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Vaaranam Aayiram

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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™‚

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A wednesday – I watched on Monday!

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Watched this film on a Monday, wrote about it on a Tuesday and publishing it on ‘A Wednesday’ . Watched it in FUN Cinemas, Bangalore. πŸ™‚

A sleek, cutting edge, fast, interesting story with two veteran actors namely Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher in the lead. A movie which conveys the thought of a common man on terrors he faces and taking an extra step further of what happens when the common man turns back to face realities he’s been adjusting to as a part of his daily life. A very well narrated film which keeps you at the edge of the seat till the very end of the film with the suspense. Keeps you glued with interesting dialogues used at the right intervals. The editing is surely an asset to this film which supported the narration and gave it the required pace. Jimmy Shergill’s performance was a ‘JOB WELL DONE’ I must say.

 

A Brave and Intelligent take on Terrorism from the point of view of the COMMON MAN.

Rating: 4/5

JUNO!

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I watched this movie ” JUNO ” last night. This movie is an academy award winner 2007 for best story/screenplay. I liked it.

A sensitive issue narrated in a very intelligent, humorous, sleek and humanely manner with atitude. The protagonist was stupendous throughout the film. The characters were close to real life, with them acting just their age. Emotions expressed right till the end of the film.

This film is surely a lesson for aspiring filmmakers on how a narration can be effective keeping it simple. Getting the right shots, right expressions and right cuts right on time. This surely did teach me a few.

On a contrast, I am still wondering whether did it really deserve an Oscar ( if we consider it to be the best of awards). I care a damn, though.

A must watch film. πŸ™‚

Rating: 4/5

P.S. Film on the similar lines were made in our Bollywood too called KYA KEHNA but I feel there is a discrepancy in the narration and the exchange of emotions with the film from JUNO to this. I am guessing it is because of the over cast of drama, over-acting, unnecessary songs, dialogues, metaphors. The dish is well cooked only when there is a right amount of ingredients added at the right time.

KUNG-FU PANDA – SURE WAS PURE AWESOMENESS

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Watched Kung-Fu Panda atlast the other day at home. And guys I surely did, on an original DVD.

 

Loved every bit of the film from the starting titles till the end. It was ‘PURE AWESOMENESS’.

Rating: 4/5

 

p.s. Shall write a review soon. Watch this space. πŸ™‚

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

 

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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™‚

RACE – a DISGRACE

RACE can be defined as an absolute waste of 2.5 hours of one’s precious time, which can be spent more worthwhile by even gazing at the stars. I really can’t tell you how bull shitted I was…… Same ol’ plot of betrayal….Bad script…. Acting not worth commenting on…..Adding to this was the theater, screwed up on the sound….. which made it even worse for me to sit through the film….they thought multiple twists would interest the audeince butΒ  left the movie all twisted making it so difficult to untie at the end. Anil Kapoor – the joker in the film and extra bonus of Sameera Reddy…..dumb blonde secretary! music: Pritam’s style, nothing special! Well I should say that they had some good cars….. thats it! If you are at the end of joblessness, then you could maybe choose to watch this……

I plan to compensate for this bad film by watchin JUNO / VANTAGE POINT. I strongly recommend you to watch this, but not RACE- the DISGRACE

p.s: RACE: it an action thriller in Hindi from the BOLLYWOD starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Sameera Reddy, Bipasha Basu & Katrina Kaif. (this is piece of info I remember about the film)

FilmCamp in Chennai: naanga ready! neenga?

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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:

mail at direct@filmcamp.tv

Call: 0 9901304972 / 9243422797

For more information: www.filmcamp.tv

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˜€

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