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Vaaranam Aayiram



Another brilliant cinema from director Gautham Vasudev Menon, after not-so-noticed Pachaikili Mutthucharam ( starring Sharath Kumar and Jyothika).

Vaaranam Aayiram which means ‘fleet of a thousand elephants’ a metaphor for the ‘force of emotions one goes through which is as forceful as of the elephants fleet). This movie stars Surya, Simran, Sameera Reddy, and Divya Spandana aka Ramya. Should not forget to mention the not-so-noticed sisters role who played to be a great support character.

I loved this movie personally. It connected to my life, or the story of someone else’s really well. Should agree it does not have a story line as with a start, a middle and an end. But is a sensitive capture of the life of two men- a father and his son, on how they influenced eachothers life. An autobiographical  depiction of directors real life emotions with his father and his demise.

This movie captures all flavors of life from petty fights, love, parenting, parental love, depressions, realization, achievements, focus and finally death in a span of three hours. Brilliant cinematography, especially the intro shot of the Young Surya in an Helicopter in the sky, on a rescue mission. Just spell bounding shot to me. Surya as an actor has set a benchmark and great expectation for other actors of the industry. Phenomenal performance and his portrayal of emotions are just a class apart. The music is a great asset to the film, now that I listen to this song atleast twice a day. Simran plays her role gracefully. SAMEERA REDDY – Man! I am in love with her smile, no wonder he fall in love with her so much in the movie. Well done by her after a real long time. Ramya does not have a great presence but sure is a important character of the film who makes a difference in a man’s life.

Gautham Menon as a director still is a school of filmmaking. So much to learn from this man. The way he handles parallel subjects in the same film, is stupendous. And his portrayal of the female/women in his films are wonderful. They are simple, elegant, and confident. This makes his films more broadminded and worldly. This film surely a new perspective of Gauthams ventures from all the cop stories and love stories he’s made in the past.

In the end, A WONDERFUL FILM, which I loved.( I don really expect the same from any other spectator, as each one connects at a different level to a film)  Great work Gautham. Learning from every frame.

A brilliantly captured, sensitively thought and immensely felt,

fleet of emotions which are lost and found in every man’s life.

Rating: 3.5/5

On favoritism: 4/5 πŸ˜€


P.S. There is so much more to say about this film. But I am just thinking, I shall keep this short and let you all watch the movie. πŸ™‚

Maddy a.k.a Madhavan.R in my FRIENDS LIST




Well in compliment to the frustration on Facebook, here is something good that happened. A pending post I wanted to share.


“A Celebrity in my friend list – MADHAVAN of RDB, RHTDM Fame in Bollywood and many fabulous movies in Tamil.” I was also happy that I got to chat with him on Facebook. The proof, the image above. Though it was not a lengthy conversation, yet it was a good 4 lines of to-fro talk. πŸ™‚ Well, might sound kiddish. But what the hell.. I’m liking it. πŸ˜€ For many wondering if this Madhavan is genuine, well sure is… cause I double verified his links. And I know a couple of people who would can be only real and not fake.

Adding to my celebs on FB list, I have ‘Rajesh Vaidya’ A renowned VEENA Vidhwan and also ‘G V Praksah’ the nex music director in the tamil film industry whose currently passing great waves of music.

Thats all folks. πŸ™‚

FilmCamp in Chennai: naanga ready! neenga?

A one-day workshop where you make one-minute films!

Ever wondered what it’s like to make a film? Find out at FilmCamp.TV’s 1:1, a one-day workshop where you make one-minute films.

At a 1:1, you will write, storyboard, enact, shoot and edit a one-minute film in one day. Because you cannot make a film alone, you will work collaboratively in groups (not exceeding 5). The workshop is supervised by instructors every step of the way. You will start at 8:30 in the morning and finish by dusk.

Filmcamp have been having successful workshops in Bangalore developin the interstests and the community of independent film making. And they did have a writers meet too on Sunday, 2nd of December in Brew Ha Ha (coffee shop) and it was a wonderful 30 ppl crowd we had. and we had constructive discussions too on more film making plans for many aspired filmmakers, me being one of them too. And we all did know how the BIG boys write scripts… we had a script and screen discussion Shawshank Redemption.

So now, FilmCamp is coming to Chennai to get more people into the groove and realise dreams of filmmaking for anyone who wants to do it. They are going to be there at by mid week, so that you could meet them too… and the workshop is happening on the 9th of December 2007, a sunday!!!! so no reasons of work! at Besant Nagar beach area (tentative) wil be confirmed soon πŸ™‚

To register:

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Call: 0 9901304972 / 9243422797

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Well again, great things don come for free, the workshop fee is a Rs. 1000. I don think that is a big sum for your first film. SO be there and realise your dream… atleast, how to make a film πŸ™‚ then….adding to this.. Once you are IN… you have the whole community of independent, aspiring Filmmakers.. to support.

See you all there. I am going to be there though! πŸ˜€

Well, If any of you think “seeing is believing here 

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