Sunday, December 28, 2008

Abhiyun Naanum

Do you believe that when you go to an Udipi Restaurant, it is better to have a Mangalore bonda? Or are you the person who orders bruschetta? If you are one of the second kind, prepare yourself for the torture in the form of Abhiyum Naanum. 

You see, I happen to have watched and hated "Father of the bride"... and then, people came up with "Father of the Bride - 2" with the same ensemble. Star movies made it worse by telecasting it on lonely afternoons during study holidays. And now our dear Duet movies... has come up with Father of the Bride - 3 and thankfully Aishwarya as the mother in law is not shown pregnant... or is she?

The opening logo shows a monkey finding a film reel (of the Steve Martin flick I presume)... and beginning to ponder. I wish I had shot the monkey then and there. Maybe PR is going to make Gorillas in the Mist next... with Simran as Sigourney Weaver, T Rajendar as the gorilla and PTC buses causing the mist. Now I am off on a tangent as usual. 

Ok coming back to my Udipi analogy, I hate people who think that Thamizh movies would make a mark in the world, if they imitate the west well, (ie) by making sensible movies that deal with believable human emotions. I am firmly of belief that Thamizh movies can make a mark only by standing out... (ie) by making more of Simbhu's Silambattam or Arjun's Thiruvannamalai. These movies are distinctly Dravidian. Just like we do not try to make our dosas into pancakes and have it with maple syrup, we should not try to make sensible movies. It just does not bode well amd it irritates the palate. 

I do not like Abhiyun Naanum for that reason, and that reason alone. I will never watch Abhiyum Naanum.

End Rant. 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Godmen

If you happen to watch Vijay TV in the morning... between 7.30 and 8.30, you would see many of these soothsayers peddling their wares. Now, there are believers and non-believers. I envy the believers since they are gullible enough to believe that the colour of their rings could change their destiny, hence boosting their self-confidence. I envy the non-believers for throwing such irrational ideas out of their lives. I am neither of those. I am the amazed spectator. I am the unintrusive learner. 

What is find interesting is their effeciency and the modus operandi. There is this guy, who suggests modifications and kumbabishekams to temples are remedies. He asks you to pay the money to him and he would perform the remedies. He has a bunch of contractors whom he drives to make those modifications. HE performs the kumbabishekam and uses those videos as marketing snippets for further business. What is he actually ? He is just a construction co-ordinator who has innovative ways to gather business. Nameley "Kuladeivamaana Muneeswaran". Amazing. I wish we could sell software that way. 

There is this guy who says he can change your destiny by changing a few vowels in your name. Apart from just infusing confidence in the gullible, what he is doing is downplaying all the importance given to how great Thamizh is. Most of his name changes are only in English. AS long as people like him are present, the completely useless and irrelevant "Thamizh Movement" started by the Kazhagams cannot fly to any great success. 

There is this guy who suggests you make Rava idly everyday in the morning and feed it to kaakas around your house as a remedy. Apart from giving confidence, he makes the person's life structured and makes sure his kids get a healthy breakfast. He further suggests green methods such as planting trees and social best practices such as feeding the unfortunate and cleaning roads around temples as remedies to the doshams. Such people create awareness of one's surroundings and encourages civic sense.

I support all these people in their money making endeavours. We as a community should support them. Who should be stopped are the pure godmen with no amount of social awareness in their remedies. The people who bathe metal idols with ice cream and the people who peddle green colour glass rings and pass it of as gemstones. (Incidentally there are PhDs in Gemology sold in the USA). 

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Educated India loses perspective

This write-up is not one more 'knee jerk' reaction to what happenned. 

What was wrong in RR Patil saying this is just one more attack? Maybe it was too soon to say it... but wasn't that the truth ? Where were the Simi Garewals and the Shefali Shahs who so vehemently oppose RR Patil now, where were they, when Hyderabad was bombed last year,or when  Delhi was bombed 2 months back ? How different is this attack from those? There were intelligence reports even then. Why not blame politicians then and blame them now?

Why are people like Krish Ashok asking for a week long paid vacation for the NSG commandos at the Taj? Is he insunuating that people should be rewarded for doing their duty? What crap? Where is his perspective? The the bunch of hooligans supporting this write comments too about it, saying how great he is to have suggested it. Stupidity. 

