Movies to grab, with popcorn in hand…

I have come up with a list of movies which are likely to provide a bit of respite from the regular, churning nonsense that the audience is now accustomed to. I have also tried my best to give an unbiased opinion as to why you should watch it.Quite sure that it may be worth your time and effort to glance at them and then decide for yourselves. The effort that goes into trying to get into a crowded multiplex whilst sweating it out under the hot, blistering sun is unsurpassable. Driving like a mad hatter in the hellish roads of the Metros to get to the theatre, especially in summer when the mercury is routinely stuck at the forties is taking a leaf out of Stephen King’s production. What about parking in the malls? It surely is not getting any better.More time is now spent driving to the theatre, then up and down the narrow parking ramps, blaring the horn at the driver ahead and picking up fights with the parking lot supervisors demanding for the rightful spot than watching the movie itself.I would not try any of this if the movie does not appear interesting. I would wait for the DVD to release and watch it from the comfort of my own home, popcorn in hand of course, if I have missed a worthwhile movie ,why bother?. Probably, the very reason why piracy too is on the rise? The feeders are the reason I conclude. If these movies fail to meet your expectations, please come back here and let me know why. I would also love to hear of your own movie going experience, right from how you got to the theatre and back. I am sure it wont be a breeze.

RAAVAN ( Hindi & Tamil versions ) –  Release date 18th June 2010 – Director – Mani Rathnam – Cast – Vikram,Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Priya Mani.

Simply because it is a Mani Rathnam film. Cannot go wrong with the Director or with the star-studded cast. Rathnam is a sure shot guarantee to provide you some respite from this mad summer. He has done it perfectly all times before, cooling us off in the snowy caps of Kashmir and with the monsoons of Mumbai, why would he fail now? Besides, we hear a lot of the first time chemistry between Aishwarya and my favorite actor .Vikram plays Ram in Hindi and Raavan in Tamil. I place my wager on Vikram and Abhishek to showcase their finest here. Abhishek in fact has had me spellbound with whatever little I have seen of him in the trailers. Cannot wait for the rest.

SINGAM – Tamil – Released today – Director – Hari, Cast – Surya, Anushka, Vivek

This is the twenty-fifth film for Surya. Rave reviews have started pouring in for the movie. An all out commercial entertainer ( masala flick ). Lots of action  from Surya who plays the mighty cop. He is not so coy as he was in his previous cop role in “kaaka kaaka” but bounces with a lot of flamboyance in this one. Very watchable because of Surya.

RAJNEETHI – Release Date – 4th June 2010 Director – Prakash Jha – Cast – Ajay Devgan, Katrina Kaif, Manoj Bajpai, Ranbir Kapoor

More than the cast and Prakash Jha, I am inclined to believe that the Producer,Ronnie Screwaala  ( UTV ) is a goose that lays golden eggs. Besides, this movie is already shrouded in controversy, the trailers show Katrina pulling off a la Sonia Gandhi ( Priyanka ? ). Note the crisp, starched cotton saree and the familiar, trademark Gandhi wave. If this is a movie running down Sonia, I think it will be watchable. It will be interesting to see how much of the movie may get censored, the board is likely to play the spoilt sport.

INCEPTION – Release Date – July 16th 2010 – Director – Christopher Nolan – Cast – Leonardo Di Caprio,Ken Watanabe

If it has Caprio, you have to watch it. Caprio has metamorphosed into the finest. From Titanic to Blood Diamond to Shutter Island, he has been nothing short of outstanding. The movie is about Dom Cobb, a skilled thief in the art of “inception”, stealing secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him valuable in corporate espionage. In one last job, he must cause an “inception” — instead of stealing an idea, he must plant one.

ENDHIRAN – Tamil – Release Date – TBA – Director Shankar – Cast – Rajnikanth, Aishwarya, Arjun Sarja

What better reason does one need besides Rajni to watch this. A guaranteed blockbuster being crafted under Shankar’s capable hands. This is his tenth production and a first time pairing of Rajni and Aishwarya is enough to cause a flurry of excitement. All lungis will be up this summer down under..err south!

