Alex Pandian review

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Movie: Alex Pandian
Directed by Suraj
Produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja
Starring Karthi as Alex Pandian, Anushka, Santhanam, Nikhita Thukral, Sanusha, Akanksha Puri, Milind Soman, Suman, Prathap Pothen, Shannon Elijah
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Saravanan
Editing by Praveen KL, NB Srikanth
Studio Studio Green
Distributed by Vendhar Movies S.Madhan.
Release date: 11 January 2013

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Alex Pandian is an upcoming Tamil action-masala film directed by Suraaj that features Karthi and Anushka in the lead roles, while Santhanam plays a pivotal supporting role.

Devi Sri Prasad composed the music. The film is scheduled to release for January 11th 2013.

The Telugu version, Bad Boy is scheduled to release on January 25, 2013.

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Karthi‘s last movie Saguni had failed to impress the audience. Now, the actor has teamed up with Suraaj, who has the history of making mass-masala films and delivering hits. The director, in an interview recently, has claimed that his latest film Alex Pandian with the Paruthiveeran star is a perfect Pongal treat for Tamil audience since it’s an action-comedy film.

Expectations

Tamil movie audience in recent years have been expecting good storyline and do not entertain mindless scenes, comedies and regular masala tales anymore. They look for believable factors and do not appreciate the same old routine sequences or glorifying the heroism of a lead star unnecessarily. Well, the latest film, with its trailers and posters, appeared like a regular mass film but generated huge hype because of high-octane action sequences. Is their enough entertaining elements in Alex Pandian that would meet audience expectations? Read on to know…

Story

It has a stunning beginning with a much-talked train chase sequence. A group of thugs chase Anushka and Karthi comes to rescue her and bashes them up. The first 10 minutes is thrilling and the action sequence have been brilliantly shot, despite the fact that the audience can easily make out that the scenes have been choreographed on a still train at parts.

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Immediately after the sequence, we are introduced to comedian Santhanam‘s family, which consists of his mother and three younger sisters. Alex Pandian settles down at his house in spite of stern opposition from Santhanam. The hero flirts with all his three sisters played by Nikita Thukral, Sanusha, and Akanksha Puri. The first half is full of comedy and a few fights.

The second half shows the true identity of Karthi and Anushka, the daughter of a Chief Minister. Alex has kidnapped Anushka and the orders are passed by Alvin Martin (Milind Soman) and Dr GKM (Sumanth). The baddies wants to sign a deal with the state government. As the Chief Minister refuses to sign, they give a contract to Karthi to abduct Anushka. What happens next should be seen on-screen.

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The first half is completely entertaining and generates curiosity through suspense. Santhanam‘s comedy and Karthi‘s fights will be enjoyed by audience. Double entendres are also tolerable. But the second half lets you down. The director takes two much of time to wrap up the story and drags the tale. The expectations built in the first half will be shattered with a predictable ending.

Karthi and Anushka‘s love tale has been forcibly added to the main plot. Their chemistry too fails big time as they look more like siblings than a couple on-screen! Nikita would have been a better choice to play Karthi‘s leading lady. Milind Soman as a baddie has got nothing much to do except for a few round of gunfire in the film. The dubbing for his character is also poor.

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However, Karthi is once again energetic and has given his best. He has done action sequences without using bodydouble and looks brilliant in stunts. And also he impresses us with his dance. Anushka  is colourful. Santhanam is hilarious at parts and irritating at times due to some poorly written scenes.

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Devi Sri Prasad‘s background score is appreciable and his songs are good. ‘Onnam Class‘, ‘Thakka Thayya‘ and ‘Bad Boy‘ are our picks. Cinematographer Sarvanan‘s photography stands out of all technical departments…especially, the train action sequence! Editing by Praveen-K.L. Srikanth is of average quality. Director Suraaj, who has also penned the dialogues get full marks in that department.

Alex Pandian is a typical masala film, which would work better in the Telugu market than among Tamil film goers. To be precise, it is a time-pass movie that can be watched for comedy and action sequences.

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Comments

  1. Dilly Raja says

    Masala entertainers have carved themselves a special category in Tamil cinema in recent years and Alex Pandiyan will perhaps be the biggest representation of films in the class. Promoted with much zeal and enthusiasm through ads and promo songs before launch, the film appears to be the biggest contender this Pongal and is releasing in around 450 screens in Tamil Nadu. Let us take out the magnifying glass and see what it’s all about.

    Right from the word go, one thing is very clear in Alex Pandiyan – its commercialism. Director Suraaj doesn’t try to blend genres of filmmaking in his project nor make an attempt to do something groundbreaking. His script is typical for an action entertainer in Kollywood, and we have seen numerous such films in the past. Drawing close to the lines of Paiyya, it tells the story of Karthi who seems to have a vengeful past but leads a normal life. But overall, the film appears to be a collection of chase and stunt sequences, which deliver one message – no one, can beat the hero.

