Thu, 22 Jan 2009 23:27:12 GMT

Top 5 stars of Tamil B.O

It is time to go beyond proclamations, claims, retorts and diatribe. The BO burrow is where all false gods falter, every Friday. Friday, Fly-day or Fry-day...? It depends on which end of the Fab Five chart you are!


The 'mappilai' (son-in-law) of Tamil Nadu has come of age quicker than expected. His 'Padikadhavan' (The title is borrowed from his father-in-law Rajnikanth's 1984 super hit), shows that he is here for the long haul. In the race for the top Pongal hit, 'Padikadhavan' has overtaken Vijay's 'Villu'!

The out-and-out potboiler, directed by Suraaj, has Dhanush playing the title role.

Tamannaah scorches the screen with some high voltage glamour.

In Chennai, 'Padikadhavan' has collected Rs. 76 Lakh in just 5 days.

Strength: Dhanush, lilting tunes by Mani Sharma

Weakness: It's a masala overdose!

B.O. Verdict: Great opening

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If one expected another 'Pokkiri' from the Vijay-Prabhudeva combo, he cannot be more mistaken. 'Villu'is nowhere near 'Pokkiri', and is a cliched, sentimental flick sans logic.

Vijay is doing a double role for the first time in this film, and as the father of the hero, Pugazh, he is a frightening disaster. Nayantara tries her best to match steps with "the son" ; Nayan looks ravishing onscreen.

Ravi Varman's cinematography and Digital Imagery by Bobby Grant make the film watchable.

Strength: Nayantara's glamour

Weakness: Hackeneyed script, plot

B.O. Verdict: Good opening

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'Kadhalna summa Illa' is at once a remake and dubbed version of the Telugu superhit 'Gamyam'. The film, obviously inspired by 'Motorcycle Diaries', has been directed by Ilankannan. While the portions with Sharvanand, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Tejashree, Nasser have been retained, the scenes with Allari Naresh in the original have been reshot with Ravi Krishna, who has done a fantastic job in the film.

While Sharvanand underplays his character, it is the loud, boisterous character played by Ravi that provides all the fun. Kamalini Mukherjee has essayed her role well.

The film has collected Rs. 13 Lakh from its first five days in Chennai.

Strength: Refreshing story, nice dialogues

Weakness: Drunk on melodrama!

B.O. Verdict: Average

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'Silambattam', as the title suggests, is a no holds-barred Silambarasan show. Sana Khan, in the female lead, tries her best to make her presence felt in the hero-cenric movie.

Senior actors such as Prakashraj, Sneha, Jayaram and Prabhu have nothing much to do. The film is high on technical quality. There are a few peppy tunes from Yuvan Shankar Raja.

At the end of four weeks, the film has managed a total collection of Rs. 2.89 crore in Chennai.

Strength: It's a Simbu show!

Weakness: Logic goes for a toss!

B.O. Verdict: Hit

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'Abhiyum Naanum', directed by Radhamohan, tells the story of a beautiful relatioship between a father and his daughter. The film has Trisha in the best role of her career.

Prakshraj, as usual, has come up with a sensitive portrayal. Though the film is different from the run-of-the-mill formula flicks, the incoherent script mars the flow. None of the tunes by Vidyasagar are worth humming.

At the end of four weeks, the collections in Chennai stand at Rs. 1.12 Crore.

Strength: Good performances by Prakashraj, Trisha

Weakness: Dull screenplay!

B.O. Verdict: Average


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