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June 12, 2008

Dasavatharam Review – First on Net

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews — Directhit @ 11:46 pm
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Everything that happens is for good (or has a better reason) – that’s the underlying theme for Dasa. Kamal had said in one of his interviews that his 11th role in the movie, that of a screenplay writer is what he is looking forward to and I feel that has turned out to be his BEST role of Dasa 😎
Shortly after the movie begins we are taken to the Nambi and 12th century – Kamal as Rangaraja Nambi (though for 10 mts) is fabulous – the scene where he is being drowned along with the Vishnu statue and the leadup to it is jus a sign of the level of entertainment we can expect in the movie. The movie then moves to Washington DC and we meet Govind the scientist – what happens there and the connection between the rest of the Kamals and a Bio weapon/Sand theft/Tsunami is where Kamal the screenplay writer has excelled in. The first half of the movie races forward in full speed, second half starts off in normal speed and again goes to a full peak finish. Apart from the screenplay and wonderful dialogues (playing with tamil at times) by Kamal, he is superb as Balram Naidu/Christian Fletcher. Asin has done a great job, so has MS Bhaskar. Its a laugh riot in most scenes MS Bhaskar comes 😛 (same with Balram Naidu). Camera work was outstanding and Devisri prasad has done a not bad job in the rerecording (esp the music for Fletcher was 😎 ) Kallai mattum(good camera work) & Mukundha/ Oh Oh Sanam songs wonderfully choreographed – wait & watch Ulaganayagane song. Mallika does what she does best in the Kaa Karupanukkum song.

Krishnaveni Paati/Boovaraghan/Nambi are the next best avatars in order. Climax fight between the Fletcher and the Japenese guy (Narahasi) was wonderfully choreographed – we dont even realise its two Kamal’s fighting 😎 Bush’s mannerisms and his portrayal of his intelligence sooooooooooooooooooper 😛

In short a film not to be missed by anyone – 100% entertainment – easily one of the best screenplays to come out in recent times in Indian films. Btw dir K.S.Ravikumar ?!?!?!? I found his touch only in one cliched explanation given by a doc to avatar singh in the climax

PS : I know this aint a proper review – but dont wanna reveal the story and thrill for the ppl who are yet to see

The only let down for me in the movie was the graphics scenes involving the 12th century drowning and some Tsunami effects – cud have been loads more better!!

It’s Dasa Time

Filed under: Cinema — Directhit @ 12:39 pm
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YIPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Am going to watch Dasavatharam tonight at 9 PM 😀 😀 😀 am sooooooooooo happy!!

at the same time irked with Ayngaran who is distributing the movie here – any stupid idiotic Hindi movie gets screened in literally 4-5 screens with Net Booking all available and for similar big budget/crowd pulling movies like Sivaji/Dasa etc they dont make available Booking via Net 🙄 and to top it all the people at the theatre literally scream back at you if you call em to find out about the movie release time/ticket distribution time. Theatres in India are far far better with atleast proper response in this regard. GV Yishun seems to be the main theatre with Tamil movie releases and with this kinda customer services its really irritating. Its ofcourse clear that the theatre people themselves aren’t clear of the screening time – what’s more confusing is that Ayngaran claims GV Yishun theatre to be their own and still they dont have a clue on the exact release date/time 😡

ok, now that I have finished my rant, time to gear up for the movie – Being in Singapore has its own advantages like this, being able to see a movie one day before the release in India (even in case of comparing it with Special preview shows in India still we get to see it about 3 hours earlier). Sivaji was one such experience – now Dasa. Can’t wait for the movie – would post my review after the movie darisanam 😎

May 16, 2008

10-aavatharam

Filed under: Cinema — Directhit @ 3:52 pm
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I had earlier with the help of youtube trailer come up with all the 10 characters Kamal is playing 🙂 now this is a good image which comes in the trailer itself, cleverly disguised – some pics being upside down etc.
Courtesy : Kamal orkut community

