Sunday, 13 August 2017

MILFF 2017: A Musical Journey Not To Be Missed

I think music, in my opinion, is not about motivation in the way it's - it's not a running base. It's art. And my whole philosophy of music is different. It's almost like cooking and serving to people, seeing them smile and enjoying the food, really.” – A.R.Rahman.
 
Just as god’s favorite musician said, music is indeed an art and it can liberate your soul when you hear to fantastic music. Especially when you have a band playing on stage right in front of you. Well, that is exactly what you are going to get when you attend MILFF 2017.

Malaysian Independent Live Fusion Festival or better known as MILFF is returning again this year for the very second time after a successful outing last year. This year it is going to get bigger and better. 
 
Sid Sriram
Happening on September 9th 2017, be prepared to be wooed with some musical magic from “Thalli Pogathey” fame Sid Sriram, the highly energetic Vijay Prakash with his ban. This two people need no introduction as they have been hugely successful in the cinema industry and have sung for A.R. Rahman before! Being a huge fan of Sid Sriram , it is no secret that he is the main reasons why I am attending this years MILFF. What an experience it would be to watch this great man perform live in MILFF.
Left: Vijay Prakash; Top Right: AGAM The Band; Bottom Left: Sooraj Santosh
Also the co-founder of Masala Coffee, Sooraj Santosh will be there along with AGAM the band. All of them are set to perform for you for a 6 hour musical festival from 5.30 p.m. at StarXpo Center in KWC Fashion Mall.

What makes this year’s MILFF a little more special compared to its previous edition is the fact that this time there is going to be an inclusion of TWO LOCAL ARTIST in the show. That’s right we this time we are going to have a couple of local artist sharing the grand stage and entertaining us.




Top: Balan Kashmir; Bottom Stylomannavan
And they are no other than Balan Kashmir, who recently burst into the limelight with “Start That Thiruvizha” and the very well-known Stylomannavan. It gives us all the more reasons to be part of MILFF 2017.

For those who are still in two minded to attend and would want to know how was MILFF last year before making the decision this year, well I've had the opportunity to ask a couple of people who attend MILFF 2016 to share their experience on how it was here is what they have got to say.

About MILFF 2016, well for someone with zero knowledge in singing but a whole lot of passion in it, I think it's a great concert. I truly had a blast there. No questions about whether I'll consider going or not, already bought my tickets. Said Thevaraj Raman, a student of University Technology Petronas.


"They started the show on the dot. The music was too good and it's really bad for our knees. We couldn't moving and dancing to the beats till we had sore foot and knees. I will definitely go back with a bigger group. Last year I manage to gather 8 about people. This year we have double the crowd already." Said photographer & former blogger Vicknes Waran.

"One of the best concerts I have ever been. Audience were not taken for granted. They started the show right on time. Perfect song selection and sound system was good. We Malaysians don't really get the chance to experience fusion, carnatic, raaga based music actually. MILFF 2016 was an eye opener to me." Said Venpa famed "Thirumbi Paaradi" singer Thanneer Narayanan.

With MILFF 2016 being a huge success, the stage is now set for MILFF 2017 to be bigger and greater. It is still not too late for you to grab your tickets. For more details visit www.mojoprojects.asia or get your tickets at www.airasiaredtix.com. Alternatively, call 016-3271557.

To know a little bit more about the performers of MILFF 2017, please click the following link below which was written Crappy Blogger.


Save the date guys! 9th September 2017, 5.30 p.m. @ StarXpo Center in KWC Fashion Mall and be prepared to go on a musical journey to a whole other world. I’ll be there & I hope you would be there too!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Apology

On 11th June 2017, I had written a post titled "RIP?: A film like no other before". The general theme of the post was about my review of the film. As I have always had a raw style of writing, I applied it in this post as well.

At the point of writing the post, it never came across to me that my writing could cause grievance and inconvenience to another party. I naively wrote with the intention of expressing my views. However it came to my attention a week later that my post has indeed hurt the film team.

Two weeks ago, this whole turned up to be a bigger controversy as I received an official notice regarding my write up and we had to engage assistance from 3rd party to bring an end to this issue. After a series of letters were exchanged, both parties (the film team & I) were able to come to mutual conclusion to put an end to this controversy for good.

