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10 laugh out loud moments in Vedhalam!

  1. Ajith Kumar and Lakshmi Menon rented a house even before getting her admission in college. What a confidence! Pha
  2. The heroine has provided some comic relief with her dumb acting. I even doubt whether Shruthi Hassan knows her dad is a talented actor.Vedhalam
  3. National language of the world is Tamil.
  4. Instead of removing and wearing the sunglass often Ajith keeps smiling in this movie. If someone smiles like this in the streets, they will look like a creep.
  5. I was patiently waiting for 180 degree dance of Ajith, but got to see only the 180 degree camera turn in the songs.
  6. Some of the notable hero qualities are bullet proof body, chasing a car in lightning speed, getting massive hit and still no visible injury other than little blood loss and most importantly making a girl fall in love with an emotional flash back.
  7. The villains have some ape shit technology which can change a simple cell phone to sonar. Maybe they borrowed it from Lucius Fox from Batman universe.
  8. The doctors diagnosing a mental issue after a surgery.
  9. The villain was admiring the acting talents of the hero in climax instead of killing him or at least trying to escape.
  10. Some of the notable qualities of goons – standing and waiting for their turn to get trashed, shooting but missing target and falling faster than a domino.

Why I didn’t like Naanum Rowdy Thaan!

Source: Why I didn’t like Naanum Rowdy Thaan!

We should leave behind the logic at home before going for a comedy genre movie. This will really help us to connect with the characters and enjoy. Take for an instance, the movie Pachantanthiram. Many scenes are not possible in real life – taking a corpse out of a hotel without anyone noticing, jumping between vehicles during the climax chase – but still we enjoyed the movie because we were able to connect with the protagonist and his friends. And there are movies like Thenaliraman where no one can connect with the characters and even the slapsticks aren’t funny. There are many more movies I can cite that falls in these two categories. Then there is a third kind of movies which are truly funny but fails to connect with the audience on emotional level. Naanum Rowdy Thaan is one such movie – not because it is a dark comedy, but because of its superficial characters.

Naanum-RowdydhaanIt’s beyond my imagination on how can someone think that lying is better than coming in terms with a family member demise. I would have liked the movie better if the story had taken us through the emotions of both Vijay Sethupathi and Nayantara after finding out her father’s death and falling in love eventually. However for adding couple of funny scenes to the screenplay, the story teller decided to move the story in a different direction. The reasons for falling in love also wasn’t convincing. I was really hoping that Nayantara was just pretending to be in love with Vijay Sethupathi to take revenge on the villain and also for lying to her about her father’s death. Alas, I was disappointed again. When there are movies such as 36 Vayadhinile which has strong women characters, there are movies like Naanum Rowdy Thaan in which women are shown so much dependent on men in their life. When our society is trying to be establish equality, these kind of wildly popular characters set us back in time.

If the movie story had taken the audience with the highs and lows of the character’s sadness, happiness, anger, silliness the movie would have struck a chord with the viewers. However the director concentrated on only one emotion, silliness, and left the rest in the lurch. I saw many comparing this movie to be on par with Soodu Kaavum. My personal opinion is – Soodu Kavum was and is miles apart from Naanum Rowdy Thaan. Within 30 mins of Naan Rowdy Thaan, I lost interest to associate with the movie due to immaturity of the character and wasn’t able to enjoy the movie as much as I should have.

I might be singled out with my opinion when most of the major media houses has termed the movie as a trend setter. The director has to be recognized for his talents, but at the same time should be criticized for his poor attempt in character development.

