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This is Not a Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya Review

March 8, 2010 13 comments

Because there are no recommendations for the movie or 5 star ratings in this post. Not even verdicts or good and bad aspects of the film. It is just my view and my rant of astonishment towards how close can a person bring a movie to the heart of the viewer.

Initially my expectations for the movie were pretty low. I thought i’ll go clap when A.R.Rahman’s name is being rolled in the credits, Drool at Trisha, comment of Simbhu’s overacting and overperforming dance steps and see a highly sophisticated english speaking love story. I was very wrong. I thought the movie was only for high heel wearing,  barista going, dog loving, peter-english speaking girls who say ‘Wow’ and ‘Cute’ more than 20 times a day and their i-drink-only-foreign-sarakku boyfriends. I was wrong again.

The movie is not about Trisha, Simbhu, the funny cameraman or even Gautham Menon for that matter. Its bigger than that. The depth of the movie as a whole overshadows every other aspect of it.  One thing evident from the movie is that no mortal can imagine such a script. He need to have been there done that.

I am not going to do the mistake of talking about the songs. It’s the most popular thing next to Nithyanandha at present. But the picturisation of the first three songs looked all the same to me. Same steps different locations. No blame to the director as doing anything other than that will spoil the theme of the movie.

Some dialogues in the movie makes you wonder about the romance level of the people who wrote them. Especially

Jesse: Naan unakku avlo azhaga therinjena?

Karthik: Adhellam ippo solla mudiyathu, modhal padam varum, adhula paathu therinjiko.

and

Jesse: Un kan vazhiya avunga yaarum enna paakala polirukku.

Some scenes like the one when Simbhu tells his love to Trisha in the road and the camera starts circling her were too good on screen. One thing which is evident from the movie is that Gautham has a clear cut idea about the choices every girl has in front of her and ultimately what most of them choose in the end. But if you make a movie about the mistake a girl made and show it to the world, it is like stabbing her a thousand times in the heart. I agree with Kalai now . Mechanical Engineers are high romance people !

Initially i was pissed off about the title of the being just another title suttufied from a song line. But thinking of it now, there can NOT be any other title which suits the movie well. Fuckin A.

Finally some of the things which my friends told after seeing the movie

Kanna: Cha. Intha padatha paakamaye irunthirukkalaam polirukku.

Kalai: Machi, friendunga kooda llam padathukku pogatha. Comment adichi uyira eduppanunga. Thaniya poi padatha paaru.

And one of my colleagues in office asked me “Padam, Love failure aanavungalukkum, Love panranavangalukkum thaan pudikkumaame ? Apdiya ?” . Well are there any other kind of people in this world ?

Poli – [Insert some highly clichéd line here as tagline]

January 31, 2010 2 comments

Disclaimer: The characters in this post are all brain childs of the author and they bearing any similarity to real life characters maybe a an intentional coincidence. The post in mostly in tamil, so konjam konjam tamil therinjavangelukkellam konjan kashtam.

Poli actually may mean either fake or the sweet which looks like adai and is sold in Venkateswara Poli stalls across chennai . Title of the blog post in itself is a sledai . Note this word , it comes in the post again .

The story revolves around three people in all. The Hero , The Director and The Producer . Some other characters may come and go in the middle . But , not important .

Scene 1 : Producer’s House . 6:15 pm . Date not revealed.

Producer: Empa hero unakkagave oru script ready panni , nee thaan nadikkanumnu naaya peya alanjikittu irukkan namma directoru.

Hero: Enna vechu padam edukkara alavukku nambikkaya?  yaar sir adhu ?

Producer: Athaan pa , avan modhal rendu padatha unnavechu thunichala eduthaane .

Hero: Ohhh . Sir a .

[Director entering hurriedly]

Producer: Vaayya , directoru. Unga hero vandhirukkan , un scripta konjam sollu .

Director: Hero Saarr . Kadhaya mattum kelunga . Ungalo oho nnu uyartha pora padam sir ithu .

[Director narrating script to hero]

Hero: Hmmm kadha nalla thaan irukku . Padhala costume department yaara poda poreenga ?

Director: Athellam ivlo seekaram epdi saar mudivu panrathu ?

Hero: Yaara pottalum seri . Intha costly cooling class oru 7-8 vaangi vekka sollunga . Pona padathula use panna meethiye irukkum. Athayum sethu use pannikkalaam .

