Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kaaviya Thalaivan - Movie Review

Director G.Vasantha balan has always been  unique and has kept himself away from the normal commercial crappy dramas from his debut. His previous projects like ‘Angadi Theru’ ‘Veyyil’, and ‘Aravaan had exhibited his worthiness and commitment to the cinema. Kaaviya Thalaivan is one more addition to his brand list. He always endeavors for a good cinema and his hard work is clearly seen in every frame in this movie too.

It’s also a periodic movie like his Aravan. The plot is set in 1940 , revolving around the lives of two theatre actors, Kalliappa Bhagavathar (Siddharth) and Gomathi Nayagam Pillai (Prithiviraj), who are the students of Sivadas Swamigal and are the top stars of Tamil drama world. Kaali explores himself with innovative and liberal methods of acting, whereas Gomathi believes, infact lives as per the conventional drama rulebooks.. But soon, the situation makes brings in jealousy and friendship changes into revenge.

Siddharth and Prithviraj have superbly competed with each other and have given their best till date, while Vedhika too has done a brilliant acting. Nasser as always has lived in the character. Thambi Ramaiah and other comedy actor (sorry don’t get his name) too has done a very decent job.

With great support from his technical team, Vasantha balan has literally have showcased the early 1900s not just in the sets and costumes, but strongly backed up with his script. Neerav Shas efforts are remarkable. A. R. Rahman is one of the important pillars which carried the movie so along and has glued well for the periodic plot too. But it’s true that the songs in the 2nd half has slightly slowed down the pace.

As all the media cries, I too say a big salute to the effort that has gone into its making, but the final product could have been still better. Nevertheless, 'Kaaviya Thalaivan' is definitely a great attempt and we should appreciate the director for extracting some of the best performances from actors whose talent we've always underestimated; also for the producers who had appreciated the script and backing up this endevour !

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chef (2014) - English

Well, this movie is not for hard hearted , deep emotional type of movie lovers, it's a very light but refreshing drama.

Plot – Famed chef Carl Casper’s (Favreau) life is turned upside down after a scathing review of his menu by food blogger Ramsey Michel (Platt) leads him to lose his job setting him on a path of food vans and redemption, not only personally but with his ex-wife Inez (Vergara) and oft forgotten son Percy (Anthony)

Yes, the movie has a few slow scenes, but overall a very nice film. Escpeically, the cooking scenes were amazing, am sure you'll be ready so hungry for a good meal after seeing Chef!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy New Year: Movie Review

I know this review is very late, but I thought it's worth sharing (saving indeed :) ) for those who are still planning to watch.

I read it as an Action-Comedy genre of movie. Sadly, there’s no action nor a single bit of comedy L. Farah Khan has never made a great film, but with SRK and Deepika, I was expecting at least a little decent entertainer like “Om Shanti Om”, but this “Happy New Year” was a total disaster. Never believe the Box office numbers and hyped reviews!

Coming to the plot, this is a story of SRK, who is striving hard to take revenge for his father’s death, makes a team – with Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani,Vivan Shah, and Deepika Padukone.  All of these five are super talented (? :P)  in their field and their captain SRK would reach his goal of burgularing the villain’s (Jackie Sheroff) diamond with his team. How they meet, plan and destroy the enemy is the story all about.

Frankly speaking the movie "Happy New Year" is not at all worth to watch on Big Screen ; Not in TV too, anyway, it’ll come on television in another one month or so. Friends, never waste your time and money on this non-sense movie. We should flop such movies otherwise they will dare again and make some more in the future.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Healthy Child Makes A Happy Home

A house may look gorgeous and have all luxury amenities, but still it’s not rich until you have a child playing over  there! Children adds color to every home, they add-up the joy of the entire family.

Our home is also blessed to have an angel, my 3 years old daughter. She’s very naughty and super smart. And of course, she makes every weekday morning as so dreadful as possible...

“Baby, its’ getting very late, pls come and have your bath”....
“Where’ the hell is her ID card”, 
“where did you put her belt? “ 

I’ll be screaming, while her mother was begging behind her for feeding some food . But the little one will be enjoying our tension,and simply running around frantically :P

The whole house would be so active and busy in the mornings, until she leaves for the school. Though I pretend to be (or get real) anger sometimes, I truly enjoy the morning fun on most of the days. She gives us a tough warm-up for the day!

But the whole scene gets changed, when she fell in sick :( .The entire house would change unmoving and the day become completely lifeless. Every one of would be worried, our faces would almost forget the smile until she recovers.

The day itself starts very late , as we wouldn't have slept well in the previous night. No morning tea, no newspaper, some times no proper breakfast too. My wife would be trying all her home remedies , allopathy, ayurveda, homeopathy…and what not. She’d be going crazy almost showing all her worries and fears on me :P.

Every parent hates to see their children struggle with sick; Every hour (if not in minutes) we attentively check their temperature and look for signs of recovering like a hunter looks for his treasure. Even after going to office, our mind keep revolving over the kid ; keep calling and checking the signs of recovery…

We wish we could have a magic wand to instantly heal the little ones illness and relieve from their discomfort. It’s very true that a healthy child makes a happy home. When the child fall sick, indeed the entire home falls sick!!!

PS: This post is submitted for Indiblogger happy hours, for with Dabur Chyawanprash #ImmuneIndia campaign.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Pondicherry's Architectural Split

French rule got over in the late 50’s itself, but the architecture marvels created by them are still standing beautiful and influencing the current day town’s plan and architecture. All the streets are retaining their French names even today; Many restaurants, shops, and even government buildings still carrying the french names and their influence.

In the colonial times, the city was divided into the White town and the Black town, interestingly, this can be still perceived in the architecture.

The White Town (popularly known as the French Colony), is by the sea side, all the buildings are inspired by French Architecture. They are all usually in yellow or orange in colour., which makes the whole experience of walking around them remarkable.
As soon as we move a little further, we can see the buildings that are Franco-Tamil and which mark the Tamil Quarter. The Tamil Quarter of Pondicherry is a place where cultures not only met, but melted.

Many Churches and houses are standing tall as the evidence for the harmonious blend of the two contrasting architectures, recognizable by the columns and the fine detail of sculpting on the wood.
It was fascinating to see the changing look of the buildings.Walking around these streets itself is a feast for the eyes!