Tuesday, October 05, 2010
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Saturday, July 03, 2010
Director of photography: Vikash Nowlakha
Any idea who directed the film?
Sunday, June 27, 2010
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
AND THE AWARD GOES TO....
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Vaat The Vetti
Travelling, meeting, presenting, sales figures counting, coughing, more and more coughing for two weeks and at the end of all this you still wanted to go and watch only because of Gautam Menon-ARR combo? "Vetti Vetti para vetti!Unakku venum" - ennaye naa sollinden.
Vaat The Valentine
Its love at first sight for yet another Karthik (Young superstar Simbhu) from the tamizh film world the moment he sees Jessie (Trisha), his neighbour. This budding assistant director in films jumps up in the air, does an SRKai movement, chases her on his bike, hits his chest, speaks Englipees dialogues which wonly Good-she, Church Park, WCC peoples understand. Jessie doesn't really like him... or so she says. She is very clear that her dad will never approve of a Hindu boy and hence refuses to entertain Karthik . But he is determined. He chases her all the way till Kerala and she kinda falls for him but is vehement. They travel back to Chennai and after ore da lauv in the train, she still says No. Then yes. Then No.. Then she leaves him and off she goes to UK (or US or some phoren country) only to say "Let's get married" in the end. He makes his first film predictably titled 'Jessie' and yeverybody loves the film. Jessie applauds his effort and a suspense awaits the viewer. Is she is love with him or not? Why did he make that film? Why did she say No,Yes, No and again Yes time and again? The director is as clueless as you and I are.
Velli Thiraiyil Vanduttanga
That's the literal translation of "They have arrived!" he he he. Agreed. Simbhu looks cool and has done a decent job, much better than his earlier films that I have seen on Sun and KTV. But somewhere, the I-chew-all-my-dialogues-and-spit-them-out is still intact. And that's probably why I couldn't see him in the same league as former chocolate boys of Kollywood-Bollywood- Madhavan (Alaipayuthey wonly), Aamir Khan (QSQT), Surya (several films :-p). Trisha's work is very good. Very understated and looks lovely except for a few closeups where the pancake makeup doesn't quite help camouflage her puffy eyes.
Vadakan The Veerakadha
Too much mallu-ing puts me off. The heroine is from the Mallu land, speaks Mallu on and off, there are scenes involving the entire family where the dialogues are fully "ende, unde , aaaaraaanu, oonu kazhinggghoo". Thank God I saw the English-subtitled version. Do the TN released prints have tamizh subtitled for mallu dialogues?
Vaat The Vorking
Two people in love, daddy and brother oppose. He yearns for her. She feels for him. They sing together... dance together. They separate. They are back. We have seen all of this before. Its a simple plot yet narrated with no melodrama, aruvaal, Tata Sumo, "daaaai" etc. The burden is entirely on the lead and they have managed to pull it off quite well... at least till the first half.
The intimate scenes between Trisha and Simbhu are very well conceived, picturized. You can totally relate to them.
Very Terrific Viewfinder
Super impressed with cinematographer Manoj Paramahamsa (Eeram, Unnaipol Oruvan). He has managed to retain the very middle class look of the film through and through with no flashy look-I-am-the-cameraman compositions.
Vogue and The Vague
Trisha's sarees are going to become hot stuff post this film thanks to costume designer Nalini Sriram. But she could have done a much better job in the Western outfits. These look vague, put together in a hurry and terrible in the Kannukkul Kann song.
Very True Vaarthaigal
Like all Goutam Menon's films this one too has 'normal' everyday dialogues. There is even a dialogue in the film taking a dig at his own films with English dialogues.The Kaadhal dialogues like "Yaarum un kann vazhiya enna paakaliye!" fit into the film beautifully.Nice.
Chinmayi's dubbing works for Trisha. Ganesh one of the producers who plays Simbhu's friend is witty.
Vinnai Taandiya Vinner...
...A R Rahman! Have been listening to all the songs for over a month now. My morning routine starts with Omana Penne moving on to Hosannah, Kannukkul Kannai, Anbil Avan, Vinnaithandi varuvaya, Mannippaya and ofcourse Aaromale. Two rotations of the songs are a must. The thing about ARR's songs is the simple melody enhanced by the arrangement. If you listen to them carefully, there will be a musical note heard far far away in the background or the extra 'gamakam' humming fading down in the second paragraph or a violin piece for 5 seconds in the middle of the song. In my opinion, these are the stuff that make them have great recall value.
