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GENERAL / Re: Good Morning
« Last post by Ayisha on April 20, 2021, 02:39:19 AM »
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நான் கடல் தாண்டவில்லை...
கைகளில் குழந்தைகளுடன்....
சாக்கடையை  தாண்டுகிறேன்..
என் கையில் இருப்பது
குழந்தைகளுமல்ல...
இந்நாட்டின் எதிர்காலம்...

கட்டியவன் உடனான‌
காலப்பிரமாணம்...
காலாவதியாகி விட்டதால்...
கடக்க தோணி இல்லா ...
கண்ணீர் மாலுமி நான்...
கையில் இருக்கும் பூங்கொத்துக்களை...
காப்பாற்ற புயல்களுடன்
ஒப்பந்தம் வாசித்து..
உயிர்மூச்சு  சுவாசிக்க ..
கையோப்பம் இடுகிறேன்..

இந்நாட்டு அரசியல்வாதியும்
இக்குழந்தைகளின்‌
தகப்பனும் ஒன்று..
ஓட்டு வாங்கும் வரை
லஞ்சம் கொடுத்தேனும்
மனதை கவர்வர்..
அதன் பின்..‌
அவர்களும் ...
சாகுந்தலையை மறந்த
துஷ்யந்தர்கள்தானே?

பயணங்களின்‌பாதைகள்
பாழ்ப்பட்டு இருந்தால் என்ன?
கண்களில் தெளிவும்..
கைகளில் உரமும்...
நெஞ்சில் உறுதியும் போதுமே...

வாழவைத்த இறைவன் ..
வழியா காட்டாமல் போய்விடுவான்..?
வாருங்கள் செல்வங்களே...
வருங்காலம் நம் கையில்!


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GENERAL / Re: Good Morning
« Last post by Ayisha on April 19, 2021, 06:03:34 AM »
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Cine News & Movie Reviews / Karnan
« Last post by MysteRy on April 18, 2021, 10:27:47 PM »
Karnan Review




Star Cast : Dhanush, Rajisha Vijayan, Lal, Natty, GM Kumar, Yogi Babu
Director : Mari Selvaraj

Mari Selvaraj's Karnan has all the elements that a mass hero demands from filmmakers to exhilarate his fans and  this most anticipated film of 2021 is an apt example of good cinema

The plot of Karnan is wafer-thin but it is the execution of Mari Selvaraj that makes it special. It is the story of a normal fearless guy with incredible leadership quality and grit to save his people and fight for their rights. Right from MGR to today's Vijay and Ajith, we have seen our mass icons in similar stories but all those films weren't made by a director who also believes that all the characters in the film should have a purpose and the core theme is more important than the protagonist. With Karnan, Mari Selvaraj has found a perfect balance between mainstream commercial elements and the metaphorical storytelling, the home ground of arthouse filmmakers.

Podiyankulam (Inspired by the infamous Kodiyankulam riot) is a dry village located in the 90s Tuticorin district. The film begins with a small girl lying on the road struggling with a sudden epilepsy attack. None of the vehicles stop to help her and she dies. Eventually, Mari replaces the girl's head with an idol (Uruvam is the word used for it in down south of Tamil Nadu).

The youngsters in the village are unable to achieve big as even the basic transportation facility is denied by the Government. The people in Podiyankulam belong to the oppressed caste and hence, they have enmity with the neighboring village where the majority of people belong to the privileged community (note the Seevilaperi Pandi song as the person from the neighboring village makes his appearance for the first time in the film).

Meanwhile, Karnan (Dhanush), an angry young man from Podiyankulam always stands for his people. Karnan is like the warrior from Mahabharata, a strong-willed youngster, who fights for his people and comes out victorious in whatever he does. His Godfather in the village is Yaman (Lal). While Karnan stands up whenever the neighboring villagers try to oppress his people, Yaman controls him as the dream of the former's family is to get him a Government job, preferably in the police or army.

However, the continuous oppression pushes Karnan and his friends to revolt. As a result, they break a private bus and loudly tell the Government officials that their needs should be heard out. But the police officials and Government lets them down and brutally torture the senior members in the village. Will Karnan hit back at the heartless police force headed by Kannabiran (Natty- what an ironical name!)?