10 things I learnt after watching Papanasam

The Critic's Cut

  1. I didn’t know Tamil. First few minutes I was confused which language movie I was sitting.
  2. Giving advice to people is the new trend with story telling. Please go this movie at your own risk.
  3. The police will work only based on hunch and not on evidence.Papanasam_poster
  4. People conveniently disappear when something important happens (pushing the car into the lake, burying the dead body, etc)
  5. The protagonist learnt everything from movies; so plans elaborately to hide the crime but doesn’t remember to ask for a warrant when the police take his family to the interrogation.
  6. When I thought the movie is almost over its the time for the director to place the interval card.
  7. The IG can script the entire story how the crime is hidden like she was seeing it.
  8. The police use illegal methods to get find out what happened, but forgets to use a secret recording device (…

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10 things I learnt after watching I

The Critic's Cut

  1. It is very important for someone to be with the bride as it seems easy to abduct even with 100+ around (ps: the kidnapper will exactly know when the bride will be alone).
  2. You can find an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere with fully functional utilities.I poster
  3. It is socially accepted and is completely normal if you are overly obsessed with a model.
  4. You can find the person who will win a competition, if everyone is trying to fight him to death.
  5. I don’t know where story writers meet transgender people, but the writers tend to follow one particular type just to get some cheap laughs.
  6. If there is a pill to help me get rid of the native accent, I need to find it. It seems the hero was able to get rid of his once he became famous.
  7. A guillotine can be used to shave off the…

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10 things I learnt after watching Kaththi

The Critic's Cut

  1. Not only visitors are allowed inside Chennai international airports till the check in counter, but also all the passengers/visitors/employees inside the airport are trained in the same dance routine.
  2. If someone slaps you, don’t get angry. Ask for their help to slap someone who had slapped earlier. Bonus: if they had stalked you sometime, be comfortable enough to hang around them and even fall in love with out hesitation.
  3. It is widely known there might be seven people that resemble me. If someone decides to impersonate me they can just swap my wallet, watch and phone. No one will be able to know the difference.kaththi poster
  4. If I see an old person struggling to breath, feeding them bread is more effective than calling an ambulance.
  5. Corporate heads calls and meets in person to make sure that if they are caught for any illegal doing everyone involved can be easily traced and…

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10 things I learnt after watching Anjaan

  1. I can go to any place in Mumbai, speak in Tamil and get a response in Tamil. (Yeah I know I know, it’s a Tamil movie for a Tamil audience, but still something should be believable.)
  2. No one will able to recognize me if I change the way I walk, talk and look. Simple pro tip: Shave off the bread you grow for couple of weeks and woof, no one will be able to recognize you.
  3. I came to terms with women taking smoke break for the movie.
  4. Repeatedly telling I have an important meeting will make me look like a high profile person.
  5. I can flash my guns in public and even shoot someone without raising alarms.
  6. It is okay to fall in love with someone just for the looks.
  7. If the movie is based out of Mumbai couple of outdoor scenes should be in front of Gateway of India with pigeons flying in slow motion.
  8. If I were to stop a car on the road, run behind it. The passengers will eventually spot me in the mirror and stop the car.
  9. I can find the difference between a person who works for local don and an international don. A local don employee will be wearing jeans and t-shirt. An international don employee will be wearing suits.
  10. An international smuggler can easily enter and leave India without any hassles in his own chopper.

Not a clean breakup

Why don’t you talk to me?” I remained silent when she asked.

Why are you doing this to me?” I didn’t want to answer for this one either.

Are you mad at me?” She was relentless with her questions.

“Nope” I answered just to make her shut up.

“Your one word replies make me think my presence here annoys you”.

“Take the cue” I wanted to show my displeasure talking to her.

“I’m trying to talk to you”.

“I know”.

Do you think I’m a horrible person?”

“Don’t you already know?” I said and thought “Damn she is good in getting words out of me.”

“I don’t think I’m.”

“I want to remember you always as this funny. “ I said and chuckled.

She deeply looked into my eyes. No sound traveled in the space between us for next couple of minutes. It seemed like there was a vacuum and all her questions were absorbed by it. I didn’t want to talk to her either. I just stared at the lights hanging above me.

“Say something” she tried to dissipate the awkwardness.

“I don’t have anything to say. I am still here because I respect people for their feelings.”

“Yeah, that’s because you are still angry with me.”

“It doesn’t have anything to do with my anger. I try to not think of any of the cruel things you did to me. So leave me alone, will you please.”

“Nothing I did was cruel and I just want to remain friends with you”, her rebuttal was quick.

