Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ghajini - Review

There are movies that remind you of your lost first love...promised so much when it started and later felled by the weight of expectations. Ghajini is a breathtaking start, a fantastic middle and sloppy end.

The story gets off to a dramatic start. Surya, a patient of brain damage who cant remember anything beyond 15 minutes, sets off to murder a few goons in a traditional blood for blood pot-boiler. However, the narrative is so dramatically picturised its a dazzling treat to watch.

The expectations are heightened by the flashback in which a witty, fun-a-minute romance between the multi-millionare, suave business man Surya and a middle-class, intelligent, witty and upright Asin is told swiftly and impressively. Their falling in love is so well picturised that one almost wishes they succeed and raise kids. Not often in the recent past has a director narrated a poor girl meets rich man spin with such earthiness, practicality and sophistication.

Asin fusses with a few dons in rescuing girls from prostitution and her multi-millionare lover also gets brain damaged in the process of trying to rescue her. It is here that the story and the narration starts taking a dip.

There are logical holes, lack of imagination when one glamour girl is replaced by another in Nayantara. Nayantara's characterisation as a medical student smacks of poverty in coception.

As Nayantara vacillates between helping the goons find Surya and Surya to find the goons, it makes one wish the movie had ended after the romance.

Surya though comes up trumps in his elegant gait as a rich man in love. His action scenes are powerful and yet believable. Asin has given a performance that will up there with the perfectly affable girl with a lot of heart. Nayantara's attempt in concealing her ever-burgeoning body in a ever-shrinking customes comes out flat. An eminently forgettable performance. She should stick to singing in saris or atleast wear dresses that dont camouflage her paunch!

The director Murugadoss can be commended for the many things that he did right forgetting the few things he didnt get right. Harris Jayaraj's hit "Sutrum vizhi chudarae" was excellent though it reminded one of "Devadaiyai Kandaen"

All in all, a movie you should watch.

Rating 74/100

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Poetry - Success


Lifes resounding verdict
on hours of tireless labour
seeming so difficult to predict
yet done with divinely order

Tis a loser's essence
to renounce its presence
making hermetical claims of its inaneness
hiding his obvious fondness

If we were never to chase to dreams
not tire at its distance
keep egging on
world will either be a moan or a yawn!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Rejuvenated India

Now that the series between India and Pakistan is comprehensively sealed its like watching a rerun of a suspense thriller. You are not so worried about the plot as much as the slight nuances of the tale.

With Sachin "God" Tendulkar not being successful in his ways of old, would he resort to the Sachin "Drag" Tendulkar techniques he employed prior to his injury? If he does so it would be sad for both himself and for the million other couch slouches in this wonderful evening.

Sachin, go in your normal blazing ways...after all its a game for fun and not a quarterly results of a dalal street darling. It's more important as to how you have made the runs more than how many runs you have made. Now, coming to think of it its true for the dalal street darlings as well. Its not important how much money you have made but how you have made it!

So God, we will pray to god for your century today!