Therefore as part of the agreement, I will delete the initial post of the film effective immediately and hand over a written apology letter to the film director. The handing over of the letter happened successfully today and below is an attached photo of it.


Two of my biggest passion are indeed cinema and writing. That was the reason why I started doing film reviews on my blog. As I do not make any money through my blog, all of the previous article was written purely based on passion and love I have on this two art.

Therefore to avoid a repeat of the similar controversy, I would like to used this space here to announce that, moving forward I will no longer write reviews on Malaysian Local Films. Meanwhile on Indian Tamil Films, I would temporary stay away from writing reviews as the last two weeks has cause me a lot of emotional  distress and I have lost the will to write reviews for now.

Nevertheless I will still continue to write other materials on my blog and hoping to see you guys soon with a new article. I would like to state again that I had no bad or ill intention when I wrote the film article and therefore have taken it down. I would also like to thank all parties who worked together in bring this to an end and we can all now move forward.

Yours Truly,
Sukesh Pandian
Boggler Blogger

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Under The Spot Light: AAA 1D

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Following the hype of Baahubali and Vishawaroopam, Anbanavan Asardhavan Adangadhavan (AAA) will be released in 2 parts, with the first part called AAA 1D, with 1D meaning 1 dimension. Following up on Simbhu success from Idhu Namma Allu and AYM and Adhik’s success of Trish Illana Nayanthara, much things was expected from this duo



Story Review

Usually my story review section will be long and detailed, but this time it is going to be really brief. Well that’s because in a 2 hour 20 minutes film, only 10 minutes of the film has some story to it.

AAA 1D is about how an old man aged 55, who is a Don or paid assassin in his younger days moves from Madurai to Dubai and now resides in Chennai falls in love with a 26 year old girl only to find out she doesn’t love him and someone else instead. He now vows to get his revenge on her in AAA 2D.


The story line is so thin and it doesn’t make sense to run the whole film for 2 hours. The whole Madurai portion seems to have no impact on the film and a waste of time. Hopefully in AAA 2D, they actually show what happens in Dubai.

Rating: 1.5/5.0

Director Review
Adhik Ravichandran

Adhik has to shoulder the responsibility on why AAA 1D is such a poor film. Let it be from the storyline, dialogues and screenplay it was all so horrible. Adhik stated doesn’t want to thought of a director who does films like Trisha Illana Nayanthara, but capable of much more. Well he needs to show he has that.

He also mentioned that AAA 1D is a film for youngster. Well just because it is for youngster, it doesn’t mean it has to have too many adult jokes and double meaning dialogues. The worst part was showing Motte Rajendran being nude. Like seriously why? Does doing a film for youth’s means it is all about sex, kissing and nudity. Certain portion were just too disgusting to watch.

In terms of dialogues, punch dialogues alone doesn’t make it a mass film or scene. It is everything that comes along in the scene that creates that feel. Self-glorifying dialogues alone won’t cut it. I could understand that if the dialogues were to glorify the character, but come on to glorify the real life Simbhu. It was more like it was a marketing campaign to make us think Simbhu is a great person in real life.

It doesn’t only stop with glorifying Simbhu, he even pushes it to glorify T.Rajendran. In terms of character design, once again Adhik’s fails miserably. Let it be the heroines or the supporting character, it was almost to no purpose and meaning to it.

In a time where many young directors are coming up with quality films, Adhik is not one in that list and needs to work extremely hard to be considered a decent director.

Rating: 1.3/5.0

The Cast
Simbhu

While I may not be a fan of Simbhu, personally I think he is a very talented actor. He has bags of talents and needs the right director to discipline him and bring the best out of him. Just like GVM did with VTV and AYM and Pandiraj did with Idhu Namma Allu. At this stage of his career, I would have thought that Simbhu would have figured out what kind of films work for him and what doesn’t.

Yet the boy never seems to learn. He continues to pick films which glorifies him so irrelevantly without contributing to the film. The same thing happens in this film. Simbhu plays the role of a young Madurai Michael and an elderly role of Ashwin Tata. They both are the same character.

I have no issues with his added weight, in fact I think the added weight plays well for his elderly character role. I was hoping Madurai Michael to be more like Thothi Jaya but the character seemed to be very lost and out of sort.

