Oru Naal Oru Kanavu

Another Fazil film. The good thing about the film is that it is very decent. You can sit with you family and enjoy an evening show of this film. The bad thing is that it is quite slow like other Fazil films, but fortunately Srikanth and Sonia Agarwal have done well. The film starts with the usual theme of a good active hero and a playful heroine. The heroine challenges the hero at one stage that she will make him love her. Hero accepts it wanting to teach her a lesson but ends up in love with her. For some unknown reason the hero and his mother feel that the hero should raise to a level in life before he marries her and the hero goes about doing it by cleaning his house and looking for old scribes containing information on ayurvedic treatment (What a hard work!!). The Fazil touch is present in the climax, though nothing like the ‘Kathalukku Mariyathai’ Fazil has tried his best to get atleast a part of the emotions. The film is more of an artwork than a commercial one but as I said, your family will love to watch it.

Rating :: 65/100

Oru Kallooriyin Kathai

A very different story. If you had been expecting some College rowdies, useless songs and ragging, students threatening  lecturers in this ‘College Movie’ you will be in for a surprise. The film is very different from that.
It is quite serious and worth watching. Arya has done quite well in this movie and so has Sonia agarwal. All old classmates plan to meet after a few years at a single place. Arya one of them comes there buy is mentally challenged due to some incident. His friends try to revive him and on the advice of the doctor, they try to re-establish the same surroundings that they had when they had studied together. So they go to the college, repaint it, call the old students from all over and try to set up a stage for Arya to be cured. Their attempts are very interesting and that is what makes the film watchable. Though quite slow, the screenplay is worth it. I did not quite approve of the climax myself, but you that is just me. Overall a watchable film and quite different one too.

Rating :: 68/100

Gajini

It was one of the most anticipated movie by experts of the film industry and it did not fail to impress. The movie is a must see and you will not regret having seen it. The movie starts off at full speed and you start to long that the tempo should be maintained till the end of the film. The first half goes with the same tempo and you are now hoping and even praying that the second half does not slow down. It doesn’t but at the middle of the second half the film slows down, rather it becomes very cinematic and that goes down till the climax.
Surya has done exceedingly well in his characterization of ‘Sanjay Ramaswamy’, as a high profile, rich businessman. Equally great has been the performance of ‘Asin’ in her role. The duo brighten every scene and set the film ablaze. Nayantara is ugly and has a terrible role and one much more terrible item number. Nayantara please stop this or else you will be exiting tamil film industry much sooner that you think. Songs are great especially ‘Oru Maalai ila veyil neram’ is excellent.
Jokes are not inserted into (patched) but integrated with the film. I am not even giving a hint of the story as it might shorten your excitement when you see the movie. Overall a through hit for Surya, Asin and director Murugadoss (Ramana Fame)

Please Note  : Gavri commented on LJ that this film was a copy of Memento .So I now feel that there is not much to praise about the creative plot. Thanks

Rating :: 77/100   70/100 (Rating changed after Gavri’s comment)

Got a Digicam

Finally, I got a digicam. I will not be able to forget the date and manner in which I got it. I have been wishing to lay my hands on one for 2 years now. It started with some some information I got for Canon Powershot S1 while I was browsing. Then I landed on dcresource.com and dpreview.com both excellent sites for camera review. I read a lot about the S1 and I was willing to buy it. But it was selling for 25k (if got in US) and a staggering 40k here. I was not prepared for it mentally or financially.
Then my attention turned to Panasonic FZ3 one of the best ultra zoom cameras ever made. I decided that I will buy it come what may. But then to spend 20k on a camera seemed a bit “too much” especially because Kayar was carrying Smitha then and we need to be ready for any emergency. But one good thing about my research on FZ3 is that it helped my friend to get one. But I remember that during those days I bring in print outs of the reviews and read, re-read them many times. Even reading the reviews gave me a satisfaction of owning the camera. Then I decided that I was not going to spend anywhere close to 20k any sooner.
So I decided to shorten the budget and look for a camera close to 10k mark. That is when Canon Powershot A510 was released. It was the second cheapest Canon Camera but one of the best in terms of picture quality and manual features. But soon Canon released S2 (successor of S1) and again I started yearning for it. But the reality stuck me. I was not going to spend 30k on the S2. So I made up my mind and asked my friend to get it for me from US. But fate would have it that the camera was not to be found anywhere in the stores and the few pieces that arrived were sold off quickly. So my friend tried his best to get one for me and finally he had to return to India. I really didn’t want to wait any more. So I thought of asking him to get some Sony make instead. But I can never digest the fact that I will miss the beauty called A510. So desperately I started searcing in google for some information on the A510 sale when my eyes rested on Canon India.
Till then I had dismissed the fact that I might purchase in India because the price is almost double here and it would be foolish to get something at twice its price. But Canon had put an offer price of 12.5k on the camera (It was selling for 8.5k in the US). But what set the trigger was Canon was also offering a free 256 MB SD card which is worth Rs 2500 here (and 1500 in the US). So I did the math and concluded that the A510 would be dearer not by much if I get in India. So the same day I called my wife, got her approval (It was supposed to be my birthday gift from her. She had saved the money on a Recurring Deposit out of her salary) and I couldn’t sit in office after 4.00 PM. I went to Jayanagar, searched for the Shop (G.K Vale) and then saw the A510, fell in love with it. got Canon Charger and AA rechargeable batteries along with a pouch all for 14k. Then the rains started and they never stopped that night. I decided to venture in the rain with my camera. So I got 4 extra covers from G.K Vale and packed the camera so well that not a drop would enter even in the worst rains. I reached Bannerghatta road around 6.15 PM but was shocked to see knee high water there and a traffic jam that can take ages to clear. Fortunately it took 1.5 hours and drenching of my shoes in water to reach home. I was totally exhausted but felt like a child with a Christmas gift. My wife only knows me better that myself and so once I was dry enough she asked that I open the pack. I did and from then till atleast now, while at home I am seen with my camera. But I have to admit that my wife has taken some great pictures while I am reading the guide and probing the manual features. All in all it is one of the exciting moments of my life.