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Thank God it’s Friday
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
September 14, 2007
It’s a bad day for movie lovers in Chennai as production houses take the city for granted. Will explain about this a little later - let’s start the analysis first. This week, we are blessed with seven movies, three in Tamil and two each in Hindi and English.

The first movie in the ring is dancer Harikumar-starrer Thirutham.
Sathum Podaathay

This will be Harikumar’s second movie as the lead. Thanks to the famous song "Karuvappaiya", Thoothukudi, his debut movie, found acceptance in B centers. Priyanka of Veyil fame will share the screen space with him and the movie is about how a spoilt man reforms and tries to lead a normal life. Let’s hope Harikumar makes a bigger impact than his first movie.

The second challenger is Inimae Naangathaan, a fun-children movie and the first non-epic Tamil 3D animation movie. It is a delight to watch, and the very attempt of the makers should be lauded. Hope the movie does reach its target audience and more such unexplored genres are attempted.

The third contestant is a Hindi movie “Nanhe Jaiselmer”. The movie is about a small kid in Rajasthan who is very passionate about Bobby Deol the actor, and he considers him as his friend. Everyone ridicules the Nanhe Jaiselmer when he says that his friend will come and see him. The movie is all about how the small boy’s belief comes true.

The next three are the movies I really wanted to talk about. The films in question are John Tucker Must Die, Dhokha and Zodiac. John Tucker Must Die is a high school comedy from Hollywood which was released around mid-2006 in the US and in the rest of India in September last year. This movie is being released in Chennai exactly a year after its appearance in other states of India. Second in line, the Bollywood product, Dhokha, directed by Pooja Bhatt, is about a terrorist bomber and how Muslims are always targeted as the villains when a blast occurs. A good attempt in all as it was honored by the central government by way of tax exemption in Maharashtra. But the movie is coming a week later than its official release all over the world. And the last one in the same league, Zodiac, one of the most thrilling movies I have seen for a long time, is finally gracing the theatres in Chennai after it was released in the other parts of the country one month ago. Why is that Chennai audiences are being taken for granted? I would have picked Zodiac as the pick of the week if not for this release debacle. Dhokha would have also given a tough fight for the top honor. I really feel every Chennai movie lovers should question this strange avoidance.

Now for the pick of the week…

Behindwoods pick of the week is Sathum Podaathay

Director Vasanth is back with a thriller this time - Sathum Podaathay. The movie’s story is kept under wraps and even the trailer didn’t give away anything which is one of the positives for this thriller. Many are still guessing what the story is about and people are sure to get thrilled by Vasanth’s final product.

Prithviraj is playing the main protagonist of the movie and the female lead is Padmapriya. Nitin Satya, a small time actor, who was last seen in the Chennai 600028 gang, is playing an important role in this movie. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s songs are already topping the charts so a good opening is assured. But the T20 World Cup might affect the collections a little bit more so with the all important India Vs. Pakistan match tonight. So expect a slump in the collections.

Verdict – Chennai movie lovers, Sathum Podungal. India Search
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