FATSO – Hindi – Release date – Released – Get the DVD now  and grab the popcorn too – 

Starring Gul Panag, Ranvir Shorey, Purav Kohli, Neil Bhoopalam, Gunjan Bakshi, the movie has music by Sagar Desai and is directed by Rajat Kapoor.

After receiving several awards for their films at top international festivals in recent months, Pritish Nandy Communication’s forthcoming film FATSO has been officially selected for Spectrum at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival. It seems that there is no stopping for Pritish Nandy Communication when it comes to international recognition for their films. The festival will take place from June 12 to June 20, 2010..The film FATSO is all about love packaged in with a calorie count! They say that matches are made in heaven. This is one of those films where they are undone in heaven! But then again, that’s the strange thing about love: just when the worst has happened, the best happens almost like the nightmare never took place, almost like love is undeniable, as if love and hope are two faces of the same coin.Chairman PNC, Pritish Nandy says, “It’s always been a challenge for us to get a romantic comedy into an international film festival as most of them prefer serious, issue based cinema, particularly from a country like India. We are honoured to be at Shanghai for the first time.”

 

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61 Responses to “Movies to grab, with popcorn in hand…”

  1. fantastic list

  2. Sharmila,

    Seeing movies in a theatre is a different experience each time.

    I once walked into a multiplex with the intention of seeing a dated title called Eklavya. But I switched queues when I saw a poster showing Bush and Osama’s faces. The title was ‘The Kingdom’ – a 90 minute flick based in Aramco, Saudia – an out and out stunner!

    Another experience is more contemporary. Last week ‘Kites’ released here. And our group could not get the tickets online. We decided to wait for a few days… and you might have guessed, we dropped it this week as the reviews were ** and a half *

    I feel these days a movie is hyped with the aim of collecting the most in the first week. The business plans cater for a very short product life cycle. They release 2000+ prints immediately followed by a DVD release and TV premiers in a months time.

    In the stone age, I loved these movies in the theatres when I was dating my girlfriend in Pune. Ahhh…. those were the days… the popcorn was spicier… the coke was fizzier… the emptier the hall the better… if the movie was good it was a bonus!

    🙂

    • Reader – Kingdom was an outstanding movie. re – reviews, I barely go by them and like to take my own call. Most reviews are paid either by the producer or the competitor or some unforseen third force. I prefer the reviews make by the ordinary movie goer who puts it up on his / her unknown blog. Stone age is a time to be surely missed, you still get the empty theatre, but there is a chaos on the roads, madness for the parking , the coke is less fizzy, the popocorn has no butter, a lot has surely changed. Also, the hype is something quite easy to spot or so I think. MNIK was more of the hype, yet to watch it. But watching SRK that way by far will be more painfull than getting a stroke.

      • Sharmila,

        I am a die-hard romantic. Even if I have to meet my girl in a mall on Mount Everest, I would bull-doze through the traffic in a hummer, bungee jump from a space shuttle, air-drop at 40,000 feet, and ski on thin ice… Like that ad.. Thums Up taste the blunder!

        Kidding… I didn’t see MNIK either. The last SRK movie I have seen is Kal Ho Na Ho… and one before that was Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman…

        Surya’s film released here yesterday… Rumba Tamil, Rumba Parking all had come walking..!

        You are right, reviews are unreliable. They are like my aunt’s gossip – all the meaning is in the tone and the words don’t mean anything!

        The irony of the stone age is that money was always short, the two-wheeler often ran out of fuel at a traffic signal, the seats in the theatre were too close to the screen, yet we enjoyed every moment as if there was no tomorrow!

        🙂

      • Reader – Ha ha. ridiculous but lucky girl!

      • Sharmila,

        You are right. The girl was ridiculous but lucky!

