Monday, May 31, 2010

Singam- a (p)review



Planning to make an out-and-out cop cum action movie in Tamil? Make sure every scene follows the concept below.





  •       The hero/cop must manhandle all the dowdy rowdies in the five plus action fight sequences single handedly.
  •       The heroine should be made to stalk her man. It’s important that she proposes her love first.
  •       Her other role is to fall prey to the on-the-prowl villain and eventually get rescued by the hero.
  •       Care should be taken to render the dialogues at the highest decibel level permitted. The hero and the villain must always try to outdo each other’s vocalization skills.
  •       A cop is a good cop only if he is sensitive to others’ sentiments. His dialogues must make the bad guy repent for his sins.
  •       Not the last and not the least, the hero must be the only one who takes the right decision at the right time. Everyone else should be made to play second fiddle in the execution part.

If every action movie has the same kind of setting, what sets each one apart?
The hero’s look, of course (In this case a very symmetrically and intricately designed moustache)

Singam’ is Surya’s 25th fim.  ‘Sun pictures’ seems to have taken a sudden liking to numbers. After Vijay’s 50 turned out to be a 0, here is Surya’s 25 hoping to hit 100 at the box office.

Oh yes, The story…

A sincere cop from small town kicks the bad guy’s butt in big town. All said and explained. 


Now for the extras…

Dhurai ‘Singam’ is the all-knowing and much loved Sub-Inspector of Nallur (wonder where the Inspector is?) whose detective skills succeed in making ‘Puli’ Kavya (Anoushka) fall for him. The Chennai-based don, Mayilvaaganam (Prakash Raj) is a rich guy who makes a living blackmailing rich guys.

The good cop gets in the bad guy’s way and things take a roller-coaster ride, the typical Hari way. Singam gets a posting in Chennai, little knowing that it’s Mayil’s way of separating the bull from its herd. Seeing how corrupt the big-town cops are, he nearly gives up, if not for the very inspirational speech of his ladylove. The hero now has no other intention than putting an end to the villain by retaliating with the same kind of villainous ways (unexpected know?)And then you get a Saamy- Aaru- Vael- Ayya kind of climax where the hero gives a (unsuccessful) final chance for the villain to turn a new leaf.

Everyone I know likes Surya, so I’ll get a good spanking if I find fault with him. He’s done a neat job as usual.

Anoushka has put on some weight. She’s got better-screen space than the one she got in “Vettaikaran”. But the chemistry doesn’t work much, which is kind-of evident by the SMS which is doings the rounds currently.

Surya – Oangi adicha ondra ton weight da!
Anoushka- Heels podamalaye naan ona vida height da!
       
Anoushka’s way taller than Surya!

DSP’s feet tapping numbers are enough to pull in the crowds. Vivek as “Ettu Erimalai” makes us laugh even if some of the dialogues are a little too rough-cut. Overall, the pace is nice and the punch dialogues click (as proved by all the loud shouts and whistles inside the theatre).

If I were to rate it, I’d give 5 stars out of 10. (Don’t be angry all my Surya-adoring pals, it’s not a very bad rating)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Present day lifestyle


We spend nearly half an hour to think and write the general essay in our English exams. What we write painstakingly is only given a glance by the teacher and marks are awarded sparingly.  Shouldn’t marks be given amply to encourage such idle, oops, Ideal minds to come up with brilliant ideas in their essays?? However, here are two essays I wrote in the class 11 exams. I got a 7 and a half in the first one and eight in the next (out of 10). Most of the stuff is made up, so please don’t charge me with copyright infringement!


 Present day lifestyle – Merits and demerits   


Introduction


 It’s better to think about the present than the past or the future for it is the result of the past and the cause of the future. The present holds the key to the future. But lifestyles do not remain the same. It changes from time to time. And hence the question- ‘Does lifestyle affect the present day scenario?’ arises. Let us see the merits and demerits of the present day lifestyle. (I’m warning you!)


Merits - Development of the society


Technology, growth, development and economy are the keywords of the twenty first century. Everyone leads a fast paced life. Inorder to keep track with this fast changing world, one has to be aware of what is happening. So he keeps himself informed through the mass media. The mass media is a gift to the people of the present day. No man in the past could reach out to the society as well as one can do today. Technology has reached its peak. We can keep in touch with anyone through innumerable ways – telephones, e-mails, video conferencing etc (I kept biting my pen to think of anything else but couldn’t). We can get in touch with someone in a matter of seconds. The present day lifestyle would’ve been stale if not for science. Science has amounted to everything the society is, these days. It has lead to the drive against caste, creed and gender discrimination.


Demerits - The generation gap


As already said, the world is a fast place to live. So we find ourselves programmed to function the way the world wants us to. For a common man, the goals are the same – to study well, get admission in a good college, get a good job with a 6 digit salary and finally, ‘get settled’ (I left out ‘to get married and have kids’ or else my teacher would raise an eyebrow!). So when we all strive towards the same thing, the competition gets tougher and we find ourselves working harder. As a result, stress, depression and other psychological problems take their toll.

The present day lifestyle has changed the way we used to view relationships. Joint families have almost become a thing of the past. The bread-earner of the family, usually the father, has less time to spend with his children. When the mother goes to work too, the child may feel isolated and hence the need arises for the parents to send their child to a hostel or hire a care taker. This can be avoided. The child should be made to understand the demands of the parents and the parents should also understand the needs of the child. (This para is junk, I know)

Conclusion

The world will be a better place to live in if we manage to balance the pros and cons of our lifestyles (and also, if we stop writing such bad essays). Equal importance should be given to the development of the society and the sustenance of a peaceful environment (huh?) Thus we can hope for a brighter future with people leading a better and balanced life.

