Story of a lost journalist

September 25, 2008

Subramaniyapuram, from self-appointed official Trivandrum reviewer, me

Filed under: Movies/TV — Cris @ 14:12

Been waiting forever to see this movie. Heard a lot about it and yesterday watching the song kankal irandal (which I had heard and forgotten about) decided, today shall be the day. Just back after watching it and in one word: disappointed.
So why did it get such a name, why did everyone keep telling this was a not-to-be-missed movie? Because it was realistic, I told my Mom.

I went in a bit late so missed the beginning. The story was set in 1980, I realized a little later. I am not sure what TN looked and behaved like in 1980, but I think they have done a pretty decent job there. The song was the only thing I knew about the movie so I anticipated it to be a romantic-realistic movie, maybe something like Kadhal. Yes romance played a huge role. But there was also politics, there was also friendship and what came with friendship – hard-core bonding, treachery.

All the men, well most of them sported long beards – maybe that was the in thing in 80s. Few scenes that touched me, cant tell them all cause it’d spoil the climax of the movie – but one of them was when Mr Hero tells Mr Hero’s Mother “Amma paathu po ma” (Mother, watch yourself).

When a movie is realistic, you have got to expect a lot of really boring stuff that came with it – to capture the essence. So there were long minutes of festivals and whatever came with it, there were times when if someone was running they’d show it all the way from start to end and there was whatever goriness that came with the whole reality stuff.

It also gives out a scary message: once you start on a wrong trail, you won’t feel like coming back, you will somehow keep going. No, no, no that wont do. You feel like stopping them to tell them, enough you have already done bad, now stop and turn back please. Alright maybe that’s not what you feel like doing, you might want to turn yourself away from the Cinema and take an auto home! But for some reason, I waited till the end to do that. I was waiting hopefully for a deeper meaning, for something more to suddenly appear on the screen. Yeah, yeah get a grip girl it’s a movie!

I wouldn’t say it was bad as in yuck, but I wouldn’t ask someone to go watch it. Unless they were one of those utter realistic kinda people. Its a simple story of a few simple people, and how the simple happy days change to complicated suffering ones. One word about the Heroine. Amusing. Her smile is. Anwyay here, Ze official site



  1. Best review of the movie ever possible. 😀 I’d heard detailed accounts of the movie from friends, I guess this is the best way one can review it! Makes me feel like watching it even though you dissed it here! 😛

    The heroine’s smile is AMAZING indeed!

    Comment by Hari — September 25, 2008 @ 20:36 | Reply

  2. Interesting review ! Will catch a watch sometime..! And will let you know my take

    Comment by Kavi — September 25, 2008 @ 21:10 | Reply

  3. I’ve been hearing about this for quite sometime now..I read an unusual review about this in KeralaKaumudi’s editorial page, claiming that it would take 50 more yrs for Malayalam Cinema to reach this standard..(well, I still believe the movies of 80s and early 90s still stand haed and shoulders above the present Tamil ones) The plot appears interesting but what new does this have to offer??

    Comment by scorpiogenius — September 25, 2008 @ 21:44 | Reply

  4. been hearing glowing reviews all over about this movie. and i been planning to watch it since the time it got released. That 70’s look and the different feel of the movie made me want to watch it.. but now I really wonder what the fuss was all about after reading this. Hmm..anyway I’ll watch it to know how bad(or good) it is

    Comment by Praveen — September 25, 2008 @ 23:17 | Reply

  5. Yep! same as the ones above. I wanted to watch the movie ever since I heard the song. The song beautiful as it is, was not what attracted me though. I heard that it was not typical romance and had socio-political elements in it. The thought that It might be different really piqued my interest.Njan ella chappu chavarum kaanum, be it romance, action, drama, comedy. So was interested anyway. But reading your review helped me expect what to expect and what not to expect(Huh? Sometimes i don’t make any sense, do I?). Before i only had a general idea, thanks 2 you i get, what ‘kind’ of movie this is. Thank you dearie!! Will watch it definitely!! 🙂

    Comment by M.Rose — September 26, 2008 @ 14:04 | Reply

  6. I saw the movie in DVD, its just a remake of Kamal Hasan’s famous Sathya which was a remake of Arjun. They have set it in 1980s thats the only difference, but Kamal’s film was better in romance and action. But the ending is bit different here, this fim was first named as Pallikondapuram but the author of a novel based on TVM comlained on the title rights and they changed to Subramaniyapuram. if you have seen Paruthiveeran and Mrugam you know the direction is influenced by those films. The Gancha Karup turning traitor is surprise element, all actors done well, villain is also a director, film is realistic so the audience now in 40’s will like it, thats success of film. That was not IT era, jobless penniless aimless youth were abundant in villages so the decision was correct. They cannot put the story in the present era, where such fools dont exist anymore.
    Anyway its better than now boring same story big M movies,but if u comapre with ‘thirakatha’ you will agree we are also not that degraded.

    Comment by aarushi — September 26, 2008 @ 14:10 | Reply

  7. @Hari, aww thanks kiddo! You always have nice words for big sis! Amazing smile hah? Thats what you, a teenaged boy feel about the heroine, a teenaged girl. Why am I not surprised!

    @Kavi, yes please. I am interested to know what you feel about it, considering the aweseome reviews you have done in your blog!

    @scorpiogenius, yes I heard about the review – by Punathil Kunjabdullah. Yet to read it. But except for the utter-reality factor, I dont know why it made such a hue. We have had realistic movies coming out in Malayalam too, more often than you could ask for.

