Saturday, February 28, 2009

After a long time a good tamil song

Lately only a few songs in tamil impress me. The last good album I liked was Vaaranam Aayiram. I don't know if the quality has reduced or just that there are not as many great movies coming out which demand the quality of music which prevailed few years ago. 

Yuvan and Harris are the only music directors I look forward to these days other than Dharan on whom I have a lot of hope after he smashing debut in Sivi. While Yuvan is not consistent I feel a tad bit more confident with Harris' albums. I'm not talking about AR Rahman here because I don't think he's going to be approached for normal tamil movies anymore after his Oscar twins. And honestly I don't want him to do movies like Azhagiya Tamizh Magan or Sakkarakatti. He's better off doing albums like Connections and coming up with music videos with Rajiv Menon or Bharat Bala. 

As long as there are two biggies, Mani and Shankar, we can be sure to get some Musical Tranquility. But coming back to recent music, I am hooked on to this song from Sarvam called Katrukkule. Its a haunting melody by Yuvan and sung by himself too. The rain drops in the background create a mesmerizing aura.
Check it out

Sunday, February 22, 2009

AR Rahman wins both Oscars..and boy what a performance that was

It was Padmashri AR Rahman few months back in papers and websites.

Then it was Golden Globe award winner AR Rahman few days back.

And ladies and gentlemen, now it is TWO TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER A R RAHMAN !!!!!!!!!!

Unbelievable....truly unbelievable moment for all the fans all around the world.

My hands are trembling while I'm typing this, my heart overjoyed, I've never ever seen anyone winning two oscars on the same night back to back and that too in their debut AND that too from a non-american country.

And what a way to end the magical moment...

" Ellam Pugazhum Iraivanukke " - All Praises to Lord

This is an evening that certainly would go down as THE moment in the history of Indian Cinema and Indian music. And AR Rahman it completely belongs to you. Thank you ...thank you so much for making us proud !!!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Jai Ho with Jay Leno

Watch the clip where ARR is totally having a blast while singing Jai Ho @ Jay Leno show. Also love the beautiful soulstirring Latika's theme which he plays while the unknown lady sings. It gives me goosebumps when I see Americans singing Jai Ho song. A sense of pride runs through my veins, the happiness unexplainable.

On a sidenote, I dunno whats with misspelling AR Rahman's name everytime. First it was in Golden globe when Kate Beckinsale addressed hims as AR Raaman and now Jay Leno calls him AJ Raaman...hehehe...crap, but chalega. When one is happy these mistakes look way tooo small to complain about.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Taran Adarsh - The most illiterate yet popular film critic

I've been waiting to write this post for a long time. Don't know when. May be from Dil chahta hai time or Swades. I was thinking that it aint the right time to post anything about the stupid Indiafm reviewer, but after reading his movie review of Dev D I had no intention to hold back. I don't want to explain why he is bad, or why he is biased. I don't even want to prove anything as the facts I've collected speak for themselves. Here are the various movies, some great, some bad, placed not in any particular order. You can clearly see that the rating and the excerpt from the review make totally no sense with the movie:

Kabhi Alvida na kehna - 4.5 / 5

On the whole, KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA is an outstanding film from the writing, performance and execution point of view. It has style, substance, it takes challenges and doesn't follow formulas -- and that is its biggest strength.

Rang de basanti - 2.5 / 5

A.R. Rahman's music is ordinary. Barring ?Paathshala? and the title track, Rahman?s score doesn?t stay with you after the screening has ended.

Singh is Kingg - 4 / 5

Few minutes into the film and you know that SINGH IS KINNG is a lavish spectacle that’s high on entertainment. Sonu Sood chasing a gora assassin at the very start or minutes later, Akshay chasing a hen — SINGH IS KINNG starts with gusto.

Chak de India - 2 / 5

On the whole, CHAK DE INDIA is a well-made product, but its fate at the ticket window wouldn't be as glorious as its intentions.

Welcome - 4 / 5

Welcome to the crazy, mad, funny, outlandish, outrageous, zany world of WELCOME, directed by Anees Bazmee, who gave us the rib-tickling NO ENTRY.

Thoda pyar thoda magic - 3.5 / 5

That Kunal Kohli is a fine storyteller has already been proved [HUM TUM and FANAA were accomplished works]. Now watch him handle a simple, uncomplicated story with dexterity and you'd agree, Kunal has only matured with time.

