Irumbu Thirai Tamil Movie Review

It means “Iron curtain” when translated from Tamil to English. I haven’t seen many movies of Vishal, but have liked him in the few movies that I have watched so far.

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This one is a well done cat and mouse game between Vishal who plays a military major and Arjun who plays an expert hacker. However, I feel the anger management episode which introduces our hero Vishal to heroine Samantha could have been avoided, as it seems like lifted straight from Maayavan. It is good that this thriller doesn’t have romantic track which includes romantic songs which in turn would have unnecessarily extended the run time of the movie. I felt at least 45 minutes of the movie could have been cut short to make it more effective.

To make a hero powerful we need a equally menacing and powerful villain, Arjun Sarja fits in perfectly like Arvind Swamy in Thani oruvan. However, a lot of time is lost in bringing his face to the silver screen. Nowadays, it is becoming a cliché to include a twist or a bang at the interval point. Here too Arjun makes his physical appearance post interval, until then it is his voice that sends chill down the spine.

This seems to be first movie to voice against Digital India. Agreed, nowadays smartphone has become a lifeline for human. Thus, if someone hacks it then everything could be lost. Also most of us keep minute to update on social media like Facebook which is like giving away key information on platter to someone who is looking for it, so that they could take disadvantage of the same.

Someone in the movie even quotes “Get rid of your smartphone to be safe.” Well, we can’t do without it. Also as technology is advancing so are smart hackers who can hack into our individual lives and turn it upside down within moments. This movie is really strong on conveying that message very effectively. No doubt, why Vishal himself produced this movie as the script was a solid one.

The lift scene where Arjuna and Vishal meet is a classic one. All in all, a very nice movie that keeps you on the edge most of the time when Vishal and Arjun come in contact over the phone or in person. Wonderful screen play and direction by Mithran, which is backed by solid performances by Vishal and Arjun. Cinematography by George C Williams gives the movie Hollywood feel. Also the background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja adds to the technical brilliance.

Yes, the movie could have been short as the concept itself was wonderful. This concept would have worked even without anger management sessions.

My rating is 3.5/5. Recommended.

 

 

 

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Tomb Raider Movie Review

When I saw the trailer of this movie I wanted to see it. I had liked Angelina’s Tomb Raider. Alicia Vikander does pretty good job as Lara Croft.

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I Should say that I wasn’t disappointed. Some of the action scenes are breath taking. The father and daughter’s relationship was really touching in this action packed movie.Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) won’t sign papers giving her control of her father’s (Dominic West as Richard Croft) estate and businesses as she doesn’t want to believe he is dead after 7-yrs of his leaving. She finds her father’s notes regarding a Japanese island that housed a mythical sorceress Himiko with whom he hoped would help him reunite with his deceased wife. Lara sets out to find what happened to him.

I don’t recall Angelina’s Tomb Raider much, so I am not in a position to compare this one with it. However, I would like to see Angelina’s Tomb Raider once again.

I felt CGI has been done well. Like the one in which Lara tries to survive the fall into the wild river, hanging on to an old plane just above the river or even the ocean storms. It was entertaining and I liked Alicia as the new Lara.

Hoping to see a sequel soon.

 

The Painting


A Short Story

Arun was looking for some nice painting which he could hang on his bedroom wall. He had visited many art shops, but couldn’t find a suitable one any where. He had told about this to his friends. 

One Sunday morning, Ritesh called him and told to visit an art gallery in the Church Street, where they sold good paintings at cheaper price. Actually, the paintings were cheaper because they sold the second hand paintings, people used to sell their old paintings at this particular shop. Also they used to exchange with some other paintings or art work as well.

Arun liked the idea and he reached the art shop, after having his break fast. He liked most of the paintings displayed in the shop. However, one painting held his attention for quite some time. He kept staring at it, when he heard someone from his back:

‘Beautiful, isn’t it?’

He turned back and found the shop owner standing behind him, with his hands on his trouser pockets, and a broad smile on his face.

‘Yes..’ Arun said.

‘Well, there is something about this painting which I need to mention,’

‘What is it?’

‘This one though beautiful has come back to this shop five times and you would be the sixth customer, if you decide to buy it,’

‘Oh, I see! May I know the reason for the same?’

‘Not sure! Maybe, it didn’t bring any good luck to previous owners?’

‘Anyways, I don’t believe in luck!’ Arun said, smiling at him, ‘I would like to take it, could you please arrange to pack it?’

