Kanthaswamy Review – Total Garbage

Machchi, kuppae da, kuppaeswamy padam idhu (hey buddy, this movie is trash).

A wretched melange of an asinine story, shoddy acting and mediocre music, Kanthaswamy is a mind-numbing piece of trash that left us shell-shocked and reeling in horror at the infernal nonsense unfolding on the screen.

Folks, at three hours this garbage is exactly three hours too long.

Susi Ganesan, the arch villain of Kanthaswamy, is a dilettante, a rank amateur and a danda-soru (wastrel) out to rip you off your money and time.

How this tyro (guilty of the crimes of non-story, non-screenplay and mis-direction) got to don the director’s crown is, to use a Churchillian expression, a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

Is Kollywood so starved of talent that they’d stoop so low as to settle for dregs and schmucks like Susi Ganesan? Sad.

To think these clowns behind Kanthaswamy flew to Mexico and other parts of the world to film this embarrassment is an astonishing act of chutzpah.

Why Vikram, Why?

Whatever possessed Kollywood star Vikram of Anniyan fame to feature in this horrid movie is a mystery we’d like to unlock.

Alas, the Vikram in the bizzare Batmanesque costume we encounter on the screen is not the brilliant Ambi/Anniyan of Anniyan fame but the sick Vikram of the Bheema infamy.

There’s no fire in this Vikram fella anymore.

Whether he’s fighting the baddies, romancing the girl or delivering righteous spiels on helping the poor, Vikram impresses not one whit.

Not for a second do we get a convincing portrayal by Vikram.

Au contraire, he looks silly most of the time (kinda like Vijay in Villu or Ajith in Aegan).

Crapulent Story

Kanthaswamy (Vikram), the eponymous hero of the movie, is cast in the role of a Robin Hood cop who takes from crooks like PPP (Ashish Vidyarti) and renders to the needy and poor.

And how do you think the poor send out desperate pleas for help to Kanthaswamy – by affixing letters to a tree at a Murugan temple!

But the Robin Hood aspect of the movie is so crudely handled and so implausible that it beggars belief.

You see, Vikram is not merely a Robin Hood like figure but part of a large network that includes senior police officers and other government officials.

Playing a villain named PPP with a twisted face, Ashish Vidyarti ends up a cartoon figure as he feigns paralysis.

Shriya Saran, Alas

With an ugly concupiscent grin pasted on her face, her clothes shredded, her thighs on lavish display, her legs spread apart in lascivious abandon and utterly bereft of screen presence or the most basic acting skills, this modern-day Medusa is a curse visited on Tamils.

Wrapped in a blue towel as she emerges from the bathtub for the Meow, Meow song, Shriya Saran was nauseating, sheer hell to endure.

Will some good samaritan teach this monkey a few basic dance steps? Please.

Playing the daughter of the villain PPP, Shriya’s sole claim to fame in Kanthaswamy is to inflict immense pain on viewers every second she’s on the screen.

Vadivelu, What For?

The comedy track featuring Vadivelu is disgustingly sick and has little to do with passes for the main movie.

So bad, it felt like a walk through a Dantean inferno.

Mediocre Music

If this be music, then you’re looking at a different lexicon.

With most songs picturized in the most inane ‘item-number’ fashion, it’s with difficulty that we restrained ourselves from expelling a wail.

Several members of the audience walked out during Excuse Me, Mr.Kandaswamy and Meow, Meow.

Skip This Movie

Given the insidious crap on the screen, the audience at Newark Cinemas for the 8:45PM show was very disengaged with the movie, frequently walking out and chatting.

Who can blame them?

If we did not have the Damocles’ Sword of the review hanging over our head, we’d have walked out.

Guys, do not consider watching this piece of trash unless you suffer from a masochistic itch on your backside.

By all means, show Kanthaswamy the middle finger. It deserves no less.

59 Responses to "Kanthaswamy Review – Total Garbage"

  1. deepa   August 21, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Dudes, you guys got me at, ‘And how do you think the poor send out desperate pleas for help to Kanthaswamy – by affixing letters to a tree at a Murugan temple!’

