Chennai Born Confused Softie
Chennai Ambi's Musings...
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya - Review
Like any Gautham Menon Fan i also went into this movie with lots of expectation as well as trepidation as all my recent escapades into the realm of watching movies in a theater ( read as desi movies) have been nothing short of disaster. Unlike the majority of those who felt the songs of ARR rocked, i honestly could not identify myself with the songs till now and went in purely for the magical moments that i presumed gautham would provide us. From the days of Minnale i have been mesemerized with the romancizer inside Gautham and had tremendous confidence in his capability to bring the subtler nuances of love which strikes a chord with you.
The Movie Started off really well, with Trisha's wedding being picturized and Simbu giving the voiceover a la 3 idiots style, not that i am complaining. Simbu and Trisha are neighbours wherein Simbu aka Karthik is a mechanical engineer trying to become an assistant director ( gautham menon and selva raghavan come into mind) and Trisha essays the role of Jessie ,a chennai based malayali , who works as a programmer analyst in Polaris ( in my 2 years of programmer analyst life , i have never seen such a programmer analyst, no wonder it happens only in movies) who always wears sari's. Boy ! she looks drop dead gorgeous in those sarees and credit should go to the costume designer for showing us a different side of Trisha. After Mounam pesiyadhey and ayudha ezhuthu , this could be defined as the movie where Trisha looks stunning. Sexiness in South Indian ishtyle. Reminds me of Jothika in kaaka kaaka. Its Love at first sight and proposal at third meeting from Simbu's side . Then some funny and awkward moments and hero heroine dance around as is the norm and then the movie stops and its the interval. we expect fireworks or suspense beyond this, but let me warn ya folks that all good things stop here.
The movie has a very thin story line where gautam wants to essay his thought by conveying that men are from mars and women are from venus i.e men are simple , uncomplicated and straight forward while women are confused, prefer convoluted talks and would want to think about 100 different things when it comes to love. yeah, yeah, we have heard it a 'hazaaar times'. what is the difference in treatment? unfortunately None...
so if you are a die hard gautham fan please read no further as it is going to be a dissection into the negatives of the movie and there are spoilers too...
Firstly Gautham talks about chemistry between the lead pair, honestly i could not find such moments in this movie. The first meeting between simbu and trisha is fine but barring that there are no standout scenes helping us to appreciate why they fall in love. Simbu and Trisha fall in love over a night in the train with a songover , reminds me of how sarath kumar became rich in surya vamsam over one song. I really felt that gautham missed a point here. You need a build up to the romance, but there was hardly any. Simbu keeps telling in the movie to Trisha that we had a fantastic chemistry !! Dude , take a hike !! chemistry is not about touching the feet , trying to kiss a girl or doing something over a songover. Chemistry involves dialogue and that was sorely missed between the lead pair. There were no standout dialogues like in kaaka kaaka or minnale or alaipayuthey . The three words in KK " Truly, madly and deeply " was so concise and powerful but sadly none here. gautham rehashes the same one with mad and deep added into a form of english which simbu's diction could accomodate. honestly, Simbu you need to hone your english speaking skills, the dialogues did not suit as the dialogue delivery in english was pretty bad !
Trisha leaves simbu for no reason and that really leaves a lot to be desired. I know that is realistic but the movie is just 2 hours, so the director cannot assume that people will accept the idiosyncrasies of the heroine. We are not that intelligent enough, Gautham. Now , gautham i have two questions to ask you
a) why do you involve the same dialogue in all movies " I wnat to make love to you " . man ! once it is fine, but 4 times .. kaaka kaaka, pachai kili, vaaranam aayiram, and now VTV.
b) and whats the obsession with using the F word so frequently . when simbu spouts the F word its so F****g irritating. he just does not get it. its like a newbie trying to spew words of exasperation like
"shit !" but ends up sounding like shirt.
In Minnale, we had the friends wedding scene, the scene where reema plays with the kids in rain, and vivek plays the best cupid celluloid had ever seen and he had brilliantly woven strings of humor and romance perfectly. In kaaka kaaka , the way the emotionless anbu selvan falls in love is portrayed brilliantly, while in alipayuthey the smart talk between the lead pair during the wedding as well as the scene where maddy meets shalini and she sheepisly asks karthik , " enna karthi, nee panakkara veetu payyana, classla last aa...." and ridicules him with a smile and maddy in his quintessential shameless manner laughs and takes the ridicule as if it was not directed at him at all.. Priceless !! . so if you think of such scenes in VTV you would be dissapointed.
