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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The phenomenon called "Endhiran"

WARNING: VERY LONG....

Whom do I mainly give credit to, for such an absolutely fantabulously extraordinarily magnificently incredibly unbelievably super-awesome movie??? :)...Like I said in my status messages on my social networks, it is not just a movie, but an experience to be cherished :)..

As an Indian and as a Tamilian :)....I am proud to have originated from the same state and country which gave the world this phenomenon :)....AND I consider myself to be PRIVILEGED for having been living in the time when this movie was released and having got to watch it in a local, NON-MULTIPLEX theater where the decibel levels of the howling and whistling of the audience beats that of Sourav Ganguly's crowd-welcoming at Eden Gardens..

Let me rewind time a little...This movie has ALWAYS been in the news...for whatever reason....Aishwarya Rai falling ill during shooting...Rajni taking an off day to be with his family....WHAT NOT !!!! Every single thing associated with the movie....was in the news....SUCH WAS THE HYPE!!! Of course...Hype is a term which one cannot help but associate with a Shankar movie....It's a formula - BIG STARS, BIG BUDGET, BIG PUBLICITY.....The only things which were probably missing in the news about Endhiran were visits by the crew members to the restrooms and things like that :P....

But the usual hype apart, this movie had ALL the reasons to be in the news...

1. It is a RAJNI movie :)....
RAJNIsm is a religion by itself....and surely has more devotees than some of the religions in the world....YES !!!! Rajni does not have admirers...he has DEVOTEES......No "fans" of any other actor will pay 70 Rupees JUST TO WATCH A TRAILER of their idol's movie :)....in a theater :)...

But for this kind of a movie....where Kamal would've so fit in to the roles ...of a scientist as well as a robot ??? Errr...I had my own doubts :)....Well, Rajni HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE COMMON MAN :)....auto driver, bus conductor....and so on....but a scientist with a Phd @Stanford?? :O ....I was really apprehensive whether Rajni could do that!!! :D ...

But yes...with 200 crore rupees at stake....one CANNOT rope in anyone else BUT Rajni :) ..to recover that amount :)...

2. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan...
Supposedly the world's most beautiful woman...NOT ACCORDING TO ME though :P.....I really wished Tamanna or Trisha or Shriya were there instead of her....But anyways, she's one of India's highest paid "actresses" ....I dunno how ....well...most actresses cannot act :P....and in a Shankar movie, heroines need not actually know how to act :).......but still....her fake expressions & accent are such a PAIN to watch!! :D .....Tamanna's natural self would've been MILES better to watch..:)..

Sorry if I've offended all Aish fans....but can't help :P....those were my views...:P...

3. Shankar...
Tamil cinema's best director after Mani Ratnam ( Shankar's my personal favorite though :) )....well...though most of his movies have a formula - a MESSAGE for one and all....some facets of his movie SHOULD BE TRULY APPRECIATED.....the fact that he always tries to introduce something NEW ...to Tamil cinema...Barring Sivaji, I have GREAT admiration for all of Shankar's movies :)....Especially Anniyan..:)......Though all his movies have had an INSANELY high budget....he makes sure he uses the money well :)....

Endhiran was the emperor of all his movies with a budget of Rs.200 crore...

4. AR Rahman
Rahman's music for all of Shankar's movies has the signature of a genius all over it :)....EXCEPT Boys, Sivaji and Endhiran...:)......
Yup....ever since Rahman and Shankar had a fight (source: ARR's biography by Kamini Mathai....It was Rajni who insisted and roped in Rahman for Sivaji and Endhiran )...Rahman's music for Shankar has NOT been top notch...by top notch...I mean ...the music is STILL AWESOME...and beats most of the other albums by miles even today....BUT...it is NOWHERE comparable to the music given by the Rahman we knew in the 90's :)...

I personally liked the songs of Endhiran....because of all the COMPLEX orchestration involved...Rahman is still a genius....NO ONE can put together various sounds and tunes and beats and chords and voices and lots more ...together....like him :)....People who KNOW music can really appreciate the genius :).....BUT...the music doesn't really strike the common man :)....He isn't able to appreciate the complexity of ARR's songs...as much as he's able to appreciate the simplicity and sweetness of Harris Jayaraj's and Yuvan's songs :)...As a result, it is those 2 who are ruling the roost today...while Rahman's music partly wins because of hype....

THE CIRCUMSTANCES....

