Friday, October 23, 2009

Kelviyin Nayagiye...

Do you also wonder....

What the real purpose of a bed cover is? Agreed it helps you keep your bed neat and you can keep your bedsheet crumpled and cover it up with this and all that. But that even your poarvai can also do no? And when you sleep where exactly do you keep your bed cover? Do you have the patience to fold that 'boodagaara' cover and put it neatly inside a cupboard before dobakkunnu plonk yourself on the bed? Just curious.

How people manage to keep their nails manicured all the time? Do they carry their manicure set with them to office, in the train, in the bus/car , wherever they go and keep plucking those ever-growing cuticles? How is it that their hands and nails look so neat 24*7 ? My once-a-year manicure lasts exactly for ten minutes. Then from somewhere these cuticles start growing and look like ugly thorns.

Why all dog-owners sound alike when they say "He/she won't bite you" when you visit them when the monster has ITS (no he,she for me) big mouth open and big teeth welcoming you not to forget its ecchal on your dress that makes you go eeyyuuuuck?

Whether people who shamelessly nakki-fy the bosses at work - be it in person or on facebook etc have maanam , rosham and other elements in their body constitution?

Yours truly,

Kelviyin Nayagi

Friday, October 16, 2009

Rendu bottle... Oru plate... Aaru Dabba

Rendu bottle................................................ PAYASAM...

Oru plate fulllll ...............................SWEETS ...

Dabba Dabba-vaaa.............................TAPPASU...

Happy Deepavali to all bloggers, tweeple, orkutters, facebook-makkal, Space-rs and wave-log!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Mumbai ka maal 5

"Andheri se Bandra , Bandra se Dadar , Dadar se Mumbai Central ... " - Whatever you ratto-fied (Yes yes that is Hindi for manappadam ) or failed to ratto-fy in your school days, this you will when you spend some time in Mumbai travelling by trains. That's the monotonous train arrival announcement in the Western Railway platforms.

You will curse the system, abused in Marathi by ladies in the I class but at you cannot survive in the city without the local trains. Harbour line is the worst of the three - one drop of rain and the tracks get flooded. Central railway is very galeej. The crowded WR that is Western Railway is my choice. Hardly get to travel by train these days but I do miss my train travel once in a while.

Some coasters I had picked up from Loose Ends in Bandra.

Our weekend haunt for provisions, veggies, Kumudam, Ananda Vigadan, Idli maavu, Dosai, Idli and Tamizh cinema...

From Avaraikkai to A.K 47... everything available at..

One of these is 'engaloda ' station..

Designer Krsna Mehta has some stuff on the city - good to see, horribly expensive to buy but I like, very Bambaiyya you see- ayyo sorry Thackareyji, very Mumbaiyya, you see.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Bigg Boss - the desi version of Big brother has an ardent fan in me. Watched almost all episodes of the first season. Was one of the 'privileged' few to get access to episode details on Bigg boss 2 even before they were telecast - the fights, the eliminations, controversies were known before hand and hence not much enthu-ness to watch season 2.

Bigg boss Season 3 ie Triteeeya has begun with THE Big B himself hosting the show. No surprise here 'coz Jaya aunty / didi / taai/ paatti has obviously told him "Uppu, puli, paruppu velai ellam jaasti aayuduthu, Payyanukku velai illai, maatupponnu market sarinju poyiduthu, enakko Amar Singh-Singapore-nnu talaikku mela velai... aathula ukkandu enna pandrel? sambadikkara vazhiya-p-paarungo" . So thaatha is all set to bring back his so-called magic har shukruwaar speaking to contestants .

Khatron ke Khiladi became Anu alavum Bayam illai, KBC was Kodeeeeswaran on Suntv, Family fortunes is going strong as 'Jackitt'pot.. er... Jackpot - so why not Bigg boss in Tamizh? If Amitabh-ji can speak Ellahabad Hindi which he only understands, Kamal-sir can speak tamizh which nobody will understand - not even himself. And c'mon namma kitta illadha vetti contestants-a? Our peoples will give Hindi makkal likePoonam Dhillon, Raju Shrivastav, Raja Chowdhry etc a run for their money.

