Thursday, March 31, 2005

Mumbai Xpress!!!

Mumbai Xpress website has been kicked off!
check it out!
Heard some days before that its a kidnap(-gone-awry?) story..
and so it is!
The site looks great!

Some weeks ago, Kamal Haasan said at a news conference organized at the Sahara-One Motion Pictures office that, "Except for the soundtrack, 'Mumbai Xpress' looks like 'Nayakan' or any of my better films". I am expecting a lot this time!

and pleeeeeeze Kamal.. I hope (I really hope this should not happen, and am being damn honest in admitting it) there is no Hollywood inspiration this time...
Though I still would say even most of his hollywood adaptations have been great/good/rarely OK; w.r.t. the standards set by comedy movies from Kamal production house in an otherwise insipid Tamil film industry (save for a few others) as far as comedy is concerned.
no inspired story this time please!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Bala's funny bone!

The review of Mayaavi at indiaglitz says "Director Singapuli has obviously some flair for comedy and mirth. Unlike his guru Bala (who is the producer of the film), he doesn't reach for your grey cells. But he aims for your funny bone."
Strange the reviewer felt so. I found a lot of Bala in the dialogues and the subtle manner in which the going-on were handled. Just because the stories of Bala are morbid, doesn't say anything about his sense of humour. Given any day, I ll have a hearty laugh seeing the Sriman scenes of Sethu, and Surya scenes (I liked Laila too!) of Pithamagan (the rather famous "lodukku pandi" of Nanda was not up to the standards of the other two). Bala's got his funny bone in tact. Dear reviewer, think again before you make such statements!
I found that the Sishya has picked quite a lesson from his Guru (Could u have said the same on Singapuli's humour sense after having watched "Red"?)

Liked the first-half of the movie, most of the moments predominantly coz of Surya's witty presence and the other commendable performance from Satyan (could not like Jyothika in this too). Second half drag...ged (with quite a number of g's in it and loads of maudlinness). Songs were placed at random moments. The whole concept of a movie star liking/loving the simplicity of a con man's life (beaten to cliche many a times) went without much impact. Inspirations from movies like Mast was unavoidable for the makers I guess :). But they do tip their hat for Varma, as Jyothika's mom tells her "Night, antha Ramgopal Varma padam 'Bhoot' paakaathey!" (now, why did they have to speak tamil. to add to the comic effect?)...
Thank god that Jo didn't have to marry Balayya. Surya called it something like a "grammatic mistake in story-writing" if Jyothika and Balayya married (in Madhan's thirai paarvai) :)).

Watch it for the good humour it provides in the first half!

Update on 13 Apr, 4 p.m.: The objective of this post was actually to emphasize Bala's sense of humour (as against the general myth that he writes morbid stuff) and not a review of Mayaavi. Then I went on telling my opinion on the movie for a few lines, which was not very clear. Hence this update. When I said "Watch it for good humour it provides in the first half!", I meant that "Watch only the first half with some hope" and that the second half did not have an iota of humour (Exception: The Scene in which Satyan explains why he likes Simran and not Jyothika! unable to recall any other moment). And the first half did have a few good (and well-timed by the actors mentioned above) good gags and giggles which made it worth watching, which otherwise was loaded with fights, dances, punch dialogues (oh.. c'mon!), sentiments and all usual distractions (In fact the screenplay and the movie itself is one weird conglomeration of all the distractions with some good humour spread around it) and was not developing a story but showing some vague incidents. I said "Watch it" (it slipped out of my keyboard) to only those (like me) who watch every goddamn quite-known-movie being released, including the likes of the much-dreaded "Thirupaachi"; and am not recommending this dud to anybody.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

All ye K.B. fans!!

There is this ongoing Balachander Film Festival in K TV..
I was continually perplexed to find so many KB movies playing all through the schedule of K TV..
With no exaggerations around 50 % of the movies being shown are that of K.B.'s (with a whole lot of week-level repetitions as well!)

