Karma (Tamil) Movie Review:

Well, I wanted to see Kannada movie Puta 109. Then came to know that it is based on 2015 Tamil movie Karma by R.Arvind who is also the writer for the Kannada version. R.Arvind had played the character of a crime novel writer named Tamizhselvan / Aranganathan whose wife is murdered in this movie. Interestingly the movie has just two characters: One the writer whose wife is murdered and an investigating police officer who is trying to solve this murder and entire movie is just shot in one room where the writer does his writing work.

It is just a conversation between these two guys. I have a feeling that the Kannada version could be better as they would have done some improvements in the story/screenplay. That doesn’t mean that Tamil Original is bad or something. Somehow felt it could have been better. More visuals could have made this tale extraordinary. Also BGM is a real let down. Bad camera work.

A novel good story with good screen play isn’t well supported technically to make it more interesting. Hoping to see Kannada version sometime soon. My rating is 2.5/5.

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Katheyondu Shuruvagide (Kannada) Movie Review:

This one is like a gentle breeze at the sea shore. You just need to relax and go with the flow. Tarun is an owner of a resort that is currently running under a loss. Then comes a guest Tanya who has her own worries. As the story unfolds, both strike a sweet little friendship. Diganth as Tarun appears more mature in this role. The movie is bit slow in parts. Also the climax seems be rushed and cinematic.

It could have been open ended leaving it to the imagination of the audience. The cinematography is really commendable and adding to it is beautiful locations. The music is gentle like the breeze at the sea shore.

The movie has top notch performances by Diganth and Pooja Devariya, well supported by others like Ashwin Rao Pallakki, Shreya Anchan, Babu Hirannaiah and Aruna Balaraj who are perfectly chosen for this movie. Katheyondu Shuruvagide ( One story has started..) has a soulful and satisfying story. It could bring a smile on your face. Recommended. My rating is 3.5/5. It could have been 4/5, but the climax seemed a let down.

 

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96 (Tamil) Movie Review:

This movie makes one feel nostalgic and takes back in time to remember ones childhood days. It is not many movies in which heroine has an equal role in the script, the best thing is this one does. The first 5-6 minutes of the movie sets the tone of the movie. It is about Ram (Vijay Sethupathi), a travel photographer. It is the diversion that takes him to his native, Tanjore. It brings back his memories of his childhood days. He stops by the school where he had studied 22 years back, he calls his friend who is part of a dormant WhatsApp group, and they all decide to have a reunion. And that is where he meets Janaki, once again, after a gap of 22 years.

The first half is where the beautiful teenage love story is narrated and the separation. The wonderful way in which legend Illayaraja’s songs have been used in the movie to represent the love story between Ram and Janaki. Shanmuga Sundaram’s cinematography shows night lit Chennai beautifully.

The casting is excellent, the actors who play the younger Ram and Janu — Adithya Bhaskar and Gouri Kishan are equally good as Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha. Prem Kumar’s wonderful onscreen storytelling does creates magic. My rating is 4/5. Highly recommended.

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Ratsasan (Tamil) Movie Review:

The BGM is the main hero of the movie, it becomes the soul of the movie.

Gibran’s haunting score creeps into the script and speaks the fear in its own language, this is one of the best and disturbing thrillers I have seen of late about psychopath serial killer who targets teenage girls.

The narrative is very gripping and keeps you on the edge of the seat. The unpredictable suspense makes it even more engrossing. The twists in the tale are believable. This is one such movie where everything is perfectly done from performances to editing. The last movie I liked Vishnu Vishal was in the sci fi movie Indru Netru Naalai.

The director is obviously a serial killer movie fan and made a movie which is almost a tribute to all the books by Thomas Harris and James Patterson. The hero’s one room house on the terrace is like a library of psychopathic serial killers, with paper cuttings, etc stuck to the wall like stick it notes.

This movie goes on to prove that you don’t really need gore in thrillers like this one, wonderful BGM and sharp editing that compliment screen play and direction can do wonders. Director Ram does a wonderful job and makes this one a masterpiece thriller that will be remembered for a long time. My rating is 4.5/5. Highly recommended.

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