Saturday, September 28, 2013

Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum Review

    It's been quite a long time since a non-horror thriller that has kept me at the edge of my seat till the last frame and Mysskin's this masterpiece is one such. His previous Mugamoodi could just be officially deemed as his childish fiddling. There are however quite a lot of shades that we have seen in his past movies have gone notches higher and better in this outing!
  • The first resemblance I would awe about being his affinity for 'under the yellow street lights' shots for many of the scenes.
  • The array of supporting characters leave a mark on our minds on par with the leading ones.
  • The brutality of murders of public and police akin gives no time for remorse due to a. the sheer number of such killings & b. the pace at which the screenplay takes us forward to make us lean towards what's next instead.
  • Sri is an actor of sheer class and a blessed soul for adding another feather to his cap by his performance oriented ஆட்டுக்குட்டி (Goat) role.
  • Mysskin's brilliance in the detailing of his capacity of being an ace hit-man aka  ஓநாய் (Wolf) till the last frame shows one of the greater depths of characterization in recent times of Tamil Cinema.
  • There are a lot of subtle yet purposeful references to theism / atheism depending on ones affinity to either.
  • The cinematography is stunning throughout and my favorite were repetitive frames with police convoy flash-lights giving a bokeh effect.
  • Yet again genius is an understatement for Ilayaraja's background score for this movie and one just needs to get drenched in it DOT
  • The one place where the audience lost their way was Mysskin's cemetery narration, which worked for me though!


       Mysskin is en-route becoming a lone wolf amidst a large pack of bears, tigers & baboons of cinema!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Five Revelations at Amma Unavagam

        Dining for many is an act to fill one's stomach and get going to carry on with their other daily chores. However it is more so an experience that is lived through each time for a few. A recent dining experience at Amma Unavagam (The state-run catering service) made a long lasting never-felt-before experience.
  • #5 - The only place where people from all walks of life can 'technically' dine under one roof.
  • #4 - No one ever serves food or water for 'that extra' tip.
  • #3 -The sanctity of food being a necessity is felt higher and very minimal to none is wasted.
  • #2 - One can come alone and still be able to make up a community dinner of the sorts out of it!
  • #1 - There are no fine prints on the pricing which would unknowingly rob you of your money in the name of taxes and charges. 
       It is surprisingly true that very little to none as stated above are possible even in the wildest of dreams in any of umpteen 'classy' restaurants that exists in the city.

        It is indeed true that there are questions raised on the loss incurred to the government in the long run. Well what's there if the government loses some of its budget in the noble of providing cost effective meal to the needy?

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Lunch Box Review


           There are times where the movies are enjoyed just because the popcorn turns out to have extra butter. There are a few other times where the movie has a lot of food for thought that one never gets hungry down under. The Lunch Box truly befits the latter. For a Hindi illiterate person this was my first Hindi movie in a theater in more than a decade and must admit that the trailer won me over in first place.

  • Firstly, one must appreciate the director for having showcased a six sigma organization's THAT ONE fault in all of a million transactions. 
  • Secondly, reality neither has a specific hero introduction and nor typically a climax sequence and that is precisely what you can expect.
  • This movie is about relationships and its issues, of those with some grey on their heads.
  • A non-cliche at-home wife, who handles emotional blows with believable contemplations and level headed approach.
  • A story having those who started as orphans to those who became orphans.
  • Characters are cast sparingly and all that is unnecessary has been trimmed down including one who does not a voice as well as a voice which did not need a face.
  • Lastly, the movie closes and not ends in a sense leaving it wide open for the audience to contemplate!


      It's a three course carrier meal in a fine dining experience sans the need for extra spice or the digestive mouth-fresheners!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Thanga Meengal Review

              The expectations were that this would be a kind of genre already explored in 'Abhiyum Naanum'.  This movie did that precisely just we have to assume that Prakash Raj was poor and Trisha never grew up! 

The PROs

  • The story line is the biggest plus for the movie and highly needed for this 'lost-track-of-what-education-really-is' society.
  • The ensemble cast of fresh faces execute with deftness & conviction.
  • The childish dialogues or conversations that gets nostalgic (at least for some).
  • The background score is laudable, great to see Yuvan befitting the Maestro's calibre for once.
  • The visuals are breathtaking & 'Anandha Yaazhai' is a must watch not-be-missed song.