Here's my wish list for Annnacchi - the tamizh version of Endemol's Big brother /Bigg boss.

1. Raaghav

He is an all-in-all Anantharaman- music director, actor, television host but what does he do sitting at home everyday? This perutta sandegam has been in my mind for a long time. I have been seeing his 'Nanjupuram' promos on tv for six odd months now. This film has Raghav acting- doing music and all that. But no sign of its release whatsoever. He is not your regular serial actor also. So what on earth does he do sitting at home everyday when wife Preetha is off to make some money in the software industry? He can enter the Annnacchi house and make some money no?
2. Anandh Babu :

This is the latest picture of the great AB of Kollywood from a soon-to-be released film. Poor guy! Sambaadicchittu poatta Appa is no more and his (AB's) wig itself is getting old... so you can imagine his plight. With Annnacchi he can tell the world, especially Chinnathirai that he is still alive so that the Thirumurugans, Tiruchelvans and Tiruniraichelvans can think about casting him in Periyannan- Naattamai kinda roles in serials.

3. Ambiga

Endaanu? Chechi-oda fringe hairstyle enda mummy-kku valara ishtamaanu. I am personally wanting her on the show so that she can talk about Kollywood in the 80s, ARS* street/ garden / studio- that is *Ambiga, Radha, Sarala / Sarada (her mummy) and ofcourse the much-talked about kisu-kisu with 'Madurai-hurricane'.

4. Gangei Amaran

Gangei will be good fun to have in the Annnacchi house. Sons are busy in films and pals debts have been cleared now. So instead of sitting at home and giving "Illayaarajaa- Bharadiraaja naangellaam" kinda interviews , hosting 'Esappattukku kuttuppaattu' programs on SUNTV Deebavali special, he can do the same inside Annnacchi house and make some money.

5. Shanmugasundaram

We need veterans like Shanmugasundaram Sir in the Annnacchi house. Don't we want to listen to "Anda kaalathula Sivaji-saar kooda nadikkum bodu....." again and again? I want to. I shall make all efforts to get Shanmugasundaram Saar to be a part of the Annnacchi house if and when we have a tamizh version. "Ennnangaa.. ennaanga thambi neenga..."
6. Revathi Sankaran

Hallo!Escoos me! Who will cook in the Annnacchi house? Madam will not just cook but sing "Milaga varuthu podi senja , moola vyadi gunamaagum" in full folkish carnatic style. Doctor-singer-cooker in the Annnacchi house.

6. Thyagu/ Paandu

To me both belong to the same category. Actors who acted in about a dozen films in the last decade and for 'pazhagina dosham' Superstars and super directors are giving them tundu-beedi roles these days. These so-called veterans do nothing but adichify 'beer-chicken' in the evening. It will be good fun to see how such vettis pass their time in the vetti-erAnnnacchi house. I don't have peraasai. I don't want both. Either of them is good.

7. S N Surendhar

What lies beneath the cap? I am interested in knowing. The dupping voice for Mike Mogan and several other actors in the 80s and 90s. A regular at Illayaraja- Gangei Amaran's light music troupe, he was last scene in Sa-ro-ja in the wedding scene as a guest. I want to see him in the Annacchi house and also listen to his 'Kuzhandai yean azhardhu teryuma' dialogue from Mouna ragam which he has been saying for two decades now in every medai kutchery.

8. 'Disco' Shanti

Former item number, kanavu-k-kanni - what she must be doing right now apart from putting one number 'kudumba-ponnu-hence-wearing-taali-outside' act? Ambiga akka will give her good company. Disco-ji, Annnacchi house-kku vaanga ji.

9. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

I am of the firm belief that we should have people from not just Kollywood in the Annnacchi house . Apart from appearing in television channels once a year from some or the other cricket match commentary, he must be doing nothing. Annnacchi house warmly welcomes L Siva.
Actually, we can categorize him as a Kollywood actor. Remember his one-scene act in Raja kaiyya veccha with Prabhu Sir?

10. Malini Yugendran This Singaari from Singapore is a reality show star having participated and hosted various dance and music shows. And yes, her husband 'Yugi' comes free as a participant with her. Haiyya!