    Oh man!!! WTF???? Letters in a temple? Darn, i sent my letter years back in the Hanumanji temple, yet to hear response, which temple is it btw??????


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Ridiculous movie from a galaxy of idiots.

  2. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 4:12 am

    SI, thanks for ur review, as usual ur review was good and i feel u have not thrashed so much as u have done for other tamil movies.

    SI, as i said early this type of review was expected from u, Coming to this movie, the film has absolutely no logic (even in anniyan ,shivaji,dasa no logic ) absolutely horrendous comedy track by vadivelu (kuppa) and no sense of improving the acting skills of Shriya, though the songs picturisation was good (good according to our tamil standards and not of bollywood or hollywood standards) the songs were a distraction from the story.

    Vikram :
    vikram is the plus point according to me , he has the charisma, style and his stunts were mind blogging and technically this movie was very good (this is also according to tamil film standards). this is the best from vikram .

    disappointed with the director for reminding the story with anniyan /shivaji .

    overall, a decent time pass movie for TN people. audiences were happy with the film in the theatre which i watched. many said that if the movie had no vadivelu the film would have been much better.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: i feel u have not thrashed so much as u have done for other tamil movies

    Isn’t Total Garbage strong enough? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. We doubt Kanthaswamy will fly since the word of mouth may not be good.

    Let’s wait and see.

  3. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Word of mouth is good in TN till now, i had a good time in theatre with my 30 college friends.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    First day crowd was decent…more than 100.

    But the audience didn’t seem enthused here.

  4. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Waht is the theatre sitting capacity in the theatre u watched ? 100 seems to be very low .

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Must be round 300.

  5. guruji   August 21, 2009 at 4:53 am

    I have to give it to you.

    Your relentless pursuit of a half-decent movie brings tears to my eyes. Like Vadivelu said in “Giri”, “Ivan yevlo adi vaanginaalum, valikkadha maadhirye nadikkiran da!!! Romba nallavan da!!!” (He is a gem because he takes all blows [ not the one you are thinking of ๐Ÿ˜‰ ] with a smile).

    Thank Lord Muruga for appearing in my dreams and advising me to stay away from this movie!!!

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: Like Vadivelu said in “Giri”, “Ivan yevlo adi vaanginaalum, valikkadha maadhirye nadikkiran da!!! Romba nallavan da!!!”


    Unfortunately, the Vadivelu part in Kanthaswamy was the ne plu ultra of crap. Very badly written and virtually zero connection to the main theme.

    2. You write: Thank Lord Muruga for appearing in my dreams and advising me to stay away from this movie!!!

    Blessed are those who stay away from this Kanthaswamy.

  6. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 4:59 am

    if the response (people coming to theatre) is very bad for all tamil movies, why the hell is the tamil producers releasing the movie in the US? the US distributor might lose some money in every tamil film.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: if the response (people coming to theatre) is very bad for all tamil movies, why the hell is the tamil producers releasing the movie in the US?

    Some shows (particularly weekend evenings) may attract a larger crowd.

    Lately, the audience size is dwindling because many desis have returned to India due to the recession here.

    Plus, keep in mind that ticket prices range from $12 to $15. So even if the audience is not large, we assume producers/distributors/exhibitors must still be raking in decent money.

    But the sick part is that unlike Bollywood movies (which release in mainstream American movie theatres like Regal or AMC), Tamil movies usually release in crappy, old halls.

  7. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Bollywood has a large audience compared to very few kollywood audience, so tamil films release in crappy/old halls in US , but here in Chennai there is only one multiplex in the main city as of now. in that the ticket rate is 120. They also give some 50 to 100 10RS ticket. I spend just 80rs for watching KANTHASWAMY movie today, i will be watching again in 10 rs ticket.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Bollywood movies are also cheaper here…matinee tickets (i.e before 3PM or 5PM depending on theatre) for Hindi movies are $6-$8.50…evening shows around $10.

  8. shuaib68   August 21, 2009 at 5:22 am

    These meouw-meouws, bath towel scenes, dancing on rain or wet clothes…haven’t we seen a thousand times? It’s disgusting and very childish. For the last 60 odd years same bloody crap repeated many times. Even the new comers don’t have an iota of creativity to pump into the sewage system in an attempt to clear it.

