Friday, April 6, 2012

4 - a rOll Over of 3

On 04-04-2012, 'four' 'firsts' did happen in life:
  1. Going for a movie with my wife (16 months) after marriage
  2. Watching a Tamil movie on a big screen
  3. Getting to see the ambiance of PVR Cinemas
  4. Me visiting Forum Mall (being a Bangalorean?? shame!! huhh..)

It was during our vacation in Manali, for the first time I happened to see the song 'why this kolaveri di?' played in some (really don't remember which) channel; but, impressive it was! 'Hes Dhanush, S-I-L of Rajanikanth singing it for his own movie directed by his wife Aishwarya' - introduced my wife while we were breaking our fast early in the morning with bread-omelette. 'Hmmmmm...' I said; neither my wife knew nor me, whether it was my response to the song or the tasty dish.

Even after '3' (a little more than 'too') much of thinking for '3' days after watching, I really don't know why the movie is named '3'?. 'Why the name 3?' was my first question to my wife, who had no clue either and my conscious failed to pick any glimpse from the movie relating to '3'. Is it because '3' stars Dhanush (son of Director KasthuriRaja), Aishwarya (daughter of Rajanikanth) and Shruti (daughter of Kamalhassan) are involved in making this movie, the name '3'?

The movie feels fresh in every aspect, Aishwarya seem to have proved herself in this debut. Dhanush justifies his 'psycho' brand while Shruthi looks promising. Winning edge is the fact that the movie takes almost everyone back to their teen-age, which none can forget throughout life. With the pleasant aroma of 'love' from 'kolaveri' song, it will be a definite 'shock' to see the movie starting with the funeral of 'Ram' (Dhanush). Flashback trick used by Aishwarya really works in relieving viewers from this 'sentimental' shock. Re-recording alone reveals the extensive homework made behind the screens right from Script writing to Movie making.

'why this kolaveri di' song rocks on screen too; all the credit goes to Anirudh Ravichander, boy behind the Music. Enough has been made for the song in the Movie to help it find itself a place with ease adjacent to its Album version. Distributors did make sure to highlight 'why this KOLAVERI DI' on all stills, which signifies the importance of this song in the success of the movie as such. Also, this song gains a lot of 'meaning' (with bipolar disorder) on screen unlike in album to answer much of the critics it had gained for lyrics.

Film making is not just all about it. With its tragic end for Ram not disclosing his psychological disorder to Janani (Shruthi) and committing suicide, I strongly doubt if the movie successfully conveys the message 'Suicide is not the solution for Bipolar Disorder; it can well be treated to cure with the advancement in Medical Science', which is flashed on screen by the film makers soon after the abrupt dismissal of the screenplay. Instead, the movie would have been made in such a way that it conveys the message by itself.

'ok mama.. now theme changeu..'

The movie has gotten a lot in it to say that 'love can win anything'; very true. Ram scoring highest in Physics (coz Janani joins him in tuitions) and Janani's dumb sister starts speaking with her love towards sister are two such instances. Now, why not Ram cure his bipolar disorder after marriage with the 'love' that exists between them? Support program is one of the suggested therapy for bipolar disorder patients, a wife would definitely qualify for carrying out this.

Given a chance for me to play Aishwarya's role in this film making, I would have made Ram to disclose his psychological condition to Janani (frankly speaking, it isn't easy to hide 'anything' from wife) after marriage and given the responsibility of curing it to Janani.

'whaa wat-a change over mama..'

This way Dhanush would have made his way out of 'psycho' trend, Shruthi would have saved a lot of her tears for not crying, movie would have entertained all group of audience, love & life would have dominated and won over mania & suicide, viewers would have got into a positive frame of mind towards life at the end and most importantly there wasn't any need to flash the 'message' after the screenplay since the movie itself would have successfully conveyed it by then.

Finally, with all these changes I would probably not let the movie be named '3'. For all the successful changeover I made, with the existing '3' stars another superstar 'ME' would have been added to name the movie '4'!!

'super mama ready.. oneee twooo three 4'


  1. ನೀವು? ಸಿನಿಮಾ? ಅದೂ ತಮಿಳು? ನಂಬೋಕೆ ಆಗ್ತಾ ಇಲ್ಲ..
    ಆದರೂ ಲೇಖನ ಇಷ್ಟ ಆಯಿತು.. ಬರೆದಿರುವ ಶೈಲಿ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿದೆ.. Theme Change Paragraph ಸಕತ್ತಾಗಿದೆ..

  2. ರಾಜು, 'ಸುಖ ಸಂಸಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಹನ್ನೆರಡು ಸೂತ್ರಗಳು' ಅಂತಾರಲ್ಲ.. ಅದ್ರಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೂ ಒಂದು ಅನ್ಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ನೆಮ್ಮದಿಯ ದಾಂಪತ್ಯ ಜೀವನಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ಸಣ್ಣ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ (ಸಂತೋಷದಿಂದ್ಲೇ) ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೀನಿ ಅಷ್ಟೇ. ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಅಂತರ ಇಲ್ಲ ಅಲ್ವಾ..? :o)

  3. Happy to hear finally "Four" - "Firsts" happened ... and thank you for dissecting the story so well (Wanted to watch the movie, but now have a second thought !!!)

    On climax part of your opinion, though I agree with your interpretation of positive message, there is a good old thought that movies with tragic end have fared well in box office, Aishwarya would have probably thought on those lines to make the movie a box office hit ... Of course going viral with "Kovaveri" song helped them ...

  4. Vivek, please do watch the movie; its afresh for sure. The climax part above is just my weird thought, you can ignore it as well :o)

  5. At Prashanth, Back with a bang andre idena ri, you have posted very well flim critic with touch of humor and sarcasm you have done the best here :D

    Sure lets name the Movie 4, and you be the 4th Star for being wonderful critic.

    May you watch many many more movies with your wife ;)

  6. Thanks a ton Ramya.. for wishing that I watch many many more movies with my wife. Hope it does happen :D

    Frankly, I do not want to be a critic; while writing this post, my intention was only to present my thoughts and noting else.

    Am almost flying for you making me the 4th Star :o)

  7. i was really very very surprised at the four Firsts!!!!

    some of the other reviews i have read on this movie has been extremely bad!

  8. Sujatha, someone who know me well wouldn't have gotten all that surprised as you on reading these four Firsts! I suppose even my wife might have had taken by surprise when I voluntarily booked tickets in PVR online :o)

    Well, honestly, it was one of those Tamil movies which I can rate 'GOOD' amongst a few I managed to watch recently. However, individual perception always varies, so does their reviews :o)


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