20 June 2005

anniyan - kadiyan

Oh well that is the first thing i thought after coming out of the movie hall.Shankar has gained a reputation { albeit falsely } of doing things in a grand manner.Would we not accept a story which he does in a tight manner and does it well ? His latest offering, probably on the most expensive movies made falls flat !
Comparisons are inevitable and this is where he has faltered. People will tend to compare every aspect of his move with what he made in the past.Is that why this movie is nothing but a rehash of all his previous movies ? Gentleman, mudhalvan, Indian ? The same issue of the hero rising up to the ocassion albeit in a different manner ? Mulitple personality disorder is a disease that is going to be beaten to death by our film makers shortyl.
Ok now on to the story.Our hero has multiple personality disorders and kills people who are wrong doers ! One line story.Shankar has tried his best to fit his original grandeur into it.The songs are lavishly shot.But where is the Rahman magic ? Harris jeyaraj falls completely flat here.None of the songs make u listen to it again.Oh ok Iyengaaruu... sung by hariharan might be an exception { But im a fan of hariharan so i guess it ok!}. The camera work is pretty good ! And you have Yana Gupta shaking a leg for a dance number.
Shakar could have paid more attention to the screenplay and direction aspects is the feeling you get.
There is a more blatant rip off.The entire stick stunt sequence from Matrix-2 ! Adding fuel to the fire !
Overall the movie does have its moments.Like when prakash raj and vikram confront each other in the climax fight, vikram's change of tone and body language with the doctor.But they are few and far !
In short i think it is time for shankar to de-hype himself and give a honest movie that just tells a simple story.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 2:12 PM


  1. Blogger Kars ! posted at Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 6:19:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Also, Anniyan character himself is a rip off of the Wrestler Undertaker (WWE/ prev known as WWF).
    I wonder where they spent Rs.20Cr+ in? It was certainly not spent on originality or was it spent on painting those mountains/bridges etc for that randaka song? i would have thought about better ways of spending so much money (Charity anyone?).
    Anniyan though good time pass, I would say its Annyayam !!
    Good blog dude.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 12:38:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    macchi kars!;
    thanks da.
    one thing is that i am not aware that much of this undertaker thing.but then again he was a wrestler and this guy .. well i dunno but i think that comparison may not be true
    ya the 20+ crores: in amsterdam for that kumari song, and that setting for that iyengaru song, and that KL song and of course that andan-kakka song. well i think all the money went off for the songs.
    dunno who among the audience told shankar that we would see his films only if he blows up money on it !
  3. Blogger Kars ! posted at Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 12:56:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Check out http://www.wwe.com/superstars/smackdown/undertaker/
    The appearance, the way anniyan acts (like being immune to pain, the weird thing he does with his eyes etc) etc are similar to what the wrestler does.
    whao, spending so much money just on songs, hmm maybe they were trying to coverup the bad songs with expensive visuals...

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