The CONs

  • The protagonist seems to be just another version of Kattradhu Thamizh Jeeva, right from looks to mannerism and character, unless it is a deliberate decision. 
  • The second half of the movie was quite a stretch with respect to the screenplay and I had to resort to a time check.

      The movie is a hard nail on the head & serves as a wake up call for those who really watches the movie to take back in their lives than just being just another movie of entertainment value.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ship of Theseus Review

 First things first, this movie is a must watch and it should be done at the earliest, for two reasons
  1. The movie is a brilliant piece of work.
  2. It runs only a few shows in Satyam Cinemas, in the whole of Chennai.
  Now coming to the other details, its better for the 'mass crowd' to know what this movie is all about.
  • This movie has no popular or even known names in its crew except for a dash of Kiran Rao reference.
  • There are no cinematic fights.
  • There are no songs.
  • Most of the time there is no background score.
  • This is not a cinematographic visual treat.
  • The languages spoken by characters include Arabic, Sanskrit & Swedish and of course Hindi & mostly English.
  • There are sub titles in English. 
  • There are no duets or dream sequences.
  • There are no flashbacks too.
Also there are certain other things which might interest a few or maybe add on to the previous list for some others.
  • The movie is so real that one can venture out to find scores of such people | stories in real world.
  • One will realize that vision does not necessarily have to result in glee for the blind.
  • One waging a war against cruelty cannot survive to win the war without endorsing it some point if their life is at stake.
  •  Life's fulfillment is just not about money or one's own self but something subtler and yet larger than life. 
 This movie has a lot of not-to-be-missed conversations that convey quite a number of hard this-is-how-one-has-to-be facts in different ways.
  • The ones between Aliya Kamal & Vinay has a lot of subtle and yet valuable relationship related takeaways. 
  • All of those conversations between Maitreya & Charvaka are absolute delight to listen to with each of it touching the highs of logic to philosophy and even spirituality.
  • Lastly the single conversation between Navin Parnami and his grandma is soul stirring that changes purpose of the character of Navin altogether thereafter.

I would like to quote Anand Gandhi on this - "The three short stories evolved to fill in the three corners of the classical Indian trinity of Satyam-Shivam-Sunderam (The pursuit of truth, the pursuit of righteousness and the pursuit of beauty)" and
the movie indeed serves an answer to the famous paradox.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mariyaan Review

    Mariyaan (Tamil: மரியான் Mariyāņ; English: The Immortal) just as a title & poster gives the first set of clues about the movie.
  • The hero is immortal ( to differ from other hero immortal movies tamil movies, guess they have titled it here explicitly).
  • Since its a name less heard off its either the hero's name or he would be fondly called so.
Next the tech-crew of the movie created another palpable expectation
  • Bharat Bala of Vande Mataram fame is the debut director of the movie.
  • No doubt A.R Rahman being the music director for the movie, after many years of having worked with Bharat Bala.
For this script Bharat Bala wouldn't have needed to break his head on who the protagonist is but just decide when the dates of Dhanush are available because
  • The script demanded a non-heroic commoner-like established actor.
  • Dhanush has already pulled off umpteen such movies with ease and he is the safest bet for this.
Why the hero from a poor coastal village?
  • Pity on Dhanush's character has sold easily many a time before.
  • We already have going abroad for meagre jobs, terrorism & coastal hamlets based standalone movies as well and two of those three combined ones too and hence to make one as a first of its kind the director seems to have chosen a coastal poor boy taking up a job abroad being kidnapped by foreign terrorists.
The hallucinations
  • The movie had quite a lot of it like the hero's friend dreaming of hero and heroin hugging each other to hero eating non existent food.
  • Each time the hero thinks of his girl, she comes and even performs a duet with the hero.
  • We get the drift that the hero is inspired by his love for his girl however the heroin recurrence in the movie has really spoilt the flow and pace of the movie.
The uncommonly common hero
  • As stated earlier, the hero is pictured as a common gutsy local guy. However even at times of captivity, the hero does not show any fatigue & dehydration to the extent any normal guy would have shown.
  • The villain kills anyone but the hero only to get killed by the hero later, an outright tradition right from James Bond movies to Tamil movies.
The ever-b[l]inding LOVE
  • Off all the people in the entire village, the dusky heroin only falls for the skinny hero cos that's what her love is destined to be.
  • The conversation with heroin's father, who quotes 'For every achiever there should be a girl involved with him' sparks the love in hero's mind and he reciprocates his love and the heroin of course gleefully gears up for duets.
The Sudan terrorists & the kidnap fiasco
  • The depiction in the movie could be termed as one of the most imaginative portrayal of terrorists in any movie seen before. 
  • The highlight of it was the scene where the terrorists ask Dhanush to dance and he does a gig which sways between reality and his hallucination. I just wonder why the director clings to such unimaginable stereotypes.
The GREAT escape
  • The hero pulls off a great escape without any sense of portrayal in the movie of how he figured out which way he was heading and how he survived without food and water especially for so many days together in a region of inhuman desert terrain.
  • The Cheetah part is a must watch and no clue why its place in the movie is justified.
The climax
  • The villain finds an almost dead Dhanush however still he does not kill him instantly (just like how he did to the other captives)  because he is the hero remember?
  • So its a typical bashing of the villain followed by his death and what was surprising was the 'king of the ocean' who survived the harsh desert, lose out his fatigue and is washed off lying like a dead meat.
  • The following five minutes showcases incidents which an English movie would have taken an entire movie to showcase.

