Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Abiyum Naanum - அபியும் நானும்

When we were in Coimbatore, we went to this movie when we had a few hours of unplanned time. We decided on this movie after a few minutes of debating. Other nominees were Ghajini (too much violence!) and Varanam Aayiram (வாரணம் ஆயிரம் - Vetoed by me, as I had seen this already once).

Well it turned out to be a good decision. More than the movie, it was because we got to see Radhamohan and Prakashraj (and "Mr. Beggar" - I do not know his name!). It was a surprise visit which was planned unannounced (to us that is). They just walked in on the podium during the interval. The agenda was to thank the audience for supporting good movies. The audience was more than delighted with this unexpected surprise they were receiving. Prakashraj drove them nuts by starting with "I love you Chellam!". Essentially, both the director and the producer said the same thing. The essence of their message was - the kind of support these kind of movies receive will dictate the frequency and inspiration of future movies like these.

Which is definitely true! I greatly admire Prakashraj's clarity in this matter. As an actor, he is one among many. He dons many roles (including masala roles - you name any kind). He is very clear that they got him to the position where he is now able to produce a different kind of movies. As a producer, his movies have always been high quality. True, I have seen many reviews stating "not subtle enough" or "not deep enough" and so on, but clearly these movies raise the quality bar a bit higher and have the potential to lift the industry itself a notch higher. Vivek in the success festival of "Mozhi" (மொழி) mentioned, "Many movies entertain people at their level. Few movies pull the audience to a higher level and entertain them there." Very true, and very will worded by him!

You can go ahead and write a critical review of this movie. But it will be good, if in parallel, you can acknowledge the above fact as well. We need people treading a new path. The fear of commerce is a crippling one. If the movie industry must rise above this, it is up to us as viewers to take them there.

4 comments:

Alvy said...

Abhiyum naanum does have the Radha- Prakash combos stamp in it however I couldnt help identifying few glaring flaws and also comparision with their earlier works.

1.Jyotika in Mozhi was amazing while Thrisha doesnt fit the role as much in this one. I was completely involved with the Abhi character till Thrishas entry.Also, When we have a solid performer as Prakash for one of the title characters Radha should have been careful chosing the other.

2. I was in tears when the " Ravi shashtri" ( I dont known his name either )character says that Abhi is his amma , the first time at the restaurant. But then repeating the same thing over n over started getting irritating and melodramatic.

3. I couldnt tolerate the exact copy of DDLJ scene of saree selection.. even the body language and waving of hand was exactly like Shahrukhs. Must be Radha assumed that tam audience wouldnt have seen or forgotten Dilwale Dulhaniyan..

In spite of all this.. the movie is the best of the recent releases for all those reasons you have mentioned and more

P.S Thanks to you Deepak for stopping by :-)

Deepak said...

Alvy,
For 3 - it could have been a humorous take on the DDLJ scene. The lady being Punjabi...

Deepak said...

Alvy,
For 3 - it could have been a humorous take on the DDLJ scene. The lady being Punjabi...

Alvy said...

Abhiyum naanum does have the Radha- Prakash combos stamp in it however I couldnt help identifying few glaring flaws and also comparision with their earlier works.

1.Jyotika in Mozhi was amazing while Thrisha doesnt fit the role as much in this one. I was completely involved with the Abhi character till Thrishas entry.Also, When we have a solid performer as Prakash for one of the title characters Radha should have been careful chosing the other.

2. I was in tears when the " Ravi shashtri" ( I dont known his name either )character says that Abhi is his amma , the first time at the restaurant. But then repeating the same thing over n over started getting irritating and melodramatic.

3. I couldnt tolerate the exact copy of DDLJ scene of saree selection.. even the body language and waving of hand was exactly like Shahrukhs. Must be Radha assumed that tam audience wouldnt have seen or forgotten Dilwale Dulhaniyan..

In spite of all this.. the movie is the best of the recent releases for all those reasons you have mentioned and more

P.S Thanks to you Deepak for stopping by :-)

 
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