Cine Time

There are times, when you may be sitting peacefully at home and relaxing, and some weird plans pull you out, slowly and steadily into disaster. Dont step into wild imaginations, i am talking about  usually ending up watching a totally crap movie. Around two years back, we woke up on a sunday morning, skipped breakfast and rushed to a theater to see a movie. When we reached the theater, learnt that they timings are changed and they were running a different movie. At the end we watched Sura, which was running in a different theater in the same area. Sura was a movie which i had decided not to watch it at all. Tamil people will understand the feelings better 🙂

Today was one such day. Myself & Subramani were sitting in my home with absolutely no plans for the night, other than dinner and peaceful sleep. Sudden plans, quick actions, 14KM travel and we were at Balaji theater for the night show of the movie, “Eppadi Manasukkul Vanthai”. I heard about the movie just an hour back and wondered whether that was a right decision. Director of the movie helped a lot in arriving at a conclusion very early. It was a disaster. We had spent 100Rs, around 4 hrs of the time, a good dinner and the probability of getting a headache was terribly high. Tried watching, with the hope that i would find something good somewhere. Should admit my defeat,  the director was very skillful in hiding the good things. Somehow didn’t like the heroine too 😦 So qualifies to be called a perfect disaster. Had decided not to post movie reviews in blog, but realized there could be exceptions. What was more disturbing was, trying to justify murders that the hero commits in the name of love. Abusing the mysterious word called Love, it is only in this part, the movie is like other tamil movies.

Anyway for the records, i have seen around 10 tamil movies released this year in theater so far. Impressive, considering the number of times i used to visit theater during my school and college days 🙂

Madrasapattinam

What had happened to me. Should remember 2009-2010 for the fact that it is during this time, i might have seen the maximum number of movies. Saw Madrasapattinam yesterday, a movie that i am seeing on the first day after a long time. Instigated by my friends at HP, decided to dump the CR that was creating a panic and reached the theatre 5 minutes before the movie at 6.10PM. For the third time in a row, watched the movie at Pushpanjali.

Owing to the fact that there was not much expectations for the movie, there was not much crowd in the theatre. Found the movie to be really good. Director Vijay has done a great job, supported by good acting by Arya. Highlight of the movie is the heroine, AmyJackson, who looked cute and adorable. No wonder she was awareded Miss Teen World beauty pageant. Her intro scene was applauded more than that of Arya’s, surprisingly. Her screen presence was enough to mesmerize and crystal clear expressions did justice to the role. Lip synchronization was not all that great, but owing to the fact the even heroines born and brought up in TamilNadu do it worse, it can be neglected. Good selection of costume too for her.

Just to give a hint about the story without revealing much, the movie starts with Old English woman about to die, with the desire to visit India, in search of a guy whom she had met before 60 years in Madrasapattinam (Chennai). The story moves on interwined with her search at present and her memories explaining the reason behind the search.

Vijay should have worked hard, to bring Chennai as it was 60 years before in the screen. Though he might have tasted 100% success in this arduous task, it is a commendable effort. Arya as usual does his job easily. Climax is a bit sentimental and good. Overall a simple story well told.

Coming to -ves, GV Prakash as usual was a BIG disaapointment. BGM was good at few places, but it remebled a bit tweaked 7G’s BGM and at few places it was irritating too. Few scenes resemble Titanic, which could have been avoided. First half was a lot interesting, second half fails to move at the same pace, but not a matter of concern actually. Scenes were a bit predictable. But all these can be ignored as the +ves overcome the -ves easily and at the it is a very good movie, worth watching.

After all this movie might break the myth that all the movies i see in the first day will become a flop 🙂 🙂 Think it will do that with ease.

Singam

Watched this mass masala movie from Hari, last weekend. Accompanied by Sai, Nari and Jeyahari, Singam was Sunday’s assignment. First time, i went to the theatre near my home, Pushpanjali. Pushpanjali folks used the time, applied the strategy, closed the counters and sold the tickets at 40 Rs more than the original amount, at Rs. 100. Irritating strategy when you are at the receiving end.

Anyway the movie started, trying to show Prakash Raj as a ruthless villain. Followed by hero’s introduction fight, punch dialogues, potrayal of his abilities, the love and respect village people have in him, heroine introduction love @ first sight, heroine’s attempt to grab hero’s attention, the usual masala that we have seen till the first half. Though we are tired of it, the screenplay was a bit ok, which made it interesting. In between, Villain meets hero, hero trying to stay truthful to his job, gets trouble. What follows interval is a fast paced action bound cat and mouse game between hero and villain. Vivek comes in between, as usual tries few double meaning dialogues and goes away neither making an impression nor creating irritation.

Anushka, gets a little more than what usually heroines get in tamil movies, in the sense, she does get some opportunity to speak, act, try some comedies apart from songs, where of course there is enough opportunity to be a glam doll. Songs were not upto the mark, as DSP has once again, has remixed parts of his own old songs, which gives a feeling that we have heard the song already. Should appreciate DSP’s observation that tamil people don’t pay attention to hindi songs, but trying to use infamous ARR’s celebrated “Paathsalaa” music from “Rang de basanti” as BGM for a fight sequence is idiotic.

