Sunday, July 31, 2011

Kelviyin nayagan is back

Once in a while certain questions..intriguing no doubt..causes a stir in mind so much that, it refuses to drown in the sea of forget. Here is one such question. It took me a while to think of a mokkai answer for this. But i am curious to know your responses for the same. Read this question on a tamil weekly magazine and here are both the tamil and english versions of it. A nice paradoxical one.

"Ellaam valla iraivanaal..thannal thookka mudiaatha kallai padaikka mudiyuma?"

"Can the almighty god create a stone which he cannot lift?"

If the answer is yes or no for that matter, it would raise a question on the ALMIGHTY aspect of God. Let me not put any further deviations on your mind :) Happy hunting for the answer :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

WMW - Theiva Thirumagal

Saw Deiva Thirumagal this sunday with G3. Though the theater was pretty far from my place and not our usual meeting spots, glad that we made it to the show. It was an awesome awesome movie and i felt really happy for making it. Happy...err..sad i should say. Its been a longggg while since i saw such senti movies. Usually i avoid cry-a-thons and senti movies were a strict NO. But i can gladly make an exception for this movie few more times.

Tamil cinema has had its fair share of mother sentiment based movies. But however few they were, the ones dealing with father sentiment have scored really well at the BO. Right from Sivaji (Thangapathakkam) to Raj Kiran and Prakash Raj in too many movies, Daddy sentiment stands a sure shot hit. Vikram joins that elite club with this one.

I was forewarned that it was a serious movie. But few minutes into it, the director fools you into believing that its a comedy one. Needless to say, its an out and out director's special. There are so many places where he deftly scores over his characters - like the scene where Vikram learns how to manage a new born by looking at people around him. He watches a lady prepare a "THOOLI" for rocking her kid to sleep and the next shot you see his baby sleeping in a THOOLI prepared from a full slack shirt. SIMPLY ADORABLE. Vikram sleep walks into the role and is so perfect in his body language and mannerisms that after a while you take him for a really mentally retarded person and forget the star in play. Santhanam and MS Baskar are a hoot right from their entry and scores well on the comic scenes. Amala Paul, has nothing to do but look cute and bate her eyelids. Anushka has a decent role and is almost like the Hero of the movie. But could've been more active. Most of the times she looks like a keyed up doll. I want to kill the person in charge of make up. Such a decent movie and such irritating mistakes. Every single damn shot, every one has a bindi and viboothi streak picture perfect on their forehead. Even erstwhile Doordarshan dramas had better setup. With so many close up shots, it makes irritating and phony to view. Another sothapal is that vizhigalil song. Its another reason why i called Anushka the HERO of the movie. Just like mass heroes having intro kuthu song, this one is dedicated to showcasing her beauty. It needlessly adds to the already three hour long movie. Y GEE Mahendran has no clue as to what he is doing in the movie and so does the viewers. Possibly a parallel track to showcase the pathetic dad-dauughter relation between him and Anushka which fails to take off. Wonder if Karthi Kumar will EVER get out of that No-One-Gives-a-damn-mappillai role. Right from Alaipaayuthay, his predominant role has been a mokkai foreign return mapillai whom no one respects. Ditto here too. Vikram's wife...yaarunnu kadaisi varikum solala. Atleast antha fotola irunthathu yaarunaachum kaatirukalam. But that only increases the curiosity and doesnt disrupt the flow. Vikram has voiced over for few of the songs and it has helped a lot in the picturisation. He gels so well into the song sequences that it doesnt look out of place at all. Now to the real lead of the movie.

The kid. ATTAGAASAM :) She is so cute and adorable and bubbly and smart and beautiful that feels like going inside the screen and pinch her cheeks. The way she talks to Vikram in sign language, the pain in her eyes when her classmate calls her dad mad, the innocence with which she asks Amala Paul are you a student or teacher and calls the correspondent a big dinosaur without knowing its Amala or be it the song where Vikram tells her story. CHANCELA. I loved the dialogs too. Some of the very witty q & a session between the dad and kid reminds me of Chotu and his mom AJCL :) Especially the one where she asks why trees are tall for which Vikram replies the parent trees are tall. She again asks why elephants are fat for which he cheekily replies because they eat a lot :D :D TOO GOOD. There is another scene, where Vikram whistles their "kudumba" tune :) and the kid just mimes her presence back from the window. The entire theater applauded. The kid has been made to act over her age and she has done a fantastic job of it. Though it sounds too artificial a situation and a response, on screen it looks nice. Its all over the top and who cares. Its all about Love and affection between dad and his kid. The court scenes are an absolute sham and just prolongs the movie. But the climax saves it all. When Nasser goes on and on in the background as to why the kid cant stay with her mentally retarded dad, Vikram and the kid, silently talk with each other and THAT one scene can make anyone cry. It was so nice, so poetic that, you can feel the warmth love and affection radiate from the screen and i am sure everyone would be reminded of their own dad or their own kid. The icing on the scene is the judges reaction and Nassers subdued withdrawal and GV Prakash's BGM for that scene. During that scene i felt my glasses go moist and then only realised my tears :) The ending couldnt be more logical. Vikam might possibly line up for another award but to me the heart and soul of the movie is that kid. Change in title from Deiva ThirumagaN to ThirumagaL..fully justified.