Director: Okay saar.

Hero: Apparam coat suit ellam pottu kurukka murukka nadandhu vandhu maadila irunthu paakara maari oru 4-5 scene vechuppom . Enakkaga illa , audiencekku pudikkum ya athaan solren .

Producer: [Vaaikullaye] “ Yen da solla maatta , kaasu podrathu naanilaa ” . Okay Okay . Neenga sonna seriyaathan irukkum .

Hero: Apparam producer sir , neenga padathula nadikkalaya ? Naan unga kooda kadaisiya nadicha padathula ungalukku semma per vaangi kuduthenla ?

Producer : Aamam Aamam . Atha yaaruppa marukka mudiyum. Athaan youtube, facebook ellam en manatha vangitaye . Naanu , next padam nadikkaren pa unkooda . Ithu venaam .

Hero: Mmmm , Seri . Enakkenna . Mukkiyamaana Vishayam . Padathoda peru enna vekkarthu ?

Director: Sir , intha kadha 5 varushathukku munnadi naane sondhama ezhudhinathu . Original Script sir . So adhukke……

Hero: Stop Stop Stop . Enna sonnenga ? Original Script . Hmmm ‘Original Sin’ maari semmaya irukke peru , athaye vechiduvom .

Producer: Oh besha vekkalaame . Apparam Englishla per vechadhukku extra kaasu ungappana tharuvaan. Vattikellam Kadan vaangi edukkara padam da . Sothappidatheenga .

Hero : Vatti . Vari . Kishthi . Intha maari en vekkka koodathu .

[Director now says the magical film title]

Hero: Wow . Semma Title sir . ‘Original’ layum , Kadan Vaanginathayum sethu oru Sledai ya title vechirukkenga sir . Super .

Director: Directa title a vechida mudiyaathu . Enakku therinja ‘Vathikuchi Varadhachalam’ nnu oru Josiyar irukkaru . Avarkitta intha title okayvannu kekkanum.

Scene 2 : Vathikuchi Varadhachalam’s Ashram. 10: 25 am .

Match Stick: Ennayya pudhu padama ?

Director: Aamanga aiyya . Intha peru okayva paarunga .

Match Stick: Hmmm intha perla pizhay irukku . Sani Seventh Veetla Saplam kaal pottuttu Sitting . So title a konjam thookkala veinga.

Director : Thookalanna ?

Match Stick: Modhal Ezhuthu Nedillll . Azhuthaam .

Director : Yov . Tamizhla arthame maari poidumya . Oruthanukkum puriyave puriyaathu .

Match Stick : Arivilla unakku , Arivilla . Solratha muzhusa kelu . Englishla nedil aakidunga . Tamilla appadiye vechikkalam . Jenangalukkum conpessan varathu .

Director: Adadada. Dei hero , paathiya nammaala . Peru maathanadhunaala paaru . Mavane padam pichikittu oda poguthu .

Scene 3 : Hero’s house . Time not important .

[Apparently shooting and all is over . Some trouble with the release date]

Producer: Padam release aaguma aagatha . Ore kelvi .

Director : Saar , adha enna avlo easy a kettuteenga . Date mudivu panrathu evlo kashtam theriyumla .

Producer : Yov , paatellam release panniyachu ya , padatha seekaram vitta thaane .

Director: Aamam paatu periya paattu . Ooru kaari thuppudhu.

Hero: Neellam directora da . Neeye padatha pathi thappu thappa pesura.

Director: Varra vaaram panlaamnu paatha Rendu Periya Comedy padam release aaguthu , namma panna potta kaasa kooda edukka mudiyathu .

Producer: Ayyayyo venave venam .

Director: Seri rendu vaaram kazhichu panlaamna , saniyan ennoda periya director oruthan romance padamllam eduthu udraan .

Producer: Ayyayo ponnunga kootamellam anga thaan pogum . Patellam vera nalla irukku. Namma pada paatta kelu . Karumam. Yaarya andha music director a recommend pannathu . Cha . Seri Athuvum venaam .

Hero: Idea ! Naama yen renduthukku naduvula release panna koodathu . Oru vaaramavathu light a vasool varumla .

Director: Apparam namma pambi pambi release panromnu intha oor nammala kaari thuppadhu ?

