadhal number with Prabhudeva’s slow motion movements criss-crossing the various lovers in Paris and the introduction of his lead characters.

EK is about the rich hero Kamal (Jeyam Ravi) who works hard for 11 months and relaxes for one month in a year and what happens when he meets Kayal Vizhi (Hansika) in one of such sojourns. As the name suggests, it is love love and love everywhere and Prabhu Deva has used this premise to tell his story and the three major components which help him in this undertaking are pleasing cinematography, vibrant music and uber-chic costumes.

Nirav Shah takes us round the breathtaking France and other overseas locales in an enjoyable fashion and Nalini Sriram’s costumes bring about the rich and the trendy look of the lead characters in a fine manner. Harris Jayaraj’s mostly mellifluous numbers are also one of the key positive contributing factors to EK. Having said that, EK almost appears like a musical with a song being thrown in every now and then and Nenjil Nenjil, Nangai and Thee Illai emerge winners from the group.

Although Prabhu Deva has such major supporting features by his side, he has failed to utilize them to the fullest. The intentions may be worthy but the execution is frivolous. This is a clear case of a weak content failing a movie despite support from other departments. The screenplay is given a short shrift by the director and EK goes south in the engrossing scale too.

The love between the lead characters is very shallow and EK never makes you invest enough emotions in its characters. EK is also plagued by feeble characterization. The premise of the film may be soaked in love but the reason why the lead pair falls in love with each other appears very flimsy and lacks depth resulting in a flat and abrupt climax. Added to that, there is no chemistry between Ravi and Hansika.

In the name of comedy Raju Sundaram is irksome and Suman is completely wasted. And the boy who is shown to have a crush on Hansika is a caricature. The lip sync of the heroine is not in tune and the voice of the dubbing artist is highly pretentious. There are not many redeeming factors which makes the two hour and five minutes film seem much longer than its actual period.
Jeyam Ravi looks smart and scores well in the dancing department. It is also interesting to hear him take a dig at his own voice and the ticket checking scene in the train is delightful. But unfortunately such patches of goodness are far and few in between and the film fails to connect.

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Payanam is a 2011 Indian Tamil thriller — drama film written and directed by Radha Mohan. The film deals with a flight hijacking incident. It stars Nagarjuna in the lead role along with an ensemble cast including Prakash Raj, Poonam Kaur, Sana Khan, Iqbal Yaqub, Brahmanandam, Rishi, Saran, Ravi Prakash, M.S.Bhaskar, Manobala, Prithviraj, Thalaivasal Vijay, Elango Kumaravel and Bharath Reddy amongst others. Produced by Prakash Raj on behalf of Silent Movies and the Movie is distributed and released by AGS Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Tirupathi Brother Film Media Pvt Ltd, Payanam was released on 11 February 2011

Movie Review:

At a time when film makers are involved in churning out products based on romance, revenge or rural based themes, here is director Radha Mohan taking the audience on a different journey which is even different from his earlier enterprises. The theme of hijack and rescue are not entirely new to film industry but what makes this offering of Radha Mohan stand out is that he has laced the action/thriller with humor.

A passenger flight which includes an actor, a doctor, a politician, a priest among others is being kidnapped by a group of terrorists who force the plane to be taken to Rawalpindi but as fate would have it, the plane lands in Tirupathi due to engine failure. Negotiations begin between the government and the terrorists who demand the release of Yousf Khan, a dreaded terrorist in jail.

Vishwanath (Prakash Raj), the bureaucrat negotiating on behalf of the government and Major Ravindra (Nagarjuna) the commando for rescue operations land in the fray along with other senior bureaucrats. Meanwhile the government decides to release the terrorist and he is being brought to Tirupathi. Rest of Payanam is about how this hijack and rescue drama is brought to an end with interesting events dotting its path.

Payanam unfolds rather slowly and takes its time to garner momentum. However from the moment, Nagarjuna takes control of the affairs, it picks up pace with an impressive last 20 minutes that elevates the suspense quotient.

Through various sequences Radha Mohan brings out the typical bureaucratic procrastinations, the irresponsibility of the press to go to any length to sensationalize an issue and the loopholes in the system. On the emotional side, he showcases the latent and impotent anger in common citizen and the diverse mindsets of people caught in such a situation in a realistic manner. Radha Mohan takes digs at the film world wherever he gets a chance and they are indeed hilarious. Gnanavel’s dialogues lean more on levity which earns applause in places.

Nagarjuna after a long gap in Tamil films, appears as the National Security Guard and brings out a neat portrayal along with Bharath Reddy. Prakash Raj as the helpless bureaucrat Vishwanath fits his role. Among the various passengers, the ones who stand out in performance is Thalaivasal Vijay followed by Kumaravel and Chaams. Bhramanandam as the film director impresses with his small cameo and the artist who doubles up as Yusuf Khan is amazing. Chaams as the ardent fan of actor Chandrakanth (Prithviraj) brings the roof down with his adulation and expectations of the star and the way he mouths his hero’s punch dialogues. Later on the scorn on his face on realizing his matinee idol is after all a worthless normal man is brilliant.

