Tamil Movies on the right track

Saw a few movies that got left out 

– Jigardhanda 

– Enakkul oruvan 

– Demonte Colony

– Rajathandhiram 

– Kaaka Muttai 

Nice concepts and very good acting. However still saw the share of mass movies too

– Mass

– Eli

36 Vayadhinile

36vayathinile

 

An excellent low budget movie that does not depend on sleaze and cheap songs for its success. Kudos to Jyothika and Surya for pulling this off.

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If you have ever read my previous posts on religious views, you would know how strongly I am opposed to religion and religious practices (religion not god) and when a film comes by which portrays exactly the principles inside you, what is there to not like. The film was the need of the hour with lots of violence happening in the name of religion. The best dialogue in the movie comes at the end “People are not god-loving, they are god-fearing”. How true. How many of us think God as a friend. Often the portrayal is of a master-slave relationship.

From my school days the thing that would bother me the most was the repeated preaching in church as to who would go to heaven. I could’t accept the point that only those who have accepted Christ will get the gate-pass to heaven. It was hard to imagine god as an egoistic cruel person who would push my beloved hindu neighbors in fire just because they were non-christians.

Coming back to the film, it has been nicely done, good dialogues, not too long or boring, very well acted and makes you laugh out loud more than once. What an amazing place this world would be if only people understand and follow the points in the movie. A bold film and gets my full praises…

Usure Poguthae – Raavanan Song – Tamil Lyrics

இந்த பூமியில எப்ப வந்து நீ பொறந்த
என்  புத்தி  குள்ள  தீ  பொறியை  நீ  வெதச்ச   
அடி  தேக்கு  மர காடு  பெருசுதான்  
சின்ன  தீ  குச்சி  ஒசரம்  சிருசுதான் 

அடி  தேக்கு  மர காடு  பெருசுதான்  
சின்ன  தீ  குச்சி  ஒசரம்  சிருசுதான்
ஒரு  தீ  குச்சி  விழுந்து  துடிக்குதடி
கருண்  தேக்கு  மர  காடு  வெடிக்குதடி

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

ஒடம்பும்  மனசும்   தூரம்  தூரம்
ஒட்ட  நனைக்க ஆகல
மனசு  சொல்லும்  நல்ல  சொல்ல
மாய  ஒடம்பு  கேக்கல

தவியா தவிச்சு 
உசிர்  தடம்  கெட்டு  திரியுதடி
தைலான் குருவி
என்ன  தள்ளிவிட்டு  சிரிக்குதடி  

இந்த  மம்முத  கிறுக்கு  தீருமா
அடி  மந்திரிச்சு விட்ட கோழி மாறுமா
என் மயக்கத்த தீத்து வச்சி மன்னிச்சிரும்மா

சந்திரனும் சூரியனும்
சுத்தி ஒருகோட்டில் வருகுதே
சத்தியமும் பத்தியமும்
இப்ப தல சுத்தி கெடக்குதே 

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

இந்த  ஒலகத்தில் இது ஒன்னும் புதுசு இல்ல
ஒன்னு  ரெண்டு  தப்பி போகும் ஒழுக்கத்துல
விதி  சொல்லி  வழி  போட்ட  மனச புள்ள
விதி விலக்கு இல்லாத விதியும் இல்ல

எட்ட  இருக்கும்  சூரியன்  பார்த்து
மொட்டு  விரிக்கிது  தாமர
தொட்டு  விடாத  தூரம்  இருந்தும்
சொந்த  பந்தமோ  போகல

பாம்பா விழுதா
ஒரு பாகுபாடு தெரியலையே
பாம்பா இருந்தும்
நெஞ்சு பயப்பட நெனைக்கலையே 

என் கட்டையும் ஒரு நாள் சாயலாம்
என் கண்ணுல ஒன் முகம் போகுமா
நான் மண்ணுக்குள்ள ஒன் நெனப்பு மனசுக்குள்ள

சந்திரனும் சூரியனும்
சுத்தி ஒருகோட்டில் வருகுதே
சத்தியமும் பத்தியமும்
இப்ப தல சுத்தி கெடக்குதே 

உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

 உசுரே  போகுதே, உசுரே  போகுதே
ஒதட்ட  நீ  கொஞ்சம் சுழிக்கயிலே 
ஒ மாமன் தவிக்கிறேன் 
மடி  பிச்சை  கேக்குறேன்
மனச தாடி  என்  மணிக்குயிலே

அக்கற சீமையில் நீ  இருந்தும்
ஐவிரல்  தீண்டிட நெனைக்குதடி
அக்கினி  பழமின்னு  தெரிஞ்சிருந்தும்
அடிக்கடி  நாக்கு  துடிக்குதடி

At midnight 12.15 in Andover, I never thought that a song would make me sit and write its tamil lyrics after hearing it continuously for 25-30 times. Amazing song from A.R. Rehman, Karthik and Vairamuthu… It took quite some time (1.5 hrs) even with blogger’s tamil mode. But it was worth it….