    SI: Do you see any light at the end of the tunnel?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Do you see any light at the end of the tunnel?

    Not any time soon, unfortunately.

    We see only a runaway freight train barreling down the track toward the exposed fans.

  9. guruprasad.s   August 21, 2009 at 5:34 am

    About two months back, an article appeared in the supplement of The Hindu (Hyd’bad), titled “Mallanna is Robinhood”. (Kanthasaamy is releasing in AP as Mallanna).

    I had some doubts since then, that this movie could be all masala and no substance.

    Yet I was hopeful that Vikram might pull it off, given the info that lately he was careful in choosing his scripts (esply, after Bheema fiasco).

    In terms of box office, the movie may yet turn out to be a money spinner, for reasons such as:

    1. The movie has Vikram, who is now a bit exclusive.
    A lot of people may check out the movie just to see what Vikram the actor does. For instance, SI said: After Anniyan, anything less is unacceptable.
    2. The movie is long awaited, and hyped up.
    3. Lavishly mounted, exotic locales, etc.
    4. A lot of folks check out ANY new release.

    Swine flu might be a dampener.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: In terms of box office, the movie may yet turn out to be a money spinner,

    We’d boldly say an resounding ‘No’ if only SIK had not made money.

    Still, we’d be surprised if Kanthaswamy doesn’t turn out to be a dud.

    You see, the movie screamed its amateur status in every frame.

    These Tamil film directors are so far behind in the movie-making process that it’ll be quite a while before they even get to the start line.

    2. The theatre we were at screened both the Tamil and Telugu version. We thought the crowd was mostly for the Tamil version.

    Vikram is perhaps not that big in Tollywood.

  10. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

    anniyan climax and kanthaswamy climax are the same, did u notice ?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Yeah, kinda.

    But Anniyan climax was better given what he does on the train.

  11. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Only difference is in Kanthaswamy Vikram sports a full beard but in anniyan he will look completely shaven .

    But both the climax i liked, that is how the life should be.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Suum cuique.

  12. SRINIVAS   August 21, 2009 at 7:08 am

    I will be watching it hopefully today or tommorrow first show ….

    Here is the Sify Review – Exactly opposite as usual …


    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Remember what they said about Villu. You don’t?

    Here’s an excerpt for you:

    If you’re looking to chill out this Pongal, try Villu. It is the mother of all masalas. Ranging through a wide field of comedy, action, songs, exotic locations and heavy sentiments, the film will appeal to a cross spectrum of audiences.

    What works in its favour is the star cast, packaging and look of the film.

    It is the most stylish Vijay film ever made. Villu is technically slick and moves at a rapid pace.

  13. Albert Camus   August 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

    ok, I’ll pass.. and save 24$ (we were planning to dump the kids somewhere and go).. I can buy a 24 pack with that kind of money.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: ok, I’ll pass.. and save 24$

    You sure?

    Think, you’ll miss the chance to yell out: Whip me. Please whip me, harder. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Here’s another critical review of Kanthasamy, from a Tamil movie site.

  14. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Sify gives reviews basis on the hype created by the film, they never got it right, if u want good Tamil review website then SI is the best and then behindwoods is next , check out the review of kanthaswamy http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movie-reviews/reviews-2/kanthaswamy.html, they don’t even spare rajini/kamal in their review.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    To describe Villu as ‘a rip-roaring rocker‘ (as Sify did) is nothing short of insanity.

  15. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 10:03 am

    here is another crtiical review http://movies.rediff.com/report/2009/aug/21/south-tamil-movie-review-kandasamy.htm
    but why these guys gives different views for tamil and telugu versions ?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Thanks, we hadn’t seen this.

    BTW, we’re getting tired of seeing this IPS stuff in Tamil movies – Surya (Kaakha Kaakha), Vijay (Pokiri), Vishal (Satyam) and now Vikram in Kanthaswamy.

    An excerpt for those too lazy to read the full Rediff review:

    but go with nil expectations as this particular super-hero doesn’t have much to offer a discerning viewer.

