Thursday, August 22, 2019

Nerkonda parvai - review

I knew I had seen Pink. I vaguely remembered posting about it as well and found the link too. I had wished for Rajini to pick up Amithabh’s role, if at all the movie was remade in tamil. With Nerkonda parvai being the official remake of the hindi movie and Ajith donning the role of the Big B, more or less the wish got fulfilled. Not sure, if Rajini, at this age, could’ve brought in the strength of masculinity much needed for this role and for the movie, context wise. Story wise it is a scene to scene adaptation from the hindi movie. May be that is the reason, why it gives a “non-tamil” movie watching experience. And the concept of mapping every single character with the hindi version, doesn’t help either. Somehow, what felt as very natural and real in Pink, feels alien in NKP, from characterization perspective. Maybe, the false notion that cities down south are much safer as compared to widely publicized and debated atrocities on women, up North, could be a reason. Shradha is a like for like match for Tapsee, right from eye brows, hair style and even to wearing same kind of sweatshirts. Avlo nyabgam ilanalum, everything about Shradha reminds of Tapsee is the point I wanted to convey. So good was she on the original and very natural. Shradha does a decent job as well, but felt more like her trying to mimic Tapsee. Pakkathulaye DVD vachitu scenes shoot panna effect. Ajith being Ajith, gets to have a full length action block that runs for almost 15 minutes. Avengers End game climax was just twice this run time is a side note. Intha padathuku ipidi oru stunt konjam relief kaga nu paathalum, felt like an overkill, as if tried to combine a couple of action blocks into one. Kedacha gap la use pannikarathu. Was hoping he doesn’t make a ham out of this bacon, ala Citizen movie courtroom scene. But Ajith has adakki vasichified and his undeniable onscreen charisma and aura of being the manliest man adds weight to the role.
As I had mentioned in the previous post as well, my take on this story and situation would be more of that male inspector, who first advices the girl to avoid such guys in first place and have a regulatory control over their timings and activities. Only difference from the inspector’s stand and mine would be that, I would insist the same irrespective of whether it is a guy or girl. Drinking is a social EVIL. Be it for guy or girl. It is an intoxicant, for god’s sake, meant to numb the regular senses and make one delusional. How the hell people expect themselves to have control over their own selves, after indulging in drinking is beyond me!! Why create a situation, which is fraught with possibilities of disaster in the first place? Many of my friends are “social drinkers” and claim that to gel with the crowd (truth being peer pressure) they occasionally drink at parties and they know their limits. I can even tolerate those who have bar setup at home and lie unconscious on the footsteps of tasmac shops than these folks. As a society, we’ve gone from bad to worse and are heading towards extinction of whatever that is left of morals. A truly Nerkonda parvai would be, that of a society which looks down on drunkards, be it social or whatever, make them feel ashamed to proudly declare their love for drinking to the extent that it has become an undeniable place in the movies. One which shuns the concept of discotheque coupled with pubs, where you need actually bouncers to manage those going out of control. Why the hell would they open such hell holes on highways and have valet parking, when they know for sure, majority of those who come out would be ineligible for safe driving!!! In the name of being progressive and “chilling”, we’ve created every potentially harmful environment and still expect people to “behave”. As much as I agree with no second thoughts that, despite all this, it is still a disgusting thought process that, girls, who try to ape guys by following these silly activities, are considered as “easy” by guys. A “no” is always meant what it is intended to mean and there can be “no” two ways about it. But I wouldn’t give two hoots about those people, be it guys or girls, who try to “break free the shackles” of society and still crib around after burning their fingers.
Gils verdict - Interestingly, no one has marked the obvious and glaring differences in the theme between this movie and “Youth” – a Vijay starrer that came a decade and half back. In that movie, the hero proposes his love to the lady on the day of her engagement and his reasons would be because, she kissed him first, introduced him to her parents and friends as a special friend and came out on rides with him!!! These were the exact reasons he quotes, which made him think he was in love with her and vice versa. He even taunts her saying that is how any guy would think. Since he was the “hero” at a time when soft natured guy characters where ruling the roost, the situation was handled a bit differently. Had it been made now, god knows what other crap we would’ve got to hear and see. Hope the message doesn’t get registered as solrathu Ajith naala “No means No”. To me, it should be “No means No” for every aspect that lead to that situations for the girls including the situation. No for drinking, no for having pubs open at ungodly hours, no for having parking spots for them when everything that leads from there is ripe for accident, no for having rave parties, chillar/chillax parties involving drugs. If this is nava naagareegam, naasama pogatum. Thappillai.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Friendship day

