Ponmagal Vandhal Direct Digital Release – Good or Bad ?

So Jyothika starrer Ponmagal Vandhal is the first south Indian film to release directly on OTT Platform, which had a release on May 29 through amazon prime. The film is produced by Suriya for 2D Entertainment with a bunch of impressive casting namely Bakyaraj, Thiyagaran, Pandiyarajan, Prathap, Parthiban along with Jyothika, Directed by debutant JJ Fredrick.

The film revolves around a newbie lawyer who reopens a case of a psycho killer, fights for the justice of a victim and spotlights a murder mystery involving child abuse and sexual harassment. The plot is usual, but the way it’s taken and the content it speaks about are appreciatable. It strongly conveys that the harassed soul must come out of hesitation and shout it out so that it will be a lesson and reduce such harassment on the future.

Film’s direct release will be surely a disappointment and fear for theater owners and distributors. But Ponmagal Vandhal is not a usual commercial flick or an experimental film. Its a court drama with a message which suits the home theater screening, such movies are rare to get a good reception and run at theaters. It may or may not get a commendable reception on its theatrical release. But the film has gained a huge reach and views due to the buzz of first Digital release on a lockdown period with no releases recently. And it is also very good that such a movie with a much-needed message for the society released on this time will get a better reach than a usual release with a bunch of movies.

Though its a heat up for theater business, we feel that this won’t be a major set back for theaters, as there are a lot of films which are meant for big-screen release. And mostly every creator prefers their creation to be released in theaters but not everyone gets it done easily. From now on, feature films have two options to reach people, films with good content which lacks a theatrical release making or a film struggling financially will opt for a digital Release which is a good sign for an artist’s creation to get a way to reach us.

Summing up, Ponmagal Vandal is a perfect direct digital release to watch it out from where ever you are.

25 MOVIES OF 2019

Every year , there are bunch of new releases in Kollywood , here comes the WI Verdict with a list of  notable 25 Movies released on last year (2019 ) . We , Team WI have classified the top movies in five different categories such as Box office Monsters , Must watch mavericks , Feel good Entertainers , Path Breaking Pictures and  small gems of 2019. Each fan have a individual feel towards a movie and its hard to track the genuine collection of movies , So we have listed the Top movies in each category and leave the work of rating and ordering the movies with you .

Box office Monsters  – Most Celebrated Movies by both Audience and Exhibitors !

Must Watch Mavericks – Movies which conveyed a strong message and created impact !

Feel Good Entertainers – Most engaging and entertaining Movies !

Path Breaking Pictures – Most sensational Movies !

Small Gems – Impressive Low budget movies which should be watched out !


Kadugu – WI Verdict

An Realistic film where director Has Handled Emotions of comman people in a wonderful way with a apt star cast. Story centric film with a powerful charecterization for Bharath, Rajakumaran ,Bharath Seeni, Radhika Prasidhha And they have delivered their best. Hats of to the entire makers of Kadugu. An Must Watch Film , Don’t Miss it in Cinemas Near You.

Adhe Kangal – WI Verdict

Production: Thirukumaran Entertainment

Cast: Kalai , Janani Iyer , Sshivada and Balasaravanan

Direction: Rohin Venketsan

Stroy & Screenplay: Rohin Venketsan

Music & Background score: Ghibran

Cinematography: Ravivarman Neelamegam

Editing: Leo John Paul

Madras fame Kalai plays the lead role , delivered a neat performance as a blind. Janani Iyer and Sshivada plays opposite lead , both the actresses characters have importance in the sotry  with  Sshivada’s role having bigger scope in performance. The film starts as a romantic thriller , moves with some suspense , Balasaravanan joins the story from the pre-interval block with whom the story travels with right fun filling moments at parts.

Editor has done justice right from the thriller beginning title card which is supported  with a crispy screenplay and enhancing background score . Yet again Producer CV Kumar has introduced a talented filmmaker to kollywood , congrats to debut-ant director Rohin and the entire crew. Being a quality product , Film has been released at the right time with no big releases in recent weeks which is a added advantage for a good run and recognition.

WI Verdict : An worth watching commercial flick with a mixture of thrill , fun and romance executed in a interesting way .


The LOVE Of Ajith-Shalini ~ 16th Wedding Anniversary Special

It is said that marriages are made in heaven. However, like a wise person once said, the challenge is that they need to be lived out on the earth.
Ajith – Shalini , the couple met and felt the soul on each other .