  16. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

    SI: abt villu review by sify, they even mentioned it as a fast and furious movie.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Another ‘great’ line from Sify’s Villu review: The colour correction has given the film sheen and style.

  17. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Some of the funny lines from sify :
    “Shriya sizzles throughout and carries the glamorous role with รƒยฉlan and the attitude.Some of the film’s most enjoyable moments are Vadivelรขโ‚ฌหœs comedy track as Thengakadai Thenappan. The scene where Prabhu takes him to the police station for questioning and uses water cannon is a scream!”

    i don’t know how much [Deleted].

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We can’t say things without proof.

  18. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 10:35 am

    most of the tamil directors knows only two stories one is police officer story and the other is the village guy comes to the city and bash up the mafia’s story ..its unfortunate u r not able to watch some good Tamil movies which are not releasing in US.

  19. gnair91   August 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

    seen gandhi my father ?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


  20. Aswin_Kini   August 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Hmm, I expected this and it turned out you said the exact words that I was expecting.

    Anyways, I just wonder if you have reviewed any Selvaraghavan movies like 7/G Rainbow colony. It deviates from the normal tamil cinema, but is sometimes crass and contains lots of vulgar dialogues, but this film is kinda special.

    If you find time, kindly try to review these films
    1) 7/G Rainbow Colony
    2) Kadhal Kondein

    And for heaven’s sake, try to review Madhavan’s film, Yevano Oruvan, let’s see what you would say about this film

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Haven’t seen any movies directed by Selvaraghavan. Added 7/G Rainbow Colony to our Netflix queue.

    But we’ve seen that crap show Yaaradi Nee Mohini (said to be written by Selva, according to IMDB).

    Getting fold of Yevano Oruvan is a pain. Netflix doesn’t have it.

  21. arshadsod   August 21, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Yevano Oruvan is a sick movie , don’t ever try to watch it , 7/g is a must watch for all . .

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Movies are such a highly subjective experience.

    Interesting to see how different people’s views are on the same movie.

  22. unknownvirus   August 21, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    7/g rainbow is a load full of horse cr*p.

    The lead actor can’t talk, can’t dance and everytime he appears on the screen, all you would want to do is to take your shoe lace out and try to strangulate yourself.

    Nevertheless, I would really want SI to watch it and I just can’t wait to read your take on it.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: The lead actor can’t talk, can’t dance and everytime he appears on the screen, all you would want to do is to take your shoe lace out and try to strangulate yourself.

    Sounds like a must-watch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Will try and watch it next week.

  23. rakeshbaba   August 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    can you do the review of “swades” and kannada film “mungaaru male”

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We have seen Swades. Don’t feel like seeing it again.

    Gayatri Joshi’s departure to the safe haven of matrimony was a loss to Bollywood fans.

    Will definitely review Mungaru Male. Got the DVD recently.

    We haven’t seen too many Kannada films other than Naagarahavu in the last few decades.

  24. Aswin_Kini   August 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Hey sorry, it is no Devathaiyai Kanden, but Kadhal Kondein. I got confused by the film name “Devadhaiyei Kanden” which also happens to be the starting words of a beautiful song from this film.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Fixed it in your earlier comment too.

    Seen some excerpts of Kadhal Kondein on YouTube.

  25. boopalanj   August 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I told you.

    Who can change the way of destiny…!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    (via iPhone)

    Kadavul sabam (God’s curse).

  26. boopalanj   August 21, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Yevano Oruvan is a remake of a Bengali film which swept many awards. Dont remember the name of the movie.

    Tamil version did not make quite an impact. That is also a story of a common man, taking the violent way, being not able to withstand the corruptions in daily daily. Bengali version was good I heard. No songs. But yevano oruvan had followed certain formulas of Kollywood. Probably, a good watch compared to other crap movies.

    Kadhal Konden – songs were good. 7G – again songs were good. [Disclaimer: SI is requested to use his/her/its discretion on selecting the movie.]

    In fact, Yaavarum Nalam (ghost movie) was one of the fine movies. They don’t show a ghost / any distorted horrific face/ any ‘aavie’ [not even Idli aavie they don’t show] in the movie, yet it was quite chilling. Rights were bought for hollywood making. [Your answer would surely be – Netflix does not have it.]