Vaat The Vorking-not
I mentioned in one of the earlier paragraphs about the burden on the lead cast. In the second half it becomes extremely difficult for us to sit through 'coz of the same reason. Simbhu and Trisha are there in all the scenes through and through uttering the same thing again and again. Becomes repetitive after a point.
Songs are super but Gautam Menon disappoints with his picturization. Suddenly some Lou Bega types emerge from somewhere and point their fingers at us doing the rap-rap stuff. Disappointing.
Repetition - The director probably thinks that people who watch the film are dumb idiots who need to be told the same things several times over. The fact that Trisha's dad doesn't approve of inter-faith marriage and that Simbhu is totally in love with Trisha is repeated over and over again. And every dialogue between them has their name 'attached' at the end of it. "Unakku purilaya Karthik? Enga appa-kku idu pidikkadu Karthik. Karthik, enakku unna pidikkum Karthik!"... Ayyo! we know the names of the lead characters and we understand the problem between them. Why is this repeated like ten times in a scene?
Vaat The Vague
Trisha and Simbhu meet at UK and suddenly the song shifts to US. Simbhu's debut film's credits have Manoj Paramahamsa as the cameraman. I thought Ganesh, his friend (whose screen name i forget) was the director of photography.
Vettu-dabba of The Vellithirai
Samantha and Naga Chaitanya , son of Nagarjuna play Simbhu's on-screen hero, heroine. This guy can't act for nuts. And I am told he plays Simbhu's role in Telugu version. All the best Andhra-ites!
Varthaila vanTha V *!&^@
I am not for using foul language in films even if they are beeped out. The f word pops up pretty frequently. It is very evident that the second half had put the Censor board to sleep. Simbhu's tamizh M word goes unedited, un-beeped.
Voltage &The Vegam...
are missing in the film.The film is not pacy. It should not be, infact. You really don't mind the slow narrative in the first half because of Simbhu and Trisha. But its completely the opposite in the second half. You get put off with the repetitions (oops! Aint I repeating the same thing again and again? VTV influence I guess!) and the yawwwn climax. There is no high point in the film... everything is in a mega serial pace.
Vinnaithandi Varuvaya - A lovely first half is spoilt by the maha boring second half.
Vaasalaye Thaandala - 2.5 out of 5
Monday, February 15, 2010
Ok, this film has an Islamic background. But why does each and every song sound very Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- Shafqat Aman Ali –ish. The songs start straight with a koopaadu… Nooreeeeeeekhudaaaaaaaaaaa…. Sajdaaaaaaaaa (a sound-alike of the beautiful Iktara)...etc?
All Muslims are not terrorists... but all Saaruk khans are ... they terrorize people by torturing us with such films!
Sunday, January 31, 2010
A new series where the best and boring television advertisements (TVCs) of the month will be featured.
1. SBI Life Insurance
When we come up with ideas for our clients the boss often asks us to look around for situations in our everyday life. And that's precisely what this ad has done (No, we haven't come up with this thought). Am sure a lot of us break into impromptu songs or sing along with the radio as we drive and this ad has captured this particular situation really well. The casting is very good. The guy's mischievous expressions as she switches on the radio and before he decides to switch off adds to the fun. The ad has been produced by Chrome pictures directed by Amit Sharma.
How, how, how? How on earth do they come up with ultra cute TVCs every single time? The animated 'Hi's , the pug, the alerts and of course the zoo zoos
This TVC is on promoting the number 121 for subscribers to call and choose an offer that fits them the best.
A young girl is looking to adopt (buy?) a dog and the guy at the store shows her a couple of them. She is not quite happy with any of them. Finally she is, with this cute one that strangely resembles her with its big ears similar to her mane :)
Check it out here
Hats off to Rajiv Rao & team Ogilvy!
Am not in favor of any Indo-Pak peace process and Aman Ki Asha as a concept is so... f...ake! But this ad is really nice. Senti yes but quite well done
The ad starts with this old guy trying to mime something to another guy who is watching him through the binoculars. The senior citizen's friends are helping him communicate something. We assume they are playing dumb charades and it is revealed at the end of the TVC that the group of senior citizens are from Pakistan wanting to listen to a song from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge on the radio and the young guys across the border in India are helping them by calling the radio station on the request hour.
