Thursday, January 17, 2008

Kalluri ... Review

I am a great fan of Balaji sakthivel ever since I saw "Kaadhal" - one of my all-time favorites. He is one of the very very few directors who has got it in him (including tremendous guts) to take Tamil cinema to a different platform.

As far as I have seen, he is the only director who has made real success with realistic approach to films. Show life as it is, show the characters as they are, show emotions powerfully but with no melodrama, and there you are - a beautiful, hard hitting film. And that's what he does. And it's easier said than done. So hats off to him.

He has once more proven that a good entertainer of a film needs no stupid frills like hip-shaking dances (omigod - curse them), stupid punch dialogies, larger-than-life super heroes (let them all be banished to Antarctica) or double meaning comedy.The whole theater roared with laughter each time the annoying duo came up.. "ennanga, neenga sollunga... " :-))

What impressed me most was Kayalvizhi's character and the messages that the film speaks through her. Also, the plight of Muthu's sister was really touching. And the film, was so democratic. I mean, the friends were not just puppets revolving around Shobana and Muthu. Everyone had equal importance, including screen presence all were endearing in their own way.

And Joshua Sridhar's music - man, it's an amazing combo - balaji and Joshua. The song "Sariya... ithu thavara" rings around your ears for days after u see the movie. The song and music just blends through the characters and the situation and gives u the shivers!

All in all, a wonderful, must-watch, movie. Hoping we won't have to call such a movie "different" in the coming years. - I mean, more of such films should be made.


Nanda said...

Dear Deepa

I tatally agree with your views about kayal,music and casting of kalloori.

good review.


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Ramki said...

Haven't seen the film. Now, I have to wait for Moser Baer to release the DVD.

Anonymous said...

amazing movie! I believe this movie is around for an Year now, I got a chance to watch it just now. Having educated from down south, I could say this is how college life would be for people from lower middle class! I also noticed this movie is messenger (Kayal) centric .Looks to me, Director worked through Kayal to deliver his dialog. Every one shared good space in the screen including Mani's sister is impressive, No voice to express comedies, nice music too including lyrics. Director like Balaji,Cheran are keep proving that they still can grab the attention of the viewers by producing very low budget films with no frontline actors in place.
But I would feel finishing could have been made better leaving people happy.

Deepa J said...

Dear Anonymous (why not mention your name?)
Thanks for visiting and commenting.

I think you could do a better job of reviewing the movie. You have mentioned very good points here.

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