Aamir khan padathoda main USP is Aamir khan himselfngarathu ulagarinja vishyam (Thala... Aamir khan yaarunu kekkamaateengannu i the pheeling. I the eagerly awaiting ur post on his Satyameva Jayate series). Review paakaama i rarely go to see movies. Apdi paakama poi bulbu vaangina padams pala. Intha padathoda review paathathu thappa poachu :(( Enna maathirye sila pala cashews, padathoda twista poattu udaichitaanga. In a way it spoiled the fun. But, first time viewing itself, felt like second time viewing for me. I could relate to each scene and how it built up to the climax. Aana, i felt, even without reading the spoiler, one could guess the twist. Oray matter, you would've had to wait till halfway into the second half of the movie. Athu varaikkum the buildup is gradual. Infact, dragging is the right word. Plight of women in Red light area has been told in a breezy casual way. Even their sufferings are depicted in a matter of fact tone with almost no melodrama. Setting the base for a story is important. Aana the entire first half gets bogged down in that. I guess the only reason why Aamir would've accepted the movie is for its ending. The twist is something similar on the lines of Sixth sense movie. Wish they could've tightened the script in first half and edited quite a few scenes in second half. It could've been THE spooky thriller akin to Sixth sense. Dialoguesla Hindi-o-hindi. Even for casual conversations where in usually some english words get thrown in, in general, even there also they had used Hindi words. Not to be faulted, but it somehow sounds hmm..different. Not casual, but forced. Not sure if people would use such shuddh hindi terms in real time conversations. Another standout from the movie is definitely Kareena kapoor. The way she coquettishly smiles and pouts and grins at Aamir, she carries that air of mystery about her role throughout. As it is she has a vampire white complexion that she can fit right into the "Twilight" vampire family. In this movie, the lighting makes her literally glow!! Rani mukerjii doesnt have much of a role, except to appear with Archie Andrew like freckles , sans makeup, which look a bit scary on closeups. The handicapped guy, Nawazuddin Siddique, has done a neat role. His costume, mannerisms and facial expressions everything is picture perfect. Towards the last few minutes into the movie, Aamir is seen crying, sitting on the river bank, where his son drowns in an accident, with the letter from his son. I wish they had ended the movie there. Though it prolongs for a minute more with Rani joining Aamir, i guess it would've been more poignant an end. Read somewhere that Aamir never knew swimming and learnt just for this movie. This man surely has that burning passion for excellence. The title song "Muskaane joothi hai" is haunting and the lyrics kind of outlines the story. Over all, a movie that could've been a lot better, had it been made a bit shorter and for a tighter screenplay.
Gils verdict - Definitely worthy of a one time watch.
Immortals of Meluha -
The story is the first of the trilogy, followed by Story of the Nagas, which i am reading now and final part being Oath of the vayuputras (soon to be released this year). The first part ends at such a crucial scene that, wonder how many would've had the patience to wait for the second part :) It ends at such a nail biter scene where a pregnant Sati is attacked by a Naga with Shiva rushing to protect her. I simply rushed to the second book to know what happens next :) will post the review once i am done with it. Coincidentally many of my friends happened to start reading this book at the same time. Hope they all were as thrilled as me :) The theme of the book is a pretty risky one, considering how impatient and intolerant out society has become and any deviation towards criticism would've been considered blasphemous. This is where the author scores brilliantly. He mixes his own ficiton with mythological fiction and the blend is near perfect. Without digging deep on to the social issues, he dwells over them just enough to give a peek of his opinion and manages to even wring out a solution. As i mentioned before, if you are a fan of Amar chitra katha and thriller novels, this is the book for you.
Innum 11 dayskulla olagam azhiyaama iruthaa adutha postla paakalam..varta :))