Champion Pistah Cricket(er) – Be ready to dance

If you are a follower of IPL (Indian Premier League) matches then you would know that for this year the official promo song is ‘Pistah’. No no…not the eating pista. This pistah (…see the extra ‘h’ at the end? That makes all the difference) refers to someone who thinks of themselves as a big shot (It’s a slang term from Chennai). Here is the official video of IPL 2016.

The original video of this song, shot for the Tamil and Malayalam movie ‘Neram’ (meaning Time), is one of my favorites because every time I hear it it makes me want to dance. The proper local kuthu dance that the South India is famous for. You should also try it sometimes. You can check out this video for some cool kuthu steps 😀

I am not sure how many of you actually saw Dwayne Bravo’s Champion dance after they won the recent World T20 Cup. It was amazing and fun to watch. If you have missed it by any chance, here it is. It feels so nice to see them enjoying after the win with their own song.

This is Dwayne Bravo’s song. Do you know that he writes music and has some music videos to his credit too? He is super cool, I say. Here is the original version of it. Now, after watching it, you should try and do that ‘Champion’ step without fail.

Now, let’s go…

Champion we are real Champion
don’t vex if your name not call
We have to leave time to bat some ball
We love Soca and Dancehall
We love cricket and Football
From ah dancing , ah my name your call
Champion, Champion

O K K

This Sunday, went to the newly released Tamil Movie ‘O Kadal Kanmani‘. This isn’t about my views on the movie, although I should say that I was impressed by the storyline and liked the movie a lot. Good music, very good background score, handsome hero, beautiful and expressive heroine, understanding old couple… It had its moments of cliche’s and unwanted scenes, but overall was a breezy and nice romantic drama. This isn’t the first movie to talk about live-in relationships. There was a Thriller called ‘Pizza’ which had a small plot but since it wasn’t very important to the main story line, it got breezed over. But this being the romantic drama, the story revolved around that and also about Alzheimer’s of an older couple. It reminded me of the movie ‘Away from Her‘, which is so amazing and so heart wrenching.

Incidentally, just a week before, even before I knew the plot of this movie, one of my friend was coercing me , as usual, to get ‘settled’ in life a.k.a get married again. He is a little conservative in his opinions and beliefs. So when we ended up talking about marriage and live in relationships, he told me that it wouldn’t suit our culture. I told him that I ain’t as worried about the culture as I am worried about my comfortability with it. He wasn’t convinced, as usual 🙂 Having grown up in a conservative and orthodox family, until I started work, I had no clue as to what live-in relationship really meant. But then once I started work, and got to know about the outer world, I should say I was a little surprised, but then as long as people involved are happy and content, it is fair and OK with me. Once, a young girl in my hostel came to me and asked me what I thought about live-in relationships. I had no clue as to how to answer her, because  she sort of looked up to me and I didn’t want to be in a position to guide her in these matters, when I wasn’t sure what it entailed. This society being a patriarchal society even now, I had heard of cases where the women were the ones who end up being emotionally hurt (not to mention in some cases where the physical hurt was also involved) in such relationships. Not until 2005, cohabitation or live in relationships were even recognized. I told her that as long as the people involved were strong enough to handle the ups and downs of it as it would be in any relationship, it is fine with me.

There is a line in the movie, where the hero’s sister in law sort of interrogates the heroine suspecting something and when she is confronted, the heroine agrees to their living arrangement. So the sister in law asks if they were gonna get married. For which the heroine asks how does a marriage certificate would change anything at all with the way they live. Finally they do get married for a different reason, but that is entirely their prerogative and not because they wanted to prove something to the elders, who didnt understand their live in arrangement. Where do I stand with these kind of relationships? I don’t think I would mind a live in relationship to be with someone whom I like and can actually see a future with, if not forever at least a few years. If that has to be sealed, signed and delivered, for all practical and legal purposes through a marriage, then that is the path the relationship should go through. Does a marriage certificate really change the relationship ? I would say, yes, it does to some extent. It gives it a legal binding and we are emotionally attached to it so some extent. Some people need that kind of grounding and trust that comes with it. But not all.  I believe emotionally , it doesn’t matter. Until the emotional attachment between the people involved is strong and alive, the paper binding holds good and has value. Else…

I am glad that such topics are being handled in the mainstream Tamil movie and making people at least start talking about it, rather than in hushed tones.

Regional Movie Updates

Some quick updates on regional movies I recently watched.

Yennai Arindhaal (Tamil)

Watched this movie of Ajith (one of my favorite actors in Tamil Cinema) when I went to my home town. Went for a night show with my siblings. Overall it was a good movie but it was a little slow. Ajith has aged 😦 and Trisha looks very beautiful. But the one that steals the show is Arun Vijay. He has done a pretty good job as the villain. Good job. I like Gautam Menon (the director)’s depiction of love and romance. It is always a little different. In this too, he shows the love between a single mother and a cop , which is not very common in Tamil movies. But Anushka wasn’t that impressive and I wonder why the first song was in at all. The movie goes back and forth in time a little bit and that is a little confusing but then that is Gautam’s usual style too. Songs werent that impressive. Forgot them as soon as we left the theater. If only they had did some editing and made it a little faster, it would have been awesome.

