Monday, January 02, 2012
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
|Cast:||Dev Patel, Freida Pinto,Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Madhur Mittal, Imran Hasnee, Mahesh Manjrekar.|
|Music:||A R Rahman|
The movie has already driven a really huge fan following after it won four Golden Globe awards this year. AR Rahman made us proud by winning the Golden Globe award for the best original score. The movie has been doing well in the box office and already it has been nominated for many awards for the Oscar 2009.
The movie basically is nothing but a 120 minute long film on all the negatives in India. The director Danny Boyle has shown the World about the black spot in India. Although there are many countries which are even more downtrodden when compared to India, Danny has chosen India just because here is the place where you can do anything and everything. You can mock at Indians and abuse Indians and we Indians never really care about those stuff. It is a real shame that the Indians, after watching the movie, are appreciating it but not thinking about why our country is like this. I have seen a dozen reviews which hail this as a great movie but the title in itself says what people in other part of the World think about our country.
The movie is basically about a guy from a slum area in Aamchi Mumbai who participates in the "Who wants to be a millionaire" show and wins the 20million rupees. Mainly focussed on showing the sufferings and sorrow of the people in the OTHER part of our country, this movie also shows about the destiny of the lovers who are separated in their childhood. But, as the director has showed in this movie, a person in a slum needn't be a "Know Nothing" fellow. And definitely he needn't be compared to a Dog. In fact, the world's most intelligent people hail from this amazing country called India and it is one fact that the director should be reminded of. I appreciate Danny Boyle's idea in portraying the miseries faced by slum-dwellers. But, I would have even more appreciated if he did something good for the betterment of the slum dwellers instead of minting money which he has generated through this movie.
In a particular scene where Jamal has to answer the 1 million rupees question, the host Prem(Anil Kapoor) suggests the wrong answer to Jamal during the break. It is later shown that he did that because he wanted to be the Hero of the show and that is why he gave the wrong answer to Jamal. I mean no host would have such an attitude and jealosy towards a guy winning a million rupees. Mr.Danny Boyle!! You have exaggerated a lot in this movie and still you are able to generate the revenue you wanted!! Thats the Generous India for you!! Jai Ho!!!
Bottomline: SlumDog Millionaire - An attempt to portray the OTHER part of India in the worst possible way!!
Rating : 7/10.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Banner : Amma Creations
Cast : Prakashraj, Jayaram, SPB Charan, Premji Amaran, Shiva, Sampath, Nikitha, Vaibhav, Kajal, Vega and Chennai-28 team ( Special appearances )
Direction : Venkat Prabhu
Production : T Siva
Muzik : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Film Certification : U
Certification : U
Post Certification : U
After a long gap, its again time for a red hot review of a movie and I had been waiting for a long time to watch a decent movie and I just did that yesterday.
Saroja - A good attempt by the successful Chennai-28 crew and once again, they have emerged victorious.
The movie starts off with a song featuring Saroja who forms the crux of the story and that is the simple reason why the movie is titled so. And the next few scenes has the bubbling youth of Premji, Charan, Siva and Vaibhav rocking all the way. They start from Chennai to watch a Cricket match that is going to be held in Hyderabad. They go on a van and because of an accident, their travel is halted. So, they go in another route which Shiva says, is the short route. And then whatever adventure and action that they face forms the rest of the story. Premji is a jolly go lucky cricket fan with a great affinity towards love and Cupid strikes every time he sees a girl. Charan works in a company and is married and also has a child. His brother Vaibhav is a vetti guy who often whiles away time with his niece. And then there is Siva who is a TV serial actor. Meantime, Prakashraj is a millionaire and his only daughter is Saroja. She goes missing one day and Jayaram is the Asst Commissioner of Police who offers to help Prakashraj in finding out Saroja. What happens to Saroja??? Did they find her out? This is the story. With this simple storyline, the director, with good cinematography and background score to support him, has made this wonderful thriller cum comedy movie and this is indeed a successful attempt. The music by Yuvan adds to the success of the movie with most of the songs with its feet tapping music keeping the viewers engrossed.
* The simple story line well etched to form a nice thriller.
* The comedy sequences involving Siva and Premji Amaran rock!!
* The Background score is good and gives the much needed feel that a thriller movie demands!!
* The initial few scenes are a bit too complex and it takes some time to know what the movie is all about.
Overall, a neat movie with good performances from everyone involved to provide a visual treat to the movie hungry audience.
Bottomline -> Saroja "Scintillates"!!!