Why should RR patil climb down from power ? Why should Deshmukh climb down ? Will this be followed by the Navy Chief / Coast Guard chief / Army chief / NSG chief climbing down too? Why not the entire country just resign ? The sad part about this is that we do not even know where the problem lies... and the chief of staff just resigns. So everytime there is a terrorist attack, people on the top lose jobs? So that fresh people could make the same mistakes yet again? Such callous quitting when people are in dire need does not even happen in companies. 

I got this email saying Abhinnav Bindra got 3 crores for winning the Olympic gold and the NSG commandos who lost their lives got only 5 laks. What is the guy who wrote this complaining about ? That Abhinav Bhindra is a useless nincompoop who does not deserve the money? Or does he mean to say every soldier who shoots his rifle and dies in the line of duty should get 3 crores too? Is the guy who forwarded it even thinking straight?

What is Simi Garewal doing on a panel discussing terrorism and why is she asking people NOT TO PAY TAXES for one year to teach the politicians a lesson. I propose she be put in jail for saying that. That is the most unpatriotic comment I have ever heard. 

What are the news channels doing with Simi Garewal / Arjun Rampal / Farook Sheikh on a terrorism panel accusing the Deshmukh kid and Ram Gopal Verma of having a Taj tour ? Why isnt anyone questioning the credibility of Simi Garewal / Arjun Rampal in commenting about the present situation? WHAT !!!!!

India as a whole has lost perspective about the situation. They are collectively acting like that Keralite commando's father. In their anger / confusion they just say whatever comes to their mind.. and accuse whomever they want to without pausing to think what they are saying. This is truly a sad sad sad sad country for having the educated public acting the way it is now. 

I just have pity for the Mumbai resident. More so for the entire country ganging up and celebrating the 'Spirit of Mumbai'... (enough of that) than for the actual terrorism. When it uses that phrase, the entire country is behaving no differently from that condescending Bhurka Dutt.. who said "I know you will pull through" to the family of the bereaved... live... on air.. just so that she would look good to the rest of the country. How does such 'lip service' matter?

Friday, November 28, 2008

What could have contributed to the delay ?


My thoughts keep going back to when i read first about the MOSSAD agents in Uganda 1976... 15 minutes, 4 terrorists, one plane. in out.. and done with.... but now ?? Are these some of the reasons ?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

And then there were Google Layoffs

There was Google Flu.... and now.. ?


Bangalore ? 'nuff said....

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The battle of the evils

There is no truly altruistic action. Every person is selfish in everything he does.
- Ayn Rand (IDK when)


There is no better regulation that the individual's prudence in risk taking.
- Greenspan in 2004


Greenspan was correct in short time frames. Ayn Rand was correct in longer timeframes. What was underestimated was the powers of capitalism, or in other words, the society's capacity for collective greed. This economic turmoil has hence been caused due to collective greed overtaking an individual's circumspection in taking risk.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Atherton and Cricket

The archives recall not one single incriminating incident, not one drunken escapade, not one reported affair, not one spat with a team-mate or reporter. Throughout, he has maintained his professional integrity, tailoring his game to the demands of the situation and the team, always giving the game and his craft due care and attention. Is he even human?

Whats wrong with this statement? Is he saying that Tendulkar has achieved so much and yet he does not have a blackspot on his career / life ? So is it really surprising that someone who practiced all that our Veda miss taught us in moral science class (yes we had the smae teacher for both), became a success ? When was it that the causality became reversed ? Are all successful guys expected to have a few black episodes... scandals.. wives.... spats.. and the like?

And here we are thinking moral science is proven, and cricket is a gentleman's sport...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Kuselan

The story is a simple short story. Coming to think of it, it could even be straight out of Malgudi Days. The story has everything that would make us close the book with a smile… and a drop of a tear. It had normal characters, uncomplicated emotions and very believable situations. A great story is the recipe for successful movie. It is now up to the cook to execute it well. What can go wrong?

Enter Pervert Vasu. Our untalented hack of a chief cook, who already had the dubious distinction of mauling Manuchithrathazhu into an unholy lump of fermented bagasse called ‘Chandramukhi’. With that amazing achievement on his resume, we could have only hoped for something better than that. You would think it would take stupendous effort to maul one more Malayalam movie… but then the pervert surprises you. It is like he is able to immediately spot what is great about the story, and makes it his mission in life to stamp his mark of ‘Pervertitude’ on it. He then moves on to the next best thing in the story and repeats above said process. He is tireless till he is able to chomp the seemingly good story into an unidentifiable mass of refuse that cannot even be recycled.

