dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Default)
(in order from most excited to least)

1. Allu Arjun's Badrinath - I believe this Telugu movie may have come out in the theaters, but it's not out on DVD yet. Allu Arjun with long hair, sword, and angsty love story? OMG I NEED IT. This looks to be like Magadheera in one respect - part of the story taking part in the past and part in the present. If it's 1/10 as good as Magadheera (i.e. my favorite South Indian or even just Indian movie of all time), then I will be a happy woman.



2. Mausam with Shahid Kapoor and Sonal Kapoor (no relation :P). Bollywood seems to have given up on making epic love stories lately but this tale of tragic love between an air force pilot and a Kashmiri girl seems to remedy that with a vengeance. I am getting flashes to Veer Zaara and that is a very very good thing:



3. Force with John Abraham and Genelia DeSouza. This is a Bollywood remake of a Southie movie and mmmm, I approve of John Abraham as a shirtless tough angsty cop, plus Bolly remakes of South Indian movies are second-best only to SI movies themselves.



4. Bodyguard with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif - it looks like good wacky fun with SK as the titular character working for a spoiled rich girl.

dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and brought with her Madrasapattinam, a Tamil movie about the forbidden love between a Tamil man and an English woman on the eve of Indian independence.

You guys. You guys. I am so in love. It has everything I want in a movie - a forbidden love story, amazing costumes, hunky and brave hero, plucky and smart heroine, hissable villains, gorgeous songs, cool story. I have a new crush in Arya, who plays Parithi, our hero. Amy Jackson, who plays Amy Wilkinson, is also wonderful - she is warm and natural and has insane chemistry with Arya (I kept wanting to chant for them to make out on the floor for half the movie). I am glad she's sticking around and making another Tamil movie.

This is my favorite song in the movie, a fantasy sequence between Amy and Parithi which, basically, summarizes the story in a nutshell.



No movie has yet dethroned Magadheera from its "Dangermousie's favorite South Indian movie" throne, but Madrasapattinam came close.

In other news of favorite forbidden love, watching the mv for new Iljimae was a big mistake. All I want now is to watch that drama. I can't concentrate on either Secret Garden (Joo Won won't hold a sword blade in his naked hand to protect his OTP?) or Mary (Mugyul is not likely to get stabbed in the back protecting his OTP. Unless the fathers go really crazy, that is). Ahhhh, I just want to watch Wallace Huo and Liu Shi Shi angst at each other. Since Iljimae is not out yet, I remembered I had some caps of the Wallace/Tiffany angsty forbidden love story from Chinese Paladin 3 where he's this perfect warrior monk on edge of enightment and she is an immortal earth guardian, and they are destined to be tragic lovers for three lifetimes, which has already happened twice.



She promised the monks to stay away from him in this lifetime and they sealed his past life memories (their lurve is so amazing it stays in memory after reincarnation, Mmmmmm) but of course she can't stay away and he can't stop loving her even though he has no idea who she is. MMMMM. I bet it will end in a pile of corpses. Anyway, I loved these sequences.

Sequence behind cut )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and brought with her Madrasapattinam, a Tamil movie about the forbidden love between a Tamil man and an English woman on the eve of Indian independence.

You guys. You guys. I am so in love. It has everything I want in a movie - a forbidden love story, amazing costumes, hunky and brave hero, plucky and smart heroine, hissable villains, gorgeous songs, cool story. I have a new crush in Arya, who plays Parithi, our hero. Amy Jackson, who plays Amy Wilkinson, is also wonderful - she is warm and natural and has insane chemistry with Arya (I kept wanting to chant for them to make out on the floor for half the movie). I am glad she's sticking around and making another Tamil movie.

This is my favorite song in the movie, a fantasy sequence between Amy and Parithi which, basically, summarizes the story in a nutshell.



No movie has yet dethroned Magadheera from its "Dangermousie's favorite South Indian movie" throne, but Madrasapattinam came close.

In other news of favorite forbidden love, watching the mv for new Iljimae was a big mistake. All I want now is to watch that drama. I can't concentrate on either Secret Garden (Joo Won won't hold a sword blade in his naked hand to protect his OTP?) or Mary (Mugyul is not likely to get stabbed in the back protecting his OTP. Unless the fathers go really crazy, that is). Ahhhh, I just want to watch Wallace Huo and Liu Shi Shi angst at each other. Since Iljimae is not out yet, I remembered I had some caps of the Wallace/Tiffany angsty forbidden love story from Chinese Paladin 3 where he's this perfect warrior monk on edge of enightment and she is an immortal earth guardian, and they are destined to be tragic lovers for three lifetimes, which has already happened twice.