Rating -> 7.5/10
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Cricket is about to take a leap of faith in technology with the trial of a system that allows players to challenge the decision of the on-field umpires in the Test series between Sri Lanka and India. The umpire's word will no longer be final. The system has been tried, somewhat unsuccessfully, and in the relatively obscure environment of county cricket. But,after a shelved proposal to use it in the current England-South Africa series, millions of television viewers now await the sight of the first-ever referral to be made in an international contest. The jury is out on whether the move is designed to undermine the umpires or to assist them, but the acceptance of the system will depend by the decisions it produces.This also comes in the wake of some bitter incidents that took place, particularly in the Sydney test between India and Sydney. So, this referral system is bound to make a difference in cricket and most teams have supported it.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
No 5 -> Kuselan featuring Pasupathy, Meena, Rajnikanth and Nayanthara. Music is done by the young GV Prakash. This movie was initially slated to be a Pasupathy starrer and Rajni playing a cameo role. But, its now a Rajni starrer. But, sadly, the music of the movie doesn't impress much. The song Cinema Cinema by Shankar Mahadevan sounds good. Also on the melody side, Chaaral thooral by Shreya Goshal soothes our ears.
No 4 -> Jeyam Kondaan featuring Vinay, Bhavana and Lekha Washington. Music is being handled by Vidyasagar. Almost all the songs are melodies which suggest that this movie is an out and out musical movie. Adai Mazhai Kalam sung by Karthik, Adhai Koodava by Shreya Goshal and Ore Or naal by Benny Dhayal are some songs that impress me in this movie.
No 3 -> Saroja starring a part of the Chennai 28 team. The music is being handled by the inimitable Yuvan Shankar Raja who has been providing a youthful music for a long time now. The first song that comes to my mind is ITS MY LIFE sung by Tanvi. Its the first song with english lyrics from start to end. It rocks because of the voice which the girl renders. Then, I liked Dosth Bada Dosth sung by Haricharan, Naveen and Rahul Nambiar. Then, the other songs are also good to hear and although some of them may resemble the same genre, they are of course bearable to hear.
No 2 -> Sakkarakatti featuring Shanthanu, Ishitha and Vedika. Music is handled by the one and only King of Music AR Rahman. That is what makes the music special. All the songs carry the ARR magical touch in it. Although the songs aren't too overwhelming, in the songs released so far, this movie's songs sound better than others. That is what makes ARR so special. My favorite number from this movie is Taxi Taxi sung by the trio of Benny Dayal, Blaaze and Vivan Chaix. The songs sound western with pucca tamil lyrics and hence the song itself sounds westernized. My favorite melody from this song being Marudhaani sung by the latest sensation Madhushree whose voice resembles the sweet Sadhana Sargam. Also I miss you da comes in to my favorites list thanks to Chinmayi. This movie's songs may not be an out and out ARR feast. But, definitely, its an ARR mini tiffin. ;)
No 1 -> Dhaam Dhoom starring Jeyam Ravi and Kangana Ranaut. This one is a special one dedicated to the late director and cinematographer Jeeva. Harris Jeyaraj has given him the perfect homage by rendering one of his best music for this movie. As many as 5 songs impressed me in this movie. Starting with the melody. Sakiye by Bombay Jayashree, the rap genre Pudhu Pudhu sung by Suchitra and Benny Dayal, the male solo melodies Azhiyilae by Haricharan and Anbe En Anbe by Harish Raghavendra and finally the fast beat Thikku Thikku by Sayonara Philip and Benny Dayal, this movie's music is surely, according to me, the hit of the season.
Thanks for patiently reading my musical review. Pour in your positives and negatives on the post as well as your arguments about my ratings as comments.
P.S. A recently released music of the movie Sathyam is expected to be a total crap. Try it at your own risk.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Then, the 8 of us started the cruise. Then we halted at a place because Seval and Kudi decided that the place was good for photography. The road was free and only 1 or 2 cars buzzed past us now and then. So, we decided to take some snaps standing in the middle of the road. So, we took some snaps and then started off again. We reached Mahabalipuram in around half an hour. Another hilarious part was that, just when we entering M'puram, we were stopped by a man dressed like a bus conductor who waved at us asking us to stop. But ironically, none of us stopped and we simply paid no heed to his continous wavings. So, we entered the place and we got a glimpse of many foreigners who seemed to have settled there. We halted at a hotel Anandha Bhavan when Oi's bike called it quits. The clutch wire broke off. So, Kudi and Oi went to a mechanic nearby to buy a new wire and fit it. Meanwhile, Samba and Mahesh had also reached that place by now. Only after he came did we know that the man who stopped us was none other than the man who collected money to enter into Mahabalipuram since it was a tourist spot. ;)
Then, we all had lunch and went to our first spot which was the shore temple. We entered that and immedaitely the whole place was abuzz. The security kept on whistling at us because everytime one of us kept troubling him. Then, when we decided that it was boring enough in the shore temple and having taken enough snaps, we then went to beach. Seeing the water, Raja- The King in Water ran like a mad dog and dived splash into the beach without realising that he had his purse and mobile phone in the pockets. He came out with his mobile phone fully wet with a sheepish smile in his face. I really hope that the damn mobile is gone for good. ;) Then, all of us entered into the beach and we enjoyed like never before in the water. Seval was meanwhile busy taking snaps of all that was happening around, in the beach.