There are no songs in the film and Praveen Mani’s RR brings out the desired mood. Art director Kathir needs a special mention to have recreated Tirupathi airport and the authentic interiors of the plane. Cinematographer Guhan’s camera works in tandem with the mood of the film with his right kind of angles and lighting.

It is strange to note that, few passengers seem to enjoy the hijack drama and do not show any kind of anxiety towards what is happening. One may also wonder whether the hijackers would be lenient enough to allow a mimicry session on board in the midst of an event of such a serious proportion. Although humor shares equal space with action and suspense, a slight swaying on the lighter side dilutes the serious effect a wee bit which could have been taken care of.

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'Yudham Sei' is a crime thriller written and directed by Mysskin. It stars director Cheran in the lead role of an intelligence police officer along with debutant Dipa Shah. The story is about a CBI police officer in search of a serial killer. Deepa Sha will be seen as an assistant to Cheran. Director Marimuthu who burst on the scene with the film 'Kannum Kannum' plays the second officer to Cheran.

Early 2010, once his planned film with Kamal Haasan was dropped, Mysskin didn’t want to waste the time and immediately announced ‘Yudham Sei’ for producer Kalpathi Agoram.

When the film was announced there was a buzz saying it is a sequel to ‘Anjathey’. But the producer of ‘Anjathey’ Namichand Jhabak denied and said the similarity in the two films is limited only to the hero playing a cop and nothing beyond. He also said that he has not given the rights to make a sequel to anyone.

The other major stars of ‘Yudham Sei’ are Y. Gee. Mahendra, Lakshmi Ramakrishnan, Jayaprakash, Marimuthu, Yugendran and Shruthi.

Sources say Y Gee Mahendran is playing a role which he has never done before and it would shock and surprise the audience simultaneously. Actress Lakshmi Ramakrishnan is said to have tonsured her head for her ‘once in a lifetime role’ in the film.

Like Mysskin’s all other films, this too has a trademark kuthu song and the song features Director Ameer, Neetu Chandra and writer Charu Nivedita dancing for a ‘gaana kuthu’ song. Interestingly the lady in the song Neethu Chandra will also be seen in yellow sari as Malavika and Snigdha in Chithiram Pesuthadi and Anjathey respectively.

Mysskin who introduced Sundar C Babu in 'Anjathey' is introducing another music director Krishna Kumar with ‘Yudham Sei. Krishna Kumar has changed his name to ‘Ke’ for films. Ke has made the music for many short films and documentaries.

Sathya who was an assistant of P C Sriram is handling the camera. Action Prakash is in charge of stunts. ‘Chitthiram Paesudhadi’ Amaran handles Art Direction.

‘Yudham Sei’ is an anticipated film, more so because of the coming together of two classy film makers -Cheran and Mysskin. Rajinikanth who saw an exclusive premiere of ‘Yutham Sei’ recently was very impressed by the film. Rajini felt the film is too good and would definitely work big time with the audiences.

The audio of ‘Yudham Sei’ is being released on January 24 and the film will hit the theatres across the world on February 4.

Movie Reviews:

No wonder superstar Rajinikanth has awarded 100% marks to celebrated director Mysskin's cop movie Yudham Sei (Wage War), produced by Kalpathi S. Agoram under the banner of AGS Entertainment.

Unlike numerous cop movies in the past that normally travel chop-chop like a bullet train from top to bottom with templated suffocating 'mass ingredients' (superman stunts, punch dialogues and 'whatever-else-can-be-added'), Yudham Sei has something very unique: a simple and classic way of unfolding the story at a comparatively slow pace WITHOUT losing the audience's interest. Let's say, as real as normal life! Though the film can be labeled a cop movie or a crime thriller, an interesting thing happens in the second half when the film simply "ignores" its cops and takes the form of an emotional, family thriller by addressing the anguish and dread of every common man living in a vitiated society.  It gives a moment of repose for the audience to contemplate on a crucial question posed by its one of the central character Judas (Jayaprakash) at his nearing death: "What will you do to the men who gangraped your only daughter? Won't you tear them apart?" Whatever your answers, by the second half, the film slowly leaves its identity as a cop movie and jumps tracks into a thought-provoking case study of a well-settled family which turns against the whole system. In this sense, Yudham Sei is definitely neither a pukka cop movie nor an emotional family thriller. It's a hybrid. Is it this a new genre? Will it bear fruit at the box office or will it remain bare? Read on...

