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Marina Movie Review, Rating (3/5)

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Direction: Pandiraj
Cast: Siva Karthikeyan, Oviya, Jayaprakash, Pandian, Gautham Purushoth.
Music: Girishh G
Camera: Vijay
Lyrics: Na. Muthukumar, Yugabharathi
Banner: Pasanga Productions
Release Date: 03 February, 2012
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Review
For director Pandiraj, his debut and super hit movie ‘Pasanga’ proved his writing and directorial talents. And, ‘Vamsam’ came next to tell his professional handling of a big budget film.

The acclaimed director is back to his forte, a simple, small budget film with an intense storyline, and ‘Marina’ takes Tamil film to another level of unusual onscreen storytelling.

The film depicts the life and story of the snack seller kids we find on the sands of Chennai’s own beach, the Marina. Each small kid has a big story behind them.

Ambikapathi (Pandian), a run away from home, comes to Chennai in search of his dreams but lands in selling water packets at the Marina beach. He gets the friendship of Kailash, another kid who already has his own kingdom in the beach. For an offence Police comes in search of Kailash to the beach… another kid, who is a habitual petrol pilfer, helps the police to spot Kailash.

In between these stories Pandiraj weaves the silk thread love story of a young couple. Senthilnathan (Siva Karthikeyan), who always dreams of romancing a girl on the sands of Marina, gets Swapnasundari (Oviya) finally, and the young couple nurtures their love on the beach of Marina amidst their friend circle and the kids.

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The casual acquaintance between the couple and the kids becomes an emotional bond. What happens in the end to the stories of Ambikapathi, Kailash and the couple ‘Senthinathan – Swapnasundari’ is movingly told in the climax.

TV host Siva Karthikeyan debuts in films with this movie. The actor has given lot many improvisations to the director’s instructions. A good debut act for him, yes, he definitely gets something more than a pass mark with his look and performance.

Oviya has again done a neat work like her performance in ‘Kalavani’. A director’s actress, who fits herself in the role she is offered. Her body language and expressions through eyes speak a lot.
And, the kids get the biggest pat among all artists in the film. What a splendid performance? Each one make us get into their stories with their very natural act. Especially, Pandian puts a stupendous show of acting skills!

Jayaprakash has again given a wonderful performance.

Vikram, Prakash Raj, Sasikumar, Sneha, Ameer and Vimal do a special appearance in a song.

Hats off to Pandiraj for his daring act of scripting this concept and choosing a cast that is not so commercially viable. This shows his confidence in the script. More such scripts and directors should come to Tamil industry.
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Music is by Girishh G. The debutant composer has delivered a good work with his tunes and background score. The young talent has helped the director to bring out emotions with his subtleties. Girishh is a promising talent for future Tamil cinema.

The song ‘Vannakkam Chennai’ is worth mentioning.

Camera is a big plus for ‘Marina’. The natural lighting is been used well and the angles also speak volumes about the skills of the new comer Vijay.
Lyrics are by Na. Muthukumar and Yugabharathi.

The film is made from the inspiration of Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed film ‘Salaam Bombay’! But, Pandiraj has managed well with the setting and script that ‘Marina’ no way resembles the award winning 1988 film.

The director is largely successful in depicting the lives and stories of the uneducated children who are deprived of their basic needs and bring out a sense of responsibility in everyone.

Marina’ is a film that should be watched by everyone at least to understand that behind those beautiful smiles of those kids those we see on the sands of the beaches of Marina have many sad stories to tell. Next time when we go to Marina sure we would see it with a different eye, watching this film!

And, ‘Marina’ is not only just an emotional film; it is also to entertain us. Those tidbits of comic situations definitely put big smiles on our faces and cheers in our heart.
That’s the big success of Pandiraj’s ‘Marina’ script!

Come make an entertaining emotional beach walk on the sands, through this film, ‘Marina’!

Review 2
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Director Pandiraj, whose Marina is all completed has said that the movie will resemble reality and is closer to his hart than his earlier ventures Pasanga and Vamsam.

The movie harps on the need to educate young children working in Marina beach. But it is not preachy and all told in a humorous manner.

Story

First things first. The highlight of the movie is its interesting story. There are enough funny moments in the script that revealing the story would spoil the joy of watching it.

Marina deals with the life of young childrens who sell goodies around the beach.

Director Pandiraj has said that the movie will resemble reality and is closer to his heart than his earlier ventures Pasanga and Vamsam. Also he is confident that Marina will win accolades and admiration of the masses.

The film has been released today and it is expected to repeat the magic of director Pandiraj‘s first venture Pasanga.

Performance

Siva Karthikeyan steals the show with his comic mannerisms. But it is Bakoda the young lap who scores with his performance. Also Oviya does a decent role as a chennai girl.

Also Jayaprakash, Pandian, Gautham Purushoth, Senthikumari, Jithan Mohan have essayed their roles with ease.

Technicality

The movie has music by Girish G while cinematography is by Vijay.

