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Venkatarangan Thirumalai
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A white space leader, entrepreneur, and a Microsoft Regional Director (Honorary)
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Nota (2018) is a film I have been looking forward to nearly two years now, from the time I read the novel it is based on – “Vettatam” written by my friend Shan Karuppusamy. Given the time constraint of a feature film, it is not easy translating a book to the big screen, especially one that was a mix of political satire, romance, hacking and suspense. Going by the number of times I heard the audience clap, Director Anand Shankar has given a successful film and you can watch it.

The two songs in the film are both drunken party songs and are nothing more than noise, Music Director Sam C.S. who gave memorable songs for Vikram Vedha has been a disappointment, the BGM for a thriller is very important and it was largely missing. The movie should’ve been a lot better if the Director had concentrated on a few items. The three main male characters played by Vijay Devarakonda, Nassar and Sathyaraj have been cast well, but both the female characters which were powerful in the novel are being played by unknown actors Sanchana Natarajan and Mehreen Pirzada which left us unimpressed.

Despite these, for someone who hasn't read the novel, Nota will surely be a different type of Political satire, that can be enjoyed.

https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/10/nota-2018/
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Many years ago when I first visited the USA, a friend of mine living there gave me an advice that I recollect every time I travel abroad - when visiting an Indian Restaurant outside India to peep in first to see if there are more foreigners than Indians eating there, if so to stay away from that place as it would've been tailored for their taste-buds and not ours. I remembered this when I was seeing Crazy Rich Asians (2018), a movie that got released two months ago in the USA and was receiving rave reviews there.

The story is about a Chinese American Lady Rachel Chu, an economics professor in New York visiting the family of her boyfriend Nick Young (played by Henry Golding) in Singapore. Rachel finds it difficult to be accepted by Nick's family as they are super rich and near royalty there. That's all, there is no twist or drama. It will be cliché to call out most things in the film to be a cliché, so I will not say so.

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https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/10/crazy-rich-asians-2018/
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96 was eagerly anticipated by many Tamil film lovers, because of the lead pair of Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan, two actors who are known for their versatility and brilliance in execution, and also for the songs by Govind Menon. Please don’t go late for the film, as the opening song is a must see, a visual feast by Mahendiran and Shanmuga, whose camerawork takes us to far locations across India.


The story can’t be any simpler – the lead pair had feelings for each other in their Class 10 days, haven’t been in contact ever after and are seeing each other during a reunion after a gap of 22 years – hearing this you may think of Cheran’s Autograph and Nivin Pauly’s Premam, but that’s where the Director has excelled with his different treatment reminding you more of Murali’s Idhayam. For a story like this, obviously there have to be flashbacks of school days, but they are kept to a minimum.

The movie progressed slowly throughout, I suppose it was deliberately done to kindle the childhood memories and emotions with the audience and Director C.Prem Kumar has succeeded on that.


https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/10/96-2018/

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If you want to watch a TV series that is different from the regular Hollywood produce, has clean comedy, some history, good dose of drama, and a bit of action, then check out the French TV Show “Au service de la France” (A very secret service) that’s showing in Netflix. It is a comedy hybrid of Pink Panther, Mad Men and Yes, Minister, all in one package. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two seasons (12 episodes each, with a run time of 22 minutes for each episode) and even learned a few about post World War II France that I was not aware of.

“A very secret service” is about a hotchpotch set of agents working for the Secret Service of France in the 1960s – they are not the James Bond of MI7 or the Ethan Hunt of IMF, but resemble the French Inspector Jacques Clouseau from the Pink Panther.

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https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/10/a-very-secret-service-tv-series/

#france #tvshow #netflix #comedy #spy

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Raja Ranguski (2018) is a crime thriller directed by Dharani Dharan.

“Raja” (played by promising actor Shirish Saravanan of Metro (2016) debut) is a police constable whose regular beat includes a gated community, where he finds a mentor and well-wisher with a senior citizen Mary (Anupama Kumar), and also the love of his life, a young writer “Ranguski”, named after Sujatha’s character and played by Chandini Tamilarasan. Following the advice of Mary, Raja tricks Ranguski to fall in love with him, unfortunately, the trick backfires landing Raja and Ranguski in the centre of a murder. What really happened, who is really behind the murders is rest of the story.

