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Vaaranam Aayiram – Review

Its my maiden effect in posting the review of a tamil movie! 🙂 It would be good if you can share your comments on this and it would help me improve!

It happened to be my 100th post in this blog 🙂

Vaaranam Aayiram [‘surrounded by 1000 elephants‘ in english – the terms taken from the old song ‘vaaranam aayiram soozha valam seidhu’, though the literal meaning is just ‘1000 elephants’] – An excellent movie packed with emotions, sentiments, feelings and of course a great lesson on how to take life and move on with it amidst of all events occurring around! Though tried to watch in on the very first day (nostalgic of college days.. huh) could just get the bulb after rushing into the theater [Garuda Mall,Bangalore] as the tickets were sold off! Though we managed to book it via SMS, they should have to be bought before an hour of show time it seems!

Somehow got the tickets for the next day in Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli, Bangalore (15 November 2008 Saturday]. Was heavily impressed and moved with the movie.

Surya in Vaaranam Aayiram

Surya in Vaaranam Aayiram

Gowtham Vasudev Menon: The director of the movie has definitely done his best. This movie is a gratitude to his father it seems. The first time his name in full has been mentioned I believe. I felt really glad that he did NOT disappoint me as that of his previous-and-recent movie ‘Pachaikili Muthucharam’.

The director seems to have paid enough attention to the story and screenplay and definitely he accomplished the mission. The movie is a flashback type and visual effects really adds value to the scenes. The movie definitely has a strong message about how to go on with life amidst all odds! Hats off Gowtham 🙂

Surya (Krishnan) – Dad Role: His flash back comes for a short span and there he has the punch for the entire life span of the character. ‘Do what your heart says‘ type of attitude. He follows and preaches the same to his kid(s) and let them do the same :). A good idea to propose a girl was given to audience. Simran (Malini) keeps hearing from everyone around saying ‘Krishnan wanted to convey that you are very beautiful’‘. And their first meeting is beautiful and lasts only for a minute and proceeds to the song ‘Mundhinam paarthaenae’. The smile he wears all through the movie is a trademark.

The way he understands the kids and works with them for dealing with their day-to-day routines, issues is to be really appreciated. That’s how almost every kid wants. Nowhere he gets tensed though it may be next-to-impossible in practical life. One remarkable track is when he pacifies his son surya about reminding his school days as how he won the match by converting all his negative feelings (hatred nature and anger) to a positive energy!! Deserves to get an applause!! Message conveyed by Gowtham via the film!

The smile is a little special as it has so many things in it – patience, understanding, care, affection etc.,! Even when lying on the death bed! Awesome.. Way to go Surya:)

Surya – Son Role: The Hero of the movie has done a splendid performance. Awesome expressions man! Be it the dance, fight, romance – all rounder and gathers an appealing score! One excellent track not-to-be-missed and worth mentioning in the movie is the love track between Surya and Sameera. Though he tries to almost always imitate his father). The initial expressions and reactions he shows when meeting Sameera for the first time in the train is wonderful and romantic !! You may fall in love with the track for sure! Later how he reacts to the events and how he proceeds in taking up the life is what the rest of the film conveys! In the overall movie, he utters the word ‘Dad’, ‘Daddy’ more than 200 times I believe :). The character is of that kind.

His school life scenes are very close to reality and no cinematic effects. Like how we used to feel when you just had a clash with someone with no fault of yours, and the emotions related to that. He scores well in those scenes!

He did well in all the romantic scenes with Sameera! – Jothika, don’t miss 🙂

His second love with Ramya (Priya) is again justified as he takes years time (5 years) to decide and still carrying the memories of Sameera!! Well acceptable in the reality and with the consequences.

Like Vishal in his ‘Satyam’, surya also has nicely developed a ‘six pack’ :). Different costumes, emotions, expressions.. everywhere he hits a sixer!! For sure he is climbing the ladder! Keep it up Surya!

Surya and Sameera Reddy in Vaaranam Aayiram

Surya and Sameera Reddy in Vaaranam Aayiram

Sameera (Meghana): I fell in love with this character and the way she was portrayed! I never had a liking towards her till before watching the movie. Though looking like a pretty modern girl, she was a typical traditional girl respecting parent’s opinions regarding marriage, education etc., Her facial expressions get her the pass mark! She really did act in the movie and NOT falling in the yet another just-for-glamour-and-for-the-sake-of herione category. Lots of opportunities may definitely be in store!

‘What have you done to me’ – the dialogue which she starts off when accepting Surya’s proposal and revealing out her acceptance is very nice and a milestone! Adiyea Kolludhea Song is a nice beat and romantic duet!