She promised the monks to stay away from him in this lifetime and they sealed his past life memories (their lurve is so amazing it stays in memory after reincarnation, Mmmmmm) but of course she can't stay away and he can't stop loving her even though he has no idea who she is. MMMMM. I bet it will end in a pile of corpses. Anyway, I loved these sequences.

Sequence behind cut )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl came over yesterday and brought with her Madrasapattinam, a Tamil movie about the forbidden love between a Tamil man and an English woman on the eve of Indian independence.

You guys. You guys. I am so in love. It has everything I want in a movie - a forbidden love story, amazing costumes, hunky and brave hero, plucky and smart heroine, hissable villains, gorgeous songs, cool story. I have a new crush in Arya, who plays Parithi, our hero. Amy Jackson, who plays Amy Wilkinson, is also wonderful - she is warm and natural and has insane chemistry with Arya (I kept wanting to chant for them to make out on the floor for half the movie). I am glad she's sticking around and making another Tamil movie.

This is my favorite song in the movie, a fantasy sequence between Amy and Parithi which, basically, summarizes the story in a nutshell.



No movie has yet dethroned Magadheera from its "Dangermousie's favorite South Indian movie" throne, but Madrasapattinam came close.

In other news of favorite forbidden love, watching the mv for new Iljimae was a big mistake. All I want now is to watch that drama. I can't concentrate on either Secret Garden (Joo Won won't hold a sword blade in his naked hand to protect his OTP?) or Mary (Mugyul is not likely to get stabbed in the back protecting his OTP. Unless the fathers go really crazy, that is). Ahhhh, I just want to watch Wallace Huo and Liu Shi Shi angst at each other. Since Iljimae is not out yet, I remembered I had some caps of the Wallace/Tiffany angsty forbidden love story from Chinese Paladin 3 where he's this perfect warrior monk on edge of enightment and she is an immortal earth guardian, and they are destined to be tragic lovers for three lifetimes, which has already happened twice.



She promised the monks to stay away from him in this lifetime and they sealed his past life memories (their lurve is so amazing it stays in memory after reincarnation, Mmmmmm) but of course she can't stay away and he can't stop loving her even though he has no idea who she is. MMMMM. I bet it will end in a pile of corpses. Anyway, I loved these sequences.

Sequence behind cut )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)


Meet Kanthaswamy, defender of the helpless, protector of the righteous, a mighty superhero. Also a man who dresses up in a chicken costume to fight crime, complete with crowing and clucking around his enemies, literally.

I have embarked on watching this 2009 Tamil hit starring Vikram as the titular Superchicken. I am about 15 minutes in and so far it's a total hoot. You can find it with subs here.

By day an official who fights crime, Kanthaswamy doesn't have many hobbies because by night he is...a vigilante who fights crime. In a chicken costume.

I know I keep harping on the chicken motif but I just can't get over it. It's brilliant. Kanthaswamy even romances his love interest in said chicken costume. Somewhere a furry weeps in frustrated envy.



Though I must say I much prefer Vikram out of his costume:



I started watching this for two reasons: (a) chicken superhero (b) I loved Vikram in Raavan. I have to say it's completely shocking how different he is here. I love it. I see a new crush.

So, tune in to find out whether Kanthaswamy will save the day, rescue the world, and win his never-ending battle against that dastardly Col. Sanders!
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)


Meet Kanthaswamy, defender of the helpless, protector of the righteous, a mighty superhero. Also a man who dresses up in a chicken costume to fight crime, complete with crowing and clucking around his enemies, literally.

I have embarked on watching this 2009 Tamil hit starring Vikram as the titular Superchicken. I am about 15 minutes in and so far it's a total hoot. You can find it with subs here.

By day an official who fights crime, Kanthaswamy doesn't have many hobbies because by night he is...a vigilante who fights crime. In a chicken costume.

I know I keep harping on the chicken motif but I just can't get over it. It's brilliant. Kanthaswamy even romances his love interest in said chicken costume. Somewhere a furry weeps in frustrated envy.



Though I must say I much prefer Vikram out of his costume:



I started watching this for two reasons: (a) chicken superhero (b) I loved Vikram in Raavan. I have to say it's completely shocking how different he is here. I love it. I see a new crush.

So, tune in to find out whether Kanthaswamy will save the day, rescue the world, and win his never-ending battle against that dastardly Col. Sanders!
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)


Meet Kanthaswamy, defender of the helpless, protector of the righteous, a mighty superhero. Also a man who dresses up in a chicken costume to fight crime, complete with crowing and clucking around his enemies, literally.