        🙂

      • Lol..fair enough Reader.

  3. MonaLisa Says:

    🙂 Best spot to take your Date/GF..!?? Reader..?

    • Best spot for a date? A flop movie, an empty theatre and popcorn at discount…

      But I have come to the conclusion that such wisdom usually comes when it is too late!

      🙂

      • MonaLisa Says:

        Lol…you can find one now… its never too late in life… 🙂

      • I am doing a small experiment.

        In the aesthetics sciences in Sanskrit there are 11 what are called as ‘Rasa’.

        1. Sringar – Decoration (Make-up, setting etc)

        2. Hasya – Humor

        3. Raudra – Anger

        4. Karuna – Compassion

        5. Bibhatsa – Aversion

        6. Bhayanak – Horror

        7. Virya – Heroic

        8. Adbhutam – Wonder

        9. Shant – Peace

        10. Vatsalya – Love

        11. Bhakti – Devotion

        Each one has a ‘bhava’ i.e. an expression, so there are 11 expressions.

        I am trying to see how they mix!

      • This reminds of Raavan with one extra head for some strange reason..

      • Correction: Of these Bhakti is called the Rasa of Rasas, means it is the primary baseline for the top ten – it does not stand-alone.

      • Sharmila,

        And do you still think Raavan was all evil?

        🙂

  4. MonaLisa Says:

    Its quite easy and breezy here to get tickets & watch movies compare to the way you described in India. However Its been easy to watch in my own Home Theater then to rush to the multiplex. We can have popcorn party with fountain soda and shaved ice with flavor of your choice.
    So rightly mentioned here Sharmila… If its Caprio or Matt, its a must watch movie. My List is quite longer however its odd to mention here.
    Ravan and Rajneeti sounds good. Very first time Jr.AB seems so appealing. Kapoor Boy is doing a good job too. will find the way to watch it. Your ‘Lungi up’ description is so..vivid. 🙂

    • MonaLisa – by far watching a movie is easy in any part of the world including here where i live unlike India. Trust me, the chaos in BLR To get into and out of the malls where the best multiplexes are is RIDICULOUS. A pain in the neck, thankfully I rarely drive in India, not sure how the driver copes with the stress! Caprio and Matt, I love them to death. Simply amazing stars. Re – lungi up, that is precisely how it is down south in summer..trust me..:)

  5. Aishwarya Says:

    Miss the movie-going days during college. It was impulsive – bunking afternoon classes and rushing with friends to the nearest multiplex without getting caught! Booking 2 rows of balcony seats, laughing, joking, whistling, & throwing popcorn and torn bits of tickets up in the air when Rajni makes his grand stylish entry. What a high!

    Movie going now involves being there on time, finding a suitable parking so we can get out first and avoid the jam, watching the movie with calm dignity, and suitably rolling the eyes when bits of torn tickets fall on me. High time to loosen up…forget the weather and the crowds and just enjoy….& maybe whistle for Vikram in Raavan!;)

    • Aish – lovely, reminds me of good old days too. Watching Rajni make that entry is something, I recall writing this for Sivaji , first day, first show in Melbourne –
      when Rajnikanth first appeared on screen there were coins and streamers whizzing past my head and there were groups performing “aarthie” with their lighters. I have only read about these happenings in the past but to witness this phenomenon first hand was an experience. My thoughts at that time was, if one man could produce this passion in a land so far away, what would it be like in the heart of tamil nadu?

      I recall a lot of Aussie coins hitting the back of my head too..

      • Aishwarya Says:

        Oh yes! Rajni is a phenomenon. No one can create that kind of mania and frenzy in a theater like him.

        My experience was at Coimbatore KG theater, movie was ‘Annamalai’… love the movie.:)

      • Ah, Annamalai, yes, was one of his best…

      • MonaLisa Says:

        Sharmila,
        was that the case Really!? Never heard ,witnessed or experienced such craze in my life. It makes me laugh and makes me wonder at the same time. Its totally beyond imagination and utterly incomprehensible.