    In his quest for keeping the hero immortal (மரியான்) the director stabbed the audience so many times that they are either dead or seriously injured.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

God, Religion & CBC | An Opinion Poll

             It is always interesting to get to know viewpoints of people when it comes to opinions and thoughts about god or religion or anything related to that. Hence on this  context I decided to test waters with the 200+ folklore of the highly active Chennai Bloggers Club members. The challenge taken up was to post six question related to the topic at hand. 

Here's what unfolded...
Some simple stats to start off

Total respondents: 66
Total responses polled: 120
Highest polled question: 'Do you believe in God?' .
Least polled question: 'Do you vouch for / against the belief in god or religion, to people?'

Now the detailed question-wise stats

     One strong opinion noted was that many of those who believed in god did not believe in religion and I leave the other such complex stats that could be derived out of the permutations and combinations of these, to your imagination!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Settai Review

           When it comes to remake there are many good directors (read CON Review), however there are only a few with great talent because it only takes a great talent to make a sensational hit out of remaking a flop as well as making a fantastic flop out of a box office breaker & those who had seen or even heard of the original would know it!

Here's an attempt to reconstruct what (probably) went in the minds of the producers of this feature film.
  1. Buy the rights of the original.
  2. Check with Aamir Khan on his budget for producing the original and fix half of it or even less for the remake.
  3. Also ask them if they still have the set they used for the original and preserve whatever is left of that and use it.
  4. Make sure the movie is made in front of the eyes of the producers (hence shot in Mumbai).
  5. Replace just the main cast of the original.
  6. Assume that the Tamil audience are grown up 'kids' and henceforth remove the adult-content aspects ( a.k.a the reasons why the original was a resounding success). Its like remaking a Shakila movie and without her so that the movie would henceforth be a 'family entertainer' and of course the CBFC would silence certain mouthing here too.

      This movie could have reaped similar resounding success had it retained the selling point of the original. It ends up as a cheap 'adulterated' shitty (literally) movie with Santhanam bringing a little respite here and there.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Chennaiyil Oru Naal Review

                How often do we get to see a Tamil movie where every minute in the movie really counts? Well the last instance I remember seeing something similar was in Unnai Pol Oruvan.  Yet again a Tamil Cinema has bolted such a screenplay as a strong anchor. I must say the movie has lot of positives and a must watch even before I get to the details of what's hot and what's not.