Hero : Athuva mukkiyam . Release panrom . Panniye aagarom.

And thus the trio decided a date and had big plans of box office opening and all. Lesser they know what was going to happen to the movie after release . Well see that part of the conversation later .

Kandasamy – My Review

August 22, 2009 23 comments

Saw Kandasamy Yest Evening show at Albert Theatre . The show started only at 7.30 . I liked the movie overall, but none of my friends liked it . Vikram’s officer-look in the movie is definitely a great plus for the movie . Susi Ganesan has tried a ‘Shankar’ though i should say . Camera Work in the Movie is Extraordinary . Better than most Hollywood movies i’ve seen recently . I’ve always thought that the only thing which differentiates Tamil Movies from Hollywood is that our  directors are bound to take films with a standard template format .  Love Sequences , Songs , Item numbers . If you cut off all unwanted songs and masala sequences from Kandasamy, i am sure it’ll be a top class movie .

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Vikram . His mannerisms, walk, Voice  every thing is a plus. Shriya’s Skin Show, Suchi’s voice didn’t match well at all . She has modified her walk and look . But could have been better.
Camera . Some shots in the boat club were a real treat to eyes . Special Effects . They have worked too much on effects . Songs looked like Advertisements .
Art by Thottatharani . Sets were great . ‘Meow Meow’ song setup was fantastic . BGM was a bit off track . Devi Sri Prasad must have paid a little more attention to BGM .
Vadivelu’s Comedy was as usual historic . Laughed our ass out at the theatre . Prabhu must have been put to a better use.
Screen Play was very fast and energetic. Fight sequences even though good, were a bit lengthy .
Mexico part was very well filmed
Director had tried to tie every possible loose ends in the movie . Explain every single detail which most superhero movies won’t bother to explain

Everyone say it is a mixture of many movies . If you count Prabhu as Police and the hero running around in Expensive Armani Suits and wearing everybrand of Sunglasses present in the market and driving a dozen cars each of different ‘business-quizzer-know-how’ brand, it does look like Billa . If you see it as lots of people working together as a clandestine team for a cause it does look like Ramana . Else if you see it as Hero battling out black money , it maybe like Sivaji The Boss.  No , i didnt count ‘Yaavarum Nalam’ as Vikram comes out with a hammer and all . Don’t be ridiculous . Whatever it may, Kandasamy is a whole new movie with a class of its own . Worth seeing atleast once. I would give it 3 and half stars .

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Vikram . His mannerisms, walk, Voice ; every thing is a plus.

Shriya’s Skin Show, Suchi’s voice didn’t match well at all . She has modified her walk and look . But could have been better.

Camera . Some shots in the boat club were a real treat to eyes .

Special Effects . They have worked too much on effects . Songs looked like Advertisements .

Art by Thottatharani . Sets were great . ‘Meow Meow’ song setup was fantastic .

BGM was a bit off track . Devi Sri Prasad must have paid a little more attention to BGM .

Vadivelu’s Comedy was as usual historic . Laughed our ass out at the theatre .

Prabhu must have been put to a better use.

Screen Play was very fast and energetic.

Fight sequences even though good, were a bit lengthy .

Mexico part was very well filmed

Director had tried to tie every possible loose ends

In the movie . Explain every single detail which most superhero movies won’t bother to explain

Top 10 Kollywood Technology Breakthroughs

August 9, 2009 28 comments

Everybody loves Technology . And with the invent of new technologies, life tends to become a bit more easier . But there’s always a strong between Kollywood and Tech Breakthroughs . I’ve seen many Technologies ‘unveiled’ in Tamil Movies . In these lines , well see the Top 10 Tech Breakthroughs of Kollywood .

10. The Point Blank Sniper-Modhi Vilayadu

Modhi Vilayadu is a Comedy Circus . So lets concentrate only on our part . A trained Assassin from HongKong is hired to kill Vinay . And guess what , he rides along in a van adjacent to Vinay’s car in a attempt kill scene . He sports the usual full black dress with a gulla-face mask . The gun he uses is a high tech Sniper rifle which pans and zooms at the target automatically .  Eventhough the target is a punch away from the barrel , it focuses exactly and the assassin any how misses the shot . Point Blank Sniper is at Number 10.

