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3Novices : Mersal Movie Review

Cast: Vijay, SJ Suryah, Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Vadivelu, Sathyaraj, Sathyan, Kovai Sarala & others

Music: AR Rahman

Cinematography: GK Vishnu

Editing: Ruben

Stunts: Anal Arasu

Art Direction: Muthuraj

Story: Atlee & Vijayendra Prasad

Screenplay: Atlee, Vijayendra Prasad & Ramana Girivasan

Direction: Atlee

Produced by: Murali Ramasamy & Hema Rukmani

Banner: Thenendal Studios Limited (TSL 100)

Release Date: 18-10-2017

Run Time: 02:50:00

Mersal, undoubtedly, is a majorly satisfying mass masala outing featuring a leading star in a long time. Although it’s evident that the storyline has been inspired from the popular Kamal Haasan-starrer Apoorva Sagotharargal, Atlee has genuinely succeeded with his presentation and commercial packaging to adapt the theme to contemporary taste and audiences.

Atlee has perfectly encased the film with appealing class and mass elements that put a smile on the face of audiences. The lovely mishmash of characters including the likes of SJ Suryah (who’s not so impressive but adequate), Sathyaraj, Vadivelu (who brings the roof down at regular intervals in the first half with his inimitable dialogue delivery and body language), Kovai Sarala and Yogi Babu (who briefly provides comic relief), is another highlight of the film.

Vijay has seamlessly performed each part with my favourite being the ‘Thalapathy’ role from the Madurai-set flashback portion, where Nithya Menen equally steals the show. While Vijay’s cute antics as Thalapathy are enjoyable, he impresses with the eye-popping histrionics through his magician character. And, he serenely delivers inspiring lines in a subtly etched doctor role. Vijay has also smartly used the platform to convey relevant, much-needed messages to his fans in a casual, friendly tone.

The introduction scene in ‘Mersal’ is, perhaps, one of the best-staged shots for Vijay. And the fact that it’s presented without any dialogue or a lead-up situation to an opening song or a hurried fight sequence makes it merrier. Atlee’s decision to bring writer Vijayendra Prasad on board has paid off. One can see the writer’s imprint on a quite a few occasions, especially in the emotional scenes involving Kaali Venkat and Nithya Menen in the flashback. The writing in these scenes makes us invest in the characters and empathize with their feelings. Atlee and Vijayendra Prasad have also managed to tease audiences with their narrative pattern until things become straightforward during the interval sequence.

The grandeur is visible in each frame of debutant DOP Vishnu, especially in the songs. Be it the ‘Macho’ shot in exotic locations in Europe or the ‘Mersal Arasan’ filmed in Chennai or the CG-laden ‘Neethane,’ the richness of tone is crystal clear. At the same breath, ‘Neethane’ and ‘Macho’ impair the momentum of the film and blatantly come across as commercial must-haves to appease the two top-billed lead heroines. The needless addition of these two songs could have been easily used to reduce the lengthy duration, which is a worry in the second half.

AR Rahman’s background score in Mersal should be an important learning for other composers who overwhelm audiences with ear-splattering sounds in a commercial film. He has churned out a great scoring effort with the right use of silence at crucial emotional scenes and pleasing tunes for the stunt sequences.

Toting up, ‘Mersal’ is surely a winner and a proper festival outing for family audiences, apart from ardent Thalapathy fans. Atlee has got the emotional connection and the social message right with an accessible story-telling.

Mersal Movie Review Rating: 3.25/5

Written by Surendhar MK

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3Novices : Meyaadha Maan Movie Review

Cast: Vaibhav, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Vivek Prasanna, Indhuja & others

Cinematography: Vidhu Ayanna

Music: Santhosh Narayanan & Pradeep Kumar

Editing: Shafiq Muhammed Ali

Written & Directed by Rathna Kumar

Produced by: Stone Bench Creations

Release Date: 18-10-2017

The tongue-in-cheek humour, genuinely relatable characters, and the unconventional treatment of romance within the confines of a mainstream film make Meyaadha Maan an entertaining drama. Debutant filmmaker Rathina Kumar, who has stretched his short film from Karthik Subbaraj’s Aviyal into a feature movie, has quietly succeeded in his gutsy attempt. It, undoubtedly, has paid off.