Though it is the same masala, same story, several lines of punch dialogues at several places and useless songs, the fast screenplay makes the movie worth watching once.

VTV – Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

VTV is the third Gautam movie which i had seen in the first week. This time i saw the movie in Madurai, the renovated Jazz. To be true the theater was pretty decent and they had really turned on the air conditioner unlike few theaters where it is just printed on the ticket.

Coming to the movie, it is pretty decent effort from Gautam’s side and exactly has his touch of handling romantic scenes. As Gautam mentioned in his talks, it is the same old love story, told differently. It was a bit fresh and practical when compared to other love stories. The romantic dialogues were pretty impressive and as usual, it was more in English and Malayalam than in Tamil. Funny part, he does mention about it in the movie. So seems to be stricly for A centers. The location, the screenplay and the picturisation were great.

Simbhu should have struggled to act without punch dialogues, unnecessary fights and finger circus. So naturally it was a better performance and the role suited him too. Trisha as malayali girl was too beautiful and cute. Background voice of chinmayi too suited her nature as a calm and confused girl. Thanks to all those who had helped Trisha in looking beautiful 🙂 Costume selection was also good. Also, for a change Trisha’s face showed a lot of reactions, which was amazing. Rarely does the audience get to see Trisha acting and she has done a marvellous job in the movie.

Songs were already a hit, and i need not mention about ARR’s BGM. It did rock. Songs were great to watch. Though it is the same old love story, which Tamil cinema had repeatedly tred along few decades, the way in which it is told makes it interesting.

So what is the story ? I am not telling you anything, better know it when you see in theater. Thats the best way to enjoy the movie. Only thing, watch out for some twist at the end.

Commendable work from Gautam, would recommend seeing it once.

Unnai Pol Oruvan

Three days leave but i was here in Bangalore for a change. So one full day to be spent. The obvious choice was a movie. So decided for Unnai Pol Oruvan. As usual, headed to Balaji theater for the movie. I had not seen the hindi version “A Wednesday” that got released last year. So UPO is like a new movie, with nothing to compare to find flaws, and very little idea about what the story is. The movie turned out to be good one. It does create an impact. Few good things about the movie is fast screenplay, fabulous acting from the veterans Kamal and Mohan lal, no masala moments, not using technology as some magic, strong story borrowed from hindi version, good selection of artists. The music by shruti hassan, did not disturb the flow of movie, so i would safely quote that it was good. The film was short and ended in just 2 hours including the 15 minutes break. No unnecessary songs, no separate and idiotic comedies.

The movie has a strong message at the end. But the movie seems to be strictly for A class audience. Heavy usage of English which evoked some instant comments from some audience. One such dialogue was “Please talk in binary”,  when Kamal needs  a yes/no response. Not sure how many would understand dialogues like that. So i am not sure about the response in B and  C centers. Usually i  feel Kamal is over acting, in this case, i could not find anything like that too. So i liked the movie, it is worth watching and should be watched atleast once.

Thats it, got to get ready for office, so leaving now, do watch the movie.

Naan Kadavul

Naan Kadavul, the much waited Bala’s movie created a lot of news even before it was released and continues to do the same, three days after it got released. I did go through the reviews, and everybody seems to be enthralled by the movie. I belong to the small group which seems to have a different opinion, AFAIK.

So is the movie so bad ? No, not at all. But it failed to impress me for reasons i am not sure. Probably since cruelty and brutality was a little more than my tolerance level. Before going to the movie, i heard that the movie is all about Aghori Sadhus. I had even read the wiki about them (Preparations for the movie :)) but it turned out to be a film about the beggars and the pitiable life they lead. Bala has handpicked each and every character and has sketched athe role with full perfection and i failed to find a flaw. He also deserves an applause  for tuning Pooja and make her look exactly like that of a blind gypsy. It took minutes to realize that the girl singing in train is actually Pooja. Pooja, is exceptionally remarkable in her performance and can hope for an award.

I know i haven’t said anything about Arya. Blame Bala for that. Arya’s role is very minimal except for walking at a rapid pace like a sadhu, uttering few slokhas and two fight sequence at the end. Though Arya shines in the Aghori sadhu role, he does not get much opportunity. Wondering why it required three years during which Arya did not act in any other movie.

A lot of work has gone behind each and every scene. Bala has sculptured it a lot carefully. There are many situational comedies through out the movie but it gets overshadowed by the acts of the merciless villain. I don’t know his name but he has done a commendable job. Though it is a wonderful depiction of the cruelty mended to the poor, think it has bit too much for me, hence i could not get myself to the position of liking it.

I usually don’t mention the story. Sorry if you had come here searching for it.