      • MonaLisa – I cross my heart, it was precisely the case. The crowd for the movie was a Km long on St Kilda road in Melbourne. i have never seen so many Tamilians in one spot before, it felt like a LTTE recruitment camp..lol. I AM KIDDIng, no offence whatsoever..But Rajni is a phenomenon.

  6. Lakshmi Jag Says:

    Sharmila

    I have to wait for the DVD’s for all the above except for Raavan as the local Indian store owner is making efforts to bring the movie into town. I was surprised to find Kites DVD on the shelf already, but did not pick up for obvious reasons. It is always difficult to pick the right movie, will give my feedback after I watch Raavan.

    • Lakshmi – Will patiently await your feedback. Vikram and Rathnam formula seems magic, we have seen Rathnam with Abhishek and Aishwarya in the past, but Vikram in the frame is altogether a different game. Any of your picks for Telegu? I shall add it here, what is my favorite Ramcharan’s next ? It will probably release after summer I think.

  7. My top 3 pick of forthcoming releases, based entirely on the advertisements:

    1. I Hate Love Stories: Starring The new Khan kid (forgot the name) and Sonam Kapoor

    2. Rajneeti – Sounds like Aandhi sans R. D. Burman’s music.

    3. Raavan – for Mani Ratnam obviously

  8. MonaLisa Says:

    Sharmila,
    You put up a very nice picture of AB in tribal outfit.
    Looks so real as if he belongs to that region.

    • MonaLisa – I just fixed the pic, it was a bit out of the frame. He has the pic on the blog today, I thought it was one of his best.

  9. Anand Khare Says:

    With all due respect to Maniratnam and Bachchans, the promos of ‘Raavan’ have failed to generate my curiosity to watch this film.I would rather wait for a TV premier or a DVD.

    ‘I hate love stories’ is my pick from the list. Though I love them with a blend of comedy most.

    Anand

  10. MonaLisa Says:

    Reader,
    About those expressions, Are you trying all of those at once..!? 😦

    • MonaLisa – AB , Kamal and possibly Reader alone can try this stunt I think.

      • Not Reader, he can’t express even simple feelings like loneliness… trust me… I know this guy personally… 🙂

        Thanks for mentioning Kamal. There was one scene in a film called Saagar, starring Kamal, Dimple and Rishi… In that, Kamal is trying his best to show that he is happy Dimple has chosen Rishi… And the scene goes off well till he suddenly changes his expression, moves to a barrel of water and is unable to say anything futher… There is a tense moment as Dimple starts moving towards him and we realise that he has to now turn around and face Dimple…. And then in one quick move, he splashes water on his face and turns around smiling…

        To me, that scene beats even the one he did at the end of Sadma.

        🙂

      • MonaLisa Says:

        Hmm…!
        Sharmila…!
        You pu AB,Kamal & Reader on same platform…!
        Interesting…!

    • MonaLisa – I do have a sense of humor re AB, Kamal and Reader..;_..Reader – 🙂

  11. Not really.

    I heard about them a long time ago, when I stepped on a stage first time. I had still not learnt to spell my name correctly then. An old lady teacher, named Mrs. Natu, held my right hand and showed me how to write my name in the devanagari script. That same day she also chose me to do a small role in a play to be staged for the annual day of the school.

    During the rehersals she was teaching the older folks about the Nawras – the nine aesthetic expressions of an actor. I watched each actor mimicking the teacher according to the script.

    Many years after that I also learnt that there is a tenth one – which is love. But there was no evidence of that in the original document in which the nine were written – the Samaveda.

    Some interesting notes I had made was that joy, sorrow, love, pain, jubiliation, hatred were not aesthetic emotions… they were merely expressions of a more basic perception – the rasa.

