Jodha Akbar – my current favourite music album!!

Posted on April 17, 2008. Filed under: Cinema |

I saw the movie Jodha Akbar more than a month ago, when the initial reviews were not that positive and lot of issues around the story line. I always have a fascination for historical movies so I still went ahead and watched the move, only to fall in love with it. Ashutosh Gowariker has done a fantastic job with regard to the production quality, casting and costume. A historical movie, Jodha Akbar has been made aesthetically in all aspects. There was a big crowd to watch the costumes and jewellery of what Aishwarya wears in the movie.

The music by AR Rahman for “Jodha Akbar” is a great plus to the movie. When I saw the movie the first time at Sathyam Multiplex, I was not used to the songs. As always, it takes few weeks for AR Rahman’s songs to really hit you. Once it does, you fall in love with that. My latest favourite in filmi music is “Jodha Akbar”. I am really overwhelmed by the songs. I would say Rahman has done a classic act and he has really enjoyed working in this movie, I guess. He has also sung “Khwaja mera ” song himself. The music is very soulful and scinitillating. The CD keeps playing all the time in my car. This is for a person who can’t understand the beautiful lyrics of the songs. Great work, AR Rahman!!

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Review of Tamil Film "Kalloori"

Posted on January 10, 2008. Filed under: Cinema, Kaloori |

Recently I saw the Tamil film Kaloori directed by Balaji Sakthivel and produced by Director Shankar’s S Pictures. Balaji’s last film Kadhal was a runaway success in 2005/06. Based on his last film there are lot of expectations on Kaloori and Balaji has not let you down. Do you know Balaji’s first film is Samurai starring Vikram which bombed at the box office.

Kaloori is a story of college students in a small town and the emotions they undergo with friendship and love. All lead characters in the film are played by newcomers except for the female lead, Tamnaa (who has acted in few other movies and also comes in Avitaa masala ad – see how much of information I have collected for you!!).

The hero of the story, Muthu (played by Akhil, a newcomer) an aspiring athlete from a small town. The female lead is Tamanaa . The heroine lands up in the small town due to her personal circumstances to do her graduation after completing her schooling from Bangalore. You can imagine the cultural shock a student would expect moving from a city like Bangalore to a non-descript town in Tamilnadu. Tamnaa comes out wonderfully well as an actor in this film.

Overcoming her initial hesitation to join forces with her classmates she establishes herself as an integral part of the group. Naturally but slowly (literally) she gets attracted to Muthu. The emotions both of them undergo, hesitation in expressing their love to each other thinking that the friendship would be spoiled not only among themselves but of the group of friends as well. The situations conceived by the Director are very natural and close to the real life. Refreshing change from the cliched cinematic love, dream song sequences. All the actors have done a commendable job and the director, Balaji Sakthivel should get the credit for bringing the best out of these bunch of newcomers.

The film also shows how the rural students struggle to come to college inspite of domestic troubles and financial crunch. The film is very emotional and atleast on 2 occasions I could not control myself from crying (though not loudly). The climax is real-life incident which has been finely interwined with the story by the Director.

The film has got mixed reviews varying from a well-made picture to a picture which is very slow. I dont care too much about the slowness of the movie because it makes you identify and relate to each of the characters very well. I liked the film for the way it has been presented – very real with emotions, situations and locations. The locations were very apt and having done my college in a town I often could not stop myself from comparing it to my college days.

A film worth watching!! Well done, Balaji Sakthivel!!
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Kannamuchi Yennada – Tamil Film I saw last week

Posted on November 20, 2007. Filed under: Cinema |

I saw two films Kannamuchi Yennada and Azhagiya Tamil Magan during the last week. Both are decent entertainers and I enjoyed them.

My take on Kannamuchi Yennada:

Film starring: Prithiviraj (Mozhi fame), Sandhya, Radhika, Sathyaraj.
Genre: Family Drama.

Director: Priya (Kanda Naal Muthal fame)

The story is about how the lovers try to convince their parents for their inter-caste marriage. In the mileu there is also a subtle message “thou shall not take your spouse for granted and treat her/him with due care and respect”. The main story revolves around the love and the difficulties faced by the hero (Brahmin boy – Prithiviraj) and the heroine (Gounder girl, Sandhya) in getting the acceptance of their parents for the marriage.

Coming back to the main plot, overall it is enjoyable family entertainer. No unwanted or gruesome stunt scenes, love scenes which makes you feel awkward etc., There is an element of comedy which runs through all the characters. Special mention should be made of Prithiviraj as an actor. Inspite of his very heavy Malayalam accent he comes out very well and helps the film to hold on.

Overall comment: Watchable movie for light hearted fans.

PS: The leading stars of KY, Prithiviraj, Sathyaraj, Radhika along with the Director Priya were in the Koffee with Anu program last Saturday on the Vijay TV. They were pulling Prithiviraj’s leg like anything about his possible affair with Sandhya during the shooting of the movie, though in a very discreet manner and without mincing names or words!!

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