So, what was good in the original that the pervert targeted first? The most charming factor of the story was its simplicity. What do we get?

We get overblown characters who ham all the time. Pasupathy who thinks he has to even cut hair like Sivaji Ganesan plays the Nadaswaram.

We get Meena who thinks she has to dress up like a newly married woman who comes to Shoppers Stop to play a poor barber’s wife

We get Vadivelu who, in the name of comedy does everything except come even close to the funny bone. His comedy is a sure cure for people who had inhaled laughing gas. He has invented anti-comedy in this movie.

The last few scenes, even though are touching can not salvage the movie. Rajini sells his role very well and Pasupathy does his dialogue bit which was supposed to be killer, but falls flat.

The movie looks and feels like a beautiful porcelain creation, painted in chrome and placed as bumper decoration in a national permit lorry. Neither does it serve the purpose nor are we able to appreciate its beauty. Pervert Vasu has stamped his ‘class’ all over this yet again. Sreenivasan must be crying blood.




Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008

For whatever it is worth...


Please feel free to add more to this. Anyone else you want rated on this comparative scale?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Dasavatharam


HAHAHAHAHA

As Maddox says - People are the worst :-)
Thankfully nothing turned out when i searched for 'Kayyyyoss theory'

Friday, February 22, 2008

Movie review - Anjathe

What would you call a movie that is 25% a love story, 15% a family melodrama, 20% a psycho thriller and 40% a movie about friendship? "Anjathe"? Is the director talking about his frame of mind while making the movie? Once when I visited a hotel, there was this waiter who told suggested a dish and said "Paravailla bhayapdama sapdunga... onnum aagadhu". I avoided that suggested dish with a vengeance everytime I visited that place. Maybe the director was like that waiter... warning me.. "Paravailla Bhayapdama Paarunga". I should have avoided this movie with a vengeance too.

What is pitiful is that Anjathe, has a decent story. that is something out of the ordinary fare. (Some people liken it to Mystic river... I fail to get the connection). But what screws that story completely is inept directing, some partisan acting and a script which rambles like a lunatic on speed. There is no one controling the script... there are ever so many scenes that make you sit up and scream.. "What exactly is the director trying to do ?". (if you think the scene at the hospital where the killers come in one by one to get beaten up is nice.. i have no words for you). The script jumps in a single frame from a movie about friendhsip gone wrong to a serial kidnapper/killer story, and suddenly switches back to being a love story only to go on to being a family drama. Throw in a few psycho characters and you have got "Anjathe".

It is not only that coherance is lacking, but presentation is half assed too. The main actors go through their routines like school kids. Naren can emote to an extent, but his friend is just a stone in all the scenes ecxept one where he laments and makes us laugh. Vijayalakshmi, as the sister / love interest fails to impress. She was good in Chennai 600028 but then she never had to utter a word in the entire movie.

The director also resorts to some cheap thrills like never showing the face of one of the villains (purportedly that kind of movie making falls under the 'slick' category). Using the handicapped person the way he was too was too cheap a gimmick. Why does he have to wave his stump like a flag everytime he talks? And please someone tell me who chose that wig for Prasanna !!! His wig would have made even Asha Parekh or Sharmila Tagore flinch. Prasanna cannot be a convincing villain. He could probably go back to playing the chocolate sweet hero in Prakash Raj movies. His mannerisms and his choice of get-up alone was proof enough that he is not a versatile actor. A sham. Naren is better, but his frog eyes might not make him the most handsome guy around. But at least he is not pretentious. I wonder how his hair never messes even during fight sequences.

The movie has also been shot on a nylon shoe lace budget. Perhaps the only movie to shoot the dream love sequence, in the same kind of set the villains have their hide-out. Most of the actors are either new faces or struggling ones, and there are no big budget fight sequences. Just scuffles on the road, and in a sugarcane field. The climax even though has been shot differently was long drawn out and slightly pretentious. On the whole, this is a very confused movie, which cannot be classified into any particular bucket... excepting maybe the "do not watch" bucket.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Movie Review - Jodha Akbar

Are you a Tamilian, who did not take the time off to learn Urdu properly ? Are you a Tamilian.. whose last Hindi movie had people in blonde wigs and bell bottoms fighting each other, and the movie ended with the police rushing in in that smoke grey jeep ? Chances are that you might not like Jodha Akbar.