    It was at this point that I decided that these nine or ten or eleven were not just an actor’s tools… they were actually the complete range of human emotional content. Only the expressions were mixed according to individual epistemology.

    In my opinion, that mix is unique to each person. I am just trying to trace my own!

    🙂

    • Wondeful reader. Interesting that your memory is impeccable! How does Sringar fit into an expression though?

      • Sringar is not just the appearance of a person. It is the whole personality and the aura that goes with it.

        For example: In a film called Koshish, the lead pair Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri play deaf and dumb! The three hour film was nothing but sringar and won National awards for both of them! An amazing script written entirely around Sringar.

        There is one scene when their child, who is good of hearing and vision, stops responding to a plastic rattle. Jaya gets panicky. Sanjeev Kumar is completely confused. Both try their best, shaking the toy right in front of the child’s ears. The infant doesn’t turn.

        Moments later, one of the neighbours comes in and repairs the toy. It starts working again and the child responds to the sound.

        The relief on the faces of the two at that moment is Sringar. Its not just the make-up.

        🙂

      • Sorry, not a neighbour Sanjeev Kumar actually goes and gets a doctor!

        🙂

  12. Here is the scene. By the way this movie ‘Koshish’ is taught as a lesson in the Film Institute in Pune.

  13. MonaLisa Says:

    Reader,
    How do you know it’s been taught in Pune Film Institution !?

    • MonaLisa,

      I will grow a beard and retire into the Himalayas if I am wrong!

      I have spent more time inside that institute than the students themeselves do. It was one of our fav spots to chill out in the evenings. The park was good, the cafe was the best in the area (Erandvane) and students enjoy discussing ideas…

      One of our friend’s father worked as a technician in the projection room. So we had access to Asia’s largest library of short films. Chaplin was our fav in those days. I had even learnt how to change the film on the projector.

      Dr. Mohan Agashe was the President of the institute then. He was also a faculty in Pune’s BJ Medical College.

      Pune’s FTII is perhaps the most prestigious institution after the Delhi School of Arts.

      So, how do I know? I just remember it was taught. Some student must have mentioned it. We were “technical” film buffs watching Satyajit Ray for narration, Chaplin for editing, Hrishikesh Mukerjee for themes… picking the odd things!

      🙂

  14. Sharmila – can you teach me how to grab movies when you have popcorn in hand? Just kidding! Interesting lineup of movies there and I can already visualize you, popcorn and all blissful at the flamboyance of Surya, and under the spell of Mani, looking to munch Sonia in between and mesmerized by DiCaprio. So have a great time!!

    Melwyn

  15. S.M.Vyas Says:

    Sharmilaji,

    This one has turned into a different subject altogether if compared with the original theme.

    However, I would like to say a few words about Shrangar Rasa.
    But before that let me make it very clear that I hv NOT read any Veda etc.,in the real sense of READING.Neither I hv read significantly on this Rasa or for that matter on any Rasa.
    But to my mind,this Rasa includes,not only externl beauty with the help of Makeup, Decoration;Clothings,Ornaments,fragerance etc.etc.but also includes simple physical items like Bindi,Kajal etc.AND INCLUDES inner feelings for the beloved — expressed in form of gestures,eye language,face fully lit up with excitement & love – i.e. a sort og body language & with the help of;not necessarily but at times; thru appropriate (read” romantic “) poetry & prose AND above all fragerance of inner & true love.

    And with this explanation of Shrangar Rasa, the example of a incidance in film Koshish,is NO way near to this definition.To my mind,this example gvs a mix feeling of Horror ( a realisation/assumption by the parents that their Child is deaf ),Anger ( on their fate/on God to punish them/their child for No fault of theirs),and of course Karuna as naturally sad to find their child as deaf.And yes,when they realise their mistake,folly,that defect lies with the toy & Not their child,and the associated feeling of relief,gvs a touch of Haasya Rasa too.

