Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vinnaithandi Varuvaya

One number love story was my debut followed by films on policekaarans with lauvv and action. I did yet another cop film. Then I tried to Ctrl+V Derailed followed by a film on Daddy Daddy, Son Son. I sat at home for a year wondering what to do next. "Time for a love story", I told myself and started working on the same. I finalized my artistes, technicians, locales and started shooting ....without a story. I booked Oscar-Grammy award winner A R Rahman as the music director for my Love Story...without a story. The shooting continued.... without a story. The film was ready and a big Giant bought my film. I was all excited . I went around the globe promoting the film. The film released two days ago. I am still looking for the story. If you managed to find it contact me on gautam.englishwonlymenon [at] vtv [dot] com. Thank you very much.

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.

In this film, there is a scene where Simbhu hums the ARR background score from Bombay, when he sees Trisha in the church. It goes "Pa sa ni sa ni sa ri sa ni dha pa ma ga pa ma ga ma ri". It instantly brought back the shot where Arvind Swamy looks at Manisha Koirali from the top and the camera going round from his point of view. Super!

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.

Vendaam This Vinai

In the last scene, Trisha asks Simbhu how he managed to get her number and he says "adutha padathula sollaren". "Ayyo, vendam Gautam Menaa - nee padamum edukkavendam , engalukku sollavum vendam"

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

73 Responses:

Aparna said...

Thanks for saving my bugs ya!
Blogeswari reviews vaazhga... K calling K next ?

Sreekrishnan said...

i think the second half was an obvious drama ... if you think of a real relationship the instances of the second half is always the drag of your life. But that said the point is that it needs the time to convince you , on the other hand if it was done too quick i'd say it would have been nasty.

May be they could have had different dialogues but the robs the movie innocence. Though i enjoyed the second half less, i felt it was justified. we just got excited with first half to hate the second.

To me the whole movie was grounded and sensible - and i could even easily relate to the F word usage too.

Some mentioned to me that they hate to see Simbu and trisha always - and i was like WTF? Its a love story - of whom - a Couple .. and you have to watch them.

The point was they candidly shot their reactions - which i think was the greatest relief.

I watched it twice already and may watch it again !i loved the simplicity and honesty which lacked in most of the films !

V.i.s.h said...

If not for Simbhu I would have already watched this movie. Now, after reading the review I think I will watch the movie if I have absolutely nothing else to do. Even if I do watch it, it will be for ARR. You didn't mention anything about the BGM in your review. I hope its good. Like you said the biggest plus about Rahman's music is the arrangement. I guess he is one of the very few music directors who do the arrangement themselves. He is so good at it because he has been doing arrangements for other music directors even before he scored music for ads/movies.

I had the pasanisa humming as my ringtone for a long time. :)

ummon said...

simbu actually decent? shld i risk thiruttu cd for this?

pappu said...

i thought film was gud... ya 2nd half dragges. thrisha's lame reasons repeated. But that happens so in real life..

ada-paavi!!!! said...

the lead pair making out is so unromantic. Im sure it would put ne one off foreplay/sex

Anonymous said...

I agree with sreekrishnan and this movie brings out the true feelings of two people. Especially Trisha. I can say that coz being a girl I can tell that her confused feelings are very probable and I appreciate the crew for bringing that out quite well. I am not sure about a 'guy's reaction but simbu has done a stupendous job. I was always irritated by his movie, dialogues n whatever ... but this movie sure did prove him as an wonderful actor. Very well taken and it does need a different taste n certain class of maturity to appreciate this. I don t say that people who don t appreciate this or enjoy this or dumb or not sauve or something. It s just that they haven t been through certain feelings or rather certain pain in life. It is a nice story for the 22 to 26 year olds i would say ... but again it depends upon the individual. As for as i am concerned ... i would love to see it couple of more times in theater :) Kudos to the entire VTV team.

Anonymous said...

Blogeswari: I saw the movie after see a couple of reviews in the papers. Yes the movie was worth some of the hype in the papers and most definitely for the songs/ picturization. You are spot on with your review. Something did not gel in the second half and I did wonder about all the bleeping. Anywho....it was a well spent 2:35mins (I timed it) and a $12, considering the fact that I was watching 'a movie' after 2.5 years

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

Akka,

Indha padathayum kizhicheiteengale?? I had hopes on GVM. :(

Mambalam Mani said...

Brilliant review, yet again. I was expecting the movie to turn out to be something like this wonly! Mainly, because it is the Gautham 'I yam Overhyped' Menon pilm. And any movie with Sombu as the lead is, well...

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Vat fun eye had reeding dis!:-) Hilarious you are.

