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In Theatres This Friday: Bobby Simha and Bhagyaraj

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Bobby Simha at the Urumeen Movie Press Meet PhotosWe have come to expect a lot from Bobby Simha post his Jigarthanda coup. That and Aadama Jaichomada, where he plays a very unconventional cop seem to have quite raised the bar – so much that there’s some real brand value. There’s a Bobby Simha kind of movie, now. It is quite unfair to the director of course – in this case, Maruthapandian, who seems to have put his heart, soul and almost everything else into making Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkiradhu. More ironic is the fact that the movie was signed much before the Karthik Subbaraj directorial.

But, it looks interesting enough.

A pleasantly welcoming title if I ever saw one. Creepily at home with a clipped, electronic voice. Watch the trailer, and you would know why. Dark shots. Neon lamps. Darker music. The kind that slowly builds up momentum, and reaches a hair-raising crescendo.

Now, slap that title on – something as mechanically pleasant as Chennai Ungalai Anbudan Varaverkiradhu

Something good in here, you think?

Or seedy?

PS: As of 4 pm this evening, there are only eight shows slotted for Chennai Anbudan Varaverkiradhu, which is set to release tomorrow. A record low even for a modestly-made movie. Wonder if this bitter war of words between producer-director Maruthapandian and Bobby Simha has anything to do with it.

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Bhagyaraj, Jayaram, a woman in mundu, a new crop of bra jokes, a thiruvizha, ‘Shakila padam’, sleazy songs, Manobala, more sleaze…

Thunai Mudhalvar, a political movie with some revolutionary ideas, and a little of this and that… solely penned by Bhagyaraj.

Out tomorrow.

Trailer here.

To think, I still haven’t recovered from Chinna Veedu; which, incidentally, was shot by BR Vijayalakshmi – who has the distinction of being Asia’s first woman cinematographer.

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