Meanwhile on the Ashwin Tata front, having white hair and wrinkles only does not makes you an old man. He didn’t seem to have any sort of body language resembling an old man. Maybe he could look at how Surya played the elderly role in Varnam Ayiram to be a little more convincing.

On a positive note, I did enjoy his look as Madura Michael. Especially the scene which he comes riding on top the car with and lighting the car up. If only the story with would been a little bit more mass and better dialogues, it could a character many people would have liked it very much.

It is hard to shoulder most of the blame on Simbhu as the story, screenplay and dialogue was designed by the director, and Simbhu was just executing the role assigned to him, unless of cause he influenced the director on that front.

However he needs to held responsible for picking such a poor script especially after doing a couple of good films. He has been on a little positive rise in his last couple of films and this is just going to crush all those hard work he has been doing.

I still rate him highly, but he has to stop doing roles which glorifies himself or his father and focus on doing actual real proper films.

Rating: 2.7/5.0

Shriya Saran & Tamannah

Shriya makes her comeback as a lead character in Tamil film after 6 years with Rowthiram being the last. Well at least on paper it can be considered a lead character, but in reality her role adds almost 0 weight to the film.

She maybe 34, but she surely does looking stunning and lovely. Sadly I couldn’t say the same thing about her performance. It felt very dull and 1 dimension and shows a lack of variety in terms of portraying emotions.


Tamannah on the hand looks like the bomb. Stunning and gorgeous and she has the moves when it comes to dance. Performance wise once again it well a little dull and 1 dimension.

Maybe it wasn’t a lack of talent from the actress but just the way the characters was design by the director. I’ll let you judge that.
Rating: 2.5/5.0

Mahat Raghavendra, VTV Ganesh, Motte Rajendran

Mahat plays the role of Madurai Michael’s best friend. It is a role which could so easily have a much bigger role, but due to poor writing, his character is almost forgettable.

VTV Ganesh is suppose the character that evokes laughter in you but the whole Simbhu-VTV Ganesh combo is so dead it is about time people stop using it. Does he plays any weight in terms of the story? Absolutely no.

Atleast Motte Rajendran’s role does make you laugh in a couple of places and the scene between him and Kovai Sarala reenacting Thali Pogathey was perhaps the best scene in the whole film. This concept of using Motte Rajendran to reenact songs or scenes of other films has been use many times and it is about to get bored very soon.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

The Music
Yuvan Shankar Raja

AAA 1D’s only saving grace has to be Yuvan’s music. The songs in the film doesn’t really create any magic for me and it is far of what Yuvan is truly capable in songs. A good director would have able to commend more out of Yuvan in terms of songs.



Nevertheless the area which Yuvan wins big time and perhaps rescues the film is his strong background score. Let it be more Madurai Michael Ashwin Tata or scenes in between, it is his BGM which creates magic in the film. Without Yuvan, the film would have been too unbearable to watch.

Rating: 3.3/5.0


Final Verdict: Awful, Agonizing, Atrocious

Final Rating: 2.4/5.0


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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Under The Spot Light: Vanamagan

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Festive season is a time of celebration and that is also a great time to release Tamil films. During this festive period we have two big films being released and today I am going to review one of them today. Directed by A.L.Vijay or now known as Vijay, here is the review of Vanamagan.


Story Review

Vanamagan offers a story which you don’t normally see in a Tamil film. The story themes around the indigenous people who has their own way of living and language meets people from the city and what happens after that.

The film can be split into 2 halves. The first half of the film deals with a backdrop of the city. This portion deals mainly with the humor side of the film whereby it shows the lead character who is part of an indigenous tribe deals about fitting into the city society.


Meanwhile the second half of the film deals about how he fights for his tribe people against a corporate company who is trying to take away the land of the people. What helps the story transition from the first half of the film to the second half of the film is the love theme between the lead characters.

The movie does well in the comedy section especially the sequence of scenes from the hero being a real ruckus in the city to the point she tries to tame him. Another highlight scene from the film for me was the scene which shows the police attacking the indigenous tribe people. Although it wasn’t as intense as the climax scene in Aayarithil Oruvan, but it was equally heart wrenching to watch it.