What's HOT
  • Firstly the ensemble cast, a great positive from an industry permanently tattooed with heroism and star studded one man shows. A little sad to note that this casting hasn't happened on an original script but only to an award winning remake.
  • The movie has all the elements of making it a full course meal (hero, villain, politics, romance, betrayal, rich, poor et al) however the director cooks a perfect one course diet meal sans the unwanted fat, whatsoever.
  • I don't know what's with Kollywood, off-late too many attempts (Pizza, Paradesi and this too) at a 2 hour running length however this movie is an example of it in a good way.
  • I felt this movie is definitely NOT the kind of remakes where the Find & Replace-Cast alone technique (the one employed in Remake Ravi's movies) is employed.
  • If the casting, script and pace of the movie were the three pillars then the fourth one definitely was the screenplay where the open ended threads in the various sub-plots does not leave us in doubts (unlike Paradesi) but gives all that is needed for us to close each of them ourselves mentally.
  • Yet another purposeful yet subtle add on here being each of the three roadtrip characters belonging to different religions which in a way made me feel they are all not different and when there is a real need there is just one religion called mankind, just as how humans started!
Quite a few blips in this screenplay too.

What's NOT
  • Understandable even the Sundara Pandian (Sarath Kumar) can lose track of his operation once (where the interval comes) but twice (where he calls off the operation, hastily)? I did not expect this from a top cop sitting in a control room with satellite gizmos and with known last point of contact but still unable to fathom the current coordinates of a speeding car. If it took a top cop to realize the car is 8Km ahead in its journey only after hearing from Sathyamoorthi, then I guess not just him but his entire team sitting at the control room are pathetic in their geography.
  • Keeping the audience guessing and nail biting was a strong positive in this movie right from the start however it lost its way & literally caved-in in the last 15 minutes. There is a situation of shortage of time and detour was needed. Its announced that only one man can make it happen hassle free. Had that one person was kept under wraps until the end of the detour and revealed later would've sustained the guessing game till the end, which however did not happen & was lost. The Surya cameo in the start phase of it and the boring & not so necessary confidence boosting speech of his that followed thereafter, looked like a take off from his Avan-Ivan cameo with just a different script to jabber.
  • Though the pacey song was sort of good, the other two were just establishment fillers & hence the music was disappointment for me, I felt they were either plagiarized err inspired ones,  or I-don't-have-much-bmgs-I-shall-repeat-the-same ones umpteen times.
  • The most disappointing and needless thing about this movie is the one that happens during the end credits, its a true face-palm material.

   This movie is truly worth the money for a big screen experience. Yet another humane gesture showcased. Time & statistics would be the real litmus test for the movie's success in its cause more than just the revenue for the producers of the movie.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Top Five Questions Asked To A Newly Wed Guy

           There are absolutely infinite things to ask a guy who has recently gotten married but guess what, the reality doesn't happen to be that way and all people do is circle around only a selective few in varied forms and manners for reasons unknown. The questions mostly range from totally irrelevant to being unreasonably inquisitive in nature. Here are those that top that list...
  • #5 -  How is life treating you 'now'? | As if I have recovered from coma or some deadly disease.
  • #4 - You seem to have put on / lost weight, haven't you? | One amongst this is chosen either randomly or maybe in comparison of the questioner.
  • #3 -  How were your 'thala' festival(s)? | Once in a lifetime question set in the southern flavor.
  • #2 - Where did you go for honeymoon? | Maybe to say same pinch or what?
  • #1 - Any good news? | Can never resist asking this, can they?
Its a strong hunch that these exist across the country / region / religions in its respective own ways and that it makes us Indians what we are!!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Paradesi Review

      First things first and this movie has gained a lot of positives from what was seen as a let down from Bala in his previous attempt Avan-Ivan. There are quite a lot of facets that can be seen as a typical Bala ones in this film as well and some new additions to his skill set too.

The Typical Bala
  • A dark subject and storyline.
  • Characterization research
  • Cast looks and costumes
  • No happily-ever-after ending.
  • Protagonist not glorified as heroic.
  • Female cast having important roles
  • First half having comic moments
  • Characters having undergone physical overhaul for their roles.
  • A song that mostly is unnecessary for the story.