Divya aka Kuthu Ramya (Priya): The real herione of the movie as she gets married to Surya has been given a role and chance. I think she did utilize to certain extent. Compared to her previous movies though the timespan of the character was NOT much she picked up well and did her BEST. But somehow Sameer’s role dominates Divya’s role for sure! :). But the attitude of the character was nice when she says, “I know you can’t forget Meghana and I would not want you to react to that. Still I love you”. A character without commanding and demanding and also waits for the approval of the same years together. One song for her is ‘Anal meale panithuli’ — sung by Sudha Raghunathan. Excellent one. Nice lyrics, music, voice. My 2 cents to {Harris Jayaraj, Thamarai} team 🙂

Simran (Malini): Father Surya (Krishnan)’s wife role is played by Simran. Though she is there in almost all the scenes, the role was NOT that powerful and influential. Perhaps the movie is much of saluting and expressing the gratitude to the Dad! But few places she justifies her existence! She reminds the kids about how their dad wants them to be in their life even after his demise. That’s yet another message. ‘Life has to move on’.

Plus

Not to deny, all songs are nice and the visual effects really added values and more worth to the songs! Both the surya characters plus Sameera really did well and has contributed considerably.

Good lessons of life has been neatly portrayed:

1. Life has to move on no matter what

2. Life(time) is the best healer for every wound!

3. Do what your heart says.

4. During tough times, convert your negative thoughts to a positive energy!

Minus

1. A slight frustration comes when you see everyone in the home speaks in english mostly in the home! and you get a doubt on the language of the movie! Gowtham could have paid a little more attention here!

2. Most audiences may disagree with the father surya’s approval of sending his son surya to USA (Berklyn University) to just search for his love! A slight justification/excuse is he does this after completing his commitments. Still, how many parents would agree and allow such activity? Perhaps, children doing such activities without the parent’s knowledge – that is out of discussion here ;). Again, listen to your heart and may be for the ‘real and true love’ its acceptable!? Might be!

Vaaranam aayiram – has definitely created a deep impact and yet another milestone in Gowtham’s films. Worth watching it!

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a prolonged journey

its been sometimes blogged as well. of course there are loads of contents/thoughts to be blogged, some or the other way there are factors keep pulling me out. some are worth mentioning and few are not! :(.

Blogosphere – more or like an university/college where people come in, join you, experience you something during the association. The impressions are also of varying in nature! huh! neways, the journey has to move on. so keeping it going..

last weekend had been to various places in TN and it was a joyous experience. As I had been dealing with some production issues in a neighbouring team and also some release work in my team here, the important activity called ‘sleep’ was not considered much for about a week’s time. Saturday morning had to come to office for interviewing some people as I agreed to my manager for the same a day before. Finished with a couple of people and rushed to get into the Bus (ABT Travels) to go to Coimbatore. The main reason was to visit Lord Subramaniah in Pazhani (due to Kandha Sashti and I keep fasting for the same) and also to attend two of my friends weddings! Somehow managed to stop the bus through constant follow up and updating over phone every now and then and got into the bus by 140 PM at madiwala, Bangalore :).

Good that the co passengers were neither starring at me nor shouting at me :). Escaped. I guess just 10 – 15 mts of waiting dint make them feel so sad. During the journey had been reading a book ‘Head First EJB‘ as I got to train some new people in this week ;). Had to refresh the concepts as its been some years I worked on. After browsing through few pages, somehow was attracted towards the ‘Shivaji – The Boss‘ movie which was running on the 27″ flat screen :). Continued with that. Next was with ‘Daas‘ – the movie by Jeyam Ravi and Renuga Menon. Remember had seen that movie in 2005 once it was released. As I like 3 songs in that movie, somehow switching between Head First EJB and Daas now and then :). After a couple of hours though I thought i could read but i was nt able to. As the sun had set and 3rd movie was started – again Jeyam Ravi’s ‘M Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi‘. A nice movie. Started revising the movie for 5th time :).

My co-passenger named ‘Jasper’ who is working as a Service Engineer in Tekenome, Coimbatore was going back from bangalore after his client visit. Man.. he was resembling the Actor Surya! – Not just the facial expressions but also mannerism, smile etc., altogether:) Nice guy and we had a good timepass. Two things were new to me. First time I met a person with the resemblance of a celebrity and his name is a part of one reporting tool we use ‘JasperReports‘ :). Got a good friend though!

Reached coimbatore and attended my BE classmate Bino’s reception. Phew! the auto’s are all really a nightmare in Coimbatore! Though I had completed my BE in Coimbatore, I never travelled in an auto. so never aware of the consequences! For less than half a km, he charged 50 Rupees and the time constraint made me nod! Was very happy seeing my friend after 2,3 years so as he. As I kept checking with him over phone during the journey about the timings and his stay over there, i was expecting to see him in the main hall soon after I entered. But he was missing. Called him twice but no reply. Then i saw a room with utensils, plates. Assumed it would be the dining hall and there got a solution for the equation. Found my friend Bino in the dining hall with his partner and friends around :). Had dinner with them and exchanged some conversation, greetings. After sometime we had a photo session, gift giving etc., then I left from there!

