Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Die Fälscher

i always used to spurn the stereotypical movies made by prakash raj's production house.. and the prime reason for this might be the frequent hearing of stuff like 'i liked kanda naal mudhal, i loved mozhi... i basically love these prakash raj kind of movies'...

the last line spoils it all.. no offence to folks who love kanda naal mudhal ( a good one ) or mozhi, which i found to be a bit cliched.. the contempt is not towards these movies...its mainly towards the last line.. its always put in this corniest way...

probably it is not the way the director intended the movie to be.. all these movies are pretty decent watches.. its analogous to the best dish in my office lunch menu.. or voting in elections.. all we can do is choose the best that we are served with..

its just that i am lucky enough to have identified a better lunch menu at a place around the corner.. and i havent voted till now..

i liked azhagiya theeyae.. mozhi was ok ok ( my alter is pounding me to let it outside to voice its actual views on that movie .. its a very harsh sardonic movie critic by the way )..

i happened to see the velli thirai when it was telecasted during diwali.. i missed the first twenty odd minutes... i didnt expect so much from that movie to be honest... i liked the movie very much..

there was a dialogue in that movie.. i couldnt actually believe that i heard that.. where prithvi raj tells how a movie should be... how it should not be manipulative... the ideal case should be that a director should not add sequences.. for the audience to laugh or to feel a particular emotion... the sequences should be dictated by the story...

i have great respect for the director viji .. and the main reason for this entire thing mite be the single dialogue.. its not just the dialogue.. its the way that he had done this movie in the exact way that the character of prithvi raj says..

the climax was supposedly inspired from bowfinger ... but thats perfectly ok.. since i was impressed a few good sequences.. nice acting by prakash raj.. thinking of this.. i occasionally feel that vijay is a better ACTOR than surya... a blog on that later (how i would love to be a vijay fan)

saw the movie Die Fälscher (the counterfeiters) yesterday.. winner of the best foreign film oscar for the year 2007.. it is fictional account of the greatest counterfeiting operation ever.. operation bernhard by the nazi govt.. where jewish prisoners from concentration camps produced millions of forged pound notes of smaller denomination.. and the plan was to mix them with original ones to destabilize the financial stature of United kingdom..

it tells the story of Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch.. who is a big time con man.. who gets moved from the concentration camps to work on this secret operation.. he is big wig of those people working in this... he gets special treatment for his talents .. sally is a great character and wonderfully acted by Karl Markovics...

to put it short, he is a true neutral character (in terms of RPG's)... i may not be the best person to give a definition for his character... so i have taken it from a site that describes such a character..

A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. She doesn't feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil-after all, she would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, she's not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way.

sally gets attached to a young artist in the camp.. he does the max that he feels is correct and that is to deliver the nazi officials what they demand.. so he could save the people around him.. there are lots of different characters in the camp... and one is that of adolf burger... who wants sally to stop doing what he is doing.. that is indirectly funding the german military.. adolf burger is a real life character who has written memoirs on his time in the camp.. sally trying to save the ones around him might postpone the defeat of germany...

the humiliation he suffers by the amoral germal officials, questions his lack of conviction of anything, which actually is a virtue according to me.. the film has a very great climax... my kind of climax so to say...

a must watch..


  1. 'I feel Vijay is better actor than Surya' I so do not want to read that blog you might write.

  2. dei.. oru angle la nan solradhu rombave valid aana statement.. :).. i ll write abt it soon.. :P