Thursday, August 07, 2008

Two movies - two lines

Dasavatharam - Not as bad as the critics pan it, definitely not as good as the fans portray it. A yawn inducing chase movie made to satisfy the ego of the writer / actor.

Subramaniapuram - Definitely up there in my list of great tamil movies. A neat review by Baradwaj Rangan, a review in tamil by Suresh Kannan.

6 comments:

Prabhakar said...

Subramaniapuram and Pollathavan must be put in the same league, though the latter has more heroic and commercial cinema elements. In Madurai if you happen to live in a tough neighbourhood like Karimedu, Mela Ponnagaram you have to know street fighting techniques to be accepted by your peers! The romantic part of Subramaniapuram and its Ilaiyaraja-like songs make you certainly yearn for a past, gone for ever. Sasi has a sure sense of place and mastery of his locale -- it is straight out of his inscape. We can only hope that more such film-makers are in the making.

BB said...

Back to the favorite past time of Tamils, movies. Like Cheguvera, revolutions and long marches for die hard communist party men.


I also saw Dasavatharam. It induced yawn for Chenthil. I got the “theaterila ukkara mudiyale’’ feeling. I knew that when ever Kamal talks, beats his drum a lot about a movie it will end up being a flop show, ex Guna and Hey ram. However, that did not stop from watching, as I’m a tamil. Success of Dasawatharam, made possible by us, will only encourage Kamal to do more of his Adigaparasangam. I look forward to his retirement.

I found this clip in you tube, liked it.


http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=3_T_oLK2Ch0

PS: I have nothing to do with this clip, nor I know the guy in the clip, I just happed to bump on it in the youtube.

Chenthil said...

Prabhakar - Havent' seen Polladhavan, though heard good things about the movie. James Vasanthan's music is one of the reasons for Subramaniapuram being a complete movie. Will have to wait for the next movie of Sasikumar to declare him a good director.

BB - I liked Guna, haven't seen Hey Ram. Wont go as far as to ask for his retirement :-).

Anonymous said...

I stopped watching Dasavatharam after about ten minutes, I think as long as you fill the rest of the time with eating sambar or doing the kummi, it doesn't affect your being a Tamil.

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RV said...

I stumbled here looking for translations of Bharathiyar poems. I agree with your Dasavatharam comments. I put Subramaniyapuram in the same category. Do read my reviews at

http://awardakodukkaranga.wordpress.com

RV
R.V. Subramanyan