I honestly feel leaving apart 2-3 songs the songs in VTV are not great. gautham-ARR is not as rocking as gautham-Harris and i hope gautham goes back to harris. i am hearing rave reviews about this music, but i just cannot relate to it. The songs are also misplaced and do not serve any purpose apart from prolonging the inevitable.
I could go on and on... but lemme stop here
- Awesome Cinematography
- Trisha in saree
- Simbu's photographer friend - awesome dialogue delivery --- biggest positive
- Few good songs
- Nice Climax
- No simbu punch dialogues
- Nice Locales
- Bad script. There is no script beyond interval
- very bad BGM
- No strong Build up to the romance
- No strong reason for Break up
- Improper song Interludes
- dance and Songs not syncronized. too heavy usage of Hip hop
- Simbu speaking in English
To sum it up, if you are a frequent cinema goer, this movie is for you, better than the usual vijay , ajith stuff and tone down your expectations.
If you are the one who thinks twice before spending 500 bucks on a movie, then spare yourself the trouble !
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Optimism... how difficult is it??
Does being a realist signify that one is a pessimist. Just like we have different probabilities for a certain event , a realist would weigh all possible outcomes and reserve a judgement on it. More or less that closely correlates to the pessimism view. Can one be a realist and also be an optimist at the same time. These are thoughts which continue to repeatedly haunt me.
will i get a pay raise? well, hmm.. most prolly not, would i be happy if i got , hell !! yeah !!
Can you execute this work within this time? hell, no....
will you become a VP by 35? highly improbable, but yeah can try...
When can you buy a house in chennai? defly not, in the near future...
not sure if answers like these fall into the realm of realism or pessimism..
The emotional realist that i am guess am more comfortable of accepting reality and moderating my expectations rather than aiming for star and reaching the moon.
any ideas of how to balance realism and optimism...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Engineering-- The Farce that it is
Come October 2009 , the hostels were filled with slumber prone sloths including yours truly. Unshaved, Dishevelled Life forms roamed around the hostel corridors. Books were strewn to the corner of the room that they were deemed to be opened only during the auspicious month of april when we have our final semester exams. Radios and Casette players were blaring in full
throttle while the TV gasped for its breath on being subjugated to endless state of existence with power turned on for eternity.The zeal that accompanied the freshmen had dissappeared all of a sudden and i was privy to the celebrations too. after all it was the summer of 99 when you had the dotcom boom where anyone with an engineering degree got recruited and all you had to do to get recruited was to tresspass the placement office. There was this popular folklore running during the summer of 99 that companies would load you in their trucks to their offices even if you were not a final year student. Two of my seniors were hired in the fag end of the second year by companies. Such was the rat race for talent...
With such an invincible aura around it, the IT sector had become the poster eyed sector in the placements. Others hardly stood a chance. With the requirement for qualification being decent grades with an ability to speak english( which we have already learnt during the best part of 16 years of school education), the degree became more or less a formality. The zeal with which i studied DSP or digital circuits made no sense as the number of jobs in that sector were already too low and i just did not dig deep into it to possess the mastery to get into those niche sectors.By having 6 subjects a term the education sector really killed students by making them a jack(ass) of all trades and master of none. whatever we possessed was mere bookish knowledge and not too much into the depth. I am not going to fault my professors as i believe we had few of
the best professors in the country by virtue of studying in a government college. But they were the last of the breed as i believe no longer we have people who are passionate about teaching entering thr profession of education. and the education system did not really test us. so we studied the books the way everyone does it now ( read as roting) .
Slowly and steadily i became mired in the quagmire called as engineering which By the third year i was convinced was a farce and i had myself more to blame than others.I never understood certain subjects nor did any of my friends. the exams just did not test our ability of understanding the concepts but the ability to reproduce what was provided in the book. The excitement which i felt while solving inorganic equations in chemistry, the challenges we faced while solving thermodynamic equations or physics problems fom irudov, the constant thirst for solving more and more differential equations during my school years just evaporated during the 3 years and i too became a typical engineer. We survived as engineers for 4 years to have fun,
make friends , pass exams for the heck of getting the degree and yeah becoming eligible to get the coveted IT job. To say that i studied ECE and cannot explain the nuances of cellular technology or how to properly solder a component in a chipboard hurts me. In the end engineering turned out to be a means to the end of getting an IT job. Because we needed to
have a degree to get into IT we did engineering and the degree was not conferred because I had solid understanding of my fundamentals but because i knew what was in the book (literally).