It is a proven sign of ageing that, you no longer feel the need to share any funky forwards on special days and neither does people in your circuit. But for those aarva kolaar’s, who still share the mandatory forward to groups, a message that would’ve been shared across the planet a couple of more times, when hardly any one bothers to take the trouble, it is evident that the circle of acquaintances have aged as well. Beyond everything, when you don’t even bother to download and read those messages, but simply delete or ignore them, you’ve attained the state of “forwards” nirvana. I’ve always been a borderline case when it comes to groups. Somehow, I would never be fully in nor fully out. Never had someone for whom I can be counted as 3 AM friend. And those who really know me, will never call me at that time. An Egyptian mummy, getting resurrected, has a better chance of picking the call!!! So the following conversation actually came as a surprise, when it did happen around the time mentioned.
Unable to fall asleep, I was reading a novel on my phone.
“Ennapa pannitruka”
Was taken aback to hear Junior’s voice.
“Nee ennapa pannitruka..go to sleep. Night aaiduchu paaru..kaathala school poganum”
“Nanum phona paakren”
“Ungamma paatha rendu periyum kondruva..naanum paakla..let’s sleep”
I switched off the phone and he cuddled close to me.
“Neeyum naanum friends”
“Friends!! Yaar sonna intha word”
“School la pa”
He was already half asleep and just hugged me and slept.
I slept too, with a smile on my face J

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Lion king - movie review

Junior’s first theater outing. Was in two minds, where to shore out, if in case all those noise and darkness unnerve him. That too his very first movie being a 3D one was making me all the more skeptical. Needless to say, he took to it like a duck to water. Right from the time, the giraffes and zebras and other animals started making their appearance one after another, he was super excited and was calling out each of them, with the loudest cheer reserved for rhinos!! By the time the Monkey lifted Simba and announced the cub to the pride land folks, Junior was well and truly into it. Beyond a while, the 3D effect was nauseating for us and I never used those glasses. He was asking for a bit as to what was happening on screen as we had gone for an English version. Pretty sure he would’ve posed as many queries had it been in tamil as well. Especially near to the climax, he was getting scared witnessing the fights between Hyenas and the lions and turned his head away. Otherwise, he sat through the whole 2 hours and enjoyed every minute of it. All credit to wifey for pushing through for last 3 weeks to get the tickets booked. Apprehensions apart, she was keen to introduce him to theater watching experience. And considering that he did enjoy it, probably would try some more down the line as well. Idhellam naangalay pazhakki vitutu, naaliki padam paaka, avanay theater pona thitta vendiyathu. Typical parents!! Oops. Mindvoice nenachu sathama pesiten.

As a movie, even as animation, Lion king was never my favorite. Had a hard time to get over Mufasa’s demise. Story wise, it is typically Manmohan Desai territory and gels well with Bolly-Kollywood script strategies. But somehow, felt the movie was rushed in its ending as compared to the animation version. Not sure if it was a frame to frame remake, but thought the other version had a more complete storyline. Unlike this one, where in the grown up Simba, speaks to the monkey for 2 seconds and off he goes to attack scar!! Due credit to be given to those in charge of the visual effects. Even if a real lion had enacted its role, wouldn’t have been so authentic!!! Especially the dung beetle sequence, which comes for like 1 minute in the whole movie. Amazing level of sincerity and dedication with which they’ve churned out the effects. And voice overs are top notch. James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, as Mufasa – guess no other language translators can match up to the might of his voice and for this reason alone, the English version would stand heads and shoulders above every other thing. “In the jungle, lion goes to sleep tonight” song was introduced to me by Marcel the monkey, from FRIENDS. I loved the song so much that for long it was on my playlist. “Circle of Life” is another favorite from the movie but “Hakuna matata” is forever the top one. Be it on Hindi or English, it has always remained a fan favorite one for many.

Gils verdict – I could see lot of kids, juniors age and above, laugh at all the jokes and fun moments in the movie and even clapped when the Simba junior makes an appearance. To me, those playful moments between Mufasa and Simba resonate a lot more. It was too real even as a cartoon and even more realistic in its present form. While coming back from the movie, wifey was mentioning about how costly the tea is at the chai king franchise. Junior immediately stepped in to correct – “Ma..its Lion king and not chai king”.

Circle of life it is J

Monday, August 05, 2019

Fringe - What a drama!!!