Saw ‘Seval‘ Movie in Royal Theatre as was interested because of Director Hari and the good-looking-and-nicely-portrayed heroine Pooja Bavnam. very homely face :). The movie was okay kind. He had taken a different subject this time. But the violence was more and not much having interest towards it.

After the movie, went to Ukkadam bus stand by walk. It was again a nostalgic as I used to do the same during my college days. Thinking all those sweet memories, was walking on the road. Got a bus in Ukkadam bus stand to Pazhani. Reached there in the early morning at around 4.20 AM. Reached the temple by 5.15 AM and waited for the shrine to get opened by 6 AM for the very first dharshan (alankar called ‘vishu’). It was almost 1.5 years I visited my boss and so damn happy after seeing him :)).

Came down and went to Erode to visit one my best buddies home. It was also like after 2 years visit. I could get the happiness from their faces and the conversations. Had a very good time over there by conversing about many different topics right from spiritual, religious, cinema, personal updates etc.,. My friend Ramesh VG and his wife Suganthi were also a part of our conversation through yahoo messenger with a webcam :). Good recreation.

Went to Namakkal from Erode to attend the other wedding of my unseen-but-good friend Krishna Srinivasan, whom I got to know through the technical forums (JavaRanch, JavaBeat – which he manages). Both of us were happy due to our very first meet on his marriage occasion 🙂.

From Namakkal, had to get a bus to Salem. During the journey, had completed one novel of Ramanichandran named “Laavanya” which was in progress till then. :).

From Salem, got into a bus till Krishnagiri. There a movie was played. Again of Jeyam Ravi’s :). Gosh.. I was thinking whether it was Jeyam ravi’s week (like the advt in Sun Tv – Indha vaaram jeyam raviyin vaaram).

From Krishnagiri to Hosur. The journey was quite interesting as got a friend named Somasundaram (though there are many somasundarams’ I have known). He is working a shift supervisor in CNC, Hosur. Exchanged the basic stuff our whereabouts, working nature etc., Again got a good friend :).

Then finally from Hosur to Bangalore. It was around 11 AM almost when I reached. Huh… visited many places in a short span with nice experiences, new people.

I always love travelling mainly because of the new scenarios we happen to get, new sort/set of people we happen to meet. So thrilling and interesting. Mostly I have never failed in this!

Though had been longing to take leave because of lack of sleep and tiredness, the unresolved-and-still-pending production issue was inviting me for long! Of course have to keep up the name and belief the people have on us!

Let the journey continue.. 🙂

A Husband’s true feelings

A husband’s true feelings

A wife was making a breakfast of fried eggs for her husband. Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen.

“Careful … CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful … CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUL! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking!

Never! Turn them! Hurry up! Are you CRAZY? Have you LOST your mind?
Don’t forget to salt them. You know you always forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!”

The wife stared at him. “What in the world is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry a couple of eggs?”

The husband calmly replied, “I wanted to show you what it feels like when I’m driving.” 🙂 😛

how many seconds in a year

Q: “How many seconds are there in a year?”

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A: “Twelve; January second, February second, March second, …”

Courtesy: my colleague Narayan for sharing this through an email 🙂

Don’t beat me up

There is a man in a village who has three children. These three children are extremely disobedient and never listen to whatever their parents tell. They are always whiling away their time and never doing anything worthwhile.

So, one day their father, out of great concern calls them and gives them advice over different issues. And finally he says,”I don’t want to see you wasting your time like this. If you people want to really become successful in life, you must work hard and not idle away. Now, you guys go and study and try to do well in your exams”.

After listening to all this, the three children go inside and take a mango each and start eating. They keep eating the mango for about an hour until every fibre is eaten. Now, only the seed remains and yet, they are unwilling to throw it away and are licking it again and again.

Seeing this, the father becomes very happy. Why?

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Because the children showed to the father that they can “suck seed” (succeed) very well in life. 🙂

Courtesy: My Colleague Narayan for sharing this through an e-mail.

proving a theorem

Theorem: A cat has nine tails.

Proof:

No cat has eight tails. A cat has one tail more than no cat. Therefore, a cat has nine tails.

Courtesy: Thanks to my colleague Narayan for sharing this excellent proof via an email 🙂

Performance and NOT the position

Priest dies & is awaiting his turn in line at the Heaven’s Gates. Ahead of him is a guy, nastily dressed, in dark sun glasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket & jeans.

Lord Dharamraj asks him: Please tell me who are you, so that I may know whether to admit you into the kingdom of Heaven or not?