Vaaranam Aayiram

I liked the movie very much, it lived up to my expectations, looks like this is the best comment that can be made. Generalization might lead to argument. The movie has created mixed response and has kept people at two extremes, one who feel the movie is too good and another section who feel the movie too sentimental and moves at snail’s pace. I was totally mesmerized by the movie and would love to see the movie once again. The story is about the life of younger version of Surya guided by his affable and responsible father, who is none other than the older version of Surya. I am not revealing the storyline more than this. Gautam Menon and Surya’s hard work needs to be applauded, as they have worked really hard and achived success in showing the transition of Surya as ages from a mischievous school student to responsible Major in Indian army. What happens in between forms the story.

Though it is Surya who occupies every frame, the three heroines have used the little opportunities and make a little impression. The highlights of the movie are the songs and the romantic scenes between Surya and Sameera. Thamari’s lyrics blended with Harris Jayaraj music and Surya’s dance add strength to the movie. Almost all Surya’s dialogue seem to begin with “Daddy” which tests your patience a bit. I am not sure about how many people will accept Surya’s family using English to converse most of the times, even in critical situation they seem to stay away from their mother tongue. We have no clue on Gautam’s  choice but it does suggest that the movie is intended for only one section of the audience. Other than the movie is great and does make an impact. It is better not to believe the reviews as there is a very high probability of you ending up liking the movie. Hope this film turns out to be a hit.

Dhaam Dhoom

Definitely did not want to turn this into a cine blog with posts only about movies, but movies seem to be the only matter of interest which is worth sharing in the uneventful life 😦 So here goes yet another post about recently released tamil movie.

Recently watched the movie “Dhaam Dhoom” along with two of my friends in theater that was almost empty except for 60 wavering heads. I was there since it was Jeeva’s last film, and his previous two films had turned me into an ardent fan of Jeeva. The film was ok,  but you may notice few lapses in logic initially, something which i would not have expected in a Jeeva film. The film is about an Indian doctor who foolishly or unfortunately gets caught in a murder case in Russia, and runs to save his life from criminals and from police. As usual our hero escapes showers of bullets with small jumps. In this film you could also see Ravi defying laws of physics, and floating in air without effort. That is ok, Tamil Cinema never respected Newton’s gravity.  Songs are the best part of the movie, and Jeeva’s dexterity is visible in the locations selected for the songs. Kangana is good, Lakshmi Rai is better.  A bit of suspense is maintained but it should not be difficult to guess the villain. Though it did not satisfy my expectations, it is good and can be watched once.

Dasavatharam

If you are searching for story of the movie, this may not be the right place for you. I am not going to take away the suspense of what actually happens in the movie. The film was released with a lot of speculation about how the ten kamal characters will be related and on what the 140 Million has been spent on ? The movie was neat and clean. Kamal Hassan has done the ten roles with perfection and shows that “Ulaganayagan” is in fact a title well suited to him.

After watching the first half i thought the movie belonged to the hollywood action film genre, since the first half was filled with ruthless killings and breathtaking car chases and some geeky stuffs and jargon which would be difficult to pickup for a normal guy. After that the film moves on with beautiful screenplay taking care of the weak story and you don’t feel bored during the whole 3 hours.

Each and every important character that you see in movie is only Kamal. It was difficult the ten characters played by him at the end of the movie. Kamal in villain role needs to be applauded and it happens to be my favourite. Some characters were not necessary but probably added to exceed the count of nine characters already done by veteran sivaji.

Asin comes along with the hero for almost the full length of the movie but fails to impress but irritates with her repetitive dialogues. Mallika, as usual included for a skin show, but looks like most of the scenes were eaten by the censor board 🙂 Other characters, not much to mention.

There are too many ways to interpret what kamal has tried to tell in the climax. Anyway watch the movie and decide it by yourself. Incase you have problems, refer to this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaos_theory. We had a discussion among us for 90 minutes after reading the page and what kamal has tried to say in the movie. But do read it only after the movie, not before that.

To end, Dasavatharam is a great work by Kamal and is a movie worth spending money and time. Looks like a trend setter for tamil cinema, that is recovering slowly from the love for masala movies.

Santhosh Subrmaniam

Saw the movie santhosh subrmaniam last week which turned out to be a good one. Fast paced and filled with comedy, it was a good entertainer. For those who have seen the telugu version “Bommarillu” may find it to be  an exact copy of it. Since i had not seen the telugu movie, i could not find any issues. But comparing the pictures of both the films i could see that there is not even a slight difference in the costume of telugu and tamil version. Genelia had done the role of an innocent girl with ease and impresses all the way. No wonder she is offered the role in Hindi also. She looks beautiful, gorgeous, lovely and add all other adjectives that describe beauty. As for Remake Ravi, he seems to have a liking for remakes. As usual he has danced well but in this movie his dance steps seem to be different and attractive. For Prakash Raj, it is a cake walk and he fits into the role of the caring father easily. Kousalya, cricketer Ramesh’s appearance go without notice.  Comedy track is too good with special appreciation to Baskar who comes as the college professor in few  scenes. Yet another remake that could turn out to be a hit for Ravi.