The New Bala
  • Firstly, he has stopped spoon feeding the audience with the screenplay to a great extent in this movie.
  • Less gory & tragic scenes.
  • A making-of-the-movie teaser as a promotional stunt.
  • A crisp running length as needed for the movie.
  • Bala the producer.
What worked?
  • The length of the movie.
  • The conviction of the output put forth by the entire cast.
  • The music score.
  • Screenplay being episodic in nature than being an usual one that lasts the entire lifetime of the protagonist.
  • The movie has given popularity to a good extent to the book it was inspired from.
What did not work?
  • The crispness in establishment of characters or spaces was a tad too much and been to the extent of not sufficiently believable throughout the entire movie. For eg : A large section of villagers agree to go on a mission to earn a better living, however the showcase of how bad their current lives were were missing. The only person who was convincing in this aspect was the protagonist as showcased aptly.
  • On the same lines of the previous one the elements to indicate this being a period film could have been even more extensively showcased.  The village shown in the beginning was believable, which in the latter part of the movie was either missing or wasn't sufficient.
  • There were quite a lot of between the lines left to the audience to fathom themselves, which was quite far from being acceptable. Ex: Periappa's demise had a build up to be hidden from Rasa but then what happened thereafter? His body was left to rot in the hut or what? A doctor was brought in to battle the disease, he preached Christianity ok fine, did he do what was called for? as the story immediately moved to 4 years later.
Some smaller pluses and lot of minuses did exist here and there in the movie which I don't want to get into and here I move on to the conclusion. 


         This movie is neither a National Award material on any front and I would be greatly surprised if it did win nor it is as bad a typical commercial cinema and fares way better than that. Its definitely a good (if not great) attempt by Bala on a period subject. I would however not rate this movie as a best of his, but maybe it could be one of good ones this year! 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Vishwaroopam Review

             And finally after much hiatus Vishwaroopam opened in Tamil Nadu on 7th of Feb, 2013 and thanks to my buddies, I got a chance to see this on the same day. So as I headed to the movie I had this mental checklist of what to expect out of a Kamal movie and sort of put a tick against each of those as and when I experienced it.
  • Kamal the protogonist - Checked (obvious)
  • Kamal singing songs - Checked
  • Kamal the lyricist - Checked
  • Kamal and new heroine - Checked
  • Lots of characters, though many may less screen presence - Checked
  • A typical Kamal praising song - Checked
  • A punchline from a past Kamal movie - Checked
  • A share of  'let the audience figure out how' content - Checked
  • A role Kamal hasn't donned before - Checked
  • Experiment or bring on something new to local cinema- Checked 
  • Controversy involved - Checked (becoming obvious too)
  • Costing a fortune to the producer - Checked (Home production in this case)
  • Attention to detail (in all aspects) - Checked
    Now some things that did not feature in the checklist but impressed me.
  • The idea of choosing a story that would appeal to global audience than just the local or national ones.
  • No fancy & disconnected between-the-scenes dream songs.
  • In the world ample with showcasing the terror humans, this has something to offer about humane terrorists for a change.
   And those that failed to impress me
  • Probably my expectation of a performance on par or bettering சலங்கை ஒளி made me feel disappointed in this Kathak piece.
  • Flash back and forth placements.
  • The extent of 'let the audience figure out how' quotient.
  • Is that all needed to, not just get inducted into Al-Qaeda team but be looked upon as trustworthy as well, or did Kamal leave it to the audience to fathom themselves on how that could be possible?
  • I would have taken lesser notice of the logical flaws in first fight sequence had it not been played again in slow motion, well sorry Kamal my bar is certainly very high for a perfectionist.
  • Understandably a high budget one for an Indian movie, however still the movie couldn't seamlessly superimpose the different layers of real footage and surreal CG, imperfect still.
  • Most fans as well as fanatics play the "I've never seen an Indian movie so good before, only Kamal can do" card. Well it implies that the fan is either an English movie frequent and hence is able to compare the finesse or a normal guy unexposed to worldly cinema and is all awe by this never seen before visuals. Come on guys stop the apples and oranges comparison.
   Lastly, on the controversial protests and cuts
  • If muting / cutting those little scenes has upheld the sanctity of the religion then looks like we're heading to old-age future (in terms of freedom of speech and expression)
  • The instances of jabbing at Hinduism or a specific caste and no protests or censor cuts has raised interesting questions.
    • Are those belonging to it understood that it does not affect what they are or where they belong to?
    • As it has been proved time and again across various movies 'these' people could be taken for a ride, for whatever reasons?

