Sunday, November 06, 2005
ARACHA MAAVU... UKKAANDHA EDATHULA NOVU...
Erotic movie stills that do not indicate what you carry back from the film. This is what Adhu Oru Kanaakkaalam (AOKK) is all about. AOKK has an absolutely astounding plot. Astounding because try as hard as you might, you cannot find anything new in it.
Dhanush has an elaborate scene involving a ravishing Tejasree. However, when Dhanush "wakes up" suddenly, the audience realises it was only a dream. This was as childish as a primary school creative writing assignment, which usually goes on about trip to the sun, moon, stars etc, and then ends with "My mother woke me up and I realised it was a dream". I have seen porn movies with better excuses leading to coital acts.
As scenes are increasingly explicit these days, picturisation of the expression of physical affection offers a lot to the lustful eye. Unfortunately, the film maker has concentrated more on the biology of the lead pair rather than the chemistry.
The film's climax evoked something from deep within me, and caused a lump in my throat. I soon realised it was my phlegm, and I spat it with full force when "A Film by Balu Mahendra" appeared on the screen.
In a scene, Dhanush is arrested and Priyamani runs behind the police jeep for a while, then falls down, hurts herself, expecting to evoke the viewers' sympathy. I think this is what they meant when they said this movie would be another Moonraam Pirai. Another trying fifteen minute scene describes the funeral rituals of Dhanush's screen mom with intricate detail. I could only see the corpse of a talented director there.
I am a fan of Balu Mahendra-Ilayaraja movies, hence my choice of this movie amongst the DeepavaLi releases. But I feel very badly let down by both of them.
P.S: I know the whole state is crazy about Asin, but in my opinion, Priyamani is the most good looking actress in thamizh cinema today. Miles ahead of her nearest competitor. Her misfortune that she gets horrible films from the best of directors (Bharathiraja & Balu Mahendra).