11. Pepsi Uma

Thank you Creativetty for your suggestion.

God knows where Pepsi Uma has disappeared after her short stint with Kalaignar TV. Pepsi Uma can give a wake-up call to everyone in the morning with her "Naa nalama irukken.. neenga nalama irukeengala?" and say "acchaaho eliminate aayiteelaaa?" every Friday after the elimination.

12. Singer Anuradha Sriram
When was the last time you heard her in a movie song ? No, am not talking about the umpteen music shows which she hosts/ judges where tadukki uzhunda she starts to sing. Apart from giving her vetti-ness a break (!) at The Annnacchi house, the purpose of inviting her to participate is also to check if her atrocious dressing sense will continue in this reality show as well.

No Kalaignani, Ulaganayagan, Superstar, Supreme star as Annnacchi host. Why worry when we have the great Ilayathilagam Prabhu Sir with us? I mean, who else but Prabhu Sir can add that vetti-ness to our 'Annnacchi' show? Nothing doing. It is Prabhu... Prabhu... Prabhu all the way as Annnacchi's host.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Tele-vetti 22

Tele-vetti 21 - Chavalier Nadigar Thilagam special Aascar goes to Boo - 11/12. Wow, super! Congratulations and thank you everyone for your enthusiastic participation.


Chandrasekaran Krishnan - 7/12 ; Ambi - 5/12 Jesudoss, Janet and Swat - 4/12

The correct answers for Tele-vetti 21: [L to R]

1.Thillana mohanambal (Oh-so romantic train scene)
2. Saraswathi sabadam (Naaarayana... Naarayana)
3. Thirumal perumai
4. Karnan (side profile ellam to show kavasam)
5. Veerapandiya kattabomman (unique costume colour)
6. Ambikapathy [Sindhanai sei maname...]
7. Kandhan Karunai (What style!)
8. Thiruvilayidal (Evergreen Dharumi scene)
9. Sampoorna ramayanam
10. Thenali raman
11. Padikkadha medhai (Engirundo vandhaan...)
12. Tiruvarutchelvar


TELE-VETTI 20 Aascar award winner Swap - 5/10 . Congratulations!
Scores: Aparna - 4/10 ;Janet, Jesudoss - 2/10 ; Chandrasekaran Krishnan & Praveen - 3/10.

Answers: [L to R]

  • 1.Aboorva sahodarargal – Appu and Raja in the car
  • 2.May maadham - Madrasa suttipaaka
  • 3. Aayudha ezhuthu – climax
  • 4. Sivaji: The Boss – Thalaivar leaves the airport
  • 5. Kaadhalan – Oorvasi Oorvasi
  • 6. Kadalikka neramillai – Enna paarvai undhan paarvai
  • 7. Vaaranam aayiram – Anjala..
  • 8. Mouna raagam – Karthik gets beaten up by the cop
  • 9. Enakku 20 unakku 18 - Sandhippoama
  • 10.Raaja Parvai – Andhi mazhai pozhigiradu

Tele-vetti 22 - 'Koo chuk chuk'

  • Identify the Reyil films [L to R]
  • One entry per person / Only one guess allowed - incase of two guesses the first one will be taken into account.
  • One point per correct answers - 10 points to be won
  • Email your answers to blogeswari {AT} gmail {DOT} com
  • Last date for sending your entries - Thursday, 8th October 2009 [the day I complete two years of vettiness in my aabees that gives me more time for such tele-vettiness]

Friday, October 02, 2009

Wake up Sid

When you watch some films you instantly tend to connect with a lot of things. Wake up Sid is one film that I could connect in a lot of ways. To start with it is a very 'Bombay' film, Konkona's flat reminded me of my PG accomodation in Bandra and the crazy 80 year old house owner (in the film its one of the neighbours), my dear friend Ush's sis Raji who was promptly accompanied me to every PG / flat I went to looking for an acco,to check if it was an 'okay' flat (replace Raji with Ranbir), Konkona's fetish for cleanliness - yes yes sooo me
I liked the film only for the above aspects.. That's it.. Nothing more!

