Friday, December 25, 2009

3 Idiots

I had expected the film would be good, because I had read "Five Point Someone" and also came to know that "3 Idiots" was based on that.Also i loved Rajkumar Hirani's previous Munnabai films and expected this would also be good, but never expected this film to be so Greaattt !

If you wanted to have a real movie going experience, watch "3 Idiots" in cinema theatre and watch the entire audience erupt in laughter time and again.I saw the whole theatre clap for 2 - 3 scenes and that will give you an idea on what i am trying to say.

Coming back to the film, i do not want to giveaway much of the story but it starts with Farhan (Madhavan) and Raju (Sharman Joshi) going in search of their friend, Rancho(Aamir Khan).Rancho, Farhan and Raju study in the same Engineering college and this story is predominantly about their experiences in the college. Rancho does not believe in the normal method of education and tries to make people understand his unconventional methods, but it does not go down well with Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani).

The other character that stands out is that of Omi, and the actor who has done this part has come out with a fabulous performance. The scene in which he does a speech before Viru Sahastrabudhhe (Boman Irani)is hilarious and just too good.The camaraderie between the 3 friends is just too good and we can really identify with them.Kareena has come out with a neat performance. The other stand -out performance is that of Boman Irani and the Director knows how to bring the best out of him.

Rajkumar Hirani has continued with his style of feel- good positive films. He is such a gift to Indian cinema and hope he continues in the same vein. Please watch this film in theatres with your whole family, because i have not seen a cleanfilm as this in quite a while.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Vaarnam Aayiram

I had seen Vaaranam Aayiram in Abirami along with 3 of my friends.I was just blown over and “swept of my feet”
(quoting a dialogue in the film) and this typifies the experience that I had of the film. Some Directors have the special talent of bringing out the best from some actors.For example Maniratnam brought the best out of actors like Arvind samy,Madhavan,Kamal(Nayagan,one of my all time favourite movies) and Rajini(Dalapathi,and I have not seen Rajini act like that again) and I am a die-hard fan of Maniratnam and Rajini.Likewise I feel Gautham brings the best out of Surya and they create magic on screen, like they have done for Vaaranam Aayiram.

I knew that Surya was a good actor,but never knew that he had so many dimensions to his acting in his repertoire.Many might feel Surya’s attempt to make himself a better actor and choose better roles started from “Nandha” but I feel where he tried this first, was from the film “Mounam Pesiyadhe” and I just loved that film and I personally feel Surya discovered his acting skills in the film and which gave him a confidence to choose challenging roles in future.

Coming back to Vaaranam Aayiram, I feel it has two stories intertwined together,one which captures the trials and tribulations of one person and the other is the beautiful relationship that a father and son have and after seeing this film many will wish and yearn that they had such a father.Certain scenes in the film really moved me,for example where Surya calls up his father in the film and tells him about a sad incident that had happened. Surya was exceptional in that scene, both as a father and a son.The film also shows how smoking can kill you,and also the advice that Surya’s father gives him that he should channel his anger and frustration into positive energy, is truly inspirational.He then works out at the gym and uses his anger in building up a good physique and eventually becomes an army man.

Suya’s dedication equals to that of Vikram and he is also a worthy heir to Kamal’s legacy.We were awestruck at how he looked just like a school kid and how he looked every bit of an army man in the film,right from the physique, to the talk and the walk, etc. Simran has done a great job and after this film, I feel many roles will be created to accommodate her acting skills. The songs in the film were truly awesome, especially “Nenjukkul peithidum” song sung by Hariharan is superb and I still get goose bumps when I hear that song.I heard that Gautham and Harris have split and that news is truly heartbreaking.I hope they could bury their differences and once again team up to create magic.

I read the news about Gautam cutting off the kidnap scene from the film because of the audience reaction that the film is too long, but I personally feel the film is justified in its length.I also heard many say that it was overly melodramatic but I really feel otherwise (but anyway, opinions are subjective). I really feel that this film is a wholesome entertainer and has everything for everyone and like my friend Sathish puts it, the film is “Fully loaded”.