    @Praveen, yes do. The movie is certainly different and I might go to the extent of saying worth watching once – if you could just about manage to sit through the whole realistic approach. And yes, setting it in 80s was done neatly and brings about a wee bit of nostalgia – cause you dont have young people spending so much time sitting around anymore, they are all sitting with their computers 🙂

    @M.Rose, haha thats what my write up did? Seems after all my outcry, I actually prompted all my readers to watch it. But I didnt have any intention of driving anyone away, cause I could see that it had the element to hold someone’s attention and give out some unheard message, although I failed to uncover that! Let me know how you liked it!

    @aarushi, DVD?? DVDs are out already? Then how will the movie run in Cinemas? Thats sad! Good or bad, any movie deserves a decent time in the Cinemas. I have watched only bits of Kamal’s Sathya – but I thought that was on a different track. Unless you broaden the criminal paths taken by the heroes and generalise that part. Yes it was not IT era yet, and I actually felt a sense of loss seeing young people crowd around to hang out with each other instead of with the computers. Yes its certainly better than a lot of other movies running around collecting huge, hope it does a good job. Yet to see thirakatha.

    Comment by Cris — September 26, 2008 @ 14:37 | Reply

  8. Actually my first reaction after the movie was exactly what is described in your review.
    Good… but could have been better.!!

    Anyways, liked it better when I watched it a second time.. if you think about it, the flow of the movie is simply brilliant!! Unemployment, traces of naxalism, 80’s romance.. lifestyle… its a beautiful movie to watch except the murder scenes..
    I would say Subramanyapuram is actually faster and more engaging than Paruthiveeran.. Paruthiveeran dragged a lot.. but overall.. paruthiveeran strikes more chords 🙂

    “Amma paathu po maa..” Thats the only time the hero actually says something to his mother with love..
    Touched me too..:-)

    And the heroine.. with those eyes… any murderers heart would melt!! 🙂

    Comment by Layman — September 26, 2008 @ 19:38 | Reply

  9. “kangal irandal..” I am loving it! 🙂 Meaningful and soothing. The film, according to my analysis is “Good” .
    “Its a simple story of a few simple people, and how the simple happy days change to complicated suffering ones ”

    ^^^ I feel like making a simple movie is the hardest thing.
    So my 100 points to the director and cast selector.

    Comment by Srijith — September 27, 2008 @ 02:00 | Reply

  10. I was planning to see it in SL theatres but they changed to Athira which never run A/c and we cannot concentrate on the movie as os many prostitutes and those who want to take liquor comes there and its a disgusting experience, so I went Beema palli and got DVD for 20/- in stead of wasting 35/- at Athira. Unless we do something about the standard of movie halls, TVM has the highest number fortunately and when old generation of Subrahmanya group passes away, they all wil be converted to malls and shopping complexes. Any Mlayalam Tamil film is available in Beemapalli for 15-20 bucks. They are destroying cinema that way. Reliance and Mohanlal are trying to buy Sreekumar Sreevishak , so we can hope a multiplex coming right in the city with 100 and more ticket charges in near future.

    Comment by aarushi — September 27, 2008 @ 10:28 | Reply

  11. atlast I saw the movie, after I reading ur review.
    and yeah, I loved it. as u said, there were some boring seqences of the fests, especially the dappankoothu which made its appearance quite often.
    but on the whole its a well made enjoyable flick.

    Comment by Praveen — September 27, 2008 @ 13:19 | Reply

  12. hmm..I guess i need not watch the movie..Life is already troublesome and i don’t need more depressing movies..Maybe i need a ‘In harihar nagar’ now :-/

    Comment by Nimmy — September 27, 2008 @ 17:19 | Reply

  13. u got me addicted to this song…listening to it like 10 times today …

    Comment by mathew — September 27, 2008 @ 19:32 | Reply

  14. @Layman, hmm maybe I will watch it a second time too in that case. But not in the near future! The heroine like you saw has got mesmerizing eyes, but that didnt do a lot of good did it!

    @Srijith, you follow the meaning of the song? 😛 I actually didnt listen to the words, but I love the music. Agreed bro, simple movies are the best. But this was simple only for the initial few minutes. Ah anyway different people enjoy different things.

    @aarushi, thats illegal!!!

    @Praveen, hmm I should do more reviews! I can urge people to watch it in spite of my openly expressed dissatisfaction! Hehe but yes its worth a one-time watch I guess. Glad you liked it.

    @Nimmy, yes its pretty depressing. Mm I would have recommended Inharihar nagar too. One of my favorites 🙂

    @mathew, same here!!! So much that my Mom shuts her ears and doors now!

    Comment by Cris — September 28, 2008 @ 14:14 | Reply

  15. I liked it very much, one of the best I have seen in recent yrs but I dont see much of new films. Let me confess I have turned forty and I like realisic films.I felt nostalgic about the love of those times when communication of love was less verbal and physical but more with the eyes. It shows violent acts starts a vicious cycle from which it is difficult to get out even if you want too. How unscrupulous politicians use hot blooded youths for their needs is depicted well. All should see it once atleast.

    Comment by Charakan — November 17, 2008 @ 19:18 | Reply

  16. @Charaka, I suppose you are right. Its just that it was too crude, the violence part, at least it seemed so to me. The romance, yes fully agree with you, it seemed to have a lot more meaning with its subtleness than the understood-to-be-for-short-term relationships you see now. But then either way you may end up with a wrong choice.

    Comment by Cris — November 19, 2008 @ 18:55 | Reply

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