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    Alex Pandiyan (2013)(U)

    Release date 11 Jan 2013

    Critics Review

    • It has a stunning beginning with a much-talked train chase sequence. A group of thugs chase Anushka Shetty and Karthi comes to rescue and bashes them left, right and center. The first 10 minutes is thrilling and action sequence has 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. 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. 

      Alex Pandian 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.

      To add salt to the injury, Karthi and Anushka Shetty's love tale has been forcibly added to the main plot and it is not justifiable. Wait! Their chemistry too fails big time, as they look more of siblings than a couple on-screen. At least, Nikita could have made some impact had she been chosen as the Karthi's leading lady. When it comes to baddies, people would wonder why they imported Milind Soman from Mumbai, as he has got nothing to do in this film except for a few round of gunfire in the film. The dubbing for his character is also poor and the lip does no sync at all.

      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 with dance. Anushka Shetty is colourful .Santhanam is hilarious at parts and irritating at times due to some poorly written scenes

      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 has been well captured by the cameraman. editing is by Praveen-K.L.Srikanth's okay and they could have done a better job. Finally, director Suraj, who has written story, screenplay, dialogues, and direction, gets full marks in dialogue department. His first half is good but second half is not up to the mark.

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

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