Apr 18, 2008

Small is beautiful

This blog was started with the idea of writing movie reviews so that people whom I knew could make use of it. But lately, like how everyones been mentioning, the movie reviews have come down drastically here. One reason is because there weren’t that many promising releases this year so far; and the other could be the fact that personally I got so busy with my songs and its upload that I began watching the movies two to three weeks after its release. Moreover, when I started writing reviews in my blog, I was under the impression that I was doing something unique. Now that I am very much into the blogging world, I realized that this effort of mine is just another drop in the ocean. That’s when it struck me to write atleast a few lines about a movie with a rating . The full reviews would still continue; only if all the other factors are in place. Anyways, let me start off this section with some of the releases this year :

Anjaathey (Tamil) : After an average debut with 'Chitiram Pesudadi'; director Mysskin comes up with an awesome script and almost flawless direction. Barring the cliché and long climax scene, this movie is an experience not to be missed. Rating : 4 / 5

Calcutta News (Malayalam) : Perhaps the worst movie of director Blessy; it doesn’t make sense at all in certain scenes especially the ones involving black magic. Technically brilliant; but the writing is amateurish. Meera Jasmine is excellent; Dileep and Indrajith is wasted. Rating : 2 / 5

Mithya (Hindi) : Easily the best Hindi movie to have released this year so far. Power packed performances from the entire cast. Seems to be loosely inspired from Javed-Salims 'Don'. Must watch for those who value quality cinema. Rating : 4 / 5

Kannum Kannum (Tamil) : A clean family movie with absolutely no violence and cheap dialogues. Though the script is a little unbelievable, the turn of events in the movie catches the viewers attention. The second half drags a lot unnecessarily but the climax is restrained. Watchable ; you would not regret if given a miss. Rating : 2.5 / 5

Race (Hindi) : Too many twists and turns spoil the movie. The movie tests your patience from the very beginning with a lot of slow motions and the getting-on-your-nerve dialogues. Except for Akshay, the rest are unbearable. Rating : 1.5 / 5

Vellithirai (Tamil) : The movie lacks the intensity of the original 'Udayanaanu Thaaram'(Malayalam). They have retained the same characters from the original but doesn’t leave an impression in the viewers mind. Prakash Raj is excellent; but Prithviraj looks lost throughout. The movie lacks continuity and sometimes drags. A watchable timepass movie. Rating : 3 / 5

U. Me Aur Hum (Hindi) : An impressive directional debut by Devgan. The sensible second half makes up for the sloppy and dragging first half (though 2 songs are totally unwanted in the second half). The dialogues sometimes are cheesy and mushy. A little more care should have been taken at the writing stage. Watchable. Rating : 3 / 5

Apr 9, 2008

Song : Maaeri(Hindi); Album : Euphoria's Phir Dhoom (2000)

This is one song which I could sing even in deep sleep; atleast thats what people say. Thats because, anywhere I go, this would be the first song that I would render when asked to. It indeed is a special song for so many reasons.

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Trivia :

In fact, I learned this song out of a challenge. I have this habit of yelling at home and call it high pitch singing and once this song was aired on TV, my cousin Sandeep said, " Now this is one song that you cant attempt. It is too high pitched towards the end." Sandeeps statement pinched me at the wrong place and so I decided to give it a try. Ever since that, like I mentioned, this has become a national anthem for me. Thanks to Sandeep !

Palash Sen, the lead singer of Euphoria, during one of his concerts in Chennai(I think it is IIT Sarang) came up with the fact that he had originally made this song keeping all the mothers in mind. He also stated that even the lyrics at some portions in the song point to a mother. He even dedicated this song to all the mothers present at that time in the event before singing. Wonder then why the band had to change the perspective of the song after it was created !!!

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Current Favs : Mar 02 - Apr 03

This particular post is getting delayed every time now. From now on, I guess I'd make post it monthly, rather attempting it fortnightly :) -->

Albums that were excluded - Cycle, Sathosh Subramaniam, Bhram, Jannat. These albums were just average inspite of the hype.

1 Ee Raavin from Mulla (Malayalam)
2 Tashan Mein from Tashan (Hindi)
3 Kwaaja Mere Kwaaja from Jodha Akbar (Hindi)
4 Jogi Aaya from Black and White (Hindi)
5 Kadhal Sei from Aran En 305 il Kadavul (Tamil)
6 Venmegam from Yaaridi Nee Mohini (Tamil)
7 Dheere Dheere from Shaurya (Hindi)
8 Uyirile En Uyirile from Vellithirai (Tamil)
9 Break Free from Krazzy4 (Hindi)
10 U, Me Aur Hum from U, Me Aur Hum (Hindi)

Apr 2, 2008

Song: Sakthi Kodu(Tamil); Movie: Baba(2002)

And so it happened...My sis-in-law had a safe delivery and our family is blessed with a baby girl.
As per my earlier post, here is my first song. The song is from a Tamil movie Baba, starring Rajnikanth and Music by A.R.Rahman.

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Why this song as the first one??
The song has all the ingredients of an entry song (applicable to both me and my niece here). It isnt a devotional song; but the picturisation in the movie is such. It shows the transformation of an athiest into a devotee in the movie. Moreover, the lyrics has a man asking for strength from the Almighty to reform the people around him and calls the Almighty his Mother, his Father, the Life and the Truth. I coud not ask for a better song to enter with my voice in V-lokam !

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