Gils verdict: Why use just one special character (*) alone for a movie dealing with characters so special. I wanted to give 5 * for it..instead !@#$%^&*().

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kill Gil - 1

Damager in serious discussion with saga damager.

The topic of that NEEYA NAANA discussion was - which is a better buy Petrol car or Diesel.

Damager was quoting the merits of Petrol arguing that, though per litre cost is high..if he uses his car judiciously he can still save money against diesel version, which needs constant usage and lot of maintenance.

The saga damager was arguing that why buy a car if you cant use it as freely as you can. His point was the very purpose to buy a car was to commute and he wouldnt want the cost of fuel to decide how frequently he can use it.

Gobinath Neeya Naana la theerpu solra mathiri..they both turned to me. One guy decides how much i get at end of this year and other decides whether i've an year's stay to look forward too.

" tell. What will you have? Petrol or Diesel"

"Water" and Gils escapeeeee..

Nalla kekkuraangayya kelvi..

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A second, a minute and some more time...

A: "Hey can you come here for a minute"
B: "Give me a second"

Irrespective of their geographical location..any place can be requested to be reached in a minute or in a second..depending on the urgency. Do people actually mean or realise the time they request like this?? Not a single instance can be quoted where the work would actually get over in a minute leave alone a sec. But still..people world over use these phrases. Wonder what do they actually want to convey, when someone asks us to spare a minute or sec. Obvious thing is they want our immediate attention and to grab attention they quote these improbably short time period to fool the other person? I tried to avoid this "one sec one min" conversation for a week by consciously quoting a more approximate time. In one such instance i told the person that i would need half hour of his time for a discussion. He flatly refused :) I called him again after a while and requested 2 minutes of his time. The meeting went for an hour without a complaint!!! My team mate was late for a shift one day and when i called him up he said he was on the way to office and would reach in two minutes. Even maggi takes more time to prepare. To reach our main building from entrance itself will take 15 minutes and that guy when he called was like 7 to 8 kms from office. Either he had a portkey like Harry Potter or it was more like "you know how much time it would take to travel that much distance in peak hour why ask me for time" attitude. Same thing happens with our estimates too i guess :D God save the clients :D :D

Saturday, July 09, 2011

In search of the real meaning...

"Students, today your physics teacher has taken leave and i would be taking over the class for that hour" declared the language teacher, midst a collective sigh of relief. Soon the chatter began like bush fire and looking at all the happy faces, the teacher felt it would be unfair to bore them with more lessons for the hour and decided to engage them into something interesting.

"Okay...LISTEN everybody. Two years from this date, you would all be sitting for your public exams. And two years from then, the exam of your life. 4 years time, your life as a school kid is effectively over. Have you ever wondered what you want to be in your life?"

There was a studied silence with the frontbenchers bowing their head down, middle benchers seriously checking into their bags for secret holes to hide and last benchers in their own sweet world, oblivious to the surroundings.

" this THE 8 'c'..or have i stepped into some other class? FINALLY i've found the way to keep you guys quiet for few seconds"

There were sporadic giggles and smiles.

"Okay..we go start..what do you want to be hmm..say..5 years from now"

A nervous looking Ajay got up, cursing his parents for naming him with the first letter of the alphabet, mumbles that he wants to be an engineer and sits down in no time. Soon the procession followed. "Doctor..Engineer..IITian..Business..Lawyer..Pilot..Singer" and so went on the list. Majority of the crowd had voted for Engineer followed by Doctor. Soon it was Ram's turn to answer. Despite so many people having answered before him, he was still shaking on his boots. He stood up with 32 pairs of eyes plus the teacher looking at him.

"Yes Ram..go ahead. Whats your ambition"

"Iwannabagudperson" said Ram in a quivering voice and sat down on a flash.

"Pardon..can you repeat?" asked the teacher. Ignoring the sniggers he mustered up all his courage to stand up and repeated "I want to be a good person" which resulted in stifled laughs from the students. The teacher gave him a condescending look and asked
"Being good is a nature..tell me what you want to be". By that time Ram was at the edge of having a nervous breakdown and was luckily saved by the bell. At the break, all his classmates teased him for his answer and it became the discussion topic for the next twenty years, whenever his name came up.

