Tag: Nayanthara

FRS: Darbar (2020)

So you all know what an FRS is right? Right? 

Editor’s note: why do you guys keep saying this? I don’t like it, Chumma kizhi this line; add something like Happy New Year buddies or some such thing. 

+5: Movie has no narration, this simply means that it will try and use the simple visual medium and not over indulgent voice overs to simply tell a story. Kudos. 

+2: Movie begins with suspense type character killing rowdy boys here and there, face not shown. Immediate suspense buildup. 

-2: Next moment itself, newspaper tells that this is actually done by Mumbai police commissioner Aaditya Arunasalam. So much for immediate buildup which is immediately spoiled, newspaper headlines also are quite lol worthy. 

+5: Mumbai Police have a lot of Tamil speakers on the force, this is considerably more than the number of tamil speaking doctors in Srinagar (wink! Wink! Nudge! Nudge! We made a Kaatru Veliyiday reference) 

+6.7: ARM’s Durbar is truly a bilingual in a different sense, as in people are speaking in one language and dubbing is happening in another and of course there is no sync, which is intentional we believe. 

-50: Small time crook releases video asking hero to ‘encounter’ him within a day. Bad move nanba. 

-21: Not enough pistol training for all the rowdy boys in the movie because there are at least 100 of them and when they fire at Rajni, not even one bullet even causes a flesh wound. #RowdyBoysNeedSkillDevelopment

+5.34: Rajni is introduced by showing the impression his boots make on the ceiling of the building he is raiding, much like in a monster movie. Just saying. 

Editor’s note: don’t proceed with this imagery, our offices might get hit. Chumma Kizhi. 

-11: Rajni literalises an idiom by really bringing a knife to a gunfight, of course wins 

-34: Ok ok, now we know that our hero is indeed a mad cop, all we need is a sympathetic human rights activist to tell us the backstory as to why he became the mad cop. Waiddaminit, this movie has confusing timelines! 

+7.2: SPB goes into his golden age raspy voice for one second in the opening song, that reminded us of many things. 

Editor’s note: Stop it right there. 

-21: Hero’s daughter randomly points to one girl in the whole of Mumbai city and she happens to be heroine, needless to say that the heroine is single (although never stated) etc. Convenient relationship status is extremely convenient. 

-53.2: Now hero is tasked with “okaying” heroine. Following scenes seem to have been taken from some national film archives which somehow safeguards these 80s type coffee type romance.

+22: Rajni makes a clear stand. He likes only filter coffee. Instant powder coffee down down. 

+23: Rajni makes an even more clear stand. Coffee shop sell overpriced coffee that don’t taste so good. 

Editor’s Note: We should avoid such snide social commentary like these in our reviews, coffee shops are modern places  where minds can meet and discuss…stuff, in essence as many business books written by professors inform me that really we are not paying only for the coffee but for the ‘experience’. Much like how in movie theatres we are not paying for the movie alone but for the ‘experience’. 

<Hand Baby (Kai Kuzhandai) in audience goes Kua Kua Kua incessantly, FRS writers record this as part of ‘experience’> 

+12: Movie suddenly becomes serious and wants us to care about human trafficking 

+13: Movie suddenly becomes more serious (of course in between Yogi Babu comedy track is there) and wants us to care about drug menace

Remind us to cut points when movie later will completely forget these issues. 

-67: Movie suddenly then becomes about Mumbai Police finding their respect among the citizenry which was lost because of an old incident. 

-23: Heroine akka simply calls Hero to some random marriage because one girl has lost her chain. The reason for calling is because hero is Police Commissioner. After this, there is the dreaded marriage song, where hero goes and gives advice to marriage couple without knowing who they are, even other relatives don’t know who this person is, although no issue is made of the same

-34: All songs whenever and wherever, even BGM is fully with words like Thalaiva and Superstar with percussion….we mean..what is this? 

+6: Nothing really happens for a while then director decides to introduce the main villain, who will always be an international gangster. 

+11: Said villain has been elected as the head of all gangsters, seems like a quasi democratic process too! Long live gangster democracy! 

Editor’s Note: kindly remove gangster democracy. Chumma Kizhi. Take this out I say. 

