My first thought is Azhiyadha Kolangal – It is a 1979 movie in Tamil regional language and directed by one of those intelligent directors, Balu Mahendra. It had leading actors in the main roles, though the movie focussed on the life of three teenage boys and their adolescent days – their first love, witnessing a death, emotional excitements, small village..etc.
I still remember the day i forced myself with my father and his friends to watch this movie. It was a rainy afternoon, where we had to take up the strong showers, get wet and still made sure that the movie was watched.
Venice in regional films would have been tough in the past, but in the recent times most of the Indian movies at a minimum have one song sequence shot at a foreign exotic location. So, there were many movies which had songs shot at Venice, though this movie in Telugu language was shot majorly in Venice. Nenu Naa Rakshasi is a 2011 Telugu romantic drama. Having the limitations of understanding Telugu, I still felt compelled to watch this movie till the end to figure out the story line – unlike the typical south indian romantic drama, this movie had lots of twists and unexpected turns in the story (ok, call it illogical turns) – i doubt if this movie is something which i will remember but for the location it was shot and the beautiful heroine.
Europe brings in lot of nostalgia in me… It also brings in lot of expectation in me – one of these days, it is in the bucket list to go around in Europe with no specific plans with like minded folks – may be also get paid for that trip and evaluate the places around Europe – it is something which will happen when the soul of the universe aligns again to make it happen …!!!
Utopian movies can be what is listed in Tossing it out OR can be the real drama where the main characters are so idealistic that the whole movie feels utopian. Here is the letter U for A to Z challenge.
Kalki is a 1996 tamil regional movie directed by one of those famous directors of south India, K.Balachandar. While the movie is a drama, the main character in the movie was portrayed so differently, it made the whole movie utopian. Almost 17 years since that movie, I am still looking to meet someone with atleast 10% of the idealistic heroine’s character in real life. Ofcourse, the heroine’s boyfriend who waits and accepts her AS IS adds to the flavor of utopian movie!!
While the movie revolved around women and their rights and the challenges of a patriarchical society, I still felt that this movie is more of a wish of the director than of a reality! I may be sound sarcastic, but that is how i feel!
Ok, Time Travel for T is a simple guess for every Holly wood watcher – Just the Back to the Future series will cover it all……..Tossing in Out got a long list!! But then, i again realized that the entire Indian cinema thrives on family drama ……… and how will I get the time travel movie for A to Z challenge!!
Is it very rare for a pure sci-fi movie in Indian cinema? While Wiki lists many Indian science fiction movies here – many are on aliens, next life, etc. I did one loner Indian movie under the time travel in the list of Bollywood movies, which I am yet to watch
So, I went to the next nearest – where the characters travel from one life to another life – it nicely aligns with the Indian mythology – the soul is all persistent and moves from one body to another and never perishes. What is left behind when a person dies is only the physical body. With that as a background, the recent movie I enjoyed is Naan Ee. Naan Ee is a 2012 drama and released in many Indian languages including Tamil and Hindi. What made it unique was the live action animation and visual effects. The storyline is simple – The hero gets killed by the bad guy as the bad guy wants the hero’s girlfriend. The hero is born again as a house fly (yes, that little small insect!) and the house fly takes revenge on the villain and protects his girl friend! Fun movie – there was actually a song sequence where the house fly dances!! Kids will love it!!
Though there are many school regional movies, I had to mention this movie for a reason! – just a look-alike reason which my school buddies know!. Panneer Pushpangal – is a 1981 tamil regional School movie which was a big box-office hit.
Twenty years later, there is another movie – Sattai. Sattai (2012) is compleletly set in the school environment and conveyed good social messages loud and clear – while at times the hero went into a preaching and sentiment mode, it was still a good watch considering the messages it supported. It was one of those movies which proved that the audience will support movies with good messages if delivered well.
The theme of this movie was very similar to Paneer Pushpangal movie in some way – the challenges of teachers handling the kids in a matured way, the teenage love (mostly infatuation!) coming on the way of the students future, etc. It still hurts to know that as a society we still are handling basic challenges on child education across the country for the past twenty years.
School is a necessary part of any child’s growing years. At the same time, I feel the education a child gets outside the class room in the society is the one which shapes up the child – life skills is the most important part of education and I wish more schools focus on the holistic development of children.
In general, Indian movies have lot of dance sequences,stunt scenes and loud arguments and lots of dialogues (are Indians the most expressive community among the world !!). It was in the late seventies and early eighties, there were new experiments in the movie making industry – one of them is using lesser dialogues.
