Ever since the album of 96 came out last week, I have been playing it on loop. I have been a huge fan of Govind Vasantha from the day I heard the song Fish Rock by his band – Thaikkudam Bridge – and have been in love with singer and voice-over artist Chinmayi’s voice since the day I heard En Uyir from the Tamil dubbed version of Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra One. When I got to know that Govind was composing for 96 and that Chinmayi was roped in as the primary female playback singer for the album as well as the dubbing voice of Trisha, my excitement knew no bounds. And now that the album is out (and I have listened to it a million times), I am addicted. Especially to two songs from it – Anthaathi and Kaathalae Kaathalae.
With this film, I think I have watched most of Ranjith Sankar’s filmography, and I realized that there is a common thread in all the films of his that I have watched. His protagonists are underdogs – people who are not able to reach their fullest potential due to some hindrance – internal or external. His films chart out the journey of these people, and how they finally carve a place for themselves in the society. In Su..Su…Sudhi Vathmeekam it was the hero’s stammer, in Ramante Edenthottam it was the heroine’s abusive husband, and now here, it is the society’s prejudice against the heroine’s sexuality that holds her back from achieving her goal.
Post last year’s remarkable Arjun Reddy, Vijay Devarakonda not only became a heart-throb for many girls (me included), he also became THE actor to look out for in the Telugu film industry. Ever since then, I had tracked down and watched two of Vijay’s films – Yevade Subramaniam and the charming Pelli Choopulu. I was delighted to discover that he did a terrific job in them as well, though the three roles were vastly different from each other. I was waiting with bated breath to see what he would do next, and then came Geetha Govindam (though he had done a small role in Mahanati, and his Taxiwala is gearing up for release).
My heart goes out to everyone affected by the terrible floods in my state right now. Kerala has been experiencing its worst monsoon in the last 94 years. Social media and the television are filled with devastating visuals and pleas for help, all of which are breaking my heart. Continue reading “Kerala Floods”
Yes, I FINALLY watched it. After so many months of waiting. And boy, was it worth the wait! This was such a gem of a film, with two beautifully realized leads surrounded by equally wonderful supporting characters. Mayaanadhi is a romance, but it is also much more than that. It’s a story about two individuals who have had a rough past, but find solace in each other.