Nayakan! Mani Ratnam’s First Great Gangster Film

As you may have picked up from my Aval Shanmughi and Ambe Sivam posts, I have a hard time with Kamal Haasan.  Yes, he is a brilliant actor.  Yes, he has movie star charisma.  But it just seems like his characters have to be so perfect and so wonderful, that no one else is allowed to do anything.  But this Kamal Haasan movie, this one I liked!

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TGIF: A Month of Food and Stars and Snark, Enjoy!!!!

This is a continuation of a post I put up on Wednesday.  Turns out, almost every day of the month in September has a food attached to it (food lobbyists/publicists have way too much time and money).  So then all I had to do was figure out which actor matches the food.  I was a wee bit mean on Wednesday, I am feeling less mean today, but we will see if the meanness rises up in me again.

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Hindi/Tamil/Kannada/Malayalam/Telugu Film 101: Rajinikanth’s Life, Part 1 Bus Conductor to Movie Star

Well, I did it!  I finally finished my Rajinikanth biography!  Now I just have the Savitri, Hema Malini, and Shashi Kapoor biography on my to do pile.  Plus various other film books that aren’t star memoirs.  Anyway, now I am ready to very tentatively try to put together some kind of narrative of Rajinikanth’s life, based on the movies I have watched (far more than I realized!), and this book, and information I gathered elsewhere

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Trailers again! Vishwaroop 2, Loveratri, and Zero Teaser

More trailers!  I tell you, Eid is exhausting.  Plus there’ve been fireworks on my street the past couple of nights, which is also exhausting.  But it’s all worth it, because THANK GOODNESS Zero is looking a little better.

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Tuesday Tamil: Moondram Pirai/Sadma, Not a Romance but a Father-Daughter Story

Moondram Pillai, so far as I can tell, does not exist with subtitles.  So instead I ended up with Sadma with poor subtitles.  A challenge for my Hindi skills!  Luckily, most of the performance brilliance was in the non-verbal parts.

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Tuesday Tamil: Aadu Puli Attam, Even Lessor Tamil Films of the 70s Were Brilliant

This movie is so good that it tricked me into thinking it was a Balachander.  But no, apparently this was the level of camerawork, characters, and acting that was just standard back then!!!  Oh, and Kamal Haasan and Rajni Sir are super fun to watch opposite each other in their youth, that’s another plus.  The plot is not quite perfect, but it’s still pretty darn good.  No Moodru Mudichu, but that’s a very high level to set.

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Ek Nai Paheli: Because Apoorva Raagangal Doesn’t Have Subtitles

I just went ahead and ordered every R. Balachander movie on Netflix with subtitles.  Which means I ended up watching the remake of Apoorva Raagangal instead of the original.  I hate it when I do that!  Oh well, at least I’ve seen some version of it now, even if it isn’t the “good” version.

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Tamil Tuesday: Aval Oru Thodharkadai Shows Why a Woman Turns Cold

Second week that I am managing a Tamil Tuesday!  And an actual good film this time, another R. Balachander.  If I were still watching movies in a wild and unplanned manner, I would be zipping through all his films on youtube and probably getting super confused as to what happened in which.  But with my new alliterative schedule theory, I have to hold off.  Or else zip through and then schedule all my posts out for the next several Tuesdays.  We’ll see what I end up doing.

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Moondru Mudichu: Rajnikanth and Sridevi’s First Lead roles!

Is that right?  That’s what Wikipedia says, that they had both acted before (in child roles for Sridevi, and in smaller parts for Rajnikanth), but this was the first movie for both in which they were lead characters.  Which is UNBELIEVABLE!!!  Not just because they are so good, but because they are already so uniquely themselves, the personalities and personas familiar to me now, 40 years later.

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Nayakan: Finally! A Kamal Haasan Movie I like!

As you may have picked up from my Aval Shanmughi and Ambe Sivam posts, I have a hard time with Kamal Haasan.  Yes, he is a brilliant actor.  Yes, he has movie star charisma.  But it just seems like his characters have to be so perfect and so wonderful, that no one else is allowed to do anything.  But this Kamal Haasan movie, this one I liked!

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Aval Shanmughi: Once Again, Kamal Haasan is the Best, and Everyone Else Therefore Has to Be The Worst

I am trying SO HARD not to call this Chachi 420!  Not that I ever saw Chachi 420, it was just so heavily promoted, and the title is so catchy, it’s hard not to use it instead of the original.  On the other hand, not hard at all to avoid calling this Mrs. Doubtfire, because it changed the biggest message of Mrs. Doubtfire when it translated it to a Kamal Haasan film.

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Anbe Sivam: I Don’t Know, That Ending Gave Me Problems

I watched Ambe Sivam!  Another Kamal Haasan movie!  And, I don’t know, I had issues.  Mostly with the way they handled the ending.  I could see a cool idea in there, but I think it got messed up a little bit by the need to make Kamal Haasan just the coolest dude ever.

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Hey! There’s a HUGE Deal Movie Coming Out Today! (Kabali Post, by popular demand)

I just had two separate commentators point out that I haven’t mentioned anything about Kabali yet.  And, unrelated to that, I just discovered I will have to drive an extra half an hour next time I want to see Sultan, because all SIX screens at my local Indian multiplex are playing Kabali and nothing else for the next week.  So, I guess it’s time for a post!

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