Letter F for the A to Z April Challenge.
Payanam (2011) movie - It is one of those thriller which brought in the freshness to the tamil movie industry. Prakash R did it again as a smart producer and Radha Mohan proved himself again as a great director - a movie completely shot within the airplane, no songs (which are typical of all the south indian regional films) and still made me sit through the movie with complete attention.
A very well planned movie script, great direction - when the hijack plot thickens and each one of the passenger play their role so naturally, i knew it was one of those exceptional regional movies which solely represented the director’s intelligence. The movie had only second tier actors (not the superstar categories) - still, it was one of those movies which I would want to watch again.
Ok, it is now once again established - I am one of the top movie buffs around the world!! (any possible award for being this??). Let me tell you why I think it got established. I once again figured out that a 2005 movie from Bollywood – Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya? went all the way from Mumbai into Hollywood in 2011 as “Just go with it”.
Given both the movies are above average with its clientage, I could only wonder how many such copies between the movie industries exist - or it is only very few of the movie buffs who identify these copies across various movie industries??
I had watched the Hollywood movie some time back. Last Friday night, i happened to watch this Bollywood movie in the TV. The storyline and the characters are all same – the doctor who is an irresistable charmer, his assistant friend who helps him out by playing his non-existent wife, the charming girl who the doctor wants to marry. Ofcourse there are adaptations to suit the culture - the Bollywood version has unmarried assistant who takes care of her sister’s kids and the Hollywood version has the divorced assistant who takes care of her own two kids.
So, what happens to the film industry? do they get similar ideas in two different people across the globe OR they really think it is ok to copy - what is more intriguing is the fact that the 2005 Bollywood movie was inspired by a 1969 Hollywood movie Cactus Flower.
Then, is it from Hollywood (year 1969) to Bollywood (year 2005) and again back to Hollywood in 2011 !!! Call it adaptation!!
Category - Romance Comedy(?) ; Rating – 2.5 ; Comment - Typical Bollywood formula, bit overwhelming!
I still wonder when our Bollywood film makers will stop to glorify “love at first sight”. The hero who is a doc in UK falls for a girl at first sight - even when he sees the girl when she is unconscious. And the story goes on……….till the last frame where they get married and live happily ever after.
Kangana‘s character is still realistic - funny, carefree, self-centered small town girl - who just do things for the sake of showing her protest to her parents! But the hero, who is supposed to be a doc in UK is a bit unrealistic - who loses reason by the looks of a girl (come on, that is what is “love at first sight”!)
Kangana’s dresses were good selections and Madhavan looked younger than his age - songs were rhythmic and catchy. Time pass, can watch once!
There have been days where a simple quote OR a short film(video)from wilderness had helped me made my day. I keep getting these forwarded links from my acquaintances at different times. Very many times, i had felt a need to remember them – given the fact that my brain is too smart
and does not waste any memory cells to remember what can be stored elsewhere, i decided to put them here and share it with others…….
These are the videos which in some way or the other had made my day, made me feel better, made me stay focused…..! I sure want to view them again and again (without taxing my memory cells!)
I keep seeing this short video again and again ….it reinforces the fact that “WE CAN” and the unmeasurable POWER OF LOVE.
Can’t be said better! A good one to share with the next generation!