January 16, 2019 by Guest Author
‘Keladi Kanmani’ and ‘Rhythm’ remain sole traces that demonstrate how to make warm and fun grown-up romances.
Vasanth is probably not making as many films anymore (I hear his latest ‘Sivaranjaniyum Sila Pengalum’ is magnificent). But I can’t think of another filmmaker who is a master in depicting urban relationships — of mothers and daughters (Srividya and Gauthami in ‘Nee Paathi Naan Paathi’), of fathers and sons (Nagesh and Arjun in ‘Rhythm’) and most importantly, between two grown up adults of the opposite sex. The latter is the focus of this piece and I would like to talk about two relationships (each in a different movie) that move me considerably even today.
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November 6, 2018 by Ajay
Murugadoss seems to have kept track of all the “issues” happening in Tamil Nadu in the recent past and has tried to write a story with one of those. As the issues keep piling up, he couldn’t decide which one would have the most punch in the gut feel so he decided to mix them all up to write a story. Who needs proper story boarding, script discussion, screenplay drafts and all that nonsense when you have issues+vijay in a movie? So he just went with it and wrote the scenes and dialogues on the flow and the end product is what you get to see on screen. Everybody in the cast and crew seems to believe solely on that aspect for the movie to get off and have put their lowest effort possible to get the whole thing together. Even I’m lazy to an extent but this is just taking it to another level.
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October 5, 2018 by Ajay
Mani Ratnam seems to be tired of people calling his films too mani ratnam-esque so he went out and made Chekka Chivantha Vaanam trying to be as least mani ratnam-esque as possible but he just couldn’t help but have his signature all over the film. Be it associating characters with colours (tones of red all over, monochromatic dresses for single tone and straight forward characters like Varadan, Chitra, Senapati, but more flamboyant for Ethi and Thyagu), the way people talk and respond to questions (as soon as Senapathi wakes up, Chitra tells about Lakshmi in a Kanden Seethaiyai way), power play of characters shown by where they are standing when talking with each other, the list keeps going. And when I have all these things on screen to keep me entertained, I can’t help but be impressed with a film even if the overall story is meh. But in case of CCV, even the story ties all these things together really well.
Category English | Tags: ar rahman,arun vijay,Arvind Swamy,chekka chivantha vaanam,jyothika,Mani Ratnam,prakash raj,santhish sivan,simbu,Vijay sethupathi | No Comments
April 8, 2017 by Ajay
If you didn’t like the film and don’t like reading good things about it, I would suggest to stop here and head back. I loved it and I understand if you have a hard time agreeing to that. Not many films make us discuss about it the whole night after watching it. The emotions that Mani Ratnam makes us go through and the way he intrigues us to appreciate the intricacies in various aspects is phenomenal. And to top it off we even get ARR, Sreekar Prasad, Ravi Varman and some exceptional performances by Karthi(more on this later) and Aditi.
Category English | Tags: aditi,ar rahman,Kaatru Veliyidai,Karthi,kv,Mani Ratnam,rj balaji,rukmani,sreekar prasad,Vairamuthu | 4 Comments
November 12, 2016 by Ajay
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.
Category English | Tags: Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada,ar rahman,arr,gautham menon,gautham vasudev menon,gvm,manjima mohan,simbu,str | 1 Comment