The movie has a good balance of action, emotion and comedy to make it a very good family watch during the festive season. I also enjoyed how the lead cast expressed that they loved each other without saying the words. The actions to protect each other and care for speaks volume

On the downside the length of the film could have been much shorter. Despite having a good core story, the first half city portion of the film could have been much shorter as it doesn’t add much weight to the film. Also I feel more weight could have added to show more details of the indigenous tribe people instead of summarizing it through a song. The story too could do with a couple of songs lesser.

Nevertheless, Vanamagan is indeed a very much welcomed changed in terms of story for the Kollywood industry and looking forward for more bold stories like this.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Director Review
A. L. Vijay

A. L. Vijay is a director who I always look forward to watching his films. It’s hard to understand why he has had a patch of ups and downs in terms of success in his film making journey. He has now done 10 films and I feel he always succeeds when he does a not so common subject film. Films like Madrasapattinam or Deiva Thirumagal. Vanamagan falls under this category as well.

A. L. Vijay deserves all the credit for the character design for Jayam Ravi’s role. I don’t remember seeing a character like that in a Tamil film and credit to Vijay for being bold in that perspective. Another area which he and his team deserve praises is on the art direction agenda.


The setup of the Andaman Island, the jungle and indigenous tribe village.  Also the costume design for the tribe people was also a good treat. However the C.G.I part of the film felt a little disconnected from the film and I think he could have done much better for the Tiger part.

At the same time, I felt he could have added more story and depth to the film instead of having song fillers and focusing too much on just between the lead cast. This causes the film to feel that it goes on a slow pace and it stretches up to 2 hours plus the film.

Another point which I enjoyed about the director is how he connects the little dots in the film. Some of the scenes showed early in the film comes back later to play an important part of the crux of the story. Credit on his screenplay arrangement.

The camera work deserves a worthy mention for this film. Love the way the scenes were captured in the Andaman backdrop. The peak of the camera work can be scene in the way a single take action sequence was captured in the tribe village. The action happens all over the place and camera moves smoothly allowing you to capture the emotions in the actions. Well done.
On the bright side, I truly enjoyed A. L. Vijay’s vision of giving us a film speaking for the tribe people and the end credit scene which was dedicated to educating us about the other indigenous tribe people around the world.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The Cast
Jayam Ravi

I have never been a fan of Jayam Ravi. Infact I have been a strong critic of him and felt he never has the quality to be a great actor. Before Vanamagan, I felt he has only gave 2 quality performance for a film, with that being Adhi Bhagavan and Thani Oruvan.


After watching this film, I take back all my criticism against him. I think he was the real star of this film. He plays a role of an indigenous tribe next in line leader who speaks their own language. Which meant his character is not able to speak Tamil or English throughout the film.

He has to fully really on his body language and eyes to portray all kind of emotions throughout the film and manages to captivate you with his performance. Top class acting from the man to bring the role alive on screen.  
Rating: 4.3/5.0

Sayyeshaa Saigal

She is 19 years old and this is only her 3rd film (1st in Tamil), but she showed so much of maturity and calmness in her performance. It is hard to believe that she is still so new in the industry. It a character which had a lot of meat to perform and she was up for the task.


It was a pleasure to see her on screen and loved the way she was able to commend the screen with the right attitude and dominate the scenes. Her dancing ability is a huge plus point, especially the opening song dance movements.

I would rate her performance in this film to be way more ahead of many other heroines in the industry. Her next film is alongside Karthi and Vishal and I hope she has a role with lots of scope to perform. Given the right scripts in a couple more films, she will be a household name in the industry.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Thambi Ramaiah & Prakash Raj

Thambi Ramiah plays the role of a servant to the heroine and is the heart of the comedy sequence of the film. With the 1st half the film lacking in terms of core story, it is his comedy portion which carries the film through.

His ability to evoke humor all by himself playing off reactions of his cast is something to be appreciated in this film.

Meanwhile for Prakash Raj, I felt his role could have been a little bigger in the film to have more impact in the story. He makes a cameo in the first half of the film and goes missing. He comes back again towards the end of the film to play a pivotal role in the film. In terms of performance, he nails it as always. Such a terrific character artist.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Music
Harris Jeyaraj

This film marks Harris’s 50th film as a music director. While the songs may not be chart topping blockbuster but it is still a very decent music album. A particular favourite song for me was “Yemma Yea Azhagamma”.