I have often discussed this with one of my close confidante's from engineering days and he also feels the same way. we have seen a hell lot of our friends getting onto roles which were not at all in sync with what they wanted to do. I feel we as a nation lost these immensely talent folks to sectors where they dont really belong. It seemed a criminal waste of talent. Now
i hear things are even worse than during our times. Engineering is supposed to be four years of jolly ride. We are not producing Engineers but producing folks with the degree behind the name. If engineering is defined as being a degree conferred on a person who has a solid grasp of his area of interest , my gut feel says that 95% of us are not engineers.
You may wonder, why the suddent outburst ? You might question, nobody stopped you from pursuing what you wanted to, then why ?
I am not blaming anybody, but myself. Maybe i was not at all an engineer in the first place. The only grudge i have is our method of gauging a person's knowledge. we need to get out of this degree churning mills that we have and make sure that engineering degree has to be earned. have lesser subjects but make sure folks know their subjects well. let us have not more than 3
credits per semester. have more practicals and exams should test application of knowledge. when i am writing my digital circuit exam test the student on how to design counters.
Unfortunately we cannot do this as we have standardized tests and we need to have standard exams to test the so called engineers capability. With the IT sector slowing down I hope we get to see a future breed of engineers who apparently know the subject. I am not faulting the IT sector too, as all of us need to be thankful to IT sector without which the dreams of middle class wouldn't have bore fruit. IT had been an employer of choice, its just sad that we had to take the path of engineering to get to IT. maybe CSE or IT would have only been the relevant fields but other branchess were also swayed to IT as the opportunities seemed so less in their core areas.
Chemical, Civil, Mech, ECE everybody hopped into IT bandwagon. Now the bandwagon has stopped chugging at the frenetic pace, sanity should return sooner than later . Hope the me-too colleges that mushroomed for profiteering close down. We should be producing engineers according to the demand and not due to whims and fancies of every politician who owns these colleges. Can somebody haul up AICTE and ask them what the hell they are doing in terms of according accreditation to every college which has applied for approval.
I would say Our country failed to produce engineers during the late 90s and 2000's. we had degree churning mills in every nook and corner of the country. Commercialization and satisfying the demand of IT sector we have unfairly destroyed the reputation of engineers who had really earned the degree the hard way in the early 90s and prior to it. To all old timers and engineers who have studied engineering the way it should be , my sincere apologies on not being a worthy heir to your legacy. I hope the future generations will study engineering the way it is supposed to.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dei.. How is married Life??
- I still browse the internet as much as i used to do..
- Still call my friends and put mokkai
- TV la padam paakarthu nikkala
- Gym schedulum affect aagala..
- office la no phone calls from either side..
- i get my tiffin box from home for lunch everyday instead of the "once a day in a week" routine. so the Guy who used to sell me veggie wrap every day is getting poorer by 5$ every day. So a huge thumbs up to marriage on this front :p
- Mall la open'aa vella kaara figure'a sight adikka mudiyathu
- By getting married i have deprived the likes of asin,bhavna,tamanna the previlige of starring in my dreams. Really feel for them.
- I cant use the ruse of "Brahmana Bhojanam" to go and have food at the place of married friends. senti dialogues like " feel homesick", " unga saapadu mathiri varathu" , " innikku udambu mudiyala..eppadi samaika porennu theriyala" will no longer work...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Slumdog worth the Hype??
Slumdog Hits 8 !!
AR Rahman strikes double Whammy !!
Pookutty Dedicates to Country !!
These were the headlines that were resonating across all the desi channels and papers. I was confused whether to really feel Good about it or to remain oblivious to the sudden attention that we Indians were getting. Though i cheered for rahman , i was not really cheering for Danny. I wouldn't care lesser if Benjamin Button scored over Slumdog.
