Jigarthanda – Intelligent & Interesting

Karthik Subburaja’s 2nd directorial venture  Jigarthanda (loosely translated as The Cold Hearted One) after his first successful movie Pizza (a super natural thriller, which I immensely liked and got remade in Hindi recently in 3D). I already heard lot of good reviews about this movie and didn’t have a clue as to what it was about except from the trailers it looked like a another Madurai based Gangster movie, but then I heard that it was a comedy too. So I wasn’t very sure of the actual genre of it. I heard the songs very recently and even though nothing actually stood out and caught my attention it was pretty decent. The music in the trailer was really very good even though it had some Quentin Tarantino effects to it. Now who wouldn’t like that.

As usual I am not going into the story in detail here. The hero of the story is obviously the screenplay but apart from that the one and only person who catches our eyes through out (even may be because it is his story from the beginning to the end) is the antagonist Sethu (played by Simha), the Gangster on whose life Karthik (played by Siddharth) is building his new story line for his first movie. Taking the help of his friend Oorani in Madurai where he is planning to follow the gangster’s life to learn about him more so that he can have a realistic story (so that he can put below the title ‘based on a true story’ in his movie). His plans to gain information goes for a toss and they end up being tagged with the gangster himself, who sort of confesses all his crimes to him. In between there is a small track with a girl who is linked to the gangster, who falls in love with Karthik, and he sort of uses her love for his gain. Finally after all the trouble and lot of drama that goes on in the gangster’s life, Karthik is forced at gun point to make a movie with the gangster himself as the hero. How Karthik turns it against the gangster and what happens then is the final part of the movie. In between we have enough cameo appearances by lot of other prominent people in the film fraternity.

All the supporting characters (including the heroine Lakshmi Menon) have done their jobs very very well. We cannot guess what would actually happen at each and every stage. Something or the other new thing keeps coming up building the story in totally different directions. Too many twists is tricky because it can sort of put you off the movie. There was a time I thought I was getting bored, but then it bounces back. There is a slight slack in the movie at times but again they manage to pull back the audiences. It has drama, action (not the hero based action, but mostly the villain based action), comedy, humor and emotional scenes too. Surprisingly no duets as such and no heroism and in spite of that it was good. This movie does deserve the attention and the appreciation it is receiving. A Good Movie. Now Karthik Subburaja’s third movie will be an added pressure to him. Will he make the hat trick ?

What’s that noise

A lovely song (a  repeat in my play list) from a very new Tamil movie Enna Satham Indha Neram (meaning: What is the noise at this hour)’ I was checking out the latest music in the online radio and was surprised to hear this. It is one of the songs that instantly hooks you to it. Just loved it. One more beautiful song to Chinamayi’s (the singer) credit.

The Fault in Our Stars – Movie

If you had read my view on the book ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘, you would know that I absolutely loved that book so much so that I had a post on its after effects too. So here I was sitting on a Sunday afternoon with the sinus blocking my breathing and was thinking if I should be going to this movie alone or wait and plan it with friends. Then me thinks, watching this movie will probably lead to shedding some tears and that might be of some help to my sinus blocked nose today right ? and I wouldn’t have to be embarrassed about it in front of my friends (who would take that chance to mock me for life). So I went ahead to the nearby mall and there were enough tickets available for the afternoon show.

The first thing that I saw in that theater was, the majority of the audience were girls, young and vibrant and full of life talking non stop about the book and with giggles. I was like ‘was this a wise decision after all?’ It wasn’t full, which is a sad thing, but whatever was filled was mostly by youngsters (not including me) and a few couples, who I saw were getting the tickets because there weren’t any available for their movie of choice so they chose this. I don’t know how this movie is for someone who hasn’t read the book, but for someone who has, I just loved the screenplay. It was crisp and had all the important ingredients, except may be the dialogue about ‘the fault in our stars’. As soon as a young girl sat beside me she turned to her friend (another young girl) and said ‘I am so not going to cry for this movie, you see’. There is no point going over the story here because it is already there in the book or from my other post (if you are not inclined to read the book) but that girl Hazel performed by Shailene Woodley, wow, she has a great screen presence and it was difficult to look at others when she is there. She was just too good and brings the Hazel from the book perfectly onto the screen. Gus performed by Ansel Elgort, was a tad too innocent and young from that of my imaginative Gus, but was a perfect complement to the Hazel of this movie. A very lovely pair and beautiful acting too. But hands down, the movie belongs to Shailene Woodley no doubt. She is an amazing performer.

The book and the movie has scenes where the dialogues are humorous, which means you feel the lines and they bring out a smile in you and you don’t necessarily will feel like laughing out loud or worse giggle. That was my biggest problem in the theater. The girls were giggling for those lines. They weren’t essentially comical to bring out that much giggle. Or have I become too much of a grown up to not giggle for the humor. I don’t know. And there was this a-hole sitting just below me who was talking on the phone interrupting us. I felt like giving a kick to the seat. It was so irritating. Such bad manners for a grown up. And thankfully he left after the interval. And no points for guessing if the girl next to me cried at the end or not. Obviously she cried. The last 10 mins were so intense that I heard lot of sniffling around me (and including me… I had to blink so much and so hard to not allow the tears to fall and my sinus decided to unblock at that time , which indeed was my intention, and had some running nose by the end which at the end led to everyone else thinking that I have been crying…well, that is life) As far as the adaptation goes, it was done very well and stayed true to the original story. But just like the story, the movie doesn’t leave you feeling sad, it leaves you feeling hopeful. 

 

Thegidi – Interesting Thriller

After a long time I saw a thriller in Tamil today. The movie’s name is Thegidi (a very pure Tamil word for deception). It was a very interesting mystery , crime and thriller drama with no big casting. It starts with the guy Vetri getting a job in a detective agency after his M.A in Criminology. He has a good observation skill which helps him from some tight spots.

He is given assignments to find out details about specific people. And one of them is a girl in his apartment whom he starts to like. But then trouble finds him when the people he had investigated die one by one. All are reported as accidental deaths. He is now confused and when he goes back to find out from the agency about it, it is closed. Now it is upto him to find out who and why and how many are involved and to save his love in the process.

It was executed well, without much heroism and all that jazzy stuff. Simple and down to earth way of execution of the script , with some good music in between. The final action sequence could have been avoided where he had to fight a villain. They have a cliffhanger at the end so I am not sure if there would be a sequel. The hero Ashok Selvan is easy on the eyes as is Janani , the heroine. Jayaprakash is the usual Inspector.

I was surprised by the movie today actually.The premise is a little scary though. I know there are incidents like that in real life going on, but seeing it like this actually increases the fear.

A good movie.

Maan Karate

The film I am expecting next to watch is Maan Karate (translated to Deer Karate). Trailer looks nice and yes,  I like the hero in the movie 🙂

Anirudh’s next album as a music director. My pick of the lot.

Maanja – The one which I like very much and will be a repeat in my playlist.

Darling – A pucca kuthu number 🙂

[Un Vizhigalil – Shruthi Hassan’s diction is not that good and I don’t think this song suits her voice]