Roy (Hindi)

Saw this over this weekend with a friend. The concept of the movie was good but it was too bloody slow. I almost fell asleep in some parts. It is about the parallel’s of a director and screen writer’s life and that of his character Roy’s. How their lives are entwined and how one woman plays a very important part in both of their characters is what the story is about. I really liked it to be honest. But it could have been a lot more fast paced. Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor, two good looking men and the trailer, that is what exactly got both of us ladies  to the theaters. Jacqueline looks part Priyanka and part Sunny Leone. Acting wise there isn’t much to say, but I would definitely give credit for the screenplay and the story line. And it is sad that on a Valentine’s day this movie was only half filled, especially with such a star cast.

‘I’ on Pongal

Today is Sankranti or Pongal Festival over here. And since I didn’t go home, I did the next best thing to do on such a holiday. Went to a movie on my own that was released for this festival and that of my favorite actor Vikram. The movie is called ‘I‘ (trailer was done very well). Went for an early morning show so that I can come back and relax before I hit my gym in the evening (and a perfect excuse to not sleep in late)

I will try and not give any spoilers on that movie. But even before that, here is a picture from my phone of the display that was kept outside the theaters for the festival. IMG_20150115_094550145

Happy Pongal or Sankranti to all

OK, now coming back to the subject of the post. A very usual story line but the treatment is what makes it different. But other than everything else, the only one thing that stands out most, as in most of his movies, is the hero Vikram. Wow.. Just Wow…He is a body builder and a perfect chance for him to show his 6 packs and all which he did for this movie. He then becomes the ultra modern model which has a different look and again he does look awesome (even though I am that fond of him without his mustache) and the end a person with disfigurement where his emotions gets you every single time… and even in the scenes where he teases the bad guys…Really, the money was worth his performance alone. Hats off to you Vikram.

Amy Jackson, the cute little British actress, is a model so she gets to show case her pretty body without it being odd and she looks very good, no doubt. And I was glad that her lip syncs were bad only in a very few places. That means a lot.

Santhanam, his lines were simply awesome and was not overdone, as it usually happens. And surprise, you have Powerstar’s special appearance too. I was a little bothered the way the transgender character was portrayed. I wasn’t too happy with that.

Since I am not going into the story line, the going back and forth between the timelines to set the events in motion was a little disconcerting at the beginning but then you get used to it. Loop holes are there but then you tend to not bother with it when so much is happening. Felt like a little too many songs, even though each and every single song sound very good and is shot very very creatively and very beautifully, Shankar style. The cinematography and the action sequences and art direction all deserve a big credit. Especially the fights on the roof tops while riding the cycle was very well done. Amazing team work. It is indeed a visual pongal treat with Vikram. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And one more thing, I guessed the culprit even in the first half. It could have been a little inconspicuous.

Madras – Old Theme New Approach

After a long time watched a Tamil movie. Madras, a movie featuring my favorite actor Karthi. Again, after quite a few flops I am glad to see him in this movie, portraying a serious character. I saw in one of his interviews regarding this movie, that he was asked to do a movie where he doesn’t do his trademark smile (/smirk). Even though I do like his smile, I should say that it was definitely a change watching him perform and not go through a scene just with his smile.

Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu is currently called as Chennai. But still a lot of people refer to it as Madras. And like a lot of movies, it shows the south Chennai and  the various political happenings that happen in a very small part of it. It all starts and ends with a wall. How a simple thing as a wall becomes the symbol of power and how the two parties who want to capture it play with the lives of the people around it and how it affects everyone, especially our protagonist and his close friend and how their lives change for ever is what the story is all about. I am not going into the story as such (Wikipedia tells it in much more detail), but I should say that it was definitely a slightly fresh take on a very old theme. Even though there is the usual romance, here and there and in bits and pieces, and songs , which for some reason didn’t put me off, and the age old backstabbing, which actually I figured out at the exact minute,  the overall effect of it on the movie was in such a way that it wasn’t boring in the least. Credit to the screenplay for that. There is one scene which I really liked. The one where the shadow of the hero Karthi grows slowly in the wall in such a way that it sort of envelops the whole wall. I really liked the way they used the lights and shadows to convey a strong message. And to mention the message at the end of the movie which says how social education if promoted right from child hood may prevent these kind of happenings using the same wall as the background is a good one.

Also in the fight sequence almost at the end, they showed the similarities between the fight and the football. I wasn’t sure how to interpret that 🙂 Is football that dangerous ? Is it a substitute for the primal fighting urge ? Or if you know football you can win a fight, just imagine the other person’s head as a football ? Song’s weren’t that impressive but didn’t put me off either. I am not sure if I will listen to them again, that is all. Is that a good thing that it sort of gelled well with the story and didn’t feel like a separate part of it ? Or is it that average ? Honestly, as far as this movie is concerned I don’t care about songs. Its a drama so I would prefer it went well with the story and am happy that it didn’t feel like a sore spot. Overall, it was a good movie and I enjoyed it.