Monday, May 02, 2005

Tamil new year releases...

Saw all the 3 major releases viz. Chandramukhi, Mumbai Xpress and Sachein.

Did not expect much from any of them, and was not too surprised at how i felt aftr seeing the movies as well...

Chandramukhi was not too good basically because I had seen the original version in mallu some 12 years back, and it was a movie just to tough to beat...add to tht the Rajni-isation of the movie and u hv a potential disaster in ur hands, whch was precisely wht the movie turned out to be...am not interested in sayin too much more abt the movie except tht the majorly hyped Nayantara role was reduced to near nothin...she comes for a coupla songs and dances, thts all...bad for her...

Mumbai Express was one frm whch i expected a lot coz it was a Singeetham Srinivasa Rao-Kamal comedy and their MMKR is one of my all time fav movies. This did not come up to those levels, obviously, but was not bad at all! The comedy was based on genuine confusion rather than wht seems to be the current trend of a forced kind of confusion and aalmaraattam. Pasupathy and Ramesh Aravind rocked bigtime! But what let down the movie was its pace, or the lack of it...there is not much action and it moves at a leisurely pace, which does not make it a movie u can see some 2-3 times...jus another timepass comedy movie rather than a classic comedy...

Sachein is my pick of the three mainly because Vijay does not come in a glorified larger-than-life role here but as a simple college guy who is in love with the college beauty. In fact, the movie has a lot in common with another major Vijay hit Kushi, as the heroine in this movie (a very beautiful Genelia) also suffers frm a bad ego problem and cant admit her love for Vijay to anyone but her close friend. The climax, like many other cliched Indian movies, happens in an airport, but the movie is enjoyable for the fact that it is a simple love story, compared to the over-hyped releases. The only sore point in the movie is Bipasha Basu, who looks very much like Vijay's elder sis rather than his collegemate.
And i must admit i am beginning to like Vijay more with each movie of his that i have seen in recent times...esp his last 3 releases which were pretty good - Gilli, Thirupaachi and now Sachein. This guy, as a lot of ppl nowadays say, is rightly the next superstar!
And musicwise, Sachein has the best soundtrack of the 3, in my opinion

As far as box office reports go, Chandramukhi is far ahead, and has reported 100% collections even in its second weekend which is suposd to be a record of sorts...but i dont think this wil sustain..
Sachein is snapping on its heels and doing steady biz thx to Vijay's brand equity...and ME may not make it, it is faring pretty badly...

Jus wanna end with this comment on Chandramukhi in the Chennai weekend box office report I found on sify.com
Pluses: Superstar
Minuses: No Comments

Simple statements, but speaks volumes abt Rajnikanth...

1 scribbles:

Blogger Sridhar Raman says...

I felt that the x-factor missing in Kamal's Mumbai Express was Crazy Mohan's dialogue. He is a genius and his absence proves his worth. But still I enjoyed ME, though I concede that it could have been better. Was the ending so abrupt because of the last-minute scissoring of a song by the censor board?

Chandramukhi - the lesser said the better - I cant get more insulting than I already have in my blog.

Sachein - hmmm..havent seen it yet. But I do like Vijay, has an incredible knack of playing comedy.

12:05 AM  

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