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FRS: Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (CCV)

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

Nevermind, we are quite excited when a Mani saar movie comes about anyway.

-101: Narration, even if it is through Vijay Sethupathi’s voice

-102: Narration accompanied by drone shots

-21: Gangster is the most powerful man in the city cliche. How do they arrive at these conclusions, is there a Forbes list for gangsters? 40 under 40 kind of based on killing etc?

Look we get it that most filmmakers from a generation are inspired by the Godfather, most of them hold it as the greatest piece of film ever made, but then it does not mean all movies about gangsterism should be taken seriously unless of course it is as arresting as the Godfather

+21: Gangster sings KV Mahadevan hits from 1961, because singing Ilayaraaja songs would now be considered cliche

+54: Effective foreshadowing is effective. The song Prakash Raj sings is from Thaai Sollai Thattadhe which is about a police officer trying to bring down a gang. Hey wait….good one Mani Saar.

-44: Director trademark of characters asking one word questions which is passed off as dialogue. Enga? Eppo? Yaaru types you know the drill So much so that the dialogue in the film is indistinguishable from the questions a five year old sitting next to you keeps asking.

-21: 66.67% of the dialogues are questions, 33.34% of the time they are left unanswered or followed by more questions. Since Mani Ratnam has already made Nayakan, he should aptly be called the Kelviyin Nayagane of the year. FRS team wants to institute this as form of an annual award. Data provided by our analytics team based out of Pune.

+17: Dubai Shieks will close all deals only on private yatches, also they have unbelievable level of patience.

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Let’s analyse Thyagu’s business here, he takes money from Varadan-Senapathy his father to pay the Dubai Shieks but in exchange of what? How much could Senapathy afford to give his dubai son to get this business going. Seems pretty shady even for a shady business for like this, maybe the Shieks are patient because they are making a killing out of this deal.

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-AAA: Even in the moment of almost calamity, even in a film directed by namma resident auteur Mani Ratnam; Simbu will get slow-mo opening sequence

-87: Serbian cops don’t know basic that you need to put a checkpost before a junction and not after; this simple mindedness of Serbian cops leads to Ethi (STR) being seeing as a master criminal. Serbia is not going to like this movie.

-61: Convenient STR’s Serbian girl friend is tamil speaking level convenient. Never mind…

+37: Gangster STR believes in not imposing his music choices on his girl friend, so both wear separate head phones. Feminist gangsters are the wonder of the 21st century.

-12: Movie does not realize the seriousness of situation and keeps the mood light even the issue here is about a set of brothers and their father being bombed to near death! (Insert the scream smiley here) Seems like the brothers don’t really care only.

-1: For whenever Varadan (Arvind Swamy trying to play Inba from Ayutha Ezuthu who was trying to play..oh never mind) says “Vidu, naa paathukaren” (means like I’ll take care). Says it two dozen times but things become worse after he says it.

+34: First they used K V Mahadevan’s songs in the movie, then they use MS Viswanathan’s character trait from Kathala Kathala. Thyagarajan’s (not Thyagu) dialogue is limited to 3 Muruga’s per minute

-12: Movie tries to build to tension around who would have tried to kill Senapathy but at this point of time we don’t really care and it seems like most of the cast don’t too.

-54: If you are female character in this movie, you either end up dead or in the lock-up or of course dropped from the screenplay at the most opportune moment.

+61: Aditi Rao Hyderabad (now in Telengana ) plays a very prosperous news journalist who has an affair with the main gangster by afternoon and reports his misdeeds objectively in the morning. Of course no one has any issue with that, at least some one is having fun in this movie.

+89: The women of Senapathy household seem to be ‘okay’ with everything, like extra marital affairs, gun running in Serbia, deal making in Dubai, drug peddling and all that. Which is kind of the underlying theme of the movie: shit happens and we are okay with it.

+142.8: Vijay Sethupathi seems to be doing his own thing and doesn’t really care what the brothers are up to, which is the best part of the film, he seems to show up with the same casual attitude that he puts on when he comes for a fully filmy interview with cinemapayyan.