I have embarked on watching this 2009 Tamil hit starring Vikram as the titular Superchicken. I am about 15 minutes in and so far it's a total hoot. You can find it with subs here.

By day an official who fights crime, Kanthaswamy doesn't have many hobbies because by night he is...a vigilante who fights crime. In a chicken costume.

I know I keep harping on the chicken motif but I just can't get over it. It's brilliant. Kanthaswamy even romances his love interest in said chicken costume. Somewhere a furry weeps in frustrated envy.



Though I must say I much prefer Vikram out of his costume:



I started watching this for two reasons: (a) chicken superhero (b) I loved Vikram in Raavan. I have to say it's completely shocking how different he is here. I love it. I see a new crush.

So, tune in to find out whether Kanthaswamy will save the day, rescue the world, and win his never-ending battle against that dastardly Col. Sanders!
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
Mani Ratnam's Raavan:



I defy you not to be mesmerized by the visuals of this modern, loose take on Ramayana.

(Hopefully, one of these days I'll get to see the Tamil version as well (it is unsubbed as of yet)).

Why am I obsessed about seeing Raavan?

1. I never like Abhishek Bachchan as much as I do in Mani Ratnam movies - for example, his performance in Yuva is one of the best Bollywood performances I've ever seen - somehow Ratnam manages to bring this vulnerable, destructive darkness in him that I've never seen any other director accomplish.
2. Mani Ratnam is my favorite Indian director. Period.
3. Have you seen the visuals? They are out of this world, which is not surprising as his cinematographer is the amazing Santosh Sivan.
4. Aishwarya Rai - just like her husband Abhishek, she is an uneven actress, but just as he, she shines in Ratnam movies - she is never as luminous and warm as she is with Ratnam (except when she is in Bhansali's movies - but then she is his muse). Her performance in Guru was wonderful.
5. I like Abhishek and Aishwarya's chemistry together - Guru was wonderful, of coursw, but so were other pairings of theirs I have seen.
6. The story draws me in - turning the traditional heroic ethos of Ramayana on its head - where the Rama character is dark, possibly even darker than the Raavan character, who is humanized.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
Mani Ratnam's Raavan:



I defy you not to be mesmerized by the visuals of this modern, loose take on Ramayana.

(Hopefully, one of these days I'll get to see the Tamil version as well (it is unsubbed as of yet)).

Why am I obsessed about seeing Raavan?

1. I never like Abhishek Bachchan as much as I do in Mani Ratnam movies - for example, his performance in Yuva is one of the best Bollywood performances I've ever seen - somehow Ratnam manages to bring this vulnerable, destructive darkness in him that I've never seen any other director accomplish.
2. Mani Ratnam is my favorite Indian director. Period.
3. Have you seen the visuals? They are out of this world, which is not surprising as his cinematographer is the amazing Santosh Sivan.
4. Aishwarya Rai - just like her husband Abhishek, she is an uneven actress, but just as he, she shines in Ratnam movies - she is never as luminous and warm as she is with Ratnam (except when she is in Bhansali's movies - but then she is his muse). Her performance in Guru was wonderful.
5. I like Abhishek and Aishwarya's chemistry together - Guru was wonderful, of coursw, but so were other pairings of theirs I have seen.
6. The story draws me in - turning the traditional heroic ethos of Ramayana on its head - where the Rama character is dark, possibly even darker than the Raavan character, who is humanized.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
Mani Ratnam's Raavan:



I defy you not to be mesmerized by the visuals of this modern, loose take on Ramayana.

(Hopefully, one of these days I'll get to see the Tamil version as well (it is unsubbed as of yet)).

Why am I obsessed about seeing Raavan?

1. I never like Abhishek Bachchan as much as I do in Mani Ratnam movies - for example, his performance in Yuva is one of the best Bollywood performances I've ever seen - somehow Ratnam manages to bring this vulnerable, destructive darkness in him that I've never seen any other director accomplish.
2. Mani Ratnam is my favorite Indian director. Period.
3. Have you seen the visuals? They are out of this world, which is not surprising as his cinematographer is the amazing Santosh Sivan.
4. Aishwarya Rai - just like her husband Abhishek, she is an uneven actress, but just as he, she shines in Ratnam movies - she is never as luminous and warm as she is with Ratnam (except when she is in Bhansali's movies - but then she is his muse). Her performance in Guru was wonderful.
5. I like Abhishek and Aishwarya's chemistry together - Guru was wonderful, of coursw, but so were other pairings of theirs I have seen.
6. The story draws me in - turning the traditional heroic ethos of Ramayana on its head - where the Rama character is dark, possibly even darker than the Raavan character, who is humanized.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying Chirutha immensely - if you, like me, want to see Ram Charan Teja fight, dance, and romance the daughter of his enemy across Asia, this is the movie for you.

