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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Vetti Jaya

Before watching "Thotti Jaya", i was fairly certain i'd be getting a rehash of Dhool+Gilli. After watching it, there was more to it: Dhool+Gilli+Thirupaachi.
I'll put my neck on the line and predict 2-3 State awards for 2005

Worst Villain : (Dunno his name) "Seena Thaana" in the movie. Somebody woke him up just when this guy was having a nightmare and filmed his antics. What was he mouthing, by the way? Definitely not Thamizh

Worst Background Score: Did Harris Jayaraj outsource this one or is it a sign of things to come?

Voice(s) Of The Year: The sound of metal hitting human skull & the "Aaeey" shouts of every sidekick of the villain

The theatre was incredibly full and the "opening" Simbhu received was amazing. Star power, man! These days, things are changing...

OK, getting back to the movie, like i said if you've watched Dhool and/or Gilli, don't worry about the story of this film. The director (V.Z Dhorai) has introduced some differences here
a) Spends more time in the 'love' angle.
b) The villains are dumb and dumber
c) Simbhu is the saving grace in the film....[does not necessarily mean his acting was good. I'm speaking relatively, compared to the other aspects of this film]
d) The lead character at many points gives up his ego and offers the white kercheif to the villain
Simbhu is "Thotti Jaya" (real screen name Jayachandran), a child labourer who has a bad childhood and joins a gang of goons headed by the dreaded "Seena Thaana". Our man is as rough as they get, doesn't know any emotion, hits anybody for money etc. In a series of events meets and falls in love with Gopika, who happens to be Seena Thaana's daughter. The rest can be predicted without difficulty. Gopika cries throughout the film. The BGM is an uninvited intruder in many scenes and the songs make you search for those damned ear-plugs.
The villains in this movie must be made of steel. Even after being beaten to pulp with all kinds of metallic objects, they just bounce back and ready to take him on. Real baddies, huh? The 172 villains in the movie comes close to Thirupachi's record of 212.
And here's a trivia you wouldn't have read in any of the Thamizh magazines. The audio failed when the film was shown to the censor board and the members could only see the film without the audio track. As a result, this movie (dialogues) is not censored and you can hear the villains mouthing words like "dicky", "otha", "baadu", "pudunga mudiyadhu" etc. On being contacted, a spokesperson for the censor board said on conditions of anonymity that the audio track was indeed mucked up, but they didn't care because it was not a Kamal Haasan film and moreover, "otha" is any day better than "vakkali" and especially if its in a Kamal film for "obvious" reasons.

There are some scenes shot in Kanyakumari/Nagercoil, but for some strange reason, the people there speak with the "Thirunelveli" accent. There's nothing else to write about, except the fact that the fights are really long and happen very frequently. Violence? What violence? Of course, this movie's a family entertainer and kids will be delighted to see the violence on screen. Why not? If Simbhu beats the villain to smithereens and the villain still comes back to get hit yet again, which kid wouldn't love it? The rule of the Kollywood thumb is this: Sex-up the violence and they'll love it! Stylize and glamourize it with stacatto shots and some sleek avid editing and see what happens...

Dunno if the fantastic weekend opening or the amazing response in the theatre is anything to go by but if it is, we've got another hit here....








13 Comments:

  • Dunno if the fantastic weekend opening or the amazing response in the theatre is anything to go by but if it is, we've got another hit here....



    As you said it was H.full, bcos of the weekend, yesterday night i went via Albert around 10.15 PM, the movie was not full.

    By Blogger cellvi, at Tue Sep 13, 04:47:00 PM  

  • Cellvi,
    "As you said it was H.full, bcos of the weekend, yesterday night i went via Albert around 10.15 PM, the movie was not full. "

    Thank god for that :)
    From what i've seen its doing well at Sangam and Kamala (Vijay+Simbhu's kOttai) but as you said might be because its just the opening weekend.....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Sep 13, 06:52:00 PM  

  • //There are some scenes shot in Kanyakumari/Nagercoil, but for some strange reason, the people there speak with the "Thirunelveli" accent.//
    நாகர்கோவிலுக்கும் திருநெல்வேலிக்கும் பெரிய வித்தியாசம் இல்லை .ரொம்ப குறைவான வேறுபாடு தான்.