TamilPonnu said...

Good review. I agree w/ repetitions in this movie.. same dialogues and same slow mo of Trisha walking away.. Audience got bored and started making Nayanthara jokes. There was no need to go to US.. that didn't make sense..GM needs to work on his story/screenplay a bit more. The movie looked fresh.. but I don't think I can go back and watch it for the 2nd time..like I did w/ Minnale.

Vijay said...

Decent review. But with flaws.

"Trisha and Simbhu meet at UK and suddenly the song shifts to US."
- No way did they show UK at all. The shot was at Newyork and then NJ.

Regarding the mallu language being used i felt its needed, it wasn't over used. If it was the other way round (boy belongs to kerala and Girl is in tamilnadu) then what do you expect? you expect girl's relative to speak mallu?

Sreekrishnan said...

@vijay: His sister says UK, but he goes to US and they even refer to Central Park. UK by her father was probably a diversion of truth or just they came to US later ! He meets her only in the US.

Venky said...

I just loved this movie and one of the better movies i have watched off late.


I think this blog is more out of compulsive pessimism, the cynical blogs are the ones that get the max hits.

The Wanderlust said...

@bloggie ji!

I so agree... If only G had thought of just one line to save the story.. sigh! watte bad friday night it was!

அண்ணாமலையான் said...

thnx 4 saving mny....

ambi said...

oru mudivooda thaan irukeenga pola. :)

unga veetuku auto anuparavanga ellaam enga innum kaanoom..? :p

krishna said...

I felt better watching the Andhra's version..Atleast the faces..Trisha the aunty and simbhu the mass anna of tamil dint suit the roles..The telugu version was fresh..

Raz said...

thaaaye! vanakam! :)
unga blog ku nan niraiya tharam vanthu poi iruken...
ana innaiku than okkanthu/ninnu padichen :D

seriously kalakitinga .

VTV mixed reviews vanthuchu. unga post padichona nan confirm panniten. DVD la than padam pakkurathunu...

i like ur blog sagothari!
see u soon!

cutefreaky said...

reading ur blog after a long time...

Cudnt agree more with u on VTV... I felt the camera work was extremely good too compared to other movies where you can go literally inside the heroine's pimple.

I saw the movie and was totally disappointed. This will be the first and last GM movie am watching on the first day. Next time I will wait for review before throwing away free money to the distributors :-)

Anonymous said...

Excellent review ! That said, I think you were very kind to this mediocre flick..bring back the true Blogeswari I say ..

radha

Dinesh babu said...

Good honest review showing both pluses and minuses. Too much of Gautham Menon on TV these days. Every single Tamil Channel is showing Gautham on every single show! Too much hype and promotion as if he has made Endhiran with Rajinikanth!

Karthik.H said...

I thought otherwise. 2nd half better than first half. I couldn't stand the P Vasuish first half where the mush overflowed till the point of me wanting to puke on the sardar sitting next to me who didn't take his eyes off the very distracting subtitles.

Anonymous said...

Indha padathukku "My name is blogeswari, I haven't received any payment from Gautam ..." disclaimer kaanooom. Yen ? <> Maangaadu Bhagavathar

Anonymous said...

Long time reader of your blog.. your movie reviews are hilarious!

I think you are being very liberal with this movie... apart from the "chemistry" between the lead pair, nothing excited me in this movie..it was pretty darn slow with repetitive dialogues. Trisha saying "Karthick" in every frame... sheesh! they could have hired a parrot.
And you are right about Simbhu.. he can never become a "chocolate boy of ANYwood" with his stupid dialogue delivery... enna kodumai sami!

I too hated that "Lou bega" kinda people bouncing on the viewer for EVERY song!!

Ramya

thiyagu said...

if trisha got married so soon...why didn't she marry the guy with whom she was engaged ? well she cant marry him because then gowtham cant play with the climax and it wont be a yet another different love story.hahaha....

Latha said...

I only wish I had read this review before I spent my hard earned $. Awful ... I prefer mindelss masala to the repetitive Karthik nee een vanthai ... Jessie I love you ... please!

Bala said...

Half hour in to the movie I started having a queasy feeling.....that this was going to be a Vethu vettu movie. Why does Menon make his characters repeat names and again? It was Dady Daddy in the last movie and now Karthik Karthik in this movie.
Mega serial matter- - suitable for Sun TV, not a feature film.
Bala

Anonymous said...

i dont remember the last time you appreciated a movie - you need to leave your critic hat sometimes and watch movies with open heart and mind !!!

Viper said...

I'm new here. Hilarious one. Good going!

inbavalli said...

