Thursday, April 12, 2007

Coming Soon - April 14 Releases

No, I'm not putting together a gallery of the worst-looking guys in Tamil cinema. Those are just the heroes in 3 of the movies releasing this Tamil New Year's Day :-(

For a Tamil cinema fan, this April 14 has to be one of the least exciting festival days in a long time. With no film with a bonafide star (and I'm not talking about just Rajni or Kamal movies. The movies being released can't boast of second- or even third-rung heroes), it is going to be really slim pickings at the theaters come Saturday. And it is not just that the films haven't raised expectations. The scary part is that the release roster includes more than 1 film that causes genuine dread in the heart of a Tamil film lover.

Taking the top spot in the list of movies is Cheran's Maayakkannaadi. After a series of critically-praised but commercially-unsuccessful movies, Cheran finally tasted success with Autograph and Thavamaai Thavamirundhu and he will be hoping to make it a hat-trick with MK. For the first time, he is moving away from the village setting since the film is set in the city. Navya Nair, who seems unable to shake off the curse of the bad-looking hero, is paired with him and the two supposedly play makeup artists in a beauty salon. That said, MK is probably the Cheran film I've least looked forward to and that is solely because of the stills. Cheran looks pretty bad in the straight hairstyle and the glitzy costumes give the impression of a director who has come to love acting a lot and is now making movies around himself rather than acting in the movie because he fits the role. Ofcourse I'm hoping that my impression is wrong and Cheran gives us one more of his well-intentioned, clean films that touch us at some level, either through the message they convey or the emotions they explore. Cheran is pairing up with Ilaiyaraja after Desiya Geetham but the reviews of the soundtrack haven't been very inspiring.

Unnaale Unnaale has a couple of new faces in the lead but boasts of 2 impressive names behind the screen. Director Jeeva, who gave us 12B and Ullam Ketkume, has proved that he is adept at making youthful entertainers while Harris Jayaraj(who worked with Jeeva in both his earlier films) has delivered another hit album filled with youthful, instantly catchy tunes (my favorites - June Ponaa... and Unnaale Unnaale...). Jeeva has claimed that hero Vinay, a model from Bangalore, will be the next heartthrob of Tamil cinema and the young hero has to live up to those high claims. Heroine Tanushri, who paraded around in really skimpy outfits in Nean n Nikki, makes her Tamil debut as heroine while Sada is supposed to have an important role.

Tamil cinema's most wooden actor 'Jithan' Ramesh has Madurai Veeran to once again prove how bad an actor he is. Predictably, the movie is produced by his dad R.B.Chowdhary, who should probably rename his SuperGood Films to SuperDad Films. The film's supposed highlight is a hip-hop number sung by Vaazha Meenukkum... fame 'Gana' Ulaganathan and that, more than anything else, is an indicator of the low expectations for the movie.

When a director's first film is something as terrible as Unakkaaga Mattum(that was the film where a doctor, after seeing the hero vomit blood, diagnoses that he has "blood vomiting"!), how does he get a shot at directing a second film? That's the question that's been plaguing me ever since I sawthat Chinni Jayanth's Kaanal Neer will be released on April 14. A shining example of self-indulgent, bad filmmaking, Unakkaaga Mattum should have led to Chinni Jayanth being banned from ever touching the camera again. But he gets another chance thanks to Ritesh, who is producing Kaanal Neer in addition to casting himself as hero. Good idea since, based on the photo above, he has no chance of being the hero in a movie produced by someone sane!

puthaandu vaazhthukkaL!


At 10:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aaah...what horrors Tamils must digest:-) For a second there, I was speechless.

Of these, I suppose Unnale has the best guarantee.

Ugh, Cheran, come back to are neither youth, nor material for youthful? hair fashioning...I wish he would just give chances to talented newcomers, since he feels his name itself makes a film bankable.

Ayyo, Ramesh! SuperBad producer.


At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>"a director who has come to love acting a lot and is now making movies around himself rather than acting in the movie because he fits the role."

Balaji, how could you cast such aspersion on Cheran's intentions! Read this. All is not fine with us youngsters and here's Cheran to elaborate why.

At 11:53 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

kajan, its not usually this bad but this april 14's seeing a deluge of bad heroes :) and SuperBad producer does seem more fitting :)

zero, hmmm... such good intentions and such lofty goals. now lets see if the movie holds up :)

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Pavals said...

//After a series of critically-praised but commercially-unsuccessful movies, Cheran finally tasted success with Autograph and Thavamaai Thavamirundhu//

is it ??