-23: Movie bounces here and there, like Rajni’s hair before making it another hero vs villain fight which we know hero will win

-40.9: Movie thinks it is actually putting obstacles in the way of the hero, but then we never really feel anything, to make a show of it, movie decides to suspend Aaditya Arunachalam and then before you put your hands to scrape the bottom of the popcorn box, he is reinstated. So much for the show. 

But that suspension scene reminded us of THAT scene from Thangapadakkam (watch from 6:00 mins)

-7: Useless villain, when he has the opportunity to escape and come back with a better plan, decides to stay back and get hit by hero. 

-502: To Mumbai City planners, a ghastly fire accident has happened some 20 years back and you guys have not pulled down the potentially unsafe building but have actually made it into a memorial. What is this? 

+303: Hero inspires kid to wear police uniform. Now whole city respects the cops, drug problem is solved, human trafficking is reduced. All problems solved. All is well. Go and sleep peacefully. 

Editor’s Note: This is not very funny. Happy New Year. Include go and sleep peacefully as the last line. Thanks. 

All numbers are incidental and arbitrary, except the facts provided by our data analytics team

Subam

Team FRS

FRS: Bigil


So you all know what an FRS is right? Right? 

+2: Movie is without narration. Always a good sign (or so we thought). 

+5: Movie puts itself into porali category immediately as it begins with students protesting against change of the college building from a heritage building to a new building outside the city. (actually in Arakonam).

We feel the government is in the right here, since in-city colleges and their buses actually contribute a lot to city traffic. But of course it is not a Tamil movie, unless it opposes the government.

Even heritage buildings will breathe better without the trouble of students <umm…where are we going with this>

Heil Democracy and all that. 

-41: Predictably politician character is played as a mixture of being clueless and ruthless. Politico uncle orders a riot on protesting students, of course this is what is going to set-up the hero introduction sequence. 

+5: Hero has mastered the art of throwing bijli vedi in a manner that it explodes just before the thug’s face. Also this is a way to wish the audience “Happy Diwali Nanba”

-5: Hero hits at least 20 people within the first 20 % of the movie, means ki you can comfortably say that for the remaining 80 % of the movie any such hitting will be surely tiring and you will not experience any exhilaration. 

-2: If hero is from gully, then surely he must be the most popular guy with all the thaaymaargal’s and kutties love and affection. We will never understand why this is so, apart from the fact that he is the hero.. 

-11: Since it is written in the Kollywood Shaastram, that the  best way to end a semi-comedic intro fight would be to convert into an intro song. We now have an opening song which is shot in all shades of red available. 

-24.5: Yogi Babu is in this movie, that means a “moonji” joke is always around the corner. We have to face it. <We mean…>

+6: It’s not a big hero tamil movie, if it does not have a chief minister reference; althought this seems to be a new virus; such a thing was never said in the Kollywood Shaahstram

-90: Kollywood continues to exploit gansgterism without even for once explaining the mechanics of it. 

-91: Kollywood heroes continue to exploit cooling glasses by wearing them for 90% of the movie, so we can never see them act. 

#ItsNotCoolToWearCoolersAlways

-12: When in hospital, supporting characters will regain consciousness only to reveal entire back story of character. 

-30.8: Surprise! Father of gangster hero is also gangster, but with white hair and all. That’s about it. All pazhaya scenes only. 

+30.8: But he is well meaning gangster, because of course he is played by hero only. 

<Pause for reflection> 

Rayappan believes that his son becoming a national football player will encourage more people to move out of their gully by taking up football. 

While this is an inspiring thought, since there is always only a limited number of people who can be part of a national football side, the idea itself might not scale. 

There is a possibility that those who don’t make it to the national side either return to their rowdy roots or become sports followers on twitter who tweet GOALLLLL while following matches. 

Neither will help the overall ecosystem. 

Rayappan should have thought better. Won’t scale. 

</Pause for reflection> 

-05: No girl in the football team had the slightest doubt that Michael indeed looked like ex Tamilnadu captain Bigil. Because….hmm…

+11: Nayanthara is playing an empowered heroine in a movie about woman empowerment

-11: Empowered heroine does not tell father that she is not interested in marriage right now, this would have cut some 20 minutes of attempts at a comical church wedding. 