I am almost done with season 3 and the fringe drama series has been all the more impressive, to say the least, across these 3 seasons. What initially started as some mad scientist, letting loose, his weird experiments on unassuming public has turned into an emotional drama of father son bonding, taking the central role, alongside the weird(fringe) events. It is amazing, how time and again, the script writers of the US drama series, work out such amazingly interesting stuff. Obviously they are having the cushion of a movie budget for every episode. But still, when one looks at the end result, it is definitely worth the buck spent. Pretty sure, they would’ve had lot more storylines thought out per episode and credit goes to the editors as well, for retaining the most interesting parts and leaving out the rest. Considering the story lines gets worked out only for 6 months an year and at times stretches over several years, it is no less an ask to ensure the sanity of the storyline and make sure all the dots are connected. Especially for thriller series like Fringe, where the initial eyeball catch bait situations, are required to be well established and linked back to the main storyline, well into the middle of seasons down the line. Having a sci-fi thriller that keeps the viewers engaged, ensuring that they don’t get over awed by the content at the same time, it is not too dumbed down, itself is a herculean task. Fitting in it deep emotional situations involving father-son bonding and love triangle between one couple, whether the 3rd person is none other than the same person from a parallel universe, is all the more fantastic. Kudos to the writers for conceiving such amazing storylines and that they’ve been well enacted too, is an understatement. My initial impression about the hero character was totally wrong. For all the sidelining in season 1, it got setup nicely on subsequent seasons and his role has grown so much into prominence that, makes all the more sense, why this character was given so much build up at the beginning.

Specifically around the dad-son bonding part, it shows the power of love and the extent to which a dad will go to save his son, even if he is on a different universe. The concept of the mad scientist, making a device to cross over onto a parallel universe, that too, to the exact spot where his alter ego and alter family resides and take the son from other universe and making it back to his own, is nothing short of kaadhula poo. If you can skip around the logic part, it is the reason that sets this sequence apart and forms the soul of the entire series itself. All those changes to the timelines that happen because of this act by the mad scientist, its implications on the other world, the revenge acts by them and the defense by the people on the prime world, all makes up for a fantastic set up to a grand finish, till now. Makes one really wonder will we ever see such attempts, even on a minor scale, ever be attempted in Indian setup. With web series, opening up lot of avenues for people to compromise less on their content, possibly, sometime down the line, we may have our own versions of such novel plots as well. The series comprises of 100 episodes and I’ve done watching about 50 of them. My personal favorite of the lot being, cross over swap, of the heroine character across the universes, how both of them end up loving the same person on the prime universe and the complications that arise out of it. Even though the hero was in love with the heroine, even though she is the same person, she is from another universe and the scene where the lady explains the difference was awesome. And the other aspect being the dad-son setup. Quite heartwarming.

Not quite sure, whether I would like the ending. But till now, the series has been top notch and is right up there on my favorites.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Shootout @ sholinganallur

“Gilsbert please be at office by 9 AM tomorrow. We’ve a shooting tomorrow”
“Why midnight shoot boss? Any horror movie in making?”
Oppicer gave him the look HDK reserves for Yeddy.

Next day at oppice.
Gilsbert reports sharp at 10.30AM.

“Dei..unna eppo vara sonnen..”
“boss..naan sindubad mathiri 7 kadal ettu malai thaandi comings. Ithaan ennoda earliest possible entry”
“Side character role kay ivlo latea variye..unnalaam herova poatta ..velangidum. Script anupinene padichia”
“Yes boss”
“Enga sollu”
“Idhelaam naan sollavay illiye..”
“Konjam mane thene naane add pannikiten boss”
“Ivlo lengthyalaam venaa..konjam kami pannu”
“Innum konjam reduce pannu”
“still lengthy”
“Naan innum sollavay aarambikalaiye..”
“Avlo podhum..michatha voice overla paathukalam.. ready shoot”
“Hallo..hallo..wait..intha touchup lam iliya”
“Atleast oru apple juice”
“Canteenla kaasu kuduthu vaangikka…anga poitu apdiye antha cubiclela kai vachitu nillu..dei..camerava paathu nilluda”
“boss..naan camera paathu thaan nikkaren..mela paarunga”
“moodevi..adhu security camera..intha pakkama paaru”
“ok boss.”
“Naan ready sonnathum..dialogue sollanum..ok”
“Done boss”
“Blah.blah.blah..blah…ok va boss”
“adeii…nan stop solrathukulla yaar mudika sonna..once more”
“bl..hmm..enna sonennu maranthu poachay”
“dei..oray oru line thana kuduthen..intha padichi tholai..”
“Ready boss”
“Edhuku ivlo vegama solra..medhuva pesu..” The charade went on for a zillion plus takes and finally the battery ran out.
“Gilsbert..inimay no dialogue for you..only action. Anga poitu access card swipe panni door open pannitu camera paaru.. avlo thaan scene”
Gilsbert goes to the door and swipes his Access card. Door doesn’t open.
“Access lock aaiduchu boss”
“vera yaar cardaiyachum vaangi open pannu..”
“adhu violation aachay boss”
“adei…video ku pose kudukathanada solren..usira vaangatha po”
By the time Gilsbert opens the door, someone from other side opens it.
Oppicer is seen going beet root in color like Tom and faints.
“Adapavingala…ungala shooting eduka poitu oppiceruku BP shoot up aaidchu…Oru RFP ku shoot panna vanthavara RIP aakiteengalayda”

