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June 12, 2008

Dasavatharam Review – First on Net

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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!!

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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’ 😛

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

July 24, 2007

Kreedom – Imitation Crown

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews — Directhit @ 4:30 am
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Ajith’s next movie after the tragic aalwar and before his almost HIT movie Billa (courtesy Vishnuvardhan), is Kreedom.

The movie narrates the story of a honest cop rajkiran who yearns to make his son, Ajith, a police officer and dreams to salute his son one day. Because of one incident which involves both him and his son and because of his son’s own love for him Ajith gets into huge trouble with the biggest local henchman, after which life is not the same for him. The father sees his own son’s would-be police career and personal life going down right in front of him and it comes to a real shattering climax.

Remade from a mega hit classic from Malayalam with the same name, the director has tried his level best to stick to the original as much as possible unlike his FALSE claims of just inspiration. It is to be noted that the Malayalam film’s hero Mohanlal got a special National Award for this movie. So Ajith has(had) that much of scope in the script of this movie.

The first song is the stale one “velayadu” — perhaps a song for audience to take some rest and be prepared for the tight storyline following. Comedy scenes of Thrisha (has done it to good effect with Santhanam) are all newly done for the tamil remake, while the role of Vivek as the bad brother-in-law is a take from the original. He is no way near his best. The villian of the movie is the main drawback. Varadarajan doesn’t give you that irritation or scare whenever he comes on screen (just shouting Aee in high pitch is not a great villain), whereas the original villain was menacing as Keerikaadan Jose.

The main trouble with the movie is that it is a remake from the 80’s and there have been many stories inspired from the same mould, of the hero being unnecessarily pulled onto a bad situation and then his life becoming miserable afterwards. It is the main storyline in most of Dharani’s movies like Dhill, Dhool and even Ghilli to some extent. Infact Dhill also speaks of a hero who wants to become a police and his fatal clash with the villain at the prime time becoming his main trouble.

Rajkiran has excelled in his role as a father. G. V. Prakash has done a commanding performance in the BGM though the songs are a rehash of many recent tamil songs, it works. Ajith’s performance in the climax is to be surely appreciated. He is miles above his normal acting in the climax. He is one actor who would perform even well with an great director in his side which is why Billa is sure to be a hit. Perhaps Vijay, an assistant of Priyadarshan could have made some more changes to the script which IMO looks more like Dhill because the movie is changed to suit the tamil audience with more masala which is perhaps what Dharani did long back.

All in all, the movie should be a good one for Ajith’s fans who would get to see him without all his normal punch dialogues and flying in the air kinda stuff which IMO was his downfall. But how far it would pull in family audiences is to be seen, with the movie becoming a regular routine except for the climax. Some movies just ought not to be remade, unless you have the best director or the best actor in the lineup.
Kreedom would have done wonders with Ajith alongside a more talented director or with Kamal acting in it with any director.

Plus :
Not much of filmi stunt stuff
Rajkiran
Ajith in climax (though no way near the original)

Minus :
Villain
Too much of resemblance to Dhill
Vivek
G.V.Prakash and his copied songs

July 10, 2007

Sivaji & Rajini – yet another victim of Racism

Filed under: Cinema,Racism — Directhit @ 9:22 am
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It is really pathetic that we Indians made such a big hungama about racism against Shilpa in UK and well did in the process make her very popular etc. But all we see is Racism in India itself. North vs South has been a constant fight and it was really pathetic to see such a blog post in the IBNLIVE’s website – Click here

The reason behind the post is very clear. Earlier post by his coworker, Anuradha had got some 1000 odd comments and ofcourse a hell lot of visitors into the site. So the author – sexy sam (god knows who gave his nick name, that too seeing his foto cant stop laughing) also tries to provoke the people into commenting by putting up such a post. But what is pathetic is the route he has chosen. Atleast Anuradha had commented about the Sivaji movie and her view on that, where in the mistake IMO was to put that in her company’s website. Had it been on her blog space, it could have been a different case.
But this guy or girl (can’t make out from the picture) has come out with pure racist remarks and way of pronounciation and even proudly bringing in the “you dravidians” “we aryans” – What a load of Crap!! Didn’t believe IBNLIVE has become so substandard. What next, perhaps the author would come up with more insights into the relationships amongst filmstars in the aryan film industry and dravidian film industry or try for something ala casting couch. Or they can start putting some sexy glamourous photographs in their home page. Perhaps would start getting more viewership.