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    The only one in your list that we can watch fairly quickly is 7G.

  27. boopalanj   August 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    And, did not the story seem to be a mixture of two films – Anniyan + Shivaji?

    Perhaps, the reason for delayed release is that they too had a doubt on the film’s result.

    And releasing in many theatres is the way to collect money, as much as possible.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Perhaps, the reason for delayed release is that they too had a doubt on the film’s result.

    Chronicle of a dud foretold?

    via iPhone

    Waiting for Inglourious basterds to start. Will process your other comments later.

  28. yourmate   August 22, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I liked Susi Ganesan’s earlier movie Thiruttu Payale. For a movie which I watched without any expectation, it really turned out pretty well. His earlier movie 5 Star and his very first movie Virumbugiren were not bad either.

    All these movies had relatively new actors in the lead. I guess he flopped when he had a big hero like Vikram playing the lead.

    Yaavarum nalam was simultaneously released in Hindi and Tamil. It was a flop in Hindi and was a unexpected hit in Tamil. I think SI reviewed the Hindi version of Yaavarum nalam (13B in hindi).

    Evano Oruvan was a marathi movie called Dombivilli Fast. It was directed by the same director (Nishikant kamath) but it did not turn out as good as the original. In fact I saw Mumbai Meri Jaan from the same director recently, it was indeed a very different flick and was quite good.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: I think SI reviewed the hindi version of Yaavarum nalam (13B in hindi).

    No, we didn’r Review 13B, just covered the lackluster U.S. box office performance.

    2. Not sure if you’ve seen Kanthaswamy. The Vadivelu ‘comic’ scenes were unbearably bad. Worse than a high school drama production.

    Wonder if Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films also MUST have a comedy track?

  29. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Hey even watch Selvaraghavan’s Pudhupettai starring Dhanush . this is the best film from selvaraghavan ..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Netflix doesn’t carry Pudhupettai.

  30. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Try to download it from some websites and have a watch , it was an awesome movie, currentlly in one of the tamil channels they are telecasting it now.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We don’t watch movies on the PC.

  31. pauldeleo   August 22, 2009 at 1:48 am

    villu, kuruvi, badri, sachin, red, aegan, ATM, aalwar,padikathavan,pokkiri,sivakasi,thirupachi,thirumalai,anjenaya,kuselan,…vettaikaran…ran..ran..

    idhellam dupe(puuu)..kandasamy thaan top(puuu)..

    yes they could have included these lyrics on that shitty song..and yes kandasmy tops all other trash mentioned above..

    my fellow viewers literally screamed nooooo…when shreya and vadivelu appears on screen..they added fuel to the fire..A BIG NO for this movie…

    i think i need to write to the kandasamy crew for a refund of the ticket charges..

    sad part is, the usually consoling factor..PopCorn did not taste good while watching this movie.. UNBEARABLE..

    i already performed a social act of preventing 10 people from watching this movie…mon dieu!! c’est pathรƒยฉtique

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: i already performed a social act of preventing 10 people from watching this movie

    Different people do good in different ways. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. ajayrocks   August 22, 2009 at 4:49 am

    have u seen pukar or my wife’s murder?

    if no than surely watch them for class performance in lead from anil

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Netflix has both. Will watch them.

  33. Gopal   August 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I have not seen this film yet.

    But saying that the reviewer has “trashed” the movie is an understatement.

    What was the last Tamil movie that got a good review from this website. What were your reviews for New York, Love Aaj Kal & Kaminey?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: What were your reviews for New York, Love Aaj Kal & Kaminey?

    We skipped Love Aak Kal but here are the reviews for Kaminey and New York.

    2. You write: What was the last Tamil movie that got a good review from this website

    Which was the last good Tamil movie that made it to the U.S. (where SI is based).

  34. Vivek   August 22, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Padam fantastic, gorgeous, marvelous, great, super, fabulous, gorgeous, flawless, master piece, technically sound, semi hit, hit, super hit, mega hit, block buster.