9. Finger Pistol – Newtonin Moonram Vidhi

This is NOT a kollywood breakthrough actually , it was invented by the Director of the Mega Hit Holly movie ‘Shoot ’em Up’ . Ya , the one with Monica Bellucci 😛 . In NMV , S.J. Surya has a set of bullets but unfortunately couldn’t find a gun . So he keeps each bullet in the gap between his fingers and keeps his hand in fire . The bullets fire like party pops and kills the Villain . Seems Surya don’t need guns after all .

8. The Auto Corrupt Pen Drive – Billa 2007

Ajith gives a Pen Drive to Rahman at the Climax scene . At first he checks it and it ‘Works’ fine . ‘works’ here means there is a extremely complex User Interface design on the Pen Drive which on Plugging autoruns and shows the List of Names of All Felons associated with him . Such a thoughtful backup by ‘Jegadish’ . And the fun part is that after some time the PC screen starts shaking and a error message is shown saying ‘File Corrupted’ in Big Red Capital Letters . Apple, are you listening ?

7. Video Background Analyzer – Narasimha

The Terrorists send a video to the Police which is shot from a Desert Location . But it is actually not . The T forces shoot the video in a Snowy place and apply their CG expertise in it to change the BG . Vijaykanth on seeing the video , finds out that the BG has been tampered and hits ‘Enter’ on the Keyboard . Kaboom. The original snowy bg shows up and they zero in the Terrorists hiding place . Highly Advanced Material .

6. The Parachute Coat – Villu

Before going to the Parachute Coat, this whole sequence from Villu is Futuretastic. The Laser Room copied from Resident Evil, the biometric , voice and retina testing machine which projects the message ‘Voice code accepted’ in mid air and the Pocket Knife which cuts through Industry Grade Aluminum like Processed Cheese , the list goes on . Anyway, when Vijay jumps from the Plane , he doesn’t seem to wear a Parachute. But when he tears open his Coat, a fully functional Parachute kicks out and he flies and lands in Nayanthara’s lap . Ya , HE WAS WEARING THE CHUTE THE WHOLE TIME ! .

5.  Do-it-Yourself Phone Explosives – Madura

The Villain owns a Mobile Network . So what ? He plants explosives in SIM cards . Soon most of the phones in the city have this Remote Controllable Any Time Activation Explosive in them . When Villain threatens to detonate it by Calling A NUMBER , Vijay destroys a nearby telephone tower and thus saving millions of lives . The city is safe , Thanks to Powerpuff Vijay .

4. Bullet Proof Archana Plates – Sabari

This Video is probably the most watched Video in YouTube . Vijaykanth has a archana plate under his shirt. The Bad Guy takes out a .38 and takes a clean shot at Captain’s Chest area. The bullet cruises towards him , hits the plate takes an inverse swinging parabolic path and hits back the bad guy clean an square . NYPD R&D guys have watched the video zillion times , reports say .

3. Pyro Tactics – Sanda

Nadiya and her Daughter arrive in a car . Our hero Sundar C takes a Knife and throws it with deadly precision towards the Fuel tank of the car . The knife clean shaves the Tank cover along with the lid . Then he ignites his cigarette using his BARE HANDS , how cool is it . Then throws the Cig with the same accuracy , it gets into the tank and blows off the damn car . Sundar C scores a 3 pointer .

2. Powerpoint v.135.9 – Sivaji The Boss

Rajini somehow has a ppt which shows the list of bogus assets of people . And as the slideshow progresses , the ppt pulls info from complex servers across the country and finally shows what ? THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF BLACKMONEY IN INDIA . Tax Officials , don’t you worry . The file will be mailed to you soon .

1. Age Miracle – Singaravelan .

This is probably why i thought of writing this post itself.  In Singaravelan , Kamal has a photo of Khusboo shot at the Age of 5 . He wants to know how she looks like after 18 years . So they go to a place called ‘ Computer Point’. The gentle man there scans the photo and does some Coding which makes it possible to create a image of her as she grows year by year . Wait up , after reaching a ‘considerable’ age they decide to cloth her up . And we see the lovely Khusboo dancing around wearing a pink dress in AVM sets filled with dry ice smoke. This by far is the most advanced piece of engineering i’ve ever come across in Kollywood .

I may have left out certain other far more advanced feats . Just let me know . Hail Kollywood .