Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mustafa..Mustafa... :D

VidyaShankar passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Kaalangaathala..newspaperla first news item..front pagela athuvum!!!! This is the third time I think..i am seeing my name..to be more precise..another person carrying same name as mine..in the obituary section..that too on front page!!! Namma per ulla aalungalaam front pagela vara alavuku famous irukangalaynu santhosha padratha..illa intha per vachirukaravangalaam puttukaraangalaynu feel panratha!!! Whatever it is..birthday anniki kuda avlo calls varala..intha newsa paathutu egapatta calls. Appo thaan realised..aaha..naatula namma mela ivlo kolaveri paasathoda makkal irukaangalaynu. En team mates intha newsa paathutu..weekend venaam..weekdayva paathuka..atleast oru naal leave kedaikum engalukunu advice gave. Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv.....

By the way..ever wondered how come FUNERAL anagrams into REALFUN??!!! maybe because of News like this?? :D

My granpa used to check the obituary column religiously. Hindu paperla Last but second page, usually the sports section, athula left hand cornerla the Obituary section will come. Athula he will check and at times will find one or two familiar names. Atha paathu phone number mention pani iruntha he will call them up and talk to the immediate family. I used to tease him.."Avlo peria HINDU paperla..unaku paakarathuku newsay illayaa"nu. He would reply "Well..I've no other option to keep track of my friends.. now that my activities are bit restricted". Considering that he was never bedridden till his last days and was cooking his own food..i could never agree about the "activities" part. (He was touching 90 when he breathed his last by the way). But the concept of keeping track of friends was very impressive though not the mode.

When i moved to Blore to join my second company, i carried with me a not so attractive image for myself. Within the second year of my career i got identified as a loner..reserved..and sensitive person who preferred to be on his own. On my first return trip to chennai after i went to Blore i met my teammate. In that journey of 6 hour journey we would've hardly spoken ten words. When i came back to Blore that monday he asked me one life changing question. "How many friends you've and dont count your team mates or anyone from your previous office. Just tell me...how many new friends you've picked here?" I had no answer for him. He challenged me (rather i took it as a challenge) to make more friends than him or atleast 20 new faces in a month's time. By the way...he was part of a batch of 150 plus people and he was the most recognisable face in that crowd. When he used to go for a walk in that 1.5 KM long street..there would be atleast 20 people greeting him on the way. Such was his popularity. I took his words very seriously and it seems to have helped me a LOT :) He came to my home today to invite me for his son's first birthday and when my mom asked him to help her in finding a bride for me..he said "Sure Aunty. I will also pitch in..but this guy has more friends than me". Pride bequeath fall they say...but couldnt help feeling happy and proud to hear that above statement :) Me the most Happier and proudest to have friends like you people :) Please bear with me and be with me :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Review timela..Angaadi theru

Roooommmmmbaaaa lateana review. Inum oru masam delay paniruntha Suntvlaye potrupaan :) still couldnt resist it. Its a wonderful movie and it would be a pleasure to write about it.

Its a shame that i needed a movie like this to even think about those people..who despite being present were always invisible to my eyes. Not that i've became a saint overnight watching this movie nor was i a rude brute of a person who went out of the way to create trouble for the downtrodden. But again..what i was doing was even worse. IGNORANCE. It needed a 3 hour movie to wake me up to realise how blessed i am and how much still i keep cribbing..wanting for more. And more than anything..i now have a whole new outlook and respect towards those people who sweat blood in those textile shops. I had always avoided serious movies. I never liked movies or even books for that matter which preach. Especially tear jerkers. YUCK. But this one..have seen it twice already in 2 weeks and each time it was a slap on my conscience. Its shocking to witness millions of people who throng the famous Ranganathan street and how many of them are actually blind as a bat when it comes realising the kind of life lead by the lead characters in the movie. This is not just a movie. But a candid camera which undresses public apathy more publicly than anything else.

I couldnt just believe that the hero of the movie is a fresher!!! Amazing performance. He is so believable in the scene where he begs forgiveness from the heroine after knowing the torture she has to endure because of him. And that lady!!! OMG. Here atlast is one gal who not just looks good but has real talent. She is so goddamn cute and bubbly and cheerful that even in such a dark movie..cudnt help site adichifying her :) The tears she sheds looks so real that it touches your heart. Sivaji once said in an interview that if an actor can look good and believable both while smiling and crying..his job is set. This gal will go places if she chooses her movies with care. A bundle of talent and a sheer joy to watch. I've seen her all 3 movies..be it Katrathu tamizh or rettai suzhi..inspite of the size of her role..she has an amazing screen presence and carries the role of Kani in this movie with panache.