The blogpost is written in such bad taste and the moment you read it, you forget that its not even a personal attack on Rajinikanth, but a direct provokation and insult to all the south indians. The guy/girl(perhaps both) deserves to be kicked in the A$$

June 14, 2007

Sivaji – FIRST REVIEW ON NET!!

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews,SGP — Directhit @ 6:11 pm
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Jus back after watching Sivaji in Singapore FDFS at GV Yishun.

Awesome performance by Rajini. Looking younger by decades as though travelled by a time machine, Superstar looks ravishing and has given out a spell binding performance. In his Motta role, he even makes us forget the La ka la ka la ka…… He is an epitome of style and his walks and his mannerisms have been captured in a fan like style by Shankar. Shankar is a master in bringing out social issues through his script and packaging it in a commercial way. The message in the movie and the final slides on the screen as names roll by is something every Indian would dream for.

The songs picturisation has always been Shankar’s forte and he proves that again. Ballelakka has Nayantara looking soooo hot and the scenes are so pleasing to the eyes. Sahara and the glass tower looks ravishing and Shreya is SUPER DUPER HOT in Vaaji Vaaji song. Athiradee and Style song is every RAJINI fan’s dream come true. Wonderful use of CG in both the songs. Shankar or ARR has been so clever in using the Sega Fightaa song — Hats off

Rahman’s songs have already stuck on to the top of the charts and would sure stay on for some more time with the visuals out now. He has done a wonderful work with the BGM and esp Blaaze proves why he is Rahman’s favorite. The BGM music which resembles one of the songs is too good to hear.
Sujatha’s dialogues is another strength to the movie. Scene where Suman makes fun of Rajini is another gem by Sujatha. Magic with little words and its Sujatha for you.

Heroines in Rajini and Shankar movies have always been mostly for glamour. Here too Shreya fits the bill perfectly and does a fantastic job at that. In addition she does have some scenes to prove her acting and she does a good job. Vivek’s rockbottom career is going to be revived with this movie where he is there with Rajini in most of the scenes. Office Room comedy scenes and La Ka La Ka scenes STAND OUT!! still laughing thinking about them. …. He even has a couple of punch dialogues

Suman has been a revelation in terms of Villain. Speaking fewer words and with no over the board shouting, he has done a wonderful job and looks menacing. The confrontation scenes b/w Rajini and Suman are a highlight of the movie.

Style song and Adhiradee song graphics are top class (Both are fantasy songs and they sure have unrealistic sequences which is why you have CG in the first place) Other than that, not much of CG in the movie.

As for the minus points in the movie, there is one scene with Shreya and train which is kinda unbelievable. There are slides which are put as the names roll by and they ought to have been included before that coz some people may miss that.

In Singapore theatre we had atleast 20% of crowd as women and everyone enjoyed the movie thoroughly. Throughout the first half and almost half of second half (not sequentially) it was sprinkled with lots of humour ala Rajini Style. Sivaji — Pera ketta chumma Adhirudhilla……..

September 26, 2006

Jillunu iru Video(s)

Filed under: ARR,Cinema — Directhit @ 3:37 pm
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Can’t really make out if its the popularity of Newyork Nagaram or the worst way director Krishna had picturised it ……. but there seems to be a lot of video versions for the song available on the net :-)) I liked the below one … the one here is also good. Director probably can reshoot the song in a better way and add it to the movie 🙂

August 26, 2005

A Aa – Aaaahaaaa

Filed under: ARR,Music — Directhit @ 4:31 pm
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can’t believe i posted this a few days back!Ah Aah rocks… having listened to Oru Naal Oru Kanavu, Oru Kallooriyin Kadhai, Thotti Jeya, Kanda Naal Mudhal and also the much talked about Ghajini… understood why A R Rahman is in a league of his own…..
Somehow all songs of Ghajini has that “have heard that already” feel… the X-Machi song is so familiar to me but not able to figure out where I have heard it … the Oru Maalai song from Karthik is so similar to the song in Minnalae… Ah Aah songs are far too better than all these in the way that all the songs atleast have a different kind of a feel… Not Rahman’s best…. but is one of the season’s best…… hope S J Suryah doesn’t get into tooo much of issues and atleast gets this movie out soon b4 the songs run out of batteries……. these 6 songs are the ones which are looping in my player….

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