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Dil Bechara

On any other Saturday morning I would have sat down to write about a film I just watched with an analytical gaze, creating a list of pros and cons in my head, clinically evaluating every aspect of the film and thinking about how to structure my post. If I was writing about Dil Bechara under usual circumstances, I might have went on to weigh it against John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (and its Hollywood adaptation) and drawn comparisons. But now it is impossible to look at Dil Bechara as just another film, right? With the tragic and untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput looming large above our heads, this film (which is also about death and dying) feels like it is so much more.

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2.0 – A Grand Spectacle But Lacks The Heart Of Its Predecessor

The year was 2010. I was in sixth grade and my half-yearly exams were going on. Until then, I had watched very few Tamil films. I knew Rajnikanth was a superstar, but I hadn’t seen any film of his. AR Rahman was just an Indian music composer who won the Oscar. And Shankar…..I had never even heard of him, even though I had watched Anniyan, which had terrified me as a kid.  Then, two days before my Social Studies exam, on the day of Ayudha Pooja, my family took me to watch Endhiran. I was awed by what I saw on the screen. I became a Rajni fan. The songs became an obsession. The film became a subject of discussion in class, and I made some amazing friends in the process. And somewhere along the line,  my love for AR Rahman and Tamil cinema was born. In short, Endhiran, to me, is not just a film, but an emotion. Which is why I was not-so-excited about the sequel/, as I didn’t want my memories of the original to be tampered in any way. However, you can’t get everything you want, and thus 2.0 was made. Continue reading “2.0 – A Grand Spectacle But Lacks The Heart Of Its Predecessor”

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Tribute to the Mozart of Madras – AR Rahman Last Part – My Favorites from 2013-2017

FINALLY! The last part! I swear I am never doing series again! Don’t get me wrong….it is fun to do but then no one really checks them out and I end up losing interest. Anyways….here we go with my favorite AR Rahman songs from 2013-2017. (Part 4 here, and then you can keep moving back from there)

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Tribute to the Mozart of Madras – AR Rahman Part 4 – My Favorites from 2008-2012

Yes, I still I remember this series! I know it’s been a long time since I updated, but honestly, not many are reading these posts. So I too lost interest and held back. Anyways, since I had started it, I might as well complete it. So here I am, with the second-to-last part of the tribute. (Part 1, 2 and 3 here)

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Tribute to the Mozart of Madras – AR Rahman Part 3 – My Favorites from 2003-2007

I know I have taken too much time away from this, but that is because finally i got some time to watch movies, so I wanted to write about them. Also, I knew I had to start off with my ‘Best of 2017’ series before it’s too late. Anyways, I am back with Part 3 of the AR Rahman series. (Part 1 and 2 here).

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Tribute to the Mozart of Madras – AR Rahman Part 1 – My Favorites from 1992-97

I think I have mentioned this somewhere before. But I’m saying it again – I LOOOVE this man. No kidding. His songs have been a part of my life since as long as I remember, and I just love his music. On the  occasion of his birthday, as well as him having completed 25 years of composing music, I thought I should do a tribute. But since I can’t contain 25 years of his awesomeness in one post – I’m breaking it into five parts. In this part I will trace his works from 1992 to 1997. Since I am not well-versed with the music of that period, I am not putting in albums which I am not familiar with. If you feel I’m missing something, please let me know!

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Mom – A Satisfying Revenege-Drama Aided by Powerful Performances

Rape-revenge dramas seems to be on the rise in Bollywood this year. Kaabil, Maatr, Mom and the latest release – Bhoomi all dealt with the same subject. I haven’t seen either Maatr or Bhoomi, but from what I have heard, only Mom seems to have adapted the formula with some level of success.

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Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada (Tamil) – Not The Best Gautham Menon Movie

The first thought that came into my mind after I finished Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada was – it would have made for a better book than a movie. I’ll explain why in a bit. But before that, let me give you some background info about my turbulent relationship with Gautham Vasudev Menon’s films. Some movies, like Vaaranam Aayiram, had me fall instantly in love with it. Whereas with most others, I share a love-hate relationship. I hated Neethane En Ponvasantham and Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya when I first saw them,  but over the years as I kept revisiting and replaying them in my mind (that’s one thing about GVM movies, they leave an impact), I slowly started liking it. So even if i go on a rant about this movie, there are chances I might come back later and appreciate it. But this time, I doubt it.

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