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December 2, 2008

Varanam Ayiram, hmm

Filed under: Movies/TV — Cris @ 10:29
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Philip has already done a good job of Varanam Ayiram – story and review. When commenting I thought I will write my own version. Here is how it started. My auto rickshaw driver heard “Sreekandeshwaram” when I said “SL Theatres” – don’t ask me how, I guess its my brilliant accent – and directions were never my strong point – so we saw a lot of Trivandrum before reaching the Cinema. One more side-detail before reaching the main story – they took me to a seat right next to which was sitting an ex-colleague with helmet on lap and heading towards nap (hey that rhymes!) – such a small world – you have a howdy-mate wherever you go.

Now the movie. I was warned that it had a bit of The Wonder Years in it which was what actually took me to the movie. So I found a boy narrator talking about himself, about his Dad. Good. I like it when there is narration. Boy narrator grows up, he reaches high school, college and proceeds with life. Surya, I thought looked very much a young boy doing school days. Early life finished pretty fast. That was one thing about the movie. All the while so many things were happening you hardly had time to keep track.

The narration goes on and we see Sameera Reddy appearing. Now Philip may say she was an angel on earth but like I have commented there, I thought blech, a male faced female. So when Surya was saying “I knew that night what kathal (love) is… I knew what you felt when you saw Amma for the first time”, I thought “Sheesh”.

I actually liked the Surya-Sameera part of the story. It was, in one word nice. Surya’s exaggerated expressions actually seemed quite – alright I have to say it – cute (I have a particular aversion to that word). I will agree with Philip on one thing. The Priya part of the story failed to sink in. But then it somehow seemed the natural course to take – it felt real. Then there is Simran doing an older mature role. Not bad.

And then of course the main theme – the Dad part of the story. I was not quite happy there. From all that adoration, I was expecting a stronger Dad – I don’t mean a 6-pack abs or one that roars – but somehow the Dad lacked character, the Dad was not Dad enough. He seemed like a good old man who gave bits and pieces of advice to a younger man in the neighborhood – all the Dad-son reality, freedom, and naturalness was missing. It was like a good natured patient character was stitched up for the Dad who just talked like a good natured patient character. He could be anyone Surya knew, not Dad.

There are more aspects in the movie, which Philip says was the work of a confused director who wanted to have a bit of everything in his movie. I didn’t exactly feel it a hullabaloo of events, but yeah some of it was a little out of place and fitted in for the sake of fitting in. Like the director must have thought “Oh there is no Kashmir in the movie, let me add that now”.

About Surya, he acted well and boy he has a good face, I thought it’d be perfect for Jesus Christ’s role but I won’t try talking about his 6-pack abs (another personal aversion!). So hmm that’s it. I am not giving out the story. It was a nice 3 hours for me, and I didn’t think it a waste of time or money. It could have been better yeah, but then every one cant do wonder-years.

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15 Comments »

  1. I agree somewhat with your final analysis – it wasn’t a total waste of time. Whatever the director tried to show, he did so with conviction. All the pieces somehow just managed to not fall into place.

    Comment by philip — December 2, 2008 @ 21:31 | Reply

  2. It was a neat movie.. I quite liked it. It was refrehsingly different. And was quite interesting..!

    And quiet liked this review..

    Comment by Kavi — December 3, 2008 @ 19:45 | Reply

  3. Didn’t see it yet. Love the music though. Surya looks well suited for the different stages(from what i saw of the posters and pictures) Thanx 4 a capsule form of the movie dear! Well worded. Will watch it, definitely.
    (Drop by if u have time, chrissy!)

    Comment by M.Rose — December 3, 2008 @ 23:55 | Reply

  4. Nice review. You should’ve tried rating the movie, though. The music is awesome, yes! And that forces me to go see the movie (even though I’m desperately bankrupt!!) 😀

    And sis, did you know? The movie was originally 3.5 hours long!! There were 3 or more fight scenes. I think they edited out those scenes after the first couple of days. 😀

    Comment by Hari — December 4, 2008 @ 11:59 | Reply

  5. @philip, yeah I agree, I guess he will do a lot better next time

    @Kavi, why thank you :-). Glad you enjoyed the movie.

    @M.Rose, you bet I will drop in! Not for the movie, but meeting you is too good to miss!

    @Hari, really? Woah that is long! I like it when movies wrap up in 2 hours. Rating, hmm I should say 60 on a scale of 100. And songs, yeah good – but the kind you might get fed up of if you go on listening hour after hour – so bro take a break 🙂

    Comment by Cris — December 5, 2008 @ 23:45 | Reply

  6. Hi Cris,
    The movie was worth a watch, except for the drag in the middle where Surya takes to drugs or goes to Delhi part. I thought he did a good job of the dad role. Sameera was the biggest let down of the movie cast. But all in all, a paisa vasool movie, I would say.
    The similarity to The Wonder Years stops at the narration style and nothing else, I agree.
    Cheers,
    Salil

    Comment by Salil — December 9, 2008 @ 00:11 | Reply

  7. I felt the movie was fine,well atleast went on in an unexpected way as a narration..Yeah,overloading of songs was not good..

    Lol,you don’t like Sameera 🙂 I like her,looking pretty than before..

    Comment by Nimmy — December 9, 2008 @ 02:17 | Reply

  8. @Salil, yes it was your suggestion of TWY semblance that took me there. And I should thank you for that. It was a nice 3 hours :-). I actually liked Sameera in her role – I meant she just didnt enter my book of good-lookin dames. She acted well and fitted the role well too. The girl who did Priya was a let down though!

    @Nimmy, oh I actually liked Sameera in the role – its just that I was at Philip’s blog and seeing how he appreciated her looks, thought sheesh. She acted well.

    Comment by Cris — December 10, 2008 @ 01:30 | Reply

  9. I started reading your review and pushed it till I saw the movie. I saw it a couple of days. I liked the movie and really enjoyed Surya’s performance. The younger one’s different stages like school boy, college guy, junkie etc was performed well and I believed him in all those ages. The dad was ok.
    I appreciate the fact that Tamil industry, even Bollywood is coming up with very different movies where are Malayalam industry seems to be stuck with age old formulas. Can we get another Padmarajan or Bharathan.

    Comment by Aneesh — December 14, 2008 @ 02:18 | Reply

  10. Same pinch – I pushed off Philip’s review till I saw the movie. I dont like reading reviews before going somehow. Anyway few Mallu movies are coming out with good themes now – saw Thalappavu?

    Comment by Cris — December 17, 2008 @ 00:42 | Reply

  11. Not yet… Unfortunately malayalam movies gets released only once in a while. So have to resort to online piracy to watch movies 🙂
    Heard good reviews about thalapavu, thirakkatha. Need to watch them.

    Comment by Aneesh — December 17, 2008 @ 01:50 | Reply

  12. Nice one.I didnt see the movie yet…but im stuck to Anal male pani thuli and lyrics is superb.I know you are at tvm…u should be enjoyn IFFK?

    Comment by eashwar — December 17, 2008 @ 11:15 | Reply

  13. @Aneesh, hmm you’d better wait for the legal CDs to come out then :p

    @eashwar, yes I am. And its my first film festival too!

    Comment by Cris — December 18, 2008 @ 11:01 | Reply

  14. am waiting tos ee that movie – but sreekandeshwaram – we used to live these for some years…

    Comment by maddy — December 25, 2008 @ 23:53 | Reply

  15. @maddy, do watch, its different 🙂

    Comment by Cris — December 27, 2008 @ 13:20 | Reply


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