They met on the sets of the super hit movie Amarkalam . The Relationship Begun with Friendship and the Close Friendship led to Love and the marriage happened on the 24th of April 2000, and the lovely couple were blessed with a little angel called Anoushka on the 3rd of Jan 2008. On this march 2nd , the couple was blessed with second child , boy baby named Aadvik .

Team WI Wishes from Heart on this 16th Anniversary to the couple matched by god to be happy forever . We have collected few Old Interviews by Thala Ajith Sir and Shalini Madam during their love & marriage times ,

Ajith – On 1999

Ours is more a meeting of the mind. Today I may be a successful star. But to be honest, when I met Shalini I was nobody. And then I was recuperating from my back pain. So, it was not that she was impressed with me and it was love at first sight. We started as good friends, and love grew from that friendship. She was a good friend first and a good listener. I am able to talk about all my problems to her. I am lucky to have her. Since she too is from this industry, it helps her to understand my problems better.

Shalini is a Protestant Christian and my father is a Brahmin from Palghat. But no one is changing the religion. She can practice hers, and I mine. We won’t force our views on each other. Tomorrow when we have children, we will be teaching them all the religions, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity. And when they grow to adulthood, they’re free to choose whatever they want. Religion is not the issue. What is important is that Shalini and I are comfortable with each other. We love each other and that’s all that counts

Shalini On March 2000

When did your first meeting with Ajithkumar take place?

In November 1998. Ajithkumar, for the first time, talked with me through telephone, following my refusal earlier, to the producer of “Amarkkalam” and it’s director Charan, when both of them (producer and director) had asked me to act in that film. Ajith told me: “”Amarkkalam” is my 25th film. It’s my wish to team with you in a film. First, you please hear the story-narration of the film. If you like it, you may give your callsheet. Otherwise, I won’t compel you any further”. Hearing him speak like this, I changed my mind. I heard the story-narration by director Charan. As I liked it, I gave my callsheet.
In the meantime, I saw, along with my family members, the film “Kaathal Mannan”, acted by Ajith and directed by Charan. As I liked it very much, I came to have good confidence in “Amarkkalam” unit. The first day of shooting took place on 17th March, last year. Dhaamu and I were acting in it. Ajith came there. It was only then that I saw him first. Our relationship at that time was that he was the hero and I was the heroine of the film, that’s all.
What are the qualities that you like in Ajithkumar?
I can refer to three qualities: First, as far as film shooting work is concerned, he’s a hard-worker. He forgets even food and sleep while doing work. Secondly, he first thinks of others. Then only he thinks about himself. Suppose if anyone suffers, he would be the first person to lend his help. Thirdly, the self-confidence and his acting talent that enabled him to come up in life without seeking others’ support! After facing so many challenges and undergoing so many sufferings, he has become a hero of great feats.

Ajith On May 2001

One year has been completed since you married Shalini. How is your (married) life?

No problem. If a man has to come forward in life, first, there should be peace at home. There has to be a woman at the helm of affairs as well as behind the success of a man. Such a kind of a woman is my wife Shalu. Really I’m a gifted man. ‘Manaivi Amaivathellaam Iraivan Koduththa Varam’ —these words aren’t simply said without any significance! God has enabled me and my life to have His kind blessings! Shalu too has come from the film industry. So, she’s able to come to a decision herself, after having assessed what’s good for me and what isn’t so for my well-being. Only the support I derive from my wife is the source of my success. My marriage life is very much interesting. Quite divine too!


Top Movies of 2015 – WI Verdict

Every year , there are bunch of new releases in Kollywood , here comes the WI Verdict with a list of Top Movies released on last year (2015 ) . There were about 10 to 15 Releases every month with different verdicts . Some movies did big at box office , some movies where celebrated by people , some were critically acclaimed and few movies did not get the enough recognition. Sometimes the movie which were critically acclaimed may not do big in box office.   We , Team WI have classified the top movies in three different categories such as Blockbuster Hits , Sensational Hits and  Feel Good Movies of 2015. Each fan have a individual feel towards a movie and its hard to track the genuine collection of movies , So we have listed the Top movies in each category and leave the work of rating the movies in order  with you .

Note : The movies are ordered according to the Release date in the picture.

Miruthan & Sethupathi – WI Verdict

Jayam Ravi starring Miruthan and Vijay Sethupathi starring Sethupathi were two big releases of kollywood for this week (Feb19) , lets see a short review and verdict of both the films .

