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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Kumki: A jumbo effort

Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon, Thambi Ramaiah, Asvin Raja, kumki tamil movie review

Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Lakshmi Menon, Thambi Ramaiah, Asvin Raja
Director: Prabhu Solomon

After the critically acclaimed 'Mynaa', filmmaker Prabhu Solomon returns with an equally uplifting film, in which an elephant plays the eponymous character. 'Kumki' is the kind of film that reminds us yet again that we don't need hero-worshiping scripts anymore to draw audiences to the cinemas.

Set in the backdrop of forests of Kerala and Karnataka, Prabhu paints a simple love story that instantaneously strikes a chord with the audience.

The film takes us through the lives of the farmers in a village called Aadi Kadu, where a wild elephant called Komban, has been causing havoc for many years. From bringing down huts and destroying plantation, the elephant eventually goes to the extent of crushing few villagers. The villagers unanimously decide to hire a mahout and a Kumki elephant, which are trained to fend off wild elephants.

Cut to next scene, Bomman and his elephant come to offer their service and they're treated with utmost respect in return by the villagers. Meanwhile, Bomman falls in love with Alli, daughter of the village chief. Over the course of the events, the lives of Bomman, Alli and the elephant are changed forever. What really happens in their lives, forms the rest of the story.

Prabhu interconnects two stories together to form an arching bigger story that never in its running time, deviates from its destined path. It might have taken some great deal of time to arrive at the conclusion, but never did it deviate. The crux of the film is about how a trained elephant is called upon to save the villagers from wild elephants, while the two other sub-plots are that of the relationship between Bomman, his elephant and Alli.

Though the film progresses at average pace, but thanks to an engaging and highly entertaining cast, the audience are kept hooked to their seats. Debutant Vikram Prabhu as the lovestruck mahout is brilliant and bereft of any criticism. Lakshmi, after her satisfying performance in 'Sundarapandian', steals the limelight with her innocent character.

Unlike other Tamil films, there are no separate comedy tracks here. Thambi Ramaiah and Aswin, along with Vikram, bring the house down with hilarious one-liners. The relationship between Thambi and Vikram may appear wafer thin, as most of the time Vikram is seen verbally abusing his uncle, but it's not until the climax that we get to understand the depth of their relationship.

The locations are out of this world and I don't remember seeing anything as visually engrossing in the recent past. Be it the mountains in the background or the greenery spread across the village or the dense forests, everything in the film won't go unnoticed.

In a long time, I felt the music in a film was very apt and the songs were suitably placed. D.Imman's music is highly melodious and works beautifully in the favour of the film. This may very well be his best work to date.

'Kumki' may not be the year's best film, but definitely can't be looked down upon.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Dabangg 2 - Is better than the first

Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Deepak Dobriyal, Nikitin Dheer, Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna, Dabangg 2

Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Deepak Dobriyal, Nikitin Dheer, 
          Arbaaz Khan, Vinod Khanna 
Direction: Arbaaz Khan 

Hello again. Bollywood’s Rajnikanth is back to defy the law of gravity, ooze levity and talk with brevity. So he zooms in mid-air to bash up goons galore, takes up cudgels against an-about-to-be re-elected politician, and speaks in the calculated sentences of a mathematician. And truth be told there’s no point in resisting him.

Because Dabangg 2 aka Cop Chulbul Pandey aka Robin Hood, directed by Arbaaz Khan, is unpretentious if nothing else.

Indeed, the sequel packs in every ingredient which clicked in the original, be it the cop asking a ghastly goon to call up his mother before beating him up black and blue. How thoughtful is that!

To repeat the formula, he threatens to fire bullets into every orifice of the opponent, not to forget a zippy trip abroad merely for that woo-the-heroine song. And you can definitely count upon item numbers, courtesy Malaika Arora-Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Only here, the lyric extolls the virtues of an adhesive brand instead of Munni badnaam hui’s favourite balm ointment. Expect the expected, and you won’t be disappointed.

The audience certainly wasn’t at the opening morning screening at a Mumbai multiplex, clapping wildly at every Chulbulian move -- including the dark glasses perched on the back-collar or twisting a belt in sync with pelvis thrusts. Again, the plan is to present Salman Khan as a smalltown superhero who radiates family values.

In the process, super cop pulls the legs, good-naturedly, of his upright step-father (Vinod Khanna in an extended role) and his somewhat dimwitted step-brother (Arbaaz Khan in a briefer one, presumably because he was behind the camera).

But don’t look for Mummy Pandey. Since she was brutally murdered in the first part, she’s reduced to a spooky black-and-white portrait on the wall. A first for Dimple Kapadia. Sob.

Ergo, once you’ve psyched yourself into going with the flow, the result’s quite engaging and entertaining. The first-half moves at Concorde speed especially, following Chulbul (you-know-who) on his transfer to Kanpur, where he expects to fry bigger fish.