‘Sure, with pleasure!’

Arun took home the painting and hung it to a nail that was waiting for this painting for quite some time. That night before going to sleep, he gazed at the painting, and the scene from this painting appeared in his dream. When he woke up, he remembered he dream. He ignored it, but the same dream repeated every night.

‘That’s strange!’ Arun thought to himself. One evening, he covered the painting with a white cloth, so that he doesn’t stare at it before going to sleep. That night though the dream repeated, he found himself being a part of the dream. He was lost in that place of the painting, and he was trying his best to escape from that place, but he didn’t know how to get away from it?

Next morning, his girl friend Ankitha started calling him, but she was getting the answer that ‘the customer you are trying to reach is out of the coverage area. Please try after sometime.’ So, she reached Arun’s place with Ranjith. They knocked on the door, but there was no response. Ranjith called up his office and they informed him that he hasn’t come in today so far.

‘I think something is wrong.’ Ranjith told him.

‘The door seems to be locked from inside. That means he should be inside!’ Akitha said, trying to peep through the key hole, ‘I see the key in the key hole! Find me some paper, please!’ She added.

‘Here you go!’ Ranjith said, returning with the newspaper.

‘This will do, thanks,’ She said, bending down, pushing it below the door gap. Then she removed the hair pin and gently pushed it through the key hole. The key fell down upon the newspaper; she gently pulled out the newspaper, and got the key.

‘Let’s hope he hasn’t bolted the door,’ Ankitha said, turning the key in the lock, and the door opened.

‘Arun!’ They both cried, stepping into the flat, but there was no response. They both searched every room in the flat and found him nowhere. Finally, they both reached his bedroom and he wasn’t there as well.

‘Strange? Is he abducted or something?’ Ranjith asked.

‘I don’t think so. The door is locked from inside and all windows are closed,’ Ankitha replied, starring at the white cloth over the painting on the wall. She dragged a stool and removed the cloth from the painting.

‘And why did he cover that painting?’ Ranjith asked.

‘No idea!’ Ankitha said, starring at that painting, ‘Isn’t it beautiful?’

‘Yes, it is!’ Ranjith replied.

Meantime, Ritesh called her mobile and she answered the call.

‘Did you find him?’

‘No, we didn’t! The door was locked from inside and there is no way he could have gone out as all the windows and even the back door is locked!’ Ankitha replied.

‘That’s strange!’ Ritesh said.

‘Yes, maybe we need Sherlock Holmes to solve this mystery! I will speak to you later,’

‘Sure…let me know if you get some clue?’

‘I’ll do that!’ Ankitha said, hanging up, ‘I think I’ll take home this painting,’ She added.

‘Okay!’ Ranjith said.

They both searched for him in all know places, but couldn’t find him. They advertised about him with his picture in the ‘Missing’ column of the newspaper, and also informed about it to the police. Meanwhile, Ankitha hung the painting in her room. She too started getting the same dream every night.

‘Ranjith, I am getting a strange dream every night and it is the scene from the painting!’ She told Ranjith.

‘Let me take home and see!’ Ranjith replied.

‘Sure, be careful with it! Something seems strange about it!’

‘We will get to know it soon!’

Some days went by, Ranjith went missing one morning. The last thing his mother remembered was he going to his room and sleep. Ankitha told everything to Ritesh.

‘Maybe this painting is cursed in someway?’ Ankitha concluded.

‘Could be? Let us return it back to the painting shop before anyone else gets disappeared!’ Ritesh said.

‘That’s a good idea! But how do we bring back Arun and Ranjith?’

‘We need to wait and see!’ Ritesh said.

They both packed the painting with an old newspaper and took it to the painting shop. However, to their surprise they found that the art shop was gone and in its place a fancy shop had come up.

‘Any idea where the art shop got shifted to?’ Ankitha asked the new shop owner.

‘I think the shop owner shifted the items to some godown somewhere, as he was traveling out of the country!’ He replied, ‘Why? What’s up?’

‘Well, we wanted to return this painting to him.’ Ritesh said.

‘Let me have a look at it!’

‘It’s…’ Ranjith wanted to say something, but Anitha interrupted him, ‘Sure, you can have a look at it!’ She removed the newspaper cover and showed him the painting. The shop owner was wonder struck seeing the beautiful painting.

‘And may I know what price are you looking for? Would One thousand rupees do?’

