Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Summer Release Movies to Watch

After a gap of not seeing any good movies being released, i am looking forward to some of the upcoming summer releases. In Tamil Nadu, after the election fever has subsided, and with the onset of the summer heat at its peak and schools moving towards their vacation time, Tollywood is gearing up for some good releases.

So, here goes my list....

Movie: The Da Vinci Code
Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian Mckellen, Jean Reno and others
Directed by: Ron Howard
Expected Release Date: May 19th, 2006 worldwide

Good Reasons to watch: The book written by Dan Brown was a runaway success, inspite of the controversies.

Bet you didn't know: India puts "Hold" on The Da Vinci Code. Although, the national censor board has cleared the film, the government has temporarily held up the release of the movie after receiving complaints from Catholic groups. India is a democracy and is home to 18 million Roman Catholics amongst its Hindu and Muslim population. All this is owing to the fact that the book and movie's premise is that Jesus married his favorite disciple Mary Magdalene with whom he bore children.

Tamil Movies:

Movie: Pudhupettai
Starring: Dhanush, Sneha, Sonia Agarwal
Directed by: Selvaraghavan
Expected Release Date: May 19th, 2006

The Hype about this one: It is the come-back movie for the Dhanush-Selvaraghavan pair of brothers and portrays the tough character of a gangster played by Dhanush. After Dhanush's acting failed to make box-office hit in Balu Mahendra's Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam, this movie is said to make a difference to his career graph. Sneha's role of a sex worker/ prostitute is said to have been portrayed well.

Bet you didn't know: Dhanush is soon to become father!

Movie: GodFather
Starring: Ajith, Ajith, Asin
Directed by: KS Ravikumar
Expected Release Date: Early June 2 or 9

The Story: 3 Ajiths, one of them being a eunuch, form the cruz of the movie. Rumors have spread that the other character Ajith has shades of the Marlon Brando's role from the original English version. The trailer seems to have every bit of KSR's colorful and rich style.

Bet you didn't know: Ajith and KSR have personally invested money on the movie owing to its financial crisis from the producer's end.

Movie: Jillendru Oru Kadhal
Starring: Surya, Jothika, Bhoomika
Directed by: New comer Krishna (asst. director under Gowtham)
Expected Release Date: June 30th

Good Reasons to watch: The magic and chemistry between Jo and Surya who are soon to become a wedded pair.

Bet you didn't know: Asin walked out of the project as she felt that the second heroine role wouldn't fetch her fame and Bhoomika gladly accepted the spot.

Movie: Vettayadu Villayadu
Starring: Kamal, Jothika, Kamalini Mukherjee
Directed by: Gautham Menon
Expected Release Date: First week of June,probably June 2

Movie with tons of obstacles: After going through several barriers, starting with the suicide of Kaja Moideen, this movie has been in and out of courts and atlast seems to have been completed and ready to be released. A story of a 40 year old cop who works with NYPD, this would surely be a treat for Kamal fans.

Movie: Fanaa
Starring: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Rishi Kapoor
Directed by: Kunal Kohli, Yash Raj Banner
Expected Release Date: May 26th

Reasons to watch: It is the comeback movie for Kajol after child birth and she pairs with Aamir who happens to be a terrorist in Kashmir. Rishi Kapoor as Kajol's father and Tabu in an important role add weightage to the movie.

I am sure that each of you may have your own list of other tamil movies to add, but these are the top ones to watch out for!


Anand Prabhu said...

Its going to be a feast this summer... not to forget Immsai Arasan 23am pulikesi..the promos look very promissing the music is real good and it looks like its going to be a comic satire of a good old king... watch our for that tooo.... :)

Prasanna said...

defn 2006 is a feast for movie lovers. And considering the releases towards the end of the yr, movie fans cldnt have asked for anything else.

Narayanan Venkitu said...

I will definitely watch
1) V.Vilayadu
2) Da Vinci Code

BTW - Did you watch Akeelah and the BEE...awesome movie..don't miss it..I watched it last weekend with my kids and was amazed!

mitr_bayarea said...

anand prabhu- yes, i forgot to mention the other movies, not looking forward to imsai arasan as much as some of the others, but will take ur word for it.

prasanna- oh yes, the end of the year towards diwali time is going to be a bonanza with Sivaji releasing.

narayanan sir: good for you, nope haven't heard of akeelah, will rent it soon- thanks!

Anu said...

Thks for the roundup , except for VV I didnt know a thing abt the other tamil movies...

Kinda dont want to see Da vinci because the book always gives you one picture and the movie another


tt_giant said...

me waiting for Pudhupettai!!

Me too said...

Good list! Hope I get to watch atleast one of them on the big screen!!

Shankari said...

great reviews and awesome blog. Do visit mine too

mitr_bayarea said...

let's_talk: hmm....surprised that you aren't too enthu about watching Da Vinci Code, i can't wait to watch the movie.

ttg: Yeah, let us know after you watch the movie.

me_too: You sure can watch Da Vinci on big screen, are there any theatres that show desi movies there in ur area?

Shankari: Thanks, i visited your blog and have my comments posted.

Raju said...

ellam saridhan.. VV is #1 in my list..:) July release: Kabhi alvidana kehna.. Another NYC-based movie.. SRK-Karan Johar combo

Sachita(india) said...

1. DVC has not recived great reviews. Infact one of the reviewers has written that this is the first time the movie was longer than the book. But I really had liked Audrey Tautou in Amelie, so want to watch it for her and ofcourse tom hanks.
2. V.V - I have not watched a tamil movie in theater after anniyan and have been eagerly.............waiting for VV.
Looks like it might get released only in June!

When is your thalaivar's movie releasing?

Nyneishia said...

Hehehe... On my way to watch D.Code. Will let u know. I have mixed feeling.. the book was an awesome read.. hope the movie holds up.

And the others too.. There is water in my list for this weekend.. n mm lets see if i can squeeze in few more :D

mitr_bayarea said...


how was the movie? did you like it? feel free to read my latest blog on the movie and comment.