That he does rightaway, by rescuing a cement dealer’s kidnapped child, and usurping the ransom money. A small part of the lakhs he donates to the police association fund, the major chunk siphoned off to his personal savings.

His moral values can be questioned, but well…it’s one of those jaane bhi do corruption things. Kejriwal and Co. wouldn’t be amused.

More: Chulbul is no different from a ruthless encounter specialist either. No problem! A woman journalist quizzes him about killing people indiscriminately, he looks at her with a deep gaze. And she swoons, all reservations erased. That’s the part of the film’s trump card, actually.

Salman Khan, as Chulbul, can do no wrong even if he does. Even his junior acolytes, who roll their eyes in disbelief when he takes the law into his own hands, worship him.

After all, he charms them by chewing raw tamarind with them while on duty. Imagine he’s so friendly that he hangs out with his underlings.

And for once, Chulbul’s superior officer doesn’t make life difficult either. On the contrary, Kanpur’s chief ‘daroga’ offers Chulbul pizzas, rabdi, and what-eat-you. In the event, nabbing crooks and taking on the burly politician (Prakash Raj) are as easy for him as breathing. There’s no tension at all. Perhaps, the first-half moves like a breeze because we don’t see the cop under major stress at all.

Post-intermission, things get heavy-duty though. The burly politician’s brother (Deepak Dobriyal) is killed by our cute cop right before the public eye.

Next: Mrs Chulbuli (Sonakshi Sinha) suffers from miscarriage.

And so before things become gloomy, the screenplay jumps-cut to the climax. Time for Salman Khan to whip off his slim-fit shirt, naturally, and display his legendary muscles and triceps.

If that didn’t happen, like the rest of the screaming, clapping, whistling audience, you would have been disappointed. It would have been like X’mas without plum cake.

So there, you are. All the technical departments: cinematography, editing and sound, are serviceable. Arbaaz Khan does disclose a flair for sturdy direction in the emotionally-underscored family-centric interludes. The elaborate action scenes which take precedence, are in the style of the smash-‘em, dizzyingly edited Tamil actioners. The dialogue is not in the quotable category of Dabangg. Gratifyingly, male chauvinism is avoided, what with Cop Chulbul telling his servile wife, “You don’t have to obey every instruction of mine.” Wah, say it again!

Of the cast, Deepak Dobriyal, as the slain brother, strives to be menacing. Alas, in vain. The LOL line of dialogue comes when he brags about his clout and power, and one of his own henchmen asks, “Don’t you think he’s overstimating himself!”

Sonakshi Sinha’s role is awfully sketchy. Besides simpering and smiling, she does precious little. Naturally, it’s Salman Khan’s show all the way, and once again he strikes a charismatic screen presence. He’s even assigned a vulnerable, crying scene which he performs awkardly. Apart from that, the 46-year-old actor going on 26, reconfirms that he’s in top form. Cool and casual, he replays Chulbul, thoroughly tongue-in-chic.

Unsolicited suggestion:Switch off from the real world, and enjoy.


Friday, December 31, 2010

Wishing you a joyous & peaceful Happy New Year

Ten Great Tips For 2011

1. Stay out of Trouble.

2. Aim for Greater Heights.

3. Stay Focused on your Job.

4. Exercise to Maintain Good Health.

5. Practice Team Work.

6. Rely on your Trusted Partner to Watch your Back. Take your Time Trusting Others.

7. Save for Rainy Days.

8. Rest and Relax.

9. Always Take Time to Smile.


10. Realize That Nothing is Impossible.

Wishing you a joyous & peaceful 
Happy New Year

Monday, July 12, 2010

Madrasapattinam Actress Amy Jackson HQ Pictures

Amy Louise Jackson is an English film actress and model who rose to fame after winning the beauty pageant, Miss Teen World 2008.

Jackson is from the Isle of Man and is the daughter of BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, Alan Jackson. After winning the Miss Teen Liverpool and Miss Teen Great Britain pageants, after several attempts around the country, including Leeds where she was not placed, she was crowned Miss Teen World 2008 when she was seventeen years old.

Jackson won 18 various prizes, which include: a modeling contract in the US, a wardrobe of clothes, cosmetics, shoes and a £10,000 scholarship. Since the competition in August 2008, Jackson has returned home to England and signed a second modeling contract with British agency Boss Model Management.

Jackson's career began in the UK through modeling agency Boss Model Management. The commercial model has now made her mark in India not only modeling but also in the South-Indian Chennai based Tamil film industry . She appeared in a Tamil movie, as female lead, Madrasapattinam, opposite actor Arya, which was released on July 9, 2010.

Here are some cute and hot photos of Amy Jackson