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

Veyil – a good movie

Produced by:Director Shankar, That is how it is displayed in the title and somehow I get the feeling that Shankar might after all be a very good producer than a director. His films, Kadhal, 23rd Pulikesi and now Veyil have done extremely well. His ‘S’ Productions which started off with Mudhalvan might have collected more in % income from the low budget films.

Coming to Veyil, Pasupathi is growing stronger in his performance with each film and Veyil is no exception. Same goes true for bharath as well and no doubt he is the preferred hero for ‘S’ productions budget films. The story revolves around two brothers and how each one faces life, or how life throws them apart. A very good movie and if you ok with a few sentiments then you can have a go. But if you are fond of strong characterizations and look forward to films like Kadhal then it is a must watch.

Surprisingly the songs have come out very well. I was surprised to see very good photography too. ‘Veyilodu vilayadi…’ and ‘Uruguthae, Maruguthae…’ are excellent songs.

I loved the film. Hope you will too

SKR = 65/100

Dishoom

After the success of kadhal for Sandhya and Ram for Jeeva, the two have rocked another hit in Dishoom. Jeeva is a stunt man and an orphan. Sandhya accidentally comes in his life. She becomes a good friend and understands his profession, even recommends that he get married. Jeeva likes the care Sandhya takes and wishes to marry her, eventually falling in love. Sandhya refuses it but does give him hope that someday she might love him. Jeeva is full of hope and whether he suceeds or not is the story. The story might look feeble, but the screenplay is really solid and the movie is on a fast track. Director Sasi should be congratulated too. If ‘Nenjankootil neeyae..’ song is a good melody number then ‘Dilamo’ rocks!!. Jeeva has grown to be a good actor and he performs very well in this movie too. Kadhal heroine Sandhya looks much more likeable than in her previous movie and pleasing in the songs as well. Acting comes so naturally to her. With the story revolving around these two characters, the movie doesn’t have any bad spots. Add to that a good comedy track as well. All in all a very good movie.

Kalvanin Kadhali

If you liked ‘New’ and were starting to become a fan of Surya in ‘Anbe Aruirae’, then you might enjoy this film. But for everyone else the film is a  disappointment. Surya looks like he is straight from the sets of Anbe-Aruirae. Nothing has changed for him, not even his costumes and he eventually does his baby talk throughout the film. Nayantara looks much better, in fact far better than what I saw in Gajni. Surya is a spoilt-brat and looks to enjoy girls. He acts as if he is in love with them, but once he has them, moves on to the next girl, typical playboy. When he sees Nayanthara he adds her to his list. But Nayanthara is a lovely, homely girl and devotedly loves Surya. Her family network also supports her. When Surya learns that he cannot have her before marriage, he is upset. But more so when he learns that her entire family treat him as her husband already. Eventually he also falls in love with her. Just then, an old friend of Nayanthara, who also happens to be one of Surya (s)ex-mates, meets her in a hotel and spots him and not knowing about their affairs, discusses about Surya being a playboy. Nayanthara is all upset and breaks with Surya but eventually the expected happens.
The screenplay is not all that boring, but nothing special about this movie. Note: Surya is just as actor in this movie and has not directed it.

June.R

A sentimental film. Jothika is June.R, because she is an orphan and was found in the month of June and because one day while at a Cathedral she was so upset by other kids calling her an orphan, that the Sister (read Nun) there said that she was the daughter of Rose. Jyothika is in a marketing firm and looks like she is enjoying her life. But back home she talks with her virtual mother and yearns for motherly love. To hide this fact from co-workers, she gets food from a hotel and says that her mother had prepared it.
Kushboo is a social service aunty (neighbour and well-wisher of Jyothika) who takes care of three physically challenged kids. One day as Jyothika is driving back, she finds Saritha on the road unconsious, helps her to a hospital and signs as her daughter. But Saritha has a son, who doesn’t want to take care of her. So Saritha ends at Jyothika’s home and the two are a very happy mom-daughter (they even sing a song). Then the son tries to take her mother back (We learn later that it was because of her money). Saritha falls ill and Jyothika tries to bring Saritha’s brother who had not seen her for a long time (good for him) since it was her last wish.
Jyothika probably decided that Saritha will die for sure and so she does at the end. And at that moment of immense sadness, comes Surya to protect Jyothika from Rain (He even carries an umbrella) which makes people to smile rather cry as the director expects. So again Jyothika ends up without mother. (Yeah but with Surya). The screenplay is wonderful that you don’t feel the film has finished by the time it does, but well I really didn’t get it. Why the hell show an orphan longing for her mother and then provide her one only to take it away from her again. I don’t know where such people derive their pleasure from. Very Sadistic.