    By Blogger ஜோ / Joe, at Tue Sep 13, 08:36:00 PM  

  • I guess, we have to get used to such trash, the hero who wins over the Dadha with 100 adi alls.

    Reading the storyline, I'm tempted to think this (and the Telugu 'original') may have been inspired by Jet Li's 'Danny the Dog'.

    By Blogger hemanth, at Wed Sep 14, 01:44:00 AM  

  • "we've got another hit here...."
    Sad but true huh?

    By Blogger Jegathpriyan, at Wed Sep 14, 03:37:00 AM  

  • @Joe,
    Kanyakumari/Nagercoil accent has a distinct sing-song "tune"

    @Hemanth,
    So this one's remade from Telugu too :)

    @Jegath,
    I'm not sure. Still early days....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Sep 14, 12:46:00 PM  

  • Okay, few questions,
    Why's that a "hit film" makes people sad?
    Why people always expect class movies, when there are only a couple of directors to deliver them? (even they fail 8 out of 10 times anyway)
    Is it maker's responsibility to stop children from watching a "sexed-up violence" movie? I thought it's parents.
    Whatever happened to U/G/UA/A rankings?
    I have more, but I guess, you get the point.

    By Anonymous eTornedo, at Thu Sep 15, 08:44:00 PM  

  • etornedo,
    "Why's that a "hit film" makes people sad?"
    Not all hit films make me (or anyone for that matter) sad. Its just a personal thing. I don't like to see a movie like this one or Thirupachi run to packed houses while an Anbe Sivam hardly gets off the blocks

    "Why people always expect class movies, when there are only a couple of directors to deliver them? (even they fail 8 out of 10 times anyway)"
    My counter-question. Why do people always expect crass movies?

    "Is it maker's responsibility to stop children from watching a "sexed-up violence" movie? I thought it's parents."
    My point is that film-makers should show violence as it is, without "sexing it up". A really violent scene should make you grimace. The kind of violence we have on screen has been a malaise similar to the negative stereotypes showed in our mega serials. Retrograde!

    "Whatever happened to U/G/UA/A rankings? "
    The rankings are there but the problem is that the censor board follows different rules when it comes to different film-makers. Holding two laddoos next to the heroine's boobs is fine for them, but not a kiss on the lips from a husband to a wife.

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Sep 16, 04:29:00 PM  

  • --Oh yeah? those are the same people made Pithamagan and Autograph hits. So, let Anbu and sivam go figure!

    --People expect entertainment, not crass. If Crass is what they "expect", then Why's 70% of the movies fail every year?

    --If you expect everything real, Please keep off from Cinema theatres. Cinema is medium which exaggerates the "stuff". Try watching documentaries!

    --Go fix your censor board, they're also "people" with kids.

    By Anonymous eTornedo, at Fri Sep 16, 07:17:00 PM  

  • etornedo,
    Our exchanges have the potential of outlasting mega serials :)

    1) IMO Pithamagan and Autograph are over-rated but thats just me

    2) Society deserves what it gets as long as it keeps expecting crass stuff under the pretext of "entertainment". Whatever be the %age of commercial success the fact remains that TF industry is in a mess of mediocrity now.

    3) Regarding documentaries et all I'll be the judge of what i watch, thank you :)
    BTW, i never said cinema should be without "exaggerations"
    Secondly, if you think cinema is not or need not be realistic, you ain't seen nothin yet!

    4) Wish i had "my" censor board to fix. And how does "your" censor board look like? Just curious.....

    P.S: On second thoughts i could have just said "I disagree. Let's agree to disagree and move on!" :(

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Sep 16, 08:08:00 PM  

  • Just to add to my last and in response to ur "pithamagan" reference, my point is this: People do appreciate good cinema. However, right now for every good film they appreciate or fail to appreciate, they sure accept 10 bad ones....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Sep 16, 08:12:00 PM  

  • yeah, that's right!
    Let's just say "Whatever!" and move on to believe what we believe and continue to smear dirt on TFs and people who like them.

    By Anonymous eTornedo, at Fri Sep 16, 08:46:00 PM  

  • Bye bye etornedo and good luck! :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Sat Sep 17, 05:48:00 PM  

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