India's 60 years of achievement


This is the second one of my school essays. It took me nearly an hour to write this in the exam.

India’s 60 years of achievement


Introduction

India is a land of many colours. India has endured many drastic but dramatic changes in the past 60 years of its freedom. Her accomplishments during this period are uncountable. Let us go through some of her innumerous achievements as a quick read, in the following essay.

India and her people

Sixty years back, India was a land, similar to a re-born child, just freed from the clutches of the British. Over 90% of the population was from the rural background. The literacy rate was extremely low. Industries, except those established by the East India Company were yet to develop. People were left to recover from the all the damage caused by the partition. But change happened fast. People began to value the culture of our nation as a whole.
In 1950, India became a republic. Eight languages were given official importance in the constitution. Thereby, people who spoke those languages were given due importance. States were divided on a lingual basis. And not on a religious scale which in turn promoted unity. People started to migrate to other places in search of jobs and households not withstanding the language barrier and promoted their culture in that area, which eventually lead to fusion of cultures and traditions.

The timeline 1947-2009 (though bits of it are true, the following work is to be considered as a piece of fiction)

India’s Muslim population though affected by the partition grew on steadily. Though Muslim-Hindu clashes were more at times, Muslim population increased and India has the largest number of Muslims in the world.
Education was given due importance. India’s literacy rate has improved to 62%. India has the largest number of primary schools in the world and The Indira Gandhi National Open University has the second largest number of students in the world. More emphasize is being made to discourage children from dropping out of schools and to pursue their education at the college level.
Every Indian except the gifted few used to be poor. Due to the Government’s untiring efforts, the standard of living of our people has improved gradually.
India has established her name as an agricultural as well as an industrial nation. India has the second largest number of mobile phone users next only to China.
India is the leading producer of tea and silk-cloth. Indian people consume most of the fresh water resources in the world. The GDP of India has reached a commendable 8.9% thus proving that Indian economy has withstood the recession which affected other big economies.
During the 1984 Sikh riots, 2002 Gujarat riots, Maoist menace in the North Eastern region and other frequent terrorist activities have tested our country’s unity and peace. But even in times of such turmoil, our people have learnt to stand by each other and survive those testing times.

Conclusion

India still has to reach many more milestones and reach levels like the no corruption, super power, anti-terrorist and non violent nation in the years to come. But the last 60 years of Indian history had been so eventful that Indian youth have realized the ways to learn from mistakes and blunders in the past and make way for a new and glorious future in every aspect.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Granny's day out


Our whole house is missing granny, my dad’s mom. She’s our unpaid house keeper. Everyone, but my mom, in our house is on vacation and she’s no exception. She has packed her lots or rather, a single yellow cloth bag and gone to stay at her relation’s place for some much needed rest.
On a normal day, she prepares half of the day’s meal (the rest by my mom), puts all the dirty clothes in the washing machine, hangs them out in the sun, tidies up my parents’ bed room and of course, supervises the domestic help.
Now in her absence, mom has to prepare everythin’, the dirty clothes are lying around the washing machine, not inside it and my parents’ master bedroom has turned into a monster bedroom.
Grandma is nearly 80 years old. She is so frail, has severe knee pain and fibroids. But I tell you, she doesn’t ever stay idle. She spends all afternoon chopping vegetables for that day, the next day and the day that comes after it. My dad particularly didn’t buy that easy vegetable cutter thing with German razors so as not to deprive granny of her favourite past time.
Well, she has traveled all alone with just Rs.150 and that too in a bus. Keep in mind, her knees are weak and she doesn’t how to read or write. I’m kind of amazed by that as I hesitate even to go and buy groceries at the store alone.
 I don’t when she’ll return but I hope she gets back soon. I miss her, though at times I really get annoyed with her when she instructs me how to do this, how to do that all the time. But now I miss that too.
As my mom’s vacation starts soon, the house will be back to normal. But it will lack my grandma’s touch, of course.  
I nearly forgot, my granny’s name is Iyyamal.
Even I don't pronounce it the right way!



Saturday, May 1, 2010

Paiya - a review



I write this review after a month the movie was released. I’ve never watched a film on the first day (not even the first week). But I can’t get over the urge to write this review.    
Cast:    Karthi, Tamannah, Milind Soman
Director: Lingusamy
The story
The easy-go-lucky Shiva falls head over heels on seeing Charulatha at first sight. As she turns up wherever he goes, he loses his senses, messes up with his friends and even misses his interview. Luck has it that she ends up seeking his help to travel all the way to Bombay (Thank God the Sena folks don’t watch Tamil movies!). And when the damsel in distress has goondas from Andhra chasing her, the knight in shining armor has his own problems from his previous visit to the destined city.  
 Karthi’s transformation from a village hunk to an urbane guy is only partially complete. If only he had sported a clean-shaven look….  However he puts in a solid performance and scores at the action level. He is humorous too.   
Tamannah as Charu is adorable. She looks beautiful in every angle and sports a different wavy hairstyle. But her character could have been better etched. She dazzles in the hard to miss rain song sequence.  
It is quite a run-of-the mill story if not for the small but interesting scenes thrown in and out of the film like the one where Charu deceives the hero by driving the Lancer. The black Lancer gets an unintentional promotion in the film and it puts up a top-notch performance too (!).    
Milind Soman has better roles to do than flying and hitting a landrover from the hero’s kick.  He appears stylish though.  
Yuvan Shankar Raja has rendered some good-to-hear songs, my favourite being “En kadhal solla…” “Poongaatre” fits in as the perfect song for the love laced travel. The lead pair looks astounding in the sets of “Suthudhe…suthudhe..”  
After “Run”, Lingusamy hits it with “Paiya”. If I were to rate it, I’d give 3 out of 5 stars.