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Monday, March 27, 2006

Pattiyal


I can't remember when i last spent a "dry" Sunday. Last night was one, and i and my friend were thinking "Pattiyal better be a good movie. Sobriety and a bad movie is a sure recipe for disaster on a Sunday night". And Rs.90 for a 50 bucks ticket was on the higher side.

While Kollywood is yet to catch up with Bollywood in terms of scripts, thematic variety and censorship qualities, we see glimpses of promise here. I haven't seen Vishnuvardhan's debut Kurumbu and i doubt i will. Arindhum Ariyamalum, i thought, would fall into the "not bad" or "timepass" category. Pattiyal shows a lot of promise.
I heard someone tell me that this flick, along with Pudhuppettai, was based on City Of God. Of course, the theme and the setting are inspired from COG [even the ending is similar, in a tragically ironic depiction of the cycle of life and crime]. Arya [Kosi] and Bharath [Selva] are Surya-Deva friends. Unlike Thalabadhi, their friendship has a solid reason and ground for existence. They live in the cradle of crime - North Madras. Pay money, will kill is their motto. Padmapriya [forgot her screen name] is Arya's girlfriend, works in a garments export shop owned by the lecherous Gautam, and also likes being told "Veliya podi" by Arya everyday. Arya is a battled hardened pro who feels falling in love is a liability and tries to act uninterested in Padmapriya but eventually succumbs to bilogical urges, induced by a combination of an item number and a persistent Padmapriya. Arya can rarely be seen without a "quarter" in the movie. Bharath is deaf and dumb and interestingly doesn't share Arya's appetite for booze. After Kaadhal, i thought Bharath was better than Vikram and he has proved it once again. Restrained in most instances, erupting when he has to, he is learning his trade very well. Actresses like Pooja show that there is life for heroines in TFM beyond being just merely objects of sexual gratification [onscreen and to the public] like Trisha et all. She plays Bharath's love interest. Cochin Haneefa plays the sly double-crossing "govt office" middleman who brings the duo their deals. The dude who was seen in Azhagiya Theeye and Ponniyin Selvan, plays an innocent-looking tea kadai payyan. We see him as a guy who would do virtually anything to get out of the tea shop routine and make a quick buck. Bharath and Arya decide to make one final hit, a big fish this time, and then call it quits then. Matravai neengal velli thirayil kandu magizhungal. Yuvan is not at his best and yet he gives a creditable score. To me, "Namma kaattule", rendered by The Maestro is the pick. Editing is coming of age in Kollywood, inspired or not. The picturization of the song where all 4 main characters go for an outing [see pic above] not only helps with the pacing of the movie, it also evokes a few laughters.

Baddies:
  • Only in the world of Indian movies would you see people living in a crime infested kuppam looking [and for the most part talking Thamizh] like BPO executives. This sugar-coating, or "sexing up" is something which is a curse, especially in stylized movies today. Lay it bare, rip it open, let dirt look like dirt, and let the people be like real slum-dwellers, rowdies and their girlfriends.
  • In the world of Pattiyal, there are no cops. Intentional maybe, but still.....
  • Padmapriya tries hard but the fact is that she is totally unconvincing as Arya's girlfriend. All directors would do well to go to Raajkamal office for a half-hour session on how to make an actress act, outside her comfort zone. Remember "Annalachumi" in Virumaandi?
  • Dialogues, man. Why can't we learn from bollywood? Guess the fucked up censor board scares the shit out of dialogue writers here.
  • Arya has been praised by everyone for his performance in this movie. In my opinion, it is Bharath who is emerging as an actor with promise.
Udhayam theatre has DTS alright, but the sound quality was definitely not top class. They don't seem to be unduly concerned. Gives more credence to the news doing the rounds that the complex is going to be demolished soon.

Updated:
One scene i loved in the movie was the one where Arya and Bharath play soccer with their mates. The director makes a shoddy job of showing them play but suddenly, in slow-mo shots, we see the two of them having a mock "fight". Dunno about others but i kind of liked it very much.
I'll let you in on the secret of the Selva/Kosi pair's success. They ride the ultimate machine - Suzuki Shogun. The Shogun beat is the next best sound to Sachin's willow hitting leather.



17 Comments:

  • are u crazy, i have not read anything after the 1st para, kollywood is way ahead of bollywood, bollywood is just skin show, script and thematic variety, are u still in guru dutt era, bollywood movies stink, name 10 really good movies they have made in the last 2 years.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Mar 28, 02:07:00 AM  

  • All directors would do well to go to Raajkamal office for a half-hour session on how to make an actress act
    Ha ha. Even better (much much much) if they submitted the script too :).

    By Blogger Zero, at Tue Mar 28, 10:18:00 AM  

  • "All directors would do well to go to Raajkamal office for a half-hour session on how to make an actress act, outside her comfort zone. Remember "Annalachumi" in Virumaandi"
    Haha..well said

    Well actually while at Alwarpet they can even learn to improve on the first point you have made
    "Only in the world of Indian movies would you see people living in a crime infested kuppam looking [and for the most part talking Thamizh] like BPO executives. This sugar-coating, or "sexing up" is something which is a curse, especially in stylized movies today. Lay it bare, rip it open, let dirt look like dirt, and let the people be like real slum-dwellers, rowdies and their girlfriends"....

