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Monday, December 19, 2005

Rama Shama Bhama

aruL migu ALavandhAr pOtRi
thiruyulaga thiruvaLLuvar pOtRi pOtRi
sarvam kamalArpaNam

Reached Bengaluru overcoming a few obstacles. When i told my ex-rommies that the sole purpose of my visit was to watch Aandavar's movie, the reactions were mixed. However, since i made it clear that opinion or feedback in this regard was not solicited, we left it at that and the beer flowed. I, Cinefan (Ajay), and Jaiganes (who was coming with his wife) were supposed to meet at the Garuda mall, Inox theatre at 6PM. The beer stopped flowing just before that, to be resumed after my dharshan. Reached a bit late and after the initial intro went straight into the theatre. I had told myself umpteen number of times to behave, lest i embarass Cinefan , Mr and Mrs. Jaiganes. However, the first sign of trouble came when Aandavar's images came in the titles and i lost my control. Ditto with the intro scene. Sorry guys :(
By now everyone, even those who haven't watched RSB would know that it's not a frame-by-frame remake of the original and also that remakes seldom match the original (with exceptions like kurudhippunal). To keep up with the times, the changes made, in my opinion, meant that the subtely (a.k.a Balu Mahendra), which was the USP of Sathi Leelavathi was sacrificed. The music was not as bad as some have said. In fact, it was much better than the crap which some of the MDs in Tamil have been churning out, especially in re-recording. I also wish some of the scenes were copied as they were in the original. I felt Ramesh did a better job in the original. As for the supporting cast, everyone does a decent job, and Daisy Bopanna outdoes Heera.
Well, what can one say about Padmashree Dr. Kamal Haasan? A LOT, but that's besides the point. Watch it to understand the magnitude of His versatility. I'm tired of the opinions of some self-professed pundits - Kamal Haasan is not as good an actor as Mohanlal, Naseeruddin Shah or Om Puri. These people ought to check themselves in to a drug rehab center. Create an Excel file. Put these names in 3 columns. List the noteworhty performances of these greats of Indian cinema. Cross your heart, who do you think would have touched the widest gamut of roles? What about the number of languages? Dialects and accents? Appearance, makeup, get-ups? How about acting styles - pure method, underplay (this is often held in favor of someone like ML and against KH), stage-style, emotions, expressions. I could go on, but blogger.com would run out of SAN space.
Another myth which ought to bite the dust is that Kamal Haasan dominates and doesn't give others space. Name another actor who would don the role of a hen-pecked husband with someone like Kovai Sarala or Shruthi opposite him. And this is just ONE example.
[Oh, i keep forgetting that this post is about RSB :)..... ]

It would be impossible to match Kovai Sarala's performance in the original but Shruthi does a very good job. Cinefan tells me that her accent is flawless whereas Sir's, though not perfect, doesn't have the Tamil vaadai.

Ramesh has changed the climax a wee bit and it was hilarious no doubt but i felt it could have been shortened just a little bit.
Cribs apart, ample credit is due to Ramesh Arvind.

Audience reaction: Well received, i should say, but there were a few brief moments of lull. The climax, though, takes the movie to its rightful place.

Useless stats: In Magestic, there were 2 gaint cut-outs, garlanded like nobody's business. The banner count was around 20, same with the posters and 3 producer (or theatre) sponsored banners. Monday 1:30 PM show was housefull, and the next show was heading for a full house as well.


  • Hmmmm.You have told most of what I wanted to tell&BTW,being in Bangalore,I didn't know that today's 1.30 show at 'Majestic' was HF :)

    But still check out my comments at the 'Hub'.

    Also it was nice knowing you.hoping Saturday's meeting was not our first&last one.

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Mon Dec 19, 10:43:00 PM  

  • soonpaans,
    excellent review, thanks! I just came to give this link - interview with thalai


    Sathi Leelavati is one of my favorites - KH plays a support role and simply loots the viewer's heart. I cant imagine any other "star actor" who can do that.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Tue Dec 20, 12:51:00 AM  

  • The posters were screaming that the movie is a comedy, which really kept down my opinion on the movie (I am going to watch it regardless). Sathi Leelavathi is a class-act and Balu Mahendra takes a fair share of credits for the subtle humour. Here, I presume its blown up to out of proportions.

    By Blogger Zero, at Tue Dec 20, 12:30:00 PM  

  • Bala, will u give any prasadham to us after having darisanam.

    has any one lightened candle or camphor during talaivar intro...

    becoz i heard that some fans did so...

    -Raj kumar

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Dec 20, 12:36:00 PM  

  • Cinefan,
    Nice meeting you and we shall meet again, in Bangalore and/or in Chennai :)
    And i went to the 1:30 show in Majestic yesterday! :)

    Thanks for the link

    It's worth watching, go ahead....

    Saga Rajkumar,
    There was no galatta from the fans when i watched...
    Prasadam kandippa undu :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Dec 20, 02:12:00 PM  

  • Whaaaaaaaat??????You saw the movie again on Sunday.Too much da :)

    Errr,Me too planning to see it again this saturday with family.

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Tue Dec 20, 05:10:00 PM  

  • Cinefan,
    Sunday illa, yesterday (Monday)!!!

    Sanivara enjoy maadi :-)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Dec 20, 05:19:00 PM  

  • Ada paavi,Appo Sunday night chennai pogaliya?office bunk-a?Hmmm :)

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Wed Dec 21, 04:37:00 PM  


    Coming to the movie,I have seen 'Sati Leelavathi' 6 to 7 times but still enjoyed every moment of RSB.The screenplay follows the same pattern of the original but improvizations thrown along the way are brilliant.Also the dialogues by Yeshwanth Saradeshpande&Rajendra Kamath are very good&more importantly original,not translated from Crazy's brilliant lines from SL.Music suits the movie,camerawork gives the film a much needed 'rich'look&as in most Kamal films the supporting artists never put a foot wrong.

    Ramesh does justice to his dual roles of actor/director&credit should be given to him for doing a remake as good as the original.
    Daisy Bopanna beats Heera in acting,looks&figure while Sruthi is no Kovai Sarala but still does a very competent job.

    Urvashi is a tremendous talent&crackles on screen esp if Kamal is around(Competitiveness??).This film is no exception.Her kannada is damn good,she gives the role many shades&do I have to mention about her comic timing?His performance is miles ahead of what her sis did in the original.

    Finally Kamal,man what an actor. All those who complain that his comedies are becoming repetitive should watch this movie.He is a riot that too in an alien language.His Kannada diction is unbelievably perfect though the Hubli-Dharwad accent could have been better(a very minor crib).He&Urvashi just run away with the movie in the last half an hour.I can go the extent of saying that with this film he once again proves that when it comes to acting he is "The Boss".

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Wed Dec 21, 04:56:00 PM  

  • Cinefan,
    "I can go the extent of saying that with this film he once again proves that when it comes to acting he is "The Boss"."
    [Claps and Thumbs-up!]

    Yup, office bunk.... Sunday night bus erathukku one hour before edutha decision :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Dec 21, 05:11:00 PM  

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