If you think you have the right to break my heart and spoil all the plans we had for our life, I don’t know what kind of twisted things you presume as cruel.” I finally said what I dreaded not to tell her. It gave me a kind of satisfaction which I couldn’t exactly comprehend. I remembered I had felt same thing couple of years ago; I had ridden around 300 miles for a wedding. I left immediately after the reception. When I finally sat on the couch back at my home, the cold air from AC and the quilt embrace gave a soothing pleasure. That day my body felt relaxed and now my heart after saying what I really felt.

She started to sob and mumbled “You are still selfish and think just about you. Dont cha think whether I was happy in the relationship”.

If it had been couple of weeks back, I would have jumped near her the instant she cries – I don’t like anyone crying and particularly didn’t like when she cried – but today wasn’t the same. I looked indifferent to her crying voice.  I guess someone whom I loved and cared deeply blaming me for the breakup made me furious. “What kind of fucked up shit are you making up. We were the happiest couple I knew.

I continued after a long pause “Don’t try to talk to me again. I don’t want to be reminded of you. It might ruin my future by thinking of ways how my life would have been perfect with you”.  I felt this might be the final words I would talk to her in a long time. It settled heavily on me. At the same moment, I started to ponder on the things she said, was I the real reason for the breakup? Was I really selfish? Was I the only one happy? Did I treat her bad? Could I have done anything different? All the things I have spoken to her, all the things we have done together, all the things we had planned together, all the little things unique to her, everything, I remembered everything suddenly.

All the questions were still racing on my mind even after 3 months. I realized I should stop having imaginary conversations in my mind. All these banter made sure I stayed sad. I looked up and saw me in the mirror. This was the first time I physically looked at me in months. I had stopped to care about my appearance. I had stopped to care about my health. I had stopped to care what people around might think about me. I had stopped to care to make someone happy. I had stopped to care whether I was happy. I had stopped to care for any of the thing that needs to be cared. With a long beard and untamed hair, with a weak body and unstable mind, I saw me in the mirror. I decided it was the time for change.

Something deep in me pushed me to think that I was the reason, though I didn’t accept. I knew I cannot know answer for any of these without having a meaningful conversation with her. I decided to call and ask her out for a coffee. This would also give me a chance to tell what I really felt about what she did. She picked the call as if she was waiting for the phone to ring. There was a sudden rush of blood to my heart when I heard her voice after months. I was silent for couple of minutes to allow my heart to beat normal again. I think she too was flabbergasted as she was quite. I tried to bring the right words out of my mouth. It surprised me that she accepted to see the same evening without much hesitation.

Five hours later, I was in the coffee shop where she had asked me to come. She was late as usual; she hasn’t changed a bit. I got a double shot of espresso and sat on the table that faced the road. The aroma of coffee was strong and I carefully placed the small coffee cup on my lips. I don’t know whether the palpitation was due to the hot coffee going though my food pipe tongue or the sight of her entering the shop.  I didn’t feel waving my hands to show my presence. It was like a déjà vu and I knew exactly what I had to tell her.

She briefly stopped to look for me. She spotted me with the coffee in my hand and walked straight towards me without getting a drink for her. She looked like someone who knew what was going to happen. I looked at her sharp cheek bones which highlighted her pleasant smile. She reminded me why I had fallen in love. She didn’t sit, stood facing me and spoke immediately.

“That’s a nice beard” she paused for a moment before continuing “The past is past. I don’t want that to be a part of anything in my future. You really meant something to me and I didn’t want to lose you, but I wasn’t happy with you and would have made us miserable in the long run. I did what I should have done long back. I came here to apologize as I didn’t intend to hurt you anytime. I am sorry. Hope you can forgive me sometime in future at least”.

It looked like she had a prepared a speech. She isn’t a good orator, but damn that was an excellent speech. She summed up all the things I wanted answers in just couple of sentences. The time I had to process her speech was not much. She spoke fast, but also clear. Having known her for two years, I didn’t know that she would apologize. All the days where I have imagined I would have the upper hand in some discussion like this was proved wrong by her. I was awestruck. I didn’t reply not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t even expect in a slightest possible way that she might apologize.

I just said “WAT! What did you just say?” with clearly showing my surprise.

She said “I am sorry” again and left. The trailing smell of her new perfume gave a strange feeling in my stomach.



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