The guy replies: I am Banta Singh, taxi driver from New Delhi!

Lord Dharamraj consults his ledger, smiles & says to Banta Singh: Please take this silken robe & gold scarf & enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

Now it is the priest’s turn. He stands erect and speaks out in a booming voice: I am Sant Shiromani Baba so & so, Head Priest of the so & so Temple for the last 40 years.

Lord Dharamraj consults his ledger & says to the Priest: Please take this cotton robe & enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

‘Just a minute,’ says the agonized Priest. How is that a foul mouthed, rash driving Taxi Driver is given a Silken robe & a Golden scarf and me, a Priest, who’s spent his whole life preaching your Name & goodness has to make do with a Cotton robe?

‘Results my friend, results,’ shrugs Lord Dharamraj.

While you preached, people SLEPT; but when he drove his taxi, people PRAYED.

Moral of the story: Its PERFORMANCE & not POSITION that ultimately counts.

Hope you enjoyed reading through and it is not intended to say about the term ‘Appraisal’ 😛

Made in India

There was a Japanese who came to India for sightseeing. On the last day, he hired a cab and told the driver to drive to the Airport. During the journey, a Honda drove past the taxi. Thereupon, the man leaned out of the window excitedly and yelled, ‘Honda, very fast! Made in Japan !!!.

After a while, a Toyota sped past the taxi and again the Japanese man leaned out of the window and yelled, ‘Toyota, very fast! Made in Japan!’ And then a Mitsubishi sped past the taxi. For the third time, the Japanese leaned out of the window and yelled, ‘Mitsubishi, very fast! Made in Japan!’

The driver was a little angry, but he kept quiet. And this went on for quite a number of cars. Finally, the taxi came to the airport. The fare was 800 rupees.

The Japanese exclaimed, ‘What??… so expensive!’ There upon, the driver yelled back, ‘Meter, Made in India VERY VERY FAST !!!!!’

Kids too much

A boss wondered why one of his most valued employees had phoned in sick one day.                                                               
Having an urgent problem with one of the main computers, he dialled the employee’s home phone number and was greeted with a child’s whisper.       
                                                                            
 “Hello?”                                                                   
                                                                            
 “Is your daddy home?” he asked.                                            
                                                                            
 “Yes,” whispered the small voice.                                          
                                                                            
 “May I talk with him?”                                                     
                                                                            
 The child whispered, “No.”                                                 
                                                                            
 Surprised and wanting to talk with an adult, the boss asked, “Is your Mummy there?”                                                                                                                                          
 “Yes.”                                                                     
                                                                            
 “May I talk with her?”                                                     
                                                                            
 Again the small voice whispered, “No.”                                     
                                                                            
 Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave a message, the boss asked,  “Is anybody else there?”                                           
                                                                            
 “Yes,” whispered the child, “a policeman.”                                 
                                                                            
 Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee’s home, the boss asked,  “May I speak with the policeman?”                                  
                                                                            
 “No, he’s busy”, whispered the child.                                      
                                                                            
 “Busy doing what?”                                                         
                                                                            
 “Talking to Mummy and Daddy and the Fireman,” came the whispered answer.   
                                                                            
 Growing more worried as he heard what sounded like a helicopter through the earpiece on the phone, the boss asked, “What is that noise?”           
                                                                            
 “A hello-copper” answered the whispering voice.                            
                                                                            
 “What is going on there?” demanded the boss, now truly apprehensive.
 Again, whispering, the child answered, “The search team just landed the hello-copper.”                                                                                                                                         
 Alarmed, concerned and a little frustrated the boss asked, “What are they searching for?”                                                                                                                                        
 Still whispering, the young voice replied with a muffled giggle:           
                                                                
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 “ME.” 😛
Courtesy: Thanks to my colleague Sreejith Menon for sharing this through an email 🙂

Drive for Excellence

A gentleman was once visiting a temple under construction.
In the temple premises, he saw a sculptor making an idol of God.
Suddenly he saw, just a few meters away, another identical idol was lying.
Surprised he asked the sculptor, do you need two statutes of the same idol. No said the sculptor.
We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.
The gentleman examined the statue.
No apparent damage was visible.
Where the damage is asked the gentleman.
There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.
Where are you going to keep the idol after it is done?
The sculptor replied that it will be installed on a pillar 20 feet high.
When the idol will be 20 feet away from the eyes of the beholder, who is going to know that there is scratch on the nose? The gentleman asked.

The sculptor looked at the gentleman, smiled and said, “The God knows it and I know it “.
The desire to excel should be exclusive of the fact whether someone appreciates it or not.
Excellence is a drive from Inside not Outside.

I believe you must have well agreed with it. Is nt it?

I would like to thank my friend Varadharajan R for sharing this through an email.