Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A Wednesday | unnaippOl oruvan | உன்னைப்போல் ஒருவன்

We're essentially talking about the same movies here, but the fact that the Hindi is the original needs to be remembered. The theme is very relevant, so it is actually beneficial to remake this in Tamil as well. However, the temptation to contrast both versions is inevitable for me.

The Hindi version is definitely superior. The primary reason being that there were no compromises to the original vision, the director, Neeraj Pandey had. The Tamil version is dramatized a lot, and compromises have been made to suit the audience liking.

Another startling difference is the difference between the performance of Nasaruddin Shah and Kamalhaasan. Nasaruddin Shah's performance is notably superior. When we're talking about "the stupid common man" and his rage crossing a threshold, the mannerisms of that person must match the description given. It feels like Kamal is caught between his super hero status and the role the script demands. The climax performance is definitely telling. The pain in Nasaruddin Shah's voice is clearly visible, while the Tamil version uses an extremized violent situation to drive home its point.

The other difference obviously is the other central character's role - that between Mohanlal and Anupam Kher. I sure had underestimated Anupam Kher so far - he effortlessly matches the given role. Mohanlal also has a good foray into Tamil cinema now. The actor has often been underused or insulted by directors and producers here. I think the role was a cake walk for him as well.

The other two characters (the two police officers), there is no contest - the Hindi script is characterized so well. The Tamil version misses out on the emotional aspects of the characters. I have a feeling they should have stuck with the Hindi script and relied only on minor corrections instead of the dramatization they planned for.

A definitely relevant theme. It's about time the "stupid common people" of India (that's all of us) started asking questions!

4 comments:

Alvy said...

I felt I might end up comparing the hindi original to the remake and shall never be satisfied. The trailer showed just one scene where KamalHasan delivers his dialogue about planting bombs in his typical style and I decided not to watch it. My bro and Parents liked it though. The movie might have been better with actors with no "image "burden if at all there is one in real

Anupama said...

Saw it on saturday.
Can't help but compare to the Hindi version which is way better. The direction sucked big time in tamil. The dialogues and the tension between the leads were not crisp.
Sample this, KH says "She was a garbini" Duh!

Good things - No songs and associated loudness! Very good looking actor as Insp Sethuraman. GV got to show off his biceps!

Deepak said...

Alvy,
A good marketing lesson. How a movie lost a potential audience from the trailer! I remember the same thing happening to me after watching "sEval"!

Anupama,
The Hindi version was very taut yes. I suspected that the movie makers thought it might be too "over the head" for the Tamil audience. Anyway, despite the Hindi version being better, I think this is a good movie to remake!

Alvy said...

I felt I might end up comparing the hindi original to the remake and shall never be satisfied. The trailer showed just one scene where KamalHasan delivers his dialogue about planting bombs in his typical style and I decided not to watch it. My bro and Parents liked it though. The movie might have been better with actors with no "image "burden if at all there is one in real

 
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