Uthiripookal is one of the movies which made an impact on me – It is a 1979 movie, directed by Mahendran, who is considered as one of the pioneering directors of south Indian cinema. I like more of easy romcoms – so, i will not add this movie into my favorite movies. This movie left me disturbed, left me thinking on the need for a society which acknowledges that mental state of balance is equally important as physical health and to be treated. Many of the folks who influx terror on others, hurt others are those who need that support.
The hero of uthiripookal is a sadist who gives a hard time to his immediate family (wife & Children) and also to his colleagues. AFter losing his wife and going through a traumatic experience by himself, he realizes his faults – by the time the damage is done and his children are orphaned. This movie had minimal dialogues and left people with lot of introspections! Maniratnam, one of the successful regional directors always has less dialogues in his movies. He considers Mahendran as a role model and a
Being Quiet is a virtue – While I am in general a quiet person, there are aberrations in my style when I have that right company (aliens under cover) at the right place.!
To put it simply, these are films whose ending is not clear, confusing, or not an ending at all – Anniyan (2005) was one of those movies which fall into this category – there was no ending at all or to be more precise, the ending was more like the beginning of the story line again. This movie used the medical condition of Multiple Personality Disorder and weaved a thrilling story line around it – the lead actor Vikram had put in great efforts to bring in the difference between the differences between his two split personalities. This movie did make a tremendous impact on the south Indian scene and was equally a box-office hit.
In an analogy, our lives is open-ended – when at times we feel that we have figured out it all, it opens up a big set of surprises! Probably that is what makes all of us interested in life – the surprise factor, the factor that there are millions of things which we will keep coming up new every day for us to understand and appreciate, the ever-lasting secrets of nature – what makes a flower bloom? what will the worms think? why is the planetary system following the standard routine?etc etc…..
Life, ofcourse is beautiful………being open ended adds to that beauty!!
If you grew up in south of India in the 80s, you obviously are aware of the rise of the new culture of having heroes who are just your next-door-guy looks – Rajnikanth was one such phenomenon and while he rose to the fame doing negative roles, the most important messaging in all his movies were EVIL PERISHES and GOOD PERSISTS. Rajnikanth was also intelligent enough to convey his own self-image among his fans as the most humble, hardworking soul – intelligent because it takes a lot of effort to project yourself as your are in the movie industry – with all the paparazzi around you trying to project you so that everything about you is sensational news for the many readers and movie goers out there!! I believe he is one
Baasha (2009) movie was one of his best Gangster movies – where again EVIL PERISHES and GOOD PERSISTS. It had the required mix for a box-office hit – action, family drama, music and dance and those punch dialogues – “Naa oru tharava sonna Nooru thara sonna madhiri” (If I tell once, it is equal to telling it 100 times).
ps- This post reminds me that I have never done a review of Rajnikanth movie though I had many posts on Rajnikanth himself – https://ireach.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/%e2%96%b6-rajnikanth-birthday-121212/
Also, it is time I put in the reviews for the book about his punch dialogues “Rajini’s Punchtantra: Business and Life Management the Rajinikanth Way”
Lot to go when it comes to Rajnikanth!! 🙂 🙂
Letter D for the A to Z April Challenge.
Dasavatharam – It took me a bit of an effort to remember a regional movie with Disaster as the background – finally it was this movie by Kamalhassan where he experimented with him playing ten different roles in the same movie – Tsunami was a word which became known to many of the south Indians when the big waves hit the peninsular India coast in 2004 – by and large, the great indian peninsula is lucky enough to have moderate conditions most time of the year and hardly any feasibility for major disasters! Probably one of the reason why we hardly have any regional movies with disaster as the theme!!
I was bit intrigued by this blog entry…when one of the links took me into this challenge….so, i signed up for this under the most easy category – films (FM).
Making it even more easier, I decided to just use the same category, and get the regional films listed – so here is the first one for the alphabet – Automobile – http://tossingitout.blogspot.in/2013/04/automobile-accidents.html
The immediate movie which comes into my memory is Engeyum Eppothum (2011)
Category – Romantic Drama ; Rating – 4 ; Comment – Great messages and decent movie (ignore the accident scene)!
While the plot is around the automobile accident, the movie very nicely depicts the romance of two different couples – each one in very different flow. While I enjoyed the movie, the last few scenes depicting the accident was extremely gruesome to watch
What made the movie unique was – the two important messages – 1. Speed thrills but kills 2. Organ donation is the best donation each one of us can think of