3 Idiots

The film is fun and made me laugh aloud a lot of times with its excellent comedy. The songs are amazing. My favorite was ‘Behete Hawa..’ but who can stop singing ‘All izz Well’. Aamir and co have acted well. Aamir does justice to a college going student look. The social message is good and Aamir should be praised for the way he handles such subjects. A strong message in a beautifully sugar coated movie.
The film is not without its share of, shall we call it cinematic loopholes. I don’t understand what is a professor to do if his students piss on his doors – congratulate them? And that baby responding to ‘all izz well’ is a bit too much to take. Finally why do heroes end up in someone else’s marriage to get their girl. Why not propose and close it when she was with him, instead of playing with someone else’s life. Did they ever give a thought to the boy who was to marry her – even though he is a gada. Many movies had this ending and I lost count of them now – Dil chahta hai, Jab we met.. the list goes on and now 3 idiots. Guys marrying beautiful girls, beware – she could be someone else’s heroine. Nothing is for sure till the knot is tied.

Coming back to the film, ALL IZZ WELL in 3 Idiots, a must watch movie and keep it as a collection for those stress buster sessions.

Aayirathil Oruvan

It was the interval and munching some pop corns I was thinking that this film is the best attempted in Tamil Cinema to match a world class quality in action and adventure and also one of the finest films I have seen and there could be nothing in the second half that can take this away from such a superb film – unfortunately, I was wrong.

The film starts off and never once misses its pace for the entire long first half. That is a credible thing. Most of the people would be amazed by the attention to detail, the grandeur and will be even trying to see if they are dreaming and is it indeed a tamil film that they are watching. The song “Un mela aasathan” adds to this and makes you want to cry in happiness. Had the film ended at the half way I feel it would have been a slight disappointment but one that would have been far better than having to sit through the second half and the climax. One word of caution – it is a ‘A’ rated film and is at the extreme end of it. Free flowing rough language, a higher overtone of sex and violence/blood to good amount. No faint hearted people please and see if you can leave out your children.

What starts off as a adventure film at its core becomes a drama and much more, a tradegy towards the end. I will not open up any spoilers here but I feel so sad for Selvaraghavan and what he could have achieved with a different screenplay in the second half. But though the screenplay lets you down, the grandeur and the attention to detail is still there.

But at the end of the day, you feel cheated as a child who was given the most amazing lollipop he had ever tasted but found that after having eaten half, it becomes bitter and you are forced to eat it till the end.

Jai Ho A.R.Rehman

Rehman did India proud by winning double Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards. I was up at 6.30 and even without brushing my teeth was in front of T.V. Shortly my wife joined me and we were glued to it till 10.30 A.M jumping on various occasions first for Resul Pookutty, then for Rehman and also for Pinky. Finally it was a moment of great joy and pride to see the kids and the caste of Slumdog Millionaire for the Best Picture.

Robotic Rajni

After the super duper hit ‘Sivaji’ it has now been confirmed (ET and Rediff) that Rajni and Shankar are teaming up for ‘Robot’ (name might change later). The only thing that made me sad was that I was expecting Kamal to do it. But Rajni has his own class and let us hope that this turns out to be the best hit ever in India. It will be a science fiction movie costing a whooping 100 crores (costliest movie in India) and is said to be the dream movie of Shankar. I am damn sure that writer ‘Sujatha’ will be involved a lot with this movie. (You remember En Ineeya Entira)

Let us all wish Rajni and Shankar and Robot a great success.

Notting Hill – A Classic

Anyone not reading my film posts for the first time, knows that they are not in chronological order, but in the order that I get to see them. I was so impressed by ‘Notting Hill’ that I am writing about it even though the movie is as old as 1999. The movie is a romantic comedy, both in equal proportions. Speaking of romance, it is so gently yet so deeply involved, so captivating, so emotional that it falls in the all time favorites for romantic films. Julia Roberts is at her best. Well she always is in so many other films as well. Excellent actor and so very natural. Hugh Grant portrays ‘William Thacker’ (I had to google to find his name as I was not aware) and he is soothingly calm and pleasant but does justice to his role as well.

On the comedy front too the film scores very well and is nicely integrated into the script. Songs need a special mention, especially ‘She’ by Elvis is top class. I was so captivated, I present below the video from ‘YouTube’ for your pleasure and also the lyrics if you plan to sing on behalf of someone, someone you love and care a lot. You will enjoy it. Believe me !!

She
May be the face I can’t forget
The trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price I have to pay
She
May be the song that summer sings
May be the chill that autumn brings
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day

She
May be the beauty or the beast
May be the famine or the feast
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell
She may be the mirror of my dreams
The smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell

She
Who always seems so happy in a crowd
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one’s allowed to see them when they cry
She
May be the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past
That I’ll remember till the day I die

She
May be the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I’m alive
The one I’ll care for through the rough in ready years
Me
I’ll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I’ve got to be
The meaning of my life is

She
She, oh she

Mozhi – my all time favorite

It doesn’t happen always that you sit to watch a film and suddenly realize that it has made to your all time favorite top. Mozhi was such a film and it might well be some time before any other film dare challenge it. I am starting to like Prakash Raj for more than being a great actor. He has pulled off some spectacular movies as producer especially with Radhamohan. Mozhie is a sweet poetry of a physically challenged girl and a romantic hero who tries to win her heart. It is more than that, it has a great screenplay, awesome melodious songs, good character portrayal by almost everybody and a comedy that Vadivel and Vivek would be envious about. It is a jolly good movie. Go and have fun.

Rated : 80/100 on my scale