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Discussion in 'Hangout' started by Bala, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Bala

    Bala Esperto

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    Watched the Tamil movie MADRAS.
    There is a welcome change amongst the Tamil audience to accept non formula films.After Jigardhanda it is now the turn of Madras to be accepted despite not sticking to a formula,no duets,no dance and fight sequences and by and large no make up.
    This is no art or award movie but still strikes the right chord sheerly due it's make and cast which is the best I have seen in recent times despite all except the hero being new faces.A special mention to the actor who has acted as hero's friend who gets killed,he outshines the hero.
    The debut heroine is astonishingly beautiful,you can watch the movie just for her sake,after all won't you watch a beautiful painting for 2 hours,more so if that walks and speaks :)
    Kudos to the director who didn't care if the movie would reach A centre or B centre or it could be watched by women or children and he made what he liked and made people like what he likes.
    You might feel very uncomfortable watching the claustrophobic North Madras ambience and dirty and uncombed people of the place but it grows on you as the film progresses and you start accepting since you realize thatyou see what is happening.
    The climax is quite unhappening and less dramatic,could have been better.
    3 out of 5 stars.
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  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Completely agree. He and the female who played his wife shared striking chemistry and they have outdone the lead pair in the movie. :)

    And regarding the movie, Yes I do agree that it was wonderfully made with almost close to reality. One of the best movies I have seen in recent times.
  3. shankspatel

    shankspatel Amatore

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    Watched Interstellar, its easily one of the best sci-fi movies in the recent years. engaging story,wonderful film making, hats off to the makers of the movie.
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  4. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Well, I haven't watched this movie and really doubt if I will (Last movie of him watched in a theater was during my college days and it was 'Padayappa). But liked this review from Baradwaj Rangan in 'The Hindu'. Reproducing here.

    Lingaa: Why can't a Rajini movie be a better movie?

    One question we ask of most Rajinikanth movies, as we exit them, is this: Why aren’t they better? As a star, he occupies a universe of his own, so budgetary issues can’t be the problem – you could ask for the moon and get it. With him on board, there’s going to be little trouble getting the best supporting actors, the best technicians – heck, you could hire the wizards who choreograph Bond movie stunts. And his films have become biennial events, if that. Lingaa marks his return to the screen four years afterEnthiran (the animated Kochadaiiyaan doesn’t really count). Isn’t that enough time to write a rock-solid script that does his stature justice while also satisfying his fans? Why, then, do these outings come off less like movies than a hastily put-together dispensing mechanism for a Rajini fix? Take a puff during the opening weekend. The effects will last two years.

    But consider, also, director KS Ravikumar’s plight. It’s hard enough making a movie with any big star, with all the calculations that go into what the star’s on-screen character can be allowed to do. Imagine, then, accommodating all the must-haves of a Rajinikanth movie. You have to pay tribute to the past (here we have lyrics from Baasha, a snatch of the title song from Billa). You have to look forward to the future, which involves the inevitable speculation about a political career. (This film’s plot is about a dam that will irrigate the drought-stricken lands of Tamil Nadu’s farmers, and there’s a reference to a Supreme Court ruling. We’re told that Rajinikanth has behind him “makkal sakthi", people’s power. We’re also told he can become governor, or end up in Parliament.) You have to try and work in socially relevant issues as well. (This film, in one stretch, tackles the issue of caste.)

    You have to think up punch dialogues that will outlive the movie. (It’s unlikely the ones here will. Sample: “Vaazhkayile edhuvume easy ille. Muyarchi panna edhuvume kashtam ille.”) You have to accommodate the actor’s interest in spirituality, which means weaving in lines that refer to God. (Yes, fans, there is apparently someone who Rajinikanth himself considers a higher power.) You have to have scenes where the Rajinikanth character gets emotional and ends up making great sacrifices for the well-being of the other characters, and, alongside, you have to have scenes where the other characters burst into tears and remark how great the Rajinikanth character is. And you also need a heroine or two. (Two, in this case, Anushka Shetty and Sonakshi Sinha.) No, this isn’t about Rajinikanth’s age. After all, if an ageing Sean Connery could play Bond in Never Say Never Again, there’s no reason to get worked up about Rajinikanth romancing much-younger actresses. But there’s the pesky problem about his image, which will not let him strike any real sparks with these heroines – he has to keep them at arm’s length. And this does the romantic tracks no favours.

    With all this, it’s a small miracle that the person summoned to make a 'Rajini movie' doesn’t turn chalk-white with fear and flee to a foreign country under an assumed name. But that cannot excuse the films.Lingaa is talky and overlong (nearly three hours), plagued with pacing issues, and – worse – tells a story that lays no claims to our emotions. Rajinikanth plays two roles. In the present-day portions, he’s a thief, and a lot of time is wasted on this character’s doings (one of them a heist involving a tennis ball, balloons, and sticker pottu) till we get to a British-era flashback that is this film’s reason for being. Here, Rajinikanth plays a munificent king who’s also a Cambridge-educated civil engineer (weren’t they all?) who decides to build that dam.

    Of course, there are people who don’t want that dam built, and the chief villain is a Brit whose name I never caught. That’s another problem. Rajinikanth’s films work best when he’s butting horns with a strong adversary – the deranged Neelambari in Padayappa, or Rajinikanth himself playing a robotic terror in Enthiran. The villain here is unintentionally hilarious (just watch him wrap his tongue around words like “nayavanjagam”). With the preordained outcome, the stakes are negligible.

    It’s easy to overlook the inaccuracies (though with a production this big, you’d think they’d do more research) – at a palace ball, we hear symphonic music when the musicians on stage are playing guitars and drums; in the flashback, set in 1939, we see repeated references to Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, which wasn’t published until a decade later. But it’s harder to forgive the near-complete lack of entertainment, save for a late-in-the-day action sequence where Rajinikanth jumps on a motorbike and does what we pay to see Rajinikanth do. The theatre erupted at this point – out of sheer relief, it seemed to me, at finally having something worth cheering about.

    Oh, there was one other scene that ushered in much excitement. It’s when we learn it’s the birthday of the Rajinikanth character in the flashback. A cake is wheeled out. People sing the birthday song. Fans watching Lingaa on its day of release, December 12 (Rajinikanth’s birthday), will enjoy being in the superstar’s vicinity as he cuts his birthday cake. But that’s just a temporary high. Next time, how about a film that leaves us with happy memories on other days as well?

    Source - http://www.thehindu.com/features/ci...e/article6686290.ece?homepage=true&theme=true
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
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  5. Bala

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    All the reviews have come down heavily on Linga,the best being Kashayam with Boskey,especially the last line,the film should have been named Long'a rather than Linga:)
    Looks like Rajini wanted to make a quickie and recover the losses from Kochadyan and has made the distributors sacrificial goats.
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  6. asimpleson

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    If Andha Kanoon was one of Rajnikanth's best (in Hindi) which others could be touted to be included in essential Rajni collection? In any language. I can say Amitabh's Deewar, Trishul, Sharabi, Aakri Raasta are some of those evergreen any day movies.

    I mean not just box office hits, but really good movies overall.
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    I have read somewhere that the movie was insured for 200 crores including the production loss and income from local and overseas sales. So rest assured Rajni has covered his track at least this time based on the lessons learnt after Koc.....
  8. Bala

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    Yes,he has sold the film for an astronomical price and made profit.Even the distributors tried all the trick that they do with Vijay movies like not letting other movies to be released leaving the viewer with no other choice.All that would not succeed this time.
  9. jumu

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    He seems to always court some controversy or the other, but the masses are still with him.:)

    Abdul
  10. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Abdul, are you one among that mass?

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