For the others, I feel this is a very good Hindi movie, replete with a hero, who has just seen Pirivom Sandhippom, Thangachi sentiment, Thambi Sentiment, Amma Sentiment, Periamma sentiment, a few one on one fights and the obligatory sex song. What seems even more obligatory is Amitabh's voice at the begining and the end of the movie.

And for Hritik Roshan... or Rithik Saar as we thamizh brethen like to call him... not enough words of praise. The fight sequence with the elephant alone is worth the DVD buy. Ofcourse the elephant foot and the trunk are prosthetics, but the long shots of the fight was worth the money. I have not seen anything like that so far in any kind of cinema.

Initially, the underlying tensions and politics in a harem run by the periamma of 'Jalal' (Akbar), is what kept me interested in the movie The biggest disappointment in the movie, was that those tensions and character generation, just whithers away like any common Indian movie in the second half. What I mean is that even though complicated characters are developed, the way each problem is addressed and resolved has been seen in any one of 3000 other movies. For example, the 'soozhchi' of the periamma, and the way it is unravelled is just too hackeneyed. None of the other sequences barring the elephant fight seem to have anything 'new' in it.

The tension between Jodha and Akbar, the purported highlight of the movie, too seems trivial. I feel he chases her only because she does not offer sex. If you are going to dismiss this as a 'Freudian oversimplification'... just get the hell out of my blog. But frankly, imagine this... There is this young guy, who wants only one thing... to rule 'Hindoostan'. He marries a girl... and wonder of wonders she refuses to put out for him. What is he going to do ? Run after the girl trying to 'earn the love' ? Or does he just go ahead and try capturing more territories from Rana Pratap and Sher Shah Suri? What was he doing anyway trying to please her... reducing travel tax on "Theerth yatr"?

Frankly, AG's Akbar seems to be far too sensitive and understanding to be an uneducated emperor who fought more wars than both his illustrious ancestors combined. All those dialogues about 'secular society', and a unified hindustan spoken by Akbar just increases the feeling of incredulity. Finally, if you encounter any Rajput who thinks that the movie is slander on their community, shoot them down. Rajputs are presented in better light than the Muslims in the movie.

And this movie is far too long... more than 3 hours. Infact, I spent quite a lot of time playing games on my cell phone.. especially when the Periamma and the step brother of Akbar conspire and conspire to conspire. THis movie is a definte watch, if not for the action, atleast for the music which, as usual is exemplary. But the over reaction by Akbar at the end of 'Khwaja'... is definitely not warranted though.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Movie Review - Indralogathil na Alagappa

The last decade of my life, I would have probably watched 300 - 400 a year. During this time, I always keep tabs on the worst movies I have watched each year. Last year, it was Veerasamy, and the year before that was Perarasu. And frankly, each year, the worst movie is usually decided in the latter half of the year. But I Na Al takes that dubious distinction even in the first week of February. I am sure this would be the worst movie of this year... maybe this decade. It would take T Rajendar, Rob Schneider and Sam Anderson here to make a worse movie. I am sure it is not going to happen this year.

Vadivelu, seems to be too high on himself. I wonder what he is taking, but his perceived self worth seems to be skyrocketing. Statements like..."Naan kuduthathaidaan Ketkiten..... adhil enna thapu irukkiradhu ? And sila maanidar kadanai vaangikondu sandoshamaga irundhuvittu, thiruppi kudukka thuppu illamal tharkolai segiraar. adharku naana kaaranam?" seem tobe targeted only at Vadivelu's personal life.

This movie is definitely not like "Imsai arasan". IA had topical humour, great political commentary and a half decent storyline. The storyline in I Na AL seems to be straight out of a skinimax movie. Most characters seem to be outlined only to satisfy our perverse senses. Be it the female leads or the various characters donned by Vadivelu, the humour borders on the distasteful, and the theme on the idiotic. The director has gone out of his way to impress you with seemingly interesting stuff, and dishes out a Vittalacharya plot coated with Jayamalini like dances and some really cheap computer graphics. He tries to increase interest by infusing a moral dilemma about death, but it is worse than a kindergarten picture book. Plus, he gives Vadivelu a chance to show his emotive powers.. at the end of the movie, and we get a cheap imitation of Thiruvarutchelvar.