+21: Varadan is an expert cook at his mistresses’ house but nothing is mentioned about how he is at his home, but he lets Chitra call him by his name; so feminism certified. Feminist gangsters are truly the wonder of 21st century.

-45: All songs whenever, wherever. Raghu aka ARR & co still doing the “let’s use the songs for BGM again” strategy. Hmm.

+101: Every time on the FRS we spend words and words on how goons are being ill treated by film makers. In this movie they actually get on-site opportunity and all, we just want to stand up and applaud. Thank you guys for taking note.

-20: Hero realizes that all of us (philosophically) are zero towards the end but doesn’t realize that gangsterisau is wrong and affects manly families badly. Maybe underlying theme is that people will be okay with gangsterism if there is enough feminism in the movie, maybe we are reading the movie wrong (mostly right option) and we will wait for the extended conversations with Mani Ratnam pdf to know what the movie is really about. Then we can always change our mind.

-25: Something something happens in the name of double cross- triple cross etc and person staying alive in the end of all this is the winner and of course let’s shoe horn the title Chekka Chivantha Vaanam into the works now. This also wins the Vaaranam Aayiram award for title explanation of the year.

PS: If you would like to see a better movie where men make reckless decisions and it is left to the women of the household to handle stuffs; check out this National Award film called Samsaram Adhu Minsaram. Just saying.

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

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FRS: Sarkar

FRS: Sarkar
One finger, election swinger

So by now everyone knows what an FRS is right? If not we probably will have to fire the entire marketing department at the Lowly Laureate.

Wait a minnit, we don’t have a marketing department; but what we have is a musical department.

<Musical Department plays Sad Appu theme from Aboorva Sago on cue>

Editor: Get on with it. Please.

-501: To us, as usual posting late FRS; no excuse dammit! (That’s the editor’s only contribution, he wanted us to include this to show that unlike most publications, writers here are relatively accountable)

-30: Director feels that it is important for him to show all the great “empires” in world history in the titles just because he named the film Sarkar.

+12: Vijay played a magician (sort of) in his previous film thus confusing many people to believe that this movie could be a biopic of legendary magician PC Sarkar.

But rumor was that this was abandoned from the word go because a movie about an Indian magician would actually be interesting and would involve lot of hard work etc unlike this one. There we said it.

-404: It has been decades since the IT industry became a good part of the Indian economy but Tamil movie directors don’t want to understand what this IT is only.

-33: IT company head honchos will call employees out to the bay area and ask them to google about a CEO of rival company under fears of a takeover by the said CEO because he is visiting India.

We mean LOOOOOOL, all the Saturday Night live comics put together cannot beat this master of an open. Funny and fun forever.

-169: IT company girl who is ‘researching’ about CEO is actually watching a youtube video called “Sundar in Las Vegas” also tells something to the effect like “he is a playboy, but very cute ya”

Las Vague-as

+101: Vijay does breaking the 4th wall to speak to greet his fans even in open spaces.

Everytime Vijay na breaks the 4th wall, a season of house of cards is cancelled somewhere.

-36: All the dancers in Las Vegas know the exact same steps as CEO Sundar, do they go to same dancing class? If so did GL Corp pay for their CEO’s dancing classes?

Oh BTW all songs in this movie are just Vijay dancing in the foreground with fancy lights/ferris wheel in the background.


+56: We can clearly see what CEO Sundar is doing in Vegas, thus this movie has broken the long standing myth that what happens in vegas stays in vegas.

-22: Movie goes into ultra slow motion when CEO Sundar lights up a cigarette

Slow in motion, low on emotion

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Unwritten rules in Tamil Cinema be like if you are going to shoot on a runway then it must be in slow motion to emphasise “hero-walking-down-flight-stairs” or in other words what is commonly misunderstood as style

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-57.8: Movie keeps emphasizing that CEO Sundar’s corporate strategy is entirely driven by acquisitions, well even if we do take that at face value; we think movie misunderstands acquisitions and thinks it is something like going to a mall and buying a watch kind-off thing. I mean these are complex, like ok let’s go a little deeper into this.