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Tue Mar 28, 11:03:00 AM  

  • Anon,
    "are u crazy, i have not read anything after the 1st para,"
    I'm flattered that you could go that far :)
    I'm not very knowledgable on Bollywood movies of yesteryears. I just watch a few movies now and then.
    Can i put the same question to you? How many good Thamizh movies made in the last 2 years can you name? Oh yeah, Selvaraghavan movies are not considered by default.


    Zero,
    Would like to see Aandavar directing some other lead actor(s) from time to time..

    Sridhar,
    About the point you have quoted, i believe Mani Sir has always been guilty of this...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Mar 28, 03:24:00 PM  

  • Bala, when i said Alwarpet I meant Kamal only and not Mani. Atleast as far as I can see Kamal has not been very guilty of doing this. The nativity and realism is maintained to a large extent in Kamal movies. For eg say Virumandi...I guess everything about it was in my opinion as close to reality and not as you say sexed up.

    By Blogger Sridhar(mutRupuLLi), at Tue Mar 28, 03:37:00 PM  

  • so nowadays everyone is better than Vikram, every movie should atleast have a sniff at bollywood first and trish is forever the bathroom babe. sigh.

    By Blogger Ghost Particle, at Tue Mar 28, 03:53:00 PM  

  • Sridhar,
    We both are making the same point :)
    "The nativity and realism is maintained to a large extent in Kamal movies"
    Absolutely! Aandavar-a kokka!

    GP,
    You are putting word in my mouths.
    "Bathroom babe" is an interesting phrase.
    Mind-la vechukkaren, use pannikkaren :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Mar 28, 04:12:00 PM  

  • Bala,
    Naan adha thaan sollikuttu irkkaen (reg. ventures like "Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu" and "Dasavatharam" :p). neenga kaettaa Kochikkireenga...

    P.S.:- I know, it's very "selfish" of me and that one needs money and VV gives him that :).

    By Blogger Zero, at Tue Mar 28, 05:18:00 PM  

  • zero,
    VV - Release aagattum. Padatha parunga. Ungalukku pidikkum nu nambaren [oru nambikka dhaen] :)
    10A - This might well be Aandavar's answer to Dr.Strangelove :)

    P.S: LG comments-la konjam emotional aitten, mannikkavum!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Tue Mar 28, 07:07:00 PM  

  • The first thing that comes to one's mind when 10A is being discussed is Strangelove (prob coz both of them involve multiple roles and are satires). But, with KSR around, I am sure the film won't be 1/100th (after inflation) of what Strangelove was, even if the original intention was that.
    All said, I will be delighted (as only I can) if these 2 movies turned out well.

    P.S.:- Ada naan ippo edho vilaiyaatta sonna.. Nijam'aale Kochikkutteenga polirukku.. ;)

    By Blogger Zero, at Tue Mar 28, 08:05:00 PM  

  • Bala, nethikku poi pathen. I liked it. Aana Pithamagan setting madhiriye irukku.
    I loved that scene too and many others. I was in splits for the most part and embarrassed my friends by laughing loudly for silly little jokes ;)
    I was surprised that Padmapriya took their "jobs" so casually. eppavavadhu, vendam vitru'nu solra, unconvincingly. Too cinematic.
    And about the comparison with Bollywood- Vanmaya kandikkaren! grrr...

    By Blogger Viji, at Wed Mar 29, 12:18:00 PM  

  • zero,
    Aahaa... naana dhaan vai vittuttena?? :-))

    Viji,
    "I was surprised that Padmapriya took their "jobs" so casually. eppavavadhu, vendam vitru'nu solra, unconvincingly."
    Good point. Was thinking of the same....

    "And about the comparison with Bollywood- Vanmaya kandikkaren! grrr..."
    I stand by that :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Mar 29, 04:38:00 PM  

  • Anons are omnipresent....
    Miore fun than i can take :)
    The best part is the way they take themselves and everything else so seriously... ROTFL :)

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Mar 31, 02:16:00 PM  

  • BTW, you didn't do your homework well... 'cos i ain't in BPO...hee hee :)

    I think i know who you are...
    Are you 'D' a.k.a Mr.Crybaby??????

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Fri Mar 31, 02:17:00 PM  

  • bollywood is slowly coming out of its shell.

    Save for 'Black ' and the likes bollywood is way below south on the whole in terms of script/content.

    as i said they have opened their eyes and improving.

    Sharukh, Yash chopra, avar payyan , karan johar ellam padam edukara varaikum Hindi cinema vai aandavanaal kooda kaapatha mudiyadhu....

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Fri Mar 31, 10:34:00 PM  

  • how the hell did i miss Subhash Ghai?

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Fri Mar 31, 10:35:00 PM  

  • PK,
    Agree with you on the NRI-caterers camp but when i talk about Bollywood i dont mean Karan Razdan or Karan Johar. Look at whom WE consider "great" - Cheran, Bala, Selvaraghavan and so on... that tells us something, doesn't it?
    Look at the movies which have been hits recently and they also happened to be acclaimed by "critics" here....

    Above all, look at the censorship qualities, their double standards, vendetta etc....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Apr 03, 04:51:00 PM  

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