-3: Convenient team physiotherapist is extremely convenient (for hero)

-24: When movie transforms into sports movie, so all sports officials transform into villains and hero can become coach. 

+33: For a few minutes we actually thought this would be a women’s empowerment film, points for those minutes.

When issues are watered down so that the hero can take a stand on it, then ultimately the issue only suffers. 

Here in Bigil, while women empowerment is treated with allowable care; director offers no apology for violence and rowdyism.There are at least 300 people being thrown here and there by the hero. 

That rowdyism itself is a threat to women’s safety never occurred to the director. 

Hmm of course, hero is rowdy because rowdy is cool/wants to be etc. 

-33: For a full second half which is supposed to be about the girls, barely their names registered and most don’t have any role or character. 

+6: Director firmly believes that scoring goals is the only aspect of football he will concentrate on. 

-78: Movie relies heavily on stereotypes, but also does some baavla in the name of dismantling them. 

-101: Movie is not over yet. 2 more football matches to go. 

+3: One police station sequence which seems was directed by ARM during Darbar break. 

-5: Director sneaks in outtakes from Adidas ads for SIngapennay song, we hope people found it inspiring, or atleast to do some Diwali sports shoe shopping

<Use code BIGIL50, wherever you want, you never know> 

+5: Everyone in football team is wearing Bigil jersey, but we expected them to turn to camera and say “I am Bigil” like “I am spartacus” , no such luck.

-41.8: A team in full form will suddenly play like they have never played together before in THE FINALS of the tournament, just so our hero can go to locker room and motivate them. 

+11: Hero fulfills everyone’s wishes, including the wishes of his dead father and his father and their friends and their uncles and their gullies and the whole world. 

+32: Hero gets credit for everything by NOT getting credit for everything, wow well played. 

Hmm but..

Haters can hate, because Peace is the answer. Everyone becomes good. Society is happy. World is happy. Sleep well. 

All numbers are incidental and arbitrary, except the facts provided by our data analytics team

Happy Deepavali Nanba.

Subam

Team FRS

FRS: Mr. Local

So we all know what FRS is right? Good that would save us an introduction.

A romantic comedy that tears your heart apart

-12: Narration, the whole movie is a narration between Manohar (SK) and his french prison guard. Hate narration in movies, hate them, except of course when done well. This isn’t one.

-10: In the inmates vs prison guards match, SK is the only person who scores a goal; do note that this match happens in Paris.

-2:Sun rays will exactly light up in a way that it illuminates SK’s head perfectly before his introduction.

+11: French prison guards are considerate and listen to entire sob stories of their inmates.

<Debate topic, should TN audience be as considerate as the prison guards from France?>

+13: SK saves Tamil Nadu culture from ‘external forces’ who want to ban the celebration of Ayudha Poojai; ‘external force’ is name Rita so that it rhymes with PETA and thus slides in the usual jallikattu reference.

Most humor based are some current event reference or involves Robo Shankar trying to talk in English

-40.9: SK’s habit of calling his friends as Baby and Darling, if this trend catches on, you know who started the fire.

+2: SK is actually working in this movie  ( as a car salesman) and the companies he switch to are also in the same industry (automotive); so yes there are things that Rajesh got right.

+5: SK’s cute family is a good addition to Tamil cinema’s long history cute families; in fact the triumvirate of funny mother-crazy sister and dutiful yet ‘fun’ son is a M.Rajesh favourite.

+57: Radhika is absolutely amazing in this film, in fact we could say the only good thing in this film; she switches from funny to sentimental and back just like that. Add more points for the meta in-joke of Radhika playing a TV serial obsessed mom whose life’s aim is to have a selfie with a TV heroine.

M. Rajesh stands Meta Rajesh?

-45: Hero (SK, we will use interchangeably) meets heroine by road accident cliche

-26.78: Rest of movie is about how they will not apologize for the above said road accident, because reasons.