Ippo dhaan review padichen. Looks like you liked the movie more than you would admit ;)

By the time I get to watch it it would be seththa paambu :(

Kaushik said...

I think the repeated usage of "Karthik Karthik" was intentional...intending to convey Jessie's affection for him (ext-warped interpretation means sorry :D). Though I'd have been happier with Trisha's own voice, the "Karthik Karthik" from Trisha's mouth was kind of cute.
Or I may just be saying it because Karthik rhymes with Kaushik. :D

Anonymous said...

Hi:

Bold review. Rather than blindly praising(like all others) because its from GM-ARR combo, you have provided a honest opinion. But still this one looks like too liberal :) .

My take on this movie: This one is a utter slow movie with no worthy story in it. I remember reading a interview from Goutham saying he wants to do a "quicky" before his next major project and hence this VTV movie. He has been too quick and given a half cooked movie.

For first 1 hour, there is no story, no pace in the movie. They just keep showing Simbu and Trisha in close up shots. Repetitive dialogues.

50% of the movie is shot in a small 50-metre long street on ECR.Even a restaurant they show 3-4 times is on a ECR house with few tables and there too you see Trisha and Simbu alone. How long can we see just 2 people on a 50-mtr long street.

3 of the songs looks like "adiye kolluthe" from Varanam Ayiram. Same kind of dance, visuals etc,.

The last songs looks like a spoof of "Manjalveil malai edu" song from Vettaiyadu velaiyadu.


Background score is very average.

Below average movie.

machomama said...

I'm not a big time tamil / hindi movie fan. Usually accompany spouse for her kind of SK, Kamal Hassan, Madhavan, Suriya.....at the theatres. Other movies mainly watched at home.
The opening credits for VTV, waves scene from back of boat towards the church, immediately gave me the impression that this is going to be quite an exceptional movie. True enough it did.

I loved the movie throughout. Lovely Music from ARR and the music videos choreographed beautifully.
The only other movie that I actually went to theatre to watch twice because i wanted to was Batman & Cyrano de Begerac, both donkey years ago. Sometime or another we may need to go to theatres to watch movies twice for other reasons.

I can relate to VTV and to me it's realistic to some extent. Ganesh played his role hilariously well in a supporting role. Trisha & Simbhu had realike chemistry between them. Rest of the actors carried their roles well. Gautham & crew did a splendid job, cinematography as well.
It may seem a mediocre movie to some but for me, it’ll be in my head for sometime. Cheers.

If you haven’t watched the movie yet – STOP HERE.
It wouldn’t be nice to reveal what’s going to happen in the movie.
The only part that got me thinking why Trisha didn't marry the guy of her father's choice (as how she keeps on saying in the movie) - Thiyagu answered that - yes it makes sense, it could've killed the suspense.

R. Shalu said...

The movie that put you high up on a love pedestal, and then dump you, faster than light, down ground zero !!! Arghhhhhhh..... The ending was so unjustified. GVM always has to have some melancholic twist, doesn't he ??

R. Shalu said...

Vendaam This Vinai
In the last scene, Trisha asks Simbhu how he managed to get her number and he says "adutha padathula sollaren". "Ayyo, vendam Gautam Menaa - nee padamum edukkavendam , engalukku sollavum vendam"

Hahahahahahahahahhahah.... Super dialogue...

R. Shalu said...
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dsp said...

Hi Goutham
V T V was so....amazing,wonderful and colourful love story.Its full length love story.As per my opnion Surya would have been better than Simbu.I expected You make a full length love story with surya soon

The G said...

Hi,

I have written a translation/interpretation of Mannippaya song from VTV.

Please do have a look, if you have any comments do feel free.

Regards

http://g-rulz.blogspot.com/2010/03/mannippaya-translation-commentary.html

Anonymous said...

vinnaithandi varuvaya is the most pathetic movie I have ever seen.
Firstly, there is absolutely no story..only the 2 lovers talking all the time, imagining things and fighting ..the movie keeps on revolving around the same issues mentioned again and again. the interval is a good relief
to have some tea and recover from headache to prepare for u for the
rest of the tragedy to get over.
If you have nothing else to do in life , go and sit through the pain,
else do good by donating the ticket cost to charity!!

Anonymous said...

vinnaithandi varuvaya is the most pathetic movie I have ever seen.
Firstly, there is absolutely no story..only the 2 lovers talking all the time, imagining things and fighting ..the movie keeps on revolving around the same issues mentioned again and again. the interval is a good relief
to have some tea and recover from headache to prepare for u for the
rest of the tragedy to get over.
If you have nothing else to do in life , go and sit through the pain,
else do good by donating the ticket cost to charity!!

