Firstly would like to introduce myself as a hardcore cinema lover and a passionate Tamil movie supporter especially those elevate the Tamil film standards to the higher levels. My views here are truly unbiased to the best of my knowledge.
I am sure anyone would agree that the Tamil film industry is stepping ahead to the next levels of filmmaking, let that be screenplay, subject of the script, narration, re-recording, acting, social message, technical aspects etc. Definitely the film makers - directors or otherwise called the captain of the ship deserve a salute. They deliver what they intended to without any compromise. Hats Off to Vazhakku En 18/9.
With that said, 2012 was expected to be a cinema thiruvizha (festival) throughout the year for a cinema lover like me. We had much much expected movies on pipeline to hit the silver screen from the top directors and actors and combination of both. 2012 has seen a remarkable change among the heroes. The top heroes -Ajith, Vijay, Vikram, Surya have come out of the mass elements (punch dialogues, build up songs), they were solely director's actor. They were only characters in the movie understanding what the script expects from them. As a cinema fan , I was eagerly waiting for Billa-2,Mugamoodi, Thandavam, Maatraan and still waiting for Thuppaaki, Kumki, Viswaroopam and of course Kochadaiyan. As we get close to 2012 end and hardly few more releases left, did the released ones give us a feel of what was expected from them??? Why it failed to delight us on the first day first show? What was missed out from being a real cinema thiruvizha? Here goes the thoughts/views from the cinema lover.
The day when Billa-2 was officially announced to be commenced, there started the hype and expectations on the movie. And the day when trailer released with the dialogue "En Vazhkaila ovoru naallum..." even an anti-Ajith fan would have thought his favorite actor has very much missed this dialogue in their movie....However this dialogue will not suite all actors (is a fact to be accepted) . Having such an expectation set and a response received on the trailer globally...the movie was too too violent one. It was a hardcore gangster movie; the director did justice to the genre of the movie but failed to cover all age and class of people. Almost all the scenes had blood shattered across the screen which made the movie to stay away from being watched with family -kids and women. And other than Ajith, the other characterization was not made well including the heroine. It was totally a one man show.
He is one among the handpicked directors whose camera delivers than what dialogues do. Anjathey and Yudham Sei are evident to it. What a thought to do a super hero subject in Tamil!!! Brave attempt by Myskkin!! Jiiva did a neat job. It is worth commenting here that Jiiva is the best actor in Tamil to do a drunkard role. Remarkable performance in SMS, Nanban and cameo role in Boss@Baskaran. Mugamoodi put the viewers down with a slow and predictable screenplay especially last 30 minutes of the movie towards the climax. One good thing about the movie is that superman subject was handled a bit realistic and to Tamil nativity rather showing action adventures as like Hollywood.
When Deivathirumagal team joined again for Thandavam, I thought this will be another soul touching movie like their previous one. And this time expected a much more scintillating performance from Chiyaan. The problem here is that it is more of a romantic-action than an unusual revenge story as showed in trailer. Vikram scored 100/100 on acting but the point is his scope for acting was very limited in the movie other than the mannerisms that he showcased as blind. To his potential, he could have been given more scope .The screenplay was too slow, though it had twists and turns it failed to keep the audience engaged.
It was the interval scene ...I thought this is the movie that I was waiting to watch, celebrate and slightly got into the above said thiruvizha mood. To my bad luck, lengthy and dragging second half put me down again .You guessed it right ...this is about Mattraan. However, what a performance Surya!!!! Technically the movie is too good. The movie is definitely watchable for the camera, first half, visualization and above all Surya.
Bottomline, on all these expected and much awaited movies, hero did a good job. These movies had one issue in common - screenplay - one was slow, the other dragging, violence, predictable and lengthy. A little more focus on the screenplay could have worked out well for Mattraan and to some extent for the rest. As a viewer, my verdict is having had these brilliant directors to work with the excellent actors; the magic didn’t happen on screen as expected.
Let’s hope the next arrivals - Thuppaaki, Kumki, Neethane En Ponvasantham, Viswaroopam and Kochadaiyan will wipe away the feel of dissatisfaction and be a visual delight.