Its not because that i despise the film or feel like the hazaar folks out there who feel the movie is showing India in a poor light, its just that
its a british film which was shot in India. Its not a Desi movie !! Period !! Why the partiality to slumdog because it was shot in India and had Indian actors. The product was British and let me not rob the britishers of their moment of glory , while I feel really good for Rahman and Pookutty.
well, the story demanded that a underdog from the slum ( hence slumdog) braves all odds and wins against the tide. Its a story of Hope and optimism in these days of gloom and depression. But does that mean this movie is the best of all that world cinema could offer. I would say a BIG NO to it.
i would say that oscars are a medium of recognition to films par excellence which cater to the sensibilities of the oscar nomination team who i believe have not really seen the full expanse of good movies churned out by different countries. How else do we explain that most of the nominations are for movies which are in english. so calling Oscars the pinnacle of excellence in world cinema would be gross injustice to the works of magnificence created by brilliant directors across the globe spanning from Rio DE janeiro till Canberra.
The last one year i have had the pleasure of watching films from Iran, Korea, japan, south Africa and the movies are brilliant and each worthy of couple of oscars or more. Its just that the audience could easily identify with Benjamin Button and Slumdog that the nominations swelled and each bagged a handful of oscars.
Thinking about it i feel for all the glamour and glitz that the oscars have, it is necessary that they have nominations which are more hollywood centric , which would lead to more stars walking down the red carpet and adding more fizz to the glitterati.I feel the nominations are also about aggressive marketing which involves doling out huge sums which implies that we need to have a huge corporate backing like how fox searchlight was there for SDM.
Honestly i believe there are at least 3-5 Desi films which were brilliant and deserve an Oscar if Oscar typified the best in world cinema , which i now strongly believe it doesn't. I don't blame the committee as there are 1000's of movies. At least going forward in future we should have nominations for all categories applicable for all movies. Else why not, have a really glitzy mother of all awards which has 6 -9 months of selection process and have the contest across all world movies. unfortunately the film festivals are less glamorous and even press does not give it adequate coverage.
i had a lot of things in mind and its been a year since i blogged, so the thoughts could have been incoherent. so what is the essence that i really wanted to convey??
a) Congrats Danny for the oscars, but this is a british film !! and british people alone can claim rights to Danny's and SDM's legacy.
b) Congrats Rahman and Pookutty !! Rahman getting an oscar for SDM is an insult to his earlier compositions which were far far superior. anyways better late than never !! Getting an Oscar does not in any means change the desi fans impression of rahman . He has always been the best and we salute you rahman for the joy that you have provided to us over the years with your soul stirring music. The Oscar got its due recognition by being awarded to you.
c) Slumdog is a real good movie. i loved the movie. I dont see it denigrating india as the story's setting is in a slum and we obviously cant show the mansions of anil or mukesh ambani. If there are people who think that the slums are not real india , then even what SRK does in K3G is not real india. if you werenn't complaining then, why create such a big fuss now !! Lets try to eradicate the slums rather than saying how dare you show the slums to the world !!
d) Oscars worth the hype, great sets , gorgeous ladies?? ...Oh Yeah
best of world cinema??...NAh !!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
This is a light humored post on what marriage can do to you. this was a real life conversation narrated to me by my friend...
Me : machi, eppadi daa irukke...
Married Guy (MG) : sooperaa keeren.. velai semma busyaa irukku
Me: dei intha vaaram sathyam la padam pogalaama, semma local padam machi..
MG : dei, kashtam daa wife thaniya iruppa..kadi aagiduvaa...
Me: ennada un wifekku friens illaiyya, namba padam pogarthe she can also go out with her friends..
MG: machi, intha oor avalukku pudhusu, no new friend and workplace kooda pudhusu..
Me: namba pasanga thaan mukkavaasi married illa.. ella wife'galaiyum friends aagitta prachanai illai illa..
MG: nee Yenna enna loosennu ninaicuttaiyya. ithellam try panniten work out aagala..
Me: why what happened
Here is the conversation which transpired between MG and MG's wife
MG : hey enna veetlaiyya irukka, why dont you go out with RK's wife..
MG W : ayyah, she's not good.. avalodalaam friendaa irukka mudiyathu..
MG : enna eppadi solra you hardly know her, you would have met her for just 20 minutes..athu kulle eppadi..
MG W : appo nee Yenna, enna loosunnu solraiyya.. you dont believe me but believe abt her character...
MG : #%#$^#$^ ... ( aadavaari maatalukku arthale vera..women's words have different meaning..)