               Vishwaroopam is a high budget Kamal roopam and may NOT go into the book of movie classics for Indian Cinema, to those with the love for cinema its watchable once, to the cheque and MO sending ones nothing needs to be said & the maddening history repeats itself.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Top 5 Qualities that Defines Most Indians

      Sparing an opening note for the first timers and for the record, India is a land of diverse elements, be it the climatic variances across the lengths and breadths of the sub-continent to the language localization within the country. In-spite of this plethora of diversities there still exists certain characteristics that uniquely identifies a true Indian be it (sampled) from any part of the globe. There were quite a lot of inputs (though mostly derogatory), the following are my compilation of the top 5 qualities that defines most Indians, in no specific order.
  • Judgmental & Blamer
              For non-Indians these might be two totally different characteristics a person might possess but for an Indian these go hand in hand just like politics and corruption. When you find a person who talks to you, say for a few minutes and if you're sure he's an Indian then most likely that he has already judged you. Few instances to give a hang of the lovely judgmental qualities we Indians possess and use in conversations....
    • A bearded guy has failed in love (excluding the ones who have it for religious reasons).
    • All flashy dressed women are allegedly hookers.
    • Those who 'obey' parents are the best kids on earth.
    • All those who study abroad are exceptionally brilliant.
Coming to the blamer quality, its deeply embossed in the DNA of all of us. The last thing on earth we can do is to accept our fault without throwing the blame on others. The fact that the present day reality shows having taken the western world concept to the next level is one stamping proof. Here again a few instances to show case the typical blame-games...
    • At road accidents be it small or big, we are always right and the others involved are always wrong.
    • When it comes to punctuality be it at work or even for meet up with friends or family, the whole world is at mistake for our miss and mess up of the timeline.
    • Even our clothes & shoes take the blame for getting 'smaller' rather attributing to the fact of us becoming 'bigger'.
  • Spice Foodie
            This part of the world has people whose spice levels in their food could touch alarming levels (according to a non-Indian) and still remain fit and healthy. As the saying goes 'Variety is the spice of life' we Indians have a variety of spices to heat up our lively taste buds and its diversity can only be experienced by travelling across to different parts of our '!ncredible !ndia'
  • God Fearing
               If there is something that defies the law (Indian Penal Code, Constitution etc...) and procreates a belief that is widely accepted and nurtured as the law of the land then it is the belief in God or the Almighty or in whichever term the wide-spread religious establishments across the country call it. As much to the delight of countless Indians on earth, there exists equally countless ways, situations, opportunities etc for the implementation of these God-Fearing beliefs cutting across regions, religions & languages. Also comes truck loads of superstitions as a freebie with this trait. 
  • Coitus as sex               
               Being a country that is one of the top on the table in terms of population or in terms of the number affected by STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) & for historical reasons too (Kamasutra), our country is ample with theory of Coitus in its artistic illustrations which are looked up and held in high esteem by the outsiders as an art. However ironically most in this country don't even know the term by its former name and refer it as the latter and mold it to the extent that compels kids to believe that any form of even knowledge-based exposure or discussion based on it elevates one to a 'bad' societal status. Hence it results in the obvious inquisitive trait (in secrecy) and the internet boom, crimes, fetishes and what not, the rest is history. Due to this genetic degeneration of coitus what is left is just the physical eroticism, population explosion and growth of porn industry as a grey shade.
  • Nomadic or Adjustable 
                It's a grounding fact that a major chuck of earning Indians are salaried, which in simple layman terms translates to "I shall be ready to do anything that my boss orders me to, and remain grumbling behind their backs forever". We're probably the largest class of people in the world to be proud to trade our families for lucrative donkey jobs anywhere on the globe. We learn the global business language (English), foreign languages and most importantly unlearn our local language to not become literary experts or for the love of the language but just to earn money. If the 'brain-drainers' are so, the locals aren't amateurs either. Its just the economics of it, the locals do the same adjustments in their lives for up to 5 digit salaries while the NRIs do for a 7 digit onward perk.

Some of the qualities that almost made it


Monday, January 28, 2013

Who Am I? #11

Series Synopsis - Blog Link / FB Link

I'm known to be responsible for conditions

 unknown to the medical world.

Successes or failures fetch me my due credits.

Being apple of their eyes

some call me blessed

while to some others I am the oppressed.

Neither I care for the lewd tag.

