As Tossing it out says, there are many movies on writers - so, it is more to think on the one which impacted me. Here is letter W for A to Z April challenge.
Anyone who has read the language of Tamil or been in Tamilnadu will be impressed and influenced by the great works of Subramania Bharathi - he was a writer, poet and a visionary. He could think years ahead and had strong views on social issues - he also played a very influencing role in Indian freedom struggle.
I grew up reading the poems of Bharathi - many of my current thought process probably are shaped up by those strong verses - be it those dialogues by Panchali in “Panchali Sabatham”, which completely reflects and depicts the progressive women OR the cat poem “Vellai nirathil oru poonai” which reinforces the importance of unity in diversity , he was a VISIONARY. All is poems and their themes are still valid even after so many years.
Bharathi is a 2000 Tamil film which won national award - this was based on Bharathiyar’s life story. While he came from a patriarchical society and was initially an hypocrite average male at that period, he was open in his mind and understood the big picture and was ready to make amends when he realized his shortcomings. This makes him a real life hero. Look at this short scene from the movie - he changes from an ordinary egoistic male to a matured individual - after this incident, he learnt to treat individuals gender-neutrally and became an advocate of gender equality.
I can only think of Bharathi as the one writer who influenced many lives in the past and will continue to do so in the coming days also. You can read more about him here - http://www.indianetzone.com/9/subrahmanya_bharathi.htm
While there were many movies with rain, the one movie with the name Mazhai (meaning RAIN) has to be mentioned for name sake! :) Mazhai is 2005 regional Tamil movie, which had rains almost through every scene of the movie. Whenever the hero and heroine meets, there is rain in the background which makes them think it is a divine direction. Then follows the regular Indian mix masala (song and dance sequence included!)- villain falling in love with the same girl, enticing the girl’s father to give his girl to him, creating a rift between hero and heroine and finally a big huge stunt sequence between villain and hero and then the hero and heroine are happily married every after - EVIL PERISHES, GOOD PREVAILS. :)
Rain brings in lot of lovely memories (ok - i am ignoring the fact about bad roads after rain, sudden storms from the Bay of Bengal, and sometimes even loss of lives, which is very sad). Who can resist the piping hot ginger tea along with the Bajji and Pakoras (Indian spicy snack) when it is raining. Also, all of us have those memories of the childhood days in the rain - where we were out on the rains with our friends - playing, laughing and running around and finally getting those scoldings from parents and sometimes even falling sick with cold and flu!
What is unique for a country like India is that the HOPE rains bring in - hope that we will have enough water for a good harvest in the coming season, hope the dry interior villages will have enough water to sustain their livelihood. It has been a long dream for the Indian farmers that the Ganga-Cauvery river plans really take off - that will enable the entire country - use the excess waters from the norther plains to feed the dry seasonal rivers in the south - it is still a vision and lot of work need to go in to make it a reality. Hope it happens in the coming days.
This song from the famous Lagaan (2001 Hindi movie) shows how much the rain mean for us in Indian villages.
The theme of Thanneer Thanneer (1981 Tamil movie) highlights the challenges faced by villages - this is another song in that movie which again reinforces about what rain means for us in India - a single drop of water and look at how much joy it brings to the village folks! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xlfoku_megam-thiraluthadi-thaneer-thaneer_music
Rain is GOD!!
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!!
Tossing it Out has used Indians to refer to the micro genre of cowboys and Indian, and I am using it to highlight the freedom struggle India went through with the British monopoly for years together - this is letter “I” for the A to Z April Challenge.
Anyone tracing Indian freedom struggle will also be equally surprised on the number of Indian kings and queens who joined the struggle - as kids, while we learnt more about what our country went through in the past, there are few leaders who stand out - While M.K.Gandhi led the freedom struggle, I am sure at each regional levels there were those unsung heroes across Indian states who played a major role in influencing the people of that area.
Veerapandia Katta Bomman is one such hero from the southern region of Tamilnadu who lived in 18th century - every kid who grew up in the Tamil nadu was influenced by these inspiring stories of him. While the Government of India recognized him (there was even a postal stamp released by them), I felt the regional movie by his name really brought in the impact on many - I still remember the dialogues of this movie Veerapandiya Kattabomman, a movie from 1959 - this movie had Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan playing the lead role. Sivaji did such a great job on this that for me, it is still his face which comes across when I think of Kattabomman. This movie was also notable for being the second Tamil film to be shot in Technicolor and which was printed in London. This movie ran 100 days in 28 theatres in those days, which is a record breaker.
ps-I never knew it was a 1959 movie, this essentially means i have watched this movie almost 20+ years after its release ; and I still continue to think this is one movie which brought in more patriotic feeling into me than the stories of many leaders who worked for Indian freedom struggle! wow!!
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!! :) :)
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
I stumbled on these two links when I opened the Yahoo homepage -
I searched for the Kollywood list and as I could not find one, I came up with this list………
- Thiruvilayadal - Who can forget the Dharumi/Nakeeran part?
- ThAmbikku endha ooru - the scene when the snake climbs on Rajnikanth …
- Thillu mullu - amazing comedy
- Salangai oli - Kamalhassan the proven dancer
- Sankarabaranam – Amazing songs
- Vedam Pudidhu - Strong message from Bharathiraja
- Anjali - Mani ratnam’s depiction of a special child
- Mozhi - Best and simple from the production house of Prakash Rai
- Dasavataharam - Kamal trying out his best
- Endhiran - Ofcourse, only Rajni CAN DO IT
I actually tried to be unbiassed……..but being a humor fan, I had to include #2 and #3!!! How does your list look?
Only one word to describe the song – it is CRAZY!!!……You should hear this song (99% you would have already?) ……….to appreciate why i wrote “CRAZY” in red, bold, underline!!
Though I was aware of this song for the past couple of days, I bothered to listen in only today - major reason being that it was covered in the first page of Times today morning. Read the article here……….TIMES OF INDIA . When i heard it first time - it was unbelievable……..!!!
It sure is a crazy song, cannot be classified as great music……..but then, I heard it four times already and recorded the song in my phone so that i can listen in later….I started analyzing on what made me do this………..catchy music, simple words, all in english but tamilized (mark it…..this make become a word in Oxford dictionary like baptized) …….romantic flavour,.it is very easy to sing along……….easy beats……….explains the maximum hit on you tube in two days ………
Am sure, lot more accolades are yet to come in for this song ! Congratulations to Aishwarya, Anirudh, Dhanush and Shruthi! LISTEN :) :) :)
I already was more than 100% convinced on his unique skills to keep his feet firm on the floor, irrespective of the soaring heights he reached in his life and career!! - refer my earlier posts Simply (super)star! and Rajni&ARR – success factor. So, when Prannoy Roy highlighted Rajni’s humbleness during the session, it was not a surprise at all for me!
What surprised me was - Rajni is the unanimous choice between two generations, even with the famous ladies of Bolly wood - Vidya Balan and her mom, Katrina Kaif and her mom and the south indian beauty Trisha and her mom!! Ofcourse, stardom is not about looks and age - Rajni proves it is the capacity to be what you are all the time!! Kudos!!
Ok, by this time it is established that Rajni’s Endiran is a big hit and he is THE talk of the town. I read multiple reviews and news about Rajni in the past two weeks - but this article in Bangalore mirror by Lakshmi lingers in me……..the listed reasons for being a superstar are real good and unique - a quick lesson for anyone who wants to be the leaders in their career and in life.
- Never over sell
- Talk less
- Never flash off
- Be polite and unassuming
- Be yourself
It made me realize that I have never seen Rajni in any commercials so far!! Amazing!!