Miruthan :

The Jayam Ravi , Lakshmi Menon starrer is the first zombie thriller , an bold attempt made by director Sahakti Soundar Rajan  at kollywood. With the zombie concepts , the film has right package of love , sentiments and humor as per tamil cinema’s style . Screenplay is good , but could have been even turned ,  vfx for the movie is at its best , matched with a neat casting and background score for the film’s need .

Verdict : An Valid & Bold attempt by the makers , worth watching for cinema lovers and  people who look on different genre .


Sethupathi :

The Vijay Sethupathi starrer is directed by Pnnayarum Padminium fame S.U Arun Kumar . With a classy attempt on his first flick , the director has come out with a commercial movie . The film revolves around the clashes of a policeman and baddie gangster. Vijay Sethupathi does justice to the policeman role. There are humor , actions which comes along with the movie , not as a purposely added content which is an highlight of the movie . Its a feel good screenplay  but it may give a feel of an  incomplete entertainer.

Verdict : An usual entertainer with a neat making. For fans who are waiting to see Vijay Sethupathi in a commerical role , this film will be a good treat 


Visaranai | Bangalore Naatkal | Saahasam – WI Verdict

Visaranai , Bangalore Naatkal and Saahasam are the New releases on Kollywood for the last weekend (Feb 5)  . Here comes the Verdict of all the three releases from Team WI .

Visaranai – The movie is based on a real life incident where a common man is tortured by policemen to accept a crime which was not done by him . Its a award winning film directed by Vetrimaaran , film looks raw with realistic screenplay which does justice to the script . Actors Dinesh , Samuthirakani , Kishore and each one who comes in the frame have given their best . Its a worth watching and a must watch movie .

Bangalore Naatkal – It is a remake of Malayalam Blockbuster Bangalore Days . The film revolves around the emotions of cousins . The director has done justice to the remake without affecting the essence of the original film , but it is felt that casting is not upto the mark . According to the reports , its a feel good movie for people who have not watched the original version  .

Saahasam : It is a remake of Telugu blockbuster Julai . It marks the comeback of Actor prashanth after a short gap in kollywood . The story is about a free-spirited guy who loves to earn lot money and the problems faced by him by an gangster . According to the reports , the movie is watchable for Telugu / commercial movie likes , it may not workout for others but its a delight to watch prashanth in big screens .

One Year of Yennai Arindhaal

Yennai Arindhaal – If u call it as ‘ Thala AjithKumar Film ‘ , yes you are damn right. Else If ‘A Gautam Vasudev Menon Film ‘ , then you are right again.

SathyaDev IPS, Hemanika, Eesha, Thenmoli, Victor – The Characters stay strong on our brains even after a year and that’s the power of GVM. Ajith as Sathyadev, a perfect cop and a beloved father stands tall as an actor. ArunVijay as Victor was a stylish, hungry, fit and energetic antagonist to be celebrated forever. Baby Anikha as Eesha with dad sathyadev makes us to go crazy texting GVM, ‘we need sequel soon sir.. Trisha as Hemanika and Anushka as Thenmoli looked more beautiful than before and maybe this is how GVM sees a girl, Respects sir.. Vivekh as Revolver Richard with sathyadev was a treat to watch.

It’s undoubt-ably   a big milestone in the career of Arun Vijay , who played a baddie for the first time and got a big applause for his performance . Arun Vijay , who watched the early morning show on the first day , was celebrated by the fans which made him go emotional. We , Team WI came out with a video paying tribute to the Actor with the incident happened to him last year during the film’s release , click here to view the tribute video .

Congrats to the Entire cast and crew of Yennai Arindhaal , Especially Gautham Menon for showing both Class and Mass in Ajith Kumar the Actor.

Iruthi Suttru & Aranmanai 2 – WI Verdict

There were two releases in kollywood for this week , Aranmanai 2 and Iruthi Suttru .

Aranmanai 2 ,  sequel of Aranmanai (2014)  directed by Sunder C . The film revolves around the same theme as the prequel , its a typical film of Sunder C with the mixture of horror and humor  . The film has opened up with both positive and mixed reviews.  Over all , the film is a  watchable movie for commercial film lovers .

Iruthi Suttru , Directed by Sudha Kongara , brings Madhavan after a  gap in kollywood . The film is based on the emotions of a boxing player and the trainer . The film has been opened with highly positive reviews for its sensational making , overall its a worth watchable movie for all classes .

According to Box Office collections on Opening day , though Iruthi Suttru is a promising movie , Aranmanai 2 has a little higher collection due to its big release .