1.Portkaalam, 2.Baartathikannamaa, - both were profitable films at all levels

3.desiyakeetham - yes of course was unsuccesfull

4.vetrikodikattu was also successfull commercially..

5.Autograph made 'cheran'brand a hotcake in multiplexs..

it doesn't mean that was his first commercial success.

do u think a director in kollywood can sustain upto his 5th venture, without any commercial success.. :)

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

raasa, good point. i guess i was seeing things in comparison with Autograph and TT, which were big BO successes (sometimes hindsight can be bad too :) but yes, some of his previous films couldn't be called commercially unsuccessful :)

At 12:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, it sounds like you are terribly skeptical about Maayakannaadi, Balaji. I am too, up to a certain extent, especially after I saw the trailer which ends very abruptly. Hmm.. maybe there is a reason why that trailer ends so abruptly.

I'm curious to find out why, but not curious enough to run to the theater to find out tomorrow. I'm 100% sure you will catch it tomorrow and will post a review next week. Unless you have anything positive to say, I'm staying away!..

As for Ritesh and Ramesh.. they are 'iRRitating' to look at.. have you, by chance, seen the trailer for Kaanal Neer? Ritesh makes Vijaykanth look handsome.. God help us!..

BTW, Unnaale Unnaale has been getting pretty good reviews so far..

At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji howlarius post esp the gana ulaganathan part. is the movie chennai 600028 being released for new year's ? if it is then that'll be the movie that is a sight for sore eyes (esp after seeing those 3 pics that you have put up).the movie has a pretty good looking cast minus gangai amaran's second son premji.


At 1:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the above link will make the guys that balaji mentioned about in his post look normal. yarru petha pillaiyo. romba saabatha vaangi kattikka podhu.


At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry gave wrong link earlier.


At 2:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That is Mansoor ali khan :)

You liked TT? I felt it was like last rites documentary. Guess I need to watch all these movies and review them. I dont think these movies will be as bad as Vyabari or Muruga!

At 6:55 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

புத்தாண்டு வாழ்த்துக்கள் பாலாஜி, தங்களுக்கும் தங்கள் குடும்பத்தினருக்கும்!

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO on earth is this Ritesh guy? I happened to watch the trailer of Kaanal Neer recently and was "stick a tongue in an electric socket" kinda shocked. The guy has punch dialogs and thattuvam songs and physics-bending stunts that would put MGR, Rajini and Captain movies to shame.

At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHO on earth is this Ritesh guy? I happened to watch the trailer of Kaanal Neer recently and was "stick a tongue in an electric socket" kinda shocked. The guy has punch dialogs and thattuvam songs and physics-bending stunts that would put MGR, Rajini and Captain movies to shame.


At 7:24 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

En Iniya Ulagam Sutrumulla Thamizh Makkalay Thangal Ellorukkum Enada Iniya SARVAJITH (PUTH)ANDU VAZHUKKAL.


At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so many typos. Its Tanisha not Tanushree who is the heroine. She is Kajol's younger sister and she was also in Sarkar. And the movie you have mentioned is Neal'n Nikki. I guess this is quite nitpicky, but it is so irritating when second rate journalists do the same thing in sify or rediff or indiaglitz, I did not expect to see it here on your blog, as I like it so much. Sorry.

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mathangi, it's Tanisha. I think you're confusing her with Tanushree Dutta.

At 8:09 AM, Blogger Raju said...

I w'd put this as the 'lull b4 the storm'.. With a string of biggies about to hit us from May on, it is OK to have such dull movies, which will save us some money and time. And, moreover, these guys release their movies in a hurry now, bcos, once Sivaji and Dasavatharam are around, not a soul would go to watch other movies.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger TamilPonnu said...

Yo B,

who is the 3rd guy.. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.!!! I just threw up inside my mouth!!

and whats with the hairstyles .. cha..

At 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said... diagnosis is that you have "mouth vomitig"! that 3rd guy is Ritesh on whom I had had vented earlier in this thread!


At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TLT - Terrible Looking Triumvirate!

Cheran: Such a talented director who's deluded himself into thinking that he is a competent actor..."Bharathi Kannammaa" "Porkaalam" "Desiya Geetham" and "Autograph" are movies that a true thamizh cinema fan can be proud of...powerful stories, stunning dialogues, superbly acted...these movies had it all..."Thavamaai..." to me was not in the same league but was good, nevertheless...its just that the actor in him can only depend so much on the strength of the story to carry him through..."mayakannaadi" I think is gonna teach him that lesson...but well, we'll wait and see...I'd be glad if he proves me wrong...

