So you’ve seen everything from Singam II to Theeya Velai Syyanum Kumaru and there’s nothing left to watch? Try complaining next weekend (July 26), when you will be spoilt for choice, literally, with five big-ticket starrers expected to test the waters at the box-office simultaneously.
This is one of the first times that five films are releasing on a Friday (or any day) that is not Pongal, Diwali, and to a lesser extent Vinayaka Chaturthi. So go ahead, make your plans for the weekend in advance, as City Express gives you a low-down of the movies that will be releasing.
Sonna Puriyathu genre: comedy
A comic caper, Sonna Puriyathu, starring ‘Mirchi’ Shiva and Vasundhara Kashyap in the lead, is about the woes of a dubbing artiste scared stiff of marriage. For Shiva, this could be a continuation of the comic theme of his earlier movie, where he played a double-role in the remake of the yesteryear hit, Thillu Mullu. The movie has been directed by Krishnan Jayaraj, with music composed by Yathish Mahadev. Watch out if you are a fan of Sam Anderson, who debuted in the movie that made more waves on the internet than at the BO — Yaarukku Yaaro, as he is said to be making a cameo appearance. Manobala, Gangai Amaran and noted TV actors Meera Krishnan and Vathsala Rajagopal comprise the cast.
Pattathu Yaanai genre: action-comedy
If the title is any indication (city elephant), then the film, starring Vishal in the lead, features loads of action sequences. Produced by Michael Rayappan, and directed by Boopathy Pandian (who had earlier directed Malaikottai) Pattathu Yaanai, has actor Santhanam playing a pivotal role. The promos give the impression that the actor is part of the entourage of a cooking team. This movie also marks the debut of ‘Action King’ Arjun’s daughter, Aishwarya. S S Thaman has scored music for the film.
Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu genre: action
Yes, this is the movie in which actor Bharat sports a rippling five-pack. According to the makers, work on its script took almost two years. Directed by Sasi (off Poo fame), the movie stars Mirthika, Erica Fernandes and Santhanam. The buzz is that the movie revolves around psychology and action through mind games.
Ponmalai pozhudhu genre: romance
Looks like Ilayaraja’s yesteryear melodies are becoming inspiration for movie titles. The movie, directed by A C Durai and featuring Aadhav Kannadasan (the grandson of the Tamil litterateur Kannadasan making his debut) and Gayathrie in the lead, is said to be inspired from a real-life incident. C Sathya has scored its music. The actor, in a recent interview, expressed honour at his debut movie being named after lyricist Vairamuthu’s first song.
ThanGa meenkal genre: drama
The man who gave us the gripping movie Kattradhu Tamizh, Ram, returns with a film that features a host of newcomers. Ram, in addition to directing the movie, plays the lead. The soundtrack of the film is scored by Yuvan Shankar Raja. Malayalam television actress Shelly Kishore and Padmapriya play important roles in the film. It is said that actors Dhanush and Bhavana were approached first.