Saturday, March 29, 2008

"ANJAATHEY" paarpathukku ANJAATHEY-phoney oneliner punch for MISHKIN's piece de resistance

-to begin with, i'd like to give you the happy news that its not just another gangsta movie that glorifies yet another mafioso or "rowdy".

-to those fed up with the recent glut of movies that dwell on oft-beaten,milked to dry-genre of gangsta tamil films, "ANJAATHEY"-comes as a whiff of fresh air-accentuated with a cocktail aroma of fresh blood and IMFL of green board adorning dimly lit TASMAC bars.

MISHKIN has endeavoured to etch with realism-a flick,which showcases the role of destiny in entwining the lives of men into a quagmire of paradoxical possibilities-he throws at your face, the inconvenient truth of the inherent quantum instability of "being honest and good"-which turn out to be qualities with very short half-lives,but he subtly brings out with a series of heart-churning events in the life of the film's apparent protagonist,which inadvertently nudge and trip the hero into an idealistic pursuit of duty and responsibilty towards the society.


KATHAIKALAM-novel but realistic background of a delapidated housing complex of police constables and their families'aspirations,neighbourhood camraderie and petty jealousy.

the movie follows the interwining paths of two friends-one with aspirations,idealism and sense of purpose and the other with a carefree,reckless but pragmatic attitude towards life-and the culmination of their relationship towards a precipitious abyss of darkness-where they confront their antipathy and love for each other.

the real pivot around which the flick swivels is not the hero "NAREN" -but the friend with screen name" KIRUBA "who ends up a dark,brooding presence-enshrining the metamorphosis of failed dreams into impotent anger.

but if there is something flashy and vibrant in the movie,although a little too contrived and typically cinematic-it is the stylished villainy and the most popular performance of the movie coming from none other than the much cliched boy next door looker-PRASANNA-is it really,Prasanna? man,he's got talent,no doubt.

Then,for those who could have often felt actors like PANDIARAJAN are over-extending their sell by date expiry,MISHKIN has recycled pandiarajan into a pimpy,payanthakolly,cruel criminal-a multi-layered performance that'll be spoken of with reverence.

the real strength of mishkin is his emphasis and choice for the unforgettable screen presence of SUPPORTING CAST- borderline IQed,loud mouthing- KURUVI, the blood chilling,no nonsense criminal sidekick-SAPPAI, mukam theriadha antha mottai thalai assasin, that ever energetic police officer ponvannan,peyar theriatha pookaara kilavi-endru adukkikondaey poakalaam.

the plot twisting scenes of the movies are cut with innovative angles-mostly focussing on feet and hands of men-avoiding faces during dialogue-with the lighting of a dull 40 watts tungsten filament bulb-sets up an eerie and surrealistic tone for the events unfolding on the screen-requires standing ovation.

the music -especially for the never ending climax-oops,i managed to finally find fault with a rather perfect movie-sets up a crsecendo of orchestration,worth emulating.but the songs-although "kathaalai kannaley kuthathey" has been a big hit with the masses-would have invited the wrath of our honble union minister of health,dr.anbumani ramadoss-because ,as usual-they provide breaks for smoking cigarettes.

naalumaninaeram odinaalum,poatta kaasukku paisa vasool,maamey.

although, i'd have preferred QUENTIN TARANTINOsque quick,slick, stylized flicks-i take this opportunity to honour MISHKIN with the title of FUTURE MARTIN SCORSESE of TAMIL CINEMA.

For everything said and done, LET US SALUTE-MISHKIN
this movie is not for the faint hearted, so " ANJAATHEY "

Saturday, March 22, 2008

amma mess-ilirunthu ameer mahal varai-shantha tilting wet grinder- top ten

this is not the"see before you die"list of destinations.
this is not an entertainment channel's compulsive symbiotic mutual back scratching acts.
this is not a self-styled intellectual's narcisstic exhibitionism of "connosieur than thou"outpourings.
this is not an obscure software generated duckworth-lewisque equation of sorts.
i dint wear a coat&tie and dint sit on a swivel chair and dint pass sweeping statements and sell by second judgements on dubious weekly release on friday silver screens using phoney oneliners .

just felt like sharing a few notions on chemistry and combinations and partners and pairs.

1-cricket- saurav and sachin in onedayers, greenidge and haynes in tests-very cliched one to start with,
2-screen chemistry between male actors- Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt-MEET JOE BLACK, LEGENDS OF THE FALL
3-india's most wanted and most dirtiest partnerships - chest bumping,back stabbing,war mongering,battle crying duo of paes and bhupathi
4-the most acrimonious chemistry of having two great prodigies-Mclaren Mercedes-2007-Formula-1 team- Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton
5-Kollywood comedy partnerships- late 80s and early 90s-Goundamani and Senthil[karakaatakaran,vaideki kaathirunthaal,udaya geetham,chinna kounder,jallikattu kaalai-to name a few] vs Goundamani and the lucky few,Satyaraj[brahma,nadigan,maaman magal,thaimaaman]Rajnikanth[mannan]Kamalhaasan[singaravelan]Prabhu[my dear maarthaandan]Karthik[ullatthai allithaa]
6-Most symbiotic politician generated business growth partnership-so called anjaanenjan MK Azhagiri and Madurai's flex board cutout industry
7-Unseparable acts-dubious godmen and lingam/gold chain out of thin air and throat gimmickry-from Shree Satya Sai Baba to Bhagvan Premananda-:-)
8-Tamil cinema and future-chief ministers-Rajnikanth to Vijaykanth,Bhagyaraj to Ramaraj,Khushboo to Trisha...
9-Andru aanantha vikatanilum,indru kumudathilum"O-pakkangal" eludhum ellaam arindha thannai thaaney "Gnani" endru alaithukolpavarin" indha vaara poochendu"m,"indha vaara kuttu"m-vaaramoru murai avar visaalamaana thalayil oru kottu vaithuvittu, kaiyil oru poochendai kuduthu "am sorry,boss"nu sollanumnu ungalukku thonicho illayo,enakku thonuthey:-)

please note-
all top ten list need not have ten items-nine is enough stuff.

this "shantha tilting wet grinder top ten" is sponsored by
1-madurai amma mess
2-periamet national durbar hotel
3-coimbatore angannan briyani/pulao kadai
4-dindigul venu biryani kadai
5-madurai ameer mahal