Not just the lead pair..every single character remain etched in memory long after the credits role. The gal who comes as Selvarani and commits suicide..wow..powerful eyes and wonderful dialog delivery and diction. Small cameo but powerful. The villain (actually some movie director..cudnt get his name) i think..would've been the most cursed screen villain in recent times. He is so despicable that felt like getting inside the screen and kick him :) Vijay tv has unearthed another gem of a comedian in Paandi. That guy reminds of Senthil but has his own comic timing and a funny fact to go along with.

The movie has so many heartwarming moments..funny..senti..brutual..sad...watching it is like a kaleidoscope of emotions. I feel bad that i couldnt see it in theaters. I am not sure if its Vijay antony or GV prakash. Whoever it is.. take a bow fellas. The background score rocks. Its like vintage Ilayaraja special where even rerecordings reign as ringtones. "Aval appadi ondrum azhagillai" song lyrics will be the anthem for lovers for some more time atleast i guess. Wonderfully picturised. Vasanthabalan sir.. hats off to you. I loved his VEYIL movie just for the title and title track alone. He does it even better with this one.

Gils verdict: Must watch movie. Send it to the OSCARS :) wooohooo :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Review timela Rajneethi

To me, the greatest story ever told would always be MAHABHARATH. Infact it should be made the Beginners guide for screenplay writing. Astonishing number of characters..each one defined with amazing clarity and holding their space amidst the bigwigs. You can single out any character, its bound to have a background and a story.I cant believe that the entire story could've been written by a single author. And no wonder the script "writer" is the Lord himself. Karan, Arjun, Krishna, Duriyodhan, Bheem, Bheeshmar...WOW...What an array of characters..with each one outshining the other in some aspects.

Definitely RAJNEETHI is not the first attempt to picturise this epic in celluloid. But of all the attempts ever made, including the direct version, this one is surely right on top when it comes to adaptation. Kudos to the screenplay writer.If there is any award for best adapted screenplay, this year's should definitely go to that guy. And if there is an award for best Casting director it should undoubtably go to this movie again. Firebrand Nana Patekar (Bheeshma), my fav Ajay Devagan(Karna), Mercurial Manoj Bajpai(Duriyodhan), Rockstar Arjun Rampal(Yudishtir), Lucky mascot Katrina kaif(loosely based on Draupadi), latest chocolate boy Ranbir kapoor (Arjun) and throw in the ever dependable Naseeruddin shah..you got a crew, people would give their arm and leg to watch out for.

As i was watching the movie, i couldnt help but think about another movie made on the other epic, which openly proclaims itself..rather..bellow over the top..that its the modern version of Ramayan..with even the title carrying the name of one of the lead characters "Raavan". Not that Mani has become a bad director overnight with Raavan and not that its that worse to be cribbed over two posts. But Rajneethi is heads and shoulders over Raavan when it comes to narration, cast and performance.
The only part which could've been modified in the movie is the ending. Had Ranbir also been killed..it would've made poetic justice and made the story more complete. Well..Prakash Jha (director) thinks differently, sparing Arjun and Bheeshma alone, with Draupadi taking the throne. If first half is engrossing..second half is rivetting..with shades of Godfather thrown in.

With such a big star cast and the story being based on the longest poem ever written, its very difficult to give adequate screen space to all the characters. I should say, the director has done a wonderful jugglery with screenplay here, without deviating much from the epic, he picks the portions which will suit to current scenario..cutting short on melodrama too. Infact, there is no hero in the movie. Every single character has negative shades and even Yudishtir (Rampal) character is also not spared. Saying all this..the movie belongs Ranbir. Like Surya, this is one guy, who seems to have the midas touch to pick the best scripts. He has a meaty role in the movie, which requires him to look wooden and not much of emotion. But again, this is not a english movie and even in scenes where he needs to emote, he underplays and irritates in some places. But overall a commedable performance.