Mari Selvaraj has made sure that Kannan, the God of Mahabharata is a villain here and Karnan, the unsung hero gets enough glorification on screen. There are many metaphors including the little girl with an idol-like mask, a donkey whose legs are tied, the vulture that eats up the weak pullet, names of the village seniors, and Karnan's sword that cuts the fish in the first scene. All these metaphors either acts as an ode to Mahabharata (although the film criticizes it) or rightly amplify the screenplay.

Mari Selvaraj has conveyed the pain and sufferings of the oppressed without hurting anyone and he must be appreciated for using the visual representation and not the heroic dialogues to represent their struggle. Even, the pre-climax dialogue of Dhanush sounds relevant and not forced. He is the filmmaker to watch out for in Tamil cinema.

Karnan clearly belongs to Dhanush and it is a cakewalk for him. He is fantastic in the action scenes and the emotional moments to express the anguish of the oppressed. Lal has finally got an interesting role in Tamil cinema and he has truly excelled. GM Kumar, Yogi Babu (another fantastic role for the actor), Rajisha Vijayan, Lakshmipriya (the scene when she hits Dhanush is powerful), Gouri Kishan, Natty, Yogi Babu, and the small boy who takes care of the horse are superb choices.

Santhosh Narayanan's music is inspiring and gels well with the mood of the film and Theni Eshwar's camera work is splendid.  The art director Ramalingam also deserves applause for recreating an entire 90s style village. On the downside, the film is a tad bit long and actors struggle to speak Nellai Tamil.

Overall, Karnan is a classic revenge saga that talks about the pain, suffering, and rise of the oppressed.
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Cine News & Movie Reviews / Mandela
« Last post by MysteRy on April 18, 2021, 10:25:01 PM »
Mandela Review




Star Cast : Yogi Babu, Sheela, GM Kumar, Kanna Ravi, Sangili Murugan
Director : Mandone Ashwin

Its not easy to make a riveting political film in Tamil without a huge budget. Generally, in Tamil cinema (especially after Mudhalvan), political films are either made on a grand scale or the directors make fun of all political parties that their intentions which is just to make money. After a long time, we have a genuine political satire that has not hurt any political party or real-life leaders. Instead, debutant director Madonne Ashwin's Mandela asks an earnest question to the people and tells them the importance of their votes.

Yes, the ugly face of politicians has been unmasked but Ashwin has not taken any names. His intentions are very clear,as he wants to make a change with his film without hitting below the belt but at the same time, his smart writing makes us think before we vote. Mandela is a relevant film during the election season.

Ilicha Vaayan aka Smila (Yogi Babu), an innocent barber is often ridiculed by people in his village as he is a lower caste. They don't even consider him a human. But when the leaders of the two clans of the village compete in the local body elections, the prediction ends up in a tie. Meanwhile, Smile who has now got the name Mandela, thanks to the local postwoman Thenmozhi(Sheela) is now eligible to vote and even got his voter ID. Now, the leaders of both these clans are trying to lure Mandela to win his vote.

Though Mandela enjoys the freebies at the beginning, he understands the real face of the politicians as they approach the election day. Now, Mandela takes a surprise decision that he wins the heart of the local people but pisses off the politicians. Watch the film to know more...

After Pariyerum Perumal and Aandavan Kattalai, Yogi Babu has finally got an author-backed role. He is very subtle throughout the film, which is a revelation. Like Nagesh and Vadivelu, if given a proper role and storyline, Yogi Babu can shine like a diamond. Glad that a debutant director took the extra risk by casting Yogi in a unique role.

Sheela has got an interesting role and she has justified it with her realistic performance. The rest of the actors including GM Sundar, Sangili Murugan, and Kanna Ravi are perfect.

Besides the mainstream electoral politics, Mandonne Ashwin also talks about caste politics without glorifying or demeaning anyone. We like his balanced approach towards a strong yet content.

Technically Barath Sankar's music sounds grand in a simple film but rightly enhances the content. Cinematographer Vidyuth Ayyana and editor Philomin Raj have also done their parts well.