    Ithellam dooooooooopu KANDHASAAMY FLOP…………

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Ithellam dooooooooopu KANDHASAAMY FLOP………..

    Too early to declare it a flop.

  35. shadowfax_arbit   August 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Pudhupettai is kind of disturbing, gory, psycho movie. If you liked ‘A Clockwork Orange’ types may be you’ll like it.

    It is a very dark disturbing movie with some really nice scenes like Dhanush’s dad killing his mom, Dhanush running away from home, meeting prostitute Sneha, he being trained on murder and anti-social stuff, betraying his boss, killing him and carrying his head (!!), marrying Sonia Agarwal and then marrying Sneha, threatening Sonia Agarwal, killing his dad etc. Some really brutal scenes for Tamil audience to digest.
    I sort-of liked the movie, except that it was too psycho towards the end and way too much violence, but my whole family cursed it.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Netlix does not carry Pudhupettai...the Dhanush movies they have are Thiruvilayadal Arambam (2007), Deivathai Kandaen (2005), Athu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005) and Podhukoddaiyilirundu Saravanan (2004).

  36. shadowfax_arbit   August 22, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Watch this


    Such low class gangster movie….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Just watched your YouTube link (above).

    The first 60-seconds or so of your video reminded us of the famous Kallu Mama song in Satya.

    Of course, Kallu Mama was much, much better. Here’s SI’s Satya review.

  37. shadowfax_arbit   August 22, 2009 at 9:45 am

    SI: “Which was the last good Tamil movie that made it to the U.S. (where SI is based).”


    Only big budget movies make it over there and they all invariably turn out to be dud. It is unfortunate that movies like Paruthiveeran do not make it there.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    If they are confident of the quality of their film, low-budget Tamil movie-makers should try the strategy of releasing it in just a handful of theatres on both coasts, unlike the blitzkrieg strategy adopted by most Bollywood and some high-profile Kollywood film-makers.

  38. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 11:44 am

    @vivek , rhyming sari illai, try some other thing to impress, the movie is likely to settle in average category, mixed reviews from all over the world .

  39. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    in some theatres in tamilnadu, most of the vadivelu scenes have been removed , thats a good news , i will be watching it again on monday to see whether they have done so.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    We hope they remove all scenes of Shriya, Ashish Vidyarti, Vikram and Prabhu too.

    Now, that’d be a big relief.

  40. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    SI : u r expecting too much ..

    BTW, why can’t u start a community for this site in Orkut, many will join them so plz.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll consider it.

    Currently, we have a semi-dormant account for SearchIndia on Facebook (which is big in the U.S. but not in India)

    But we prefer most interaction to be on the SI blog itself.

  41. arshadsod   August 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    not for the interaction but for the name, searchindia is the best review site so it will garner more members to this site, we need more interactions here ..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll consider it.

  42. SRINIVAS   August 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    saw the movie ….

    it would have been a better movie with a tight screenplay and some good editing ….minus some of the songs.

    On the positive side …slick, technically brilliant, excellent performance by Vikram …cinematography is outstanding … second half …in Mexico is very good …

    Overall as they say ….Oru vaati paarkalam (can see it once) …..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write above: it would have been a better movie with a tight screenplay and some good editing ….minus some of the songs. On the positive side …slick, technically brilliant

    How can the movie be technically brilliant with a loose screenplay, bad editing, too many songs?

    Or to use a Vadivelusque expression, Nammale vaechu onnum comedy- kimedy pannaliye (are you cracking a joke at our expense)? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    2. From what we can gather, there’s not much buzz/excitement around the film.

  43. SRINIVAS   August 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    what i meant was production values are very good ….every frame of the movie is good in terms of look of the movie …

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    There’s an English expression – hoist with his own petard.

    You might want to look it up.

    Now, let’s get back to Thalapathi.

  44. arshadsod   August 23, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Si, may be in US there is no buzz or excitement, but here in TN many are talking abt the film (both the good talk is there and the bad/flop talk is there) ..all english newspaper are giving a above average ratings for this movie.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    I worked very hard for Kanthaswamy: Shriya Source: TOI

    Wonder if Shriya knows the difference between hard and hardly.