Songs are good, especially Vanakkam Chennai is a lovely number with all top directors appearing in guest appearances, Tippu. Vijay’s cinemastography is bright and beautiful.

Analysis

Each character in the film has a purpose and takes the story forward. The film is lively and it’s about life around the asia’s largest beach marina and a good screenplay makes it interesting.

Overall the movie is worth a watch and brings back the entertainment of the Pasanga movie team.

Review 3
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Pasanga happened to be a pleasant and feel-good movie for all universal audiences for its treatment of script with a laudable message on how children can influence the development of a family. Pandiraj indeed won more awards for his best work and later stepped over to choose a different movie Pasanga that was too commercial. Now he is back again with yet another movie based on Children.

This time, it’s too appealing as the film centers on the lives of desolated children, who seek the shores of Marina as their homeland. Pandiraj throws light upon these children, who become vendors selling food items across Marina beach, their hidden pains, buried aspirations and the inevitable problems they face often.

Giving words to delineate the storyline of Marina could be little tough as it doesn’t hold anything specific as a fiction. It’s precisely done in a docu-drama style that focalizes on the lives of several characters especially the children, who come from various parts of the state and get settled down in Marina. On the parallel track, it’s a little humorous drama that revolves around the love drama of Shiva Karthikeyan and Oviya.

The film may seem to be carrying the shades of documentary in places as Pandiraj tries recording the lives of children found across the shores of Marina and in places it leaves a ‘too-preachy’ feeling. But the good message and an engrossing narration keeps us intact throughout the show.

The perfect casting of actors and their naturalistic performances stand out as the major highlight. Shiva Karthikeyan takes a cakewalk through his role tickling our funny bones with his witty liners. Oviya does what is required for the role, but the ultimate showstopper is the child artist of Pasanga fame playing the role of Ambikapathy. A great depth of emotion is showcased through the characterizations of old man and post master.
Musical score by newcomer Girish is good in places and the background score is appreciable.

On the whole, Marina is a praiseworthy film for Pandiraj’s effort to choose an unique theme and after watching this film, if you’re walking through the shores of Marina and find little vendors selling Soondals and other stuffs, you would doubtlessly keep yourself hooked to them for some time.

Thanks to Pandiraj for implanting the feeling within us.

Verdict: One of the best films of 2012

Review 4

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Marina film stars Siva Karthikeyan, who is a popular TV host debuting as hero with this film, and Oviya as the lead lady. The film deals with children who are not educated.

The film depicts the life of children at the marina beach, who sell snacks and goodies at beach side stalls and are deprived from luxuries or do we say basic needs.

STORY:

Ambikapathi (Pandian) comes to Chennai with lot of dreams, abandoning his home, but lands in selling water packets at the Marina beach. He gets the friendship of Kailash, another kid who already has his own kingdom in the beach.

For an offence Police comes in search of Kailash to the beach… another kid, who is a habitual petrol pilfer, helps the police to spot Kailash.

Senthilnathan (Shiva Karthikeyan) and Sopna Sundari (Oviya) are seen as lovers in the parallel tracks of the movie.

Senthilnathan, who always dreams of romancing a girl on the sands of Marina, gets Sopnasundari finally, and the young couple nurtures their love on the beach of Marina amidst their friend circle and the kids.

The casual acquaintance between the couple and the kids becomes an emotional bond. What happens in the end to the stories of Ambikapathi, Kailash and the couple ‘Senthinathan – Swapnasundari’ is movingly told in the climax.

PERFORMANCE:

TV host Siva Karthikeyan debuts in films with this movie. He steals the show with his comic mannerisms. The actor has given lot many improvisations to the director’s instructions.

Oviya does a decent role as a Chennai girl. She fits herself in the role she is offered. Her body language and expressions through eyes speak a lot.

Also Jayaprakash, Pandian, Gautham Purushoth, Senthikumari, Jithan Mohan have essayed their roles with ease.
Pandian puts a stupendous show of acting skill.

Jayaprakash has again given a wonderful performance.

Vikram, Prakash Raj, Sasikumar, Sneha, Ameer and Vimal do a special appearance in a song.

Music is by Girishh G. The debutant composer has delivered a good work with his tunes and background score. The song ‘Vannakkam Chennai’ is worth mentioning.

Camera is a big plus for ‘Marina’. The natural lighting is been used well and the angles also speak volumes about the skills of the new comer Vijay.

Lyrics are by Na. Muthukumar and Yugabharathi.

Filmmaker Pandiraj deserves special appreciation for sketching the characterizations with more intensity. The director is largely successful in depicting the lives and stories of the uneducated children who are deprived of their basic needs and bring out a sense of responsibility in everyone.

COMMENTS:

Hats off to Pandiraj for his daring act of scripting this concept.
‘Marina’ is not only just an emotional film; it is also to entertain us.

Marina Movie Review, Rating Marina Online Movie Review
Reviewed by The Cinema News on Feb 3 2012.
Marina Movie Online Review, Rating
Marina is One of the best films of 2012.
Rating: 3

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