Gilsbert escapes from that place silently.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Kolai Kolaiya munthirikka -3

part 1
part 2

Time: 2 AM
Venue: Vasantham apartments

"Moodhevi mundame..engada poi tholanja...ethana neram ipdi setha mathirye nadikarathu..nejamavay moochu vitrum polaruku"
"Kochikatheenga boss..antha rendu loosunga panra kootha paathu semma thamashaa irunthuchu..aama Police edhuku thideernu vanthanga"
"mmm...Naan thaan koopten..oru thrilla irukatumay nu"
" aama neenga edhuku setha maathiri nadicheenga"
"Unakku ellathiyum pathu thadava sollanuma..athaan appove sonnenla"
"Saria puriala boss..thirumba sollunga"
"Inniki enna naal.."
"vellikezhama...ummm...ipo night 2 mani aaguthu..appo sanikezhama sollanuma"
"romba mukkiyam..apdiye kabali kovil saneeswarar sannidhala poi velakku poatutu vaa..moodhevi..inniki thaan antha rascal Manickam deadline vachirukaan..avan sharea pirichi kudukka..plan padi..naan setha mathiri nadichi..avan inga varapo avana sika vachi policela maati udlaamnu plan pannirunthen...setha mathiri nadikka practice panitrunthapo engentho vantha intha rendu moodhevinga plan ellathiyum sothapidithunga"
"Appo policeku phone pannathum practicekagava boss?"
"Ellam oru checkup kaga record aagum. Naaliki investigation nadakarapo case inum strong aagum...mun virotham adhu idhunu mothama antha payala ulla thallidalam"
"Ellam ok..neenga thaan uyiroda irupeengalay..apo epdi ithelam possible?"
"Epdiyum post mortem panna bodya eduthukitu porachay..police ku dimikki kuduthutu escape aadilaamnu thaan...epdi en idea"
"Pramaadham boss...aana neenga uyiroda irukarathu velila terinja, antha Manickam payala police vitutu, ungala pudichi ulla potruvangalay"
"Adhukelaam ready panniyaachu"
"Super boss..appo enniki enga epdi saaga poreenganu munnadiye solidunga..sonthakaranga yarukelam solanum..sadangu sambradhayamnu enakku egapatta velai iruku..advancea oru amount kudunga"
"Adai..naan saagara mathri nadika thana poren..adhuku edhukuda sadangu sambrathayam"
"Ellariyum namba vaikanumla"
"ohh..apdi onnu iruko..hmmm..yosikaren"
"boss oru doutbtu"
"Ennada..saagara nerathula oru doubtu?"
"Police Manickatha arrest panna..athenna section..vasanth and co 302"
"Moodevi..adhu Vasanth and co ..chellamani and co laam IPC 302"
"aaannh...athaan..adhula arrest panni thookula potruvangala"
"Avan usarathuku avana thookula enna..andaaa laye podalam...ekkedu ketta unakenna...usira vaangatha..saagara nerathula"
"aamam boss..avan nethi kooda emmaam kazhuthu varaikum poguthu"
"adai..athuku peru vazhukkai da.."
"ooohhh...naan athuanala thaan four head nu solraangalo nenachen.."
"All worlds, four head irukara oray aal, brahma thaan..anegama unna padachaprum..thalaikku oru sevuthula muttitu irupaar nenakren"
"Ok boss..ipo adutha kata nadavadikkai enna"
"Naan ingayae iruken..nee namma guest house poitu..anga en bedroomla intha suitcase badhrama vachitu vaa"
"Edhu..namma mylapore guest housea"
"intha sai baba kovilaanda irukkay"
"adhey thaan"
"address sollunga..vazhi teriathu"
"Moodevi..ennamo veetaiyae kattinavan mathiri pesina...nera poitu rightu..Green trends saloon otinaapola pora theru"
"Green trends na..vettina pola nu thaana sollanum...otina polangara...sutha waste ba nee"
"Romba mukkiyam..moodevi..sonnatha sei.."
"Seri..antha suitcase konjam erakki kudu..ivlo usaramaana bureau mela vacha..epdi edukaratham"
"Unakku evan Albert nu per vachaan...un usarathuku baby albert nu thaan sollanum...intha..potti badhram"

