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Archive for October, 2010

Rajni’s evolution, an economic perspective

By Gokul B

This is not a review for Endhiran.

Well that doesn’t mean I won’t be talking about the movie. I would of course. But I would be talking of random aspects which I thought of at various points through the day, while watching it and while discussing about it. Reviews are but a way of either selling a movie or degrading it, and the former is not necessary for a Rajni movie while the latter would amount to blasphemy.

And also excuse me for the title. Being an MBA student, I am obliged to use terms like “economy”, “branding”, etc in whatever I write.
Murattu Kaalai
One thought which kept playing in my mind throughout the movie was the evolution of Rajni. My friends from the north keep asking me what’s the Rajni craze all about. Why does the man signify so much to his fans, much beyond what any star ever has. Well the answer I can think of is, the man has always portrayed what an ordinary man aspires to be. Rajni attained stardom playing Kaalaian in Murattu Kaalai, at a time when TN was primarily agrarian and people associated themselves with a lifestyle where the fields and the livestock played a huge part of their existence. At that time, for a man, the greatest glory possible could be to tame the wildest beast in the local Jallikattu. It would be his ultimate claim to fame in his small little world of village fairs and festival time games.


On Majoriticism, Reviews, Peepli Live, Normal Curve and More

By Ramana Krishnan

Singh Better Than KingOn a recent trip to Delhi, I stumbled on a car with a slogan saying: ‘Singh is better than king,’ and as it would happen, a friend wrote an article on a related topic here (NOT a shameless plug for the said friend). It got me thinking on certain things. A movie like Singh is King or even 3 Idiots (yes! The one hailed as the next best thing since Rang De Basanti – another falling into this category that I am talking of) has a certain kind of an impact on the audience.

Now, because we are so jobless – me in writing this article and you in reading it – you might just as well do well to imagine a normal curve. Now imagine one (and only one specific) quality of a film or a film maker which defines the quality of the movie made and assume this quality to be distributed along the normal curve. Now this quality in itself would be a function of a multitude of things including, intelligence, clarity of vision, control over technique, actual knowledge of technique/craft etc. Also, assume that ‘intelligence’ is good enough a term to supersede all of these individual terms and qualities. This basically means that each filmmaker makes a movie that falls somewhere along the normal curve with the position on the curve being a function of the intelligence of the movie-maker.

Now, imagine another normal curve. This time, take the function of that normal curve to be the ability to get (and like) a movie. Even this curve, given a million assumptions and one, can be thought to be a function of intelligence – of the moviegoer this time.

Superimpose the two curves in such a way that the averages of the two curves aren’t the same, but merely parallel and separated by a certain horizontal distance signifying the higher average intelligence of the movie-maker than the movie-goer (fine! I think the average movie-maker is smarter than the average movie-goer. No scientific/logical reason to believe so. Go sue me! :P).

My Sister’s Keeper

By Pranava Boyidapu

A strongly emotional movie based on the book by the same name by Jodi Picoult, it holds the audience with a captivating story line that slowly unfolds itself while the cinematography is enchanting at times.
The story is about the family. It’s about Anna who sues her parents for the rights of her body, medical emancipation so that she doesn’t have to live with a single kidney for the rest of her life. It’s about a sister, who feels that the family is going through a lot of trouble over her cancer problems and wishes she could be a better sister and a better daughter. It’s about a mother who fights for one daughter’s life by fighting with the other daughter in court for her kidney. It’s about a father who struggles hard to hold the family together and to ensure that all his children are happy. It’s about a brother whose dyslexia went unnoticed because of the cancer patient in the house.
The camera helps enormously to the story. From the very beginning of the movie the camera helps set the mood. A slow motion movement, with a happy, slow jingle captures all the happy moments that the family spends yet retaining the weight of the situation at the back of the mind at the audience. The best scene in the movie I feel is the scene where Kate, the girl with cancer, refuses to go out of the house because she lost all her hair. The mother then shaves off her head and the entire family goes to an amusement park. The scene was shot beautiful! Watch it to understand it!
Here is a sneak peek that will get you hooked.