May 2, 2008

Kuruvi – Unfortunately not a Gilli

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews — Directhit @ 6:37 pm
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If giving a blockbuster is difficult, even more difficult would be to follow it up with another one. Dharani with a hatrick of sorts in the form of Dhill/Dhool and Gilli comes up with yet another fast paced ‘hero smashes villain and saves people’ formula. With a big family to take care, Vettrivel (Vijay) in an effort to go to Malaysia takes up a one time job as a Kuruvi (a guy who moves stuff from Malaysia – Chennai). The issues he faces after reaching there in the form of Suman and gang and how Vijay brings Suman’s and Ashish Vidhyarthi’s illegal diamond business to CBI’s notice is the movie’s story. In between ofcourse is a love track between Vijay and Thrisha (Suman’s sister). Movie is an entertainer with comedy sprinkled (including a couple of non-parliamentary ones 😛 ) generously in the first half and action packed in the second. Scenes involving the diamond theft and escape with Thrisha to Chennai and the flight scenes and the ones involving Jeeva are taken from Vettam, malayalam movie. Contrary to reactions after audio release, Mozha Mozhanu seems to the winner in picturisation along with Happy New Year song. Thaen Thaen is unnecessary in the movie and could have been removed. On the other hand editing and Cinematography is good and Vidyasagar’s BGM in some places (the Malaysia club scenes/Cuddappah scenes) are very good. Suman is good as a villain though his voice is a bit soft to be menacing, the heavy built villain in the diamond ‘kvaary’ is good. Ashish Vidyarthi with doses of telugu dialogues does ok.

Pros :
Vijay’s comedy sense and dialogue delivery (he is becoming thinner and thinner day by day though 😳 )
Vivek

Cons :
Lots of logical potholes (surprisingly from Dharani)
Gravity defying stunt scenes including the ridiculous intro race scene (though the first fight in Malaysia is top notch)

Movie should get a good run in the B and C centres and for general audience should be ok for a one time watch and a good treat for Vijay fans. My personal verdict – can watch once, dont expect logic.

April 23, 2008

Dasavatharam Fever at its PEAK!!

Filed under: ARR,Cinema,Cricket — Directhit @ 12:47 pm
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Who cares if Delhi and Hyderabad were battling each other at the IPL – the news of Dasa trailer being telecast in Kalaignar TV was enough to keep me awake 🙂 . With no telecast of Kalaignar TV here, had no option but to wait for the Trailer to be uploaded to Youtube by some kind souls and finally at about 1AM the rocking trailer was up.

The opening scenes itself was enough to create the euphoria – top notch. Coming from Devisriprasad, I was more than surprised that the BGM (one specially for the trailer I guess) was awesome. The trailer was moving so fast with so many frames, perhaps to not reveal the 10 characters, but at the same time keeping up the interest of the audience. Thanks to continuous pausing and playing in YouTube and other video tools, I have tried my best to unravel the 10 characters Kamal is playing 😛

The 16th century scenes, esp the scene where Nambi and the statue are taken along in the boat (to drown in the sea perhaps) is magnificent. Tsunami scenes/the king’s place etc and a lot more scenes showcase the film’s class – Cinematography is Brilliant. Guess I might be soon running out of adjectives LOL. This is one movie to look forward to and in all probabilty could be THE Movie to change the way, World (forget North India – they were never a competition 😛 ) looks at Tamil Cinema. Especially after the collections of Sivaji and the mass reach it had, TFI needs also a movie in the calibre of Dasa to showcase its potential. Kudos to Kamal and all others for the effort put in and cannot wait for May 2nd or 3rd Weekend release of the movie.

All along during the umpteen times of watching the trailer, one thought running non-stop through my mind was ‘if only ARR was associated with this’!! – Hope Marmayogi fills that void

April 17, 2008

Kuruvi – Flies FAAAAAST!!

Filed under: Cinema,Music — Directhit @ 9:45 am
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Happy New Year – A good attempt of rap + folk mixing. The rap bit in the song resembles Pettai Rap very much. The lyrics are really cute and the ‘You know you know’ bit is too good 😎 . The song’s picturisation in Malaysia together with the Malay lyrics add to the glamour – different kinda song. Picturisation should decide the hit factor. Awesome voice by the hot Sunidhi Chauhan in the song

Dandanaa Darna – The intro song for Vijay sung by a newcomer (Sangeeth) is catchy after a few hearings. Should be a big hit with the children and would definitely be a chartbuster with the Vijay dance factor added in

Thaen Thaen – Only melody in the otherwise fast based album. I feel like i have heard this song already – cant recall where. If this would be a hit in the Kandaen Kandaen (Madurai) mould is anybody’s guess 😀

Palaanadhu – Thought for a moment its a Himesh song with Vidyasagar singing in his nasal. Attempts for a punjabi song (perhaps a situational song) gone wrong. This one could be a dark horse song though with the picturisation. A funky type of song.

Theme Music – Rap in this song is AWESOME!! Was not so impressed with the ‘appadi podu’ techno mix in the song. Guess would be used in fight sequences in the movie

Mozha Mozhanu – the yamma yamma bit for some reason reminds me of ‘Ek lo Ek Muft‘ (no offense to the original). Song is in full fast mood and in one different kinda rhythm. Gotto see picturisation of the song – cant imagine the dance style for this yet 😳

Overall an album with a possibility of 3 chartbusters mainly dependent on Vijay and the BO status of the movie. Compared to an album like ATM, Kuruvi is very different, but songs definitely would be a bigger hit than the former, that’s for SURE!! Definite hit with the B/C Centres.

