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June 18, 2008

KUDOS TO KAMAL!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Shyamala N. @ 9:01 pm

 \How often do you come across a movie which has all elements of a total BLOCKBUSTER?? If it’s been a while since u’ve seen a good movie, then, trust me, rush to the theatre nearby ur place, get tickets for DASAVATHARAM and enjoy 3 hours of absolute pleasure! If it were for me to describe the whole movie in one word, then my choice of word wud be : Magnanimous!!

    Kamal Hasan has come up with an ingenious story, which, at first sight may look like a normal plot. But if you are well versed with the nuances of Indian mythology, then u wud realize how much of thought and care has gone into the screenplay of the movie. I would unabashedly call this movie “The Biggest Movie of Indian Cinema!”. Oh yes sir! It surpasses in all ways, the so called biggies of bollywood and kollywwood,

What makes this movie so BIG? Not Mallika Sherawat( I wud say her presence is so ignorable), not the music score, not the cinematography. U can actually ignore all this. The beauty of the story is what the story is all about. Yes, the 10 characters played by Kamal make the movie so bloody enticing. What starts as a bauble,  ends up in such a perfect plot, that u can’t help but appreciate the maturity and sensitivity of the person who has fathered this story. Who, but a highly accomplished and experienced showmaker can even think of threading up 10 characters who potray the 10 incarnations of Vishnu. Kamal has given the critics a run for their money. Initially, there was a huge showdown regarding the name of the movie, but Kamal saw to it that everyone who raised a finger against him, ate dust. So much so for such blatant remarks!

You can’t categorize any character as relevant or irrelevant. Each one has a perfectly shaped story spun around itself. Trust me, only Kamal has the ability to keep under control the otherwise sublime story.  I have just words of praises for the movie, but a proper review MUST AND SHOULD contain a few criticisms, isn’t it? So, just for the sake of that, i rope in a few “could have been avoideds”:

1) Mallika Sherawat

2) Mallika Sherawat

3) Mallika Sherawat

Oh ok ok! Am not biased,  nor am i against the female. Just that, she affects the sanctity of the movie.  But, the movie wud have been still the same, and maybe more wholesome without her. (Hey, don’t go by my words, I HATE MALLIKA SHERAWAT!). And then, maybe, Karunanidhi needn’t have been so blatantly patronized in the end. Instead, Kamal could have thought like a shrewd businessman and brought in Rajnikant. No, i am not hinting any sarcasm here.

How the characters are to be interpreted, is given below. A fellow orkutian provided me with this insight:

1. Krishna avatar – Vincent Poovaraghavan
Lord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned [shyamalam]. He saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. he appears when asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact] and dies from the metal rod striking his leg. Oh even five of vincent’s men are drugged at P. Vasu’s.. sounds familiar???

2.Varaha avatar – Krishnaveni paatti
During the mukunda song, krishnaveni paatti does varaha avatar in the shadow puppetry. The frame freezes on it for a second. there is the clue. Moreover, in varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs – life form inside the statue so as to protect.

3.Parasurama avatar – Christian Fletcher
Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21 generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real KILLER… Guess what thats what our Fletcher is! He comes around with the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around. I have to check if he kills 21 people though.

4.Narasimha avatar – Shingen Narahashi
first of all the name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha manifests himelf to kill the bad guy and he also teaches prahaladha. In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and hence the martial arts exponent here.. get it?

5.Vamana avatar – Kalifulla khan
remember in vamana avatar, lord vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana avatar.

6. Koorma avatar – Bush
This is the most loose adaptation I couldn’t clearly comprehend. But if you look at the real koorma avatar, the lord is the turtle/tortoise that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth. This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly today Bush facilitates war between you know whom… May be Kamal also indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise…

7. Rama avatar – Avatar Singh
Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

8.Kalki avatar – Govindaraj Ramasamy
As you know, the hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!! 

9. Balaram – Balram Naidu

Balram is the one who helps Krishna through the war in the maha bharat and here Balaram naidu is the only soul that Govind can turn to for help through out his mission

10.  Matsya Avatar- rangarajan nambi 
Lord vishnu took the form of a fish to descend into the waters to bring back the holy vedas and does bring it back succesfully… In this case rangaraja nambi went into the waters with the idol and brings it back to the surface 9 centuries later!

Highly theosophical, isn’t it? Well, u must give in that this is so damned incredulous!

In short, all i’d like to say is-“What the hell are u waiting for? Go and watch the movie for God’s sake!”

Well, if u are a person who expects the usual “boy-chasing-halfclad-girl-around-a-tree”, then i would suggest you not to go for the movie, cuz u aren’t mature enough to understand the story! But buddy, this is not a disclaimer. Just chill!

 

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June 6, 2008

i miss college !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shyamala N. @ 11:57 am

No no…don’t get me wrong. It is not out of love that i miss my college(i never had an iota of it in any case). It’s just that boredom is strangling me to death, and i pine to do anything, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING which would get me on the move. Why college then, why not any other place? Well, one simple, straightforward answer to that would be…even if i go to college now, there’d be no EXAMS, no tensions, and above all, I could brandish my CELL PHONE anywhere in the campus. Yeah, right! Even on the face of Shakila, hell, even BALKI! Hehehe…”Modesty, thy name is womanhood!”

But yeah, I guess i can’t run away from some truths. I DO miss some, note that, some moments of my college life. Lion’s share of it goes to the clubs and the symposia. My goodness! More than half of my PRODUCTIVE time at college was spent in some dingy classroom, sitting cramped on a bench and squeezing ideas out of our brains for the Mr/Ms. events. We were the so called “ELITE” group, always present to render our services to the clubs to bring out a wonderful symposium. If you are starting to feel proud of us and our nobility, stop right now. Our main intentions were to stay away from class, as though it were a plague of some kind. We always used to keep an-od-form distance from all those sleep inducing drugs, named LECTURES! Preethi, VJ, Ramu, Kamz, Jaggi, Rahul, Lakshmi and I were the constant creators, directors and the judges of the “MOST AWAITED EVENT” of the symp day(MInd you, the tag was also our own brainchild). At the fag end of precisely 4 symps, we were there, standing, our hearts full and of course, our minds empty(of ideas).

In some way or other, i owe quite a lot to my college. It helped me make a better person out of myself, gave me a job and a degree. My talents were recognized and new talents were born here. I could see the heights of my passion and obsession here. And of course, had numerous crushes here. That was something new, cuz i stopped having crushes by the end of 10th standard.

So, surmising all, i still say:

I  MISS COLLEGE!

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