"Unaale Unaale"- Sada looking terrific in the stills came as a pleasant surprise but then again Jeeva's photography and the costume design in his movies have always been treats...i am eagerly looking fwd to this colorful romance...

"madhura veeran"-- Hopeless!!

"Kaanal neer" -- guys, you should watch this -
Chinni says that "unakaage mattum" got a great response among youngsters!! and what more, bb, you are wrong- chinni's the producer of "kaanal neer." wonder how he had the heart to pay this guy riteesh a salary! andha "press meet" la andha loosu paya pesirkardha paarunge...seri comedy!

At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BB and co. matters just got worse.

Chinni Jayanth has signed up Ritheesh for two more films titled 'Deivamagan' and 'Nayagan'. Why? Oh! Why?

Ena Kodumai Idhu!

P.S. I just saw Vyabari and Unnale Unnale - very different. Unnale Unnale is in my case the best film of the year - beatin' PV, PKMS and Mohzi. Has any one else seen it?

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ritesh is a son of a State Minister, now you know who is the real producer of his movies. Chinni is milking the cow for milage.

I liked UU trailor and the review in Sify seems to be good. The songs are also good, Jeeva had a hit with his last movie so should be worthwhile hopefully.

- KP

At 12:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wanna see a real classic?

Check out the trailer of Maddy's Evan Oruvan at Sify.

The Best trailer in ages.

At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys also check this out:

Bharath in Nepali, another step forward. I'm off to bed in London, so PUTHANDU VAAZHTHUKAL

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ENNAI PAAR YOGAM VARUM - is a one movie with an entire cast of fugly people...I mean even the extras & props looks as bad as TR! To expect people to part with their hard earned moolah on these type of self-indulgent crap is just plain stupidity of utmost proportions... or maybe it is just one legitimate means of incurring a loss and adjusting the books... if you know what I mean. We are certainly not expecting Tamil heores to be Adonis-like, but just bearable looking & not puke-inducing, state minister's son or otherwise >>>

At 6:10 PM, Blogger Castor aka Kiwilax said...

Balaji: first time here. loved your posts. even if u didn't mean to put together a list of worst-looking tamil heroes, that's just what you did;-) Shocker!!!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Why does Cheran looks like he's frowning even when he's smiling??? Mind boggling to me.

At 10:32 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, no haven't seen the trailer for 'kaanal neer'. and i think i'll keep away :)

gayatri, according to sify, c-28 has been postponed and is not releasing for new year's day.

prabhu, i actually liked TT a lot. loved the emotions in it. but that is 1 movie where i've heard the whole spectrum of reviews. so not surprised that u didnt like it :)

mathangi, yes it is tanisha. thats what comes from not researching enuf and typing from memory i guess. will try to avoid that in future posts :)

raju, yeah i guess thats true. every star has a big movie coming starting from may and so its good to get these bad ones out of the way :)

kumar, lol on the 'mouth vomiting' :)

ram, sify said ritesh was the producer. somehow i'm inclined to believe them. if chinni was the producer, i don't he would've cast ritesh as the hero!

kiwilax, thanx for dropping by :)

At 7:32 AM, Blogger Lavs said...

Near my house they have gaint posters of this great ritesh guy...every ten yards has one gaint poster. These days I walk with my eyes closed and you know why!
PS:Been a ghost reader for sometime now...with this comment, i reveal thy!

At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, chinni mentioned in the indiaglitz interview that he was the producer...adhaan sonnen...yeah, maybe he was just a 'binaami!'

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unnale Unnale is nothing special. The story development is the same old stuff. The boy and girl meet in some cute way, girl doesn't like the guy, guy hounds girl, and apparently when we blinked, the girl decided she liked the guy. Aside from the Melbourne setting and a total lack of unnecessary action, this is the usual silly Tamil film stuff. Jeeva's gone downhill since 12B (which I like very much), though Ullam Ketkume was a decent film.

One scene was copied from The Wedding Singer, and one idea was copied from Kal Ho Na No.

Sada doesn't do much besides pout the whole time. That sums up her character, and I have no idea why Vinay was so obsessed with her. Vinay is handsome but not very good here. Maybe in future films he'll do better. But I think directors will really have to push him to wring out a good performance. Tanisha is pretty good though. She is someone to watch.


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