Nor do I take credits for being the spine.
Series Synopsis - Blog Link / FB Link

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Top 5 Reasons Why Vishwaroopam Should be Banned in Tamil Nadu

              Just heard here and here too last night that the Vishwaroopam screening was (allegedly) banned in Tamil Nadu on request from the Muslim minority representatives and I sort of got the hang of the plausible underlying reasons. Without further ado here are the top five reasons for it.
  • #5 - The movie did not really represent the minority of Muslims in Tamil Nadu but rather showed certain elements that exist at large on a global level, which is really an insult to the locals. Of all people, Kamal Hassan being a Tamil movie maker should have given priority to the practices and lives of the Tamil speaking ones rather than what he had shown. 
  • #4 - National Muslim groups had their share of limelight with issues like Kashmir, Gujarat and what not, every now and then leading to media attention on them. "The most recent development in Andhra Pradesh on Muslim leaders was the spark to  awaken us and we the Tamil Muslims think tanks decided unanimously to make us 'visible' to gain media attention" said a Tamil Muslim primary school graduate on grounds of anonymity.
  • #3 -  Kamal Hassan said in an interview that Muslims are a minority only in this part of the world however they are a major section of people in the world at large. Hence this triggered fears in Tamil Muslims that they might lose all the government ordered perks that they enjoy as minorities if the government sided with the actor in those views.
  • #2 - Some Muslims who had worked in this movie had said Kamal Hassan had portrayed a Muslim character with so much deft and authenticity that he could easily  be seen as an age old Muslim. This further triggered fears amongst the Tamil Muslim minorities that if by chance Kamal converts to Islam, he might take over the coveted leadership roles of the current Tamil Muslim leaders across the state of Tamil Nadu.
  • #1 - This is the most important reason I believe, which is a two part reasoning when Kamal decided to showcase a special screening of Vishwaroopam to the Tamil Muslim group leaders. One part being, the Muslim leaders had asked for a few hundred more extra tickets for the show so that their extended families could be accommodated for that special screening, which apparently was denied wholly by Kamal. Other part being, after the end of the screening, most of the 'viewers' could not grasp the actual story or portrayal or even the character names for that matter, as they were busy looking for number of Muslims shown and hence they requested Kamal for another show for which he asked them to watch it on DTH, a week later.

PS: This is a pure work of fiction on a satirical front.
PPS: Any resemblance to reality is purely a coincidence, unintentional and unwarranted.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Top Ten Women Raped In India

           Its not a surprise if this title caught your attention more than anything else on the social space cos that's what most people are 'interested' these days. If the raped ones can have so many 'voices', why not lend one for the rapists too as a fair deal and to put things clear to the rest of the world after all this is the land that produced Abbas Kazmi

There are scores of women being raped all around the country and this 16th of Dec episode has made quite a remarkable mark on the country's chatterboxes. This is truly an uprising of a class (the raped ones), who in the name of being brought to justice has just been brought to limelight with justice in the last seat of a broken bus called the judiciary system. The reasons behind rapes has by-far been countless but still there are quite a handful that make it to the best of reasons. Without much ado here are the top ten women who are vulnerable / being raped / were raped in the world's largest 'democracy' as we speak.
  • #10 - Women apparently in love or possibly seen conversing on mobiles for a long time.
  • #9 - Sister / Daughter / Friend / Relative / Neighbor of an already raped girl.
  • #8 - Daughter / Sister of a prostitute a.k.a dented and painted ones.
  • #7 - Women seen travelling with more than one guy.
  • #6 - 'White' foreign women.
  • #5 Women seen in pubs and parties.
  • #4 - Naive women / babies / girl kids.
  • #3 -  Girls wearing Western or Indian 'provocative' clothes.
  • #2 - Wheatish skin-toned Indian women due to scarcity of #6.
  • #1 - Being desperate and (mostly) inebriated,  any women found at sight who may /may not fall under any of the previous nine categories.
Neither castration or death penalties (reactive) nor strengthening laws (proactive) would wipe this out because such laws exists for ages against murderers and those who rage war against our nation too. But how many convicts get to experience the pain behind the suffering of the victims? 

There are two ecosystems 
  1. On-lookers --> Protesters --> Victims --> Deceased --> (Fresh) On-lookers and so on...
  2. Criminals --> Accused --> Convicts --> Pardoned --> Politicians --> RIP --> (Next Gen) Criminals and so on...

Bottomline:  As long as these two systems exists running in parallel , all will be the same forever!!!
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