Anonymous said...

Did you notice a boat prop in one of the songs had the initials GVM on it? Too much self-indulgence only.

Meera said...

Hilarious review and right on dot... Gvm dint have a story and this movie is below average.. Only high is music...

James Arputha Raj said...

VTV : KB's letter to Gautham ... looks like wise men knows better then half of the people here... http://bit.ly/aNTBzO

Ramyah said...

This is a funny and kinda mean review i would say. Actually the movie is not the best but still a decent effort from GVM. Though some scenes are slow, some repetitive dialogues(taken from his own Minnale)and too many songs,the characters do nail in you. But the lead pair do give a surprise jolt with their acting.

Ashwin said...

Firstaapla..why all of his movies have a YouYes episode? Its so boring to see an unnecessary phoren drag in an already boring movie..

Secondaapla..As they meander through the second half, I was like "Podi..nee simbuva laovv panina enakenna pannalena enakkena"..

Nalla thokkam varumbodhu, they created utter chaos by bringing the jessi movie scenes with simbu/trisha juxtaposed as characters..

Kadhayum kozhappam, Heroinum kozhappam, mudivum kozhappam..

I hope GVM is not into drugs.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness..I actually laughed my way through this post (first time coming across your blog by the way). Very nicely written. The only saving grace is the songs by A.R.R. The film has probably reafirmed why I've never been a fan of Guatham Menon's films. He churns out the same old crappy stuff. Once again, awesome blog!

Dhurga

sammie said...

உங்க review-வ படிச்சிட்டு இப்பதான் dvd-ல படத்த பாத்து முடிச்சேன்..

செகண்ட் ஹாப் சரியான தலவலிங்க. படம் எப்படா முடியுமுனு ஒவ்வொரு நிமிசமும் டைம பாத்துகிட்டே இருந்தேன் :)

ஒருவழியா இந்த 'ஓவர்-ஹைப்ட்' சனியன பாத்து முடிச்சாச்சு ஹோய்!

இனிம விதாவ வும் வேண்டாம் #$%#$%#$% வும் வேண்டாம்.

Sangeetha said...

The movie is a relief from the Vijay, Arjun craps.

Simbu must work on his English skills too.

Anonymous said...

Trisha was f****** annoying, she can't act and the movie sucks!

Anonymous said...

Hai Blogeswari ...

Good,
bold and honest review... When i was watching the movie , I made a decision of NOT watching Gautham menon's movies in future...such a waste of money and time ... Technically speaking the movie is Astounding... Yes thats the word ...but everything ends there ...One suggestion to gautham : Please dont make any movies involving human emotions in future ...enuf of 2 tortorous movies (VA and VTV)...And what is it with maintainig gud,poetic tamil titles and englisfying the whole movie ?

Anonymous said...

பாவம் இப்படி வருது எடுத்துருக்க வேண்டாம் படத்த... சிம்பு handsome இருக்கான்னு சொல்லவே இல்ல

S.Ganesh Kumar said...

Nice review,felt like walking out of the hall post-interval!:X
Saw many bad films in cinema hall,but never felt like walking out unlike this film.

ragav said...

you cant even truly let ppl comment on ur posts whn u can criticise othrs?wht kinda wrld u live in?

Pavithra Ramasamy said...

I agree with your post ..

But later I realised this depicts what happens in reality . I am sure whoever can relate to the movie wud hav definitely enjoyed it.

Giggs said...

A little too harsh on the movie, i thought. It had its good parts.

nanditha90 said...

I very rarely watch films(like the heroine)
That too only because my friend compelled :(
The film could have had a positive ending...

The director disappoints :(

The telugu hosanna is well picturised than the tamil one(except the fact that nag chaitanya doesnt know to dance)

Samantha is far better than trisha(looks older than simbhu)..

I even feel samantha and simbhu make a good pair.
Bored seeing trisha on the screen.

By the way,your review is nice..
Keep up,
Nanditha

Anonymous said...

May be this could have been a nice short film or still better, one of those half hr. teleserials...but there is just not enough plot or story for a 3 hr feature film..hence all the repetitions and boredom. There were times in the second half that I was reminded of Mills and Boons books...no substance but just romance for the sake of romance. May be I'm just too old, but I found it boring boring boring!

Agree with this review 100% Excellent review blogeswari...love your sense of humor!

randomchutney said...

terrific review.. so refreshing to the usual trash we read day in and out everyday, thx a ton, keep up the good work...