{I would like to point out that here FRS writers work twice as hard as the writers of this film; and thus our sentences now resemble CAT problems}

Historically acquisitions have benefitted the seller more than the buyer (in this case CEO Sundar) and majority of the deals that went through could not meet the projected revenue numbers, which means that CEO Sundar would have to answer a lot to the board.

<Now that’s a movie that I would like to see>

Wow, a tech CEO who makes tough choices by acquiring companies that don’t make money is taken to task by the governing board, that makes an interesting story.

</Now that’s a movie that I would like to see>

What we really want to say that things don’t look so well for GL Corp.

+101: ARM is total genius, instead of having usual tagalong sidekick that hero can bounce off jokes; he moulds that character into Keerthy Suresh, only that it doesn’t work to the intended comic effect, nevertheless genius attempt.

+102: Usually some smart critic will use the term “subverting audience expectation” although at that point they mean they were not prepared for such a film, which means to say that we can safely deduce that most critics make up their mind about films before they watch.

Loool and people actually trust critics with their choices.

OK back to subverting audience 101, here ARM has subverted critics expectations like a total boss.

Usually, on seeing when the heroine character not having much to do in the course of the story, critics wearing blue and other color shirts will say something like in exasperation :”hey, what is Keerthy Suresh doing here?”

ARM is boss, he has so many years of experience in the film industry and hence anticipates the whole scenario and subverts critics expectation by making the hero Thalapathy Vijay aka CEO Sundar aka Vijay na to ask the question: “Hey, Keerthy Suresh; what are you doing here?”

Critics thought movie was very ‘self-aware’ (again one of their phrases) and gave centum marks for the film.

-55: Sundar’s lawyer’s name is Malani which half of the name of Ram Jethmalani; but still Malani commands the same fee as Ram Jethmalani.

When you come at half the name, you only deserve half the price.

+236.2: CEO Sundar becomes Lawyer Sundar after overnight reading of 300 KG law books, this we believe is a tribute to the underappreciated art of last minute cramming or known in some academic circles as “mugging”.

+38: For the cost of one movie ticket you get to see two villains and one secret villain, as consumers of goods we were very happy. But very sad to see that all villains have only one strategy which is : send goons to kill Sundar.

Buy 2, get 1 free

Villains may come and go, but the demand for goons has shown a healthy increase, but we would like to know if there is an increase of minimum wages for such professions.

Mostly there is a union for these goons, there are unions for everything anyways.

-38: Needless to say CEO Sundar will defeat goons single-handedly; but of course he uses both hands that was just an expression.

His corporate training tool-kit comes with 40+ hours of action block training from the school of super subbarayan, looks like.

-102: Benevolent ARM is benevolent.

Looks like ARM was very happy with what his writers came up with for the first half and so in that happiness sent them packing to some location and the writers never returned, hence ARM was forced to take newspaper headlines and make them into situations.

What ARM did not realise was that most newspaper headlines are boring, and if people wanted to read newspaper headlines they will buy or borrow newspapers and not buy or borrow movie tickets.

-342: But this is our usual rant that falls on deaf ears. Everyone goes to tamil movies to be educated, who are we to question that?

-86: Although Sundar is CEO of GL Corp, he only wishes his compatriots should have 1990s type desktop installed in their new office. Also at this point we begin to doubt the actual role of CEO Sundar, he always keeps talking about marketing and branding which is what a CMO would do.But anyway, good for GL <spoiler alert> Sundar resigns.

Cutting across party lines

+56: Hero solves all problems. Everyone is happy, elections are reformed, parties have been cleaned up and good governance has been put in place; until of course in the next film Vijay na is asked to deal with a different issue.

All numbers are incidental and non-indicative


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