The choice of movies aired on Tamil Satellite Channels make no sense. They dont pick the latest movies. nor the good movies of the past. not even the hit stinking-masala films. but obscure movies of the past and label them as "superhit velli" and likes.

I aint no big KB fan! But he made a lot of sense when nobody else gave a serious thought to cinema!
Anyways, had some good retrospective session on the man and his movies. Though, I dint manage to catch most of the movies, I dug them at google!

Can you people (those who are reading this!) tell me ur favourite K.B. movies and y u liked them??

P.S.:- If you are yet to see some of his movies which you always wanted to see, K TV is in good mood (leave the prime-time movies in weekends. They are the ones that really suck!) and catch them this season on pre-noon, afternoon (There is one 4 p.m. show nowadays which most of office-goers would miss. They showed "Achamillai Achamillai" some days ago at this showtime which i had to miss!) or late-night sessions!!

Art in its own right!(?)

Check this out to know what Ebert thinks about Taal!!
should I ROTFL/laugh/smile/show pride/cry in knowing what Indian Cinema is famous for?
Is there anything bad about viewing Subhash Ghai's art in its (and his) own way? An unsuspecting Ebert seems to do that and is all praise for the Indian Spielberg (lets hunt the guy who dubbed him as that and execute him!)

This weekend, I continued my fascination on Cinema Kieslowskia by watching Decalogue (7 of them on the same day!). More on this later!

Bose: The Forgotten Hero is up and ready for release soon. Audio is already into the market and my playlist!
Where is Benegal going with this movie? Still deep into commercial cinema where his track record is utterly not good? Though, his choice of Sachin Khedekar doesn't exactly indicate that he is going the Dev-Nihalani way... (sorry for the belittlement there. yet to catch Dev and my opinion on it is mainly based on those vile reviewers whom I seem to believe!)

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Kamal - a Plagiariser? Pseudo-intellectual? and other bashings!

There is this ongoing discussion on Kamal Haasan in the comments section of this post by lazygeek. Would like to write a BIG essay on this topic soon!

Direct link to comments section of the post.


Monday, March 07, 2005

Trois Couleurs: Bleu, Blanc and Rouge


Watching movies like this is when u feel what Ebert said in one of his reviews - It's as if European films have a more adult, inward, knowing way of dealing with the emotions, and Hollywood hasn't grown up enough. (that it came from the review of the Blue is pure coincidence. His reviews of movies of Fellini, Tati and likes also tangent towards that suggestion!)
I just love the way he just gives a damn to logic and proceeds and the wonderful use of colours.. and his humanely inward look at the 3 political words (so to say!) Liberty, Equality and Fraternity!

Rediscovered Godfather : Part II as well!!
and to end this weekend in a grand manner, watched Ran!! but could catch only half of it, as it was time to pack my bags! will finish it soon and I owe a review on it (and some other movies as well!)!!

What a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Weekend Planner!

This weekend, I won't be able to make it to Chitrabharathi 2005 (a seminar following the screenings too! Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi being my prime interest in this!) being conducted Suchithra Film Society along with Collective Chaos as I am goin home. But have got a bigggger project - namely, Three Colours Trilogy!!! :)))

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

has anybody hit my blog already?

Its so strange if i keep talking to myself in this blog...

has anybody hit it already?

if so, leave a comment..

P.S. :- Today, I took a strange exercise of seeing how other blogs started and was relieved to see it was much the same way as mine. In one of the blogs i frequent nowadays, by Nakul Krishna, he had asked a similar question in his initial blogging days (he had actually given his email id).

To end up with a recursive thought, may be, this exercise (of looking at some bloggers' blogs as to what extent it was frequented at the beginning stage) itself was not so strange and many used to do it and thought it was strange too. Again, the above-mentioned "may-be-everybody-did-it" thought too struck everyone and so on..... :))