I know what you are thinking. Why? I’ve been asking myself this question ever since I decided to watch the movie. But I still went with it. After all, how will my trip to India be complete without watching a shitty movie in theater, right? And boy did I choose the perfect movie for that. Bairavaa was beyond repairable. How are we supposed to take it seriously after Vijay is compared with Sachin, Dhoni, Ricky ponting and the likes 5 minutes into it? Am I supposed to believe that everyone had a straight face while writing and filming scenes like these?
The debutant director Karthick Naren perfectly sums up the movie by making the characters who narrate the film speak out these lines. We are shown the incident based on which the whole story is going to revolve around at the very beginning and the details of those are revealed slowly. But are those details real? Is that how the incident actually happened? Are we being deceived or is the narrator deceived himself? All these questions are answered in the brilliantly structured and shot Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru, which makes it a clear contender for being the one of the best Tamil films to have come out recently.
திரு சோ ராமசாமியின் நீண்ட கால வாசகன் / ரசிகன் என்ற முறையில் அவரைப் பற்றிய என்னுடைய சில கருத்துக்களை பதிவு செய்கிறேன்.
திரு சோவைப் போல தேசப் பற்றுடையவரும் , தேசத்தின் நன்மைக்காக சிந்திப்பவரும், எனக்கு தெரிந்த வரை யாரும் இல்லை என்பது தான் எனது திடமான கருத்து. அதேபோல் தன் மனதுக்கு பட்டதை யாருக்கும் அஞ்சாமல் வெளிப்படுத்தியத்திலும் அவருக்கு நிகர் அவர் தான்.
I have so many questions. Firstly, why did a 2 hour portfolio video of Manjima Mohan face so many issues and take so long to shoot? If the other guy who keeps tagging along with her for no particular reason was the one creating all the problems, he could have been replaced with anyone else easily. Why did they spend so much time writing a story and a screenplay just to show how beautiful someone looks? It’s not like anyone is going to notice all these when people are too busy drooling at Manjima. The production value seemed a little over the top for a portfolio video, in my opinion.
Here, I try to talk about my interpretation of this scene in Thalapathi where the brilliance of it mesmerises me every time I watch it. Apart from the adrenaline rush Rajini gives us with his charisma and the to-go dialogue that every single person who has watched this film has used at least once in his life whenever he is being threatened by someone, this scene contains a lot more to look out for. This just a result of boredom and inspiration from various video essay channels out there in YouTube.
Don’t you hate it when you go to a movie to enjoy for a couple of hours but instead you come out rethinking your entire life decisions and cry yourself to sleep due to crippling depression and then later wake up to realise you were just glad to watch such a beautiful movie? Joker gave me such roller coaster of emotions before, during and after the movie. First you laugh at the protoginist, get angry at him and then later you laugh with him, cry with him, cry for him, get angry with him and in the end you feel sad because the movie is over. This was one of the movies where you know things aren’t going to end well and still feel bad when it eventually happens.
Jerry Seinfeld once said, in a Seinfeld round table, that he was afraid that the show would lose quality after it became successful and when they had more money to spend. Not many people can handle success and money well and Ranjith definitely doesn’t seem like one of them. There are a lot of people who could be at fault for Kabali to turn out to be such a disappointment. I’m sure Ranjth had a lot of pressure on him while making this movie and the result makes it quite evident that he is definitely not capable of handling those so early in his career. To be honest, I did not have much expectations for this film, or for any films nowadays (mainly because apathy has taken over all my emotions lately). This film had every element in it for it to be a whopping success and a colossal failure and we can all be glad that it fell somewhere in the middle.
Someone recently pointed out how reviews of anything are now titled ‘Thoughts on …’, in what is possibly an attempt to straddle the middle ground and emphasize that they’re just that, one’s thoughts. In that sense, this post is aptly titled, as Iraivi is a movie that will force you to think. And like the other meaning of the word, it will force you to chew the cud for quite a while, be it by watching it a second time in the theater, or multiple times in your mind.
Not a review per se, just a coherent rant about this film I watched recently called Idhu Namma Aalu.
When I exited the theatre after watching Idhu Namma Aalu, I wondered if there’s a word exclusive to the world of Kollywood films, to point out that the film had its fun moments for a few minutes, and for the rest of the time you wished you had every strand of hair pulled off from your skin or be stabbed like Jon Snow. Why don’t they put statutory warning messages ahead of such films?
Let me be the first one to try and coin a term/reference metric that refers to any motion feature which is worth just ten minutes of your time and you are better off watching it on YouTube, as a video titled “Best comedy scene from ….” instead of experiencing an ordeal in the theatre.
The term is INA- an acronym that stands for Intentional Neurotoxic Act (‘Intentional’ being the operative word.)Fitting, isn’t it? I hope, in the near future we see people use this term widely.
“Macha! How was the movie da?” “It’s not bad. But it’s INA. Better to stay away.”