Their caste war campaign was refreshing when it was on air two years ago. The walk and talk was one big yawn and now the most boring of them all.. Save paper! It is not about the thought but the execution. The ad wants to talk about IDEA cellular replacing papers in airports, churches, colleges, courts, restaurants... ooph! Oh yes also emphasize the fact that Abhishek Bachchan, the brand ambassador is the .. THE TREE himself!
See you next month that will feature the Feb ads. Suggestions for the best and worst of Feb to be mailed to blogeswari [AT] gmail [DOT] com.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Venkat Prabhu is in Phase III now.
The Oor nattamai played by Kollywood family's biggest 'sevagar' ,'Kollywood ozhukkam kaakum' Viji alais Vijayakumar, after drinking a sembu of water and vetti-fying the kaasu decides that the three notorious friends Vaibhav, Jai, Premji and their families will not interact / talk to each other. Vaibhav, the self-proclaimed casanova is nattamai's son ; Premji is the saami-varam tanda son of Poor man's Sivaji Ganesan a.k.a Shanmughasundaram ; Jai's dad is Sandrasegar.
The three best friends decide to leave their village and go to Madurai and have a gala time for a week at Jai's friend Azhagar's house. From Madurai they move to Goa with the sole purpose of meeting 'foreigner women', get married and go abroad and send some money to their folks.
The rest of the story is mindless, senseless madness. no roller coaster ride and all.
Goa starts with a typical Bharatiraja-R V Udayakumar type village song set to a new Illayaraja 80s type tune - birds flying, women is jagajakka sarees dancing, koil backdrop, closeup of a dozen feet with anklets running across the falls. And we are supposed to wonder what the intro song is all about when the film is titled 'Goa'. Supposed to.C'mon VP, something new please! [In case you are wondering who VP is , it is none other than director Venkat Prabhu - the close circle jingujakka media calls him 'VP'..ainggg!]
The scene where Jai's friend Azhagar in Madurai gets married is seriously funny particularly with the intro where you see a welcome sign 'Azhagar weds Angelina Jolie'. LOL! The story here is Azhagar a former tourist guide in Goa meets Angelina Jolie there, fall for each other and get married in Madurai. Angelina's friends are all these oreda white skinned people one of whom falls for Premji.
Premji's track, solely dependent on tamizh film spoofs is the backbone of the film. He excels in his scenes. You have seen it all before but still you can't stop LOL-ing when you see him face a dozen villains and dishoom dishoom to the 'Puli urumudu' track from Vettaikkaran. Jai and Vaibhav loiter around with no great purpose. Their English speakings in Tamizh ishtyle is quite nice.
Thankfully we don't have a Bollywood item number playing the negative role but it is our own Sneha who sheds her kudumba ponnu, kula vilakku image and is paired opposite Vaibhav. This Pia whoever is such a waste of time.
There's this gay track of Arvind Akash and Sampath. Sampath has done a fabulous job as the gay partner. Their romance is handled well.. really well! Keeping with the tradition of all gay stuff in Indian films, this one too has you LOL-ing.
After a point, the looking-at-the-camera-for-an-IR-tune bit, Tamizh film parodies, "Enna koduma idhu saravanan" get on your nerves.To add the woes is this re-re-re-repetitive Kangal Irandal track for Premji and his girl friend.
What was Ananda Raj doing the film? One number flashback with Anandaraja, Viji, Shanmughasundaram and Sandrasegar to appease who I wonder. And this guy Ravishankar playing the cop, the vaadhyar, the casino supervisor, villager... didn't quite get what they were trying to do.
Jai and Vaibhav are complete wastes. Since the entire film rests on spoofs, the supposedly serious track between Jai and Pia falls flat . And what was this atrocious climax inspired by Ocean's 11?
Goa as a film is one of those funny youtube videos with Hitler, Titanic tamizh etc.The Venkat prabhu style of film-making is very evident in every frame of the film. The director was so busy casting his friends and family in various roles, watching DVDs of popular tamizh films and listening to old IR's songs that he forgot about something as important as a story for the film.