Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya - dont even cross your front yard to watch this flick!

  Has Gautham Menon seriously lost it? I mean did no one...NO ONE absolutely tell him that this was a seriously stupid movie that he was making?

O.K... It had been a long time since there were talks on this movie and the couple looked good together. It was a 'Gautham Menon' movie with A.R's music. Whoa, I thought, it definitely cant be bad and I wanted to be done watching it before all started cooing their 'Oooooohhs' and 'Aaaaaaahs' and 'Aaaawwwwwwweesommmme, you still dint watch it?!!' , in the characteristically irritating musical high pitch. So, there I am, all seated, grinning slyly at the thought of how lucky I was, compared to my friends, to be in a place, where you can easily get the first day tickets unlike in Chennai.

(Warning: Review contains spoilers..do not read it if you are planning to watch. Oh btw, try not to watch!)
The movie begins. Hero is sitting at the wedding of his love, Trisha. (Ummm... doesnt this seem familar?..seri ok..paapom) Hero is an engineering graduate passionate about film-making against the wishes of his parents. (Engeyo paatha maadhiriye irukke...Hmmm). Fine...nostalgia is a pardonnable crime. Afterall, in an industry prone to get creatively challenged, repetitions are bound to happen. But stupidity?!

The first shred of stupidity was the blossom of love between our 2 main characters. Trisha passes by him and BOOM! he falls madly in love. True, they have shown in numerous movies as to how the guy feels swept off merely by seeing the girl once. Yet, atleast for formality's sake, they would keep a lot more 'coincidencial' meetings..probably to justify stuff in our minds. Whatever! Fine..passable. But here.... no! just 2 minutes of seeing Trisha and he is jumping, sommersaulting, dancing, crapping..what not! On top of that, a song for this with AR music. (Dei... idhellam overa illa...). (Mr. Gautham,I dont expect my on-screen heros to be sensible Mr.Practicality, yet in an age of neo-realistic movies, this seems rotten folly. Grow up!)

 The next many scenes show how our Hero is chasing the girl. Yet, they fail to reach us - the scenes seem stretched ... no, sssss-ttttttttttt-rrrrr-eeeee-tttttttt-ccccchhhhhhhhhhhhh-eeeeeeeeddddddd and flicked. Trisha's character seems to be having split personality disorder in the movie and we bear the brunt of this. 

Scene 1 - She avoids him. 
Scene 2 - It seems like she is starting to like him.
Scene 3 - She allows him to touch her and kiss her.
Scene 4 - She again asks him to get lost. 
Scene 5 - She invites him for a movie.
End of scene 5 - She tells him she hates him. (Whoa! Slow down, Mr.Gautham! What are you trying? To characterize your heroine as an intense, confused person? Sorry, you have failed and she merely comes across as someone under hormonal mood swings.)

Trisha cancels the wedding and runs out of the church. After all the torture, I could have cared less had she even run away with the Priest. I am relieved. Thats all -  atleast the movie has gotten over! Phew! And then, the words flash on the screen - Intermission. WHAT?! It is just the intermission? $#%^!*%

After the intermission, the lead couple is romancing and we are wondering what more could the movie hold for an hour. Are there going to be scenes as to how they convince their parents? Mr. Gautham probably heard our thoughts and gleefully gives his come-back - "Aaahha! I gotcha! Here is where I give my 'TWIST' - Trisha gets more mood swings and she herself calls off the relationship. Dint expect it - did you?" ( No, Mr. Gautham Menon, we seriously dint expect you would have gone this crazy. )

Towards the end, the hero takes a movie of this crap story (We feel like warning him not to) and sees Trisha in America. (Wow, the phrase 'small world' never held more true than in this movie). This is where Gautham Menon was probably in the peak of his dementia, for he tries something new and leaves us feeling like we are gonna be on the beginning stages of dementia soon.  Oh, and note it! - For all the brashness in the world, the scenes in the end suggest that this movie is liked by all and is becoming a huge hit. (Yeah right!). Gautham Menon was probably getting insecure and hence kept those scenes.

The success of a movie depends on how well we connect with the on-screen lives of the actors. Over here, Gautham wanted to depict the love of a couple from two religions whose backgrounds do not allow for a happy ending. Yet, the love stays. He seems to have failed since we never connected with the couple's love in the first place. It seemed shallow, adolescent and yes, CONFUSING!. Probably some psychologist who researches on womens' changing state of emotions would endorse. Not us! Give us a neat story. Do not beat around the bush.

Verdict- " Olagathula ethanaiyooo padangal irundhum, naan yen indha padatha paathaen?"

P.S - Was this G.M's own story? If yes!, Dude, dont waste producers' money and people's time to indulge in self-fulfilling narcissism to celebrate yourself. We really dont care about your personal love stories.  

39 comments:

Pan said...

the priest running away with the heroine, now that's what i would like to see in an indian movie. :D

Sindu said...