Then, at around 6pm, we decided that it was too late. So, all of us came out and changed. Then came Sampath anna's friends 2 of whom were foreigners. Kudi immedaitely recognized them and he began to talk with them. Then, we took some group snaps and then we also helped a beautiful, romantic couple by taking their snaps as per their request. Then, we started off and went straight to A2B. Had a sumptous dinner and drove off along the ECR. Inspite of Seval's repeated warnings that the route through Kelambakkam was unsafe because of lack of lights, I was the only one who took the route through Kelambakkam and half way through I realised that he was afterall correct. But, with no other go, I rode through the dark road and finally reached my home at around 9pm. It was overall a great day for all of us as we thorughly enjoyed the trip. Hoping for more such memorable trips before we end up fucked up to our pc's in a few months time.
Starring : Vinod as Seval, Sriram, Raja, Santhosh as Sano, Shankar as Satti, Mahesh, Samba, Harish as Oi, Sathish as Kudi and finally me, Vijay.
Also starring : TVS Max 100 R, Hero Honda Splendor, Hero Honda Glamour, Bajaj CT 100 and Bajaj Discover 125.
Special thanks to Murugappan for his generosity in lending us a bike. Cya!!!
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
The Rajni-Nayanthara starrer Kuselan was scheduled to be released on August 15th. But, since thursday is a lucky day for Rajni, the movie's release dates have been preponed. Sources suggested that Kuselan is going to be released on July 31st. The movie which is a remake of the Malayalam movie Katha Parayumpol has Pasupathy and Meena in the lead and Rajni playing a cameo role which is expected to last for more than an hour. GV Prakash Kumar is the music director for the movie and the movie is directed by P Vasu.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
1) Ramesh (captain cum wicket keeper)
The new ball was shared by me and Vasanth anna. I started off badly with a boundary off my first ball. But, later on, both of us bowled very well and we were able to remove the openers early. In the first 6 overs, we conceded just 18 runs and took 2 wickets. Then it was the turn of our spinners Raghi and Srivaths who bolwed amazingly well in tandem. The batsmen couldn't quite cope up with their spin and wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals. The Templast team looked set to be bowled out for around 80 but their lower order hit some lusty blows off both the spinners and finally they were bundled out for 99 in 19.3 overs. Srivaths took 3 wickets and Raghi, Vasanth anna and meself took 2 wickets each. There was one runout. Raja was unlucky not to get any wicket but he bowled an amazing line and length that too on a consistent basis to control the score midway. So, chasing a target of 100, our openers Ramesh and Srivaths started off in a great fashion by amassing 21 runs in 2 overs. But, Srivaths tried one shot too many attempting to pull a not so short ball and eventually getting bowled. Ramesh was the next to go snicking one behind to the wicket keeper. Murali went in and got out in no time attempting to play an ambitious pull and getting himself caught at mid on. Vasanth anna meanwhile played sensibly at the other end. Hemkumar walked in at the fall of Murali's wicket. He looked to be in solid touch but was controversially run out thanks to some poor umpiring. He did not trouble the scorers. Samba walked in next. Both he and Vasanth anna put up a match winning partnership. Samba was at his menacing best hitting as many as 4 boundaries and Vasanth anna was not far off either. But when it all looke to be the end for the Templast, Samba got out caught and bowled after playing a well played 22. Raghi was sent in next and he played very sensibly along with Vasanth Anna. Raghi played singles and hit the odd balls for boundaries. Vasanth anna mean while was seeing the ball like a football. In the end, he ended the game in the 15th over with a straight six followed by a leg glance to the fine leg boundary to seal the match for the Chennai Crazy fliers. We reached the target of 100 in 14.3 overs. The Man of the Match award was won by Vasanth anna for his all round performance of 36*, 2-14 and also took 3 catches. So, we, the Chennai Crazy Fliers started our tourney with a win. Hope that we keep up the good form.