Amar Chitra Katha comes alive

This is what I want for entertainment- Amar Chitra Katha’s stories and illustrations coming alive on screen… Baahubali 2 was a magnum opus- lots of colour, action, great drama, twists in the air, impossible somersaults, marvelous engineering feats, 3 pronged arrows, rows and rows (even if cloned) of infantry, cavalry and similar battle lines, aerial shots of mega palaces, humungous gold statues and trumpeting elephants transported you to a make-believe world of princes and princesses, kings and queens, palace intrigues and love stories. The 3 hours and 17 minutes left me glued to my seat and when the movie did … Continue reading Amar Chitra Katha comes alive

Kaatru….. Gone with the wind ?

Everytime Mani Ratnam comes out with a new release, we ardently look forward to it. Not only do his films look great visually but they are specially known for their interesting narration and subtle but effective handling of complicated emotions. Overall they have been good movie-watching experiences. You come away with the feeling of wanting to see more… His movies get analysed the most as Mani has set his bar quite high after gems like Nayagan (1987), Mouna Ragam (1986), Thalapati (199), Roja (1992), Alai Paayuthey (2000) and Kannathil Muthamittal ( 2002) to name a few. He might be an … Continue reading Kaatru….. Gone with the wind ?

Pera kettaale chumma adhirudhulla!’

As I wait for the release of Endhiran 2 or 2.0 as they call it, I was prompted to upload this blog (a slightly modified version of what I had written for the Brew magazine earlier). I am not one of Rajni’s  crazy, screaming, ‘first-day first-show’ fans but am one among the many ordinary movie-goers who have marveled at what he’s made of his life and the simplicity with which he lives it even after he’s attained a Demi-God status. Entering the Tamil film industry in 1975, his true life too is like a page out of a film script. … Continue reading Pera kettaale chumma adhirudhulla!’

Naam Shabana

It’s time film-makers stop this ‘kadhula poo-suthufying’ tactics (for my non-Tamil friends: flower-twirling-around-the-ears literally translated) by making these meaningless prequels and postquels (like Singam 3 !) They simply don’t work ! The purpose of the film was to focus on the intelligence agent named Shabana (hence the name “Naam Shabana’), chronicling her back story, but instead, one could have uploaded a video on U-tube called “Learn Kudo in 2 hours 27 min” and that might have just had a million views ! Totally disappointing and unimaginative, it fell flat on its face after the taut and slickly made ‘Baby’. Hollywood-like terse,clipped … Continue reading Naam Shabana

Moonbeams in the Garden

The name “Malli, Malligai, Mallipoo” or Jasmine instantly brings to mind the intoxicating fragrance and the pure white colour of the tiny flower. Considered one of the most sacred flowers to the Hindus and believed to be the embodiment of purity, it’s used in all forms of worship and wedding rituals despite its short shelf life. Though used for worship, its also associated with love and romance, symbolizing beauty and sensuality. Depending on the culture and setting, Malli represents different things for different people. In Persian, the jasmine is appropriately referred to as the ‘Gift from the Gods’.. Also referred … Continue reading Moonbeams in the Garden

The Sights and Sounds of the Adyar Boat Club road….

Years of being associated with “Chamiers” on Chamiers road and many many evenings of hour-long walks after work down the broad, tree-lined, serene roads of the Boat club area, has prompted this blog. Trundler, ambler, saunterer, walker, jogger or a runner, whatever one might call me, let’s say I do a bit of everything depending on my mood and physical condition on that day. But whatever I do here, irrespective of whether they have had any impact on my body weight, it’s always been a mood-elevator. People of Chennai look upon the Boat Club area to be the most expensive … Continue reading The Sights and Sounds of the Adyar Boat Club road….

The Mediterranean Splendour

How do you describe the beauty of the sea ? “My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me” so described a learned gentlemen of yester years Different seas in different parts of the world take on different hues. Not too long ago, I visited Tangiers in Northern Morocco and took the ferry ride to the Strait of Gibralter, where the Mediterranean sea met the Atlantic ocean, marveling at the confluence of the two great oceans- that was the first time that i encountered the … Continue reading The Mediterranean Splendour