I loved the movie from the word GO and it was thrilling to the core. I couldnt help but to think of a similar cast, had the movie been made in tamil. This would be my list:

Surya - Arjun
Vikram - Karan
(a leaner) Prakash Raj - Duriyodhan
Arjun - Yudishtrar
Kamal - Bheeshmar
Draupadiku egapatta choices :D

Yosikkavay evlo supera iruku!!! Any takers?!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Review time :)

Than muyarchiyil satrum manam thalaraatha gils..intha varamum movie paaka theater went. Ticket as usual, ubayam G3 :D Nalla padama irunthalaye ozhiya ticket kaasu thara venaamnu avanga theermaanama solirukaangangaratha inga therivithu kolgiren :D

Manirathnam padam. Athuvum Vikram in negative role. Ennathaan mokkaiya irunthalum oralavuku okva thaan irukumnu nambi ponathu thappadicihi. Intha padathaiyum Ramayanam storiyaiyum compare panna Ramar villalaye naalu saathu saathuvar. Ravanan title ku badila "Rishi - Roja part 2" apdinu vachirukalam. Adhula Rishiya kadathitu povanga terrorist. Ithula Rojava kadathitu poranga. Avlovay difference. Athula vara mathirye hanging bridgela climax. Aana the similarity ends right there. Rojala there was a strong base for each character. Here none of the characters have any depth or base. Vikramoda role too is so very confused. Throughout the movie he comes as the good guy who is wronged rather than a villain. There is no bloody reason as to why the police wanted to kill him in encounter in first place. Just because the movie is named after the protagonist does that mean that Mani has to resort to this 80's way of story telling?!! and by the way STORY??? where the hell is that?!!! Now, Mani might have thought why would anyone need a story when you've a cast like Vikram, Prabhu, Karthik, Aish. Maybe the names would sell the movie. But again, even they made their names in movies with stuff and this one is definitely not there in that league.

First half is as entertaining as "Sarangi Vadhan" played in DD when any national leader mandaiya pottufies. Vikram quacks like a duck at times..oru vela Kandhasamy effecto? First scenela malai melenthu gudhikara maathiri kaatranga. Maybe Vikram symbolicala telling.."Folks..i am taking this plunge jus like u guys..going by the Maniratnam brand. Dont blame me if it comes out bad"!!!! Aishu also jumps..maybe fedup that she cant just catwalk and had to do lot other stuff similar to what cats really do. Karthik, donning Hanuman's role jumps around. But vayasaitathaala...he cant jump like Viks and Aish. Prithviraj also jumps..in the climax..more fed up than anyone for want of a decent role in the movie and by the time the movie ends..half the balcony seat viewers would've felt trying the same. Cant blame them.

The maximum whistles and catcalls were reserved for the 2 sec scene when Ranjitha comes in the movie, for obvious reasons. Priyamani does a miniature "Paruthiveeran" bearing less melodrama and noise. Prabhu comes around cooking or carrying food all the time. The much hyped thing of the crew repeating every scene twice falls flat in few editing mistakes when Aish is seen mouthing hindi words.

One gud thing is..the movie is just 2 hours. That means an hour less torture. Thank editor for that. The real hero of the movie is the camera man. WOW. The entire area is filled with fog. Still the picture is crystal clear. You dont have to be a pro to admire such a wonderful craftsmanship. Its sheer pleasure to see the visuals. So stunning and so natural. Crystal clear quality. And BGM !!! Rahman does a Raja in this movie. The background music blends so very well with the visuals. This movie is definitely not Maniratnam's best. Maybe if there is a list ever made for his worst..this wud feature right on top. There is just one scene in the whole two hour movie which catches attention..When Aish comes back and cries while talking to Vikram..he tries to console her and she does that quack sound. Touche. Rest of the scenes...forget it. Intha Kadhal konden climaxkagava ivlo bitta potanganu pakrapo kadupa thaan varuthu.

Gils review: Ravanan- Too many heads.. no brain.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cute day to remember :)

I've seen way too many birthdays to even pick a favourite :) Most of my birthdays are dull and drab. During schooldays it used to fall on the day the school reopens:( Pudu dressna athu school uniforma irukum. Ammavoda special samayal and sweets irukum. But no celebrations. Adhu apdiye pazhagi poyidichi. Collegela not much change :D athu padipsla odi poidichi. First first bday nu onnu celebrate pannathu was for my 25th :d the whole day went in a wooooosh. Lots of surprise gifts..gags..treats. Chaancela. Whole new feeling it was. An year later..on the same day i had my first international travel. 6 flights and the longest day of my life with sun simply refusing to set :D Adhukaprum memorable one na athu intha year thaan. This year was again another special one. Took my team for treat and anga icecream parlourla galattava poachu. Suddenly everyone sang the birthday song and that one nimit was sweeter than the vanilla icecream i was having :) They made an ordinary day into a very special one for me.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Room poattu yosichings