  45. arshadsod   August 23, 2009 at 10:43 am

    When will we get the Box office results of kanthaswamy in UK and US ?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You don’t usually get box office numbers for Tamil movies in the U.S. because they release in crappy theatres.

    UK, probably Wednesday or Thursday.

  46. ayyappa   August 24, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Absoultely right. keep it up

  47. SRINIVAS   August 24, 2009 at 1:54 am

    your review need to be more balanced …pointing out both the positive and negative aspects of a movie ….and this movie does have its postives …that’s why u have conflicting reviews (in different websites) …

    I could also sense that the audience did not like the movie to that extent …since there was a general lack of enthusiasm in the hall …but the second half of the movie did have the audience glued to the screem … how shriya uses vikram and then how vikram gets back at her by using her …

    Hence u can see it once ..defn better than many movies released recently …

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Our movie reviews are fair, balanced and very appropriate.

    If anything our judgment may be clouded in favor of Bollywood and Kollywood movies.

    Let’s set aside subjective views for a moment and view just the facts.

    Look at where Indian movies are on the world stage – 0 as in Z E R O. And we’ve been making movies for close to 100 years.

    Whether it’s the Oscars, Cannes or any of the other major film awards, Indian movies invariably draw a blank.

    Even tiny countries like Taiwan, Japan, Spain et al, which produce a fraction of movies that India does create waves at these prestigious ceremonies.

    hat about India – Not a ripple.

    Case closed.

  48. vjcool   August 24, 2009 at 6:35 am

    @SI: Netlix does not carry Pudhupettai…the Dhanush movies they have are Thiruvilayadal Arambam (2007), Deivathai Kandaen (2005), Athu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005) and Podhukoddaiyilirundu Saravanan (2004).

    … Plz don’t watch any of these movies. go for Pudhupettai, Kadhal kondein, or 7G rainbow colony for some good stuff of Dhanush… atleast the screenplayby selvaragavan

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Will watch 7/G Rainbow Colony (2004). Netflix has it.

  49. arshadsod   August 24, 2009 at 9:31 am

    @srinivas , thumbs up u are 100% correct , even though kantha didn’t fullfill the expectations of many it is a pretty decent watch for atleast one time and way better than aegan/bheema/kuruvi/atm/kiredom/vaaranam aayiram …. In TN after the trimming of Vadivelu portions many are liking it to some extent .

    SI : Yes ,it is unfortunate that Indian cinema is not going forward and repeating the same masala type movies.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: way better than aegan/bheema/kuruvi/atm

    Even a pig’s backside is better than the above movies.

  50. yourmate   August 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    If Netflix does not carry Pudhupettai may be you can try the countless websites which hosts tamil movies. There is nothing wrong in seeing Tamil Movies in Thiruttu VCD/DVD free websites etc. It is even a favor to watch those Useless movies in Thiruttu VCD.

    BTW not sure if you watched Lollu Sabha. It is a Satirical comedy series which spoofs Tamil movies in the channel Star Vijay. One of their best episode is their spoof on Pokkiri. If fact Actor Vijay and his father (Director S A Chandrasekar) got so upset that they threatened the channel and it issued an apology. Most of the episodes are available in Youtube.

    Sample this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8bOpkqJAPA

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We are not great fans of watching movies on PC.

    Seen the above youTube video earlier. Funny.

    BTW, we liked Pokiri (pre-SI blog review).

  51. shuaib68   August 24, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    SI:Will watch 7/G Rainbow Colony (2004). Netflix has it.

    The lead actor is a stone faced, Kermit the Frog voiced, a bum on dialog delivery, a walking dead when he dance, and an alien when he smiles. Overall, it’s a fu**ing shit. It’s a crude way of showing the expression of a bum’s “Love-at-first-sight” thing. Sonia Agarwal has done here something at least to save some face of the movie (I think). It’s better be judged by the great Justice S.I. – Your verdict my lord!

    Watch it please, we need to hear something flowing from your golden toothed mouth.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Sonia Agarwal has done here something at least to save some face of the movie

    We’ve always liked the plump, buxom gal Sonia Agarwal.