Overall, Mandela is a good political thriller and a perfect study for directors who wish to touch on sensitive topics in the future.
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Cine News & Movie Reviews / Sulthan
« Last post by MysteRy on April 18, 2021, 10:22:15 PM »
Sulthan Review




Star Cast : Karthi, Rashmika, Lal
Director : Bakkiyaraj Kannan

Director Bakkiyaraj Kannan's Sulthan is an engaging mass masala action entertainer,  though the presentation is inspired by a lot of Tamil and Telugu films (Thevar Magan, Mirchi, Srimanthudu, Baahubali), Seven Samurai, and the Hindu Epic Mahabharata.

Vikram aka Sulthan (Karthi) is the prince of the most ruthless gangster clan in Chennai. Sulthan's dad Sethupathi (Napolean) promises the village representatives that he would save them from a gangster named Jayaseelan (KGF Ram) who destroys the agricultural lands and beats up the farmers.

However, in a brutal encounter Sethupathi gets wounded and the next day, Sulthan wakes up to know that his dad is no more. The new Commissioner of Police (Hareesh Peradi) tells Sulthan that he wants to clean up the city and hence, will be knocking off all the goondas.

Sulthan asks the commissioner to give him one chance and promises that his gang members will not take up violence. Now, Sulthan and his hundred rowdy brothers are in the village to help the farmers. Can Sulthan fulfill his dad's promise? Will the rowdy brothers listen to his words? Watch the film to know more...

The film's USP is the action sequences which are choreographed analogous to the contemporary battle sequences. The bond between Karthi and his rogue brothers is another biggest highlight of the film. Karthi looks convincing as the classy robotic engineer who hates violence. Situations push him to take up the violence and he rises as the new leader.

Rashmika Mandanna is cute and she does justice to her character. Lal is the film's Kattappa and he has done his part well. While the rowdy boys Arjai, Yogi Babu, Sendrayan, and others are superb casting choices.

The first half of the film is quite engaging but with the arrival of a corporate villain, the film becomes slow.  He looks more like a caricature and is a major letdown.  The powerful climax compensates for all the flaws. Technically, Yuvan Shankar Raja's goosebumps-inducing background score enhances the action sequences while the songs of the Vivek-Mervin duo are enjoyable.

Sathyan Sooryan's cinematography and the action sequences are other major highlights of the film. To conclude, Sulthan is predictable but Bakkiyaraj's execution makes it a watchable commercial entertainer.
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எனது இனிய தோழி Mercy அவர்களுக்கு எனது இனிய பிறந்தநாள் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள், வாழ்வில் அனைத்து செல்வங்களையும் பெற்று இனிதாய் வாழ எனது வாழ்த்துக்கள்....
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HAPPY BIRTH DAY MERCY. GOD BLESS YOU. BE HAPPY ALWAYS.


   
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May your day be filled with happiness and joy and may the years ahead bring you lots of success and prosperity. Happy Birthday
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நகர்கின்ற காலத்தில் எங்கோ
தேங்கிப் போகிறேன்.

இதம் தரும் ஒவ்வொன்றும் ஒப்பனைகளாகி
ஒட்டிக்கொள்ள மறுத்திட
நகர மறுக்கிறேன்

காலத்தின் ஒட்டத்தில்
பொருத்தமற்றுப் போகும் கணங்களில்
நினைவுகளின் தடாகத்தில்
தோணி துழாவி
நிலை கொள்கிறேன்

மனம் விசும்பாத
ஒரு அழுகைக்கு ஒப்பான
சுரத்தில்லாத வாழ்க்கைக்கு
நான் வினோதமாகவே இருந்து போகிறேன்.

உயிரின் வேர்கள் பற்றிப் படர்ந்திட்ட
ஏதோ ஒரு கணத்தில்
எனக்கான ஈரம் இன்னும் மிச்சமிருக்கக்கூடும்...

பெருமூச்சுக்கு ஒப்பாக எதையோ
முணுமுணுத்துக் கொள்கிறது மனம்

உயிருணர்ந்த ஒரு  தழுவலின் தொடுதலாய்
உள்ளத்தை பற்றிக்கொள்கிறது
இதம்......
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