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  • Ram 5:34 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ar rahman, kollywood 2013, kollywood latest news, latest trend in tamil cinema, Neram, Pizza, soodhu kavvum, tamil box office, , vijay sethupathi   

    Who’s the hero in Kollywood 2013 

    Who is the HERO

    Who is the HERO ? photo credit – carol mitchell

    I switched on my  FM radio this morning and out came a song “Who’s the hero” sung by Andrea. Then it left me pondering for a few minutes, and then I decided that this is going to be my topic for my next post. Ha! Thanks Andrea.

    Tamil cinema is changing now. Changing for the better. Cinema and politics have been the most juiciest cocktail for the man on the street in Tamil Nadu. He has seen stars rise from nowhere to superstars in politics. Stories were based on the star value rather than acting skills. Songs were fine tuned to suit the actor, rather than the character of the film. Situations were created to ego boost the star image of the hero. Every hero has his share of fan following and the numbers might make one dizzy.


    Director Sridhar

     We have seen quite a few off beat Tamil films right from the 1960’s, but their percentage were very few. Veteran Directors like Sridhar, K.Balachandar, K.Vishwanath  (telugu) , Mahendran, Bharathiraja and a few others made films on story based subjects leaving their super heroes for some rest.

    Films like Moondru Mudichu, Avargal, Udhiri Pookkal,  Aval Appadithaan, Sankarabaranam (telugu ), 16 vayadineley, made with different story-lines made a huge impact with the tamil audience. In fact Bharathirajas’s film 16 vayadineley took the studio owners by a big surprise. Films made in studios, were taken away to villages and outdoor shooting became a trend after that.  But even they could not sustain this trend for a long period, since the tamil cinema goer was in a fantasy world, wanting to applaud super heroism and wishing to see on-screen the things he could not achieve in his or her own life.

    Amitabh Bachchan

    Amitabh Bachchan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    He liked the angry young man’s image when Amitabh Bachchan was ruling supreme in Hindi Cinema. Then he liked the heroes bashing baddies all over the place and letting truth triumph over evil in the end. Unlike Malayalam cinema the Tamil audience were not prepared for rustic screenplays. So the producers were using the same beaten formula for commercial success.

    But now tamil cinema has changed tremendously. Every third movie which gets released has a totally formula free and heroism free story line. So now the real hero of the tamil cinema industry is the screenplay with awesome actors playing their part with the right blend of heroism. Actors are on a roll now. Every movie has new faces and most of them are talented. The same effect happened when A.R. Rehman took over the reigns of the tamil film music industry.  The flood gates were opened and the unwritten  laws and bye-laws for the tamil film music industry were packed and shelved. A whole crop of new singers arrived and the fittest survived.

    SoodhuKavvum(2013)_Poster (1)

    credit : Wikipedia

    In the same way the audiences are lapping it with joy. Movies worth mentioning are Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanum, Soodhu Kavvum, Pizza, Neram, Myyna, Naan Kadavul, Vazhakku enn 18/9, Autograph and so on. Realism is the new key word. But I have to mention a few disturbing elements here. Lot’s of violence has been unleashed in the name of realism which is a bit sad. If this urge is curbed then the films will be much more  healthier. Tamil movies are frequently being remade into other languages which is also a good sign.



    So a day might come when we might even move closer to Hollywood and we might see only actors and not heroes.

    See you with my next post.

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  • Ram 2:36 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: betting, Clive Owen, cricket betting, Croupier, Gambling, indian cricket betting, ipl betting, Mahabharata, Media of India, the hindu   

    To Bet or not to Bet 

    A dice board decided the fate of the Pandavas centuries ago. A game plan was evolved by the Kauravas and executed to perfection by Sakuni. To some, this might seem to be taken from the great Hindu epic ” Mahabharata”. But to many it is considered as just another form of betting or gambling. Emperors and Kings rolled dices in those days, and kingdoms fell and hell broke loose. Fast forward to this century. Now we hear the sweet sound of dices rolling elegantly at svelte casinos throughout the world. Millions are made and lost in just a few seconds.The players mostly return empty-handed but the casino owners make sure their pockets are full.

    English: Four coloured 6 sided dice arranged i...

    English: Four coloured 6 sided dice arranged in an aesthetic way. All six possible sides are visible. Français : Quatre dés à six faces de quatre couleurs différentes. Les six faces possibles sont visibles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Why betting now ? It’s the Indian medias most hot topic for the past one week and even today. So I thought, why not get into the aura of betting and type a few words. So betting and gambling is not an addiction of the 21st century. It is quite old, may be as old as the cave man ( who knows?) We now have horses racing at prestigious derbies, wanting and waiting to win thousands of dollars as stake money. We even have dogs chasing big prize money, then we have the boxing ring bets, football bets, car racing bets, pool bets and of course cricketing bets.

    The 1998 film “Croupier” starring Clive Owen  is an excellent movie depicting the gamblers mindset.

    Croupier (film)

    Croupier (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    I saw it twice on DVD and was quite impressed with the dialogues. I wanted to share a few of them to you. By the way Jack is the Croupier in the film.

    Definition : A Croupier is a person appointed at a casino table to assist in the conduct of the game. Now the dialogues.

    Jani De Villiers : Do you believe in astrology?

    Jack: Absolutely not! But then, I’m a Gemini and Gemini’s don’t believe in astrology.

    Jack : Gambling’s not about money. It is about not facing reality, ignoring the odds.

    Marion : I must be a fool – I never think about the odds.

    Jack : (voice-over) His existence was forming an interesting pattern of betrayals. Sometimes he was unsure whether he was the betrayer or the betrayed. It’s all numbers,the croupier thought. Spin of the wheel, turn of the card, time of your life. In the book of numbers the Lord said, ” Thou shall count thy steps”.

    So why do people bet? Gambling gives an instant adrenaline rush. It’s a stress reliever, a boredom buster, ” I have it in me attitude ” to escape from problems, to be sociable, last but not the least to win money.

    The Indian media is pursuing the Indian cricketing world with iron fists and doesn’t seem to tire even day after day. Probably it’s not going the way they wanted it to be . Meanwhile our politicians are heaving a sigh of relief and are in quite a relaxed mood. In every TV channel we have different faces in different square boxes, waiting for their turn to blast away. Once the media find a better story they will simply fade away. Because once there is peace, where is the need for so many TV cameras there?

    See you with my next post.


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