    We like Sonia-Ji even more ๐Ÿ˜‰ now that she’s parting with that London Looking Tokyo Talking (squint-eyed) fella Selvaraghavan.

  52. tsk   August 25, 2009 at 2:58 am

    why are tamil movies sticking to ~3 hrs run time still. comedy tracks, dances (towel, pole etc) are needed to fill up the 3 hrs. once they figure out 1.5 hr movies all these will vanish. save money as well. agree that the extra artists will suffer due to this but eventually they will survive by moving to other stuff.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We see nothing on the horizon to suggest that things will change anytime soon.

  53. arshadsod   August 26, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Good news SI , kanthaswamy in UK BOX .

    The Tamil release, KANTHASWAMY, has fetched an excellent start in U.K.


    * KANTHASWAMY [Tamil film] has debuted at No. 22 position. In its opening weekend, the film has collected ร‚ยฃ 71,804 [approx. Rs. 57.44 lacs] on 11 screens, with the per screen average working out to ร‚ยฃ 6,528.


    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Here’s the Kanthaswamy box office chart.

  54. arshadsod   August 26, 2009 at 4:44 am

    SI , where is my previous comment abt BO result in UK , please post my friend …..

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Hey, it’s 4:50AM ET here. Your previous comment has been published.

    Here’s the Kanthaswamy box office chart.

  55. trishna147   September 1, 2009 at 11:48 am

    why is Shriya Saran still acting, despite proving so many times that she cannot act to save her life??

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: why is Shriya Saran still acting,

    Because 66 million dunderheads refuse to come to their senses.

  56. snakebabu   September 2, 2009 at 2:00 am

    without vadivelu comedy and with tamanna as heroine the film will be fine

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Tamanna or Komanna, the end result of Kanthaswamy would’ve been the same – KAIDS i.e. Kanthaswamy Induced Derangement Syndrome.

    Although, we conceded Tamanna is less of an emetic.

    To introduce Vadivelu like that without the least connection to the main plot boggles the mind. As bad as Villu in that respect.

  57. snakebabu   September 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

    kanthasamy has the fantasy of shankar films with out the grip that is the hall mark of shankars films.

    Like shankar films it debicts a utopia

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: kanthasamy has the fantasy of shankar films


    The only valid comparison for Kanthaswamy is to a pile of stinking manure.

    Not to Shankar’s films or Mani’s movies or RGV’s films et al.

  58. 1012900   September 13, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    My friends advised me to skip this movie. I certainly didn’t expect such a movie from Vikram.. He’s such a brilliant actor.. BTW, when is Unnaipol Oruvan releasing in the US?

    Can u also review Ninaithale Inikkum(2009) movie?

    It’s a remake of the blockbuster Malayalam film Classmates.!!

    Prithiviraj is the hero in both the movies.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: My friends advised me to skip this movie. I certainly didn’t expect such a movie from Vikram.

    You have some sincere friends. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It looks like you ignored their well-meaning advice.

    2. Unnaipol Oruvan is said to be releasing next Friday.

    3. Skipped Ninaithale Inikkum…doubt it’s running anywhere our area now.

  59. trishna147   October 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    thank god i skipped this movie
    i saw some clips of the movie of sun tv – there was a clip where shriya goes into vikrams office, and then she starts ripping her clothes off and screams her head off…that kinda gave me a sample of the movie, and confirmed that this movie is truly crap…
    so, thank you
    btw, i read your sivaji review, and you said that shriya was a good actress…when was shriya EVER a good actress??

    and btw, why dont you review these movies:
    Pithamagan (Vikram and Surya)
    Perazhagan (Surya)
    Paruthiveeran (Karthi)
    Nandha (Surya)
    Sethu (Vikram)
    Kaasi (Vikram)

    i know the above have either surya or vikram (except karthi), but i think those above were one of their best movies…

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: btw, why dont you review these movies….

    In your list, we’ve reviewed Nandha (pre-SI blog days).

    2. You write: btw, i read your sivaji review, and you said that shriya was a good actress…when was shriya EVER a good actress??

    ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    BTW, do you know what the Latin expression lapsus calami means?

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