    Thus, I find that only Shrangar Rasa is missing in this.And all other Rasas are; more or less; present,including Vibhatsa, Vatsalya,Adbhutam,Shanta. May be Bhakti as well if the parents rush towards Mandir at home or temple or even nr to any photo frame. but I am not sure of this link since it is more than 25 yrs I hv seen this movie.

    But no denial that this is a perfect scene to describe almost all the Rasa (But exluding Shrangar !).

    I request U to correct me if I am wrong in understanding the Rasa and/or this specific scene of film Koshish in which Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri has done perfect justice. Here in the movie as such,this Rasa i.e.Shrangar Rasa has been;somewhere else; beautifully used without use of voice or much of external help.

    Regards,

    S.M.Vyas

    • S. M. Vyas,

      I do not claim to be a master in the subject. The quality of Sringar that I referred to in the scene above is an actors ability to don the character they play.

      In the scene where we see the relief of realizing that the child is in good health, who can say that Jaya is still a decade away from becoming a mother! And Sanjeev himself was never to be married!

      This transformation is achieved by good actors to become the character they play; that is what I called Sringar here. The characters created by the actors and the aura that goes with it – without special make-up or an extravagant set, location, music, dialogues or histrionics!

      In my opinion, every good performance has all of them in the right proportion with one underlining Rasa. Like a theme brought alive by a story and sub-plots.

      But, you have pointed out right.

      This topic has drifted too far from the main subject of the blog. I am sorry.

      • Reader – thanks for this debate, I am no Master of the subject and enjoy your insights into this. No issues with the digression or deviation, it is all mutually beneficial at the end of the day.

      • Sharmila,

        Thank you. I hope you realise the risk you are taking in giving the freedom to deviate.

        Indeed, your blog has unlimited potential for subjects… may be just short of permitting duets… I don’t sing in any case… for strong reasons… you see, singing draws the soul out of me… which sort of leaves my body dead… so I don’t try that too hard…

        Besides, my aesthetic sense has always been more on the technical type – the type that prefer a good looking car to a good looking woman. And you may judge why my friends, for some quaint reason, never trust me with their romances.

        I tend to do a Bertram every time a friend seeks my assistance on such delicate issues.

        Bertram – I mean – The Wooster. Remember the occassion when Bingo Little is wooing a girl named Cynthia and Bertie tries to chip in…

        “Young Bingo Little. Great pal of mine. He’s tutoring your brother you know.”

        “Good Gracious! Is he a friend of yours?”

        “Then tell me, Bertie, is he at all weak in the head?”

        “Weak in the head?”

        “I don’t mean simply because he’s a friend of yours. But he’s so strange in his manners.”

        “Oh, thats alright,” says Bertie, “No need to be alarmed. He’s simply in love with you.”

        “In love with me. Don’t be absurd.”

        “My dear old thing, you don’t know young Bingo. He can fall in love with anybody.”

        “Thank you!”

        And there the matter rests.

        My own aesthetic sensitivity is no different. But I cannot claim that I don’t enjoy it as it is!

        🙂

      • S.M.Vyas Says:

        Dear Reader,

        I am sorry,I am still not able to understand ur point of view & classification.And I hv again reviewd my & ur point of view and I stand by mine.But U are entitled to hv ur point of view as I am; and for that matter;every body is. No issues. And no need to be sorry for deviation. Such are the instances when at times something is added to knowledge & widens the exposure & understanding. For instance, I never knew that such practice is adopted in the Film Institute. But when I automatically applied ur list of various Rasas to the incident of the said film, I was really amzed to find that how many Rasas it has ! But not the Shrangar Rasa U hv ref.to. This was interesting. I never applied any Rasas to any scene so far ! A learning experience. I hope I hv not hurt U.

        Regards,

        S.M.Vyas

      • Dear S. M. Vyas,

        Cheers. No hurt at all.