    By the time the fight sequence in the beginning is over, you realize that Karthi has taken a masala-action avatar that has been used by several others in the Tamil industry. Without taking into account a lot, his character does the obvious by fighting bad guys and rescuing the heroine from near-death situations. In between, he gets time for comedy, aided aptly by his co-star Santhanam. He appears lighthearted, comic, dark and serious throughout the film and switches between them as if he is on loop.

    Santhanam, like in other movies he’s appearing in is truly the savior of Alex Pandiyan. His dialogues filled with ridicule and twisted meanings in the first half and partly in the second, are the highlights of the movie and make the audience cheer more than even for Karthi himself. The actors share good chemistry on screen and lighten-up the moment even when they are given only a few minutes between sequences portraying three villains in the movie. Santhanam continues to be at his best when he is given freedom and his usual timing is brilliant enough to even shake the most bored of the audience into a laugh.

    Anushka, who was expected to play the lead gets more of a side role and is rarely seen in the first half. In the second, the romance appears quite late, despite the presence of a few songs and her role forcibly changes gear all of the sudden when she falls in love. In fact, leaving out a few sequences, Anushka needs rescuing in most parts of the film, whether it may be when everybody’s running on a train, riding in an Omni van or when the hero is tied up to death. One would have liked to seen more importance to her role considering her acting proves and effort shown in her last film Thaandavam.

    If you are into action filming, you will have good reason to like the film. But for most of the people, all they will be able to recall from the fights is a bunch of items, which include the hero himself, his deadly counterparts and other actionable items such as daggers, cars, footballs and even ropes. In the middle of it all, the cinematographer Saravanan tries to carefully turn the viewers attention to minor details with his sharp camera. More than just slow motions, the camera perhaps helps Karthi the most, definitely more than the script of the film by making sure the fights at least appear colorful even in bad lighting conditions.

    Devi Sri Prasad’s music, which didn’t make too much of an impact with the soundtrack release is little notice with the action extravaganza taking place on the main stage. The songs are positioned oddly and appear all of the sudden changing the mood of the situation. However, his efforts with the BGMs are better and capture the heat of the scene bringing emotions to the center of focus for audience. Again, his formula is also simple and he feeds the growing masala factor that increases again and again.

    Other characters in the film like Milind Soman, Suman, Prathap Pothen and even Visu have little to play in the plot. However, despite coming from different backgrounds, the villains all suddenly become gangsters and powerful fighters who can come close but not beat Karthi completely. Manobala, who appears for a short duration gets some impact with his comedy. National Award winning editors Praveen and Srikanth don’t get much scope to show their skills as film continually offers fights, chases and humour alternatively. But they do deserve a pat on the back for showcasing Santhanam.

    Overall, Alex Pandiyan is your everyday masala film. It reintroduces Karthi in an all-out action hero, something the actor has learnt quickly over the past 2 years. For the regular audience, Santhanam’s comedy might prove to be enough value for money, but for the rest, a predictable story and a questionable screenplay would leave a lot of questions unanswered.

  2. Srinivasan says

    Karthi has emerged a mass hero and his films including Siruthai and Saguni were commercial entertainers centered around a lofty theme. No different is Alex Pandian. It is directed by Suraaj, who made films like Padikathavan, Marudhamalai and Mapillai.
    The title Alex Pandian is inspired by a character played by Rajnikanth in Moondru Magam.
    The film as we expected turns out to be a comical and an action thriller with plenty to cherish for Karthi fans.
    Karthi, Anushka, Santhanam besides a battery of villains including Suman and Milind Soman play key roles in the film.
    What begins as a fun-ride slowly picks up steam to end a racy and a bloody battle. Music by Devi Sri Prasad comes to the rescue and specially the background score adds to the momentum.
    The film revolves around a history-sheeter (Karthi), who kidnaps the Chief Minister’s (Visu) daughter (Anushka). However he is in for some surprise. He falls for the girl.
    Surpirisngly he comes to know that there is a group that is out to give more trouble to the State and have some plans. How Karthi emerges from tight situation forms the rest.
    Karthi has given a commendable performance. He is cool and expressive. His comical acts comes handy.
    Anushka is at her best and she comes in a few songs and leaves her might.Santhanam hogs all limelight. His one-liners needs to be watched out.
    If you forget logic, Alex Pandian is a fun.
    Verdict: Mind over mass

  3. Rahman, MA says

    When a commercial film gets recognised and fetches a blockbuster status, it is communal in any film industry to trail along the same steps consecutively. The duo of Santhanam and Karthi is such publicized duo which never fails to garner strong pre talks and make the reservation counter ringing. But does that mean success formula can work even without the basic core of commercialism? With that thought, here is my review.

