Review in 140 words or less: Nanban

Vijay and Ileana in Shankar’s Nanban.

Nanben Da!

Rating: *

Shankar’s highly bankable status is a no-risk factor and Nanban explains on how the director uses that privilege. Despite remaking 3 Idiots the way it was and maintaining its essence, Shankar brings in an extra dance number (if you’ve seen it you’ll know why). Jiiva stands out from the rest of the cast with a neat portrayal.

Vijay and Ileana study their Hindi counterparts and repeat the same. However, Ileana excels Kareena Kapoor in the scene where she arrives drunk. Music is generally a go-to for Harris Jayaraj and he revamps his old tunes and brings out a handful of peppy numbers.

Foot Note: While entertaining and instilling the message, Nanban is desperately in need of good acting.

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Review: Engeyum Kaadhal

'Jayam' Ravi and Hansika Motwani explore Paris and one-sided romance in Engeyum Kaadhal.

Billy Wilder is crying in his grave!

Rating: Could we try minus instead of zero?

It’s comforting to know that Engeyum Kaadhal is just 125 minutes long. But, the promise of a romantic comedy is a blow. Engeyum Kaadhal is filled with one-sided romance and plays unfair on our senses. Prabhu Deva thinks he can remake Billy Wilder and make it seem conventional. My question is why he came up with Love in the Afternoon, when Wilder has made better films like The Apartment and Some Like It Hot.

Harris Jayaraj is an auteur indeed. With a 30-minute soundtrack, he occupies 1/4th of the running time. I’m guessing that Prabhu Deva had a soundtrack and then weaved scenes around them. Raju Sundaram appears as the film’s comedian and takes up 20 minutes playing pranks that are ripped off from Mr. Bean. Overall, there’s no originality in Engeyum Kaadhal.

‘Jayam’ Ravi thinks that he can dance. Well, he definitely can. But, what’s with that accent with which he speaks English? He spoke better English in Santhosh Subramaniyam, which was a better film, despite being a remake again! Hansika Motwani’s role of being that troublesome girl, who falls in love with that man from the mirror, seems immature. But, that’s the way rom-com heroines are supposed to appear.

By the way, what is it with playing musical instruments on water?

Engeyum Kaadhal is one film which could have been made better. It has great music to support the story, which however never made it to the ground.