Fazhil’s malayalam superhit Manichitrathazhu becomes Chandramukhi in tamil. What could be a more welcoming move than this ?

If Manichitrathazhu can be judged as one of the best yester-year classic, it’s adaptation should be sized-up more than it. This is second Fazhil‘s film being adapted for Rajini, the first one being Thenmaavin Kombathu which was re-made as Muthu, a few years back.

I have often wondered why Manichitrathazhu, was never re-made into tamil. Mohanlal‘s psychiatrist role can feed Kamalhassan‘s quest for better roles. Now, when it is adapted for Rajini, it would probably change to acknowledge Rajini’s image in Tamil Nadu but we can be sure it will be outright entertainer. Finally, a Rajini fan’s wish for a full-time comedy movie is met. Happy.

shyam benegal
[Pic: hindu.com]

Shyam Benegal‘s interview to Business-Standard is one of the best interview columns I’ve read in the near past. It’s as refreshing as the energy he holds.

With his latest grand movie Netaji Subhash: The Last Hero, set to hit the screens soon, he talks about his admirations towards Indian cinema and it’s film makers. He admires many of his contemporaries and also the new comers in the same level. From Satyajit Ray to Gurinder ‘Beckam’ Chadha to the mushy mushy Karan Johar, his admiration levels shows his broad spectrum of liking towards Indian Cinema. He was very right when saying about Mani Ratnam, “He is an intelligent filmmaker, with a good control over the medium, and Nayakan is my favourite”. And expectedly he has so much to say on Ritwick Ghatak.

“Younger directors,” he continues, “are looking at cinema in a entirely different way. Their attitude is different.” How so? “For the older filmmakers, tradition was not be touched and whatever you did, ultimately you had to accept tradition. This is particularly true of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. But the younger lot grapple with tradition, much like they did before Independence.” Good he said that and now wait for the arguments to suffice from the oldies. It’s Engrossing. I would have expected that such an sweeping interview would happen with the filmy magazines. He finally opened up with the Business-Standard. Film magazines can go dump themselves. But you read ahead.

September 29th, 2004

Informatica proves yet again !!

Informatica proves yet again !!Informatica, the Data Integration Software giant along with CNA, Wins DM Review’s 2004 World Class Solutions Award for its successful implementation of Informatica’s market-leading data integration software. The World Class Solution Awards are symbols of excellence within the business intelligence and data warehousing industry. This piece of news reassures Informatica’s presence among the top notch Data Integration software providers. Cool news guys.

Seven Reasons Why Businesses Should Blog Now. Makes Sense.

September 29th, 2004

Searching Annalakshmi

You’re right. It’s that same Abirami who did a great role as Annalakshmi in Virumandi. With the kind of rave reviews she got with the media, one would assume that she would mint millions in the years to come. But what happened was very common to kollywood. Guess ?

Apart from the reviews it was a lifetime role for her. She did an amazing job competing in the acting dept with Kamalhassan in Virumandi. A rare thing these heroines do with Kamal. Exceptions include SriDevi, Oorvasi and few others. Since then, she hasn’t been seen in any of the so-called BIG movies. Worse, not even in the small movies. I think she has completely forgotten how to drive to AVM studios. The last she was seen was on the Vijay TV’s Starudan Oru Naal show. One more. Remember PithaMahan. Sangeetha did play a decent part there. Result, nothing. I believe she hasn’t had a movie since then.

Kollywood has a flamboyant history of dumping down the talented. After a good film, either these talented don’t show away or they get stuck in a primetime tele serial. With the fate of the talented being this in kollywood, the news reports say, that Rajini’s Chandramukhi might have Simran /Jothika. You know what would be a better bet.

September 28th, 2004

My Digi Darling has gone

My Digi Darling has gone bonkers. I’ve been using this Canon Powershot A60 for quite a while. Last week when I had been to Vailankanni, I had shot extensively with it. Today when I switched it on, the images in the LCD panel looks blurred and distorted badly. I have no idea how it happened.