ACTUALLY, thinking about it now... I think that might have made the movie different and interesting! :D

amudhan said...

@Sindu:
Ippa thaan vunga bloga padichen... ennala mudiyala... mikka sandhosam... naan enna enna ellam feel pannenoo adhe maari neengalum feel pannirukeenga... :) I thought everyone will like this septic-tank.

Your Verdict- " Olagathula ethanaiyooo padangal irundhum, naan yen indha kuppaiya paathaen?" - :D mudiyala :D

padathula 'dei... enna dhaan da solla vara... adha seekaram solli tholoda pannada' nu kaththanum phola irundhuchu... romba slowa eduththa classical love story maari aaidumnu andha ******ku nenaipu phola... innum enakku koovam adangala... :)

Sindu said...

@Amudhan: Lol... thangal vaakiya thirangal ellam thamizhil mikka sirappaga veli varugindrana... :D

chidu said...

bad review..seriously its a good movie..this movie can be enjoyed only if you know the pain of love.. It is a awesome romantic movie after a long time..athukulla ipadi thappa'lam review elutha kudathu..

Sindu said...

Pain of love...? Dude..come on. Pain of love has been beautifully essayed in many Indian movies - Sethu, Guna to name a few. Yes, there is pain here for love ..but the reason?? It is so silly. Why did she break off the relationship for no reason?? Esp. after she was willing to run away with him...

chidu said...

listen ella love'um success agathu..usual eh ne solra movies eh pathena onnu success agum illata yaravathu irandurupanga..but here its completely different..avan kuda odi poiruntha ella padathula vara mathiri normal eh irunthurukum..btn ipo ulla 95% love ippadi than iruku..athe than konja decent eh katirukanga...

chidu said...

He showed love in another dimension..
ithu than reality..rasika theriyanum sindhu..

Sindu said...
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Sindu said...

@Chidu: Mudiyala...:D ...btw, any personal significance? ;) ... iru iru..apporam kaetukkaren

chidu said...

haha..sathiyama noooooo..

mr.weirdo!! said...

i think indian audience like to read in between the lines .. or to tell it nicely they love to imagine things with the story ... when u hear a story ppl get connected to it rather than getting connected to the way it is told ... and besides most of the guys (including girls) dont analyse feelings especially of the opposite sex ... so when some1 submits an analogy they readily accept it :)

Ash said...

I thought of watching it but after read ur reiview im more desperate to watch it . I saw the trailers but i feel that it is a good movie ...

Ash said...

@pan : A good thought

Anonymous said...

Athaane pathen.. Ennada Chimpu oru nalla padam nadichitan nu nenachen.. mudhal masam sambalathula Rs 200 save pannathukku en manamaarntha nandri

Sindu said...

@Ash: Lol.. yes you will definitely feel it is a good movie.. all these lovey dovey ppl think it is a good movie..;D

@Anonymous: No..No.. do not come to conclusions reading this. You have probably heard from a lot of people it is good. In fact very few people think it is bad. I personally feel it was terrible..probably because I never really have been a gr8 fan of sentimental romance. Yet, if you are one of those people who holds flags for 'love'.. you might like it. :)

Sindu said...

@Mr.weirdo: "when u hear a story ppl get connected to it rather than getting connected to the way it is told " - Wow! I am going to write a book of my favourite quotes from the 'weird' guy :)

Very very true... I guess almost everyone who saw the movie became Simbhu for a couple of hours.

mr.weirdo!! said...

ya ... and thats were the movie kinda falters ... they should step in to the shoes of Jessi too. Poor her all she can come up with is "Am sorry Karthik ... i dono why i am doing things like this" - but am sorry girls are more intelligent even when they r confused.

Sindu said...

EXXAAAACTLYYYYY!!!!!!!

And therein people, I rest my case on why I dint like this flick.

CHIBI said...

I dont agree with your review sindu, yes the movie has certain flaws.. trisha's character wasn't shown in depth.. they showed her as a confused girl taking hasty decisions..!

break ups and moving on is pretty normal in the real world..most people can relate themselves to it.. if u can't.. nothing wrong !perception differs..

its a better movie compared to likes of vettaikaran, villu etc..

and BGM was simply awesome..!

Sindu said...

Break-ups and moving on is pretty normal in real life... exactly! it is very normal. You have seen it, I have seen it, the guy next door has seen it. I think the question is how deeply one clings on to it. I can relate to it... yet, does my mind get all emotional every single time I read or watch some love story? No! probably that is why we differ in our views.

The review of this movie perhaps lies in one's intensity of perception of something that is just yet another phase of life. Do you endorse people collecting the grains of sand that their lover has walked on? You probably dont. I similarly dont get all awed on a movie whose theme seems to be falling in love n moving on shown in very casual terms. So, it matters on our intensity to perceive sentiments. Anyways, glad you enjoyed it! :)

Yes, the BGM was good! :)

slayer said...

