Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Idhallavaada Padam.. mathadhellam.. @#$@#$ padam

Sitting in the last row of an otherwise comfortable Air conditioned bus, on an urgent trip to chennai; pulling the thick blanket over my head, cocooning myself to save me the agony of watching the bright visuals and jarring cliches of a Telugu film that was being shown as a part of the uber comfy trip package they offer; thinking about the gorgeous half Russian half American beauty sitting two rows before me, who was missing out on her chance to meet the guy of her dreams, by a mere 168 degree turn of her head.. I was suddenly awaken from my deep thoughts by jolts of intermittent laughter.

I couldn't think about anything else as i was constantly distracted by people around me laughing.. because of the funny reactions the movie was inducing.. i decided to sit through the movie.. it was about to finish.. after watching the last ten minutes of that movie, i was thinking, who would have been the bigger loser, the Russian girl, for not having seen me, or me, who could have missed this revelation of a movie..

It is difficult to describe miracles, but i would try to describe the one that i witnessed..

The stage was set for the grand finale of the movie.. the characters were on position.

Mr. Honor Mama(H.M) - the self righteous father of the heroine, who would not think twice to kill his submissive wife, their domesticated daughters, his irritating neighbor or the sick road side dog with only three legs to save the honor of his family. The hero works as a servant for his mama. He even went so far as to send his elder girl off the house, for falling in love with some loon.

Mrs. Honor Mama - or Honor mami - the fifty year old lady who can evoke a river of tears at any cue and whose main reason for existence is to be slapped around by the vain Mama to uphold his pride and his family's honor.

Miss Shilpa Shree (S.S)- 2 romantic songs, one sleazy number, and one introduction song at a friend's(preferably of some other culture - provides great costume choices) marriage function. She is also the disciplined(only part time) daughter of the Mr.Honor mama

The Hero - Accompanies Shilpa Shree in her songs, also has two songs of his own, one with the big bosomed servant girl whose main interest in life is to bed the hero, one for his introduction. He is basically from a village, but has danced in the streets of Europe with his big eyed girl friend, in matching costumes a few times. Fate makes him work for his future Mama to whom he is dedicated and loyal.

The Taxi driver - best choice for this role would be ( 'engammmmmmma Sir' guy from Abhiyum Nanum) always wears white dress of a chauffeur, who constantly witnesses the loyalty, naivety and the honesty of the hero, but never witnesses the servant girl(whom he is eyeing, unfortunately) hitting on the hero.He is waiting for the right chance to shower praises at the hero, when his loyalty is questioned.

These are the main characters. Other than this there are
Politician Mama(P.M) - He is a mama and is into Politics. Father of the second hero and he also serves as a Villain.

P.M's wife - No potential use. Just to fill a few gaps and to give the last nudge for P.M to confess his sins. (Max two days call sheet and 1000 bucks.)

Second Hero -Their Son - Might get one song. Otherwise his job is to get lectures of leading a good life from the hero. and falling on the feet of all elderly couples as and when needed. High chance of getting a marriage scene in silk veshti and silk chattai.

The Doctor- The character artist from television who aims at becoming big in the silver screen by acting more than what he is paid..

Bystanders - No one knows who they are and why they are standing there..

Ok, to the climax sequence now..


The Hero admits some girl to hospital and has paid for her surgery. H.M comes to know of this and he cannot figure out how hero could have paid for the surgery. He storms into the hospital with his family and the police to inquire how the hero came in possession of such a huge sum. Even S.S starts doubting the hero's honesty.

When subjected to rigorous questioning by the police, the hero gives his answer
"I did a PROJECT for P.M".. everyone is shocked to the core, either for their underestimation of the hero's capacity or for the ambiguity and improper use of the word PROJECT(am not sure which one).

The Police call the P.M and ask. He answers in negatives, because it was all black money that was used for the PROJECT. So the police arrest the hero.

Now the Doctor gives a running commentary on what would happen to the girl if the operation is postponed.

Now the two following sequences are shown as inter cut..

The hero is escorted by the constables outside.. The doctor's running commentary goes on. The panic stricken hero grabs the revolver from the inspector and shoots twice at the ceiling. He locks the hospital and threatens the police and the entire crowd to stand at one end and at the mean while asks the doctor to proceed with the operation.

The second hero, learning that it is his girl who is in the hospital, rushes to the hospital to see her.. but fate makes him rush under the wheels of a white ambassador and there by he is rushed to the same hospital as an emergency case now.

The nurse comes running in panic to the center stage and tells the doctor who is busy with his hands raised that the admitted patient's blood group is a rare one (AB+ve) and there is no stock in the hospital now.