-20: Keerthana Vasudevan (Lady Superstar Nayanthara)  runs KV productions- a tamil tv serial production house that is housed in an entire flashy skyscraper (some 20 floors); the rent for which would take up much of the finances of the production house- a good CEO would first be looking to use resources better…never mind, I don’t think M. Rajesh really thought about the heroine’s profession, he just wanted a CEO.

Thanos Tamizhachi: The Snap That Was Heard Across Kodambakkam

+1: Surprisingly for a movie about local vs global, no IT employees were made fun of in this movie.

-45: The only strategy that Keerthana Vasudevan (which is mentioned as trendy name, so 20 years down the lane you see a number of KVs then you know who started the fire) displays is her emotion less ability to sack people. (again and again)

So she goes and sacks the lead star of her popular production but does not get the HR involved and that too under frivolous reasons? I mean…oh please just get on with it.

Maybe they should have made the movie about how KV started KV productions; that would give more insight.

+12: SK’s football capabilities in France are explained by means of a local football match

-12: Although his action capabilities are never established, we just have to assume that all heroes like SK are blessed with fighting capabilities that can knock down 20 goons minimum

-34: SK also has only one strategy, that is to capture the heart of the heroine by irritating her.

-50: Hero calls heroine Dora Bujji, heroine’s recognition of this nickname (later) apparently cements the fact that heroine has love somewhere inside for irritating hero.

-78: Hero realizes he is in fact really in love with the heroine even while irritating her; this is achieved by means of a “who will be the mother of my child type” emo-futuristic psychological game played by hero’s sister.

Hero’s sister plays the same game with heroine too. Crazy sister.

This movie is a horror movie. Really because it creates fear among those who think about love, also love is not clearly defined in this movie, just like SK’s fighting skills.

-33: All songs whenever, wherever, even in Paris; it also seems like they went to Paris for songs and then decided to shoot remaining part of the movie there.

-3: the inevitable Parrys-Paris ‘joke’ Come on boys! Time to write proper jokes for a comedy film. Like I mean…

-22: Hero is not very understanding and always wants to have the last word, nothing really matters in SK’s universe even if you are a CEO who has fought your way up, the last words always belong to SK.

Last Word Freak

-411: Sad state for KV, with all the irritations that SK is creating, the TRP of  her TV shows are now plummeting.

-101: Later, but not so later, heroine actually falls (in love) for the hero and maybe (although it is implied only) she thinks that these irritations are actually ‘cute and harmless’. Hmm does this mean..like…..

-25.4: The guy KV choses to marry is maybe not a guy after all and this is supposed to be joke and of course KV now runs back to SK, all opponents to SK will be no match for him. Although SK himself is your friendly neighborhood rowdy baby with cutesy family.

Unga Veetu Pillai Types

-97: KV points out that SK’s middle class fantasy involves having her leaving her job, making babies and looking after families and their crazy sister married; while he somehow now gets to run her company.

Although this is just a fantasy, we at the FRS believe that KV production at the moment needs a wartime CEO who would cut costs and focus on select things that they should focus.

We also would like to point out that KV Productions suddenly becomes KV enterprises and Nayanthara starts buying car dealerships so that she can fire SK again and again( which is her only strategy). I mean this sort of unwanted recklessness will never pass a sitting board.

I mean does Kollywood even care? No, corporates and companies are easy targets and thus make convenient villains.

Also readers must realize that corporates only want to make profit, while Kollywood donates all the money they make to charitable causes.

-41: For any film with Thambi Ramiah, yes we are being unreasonable like that, so for a movie feature to get positive points even after casting Thambi Ramiah would have to involve him doing exceptional work (highly unlikely) or like just don’t put him in movies and expect us to give positive points etc.

Yes sometimes we have to be unreasonable.

-2.5: For a movie billed as a romantic comedy, this is neither romantic or comedic; except for a chuckle here and there.

Audience is expected to feel romance just because they have listed Sid Sriram as the singer of one of the songs etc.

So what’s the current Kollywood guidance value for a movie to be called comedy?

One joke for every hour of runtime is what our extensive studies say, so 2.5 jokes in this movie.

Good job.

All numbers are incidental and arbitrary, except the facts provided by our data analytics team

Subam

Team FRS