Monday, December 29, 2014

PeeKay

The end of the year always brings cheer and joy and of course less work at office. We utilized this to the maximum by watching 2 movies on week days and that too an evening show! PK and The Hobbit - Battle of 5 armies.

The latter was , as is any hobbit or LOTR movie, mind blowing - though I preferred Part 2 of The Hobbit to Part 3. Part 3 seemed unnecessarily dragged - more like made just to make the trilogy. And the whole movie is quite gore - nothing but war and death - which generally does not sit well with me.

Now the former - is the best treat for eyes and ears that could have happened in 2014. PK - I saw this movie twice within the span of 8 days and i must say, I did not get bored for a single second the second time too!
A delightful comedy which has you in tears of joy all through the first half and makes you ponder on the blind faiths that we hold in the second half. 
Seeing the movie just makes you wish that Raju Hirani would make movies more often. After a dry spell of meaningless, sleazy movies comes a very clean entertaining movie that touches your heart and challenges your brain. 
There is no doubt that Aamir Khan is one gem of an actor. Not for a second you would feel that he is "acting". Rather it feels that there is really a live person called PK, who you probably would bump into in the streets, were he to be roaming around in your area. He breathes so much life into the character.
Anushka Sharma has done very good justice to her role. If only she did not get that lip-job done, it would have been pleasant to watch her in all those close-up shots. Sushant appears like a whiff of perfume, which makes you want to know the brand and own it. If only he had a longer role. 
Saurabh Shukla and Boman Irani have blended into the drama as if they were woven right into the fabric of the story. 
Hours after we saw the movie, we were remembering parts of it and rolling over the floor in laughter - like the scene where he tries to "fix" the spoilt fashion of the barber, or where he goes and asks the shop keeper if the battery on the "god" needs to be replaced. 
Last but not the least is the soul-tearing song "bhagwan" sung by Sonu Nigam. A Perfect mix of the scenes and the melt-your-heart voice of Sonu makes those 5 minutes an ultimate time in the movie.
All in all a (P)erfect (K)losure to the year 2014! PK - bin peeye nashe mein daal dete ho!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lingaa


7 Years later amma and me went to see a movie in the theatre together - Lingaa. And what a treat it was ! Could we leave behind the biggest Rajni fan in our house - of course not! While appa kindly obliged to baby-sit the girls instead of getting a headache watching the 3 hour debacle , the trio of amma-me-and the Mr. went and enjoyed the movie. 
There are zillions of reviews about the movie. This is not one, but is only my views on the movie.
I totally agree with what most of the reviews have unanimously agreed on - the movie is out and an out Rajni show and my what a SHOW!. He has single handedly handled the movie absolutely with ease. If you thought , he looked young in Sivaji - think again - in Linga not a single screen which shows that he is 65!!! He looks easily a man in 30s only! Credit not only goes to the make-up artist but the star himself, who has acted with full vigour of a middle aged man. While Ambitabh's age shows up with grace in every movie he acts and he looks ridiculously old when he tries to romance a heroine less than half his age, Thalaivaa oozes charm in every screen he shares with the heroine. Hats off to the magic he weaves!
Comedy by Santhanam is rib-cracking. His comedy timing and dialogue delivery are just too good. One really wonders what was the necessity to include Bramhanandam for such a short and insignificant role. 
Both the heroines have done good justice to their role - Anushka Shetty have more of an edge in terms of the necessity of her role than Sonakshi. Sonakshi's role seems to be more like a unwanted intrusion only to provide a heroine for Raja lingeshwar, but she lights up the screen in every scene she is in. After having seen her in this role/makeup, i feel this kind of a village belle suits her much better than some of her more glamourous roles in bollywood.
Photography is amazing and seeing the movie on a big screen is indeed a visual treat for the eyes. ARR - as always churns out the best foot tapping music for Rajni, I feel. His music grows on you and even senseless songs like "Mona Mona Gasolina' become very likable. The best song I felt was sung by the Maestro himself "Indiane va" ... lovely lyrics, lovely music. lovely visuals and lovely voice. 
Rajni squeezes out all the sympathy you can ever have in his role as the Mr.Perfect-who-can-never-exist-in-real-life Raja Lingeswara. Even the toughest will shed one tear or two when he , who has sacrificed all for the village, is outcasted!!! If it is not Rajni, the background song (by Haricharan - another beautiful number) is sure to do the trick.
Last but not the least, some of the scenes are ridiculously 'Rajni'stic - made purely for the glee of Rajni fans - like the fight scene on the train or the climax. But you have take everything with a pinch of salt right, so you should laugh your way through these scenes instead of debating about the illogical happenings. After all , Rajni is the one who defies all logic !!!
All in all had a wonderful time with a tamizh movie after ages.