The first half of the film is filled with entertaining wisecracks that flow organically with the screenplay instead of any force-fitted comedy sequences. The trials and tribulations of a one-sided love story are portrayed beautifully in the film by Rathina Kumar, who has penned realistic lines and situations that we come across in day-to-day life. The second half gradually treads the coming-of-age path with ease, and except for a mildly meandering portion towards the fag end of the film, everything works really well.

The star composer-duo Santhosh Narayanan and Pradeep Kumar is another backbone of the film. Their foot-tapping gaanas, mellifluous romance numbers and the funky background score have elevated the movie to a different level. Vidhu Ayanna’s cinematography has captured the rustic nook and corners of Royapuram with great richness.

Vaibhav Reddy as a lovelorn, devil-may-care troupe singer has shouldered the movie with his lovely performance and enjoyable antics. Television sensation Priya Bhavani has delivered what’s required for the role adequately, without going over-the-top. However, it is Vivek Prasanna and Induja, who play Vaibhav’s friend and sister respectively, who steal the show with their incredible performances. While Vivek proves his mettle as a reliable supporting actor, Induja is entirely a revelation. As the loud, caring and bold Sudarvizhi, she’s impressive and is surely an actor to watch out for soon.

Overall, Meyaadha Maan is a lovely debut by Rathina Kumar. The film is an entertaining romance-drama, which also attempts to break the shackles of run-of-the-mill romance sagas in Kollywood with its pragmatic story-telling.

Meyaadha Maan Movie Review Rating: 3.25/5

Written by Surendhar MK

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3Novices : Gautham Menon to officially reveal the ENPT composer today

Gautham Menon has confirmed that he will be officially revealing the composer name of Enai Nokki Paayum Thota, which is believed to be Darbuka Siva.

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The shooting of ENPT is nearing completion, said Gautham who is currently busy with Vikram’s international spy thriller Dhruva Natchathiram. Dhanush is expected to shoot some remaining portions of ENPT soon.

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3Novices : Samantha’s awe-inspiring wedding vow for Naga Chaitanya

This year’s most popular celebrity wedding has been Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s marriage which was held in Goa a few days back. A video from the couple’s Christian rituals has been going viral on Twitter and Facebook for the awe-inspiring wedding vow of Samantha.

Like how all arguments will be resolved without a change of tone and how I’m never allowed to get away with anything but crying. But because of you, I can feel myself slowly but surely becoming the me I have always dreamt of being. You are the greatest man I have ever known, and I know that one day you will be a perfect father to our beautiful child. I’ll choose you in a hundred lives and hundred worlds and in any reality. I choose you,” said Samantha in her vow.

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3Novices : Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Trailer

Watch Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru Trailer starring Karthi, Rakul Preet here (via Adithya Music)

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3Novices : Sketch Teaser

Watch Sketch Teaser starring Vikram, Tamannah here (via Moving Frame)

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3Novices : Saaho FL poster, making video to be unveiled on Prabhas birthday

The first look posters and the making video of Saaho will be unveiled on October 23rd on the occasion of Prabhas’ birthday, confirmed a statement from the team.

The team has completed shooting major portions and will head to Dubai next month for the final leg. Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor plays the lead heroine in the film, which is being made as a trilingual in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi by director Sujeeth of Telugu movie Run Raja Run fame.

Neil Nitin Mukesh is playing a pivotal role in the movie, which is touted to be a hi-tech action thriller on a budget of Rs. 150 crores. Produced by UV Creations, Saaho has music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The movie will have cinematography by Madhie and production design by Sabu Cyril.

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