I watched the movie on Oct 12th...at Nataraj theater, Bangalore :)....ALONE :)...4.45 pm show....11 days after the release of the movie...:)...(Yup...I am weird....I watch movies alone...I attend concerts alone :) I go out to eat alone :) etc)....Until then, I had heard both positive and negative reviews about the movie....from friends and the internet....

After a slew of back-to-back interviews which did not go well....I really felt like getting out...I needed a change....more so.....because staying indoors brought back memories of what I wanted to erase from my mind :).....Well, yup...like I said...I am, at the end of the day, a human :)....and I have a heart :)....I have emotions :)....
(I wish I were like Chitti :)...to erase things from my memory at the click of a button :) :)....hehe).....

Yea...I am human...:)....and it does take a while to get over it ...when something as terribly heartbreaking as this happens :)....when you least expect it :)....It is easy to get over it if you have negative feelings :)....but without having any negative feelings, it takes a little more time :).....and that's the path I am taking :)....because I don't wanna HATE anyone in this world :).....no point in doing so......it's my "thalai-izhutthu" a.k.a karma :)...

Once again, before proceeding with the review...lemme stray away from the topic a little more :) - I would once again like to thank people for all their concern :)....and empathizing with me ...:)...
Love all you guys...:)....I am really moved by all the care you all've shown me :).....
I AM VERY FINE NOW...I'VE REALLY IMPROVED BY LIGHT YEARS :)...since the day the ghastly thing happened :)...and trust me...it'll just be a matter of days before I say - "oh...yea...that happened to me, right? Jeez!! I completely forgot about it !! :) "...

THE MOVIE REVIEW (SPOILER ALERT)

Anyways...getting back to the movie....it was 4.45 pm..people were entering the hall....the whistling and howling had already begun....and got amplified when the censor certificate of Endhiran showed up on screen...:)....When the credits started rolling, it was Deepavali time :)....I cherished every moment of what I had missed for 2 years :) :) - howling along like hooligans at the peak of our voices :)......for "SUPER STAR...R..A..J..N..I" :)....

Rajni's intro was a bit of a disappointment :)....with NO grandeur and intro song....well Pudhiya Manidha wasn't there continuously :)...it was more like a hollywood OST :)...so....that was a signal straightaway....that it was a Shankar movie :)....n NOT a Rajni movie :)....
I personally DID NOT like the Kadhal Anukkal song :)....except for the location :)...
Chitti's comedy scenes were really nice :)...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEEDDDDDD Chitti's action scenes in the temple area and local train...and railway track.....ALL THOSE SCENES WERE JUST JAW-DROPPING...:) :)....
NOW it felt like I was watching a Rajni movie :) :)......Yet, every single scene had a LOGIC with it :)...that's what impressed me the most..:).....Shankar has very cleverly adapted the action sequences to showcase ALL of Chitti's capablities...like water-resistance, fire-resistance....and also negative things like Chitti rescuing the girl from the fire...despite her being nude...and finally Chitti helping a pregnant woman with delivery....Shankar is a GENIUS...blending emotions, family drama AND action SO DAMN WELL !!! He is an expert of a tailor...who stitches all the elements of a commercial film to a T !!!!!!

Until the interval, the movie leaves one very impressed....with the picturization and characterization and depiction of Chitti...the robot :)...BUT AFTER THE INTERVAL....IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS :).....It is amazing to watch a robot fall in love and feeling the same way most guys in today's world feel :) ...ESPECIALLY...the sadness on Chitti's face...when he learns that Aishwarya led him on despite knowing that she did not like him that way....and then finally telling the famous dialogue  - "you're like my best friend" :) .....My heartfelt sympathies to Chitti :D :D....but it's ok...THANK GOD he ain't with Aishwarya, of all people!! :D :D

THEN the real fun began....It was OH-SO-ADORABLE AND REFRESHING....to see Rajni act like a villain...after many decades :)....Here's where one feels...- BOY !!!!! ISN'T IT SO LOVABLE TO SEE RAJNI ACTUALLY ACT LIKE THIS?? SO WELL !!!!!...INSTEAD OF JUST DEPICTING STYLE.....SUCH AN AWESOME AND BRILLIANT POTRAYAL OF A VILLAIN !!!!