This movie is a sure avoid.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Movie Review - Thangam

A eulogy to a great comedian

I think Goundamani is to comedy what Sachin is to cricket. Gounds has cured me from fevers, heart attacks and gastro problems. Sachin usually does only fevers but he is good too. Coming back to Gounds, I was excited just to think that he was going to make a comeback... with Sathyaraaj... (after the forgettable Manmadhan sequence) in Suyetchi M.L.A... I do not know what happened to the project, but I could not even find clippings on the net. Then news came in that they were pairing again in Thangam. Scenes from Pangali, Maaman Magal and Nadigan.... came to mind. Gounds saying "Paper Roast Sapdunga.. Liver ku romba Nalladhu"... Gounds in front of Meena's house in Maaman Magal... I could go on. But, 'Thangam' pales... infact is 'extremely' anaemic... when compared to all those earlier great moments in world cinema.

Think about this. Vadivelu has now become the king of 'udhaar'. Vivek thinks he is a new age NSK... with all those idiotic messages. Ada Paavigala!!! and speaking like M.R. Radha. Gounds cut his own path. Most people remember Gounds for all those 'Thenga Thalaya' and 'Manga Mandaya' dialogues. Those are the kind people I carefully avoid. They are shallow, peripherial and self centred people. They do not enjoy Gounds saying 'take the tonty faiow'... or "I three love you" to My deeyar Dia. They only see him kicking Sendhil in the butt and equate it to physical humour. Those people are boring. They cannot udnerstand nakkal. What is the use of talking to such people?

Nakkal. Gounds revived the age old art of Nakkal in thamizh cinema. The one and only king of Nakkal... who with just a sentence... like "Seri edu po" to the "Kosu"... Oma kuchi Narasimhan in Sooriyan could keep us in splits for almost 30 seconds. Someone who could nonchalantly say.. "Idhellam sarithrathla ezhuduvanga... Pasanga laam notes eduthupanga..." when he was just being invited for questioning in Sooriyan. The sheer thenavattu of our thalaivar which was projected strongly in each of his roles, has never been replicated by any other comedian so far. I am not sure whether anyone else willl in the future either.

Coming back to "Thangam", what can I say ? I only went to watch Gounds. he disappoints. He takes a few punches at Simbhu.. for his Kaalai and Rajini's Chandramukhi, and makes one half decent joke. He calls an ara mandayan (who was stealing river sand) ... and says enna da thalay kooda vaara mudiyadhu.. nee Mannu vaaraporiya ?? PODA. He takes pot shots at Vijay and Ajith too which are too idiotic to mention here. He tries to remix some of his old jokes, and he references the stupid vazhaipazha joke in one sequence. All these point to only one thing. Our dear Gounds has lost confidence in himself.

I only hope, Gounds gets his confidence back, and comes up with a stellar role in his next movie. I will not give up hope on him.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Movie Review - Polladhavan

People keep talking about how stylish Billa was, and how great the cinematography was. What do you think? Slow motion shots of guns and swords falling down, and people walking around wearing dark glasses... is not style. Malaysia has spectacular locales... and showing a bleached version of it is not good cinematography. If that were the case, the Hollywood crockpot "Three Kings" is the best shot movie on earth.

Polladhavan was stylish. It had characters coming out of the slums presented stylishly. It had interesting anecdotes strung together in a stylish manner. It had a half decent but old storyline with succinct dialogues and a director who did not take anyone for granted. To me Polladhavan was more stylish than Billa.

The movie started with Dhanush staggering around after killing a few guys with a sword, and then immedietely flashes back to Dhanush being your normal wastrel donkey on small wall. Wasting his time with his friends, and having an unrequited lady love. Some of the initial sequences with Karunas were extremely funny and the line "Nee Kelein" could become part of the lingua franca... like "Enna kodumai saravanan idhu"...