21 year old Sidhart Mehra a.k.a Sid is this rich kid whose dad Anupam Kher business interests him the least. Doting Punju mother Supriya Pathak's English p@%% him off. His college life revolves around fun friends, partying, ipod, clicking random pictures and so on. He meets Aisha Banerjee (Konkona) in the college farewell party. Aisha has just moved to Bombay from Kolkata in search of a job and they become friends.. only friends-nothing more. Post college Sid tries to be a part of his dad's office-fails miserably and flunks his final exams as well. Thrown out of the house 'coz of his attitude he lands at Aisha's one room flat and so do they fall in love? Does Sid get responsible? Watch Dil Chahta Hai and Lakshya.

Wake up Old

"The treatment and look are very fresh" - One would have said this had this film released eight years ago before Dil Chahta Hai. Its 2009 and we have seen umpteen such films in these eight years. The lazy rich kid in Bombay driving expensive cars, his '' attitude, a responsible girl in his life... we have seen it all and there's nothing new the film gives you.

Wake up Good

Anupam Kher is very good as Sid's dad. Very understated and effective performance when required.. no "Tu mera beta .. me tera papa" kinda senti dialogues. Supriya Pathak does come across as a typical doting "gaajar ka halwa" mummy that we have seen in quite a number of films but she is likeable. Had it been Kirron Kher, you guys know how this paragraph would have ended.

Sid's friends - Laxmi and Rishi who comes in the Colgate Fresh ad are cute but here again, nothing new.

Yes - Cinematographer Anil Mehta does make a difference. Simple work. No 'Ajalagujala' framing and all that. Just what is required for a film like this.

Ranbir fits into Sid's shoes comfortably and no other actor could have done justice to this role than RK.

One very very very good thing that I reallllly liked about the film - Konkona is 27 and Ranbir is 21. They don't hide the fact that Konkona looks older than Ranbir.

Wake up Bad

The film revolves around two people - Ranbir and Konkona who are there in every frame. C'mon! For two hours and fifteen minutes or more you seen only Ranbir or Konkona or both in every scene. That gets to you after a point... which is the film's first 30 minutes.

The story just doesn't move forward. Once you have established that Sid is an aimless idiot or Sid moving into Aisha's flat etc why does one need to say the same thing in different scenes/ different forms?

I am sorry - Konkona Sen is over-rated in my opinion. She fits the role of a writer/ journo whatever but when in doubt, she rolls her beautiful eyes. The renditions are so predictable with that lazy tone of hers.

Don't understand this thing about Bong directors- Do they have to have to have a 'Bong' character / actor in every film of theirs?

Wake up Bored

Like 'Special Dosai' 'Special Sambar' there should be a category called 'Special actor' - one who does 'Dumped-at-the-last-minute' 'NRI maapillai in two scenes' kinda roles . Rahul Khanna is one. Almost every woman I know has a crush on him but sorry not for me... not anymore. He looks like a druggie and wanders about aimlessly in Wake up Sid.

Production design- A large part of the film is set in Konkona's bachelor pad and so it required a li'l bit of colour and prop-ing but this could have been slightly understated, I thought. Agree that every prop, dhurrie, curtain looks great but they look too clean and good to be true.

Wake up Yawned

It is not one of those films that will make you run out of the theatre screaming "Ayyo saamy aala vidunga" 'coz as the story m...o...v....e....s forward predictably, you also sit back and enjoy its little moments but at the same time you don't mind getting out of the theatre to answer calls or reply to those umpteen unattended "How are you?" SMSes from friends.

Wake up Glad

Being a part of the media industry has it very own advantages - Like free tickets for films like these. Had I spent my own money watching a dud like this the tone of this review would have headed elsewhere.

Wake up Dud

When the storyline is so predictable, one looks for other aspects that make the film enjoyable - like a Jaane Tu... for example. In Jaane Tu...we knew where the story was heading but there was something in the film that made it immensely enjoyable.

In Wake up Sid- the casting is nice, the cinematography - good, dialogues are perfect but still there was something missing - The story perhaps!

Wake up Sad - 2 out of 5