Swades - 1.5 / 5

A.R. Rahman's music may sound soothing when you hear it, but when viewed with the story, most of the songs are of the 'fast forward' variety. Clearly, there's not one track you carry home after the screening has concluded. In fact, it would be in the best interests of the film to delete a few songs in the second half, for that would perk up the goings-on to an extent. It would prove to be a good exercise in some damage control at least!

Heyy Babyy - 4 / 5

HEYY BABYY promises entertainment unlimited and delivers it with aplomb. Do carry your kerchief along. It makes you laugh, it makes you moist-eyed. This Babyy rocks!

Yuvvraj - 3 / 5

Yet, in all fairness, YUVVRAAJ is a notch above the commonplace. If you intend spending your hard-earned money on it or devoting 3 hours of your precious time on Ghai's new outing, chances are you won't regret it.

Life in a Metro - 2.5 / 5

Another area where the film suffers is that each and every song has the 'Metro Band' coming up from nowhere and humming the lines. Agreed, they are good singers and using the Band in a song or two would've been okay, but every song? They're such a terrible put-off! Besides, the music [Pritam] is strictly okay.

Dil Chahta hai - 2 / 5

The biggest flaw of the film is that it has been treated like an English film. To be honest, it is too western for the Indian masses to digest. Moreover, in the post-interval portions, the story moves on three different tracks, which are alien to each other. The film suffers in the scripting department. The storyline is new, but it has its limitations. It might appeal to a select few in metros; universal acceptance is ruled out.

Karzzz - 4 / 5

At the box-office, the film should fetch a thunderous start and in due course, should be amongst the biggest achievers of the year in terms of business. Reincarnation themes have a super-successful track record, right from KARZ to KARAN ARJUN to OM SHANTI OM. Now add KARZZZZ to this list. Damn the pseudo critics who even rubbished KARZ three decades ago. Go by your instinct and have a blast!

Rab ne bana di jodi - 2 / 5

The business in Overseas, however, should be better, but the business in India RAB NE BANA DI JODI is no DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE, it's not MOHABBATEIN either. will totter, tremble and fumble after the initial weekend.

Black - 2 / 5

But Bhansali is letdown, and terribly at that, by the screenplay department. The screenplay does not offer much in the post-interval portions. In fact, the story takes its own time to unfold in this half. Also, the interaction between Amitabh and Rani gets cyclic and monotonous after a point.

And finally, the latest movie review ...

Dev D - 1 / 5

There's no harm if you pick up an enticing story and tell it your way, but Kashyap goes a bit too far, crosses all limits and tends to get abstract once again. And that's the reason for DEV D's downfall. Watching DEV D is akin to doing atyachaar on oneself! On the whole, DEV D is NO SMOKING II. Does one elaborate more?

Reading these reviews and seeing these ratings I feel even a monkey can give better reviews than Taran ( no offense to the monkey ). There are two important observations one can draw from his reviews. One: he doesn't review a movie based on its merits, charms and experience, rather he goes for the box office outcomes. Two: if he fails to understand a movie, it becomes an abstract movie or something which won't work for the Indian public. Now obviously his pea-sized brain could not comprehend the hidden beauty of Dil chahta hai or Dev D.

Why is this bad for Indian films ??
Recently there's a wave of new, fresh, and talented directors who are coming out with innovative themes for movies. Obviously they hardly get proper funding, or in other words they aren't backed by big production houses. Now who can support these films? If not with money atleast with words / praises. The CRITICS !!!

Critics are the people who irrespective of promotions, should talk about the strong points of films and promote it with their words. Millions of viewers actually read their views and decide whether to watch a movie or not. The movies which anyway get huge publicity will do well in boxoffice irrespective of what reviewers say. In such conditions what is the use of someone like Taran who calls himself a leading film critic and yet fails to understand movies like Dev D, Swades, Dil Chahta hai, Black or even Chak De India ??? I can have my 6 yr old cousin to write about a Shahrukh khan big budget movie and believe me you will hardly find any difference between his review and Moron's ( read Taran's). I just hope he stops calling it Movie reviews and calls it something like Box Office prospects, because thats exactly what his so called distasteful and biased reviews aim for.

For a long time I've found shelter in better websites for movie reviews. My most trusted sites and reviewers whom you all can whole heartedly follow are -
1) Aakash Gandhi from PlanetBollywood
2) Jeevi Review from Idlebrain
3) Many extremely talented reviewers from PassionforCinema website.

Or much better than that, be your own judge, your own reviewer. Watch a movie and decide for yourself if its good or bad. Nobody can speak for Billions of people. Not even God I think. Then how can we expect one reviewer to judge if a movie is good or bad. And that too an illiterate like Taran 'Madar'shhhh ???