I enjoyed his background music throughout the film especially the music signifying the tribe people. The background music helps carry you through the film and credit to Harris for that.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Final Verdict: A combination of George Of The Jungle & Avatar with a hint of Indian flavor.

Final Rating: 3.6/5.0



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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Happy Birthday Thalapathy: 5 Reasons Why I Love Vijay

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After Super Star Rajinikanth, my next favourite actor in the industry is definitely Thalapathy Vijay. For me it was Minsara Kanna that did the trick for me. I was 9 years old back then and I remember my parents bought a CD of the movie. I remember laughing most parts of the film and it was that moment onward I started adoring Vijay.

18 year later, bar Rajini, Vijay is still my favourite actor despite the rise of many talented actors. Vijay had his share of box office failures but nevertheless I remained a fan of his performance and not his films at that period of time.

2007 to 2011 he had a run of poor films, but ever since Kaavalan, personally I think he has had a fantastic run of good films bar one or two below par films. With the first look poster of Mersal being released, the goosebumps are coming back high again on his next film and I am expecting some magical work (pun intended).

Back then it was hard for me to come up with a reason why I adore Vijay, but today here I am presenting to you 5 Reasons Why I Love Vijay.



1.     Dance

The first thing that comes to the mind of most people when you say Vijay is that his ability to dance. His ability to dance to a song which has a fast beat is a joy to watch. He is currently one of the best dancer among the heroes in Kollywood. I loved his dance in Pokiri and Ghili and I sure we will be in for a treat with Mersal.


2.     Comic Timing

This is reason why I first started liking Vijay when I was young. His expressions and the ability to carry on comical scenes is amazing. You can pair him up with any comedian or let it be even on his own, he never fails to make you laugh.


To me is comedy timing, body language and sense is in the same ranks of both Rajini and Kamal. That laughing scene in Friends with Surya and Vadivelu is perhaps the best comedy scene ever done by a hero.

3.     Screen Presence

Nearly every hero in the industry today wants to be a commercial hero like Rajini. Only a handful of actors want to be like Kamal. Well let’s face it, it is almost impossible to be a performer like Kamal. Yet actors like Surya and Vikram has the potential to follow a similar path like Kamal.

The rest wants to be a commercial hero. The reason why Rajini was successful as a commercial hero was because he had a commending screen presence. 5 seconds of Rajini on screen without any dialogue, just a smile and walk will drive the fans crazy.


After him, the closes actor being to emulate that sense of craze from the audience is Vijay. He has such a good grip in terms of his on screen presence. Combine that with his ability to utter punch dialogues and hold good body language in a scene is what makes Vijay the best commercial hero after Rajini.


4.     Romantic/Student Films

In his early days in the industry, it was both love films and student/youth films which propelled Vijay into an established actor. Then in the early 2000’s he made his transition into a Mass Commercial hero and there was no turning back.

Personally some of Vijay’s finest performance came in the days early in his career. I have always loved his films like Kushi, Friends, Thulladha Maanam Thullam & Once More. That was the Vijay I knew when I was young and I became a fan of.


Despite his rise as a commercial hero, he is still able to pull of these roles with much ease and calmness. Films like Kaavalan, Nanban (a personal favourite), & Sachein shows he still has that in his game. I hope he don’s this type of role one more time in the near future.


5.     Action

And finally, I just love his action sequences in his commercial films. I’ll be the first to admit it that some of them may defy law of science, but somehow I don’t mind it when it is him or Rajini who does it.

I love the way he dishes out his action sequence together with a punch dialogue. His ability to blend in action, sentiment, comedy and romance is what perhaps makes him one of the most successful commercial actors in the industry out there.

Vijay has his haters and I am very much aware of that. I would accept any criticism during the 2007-2011 period, but for the next 6 years he has actually done very well and his criticism is longer justified. He is well aware that he is no Kamal to try don out different roles and characters. He knows what works for him and he works hard on that. Like him or hate him, after Rajini it is Vijay who is the best commercial entertainer in the industry.


Happy Birthday Thalapathy Vijay!



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