Except Irumbile ...I felt the other songs could've been avoided.....Kilimanjaro was REALLY a waste of time :)....totalllllly out of context with the movie...and slowed down the pace as well...
Arima arima...despite being my pick of the album :)....was reallly inserted at such a wrong time....in the movie....Well, had Kilimanjaro not been there....one would've enjoyed this song....However, thanks to that....this song became a little too much to take in :)...by the time it came :)..

The "black sheep" scene has become very very famous now :)....Yup...it was TRULY awesome...from then on ...until the climax....IS AN EXPERIENCE !!!!!! TRUST ME....
IT IS NOT JUST CINEMA....IT IS AN EXPERIENCE !!!!!!!!! :) .....Something like this has NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE....IN INDIAN CINEMA.......AND IS TRULY MESMERIZING....
YOUR JAWS WILL BE WIDE OPEN...until the end....when you try to snap out by saying - "WAT THE HELL WAS THAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" :O ....and still aren't able to snap out...

One Rajni itself ....is like watching a natural disaster strike earth in front of your eyes :).....
100's and 1000's of Rajnis ??? WOWWWWW!! ....
The sphere....the cylinder.....AND THE BEST ONE - THE SNAKE!!!!!! :) :) ...
ALL WERE SUCH A DELIGHT TO WATCH !!!!!!!!!! It was like watching Godzilla...or some movie of that class.....well...of course...renowned Hollywood technicians worked on this movie...So one CAN expect such OUT OF THE WORLD...MIND-BLOWING graphical sequences...
Resul Pookutty's sound effects are HIGHLY conspicuous here :)...HATS OFF!! :)

FINALLY ...the HUGEEEEEEEEEE MONSTER...running after the truck...and then the destruction of all the robots.......WOW!!!!!!!!!
THE MOST AWESOME PART....Every formation ..had a close up shot...WHICH SHOWED Rajni's face :).....thereby SIGNING THAT THE MOVIE IS A RAJNI FESTIVAL ALL OVER...with Shankar's touch :) !!!! :)
Shankar...BOWS AND WITHDRAWS.....YOU DESERVE A CHANCE IN HOLLYWOOD !!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!!! :).....YOUR DREAM PROJECT WILL NOW SPAWN A 100 DREAM PROJECTS FOR 100s OF FILM-MAKERS AND ASPIRANTS ..:)...(like me ;) )......just like Chitti's spawned robots :)...

Chitti's message the end was really AWESOME :).....I wanna be like him!! :)...without any emotions :)....However...grass is always greener on the other side :)....I've had people who are hardcore logical and non-emotional....complaining that they want to be emotional but aren't able to be so :)....Hehe :)

***********SPOILERS OVER***********************

AR Rahman's background score was a bit on the disappointing side...but yeah...some of them are really memorable :)......Rajni as Dr.Vaseegaran was a disappointment :)....NO, not because he does not be aggressive in that role :)...but because he just doesn't suit the role of a scientist :)....
But Rajni as Chitti :)....OR like a few newspapers say, Chitti as Rajni...:D :D :D....was AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! :) :) :) TOOOOOOOO DAMNNNNNN GOOD !!!!!!! Santhanam, Karunaas and Aishwarya...were unwanted in this movie :)....Danny Denzongpa played his role well...He's truly got the looks of a villain in this movie...

WHEW!! I so loved the feeling which was lingering in my mind after coming out of the theater....it was THE PERRRRFECT CHANGE I WANTED :).....made a DRASTIC transformation to my state of mind :).....AND THIS SHALL BE ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE MOVIES :)....JUST TOO GOOD !! :)

I saw the movie again today, with family ....at Mantri mall....But I was very disappointed with the hospital-like ambience of the multiplex...:)......A Rajni movie is NOT a Rajni movie ....if not watched at a local theater :) :)...

To Rajni fans who did not like the movie :) ....I guess you probably would've liked it ...if Rajni had done whatever he did as Chitti, WITHOUT being a robot :P :P :P...




2 comments:

Abhiram said...

Ill talk only about the part that interests me - Aishwarya Rai. You are right in that Trisha/Tamanna would have been better. However, you seem to imply that Tamanna can act. According to me, that is grossly wrong :P. Tamanna might be better than people like Sonam Kapoor/Riya Sen, etc, but saying Tamanna is good is too much mama :P

Ashwin S Kumar said...

NO NO...I didn't say Tamanna can act :D....I was referring to her expressions :P....they seem so natural...unlike Aish's expressions which are so fake and made-up :P