Thursday, April 8, 2010

'Paiya' - still has to grow up a bit..!

  Imagine going to the spa for a massage. The success of any massage session depends on the massage therapist who will attend to you since each has an individual style. Ok. The session starts. The foot is being massaged first. It is awesome!! The right pressure is being applied, the oil has just the apt amount of warmth and it smells fantastic. The therapist seems to know all the nuances of a rejuvenating massage and the foot is attended to in detail. Then the legs, the hands, the back - each is being taken care of so amazingly that you are starting to feel that this is going to be a fantastic session. You are eagerly waiting for it to proceed since the shoulder, neck and head form the main experience. Alas! just one quick tap on each shoulder, one hasty brush on the neck and a hurried bad touch on the head and she says 'over'. Huh?!! what? Thats it? I expected a better end - you want to say. Due to this disappointment of the ending, you lose the respect that had built up at the beginning.
This is the crux of my stint with Paiya!

 I always love it when I get to watch a movie without knowing ANYTHING at all about it, except of course who is acting in it. Not a single comment heard, not a single review read, not a single scene seen. In fact, I dint even know the movie got released. I happened to walk by the theatre with my mother and seeing the movie displayed there, we decided impulsively to go in. (Yes, life can be easy at times.) I only felt a bit unsure since I had not asked anyone if it had a 'sad' ending, for such movies spoil my day. Anyways, my luck looking up these days, it was worth a shot.

I frankly believe that the first five minutes of a movie decide the fate of the movie in our minds to a large extent. Show a boring song or fight sequence at the beginning itself and you have lost it to a large extent. In that manner, I loved this movie. The hero is shown as a guy with a very carefree, take-it-easy attitude who never takes anything seriously and lives life to his own ways. Maybe such a persona has been shown frequently before (Dhanush especially seems a stickler to it). Yet, the way Karthik has enacted it really deserves special mention. The guy has good acting skills in his genes and he proves it. The reckless, dont-care attitude oozes from every inch of his presence on screen. Kudos!

Hero sees the heroine and immediately falls in love. (Rolling eye smiley, please). Of course, as usual a huge part of film masala, but atleast he happened to 'coincidentially' meet her thrice before breaking into a song, unlike VTV where he went to a foreign locale to dance within 2 mins of seeing her. I dont understand how lady destiny brings the lead guy and the heroine alone to the same place at the same time a number of times. Whoa! Well, it was not bad here in this movie due to the good acting and youthful pace of events. Also, a bit of fairy tale stories are nice. But soon, this trend should change. It will not be long before a majority (and not just a few romantically challenged ppl like me) will start finding this silly.

The story follows the usual formula. Hero meets heroine. Falls in love. Saves her from many dangers. Finally heroines loves hero. Still, the first half was enjoyable. It was youthful, colourful and interesting. A good part of it could be attributed to the commendable acting by those cast as the Karthik's friends and the wonderful on-screen rapport between them. The manner in which the Karthik and Tamanna cross paths and come together for a lot of adventures in store is presented in a novel manner, that sparks an interest in the story. Of course, it HUGELY resembles the blockbuster 'Ghilli'. Yet, that is the strength I guess. Coz Ghilli was an amazing movie and I would not get bored of seeing a plot like it again.

 Tamanna's character does not have much scope of showing variety. Yet, the actress has attractive expressiveness and she has made good use of it.

Post-interval, the doom of the movie starts. The fight sequences start to get on the nerves, especially for the fact that the hero seems to be some super-humar super power who can emerge unscratched from any danger, be it 15 or 50 well-fed gundas against him. I am literally praying that the next scene is not a fight yet again. I still wonder what was the purpose of keeping a seperate track of 'Hero-and-his-enemies'. It merely acts as a filler, helping the director alternate - Hero's fight with gang A - romantic song - Hero's fight with gang B - romantic song. etc. Phew!

The last 15 minutes makes us feel as though one of these two scenarios could have occured -
A. Some lunatic psycho kidnapped Mr.Linguswamy's kid and threatened him to immediately wrap up the shooting in 3 days. But then, at that point, to properly execute the scenes as per the script would take another 30 days. What to do? He frantically changes the story and hurriedly finishes the movie in an inane manner.