Also all the songs are only about 4 minutes or so effectively reducing atleast 10 minutes of the film, its gonna be a racy one for sure!!

Update : After multiple can’t get enough of Happy New Year and Sunidhi Chauhan’s voice – the girl ROCKS – ‘you know you know you know’ 😛

April 15, 2008

Kuruvi – Album on the way

Filed under: Cinema,Music — Directhit @ 3:33 pm
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Kuruvi is all set to fly high. The expectations on the album are very high after the blockbuster album Gilli and the combination of Vijay/Dharani/Vidyasagar is going to be rocking. Going by the promo stills and news in the web, the songs should be all fast based and it would be very lucky if we get atleast one melody. I liked all songs in Gilli – but hope atleast one melody is IN since Vidyasagar gives very nice melodies. Also in the news is a song by Yogi B (Polladhavan ‘Engeyum Eppodhum’ Fame) – so with all these factors my expectations are very high on this album. Gotto wait and see 😀

updated : Above is the CD image and looks like no intro song – yet to listen to the songs and would post a review after that. Songs should also be available for download pretty soon in the web as is the trend nowadays. Can’t wait to listen to the songs!!!

April 2, 2008

Remake Theory

Filed under: Cinema,Music — Directhit @ 9:47 am
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I absolutely loved the Malayalam movie ‘Udhayanaanu Tharam’ by Srinivasan and Mohanlal and hence was eagerly looking forward to Vellithirai – its remake starring Prithviraj and Prakashraj. Was expecting a good movie since remakes in my mind are not the XEROX copies churned out Remake Ravi/Raja family – those guys shamelessly copy the same dresses/camera angles and what not from its original 😡 . But going by reviews/public response looks like Vellithirai did not live upto its original. One of the highlights in Malayalam was the subtle comedy/inferiority complex of the Prakashraj character played by Srinivasan (also the screenplay writer). After seeing some of the scenes in TV channels, looks like the Prakashraj character is changed as someone who has superiority complex or high confidence which IMO could be one of the reasons for the movie’s downfall. Am yet to catch the movie – gotto do maybe this weekend.

Another factor is that the Original had wonderful songs. In Tamil, music is by G V Prakash but only Uyirilae and to some extent Sooriyanai was above average. And it looks like Sooriyanai is also a shameless copy from an Australian song – More details at ITWOF site. With his Minnalgal Koothadum from Polladhavan also being a lift, am beginning to wonder if G V Prakash is going the right way. The kid usually comes up with wonderful melodies, would prefer him sticking to Original compositions. With Kuselan another remake from Malayalam with SS Rajini and coincidentally yet another script of Srinivasan coming up, hope he gives a smashing album.

November 8, 2007

ATM – Not a bad attempt

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews — Directhit @ 2:43 pm
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jus back after seeing ATM -Its a vijay movie with lots of comedy + dance + wonderful songs. editing was crisp and movie moved quite fast in the first half. second vijay was not bad with the voice modulation and style etc. one more worthy mention is the fight sequence b/w both vijay’s. the songs choreography was very good for kelamal and ponmagal.

the intro fight plus the fight with bamboo during a chase etc was uncalled for. also the technical dept somehow seems to have messed up the scenes involving two vijay’s with each looking in some direction. Was expecting a lot of stuff for Valayapatti and ended up thinking why on earth ARR gave this song to this director. The supercool Marlyn Monroe also gone for a toss with the Mini elephant dance for that song

first half with comedy sequences and ESP etc set the pace for second half. second half with the villain vijay sequences laced in with comedy was too good. intro song dance + choreo was top class – too good, but somehow felt that the song and dance do not gel together. i personally liked the graphics usage (though amateurish) especially for the scene of ants carrying food. climax was on expected lines with not even 0% chance of vijay dying in the movie. that is the main drawback of the movie too with an abrupt ending and the villain deciding to be good and blah blah blah

the way vijay says, ‘evalavo panrom – idha panna maatoma’ is Coooooool

Plus :
Vijay
Arr + Songs
Shreya (he he he)

Minus :
Intro fight + intro song arr voice (felt it didnt suit Vijay)
Lack of Solid Story

overall, its vijay all the way with no other characters having any considerable screen time. a entertainer for only vijay fans!!

October 30, 2007

ATM to ROCK!!

Filed under: ARR,Cinema — Directhit @ 8:56 am
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With the Songs already rocking the CHARTS Azhagiya Thamizh Magan would be releasing on November 8th Diwali day (eagerly looking forward to it). And being here is an added bonus since mostly I can see the movie a day before India

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