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Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hour 20 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Creative Entertainers & Distributors, Dhananjayan Cast: Gautham Karthik, J Mahendran, Karthik, Regina Cassandra, Sathish, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Direction: Thiru Screenplay: Thiru Story: Thiru Music: Sam CS Background score: Sam CS Cinematography: Richard M Nathan Editing: TS Suresh

Ever since the official announcement about the project, Mr.Chandramouli has always kindled an expectation among the film buffs, especially because real-life father and son are coming together on screen. Yes, we are talking about 'Navarasa Nayagan' Karthik and Gautham Karthik acting together for the first time in Thiru's direction.


Mr. Chandramouli is about the competition between two corporate cab operating companies and how innocent people get trapped into it. How this corporate competition impacts the lives of Chandramouli (Karthik) and his son Raghav (Gautham Karthik), forms the rest of the plot.


The film has all the commercial elements that a common man could ask for, with a slice of romance, action, sentiment, and comedy. But whether all these elements are mixed in the right proportion is debatable. The first half doesn't majorly have any high point as such, and the story starts to pick up only from the pre-interval sequence. The love story between Gautham and Regina pops up all of a sudden and going for a romantic number immediately, only makes one feel, is falling in love so easy?


The issue with Mr.Chandramouli is the plot, which isn’t as strong or as new as Thiru’s previous films. The comedy scenes do not work in most places and due to this, the first 60 minutes of the film falls flat, with no big takeaway. Comedian Sathish who had less screen space could have been utilized well. The important twist in the climax too doesn't excite much and it could probably come off as predictable to a section of the audience.


With quite a few interestingly woven emotional and action scenes, to an extent, the latter half of the movie makes up for the not-so-engaging first half. Thiru's writing garners attention in the portions involving Karthik and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar. Their unexplained relationship is fresh, and it is left to the audience to assume. Had that freshness been there throughout, the film could have been a complete lively entertainer. The stunt team deserves a special mention for the innovative choreography of the fights. Thiru’s screenplay might impress the family audience as there are a few scenes catering to them.


Karthik's experience is definitely an asset for the film, and his energetic screen presence is entrancing. Gautham Karthik delivers a good performance, especially in the emotional and post-intermission sequences. Regina Cassandra fills the space of a commercial heroine and looks super hot in the much talked about Yedhedho Aanene song. An attempt to dub for herself for the first time is noteworthy. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar's chilled out performance throws a good vibe to the audience, though she gets only limited screen time. Directors Mahendran and Ahathiyan do neat and important cameos.


Cinematographer Richard M Nathan's framing and usage of colour tones give the film a natural flavor. Sam CS' background score is effective in emotional and action sequences. Yedhedho Aanene and Rajadhi Raja looked good on screen along with the visuals.


Verdict: If Karthik and Gautham's successful reel-life chemistry was ably supported by a stronger screenplay, "Mr. Chandramouli" could have been a better watch!


2.25 5 ( 2.25 / 5.0 )







Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Apr 25,2018

Singers: Sam CS, Swagatha S Krishnan
Lyrics: Sam CS

Kallooliye is a slow paced melody packed with heady hip-hop flavours that make for an interesting listen if you are into Sam's quirky singing in the song. However, it does not seem to have a lasting impression musically - in the sense that it is not more than a casual listen once in a while

Singer: Guna
Lyrics: Logan

Kandapadi stands out for the bass guitar portions that carry the mood of the song for the entirety of its duration. Guna's rendition unusually sounds less-than-exotic in this jazzy number

Yedhedho Aanene
Singers: Sam CS - Chinmayi Sripada
Lyrics: Vivek

"Impactful" is the first word that comes to mind when listening to Yedhedho Aanene, and it probably sums up the song as well. Sam's composition takes so many surprising twists and turns that one might have to listen to it a second time to even get a grip on it. Without a doubt, Chinmayi and Vivek's lyrics are added strengths. Bravo, Sam!

Raajadhi Raja
Singers: Mukesh Mohamed - Ranjith G
Lyrics: Vivek

Raajadhi Raja is a typical mass song - with kuthu style beats heavily influenced by modern soundings. There are a few layers that hint at an ode to Ilayaraja's Raja Rajathi Raja from Agni Natchathiram, which add an exciting flavour. Ranjith does a good job of adding another dimension through his singing.

Theeraadho Vali
Singer: Haricharan
Lyrics: Sam CS

The violins, flute, and keys bring out the intended feel of pathos in Theeraadho Vali - not to mention the 7/8 time signature. While the lyrics convey beautiful emotions, Haricharan does a great job of crooning them to perfection. Overall, a good listen.

Singers: Sam CS - Brindha Sivakumar
Lyrics: Vithya Damodharan

So much is pleasant about this theme - its rhythm, strings, and vocals, as well as how the composition travels with a jazzy feel while at the same time sounding very close to "Tamil" music. We are left wanting for more when the song ends.

Verdict: A good album from Sam CS with a couple of interesting compositions!
( 2.75 / 5.0 )

Mr Chandramouli (aka) Chandramouli

Mr Chandramouli (aka) Chandramouli is a Tamil movie. Gautham Karthik, J Mahendran, Karthik, Regina Cassandra, Sathish, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar are part of the cast of Mr Chandramouli (aka) Chandramouli. The movie is directed by Thiru. Music is by Sam CS. Production by Creative Entertainers & Distributors, Dhananjayan, cinematography by Richard M Nathan, editing by TS Suresh.