The film begins in typical Mysskin style. A young woman tries to hire an auto rickshaw at night in pouring rain, but the auto driver refuses to take her. When she starts to walk away, she sees an unconscious girl in the auto rickshaw and inquires about her. Suspicious over the whole situation, she makes a call from her mobile phone, but is attacked by the auto driver. Later, we see random cardboard boxes all over the city containing severed human hands.

Enter JK aka J. Krishnamoorthy (Cheran), a dull CB-CID cop tormented by the death of his parents in an accident and his sister's sudden disappearance. He has been searching for his sister for three months without any result. Now he wants resign and go looking for his missing sister. His superior Chandramouli refuses to accept his resignation and insists that he start investigating the sensational case of abandoned body parts.

JK accepts the case unwillingly and forms a team, comprising sub-inspectors Prakash, Tamil (Dipa Shah) and forensics expert Judas Iscariot (Jayaprakash). While the probe is on, more severed hands are found in public places and young girls begin to disappear around the city. Is there any relation between these two events? How does JK find the links between them and trace the criminals? What is their intention? Answers to these questions form the rest of the film.

The best thing about Cheran as JK? Though he has many action scenes in the film, including an impressive fight using just a nail cutter, he performs them convincingly without turning on a super hero image. His mannerisms are apt as a troubled police officer and definitely, it's a never-seen-before performance by him. Jayaprakash as forensic expert Dr. Judas Iscariot is convincing. Y. Gee. Mahendran as Dr. Purushothaman and Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Annapoorni, who decide to avenge the death of their daughter, are up to the mark; Lakshmi Ramakrishnan's performance deserves special mention. The film has neither romance nor sentiments nor masala (with the sole exception of a four minute item song by director Ameer and Neetu Chandra).

Coming to the technical parts, Sathya's cinematography and K's (Krishna Kumar) background score are the major highlights. Sathya's camera angles are fantabulous and K gives remarkable support. However, K could have avoided some strange pieces of music here and there!

About the slips, it is difficult to quickly grasp how the suspects are interlinked in the story as they are too many; most of them don't even make a proper screen presence. So one needs to pay keen attention or must watch the movie again to get a clear grasp of the plot. Second, it looks like the film is urging the victims to wage an open war (Yudham Sei) against crime that naturally violates the law and order of the land. However, this is also excusable, since super hits like Unaipol Oruvan already portrayed the same angst by a common man. Third, the dying scenes of Dr. Purushothaman and Annapoorni are not convincing. Fourth, the boy's character is almost untouched. In spite of these petty flaws, Yudham Sei is a pretty and intelligent well-made movie, especially for open-minded moviegoers who can appreciate a good film with a good plot. 

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When there is a confluence of creative energies from the likes of Mysskin, Cheran and Ameer, the expectations are bound to soar up to stratospheric levels especially with Mysskin who is fresh from basking in the glory of his recent Nandalala. In this AGS production venture, Mysskin has chosen the crime and detection genre with Cheran as the protagonist steering the cast.

J K (Cheran) is the honest CB-CID officer who is distressed when his sister Charu goes missing suddenly. When he is about to resign his job on her search, his superior hands him a sensational and a high profile assignment that requires untangling a case wherein severed and neatly packed body parts are continuously found in strategic places in the city. This trail takes Cheran to various people and places, and the link to his sister, culminating in many unprecedented twists and turns on the way.

What works for Yudham Sei is its linear narration and effective screen play. There are no unwanted elements in the form of comedy tracks or romantic angles. Mysskin has veered clear off the expected syntax of Tamil films of such genre. He has handled this subject with a few forensic aspects thrown in. The larger part of the film keeps the audience guessing and in suspense. He has also managed to tell his story with little known artists which requires appreciation.

In the performance department, brevity seems to be the key word with Cheran who scores by delivering a subtle portrayal. Jayaprakash gives him good support, although appearing for a short while. Y Gee Mahendra, a tonsured Lakshmi Ramakrishna, Dipa Shah, Selva and Naren form part of the supporting cast and provide the necessary foil.

Under newcomer Kay’s music, Kannitheevu Penna alone finds its place in the film where the much talked about ‘Yellow sari’ clad Neetu Chandra cavorts with Ameer and ‘blink and you miss’ Charu Niveditha. Mysskin tries to duck the complaint of this particular cliché of his by placing a relevant incident at the end of the ditty. Kay’s RR is sometimes perfect, delivering the right kind of mood for the film whereas in a few sequences it stands out obtrusively. Sathyan’s prying camera peeps, thrills, and gives the needed feel.

A genre such as this should have a frenzied pace to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat but Mysskin misses the bus here with a languorous mode of unfolding events. This could work for an emotional drama but a certain amount of pace which is required for thrillers is a casualty in YS. Besides that, the climax scene is the antithesis of all the tone and mood that was set in the entire film with characters behaving in a dramatic and non-Mysskinish manner.

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