    Commercialism = Luxury?

    Synopsis

    ‘Alex Pandian’ carrying the yesteryear Rajini’s film title, has no similarities in terms of the story in any way. Alex Pandian starts off with a ‘sky high voltage’ action sequence where Alex Pandian (Karthi) saves Divya ( Anushka) from a mafia gang. They finally manage to escape and the film shifts to another side where Alex moves to his aunt’s house. There starts the cat and mouse rumble between Kaalyan (Santhanam) and Alex who tries to woo his three sisters. On the other end, Alex is being searched every corner by multiple number of mafia gangs. When they all finally meet, the loose ends behind Alex, Divya and the mafia gangs get tied progressively.

    Story – Screenplay

    First of all, it is quite a concern when the film hits the interval whether Karthi will be able to revive this mishit. Yes, Suraj, the man who gave us decent entertainers such as Thalainagaram, Marudhamalai, Padikathavan, have seriously fumbled with his last two outings. His misfire after Mappilai continues in Alex Pandian, with shockingly the former being much better. Alex Pandian, in the name of commercialism, has given ample scope for so much irrational scenes right from the start.

    The film’s first half banks on Karthi-Santhanam’s duo which works only partially due to a script packed and timed with plenty of double meaning, coarse dialogues. It is quite annoying to see the three sisters going crazy over a random guy who reside in their house which reflects cheap mind-set of the writer.

    Alex Pandian also has a big list of antagonists and the highlight is that none of them evoke any sense of menace whatsoever. Instead, all of their characters fall flat due to a thin sheet of screenplay, full of miserable holes and exaggerated acts which will seriously test the patience of the audience.

    Even if the makers wanted to cater this film in Andhra, with the current Indian Cinema setting an internationally feasible quality, it is a big question mark for this film to even pass among the moderate set of audiences in India.

    In overall, even though Suraj have attempted to give the audiences a Pongal treat, with over the top action sequences, generic screenplay and cheap gimmicks, Alex Pandian ends up as nothing but an unintentional comedy.

    Casting & Performance

    Karthi who needed an urgent hit to revive his career back as a bankable star, falls for the temptations of commercial cinema once again and this time falls hard. Even though he displays perfect comic timing and dedicated stunts, his feeble character looks disjointed throughout the film. His weakly written dialogues and scenes restrict him to depict the performer in him. Nevertheless, his confidence and screen presence might be the only reason for any last man standing in the cinema.

    Another wasted talented actor is Anushka as Divya who barely has any scenes to prove her calibre. It is quite shocking to see her in a typical character as such when her career was travelling in an aweing quality.

    Comedy superstar Santhanam tries to save the film from crashing but his double meaning antics steals the gem of his witty one liner. By doing that Suraj have dug his own grave by soiling the biggest strength he had to resuscitate his film.

    Other casts such as Suman, Milnd Soman, Saravanan, Prathap, Mahadevan in the name of antagonists, have just been utilised to move the story in the tried and tested line of action films released decade ago.

    In overall, Suraj have assembled a good choice of talented star cast but failed big time in utilizing them well.

    Technicality

    Saravanan’s camera work is apt for an action with nicely framed action scenes. National award duo, editors, Praveen and Srikanth disappoint a little with gimmicky editing. DSP’s music is the biggest down fall of the film with none of the song being pleasing, but instead a loud mixture of his previous works. In a time where realistic commercial films are being made, gravity defying stunt sequences are a big eye sore.

    In overall, technically, Alex Pandian does not display much innovation but a theme of exaggeration trailed by the director.

    Bottomline

    In overall, Alex Pandian fails terribly in providing a commercial entertainer with gravity defying stunts, illogical screenplay and generic dialogues which will test your patience from start to finish.

    Verdict: Miss it and you will never regret!

  4. SSR says

    Karthi’s forthcoming release Alex Pandian has wrapped up the censor formalities and the film has received u Certificate from the Board and since it has a Tamil title along with Clean U certification, the film is eligible for tax exemption.

    Alex Pandian will now hit the big-screens worldwide for Pongal on January 12 and the film will release in 400 screens in Tamil Nadu. Anushka will be pairing opposite Karthi in Alex Pandian that also casts Santhanam along with Nikhita Thukral and Sanusha.

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    The movie was initially set to release on January 12, but was pushed ahead to this Friday.Producers Studio Green have advanced the release date of Alex Pandian to cash in on the Pongal holidays.

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