B. Mr.Linguswamy got so inspired with taking the movie after writing the first few pages of the script that he dint bother finishing it completely. Only on reaching the shooting necessity, when he arrived at the last page, he realized that final few scenes are still pending. However he has lost the flow and forgot what he originally planned. Not knowing what to do and in a pressure to finish from the producer, he wraps up the story in a manner that does not appeal.

The worst part is that the heroine who does not feel anything for the hero till the last minute, falls in love with him within a span of a five minute fight sequence. Here is a hint for all you guys out there - this wld never happen in real. A woman takes a LOT of time before she will profess her love. If such a thought ever arises in her mind, she would analyze and review it atleast a thousand times before she says yes to you. If at all, during the process of her numerous decision making session, you seem to be emerging favourable, she will definitely show some clues ;) It would never be a case of nil hint till the ninth minute and a big hug in the tenth!!

Anyways, over all, paiya can be worth a watch. But no ovation can be expected after the ending. And oh yes! loved the songs...:)


9 comments:

abhster said...

This is precisely the difference between tamil and malayalam movies . In tamil movies , the story breaks all the rules of logic . In malayalam movies , the story maintains all the rules of logic .

When I went for a movie with a similar love-sequence , the people in-front of me after watching the " first time seeing and love " and they were like " another crackpot-lovestory .... dont these tamil film makers' have anything better to do ??? "

Then again , like you said , gang fights tend to get boring seeing as they're always the same . All tamil and malayalam actors fight the same way . Left arm up , right arm down . Right arm up , left arm down . Kick . Kick . This is the sequence and its boring.

Ash said...

I really got irritated and bored when tammanah also takes an umbrella to escape frm her enemies
@abhster : who needs logic rite nw


But i really liked karthik's acting and his so called jokes

abhster said...

@ash : I never asked for logic . I asked for something that could convince me . If it cant , its always the attitude of " I just wasted 2 hours of my invaluable yet fun time for this crap "

mr.weirdo!! said...

u liked the 1st half too ... i hated that too ... so over the top .. and acting of Karthi - i think this movie showed his flaws - dance? carefree attitude ? so much paruthiveeran ...and the way he walks!! wat crap! especially the interval block i seriously wanted to puke! - but ya it's not entirely his flaw as the writing and more importantly the director is like that ... i usually like these kinda concepts - a guy going with a girl and in their journey (within) where they get attracted to each other - okay here the guy is as usual stupid so he falls for her at the very beginning - that itself turned me off. turned off that much that i didnt wanna write a review because bored of banishing films.

mr.weirdo!! said...

and btw i would like to think both guys & girls take their own time to acknowledge feelings for some1 ... if at all a guy or a girl just like that says "i luv u" then it wont come from the heart (if at all there is something like that - okay well from deep within) but sometimes wid flexible people who are intuitive, it just comes with the flow and within a short span will be willing to try it out ...

gHiLLi said...

great review....thnx....i thght of gng to t movie.... bt changed it nw....last para is t best of t lot....

wat u said abt massage....a good start, then a steady approach nd an abrupt end....ur review was exactly t opposite.....a slow start, a steady increase in pace nd an awesome ending....well till nw i dint knw hw girls felt....i guess this will be helpful....

plz dont get me wrong.... this is jus a honest comment.....

thnx again for saving me..... :P

enter : 'lazy think tank' said...

the only thing i expected out of this movie was to see karthi finally fully clothed. and even that was satisfied only partly. for a software-job-hunting-youngster-in-bangalore karthi's language was terrible. his friends are posh and modern but the hero came across to me as a lazy wanderer sporting local slang, with no goals and like all typical heroes of tamil cinema ready to fall in 'love'. could the word be more inappropriately used!!! and could there be an even worse example as how not to be in life?

and i actually thougt i saw milind soman somewhere in the movie..or was i dreaming it???

tamil movies these days are becoming increasingly unwatchable and outright boring. it seems to me that anyone can make a movie these days and get away with it no matter how terrible it is!!! sad....

and tamannah could seriously use some training to stop churning her mouth 360 degrees around...

Akashaya said...

@sinduja : I was about to watch the film (i really wanted to watch the film)I heard that the song are awesome !!!
I could make out that the movie would be like ghilli, by watching the trailers only (cos it was full of car chasing scenes, fights and action)

bomzie said...

nice review....