The story moves normally as it narrates the regular tensions in such lower class families, the discussions between father and son... that kind of remind you of 7G Rainbow colony. What happens next is pretty much out of any other normal Thamizh movie. The hero is sucked into a gang war, even though he attempts to defuse the situation at every stage. What was stylish was how the director sells the "this could have happened... there is nothing outlandish about this" feel with the cascading events.

That, to me was the difference between the Thimuru / Palani / Sivakasi kind of movies and Polladhavan. The cinematography, the dialogues, the characterization and the screenplay seemed to get pretty well to lend a semblance of believabilityto the normal hero beats goons up story. This movie is definitely worth a watch.

Polladhavan was Dhanush's best movie of 2007. The music from Yuvan was good, with help from Yogi B. The love story, could have been avoided... but then it would have shrunk the movie by 45 minutes. Dhanush looked great in the action sequences... and surprisingly, the goons provide more pay-off moments than the hero in this movie.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Movie Review - Evano Oruvan

Have you guys watched this movie called "Falling Down", with Michael Douglas in the lead. He is a normal guy... walking across town to his wife and kid, and he meets many dubious characters along the way who either prey on him or have some sort of weirdness which angers him enough to destroy them. In "Evano Oruvan", the situation is the same as Falling Down, pitting a frustrated middle aged man and a sympathetic cop against a corrupt city.

Evano Oruvan is different from "Falling Down" in a few ways though. The protaganist is just too damn self righteous. Most scenes in the movie is kind of morphed from the original. Douglas has an initial confrontation with a Korean convenience store owner. In this case, it was a Marwadi asking for 2 rupees extra. FD had an arms seller instead of a drug peddler. The kind of people they both meet are the same, and results are the same. But, the reasoning in between is significantly different.

MD in FD, loses rights to see his family, loses his job, his car breaks down, gets caught in the traffic, and that day is probably the hottest day of the year. That causes the frustration. Madhavan refuses to pay capitation fee for his daughter (because he feels that is wrong) and so does not get the seat, and he gets shot down by his manager for not approving a loan without enough documents (once again because he is too damn straigh forward). Do you see the differences between the two ? His line to his wife about himself "trying to do something about the situation" also sounded too cinematic considering his back-ground.

What I did not like about Madhavan's Michael Douglas was that Madhavan sounded too "Oh I am great"ish. D-FENS (character nick-name in FD) is more of a 'normal guy' like one of us. He normally would not care about paying the 2 rupees extra, but on that day, he snaps... because of the heat and because of his divorce. That 'just that day' reason did not click because Madhavan sounded too preachy in all his monologues. He keeps repeating how straight-forward he is, and how corrupt everyone else around him is. I felt that the character needed more frustration inducing reasons to snap the way he did.

I am not saying this is not a great movie, because I compare it with FD alone. I feel EO eventhough is a great concept, does not make use of it totally. EO certainly does not give the "this could happen to any one of us" feel intended by the director. Inpite of that, this is a fairly good movie, but not one of the best to come out of Kollywood last year. Tamilians seem to think anything that is 'different' is also 'good'. Cannot blame them with movies like Bheema, ATM and Kaalai floating around.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Movie Review - Pirivom Sandhipom

Was this really a movie? I felt it was an affected and boring presentation of a family story that has unbelievably nice people, and the story of a lonely person doing nothing about her state... in the second half.

Have you guys watched this movie "Mitr"? It is about Shobana, settled in the Silicon valley with her busy husband, and she has a serious mid-life crisis. She feels out of place, mentally, because of the generation and cultural gap with her daughter and her neighbors in general. And guess what? She DOES something about it. She goes online and tries to make friends... She tries to confront a few people who are not doing things her way, and on the whole, at least attempts at being adventurous.

This movie has someone in a similar situation. Sneha, in a town with not too many people in it, but she is not emotionally isolated. She has a couple of friends who are pretty much in the same situation, and there is no cultural alienation also. But what does she do ? She goes into her shell... and takes everything with a smiling face (which comes easy to Sneha...). Even during the movie, there could be ever so many solutions to the problem she has... it is not like her family lives 24 away hours by air... She could gone back for a quick visit. She could have invited a few of the 'huge' family over for one of the festivals... I mean... if she could not think of anything to cure herself of her boredom, what is the use of a Master's education? Logic aside, the movie was a plain bore. Frankly, in my opinion, this is at best a short story, that could be covered in 30 minutes. Does not warrant a full length picture.