Its amazing how much blurting out what you dont want to say, helps in firming up what you should've said correct in first place!!! I always had this belief that acceptance is THE most important recognition one can ever get. Surprisingly, the moment i heard myself saying this as a reason for something in a discussion, i realised how silly it sounded!!! Just because someone doesnt accept what you propose how does that change your approach towards that issue or even towards that person?? If it changes like that. is it really worth to pursue such an attitude? I learnt that the answer is no and its wrong to pursue such an approach. It gives a false sense of belief that if i expect to be accepted everytime, it actually means denying the other person their right to express their opinion!! Every one is entitled to their views and though it maynot be something which i want to hear or like, it has to be respected. Sounds so simple when i type..but really a hard thing to do. Idhellam en maatikarathuku munna thona maatenguthu!! :(

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Tag again :)

If I were a month... May. I've heard many peepals..kamplaining about May as its one of the unbearably hot months...But me the likes it :)

If I were a day of the week.. kandippa thursday :) to me everything begins on thursday :)

If I were a time of day... cool evening..wen u've so less time and so much to do..and somehow i've a notion that evenings are romantic..why? dont ask me..i've no clue :D

If I were a season...Spring..bright colorful..cheery.

If I were a planet.. I wouldnt want to be a planet..still..Jupiter..the big bully :)

If I were a sea animal..hmmm....scary stuff. Still...hmmm...let me rephrase it as sea character...Poseidon would be the answer :) scary..calm..powerful..depressing..rejenuvating..a mix of everything :)

If I were a direction...huh...i am directionless..i am dot.

If I were a piece of furniture.. uhumm..stationary and me...tally aagatha matter :)

If I were a liquid.. I would be hmm...juice :)

If I were a tree.. I would prefer to be banyan :)

If I were a tool.. I would be a hammer :D

If I were an element.. I would be hmmm...chemistryla weakunga..mendeleev periodic tablela illaatha etho onnu..Unobtanium??(Avatar epect :D)

If I were a gemstone.. I would be Emerald/Ruby...both were my team names in school :D i was in Ruby but got the tee shirt of emerald :D

If I were a musical instrument... I would be a guitarrrrrrrrrrrr :)

If I were a colour... Green..illa..blue..hmm...brown??..cha..cha..kandipa white..oru vela black?? ila grey...avvvvvvvvvv....

If I were a emotion.. I would be a silence :D (if that qualifies as an emotion)

If I were a fruit.. mango thaan :D (intha anjer etho sontha selavula sooniyam type mathiri iruku!!)

If I were a sound.. music :)

If I were a car.. FERRRRAAARRRIIIIII...zip zap zoooooooooooommmmmm :)

If I were a food..something sweet...

If I were a taste.. same as above

If I were a scent.. I would be..hmm...something natural and not hard on the nose :D

If I were a pair of shoes.. Nike :D

If I were a bird.. I would be Eagle :) flying above the skies. Read somewhere that..wen it rains...other birds take shelter while eagles fly over the clouds!!! chaancela la :)

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Random ramblings

"Ah..there goes the lights. As their brightness dims slowly..mine begins to glow. Now I own the 100 plus pairs of eyeballs for the next 3 hours. I am the center of attraction, literally and figuratively too. Its enthralling to see all these people cheer, laugh, cry and at times quite funny looking at their antics when they get bored. YES. I am the ULTIMATE enterta"

"iner. Oops..sorry Power cut. Yeah. Its a minor irritant but i've learned to live with it. Over the years many things have evolved in my field. But i am the only constant in this ever changing field. I've brought name and fame and wealth to many a people. I am responsible to push people overnight into stardom. I've also resulted in many a doom for them too. I've seen many a superstar come and go and have outlasted everyone. Yet no one hardly mentions my role. Thankless people. From monochrome to multichrome i've seen it all..yet i remain spotless white. I am not bounded by any language. I support every language with equal enthusiasm. Wherever you go whichever country you are..i am still the same. I am the stationary in the world of movies (pun intended..sic)"

P.S: :D being a movie maniac..theaterla irukara screen than kathaiya sonna epdirukumnu thonithu :D athaan :D Watching movies is not just a favourite pastime but passion for me. Nowhere else u can see me going early and waiting impatiently, but in a movie theater :D :D railway station, airportkulaam kuda i am never on time..but padathuku poga anytime ready :D If there is a job which pays to watch movies i would gladly take it up :) iruntha sollungapa :)