While I’m looking around to get my digital camera back to shape, any thoughts/places to refer for a good service of canon cameras in chennai are welcome. Would dedicate a blog post to you if your referral works. Deal.

September 28th, 2004

Imagine there’s no hell

You may say Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
And the world will live as one
– John Lennon

John Lennon who penned these lines in his masterpiece Imagine is a legend. Some fans of John Lennon across the world are vowing to take action on Mark Chapman who gunned down John Lennon in 1980, after his release. It’s close to 24 years since Lennon was shot and these retribution vows talk about the love on Lennon and why Mark should have never shot him.

However, twenty four long years is too much for any dude to go through the guilt over and over again behind the bars. And its time there should be some time and space for Mark Chapman to live in this world.

I knew whom Vaikom Muhammed Basheer was. He was a well known Malayalam writer of yesteryears. But I had no idea that he was such a great dude. If the Magic Lantern group’s play named Moonshine and Skytoffee had a standing ovation, one significant part of the applause goes to the writer Vaikkom Mohammed Basheer. Basheer’s two short stories, Love Letter [Premalekhanam, 1943] and The Cardsharp’s Daughter [Muchcheettukaikkaarantaey Makal, 1951] were intelligently combined together into one play and they both had bold themes. If he could be such a radical thinker then, I am sure his works must make a worthy read.

While I hate to re-tell the story in a review, this one should be an exception for not many may get a chance to see the play for themselves. Moonshine and Skytoffee revolves around the lives of two pairs of lovers and father of a bride. The story is set in Kerala during the 1940′s. Kesavan Nair[Bala], a 20ish geeky guy falls in love with his house owner’s daughter Saramma[Aparna]. While Saramma is a christian, Kesavan Nair is a Hindu. Similarly, in their neighbourhood, in a Chai shop, Zainaba[Taruna] a Muslim girl, falls in love with a pickpocket ‘Mandan’ Muthapa [Jagan a.k.a Vijay TV fame Nandu]. Zainaba’s dad ‘OttaKannan’ Pokker is a street juggler who fools people into his three card poker game and makes a living with that.

While Kesavan Nair hesitates and finally pleads to Saramma to love him, Saramma makes a deal of twenty rupees a month to love him. Kesavan Nair who is deeply in love with her agrees to the deal. His salary being just 40 bucks a month. Saramma seems to question him too much about their lifestyle if they are married and also extracts the huge sum of twenty bucks without any consideration to Kesavan Nair’s financial trouble. She challenges the concept of love. Meanwhile, ‘Mandan’ Muthapa who is a sidekick of ‘OttaKannan’ Pokker turns back on him one day challenging his three card trick and also vows to marry his daughter Zainaba. What happens finally for both these lovers is told in a rib tickling manner that would make you feel good for the rest of the day.

Everyone has convincingly become the character themselves and it really amazes me to see such talented actors not getting noticed in the Kollywood. I am simply stuck to mention any one of the character first. If I wish to mention Aparna as Saramma as the best, I recollect Hans Koushik as ‘OttaKannan’ Pokker , not to mention the versatile Bala and multi-faceted Jagan. These guys are simply at their best. Be it the way Saramma asks for a Dungudoo bag or how Kesavan Nair gets frenzy over the name Skytoffee or how Mandan (meaning Idiot) displays the pickpocketing technique or even the first act where OttaKannan Pokker teaches Muthapa to smoke with the nostrils the actors executed the job well. The best part was the play was so grippingly comical that two hours rolled over so easily.

Hats of Rajiv Krishnan who has directed this play. Rajiv has done a lot of research and good work to weave both these stories together into a play. He deserves to be noted. Also the slick simple sets that brought out the rural Kerala as it was in the 1940′s was a big plus. Just a tea shop and cardboard which wad made into the lead actor’s house were the only sets in the play.

This is one monster of a humor play. A must watch if you are Chennai, because rarely we get such nice stuff like this.

P.S : This play is on stage in Alliance Francaise, College Road. The last shows are at today. With popular demand, they might have it going for a few more weeks. If you need to get in touch with the play troupe, here’s the number, Rajiv 98410 99435 and Surya 98840 37938.