The first half of the film proceeds pretty briskly, both Shirish and Chandini doing well in their initial encounters. It is in the second half, once the murder mystery starts the screenplay and the actors falter living to what’s needed to keep it going. The climax is an unexpected twist, but by the time we reach there we have lost interest.

https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/09/raja-ranguski-2018/

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Saamy 2 (2018) is a tawdry sequel to the super hit Saamy (2003) that put Actor Vikram and Director Hari on a winning streak.


The movie starts with a recap of (Aaru)Saamy marrying Bhuvana, and the first taste of Saamy 2 comes then itself – the talented Aishwarya Rajesh (who I enjoy watching) has been cast as in-place replacement of the gorgeous Trisha – you can’t find two other actors who have diagonally opposite screen personalities. Fast forward 28 years, we see Ramaswamy (son of Aarusaamy) working with a central minister and studying for I.A.S. in New Delhi. The protagonist for him is the imposing Bobby Simha and his two elder brothers, sons of the slain Perumal Pichai from the first part, and they are ruling over Tirunelveli city now. I can hear you say, what? At least Hari‘s earlier works with Singam franchise had some resemblance of new story and different villains for each sequel, here it is the same Tirunelveli and the same family line at either side.


To be fair, I did like the way Saamy 2 had been linked together with Saamy to form some sort of continuity. The movie till it stays in New Delhi was okay, but once it returns to Tirunelveli, it is all down-hill. In the film, more than the aged Vikram, it is Bobby Simha who commands our attention. Prabhu and Aishwarya (Veteran Actress Lakshmi’s Daughter) have done their roles, it was surprising why Director didn’t utilize them more. Keerthy Suresh tries desperately to impress us, but the screenplay offers her nothing to work with. The most off-putting element in the film was the comedy track by Soori.


Overall, Saamy 2 is a cheap Chinese imitation of Saamy, made in Korea.


#Vikram #TamilFilm #SaamySquare


https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/09/saamy-2-2018/
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Seema Raja (2018) is a film that fails at every level. With the combination of Sivakarthikeyan and Soori, I was expecting a comedy film but Director Ponram who gave Rajini Murugan (2016) and VVS (2013), seems to have had a different plan. He has attempted to project SK as a mass hero complete with political dialogues, action sequences, and to top it a complete war sequence against the 40,000 strong forces of Malik Kafur.

https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/09/seema-raja-2018/
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U Turn (2018) is a Tamil remake of a popular Kannada film of the same name. Directed by Pawan Kumar and starring Samantha Akkineni as Rachana, this is a ghost thriller that benefits from an engaging screenplay. Rachana is a young reporter with the Times of India, working discreetly on a story about two-wheeler drivers who are taking an illegal U-Turn on top of a flyover in Velachery. Shockingly, everyone on her list keeps dying. The story is about how she and Nayak, a Police Officer (played by Aadhi Pinisetty) solves the mystery.

The title roll, in the beginning, has an inverted video of a ride over a flyover, that was too long and was disorienting to watch. For an otherwise engaging film, the climax was a bit ordinary. Anyways, a good thriller to watch for this week.

https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/09/u-turn-2018/
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Annanukku Jai (அண்ணனுக்கு ஜே!) is a political comedy starring Attakathi Dinesh and Mahima Nambiar that works in most parts.

It is about a story of an accidental politician – a young man “Sekhar” from a small town wants to get into politics to safeguard his father’s illegal toddy business – lucky for him, he is booked for an assault case he didn’t commit and goes to jail, returning from the prison he grows in status due to his shrewd moves. We have seen in Kollywood many many movies featuring this line of Political rivalry and treachery, but what makes Annanukku Jai enjoyable is the straight-forward narration by Director Rajkumar and the intervened comedy throughout.

Attakathi Dinesh has done his role well, as in his past films Attakathi (2012), Oru Naal Koothu (2016) and Cuckoo (2014). He is aptly supported by veteran Radharavi as a senior politician and Mayilsamy as Sekhar’s father. Mahima Nambiar suits the young village girl role nicely.

Overall Annanukku Jai is an unassuming movie to enjoy this week.

https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/08/annanukku-jai-2018/
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Imaikkaa Nodigal (இமைக்கா நொடிகள்) is a crime-thriller that also wants to be a romantic, family entertainer. Starring Nayanthara and Atharvaa, Directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu who made his debut with Demonte Colony (2015), a film I enjoyed, there was much buzz about this film. Did it meet up the expectations? read on.


https://venkatarangan.com/blog/2018/08/imaikkaa-nodigal-2018/
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