‘I think that is too less.’ Ankitha said

‘How about Two thousand?’

‘No.’

‘Three?’

‘No.’

‘Five thousand and that is the maximum I could give for it!’

‘Okaaay! You can have it!’ Ankitha said, letting go the hold on the painting. The shop owner paid her the money with a big smile on his face.

‘Where are you going to hang it?’ Ritesh asked him, with a worried look.

‘In my bedroom!’ He replied, still smiling.

They both left the place.

‘We shouldn’t have sold him the painting! What if something happens to him?’ Ritesh asked her.

‘That’s not our problem. We had to get rid of the painting and we did it! Also we got the price for it! And that is the end of the story.’ Ankitha said, smiling at him.

Couple of days later, Arun and Ritesh were back from nowhere. All they remembered was the strange place where they both were lost and that place resembled the scene from the painting.

‘Where did the painting go?’ Arun asked, starring at the blank wall.

‘We sold it to a fancy store owner!’ Ankitha said.

‘Oh! My God!’ Ranjith said, reading the newspaper.

‘What?’ They all asked together looking at him.

‘The fancy shop owner to whom that painting had been sold has gone missing mysteriously sometime last night!’ Ranjith said, looking at them with a puzzled expression on his face.

 The End

Imagination


Two Sentence Stories

My daughter woke me up in the middle of the night, scared of the lightening, my wife tried to put her back to sleep. My heart starting beating fast realizing the fact that I was never married, and they were ghostly characters from my unwritten story.

Mahanati Telugu Movie Review

I had liked Nag Ashwin’s first movie Yevade Subramanyam and felt that this new director had potential to do great things. Nag has just proved that with Mahanati. It was mesmerising to see Keerthy Suresh literally transform into the great actress Savitri, and brings that actress to life for nearly three hours on screen. It is surely one of the best tributes to the legend called “Mahanati”.

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Dulquer Salman is excellent as Gemini Ganeshan. The concept of adding characters of Samantha as reporter in search of Mahanati Savitri’s life story and Vijay Deverakonda as the photographer helping her is truly brilliant.  They both shine too, though their roles are limited.

Technically, the movie is brilliant as it takes one back in time to the days when Savitri was a little girl. It is not easy to make biopics. Especially, about a great actress like Savitri. The film covers Savitri’s entire life from her childhood days to the tragic end. Savitri’s life becomes so tragic towards the end that it is almost like the Devdas character from the movie Devdas which had shot her to the fame. Keerthy is brilliant as Savitri in the movie. This is the best role any actress could dream of in their life time. Maybe, Keerthy was born to play this role.

I have liked Mickey J, Mayer’s music and background score in some of Sekar Kammula’s movies. In this movie, his music and background score becomes the soul of the movie.

I also feel that this movie came at the right time when the new generation doesn’t know much about this actress. It is nice that people are going back and watching movies of Mahanati Savitri. I had seen Mayabazar in colour for the first in my life recently and loved it. I had seen some of Savitri’s classic movies like Gundamma Katha, Missamma and some other movies.

Mahanati Savitri is a legend who lives on forever in the movies she had acted which can be re-watched anytime. My rating is 4/5.

October (2018) Hindi Movie Review

It is not quite often you get to see such a movie like October coming from Bollywood. Then it is not a love story, but a story with which you could fall in love. Also it is not for everyone who seek entertainment in movies. This one goes on a slow track and imitates life, but if you hang on till the end then you might not regret it, as it would stay on your mind for quite a while after you complete watching the movie.

I had seen Varun Dhawan’s better performance in Badlapur. Now, this movie takes it many notches above that. It is one of his best performances so far. On the other hand, Banita Sandhu doesn’t get much scope to emote. It is her beautiful eyes that emotes. Your heart goes out for her.

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I have liked Shoojit Sircar’s movies which I have seen so far. The  cinematography captures Delhi city in such beautiful and serene manner that you wouldn’t have seen it, maybe. It is a visual delight. Gitanjali Rao as Banita’s mother is excellent. The movie is about HOPE and not the kind of love you get to see in regular Bollywood movies.

This movie works mainly because it is realistic though it has clichés. It will touch you deeply and even change how you perceive life. As I said in the beginning, this one is not for everyone, you need patience to sit through movies like this one.

I re-watched the beginning part of the movie just to see Banita being normal. My rating is 4.5/5