After a pretty grim first 15 minutes (seriously - worst. childhood. ever!) the movie became much fluffier as RCT was released from jail (for a crime he didn't commit, of course) as surely the best-adjusted victim of child prison system ever. Of course, I am pretty sure he won't remain that way for long, seeing that the girl he's fallen in love with is the daughter of the Mob Boss who killed his parents in front of his eyes, especially since the prison sequences indicate he does have some major issues. Well, I am sure the inevitable angst and violence is coming, but for now I shall enjoy him being his sexy dork self.

And speaking of sexiness and dorkiness and Ram Charan Teja, here is my Magadheera recap, part the last. (For part 1, go here and for part 2, here.)



So yes, as we last left our intrepid hero, Harsha, he was left to drown as the villain took his love Indu away, and Harsha got the mother of all flashbacks to their past lives. Shall Harsha and Indu's love save the day this time or are they doomed to never be together?

Go behind the cut to find out! )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying Chirutha immensely - if you, like me, want to see Ram Charan Teja fight, dance, and romance the daughter of his enemy across Asia, this is the movie for you.

After a pretty grim first 15 minutes (seriously - worst. childhood. ever!) the movie became much fluffier as RCT was released from jail (for a crime he didn't commit, of course) as surely the best-adjusted victim of child prison system ever. Of course, I am pretty sure he won't remain that way for long, seeing that the girl he's fallen in love with is the daughter of the Mob Boss who killed his parents in front of his eyes, especially since the prison sequences indicate he does have some major issues. Well, I am sure the inevitable angst and violence is coming, but for now I shall enjoy him being his sexy dork self.

And speaking of sexiness and dorkiness and Ram Charan Teja, here is my Magadheera recap, part the last. (For part 1, go here and for part 2, here.)



So yes, as we last left our intrepid hero, Harsha, he was left to drown as the villain took his love Indu away, and Harsha got the mother of all flashbacks to their past lives. Shall Harsha and Indu's love save the day this time or are they doomed to never be together?

Go behind the cut to find out! )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I am enjoying Chirutha immensely - if you, like me, want to see Ram Charan Teja fight, dance, and romance the daughter of his enemy across Asia, this is the movie for you.

After a pretty grim first 15 minutes (seriously - worst. childhood. ever!) the movie became much fluffier as RCT was released from jail (for a crime he didn't commit, of course) as surely the best-adjusted victim of child prison system ever. Of course, I am pretty sure he won't remain that way for long, seeing that the girl he's fallen in love with is the daughter of the Mob Boss who killed his parents in front of his eyes, especially since the prison sequences indicate he does have some major issues. Well, I am sure the inevitable angst and violence is coming, but for now I shall enjoy him being his sexy dork self.

And speaking of sexiness and dorkiness and Ram Charan Teja, here is my Magadheera recap, part the last. (For part 1, go here and for part 2, here.)



So yes, as we last left our intrepid hero, Harsha, he was left to drown as the villain took his love Indu away, and Harsha got the mother of all flashbacks to their past lives. Shall Harsha and Indu's love save the day this time or are they doomed to never be together?

Go behind the cut to find out! )
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)


See the cute picture?

Well, don't be fooled!

The hero of Telugu movie Cherutha witnesses his father have his throat slit by the mob, his mother brutally stabbed, and then sells himself to pay for the mother's life-saving surgery. In the first 5 minutes! Things move fast in Andhara Pradesh!

Oh, and who he sells himself to? Is a rich guy who has a kid hero's age. Said kid shot a watchman and the rich guy (with police cooperation) is paying our hero to take the rap and go to jail instead of his son. If not, Mommy Dearest dies!

You know how old the hero is? 10 years old.

OK, this isn't the first Telugu movie that has a kid go to jail for murder -it's a bizarre subtrope to have!

Anyway, this movie is most enjoyable in "this makes angsty kdrama seem cheery" kinda way.

I am assured that he eventually is released from prison, ends up in Hong KongBangkok and falls in love with a spunky girl. As one does when one has served 15 years hard time.

I am taking bets on the girl being either the Mob Boss' daughter or the daughter of the rich guy who framed him. I guess I'll find out once the inevitable bloody vengeance starts.

I am basically checking this movie out because Magadheera left me with a ginormous crush on Ram Charan Teja and this was hist first movie (Magadheera being his second). We shall see!

Can find movie with subs here.

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