The Hero tells "I am AB +ve. take my blood" (engaluku than munnadiyae theryume)... and in an ensuing scene of great emotion gives his blood at the center of the reception with a revolver in one hand.

By this time, the P.M and his wife come to know of his son's great misfortune and reach the hospital.

The second hero is saved by the hero's blood and starts jumping around the hospital in search of his lover. The hero comes to know that it is the same girl that he has hospitalized and on whom the operation is going on and explains the same to the second hero.

Seeing that his son was saved by the hero's valor and due to the constant nagging by his wife, the PM accepts that it was him who funded the hero's PROJECT.

Now what follows is nothing less than extraordinary.
The police take away P.M
Extreme Close Up of the H.M's face showing his shame for doubting his future son in law
Extreme Close Up of the H.M's wife face showing her shame for her husband doubting his future son in law
Extreme Close Up of the H.M's daughter (S.S) face. Romantic looks +relieved expression

But if you think its over.... NO.. not yet.

The surgeon comes and says that the girl who was in coma, is out of it and is healthy now.. Everyone rushes in to the operation theater, where the second hero introduces the hero to his girlfriend as DEVUDU(for people who don't know Telugu - devudu means God).

Another series of close ups of the H.M family. Everyone giving a bewildered look.. But why(i thought everything was over)...

The girl in the bed, is H.M's long lost elder daughter, who ran away long back with someone..

I was so much shocked at this climax that it took some time for me to gather my shattered senses back..

This sequence is a pleasure to your aesthetic and audile senses .. notice the BGM when any character experiences shock.. i am in awe, how many times have you heard that sound in your life..

And guess what the name of the movie is..

{big sister's name} + {little sister's name} + {Hero's name/Audience's Savior's name}

The Rest is for you to view..

P.S: My understanding of Telugu is limited, i might have got a few things wrong, but i think i have preserved the essence of the movie.. :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Inglourious basterds

Inglourious Basterds - the latest movie by Quentin Tarantino.
It will be screened in Cannes Film Festival in the following few days. I would do anything to be there. Sadly, its not possible now.. :(
And he himself calls it his best. 10 years of meticulous work goes into this, he says. Even Jackie Brown(one of my favorites) was kinda an exercise in getting funds for this.. Like Dasavatharam for Maruthanayagam

I cant wait to watch this... and look at the star cast.. i had a look at the trailer.. its mind blowing.. I place all my bucks for this one to get the Palme d'or , even before the screenings start.. This one is going to be so huge, that it will make pulp fiction look small..

Thalaivar is the reason that I am into movies now.. So all the credit for inspiring and bringing such a mastermind(of the future :)) into movies goes to Thaleevar!!!
Its my personal opinion that Ayudha Eluthu was Mani Rathnam's attempt to try a Tarantinoesque movie.. but he kinda failed at that.. He just got the confusing chronology and jumping timeline part, which is ofcourse a part of a Tarantino movie, but he failed to get the wit, the style and lifelike dialogue and the rest in place..

Look at the style of the screenshots.. I feel like crying out of happiness, just watching them.. Watching a good movie for the first time, is an unmatched experience.. the consequent watches are never the same.. I can't wait to get my hands on this one.. It officially releases in the US sometime mid august and in India, god knows when..

Thursday, May 7, 2009


came across this link.. yet to go through the blogs in that list.. but a few blogs that i liked are in that list.. So if you feel bored.. have a look at this..

Best Blogs of India

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Rainy day women

Listen to this. I usually dont listen to the lyrics very much.. this one caught my ears.. and I am becoming a fan of Bob Dylan now..
Bob dylan - Rainy day women

Well, they'll stone ya when you're trying to be so good,
They'll stone ya just a-like they said they would.
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to go home.
Then they'll stone ya when you're there all alone.
But I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.

Well, they'll stone ya when you're walkin' 'long the street.
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to keep your seat.
They'll stone ya when you're walkin' on the floor.
They'll stone ya when you're walkin' to the door.
But I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.

They'll stone ya when you're at the breakfast table.
They'll stone ya when you are young and able.
They'll stone ya when you're tryin' to make a buck.
They'll stone ya and then they'll say, "good luck."
Tell ya what, I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.

Well, they'll stone you and say that it's the end.
Then they'll stone you and then they'll come back again.
They'll stone you when you're riding in your car.
They'll stone you when you're playing your guitar.
Yes, but I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.

Well, they'll stone you when you walk all alone.
They'll stone you when you are walking home.
They'll stone you and then say you are brave.
They'll stone you when you are set down in your grave.
But I would not feel so all alone,
Everybody must get stoned.