Yes, the BGM was good! :)

--------------------------------- bahahaha!!! feel like laughing at it ..

The BGM s were really pathetic .

sorry arr!! u have to work on it !!

slayer said...

what made vtv look bad to my eyes .. its jus another breezy love story( as claimed by himself :P) from gautam. a crime thriller which had only half n hour of crude romance made me feel wat the characters felt for each other
i felt wat maaya felf and anbu selvan felt wen the female voice sung kalaaba kadhala ..and in a movie with love as a main theme n with a negative end how haunting the music must be
blame arr for his pathetic bgm..
jus bcos u hav arrs call sheet u cant compose 7 songs which r needless for the script .arr sir .. music is for the movie n not for self
ppl better work on ur analysing skills on music n not on blind fanatism..

contents are purely subjective :P

Sindu said...

Yes... there was incongruence of music to the mood at many places. Guess many might not have noticed it... though it was a huge factor in weakening the strength of an already weak show. The kind of pain we felt in '7G' was failed to be elicited here...

CHIBI said...

@ slayer : ARR's BGM maynot be as good as his earlier bombay or RDB, but he's done a very good job.. the music lifts up the situation in the movie.. the songs were perfect for the movies and situations..esp aromale..its gautham menon who spoilt the songs by his messy videos..!

am a big fan of ilayaraja's BGM's and its not blind fanatism from me saying ARR's BGM was awesome..

mr.weirdo!! said...

i beg to disagree - details in my review of the music - mind u it was written when the audio got released. http://life-n-coda.blogspot.com/2010/01/vinnaithaandi-varuvaaya.html

Sindu said...

Aromale was a great peice. Yet, as a friend of mine remarked, what was it about having a hip-hop fusion kind of music when Simbhu is returning from Goa? It really dint go with the mood, or rather, something more haunting and distressed would have suited the scene.

mr.weirdo!! said...

oh u were more particular about the bgm - yes i have issues with that to a certain extent - d fusion kida things for said scene would have gone well had it been a lengthier one - imagine him go through great amt of hindrence n al to reach her ... i think that scene was cut to reduce the length or something ..... it was standing out for me.

ash said...

Acutally i dont like the story of this movie i just wanted 2 have a horrible experience of tamil movies after watching a good one like tamil padam and all .
the story doesnt hav any meaning
Its like
The heroine likes a guy dumps him and acts as if she's gonna marry sum1 else and later runs away during the marriage with her love and then at last she dumps that guy mam wat is this its almost like Love aaj Kal but this one is more complicated

Sindu said...

@Ash: Exactly ash...that is all she does throughout the movie - say no, say yes, say no, say yes and finally a no!

CHIBI said...

@ sindu: try watching "500 days of summer"..!

Anonymous said...

"no! just 2 minutes of seeing Trisha and he is jumping, sommersaulting, dancing, crapping..what not!"

I didn't bother reading the review beyond this. Please remember this for future reference should you choose to continue writing (although I'd strongly recommend against it). Crapping is the act of passing fecal matter out your anus. The noun form can be used in other contexts, but the verb form always means the same thing- defecating.

Sindu said...

Dear Anonymous,

It amuses me that you chose to judge a review based on the writer's grammatical flaws rather than opinions. Remember, even those who cannot read or write could have their own staunch opinions. Secondly, the verb form of crap could mean different things... though ofcourse, I did forget to include an object after the verb.

crap1   /kræp/ Show Spelled [krap] Show IPA noun, verb,crapped, crap·ping.

–verb (used without object)
4.Vulgar. to defecate.
–verb (used with object)
5.Slang: Sometimes Vulgar. to talk nonsense to; attempt to deceive.
—Verb phrases
6.crap around, Slang: Sometimes Vulgar.
a.to behave in a foolish or silly manner.
b. to avoid work

(Source:dictionnary.com)

Krishnan Ravichandran said...

rotflmao, hilariously written....... but i guess none of us can or should take a stand on the characterization from the movie..... are you saying you dont see characters like that....

gj said...

Somtimes alot of stupidity and craziness on screen is not a big harm, and i feel Gautham Menon can be the only person (of course apart from the legends) who cud have given it in such a neat manner, if it was some one else it wud have become a full length galeeju masala movie, GM still deserves alot of kudoos, was searchin for tat in ur review at one point at-least but coudln, at-least the cinematography can be appreciated !!!!!!

Akashaya said...

ma'am u are 100% right...!!
i wish i read this before i saw the film..!!

enter : 'lazy think tank' said...

loved ur review!!!! every bit what i felt and what i was reprimanded for feeling...some went ahead and called me love-impaired!!! LOL! :P btw...this movie is not gautham's original...its a loose remake of 500 days of summer :)

bomzie said...

Mean... very mean

Akshu said...

@sinduja: I noticed ur verdict just now, srsly, trooooo !!! lolzzz :D :D :D !!! I liked ur verdict ! This movie is just a watse of money and time !!!