11 November 2007


Take the movie Life of David Gale, which is essentially against capital punishment, mix it with a Rashomon style Narrative.

Now, set the story in rural TamilNadu milieu. But, you need someone to carry off this kind of story. Heck, you need someone with this kind of imagination to write the story in the first place right ?

Here enters one of India's most versatile actors, Kamalhasan. And what do you get ? A classic called Virumaandi.

Amazing performances by Pasupathi and KamalHaasan.

Watch it.


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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:51 PM


  1. Blogger Prasad posted at Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:52:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    "virumaandi a classic" i differ.
    its the amalgamation of two classics thevar magan and maha nadhi.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Monday, November 12, 2007 at 7:06:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    If you actually see the two movies I have mentioned, you would see that Virumandi has no influences drawn from Thevar Magan or Mahanadi.

    Yeah, it is also true that both Thevar Magan and Mahanadi were/are classics, but, IMHO, Virumaandi stands out. No doubt in that !!

  3. Blogger Akshan says... posted at Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 9:28:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Thx for mentioning Life of.... I will try to watch it.

    BTW, Virumaandi is probably one of the best movies I have ever watched. Its just brilliant on all fronts. I remember making my delhi-based roomie sit and watch with me while in grad school and the first thing he told me after the movie ended, was, man I missed it in tamil.
    He was very impressed by the direction like me.

    I would put Hey Ram and Anbe Sivam in the super great category too. However, I thought Hey Ram could be ended well and differently.
  4. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 8:35:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Padmakshan: Anbae sivam is in a different category ! It is definitely a classic. Thought they say that it is copied from planes, trains and automobiles, having seen that movie too, there is no such evidence ! For that matter, ManiRathnam's Ayudha Ezhuthu is copied/inspired from Amores Perros. But, the important fact here is that with both ManiRathnam and Kamal, the basic thread is the same. The story they weave around that basic thread is completely different and so very close to the ground.

    Actually speaking, for a long time, even I was not happy with Hey Ram ending. However, for the past few days, as I keep seeing the ending again and again, I cannot seem to find any other way he could have ended it. In fact, if you see the last scene during the titles, when the "Gandhi" painted windows are opened to bring in the light, I felt that it blended in so very well with what Kamal was trying to say. Try viewing the movie again from the scene where he goes out to scope the location where Gandhi is supposed to speak the next day, and when he loses his gun in the truck.


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