Talking about the positives, the movie had good comedy, with the characters themselves trying to be light hearted. Also, a lot of Tamil movie cliches were consciously removed. That was refreshing. For eg:, when Cheran and Sneha take the Goa trip, any other movie would have had a song in Goa of the scenic beauty and these two guys watching people race around on speed boats... This movie (maybe because of the cost too) did not have anything of that sort. My view is a bit contradictory in that, even though only the absolute 'necessary' was narrated, the movie gave the feeling that the director is trying to bore you, so that you understand what Sneha feels. Even boredom could be narrated in an interesting way... just a 2 - 3 incidents could tell what 30 minutes of narration does.

I would suggest Cheran (and the director of the movie) watch this movie called "Flavors", which had a housewife in a similar situation in New Jersey. Just one scene of her, repeatedly adjusting a pebble arrangement on her tea-poy narrated what Cheran achieved in over one hour.

PS is a nice movie, clean (something that is called 'courageous' nowadays), and has a lot of local and natural flavour to it. At times the actions and words of the people were artificial, but those are small problems, and there is no doubt this movie could be enjoyed at home with a plate of....

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Movie Review - Azhagiya Thamizh Magan

At the end of it... we know why the movie is called "Azhagiya Thamizh Magan"... The only way you could justify calling someone like Vijay.. "a handsome tamilian" is by filling the rest of the cast excluding comedians with non-Thamizh speaking people. Shreya and Vijay's father are golt I think... Geetha, mallu and the assortment of villains from the dredges of the other *woods.

ATM as it is necessarily called (people... calling it by the full name is a waste of your breath)... could be termed one more of the 'run of the mill' stuff from Kollywood. The only difference from the other 'run of the mill' movies is that this mill was closed down a few decades back.

You would seem to think that this is a new story... I mean. how often have we seen a dual role with characters interchanging? Maybe just once every-time a dual role is attempted on screen... which is probably 6 times a year. Fresh.

How often have we seen Vijay lecture to us about morals, and ofcourse friendhip? let me put it this way. If vijay were to write a book on his thoughts about friendship... in different movies... he could possibly fill a 18 inch diary.. with exactly the same sentence repeated over and over again. I think he has the memory of a goldfish when it comes to such things.

When it comes to music, I almost feel like Rahman has a poor deaf substitute whom he employs to make music for guys like Vijay and S.J Suryah. The opening song is standing proof to that... Horrible song, with Vijay doing a now very popular imitation of a handicapped guy with fits... Its amazing what passes off as dance these days.

The movie was good for the first 10 seconds when there were people talking about how good 'Guru' is... and once he makes an entrance.. it is a wasteful mixture of morals, navels and polambals... that should be safely avoided.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Movie Review - Billa

  • The first Thamizh movie to be shot entirely outside India.
  • The movie would have only been half its length if people had walked in real time rather than in slow motion.
  • Everyone in the movie.. except Santhanam wears dark glasses... every brand.. even the ones bought outside Valluvar Kottam were tried out.
  • Some really sick attempts at trying to 'characterize'.. like making Prabhu eat someting in each scene he filled... hehe.. It worked in Oceans 11.. and Brad Pitt is a few hundred pounds better than Prabhu
  • There are a few gangsters who serve no purpose other than stopping a few speeding bullets with their chest. I mean no dialogues or anything for them... Just braids and dark glasses.. and ofcourse walking around in slow motion.
  • There were just too many cheesy shots... of people grimacing and conspiring... trying to make the plot sound complicated. Hell !!! There has already been 3 movies with the same storyline !!! Can't we just take a break on the 'suspense' part?
  • Ajit looks his part... that of a aged guy with bags under his eyes... trying to pass off for a smart young gangster. 9thara tries hard to be sexy... but in the far east, I am sure you can find a few transvestites who look a lot better than her.
  • Namita is best forgotten. There are some contrived dialogue sequences with her that takes neither her nor the story anywhere but into the gutter.
  • The movie seemed like a quilt.. a patchwork of a few mandatory scenes.. from all the earlier versions.. with insipid dialogues and worse performances. Just because this quilt was knit and packaged in Malaysia does not make it any better than any other movie reviewed here.