Thursday, June 23, 2011


Prior to this movie I did not know that Jackie Shroff could act.

The background score is one of the best I had listened to in recent times. If there was any doubt about the pedigree of Yuvan Shankar Raja, it can be laid to rest. He is the Maestro’s son- no doubt about it.

It is a pity that those who do not know Tamil, the real Tamil, spoken in the lanes of Madras, will miss out on a significant aspect of the movie.

Subtitle is no solution. How do you put subtitle to use in situations like,

Sidekick to Pasupathy, after the latter talks to some woman on his phone.
“Yaaru, Anniya?”
Pasupathy replies “Illai *****”

Even the lip movement is not needed to understand. And for those who do not, subtitle will not be of any help.

There are no songs, not even in the background, as scenes or actions unfold. Songs are not needed for this movie, but having watched Shaitan recently, I am wondering if the director missed out on, what could have been, a huge +. Imagine the effect of a remix of an old classic at some pivotal points.

Guru Somasundaram who plays Kaalaiyan is a rage. Any other actor nominated along with him for a particular category can kiss his chances goodbye. Again, the pity is the need of Tamil to appreciate his role.

Few gems
“Yeichiputtangada saamy”
“Saarayam vaangi kudhuttavan samy mathiri”
To his son “aana onnuda enga appanai vuda unga appan butthisaali”
“Sonnanda, appave josiyan sonnan, udambu muzhukka ennai-yai theichittu urunda kooda udambula oru mannu ottadhunnu”

I read some reviews; and I foresee some pseudo-concerned people objecting to the language, in particular the liberal use of profanities.
It’s a gangster movie, ok. Here people do not say “Sir, will you be kind enough to tell me where the packet of contraband could possibly be?”

If the scenes between Kaaliyan and his son are ROFL there is an even better one – when the gangsters sit together and discuss about “collecting aunty”

And before I wind up, Yasmin Ponnappa. See the movie to understand why she deserves a special mention.

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