Anto said...

hello blogeswari...summa jus like that u cant trash a movie..this movie is alot better than crap movies of vijay n ajith...its an emotional love story and a damn reality about wat love gives in the end to the so called lovers..the weak points are the acting by trisha and poor dialogues...interesting humour laced first half..credit ganesh..slow moving 2nd half but a hard hitting climax ..wat else one can ask for..above all the ARR music is the backbone of this movie..overall a good movie

Late Inswing said...

Thanks for saving my time and money.
I will wait for the rented VCD/DVD.

Always felt GVM is getting more than his share of hype. Simbu and Thoongumunji Trisha are anyway unwatchable.

Been a regular reader and your review rock. Go well!!

Reva said...

First time visitor here!

Did you just notice self-referential one-liners replacing substance in Tamil movies or what? This has now become the rage, leaving one to wonder what they would do to be creative in the parody genre. The references are, all of them demented. They range from toadying and anxious salutes to yester-year superstars (as if these names are incantations that would/could ensure success for a movie) to mentions of producers and names that an average person does not even notice in the credits. Here are two of my picks for the ultimate demented self-mentions: Rajnikanth balloon sky-writing "Superstar” in Chandramuki, his return-from-retirement vehicle; Jeeva's referencing his producer father (in more than one scene) in Katcheri Aarambham. If the former is self-laudatory run amok the latter has got to be desperate hopefulness. I did not expect that Gautam Menon would stoop to this, when he is still acitve! It is heartily sickening, all these self-congratulations and does not show serious creative intent.

And about Nalini Sriram's costume designs: I agree Trisha in her sari is so chic looking, it might breathe life into this dying mode of clothing. Nalini's choice of western clothing may be vague but I was glad not to see the wet-diaper look salwar.:) (Am I alone in seeing this as the most unflattering outfit ever?!)

Sorry for the longish comment.

Cheers

boi said...

vinnaithaandi varuvaaya is a treat for the eyes & ears. gautham menon is a awesome director. Simbu changed mellowed down himself i9n this movie. Trisha was great with her splendid saris & acting. Kudos to Chinmayi for that tantalizing voice of Trisha's. I hope blogeswari could revive the 'Dubbing Madness' Forum.

Venki said...

ROFLing at the Vadakkam the veerakatha... super ma'am...

Anonymous said...

Wat a film...! one can feel this only if he or she has experienced a true love... missing one truly...doin anything fr love... Trisha has done a fabulous role of depicting the feelings of a girl when she is to take a decision in her life...she loves karthik and her parents too which again is the problem... thinks a lot a leaves an untold goodbye to karthik... hey Jessie... "ean idhayam udaithai norungavae... en maru idhayam tharuven... ne udaikkave....!"

AK said...

I watched the movie and it was good, but the climax was twisted for the sake of twisting. The Central park scene was better than the climax scene in the end (Trisha and Simbhu) walking near the theatre.

Dialogues were penned beautifully...more than anything. Acting was good, but there were other factors in the movie (cinematography, dialogues, music) that really made it great.

Is it a cult movie like Alaipayuthe? Not really...may be time will tell.

Anonymous said...

hello!!!think yr a kid not matured enough to watch and understand such a movie.You don even understand anything from the movie.so you must just stop wasting your time in writing such stupid blogs.

Anonymous said...

for me Vtv is the best love movie for this day youth

Kavya said...

I really loved this VTV coz I too was doing nearly the same thing when this film got released.. had no idea of the storyline and watched it just for the hype surrounding it... and was seriously scared of the end. Now, I have the guts to admit my situation and saw it again today and found ur blog on a random search... Guess the second half actually did justice to the end... My story too ended the same way, except that, my ex-bf is no film-maker to make a film with my name and that am yet single, but seriously picky when I have to mingle :)

Siva said...

No story yeah.......what would u say if one tells that 93.7% of the film had happened in my life....exactly exactly....live & live....then thats what is protrayed here.....it has happened for many....
if u always look for bookish stories then sit,find & watch vetrimaaran's movies.....sometimes true directors like gautham tries to protray some real life stories & charecters......
so sad that i read this rubbish review after 1.5 years.....
one must understand concepts of a film apart from story.....not always talking damn about films....
also,by your reviews you just want to say that u've a lot of talent to change all these.....then come out & make a movie devoid of all mistakes......then comment in others like this!!!!
hey.i've a doubt that,
are u actually a tamilian or a north lad trying to spoil name of tamilians.....???

Anonymous said...

Now Hindi remake is also coming 'Ek deewana tha' starring Prateik Babbar and Amy Jackson

Anonymous said...

i really like this movie for its simplicity and i loved trisha's hairsyle and costumes she looked really beautiful and simbu had awesome expressions