        🙂

    • Thanks a lot for your comment Vyasji. I am no Master of the subject whatsoever, and claim no knowledge of whether this example covers all the Rasas or any one of the Rasas. I shall try to read up a bit more though and comment. But, I do enjoy such discussions and digressions away from the main topic and appreciate your comment / insight as always.

      • Reader – Delightful..enjoyed the Bertie dialogue here!

      • S.M.Vyas Says:

        Sharmilaji,

        I too enjoy the healthy discussions even if it is deviation from the main subject.And that is the precise reason, I also joined it as I found it very interesting.And in my opinion,No Mastery is required to understand the literary meaning of the various Rasas as correctly listed out by Sh.Reader. Names itself define it. And should be very simple for persons like U & Reader who hv excellant exposure to the world of literature. However,Sh Reader is entitled to hv his opinion & classification as I am ! Waiting for ur comment after U “read up a bit more”.

        Regards,

        S.M.Vyas

      • Thanks Vyasji. I sure shall read up and join in the debate between you and Reader shortly.:)

  16. First review of Rajneethi –
    The countdown is almost over. Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti that hits theatres on June 4, already has movie buffs and reviewers talking about the much awaited political saga. While some have trashed the film calling it a migrane, others have given it a thumbs up.

    Taran Adarsh writes, “Raajneeti talks of warring cousins, dynastic rule and electoral politics, besides the vicious and horrifying games some people play to attain power. It takes time for the story to sink in, but slowly and steadily, you get sucked into a world that’s dark, dangerous and demonish. The story alters constantly, unravelling in a serpentine manner and speed… so much so that you don’t know what’s gonna happen next. It keeps you awed at the constant turn of events.”

    “The flipside? None, actually. The naysayers may point out that the subject material is ‘heavy’, ‘serious’ and ‘dry’, but you ought to know that when you adapt Mahabharata in the current milieu (present-day politics), you can’t expect item songs and slapdash humour and mimicry,” he adds.

    However, Raja Sen of Rediff differs. “Mammoth Raajneeti migraine. Review tomorrow, but for now all I can say is this ain’t getting my vote, baby,” he posted on Twitter.

    Koel Puri tweets on koelscouch: Kat delivers in Raajneeti. Also it’s entirely inspired frm Mahabharata, there are no good guys, all dark as hell. Really enjoyed but for length. We hadn’t witnessed such events in real life either first hand or via media. Too long though, unnecessary masala subplots ridiculous esp AjayDevgn’s.”

    Priya Ramani, Editor of Mint Lounge, posted on Twitter, “One more reaction to Raajneeti: 3 Responses to Raajneeti so far: ‘migraine’, ‘mostly gripping, great script and performances’ and ‘interesting but too much plotting’ -confused.”

    With mixed reviews and reactions, what remains to be seen is whether the film is able to get the ticket windows buzzing at the box office unlike other recent releases.

  17. I’m sorry but I cannot describe how got to the theatre because first of all as you know I do not live in India.Secondly,we don’t have cinemas here.So,unfortunately I am left with no other choice except buying CD’s from the local market.I can’t wait for the DVD to release coz by that time the interest to watch that movie is lost.

    Talking about Rajneeti,I think there is not any resemblance to Sonia Gandhi in the film though I haven’t seen the film yet.I heard Katrina on Indian Idol,saying that it was just the last half hour that had her wearing the Saree.What is your opinion about it.Have you seen the movie?Couple of weeks back,I saw two movies after a long time.Let me be precise…….after MNIK.Houseful was an absolute waste of time that left me wandering whether it really was a comedy film.The other one,Badmaash Company was at least better.I would give it a 3/5.By the way,don’t mind what I said about Reader.Was just kidding….

    • Salman – I hear rave reviews in order for this one. Two of my predictions so far are right. Rajneethi and Singam. No worries about any comment you may wish to leave here.

  18. Review of SIngam

    Cop stories doesn’t necessarily mean the hero bashing goons, mouthing punch dialogue or standing stiff. The cop can be simple, straight forward and still accomplish his mission.