It was no surprise that, Ram also joined the "Engineer" club eventually and settled with a if-not-lucrative-decent-enough job, wondering the whole way through whether he made the right choice.

Story ends here.

Feel its incomplete? Well matter does life. Ask a kid what he/she wants to be. They have a variety of options. When you dont know how you are going to achieve it, anything seems possible. But the moment you have the capability to actually understand the options available to you and your affordability level, things really do change. Priorities change.

I knew of few people, who have shifted from hard core engineering domain into sales and finally into IT. Its not that IT was their passion and they were on the hunt for their dream career and ended up here. Probably construction gave them more satisfaction than coding. Still money makes a more compulsive argument against any dream or passion. A decade into their careers and still people are not sure if this is what they want to do ten years from now. They still try to give it their best shot and enjoy as much as they can but its definitely not natural but more often than not forced. If there is a google to search for people, where in you give the unique description of each person to fetch only that person, i guess it would be no results found for them. For they are yet to identify that UNIQUE thing which would make them happier and feel at ease and peace. At present if you replace their name with anybody else, their life would still fit in for the other person.

I guess the successful people often are those who made a living out of what they liked to do. They get branded as LUCKY...RISK TAKERS..but the glowing point which shines above all other characteristics is they are HAPPY AND they are SUCCESSFUL. From here begins my quest towards achieving all of the above :)

Success and aftermath

"Hey..congrats..heard that you got promoted"
"Wow..that was an awesome appreciation mail..way to go buddy"
"Good show man..mightily impressed"

All three situations usually receives the same response - either a blush (in case of really young people) or a self deprecating mumble (in case of middle aged). Whatever the case may be..people often find it difficult to react to situations of genuine appreciation. The more morbid the scenario, better i've seen people adapt and react. But praise is one sure as hell slippery slope which tricks many a master. In general our mind are well tuned to react to adverse situations and majority of the books and mentors teach us how to face adversity. But there are not many around who teaches us, how to accept success gracefully. Infact, problems bring with them sympathy as company but success always is accompanied with scrutiny. The bigger the success, bigger the scrutiny. Many a times people sothapify the post success scenario. If overdone, its pompous, if underplayed, you dont know how to market yourself. While nothing satisfies like succeeding..nothing spoils like success too. Last few weeks, had a chance to witness, three different reactions to three similar situations and was wondering how much the incident had changed the personality of all the three people involved. If only people could handle those two impostors, triumph and disaster, better.....

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Kungfu Panda - 2

Well this was the mood right from act one - scene one - frame one. Another wonderfully crafted story with excellent comic timing and awesome dubbing makes it a true master piece of the more to come franchise. Its so endearing to watch Po (Panda) every time it pops on the screen. Well..such a rolly polly figure is hard to miss..but with a belly ,full of fun, which shakes like jelly..this bear sure knows how to tickle your funny bone. You can be an action movie freak..yet you wouldnt be able to hold yourself to say "Cute" looking at baby panda. Animation scores an EXCELLENT. Any story, if it can make you relate to some incident which had an evergreen impact in your life..or has any character which you can implicitly or explicitly relate to..will be a sure shot winner. The Panda franchise has this wonderful knack of churning out such stories. They reaped in success with a wonderfully creative first installment and the second dose doesnt falter either. If the first part was all about the "Secret ingredient" the second part is about "Knowing oneself". I am stunned to think that such complex and possibly dry story lines can be so simply and refreshingly told. Ithellaam cartoon padamnu people shouldnt bracket for children. Its a story mainly for adults. It has action sequences ala the Pirates franchise..emotions..and tonnes and tonnes of fun. The fight sequences reminded me of good old MGR movies :) almost felt like whistling for each punch thrown by the Panda.

Its a simple story. Panda, not being the brightest of super heroes, realises suddenly that the duck couldnt have been its original parent. At the same time a villain Peacock begins its quest for China and world domination. Needless to say, the same peacock had killed Panda's parents and made it an orphan. In the final battle between Panda and Peacock Panda wins. Avlovay. The way it has been told..the way each character has been shaped..the seriousness of the content and the comic ease with which its been presented..makes the movie a must watch. Conspiratory mind wants to wonder the logic behind "Peacock" as the villain. If Panda represents Chinese national know what peacock represents. Just an inkling on that line of thought makes the movie more interesting with each situation taking even more credence than they actually might have appeared otherwise :)

Above all..this movie watch marks the return of G3 to India from her onsite assignment and also to the movie watching gumbal :) Had a nice movie watching time with rt (the other partner in crime) and G3. Rat, since having already seen the movie twice before, skipped the meet this time. Hope to catch up again with the same gumbal on "Delhi Belly". Till then..sayanora folks :)