Meanwhile Ram and Anil searching for bag to carry the corpse....
"Kaalaiyil thinamum kan vizhithaal" sang Ram's phone.
"Dei Ram..paatu kekara neramada off panra mudhalla..inniki yaar kannula kaalila muzhicheno..unkita maatikiten"
"aaama...un kitta maatikitu naan padre paatuku..cinema paatu onnu thaan varuthu"
"phone silentla podu...yarachum ketutu velila vanthira poranga..hmmm....kaalaila kanvizhicha entha jail la kali thinga poromo nu bayama iruku..."
"Nee vera enda adikadi jail kali koozhu nu bayamuruthara..naama enna kolaiya panitom"
"naama illa..aana nee panitiye"
"unna thaan kolla poren...pesama vaa...hmm..intha saaaku podhuma paaru"
"Neeye decide pannu Ram..intha saaku solra matterlam unakku thaan Nalla varuthu"
"paduthathada...innoru saaaku kedaikutha paaru"
"Idhu poruma" Anil shows one small carry bag
"Epdi..Sivaramana cut panni piece piecea eduthundu polaamnu plan panria...moodevi..peria bag a paaru"
"uvvaaa...kekarathukay kumatrathu..." Anil vomits on that bag itself
"Peeda....unakenna masakkaiya...enda ipdi uyira vaangara..aama athenna mudhugula kangaroo mathiri bag vachinde suthara"
"Vara Sunday fathers day..adhukaga appaku veshti jibba vaangiruken..present panna"
"intha englishkaranukelam arivay illa..appava yarachum "dei" potu kupduvangala..athenna fathers day"
"athukaga tamizhla appa naalu nu sonna kudumbathula kozhapam varathu"
"moodhevi..naan mokka poata badhiluku mokkiaya...first class idea..antha veshtiya ipdi kudu"
"edhukuda..pant mela kattika poria..kaal thadukaathu?"
"chee..ithaala thaan dead bodya parcel panna poren"
"Adapaavi...adhu enga appaku vangina gift da"
"vera veshit vaangikalam"
"Appa keta enna solrathu"
"vera appa..."
"ada..vera vaangitharen appa nu sollikoda"

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Junior the Naradhar

It was on the day of his school interview, like Prakash raj from “Abhiyum Naanum”, we both were equally tensed around, how junior would handle the session. We reached the school venue an hour early. The security guy must’ve seen thousands of “enthu pattaanis” like us I guess. He shooed us away and asked to come back ten minutes before the interview time slot. When we finally entered the auditorium, it was like an outpatient ward of a hospital. Some kids were screaming, in some case it was the parents. One guy was seen chastising his kid and wife in equal measure. The kid was not repeating the rhymes he was trying to teach and was looking elsewhere. The receptionist was calling out names in her own sweet order. Junior felt restless and started walking over the chairs. There was a huge ground, which was one of the primary reason for us to pick that school, just outside the auditorium and junior wanted to check it out. When I was taking him out, wifey sternly warned not to step away from her ear shot as they may call us anytime. We were loitering around the bushes near the entrance, when junior started pestering for a walk on the sand. When he asks for something, he would plead with folded hands and puppy dog eyes, which would be impossible to resist. I didn’t realize how far we had moved from the venue, when suddenly I could hear some familiar scream. It was wifey, standing near the entrance, with her eyes blazing and luckily for us, the presence of other parents, prevented any beatings. She solidly scolded me for taking him out so far and making him all sweaty in the hot sun, with impending interview. Not that the school rejected anyone based on the session, but it was a fair chance not to risk. After listening to the verbal barrage, junior mildly asked “Did amma scold you a lot today?”!!!
During the interview, they showed some pics and asked him to name them, which he did with ease. One pic was a bouncer even for me, for it was made out of several cuttings of paper. I was thinking of which shape it represented, when junior called it out as elephant, which apparently it was!! Seems the “craft” work was done by the teacher who asked the question and she beamed with pride that someone did manage to make out whatever was the shape she had actually intended. The session went well and they asked us to pay the fees for enrolling the kid. On the way back, he patted wifey and said “don’t scold appa” and smiled at me. She thought I was the one who had directed him and was staring mad at me. Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvv… Pandrathellaam pannitu..epdi korthu viduthu!!!

Nerkonda parvai - review

I knew I had seen Pink. I vaguely remembered posting about it as well and found the link