    Filmmaker Hari and actor Suriya, who come together after ‘Aaru’ and ‘Vel’, have laced ‘Singam’, Suriya’s 25th movie, with such events that sustain the attention of masses all through. Both have a major responsibility on their shoulders as their earlier cop stories (‘Samy’ and ‘Kaakha Kaakha’ respectively) did raise the bar in Kollywood. ‘Singam’, which sounds a masculine title, is a pukka commercial entertainer.

    Though the story may sound similar to many mass masala movies before, Hari’s pacy treatment to the screenplay and Suriya’s screen presence gives necessary pep.

    A collage of action, song, romance and comedy at right mix has always been a safe bet. With Suriya at the helm of affairs, the commercial cocktail straightaway sticks to our heart. The movie comes with a huge star cast as in any of the Hari film before.

    Besides Suriya, it has Anushka, Vivek, Prakash Raj, Nasser, Sumitha, Manorama, Vijayakumar, Bose Venkat and ‘Nizhalgal’ Ravi to name a few in the cast.

    The movie tells the tale of a simple and sincere police officer Duraisingam alias Singam (Suriya), a sub inspector in Nallur in Tuticorin district. He wants to run the family business – running a provision shop and convert it to a huge departmental store. But his father (Radha Ravi) fantasizes him to become a cop. He lives up to his father’s words and becomes a sub-inspector in the local police station.

    An amiable family, Singam lives at peace with everyone. Obviously their family is respected a lot in the village. Enters Kavya (Anushka), on a vacation to the village to her grandparents’ house. She comes across Singam and his upright manner and righteous nature attracts her. It’s romance between them.

    There is ‘Eatu’ Erimalai (Vivek), who works as a head constable in the police station. Fate now enters in the form of Mayilvaganan (Prakash Raj), a dreaded baddie in Chennai who is into evil acts to make money. He is aided by his brother Vaikundan (Aadhi). He bumps off an old man in Nallur village when he denies parting with money demanded by him.

    The old man was constructing a house in the village thanks to his sons’ money from abroad. His death has severe repercussions as his sons shoot a mail on the death to the embassy. This leaves in the arrest of Mayivaganan, who manages to get a conditional bail that he has to appear at Nallur police station and sign everyday.

    Mayilvaganan comes face to face with Singam and his upright ways increases his wrath. He uses his might to get Singam promoted as inspector and brings him to Chennai. It’s now a cat and mouse game between Singam and Mayilvaganan.

    Singam comes across another side of Mayilvaganan – that he runs a kidnap racket and gets away with ransom. By bringing to books the nasty side of Mayilvaganan, the Home Minister (Vijayakumar) promotes him as ACP –Anti Corruption Squad operations. Meanwhile Singam’s chase begins. How he accomplishes his mission forms the climax to a movie that begins in Nallur, (TN) and ends in Nellore, (AP).

    Its out-and-out Suiriya show. He plays a cop who is in total contrast to Anbu Selvan in ‘Kaakha Kaakha’. If Anbu was stiff and serious, Singam is cool but furious. The latter is friendly and has strings in his culture. Suriya is flawless in his expressions and delivers his best body language.

    Anushka is more than a regular heroine here. She romances with Suriya and got a few scenes to perform too. Prakash Raj is the scene-stealer back to do what he knows the best. He is menacing with his eyes and does a good role that he has done many a time before. Vivek as head constable evokes laughter.

    Devi Sri Prasad’s racy music is another highlight. His fast songs compliment the swift screenplay. Priyan’s cinematography is cool and pleasant.

    Due credit goes to Hari. The man in his 10th film has given a movie that has his stamp in the form of an entertaining and engrossing screenplay. Unlike his earlier films where there would be wild chase and men all over with aruvals, ‘Singam’ comes with a difference.

    Produced by Gnanavel Raja and presented by Sun Pictures, ‘Singam’ is the king of the masses, who love action and commercial films.

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