Tuesday, September 28, 2004


Well, one world would suffice to convey my opinion of Maniratnam - God!.. or so it was till I saw Aytha Eluthu / Yuva.

A person who gave birth to numerous god-level movies - including, but not limited to Agni natachathiram, Roja, Iruvar, Nayagan, Kannathil Muthamittal .. oh heck, the list jus goes on..

But what he did with AE was unpardonable. Having detailed the problem plaguing current political scenario, he flounders in providing a final solution to the problem. In my opinion, the consistent message sent out by Hindi and Tam movies (and I would gez this holds for other regional languages as well) is that the problem facing us is huge but the solution is always over-simplified. I'd say that Mani owes it to his audience to ensure that the solution part is also realistic. Some would say that then it would be more of an art film - rather than a commercial success. My response would be "Life is Beautiful". If you havent yet seen it, plz do. The movie presents the holocaust experience in a touching manner. So also is "Schindler's List" - which incidentally is based on a true story. There are a whole lot of Jews called Schindler Jews - who descended from those who were on Schindler's list.

Finally my point is if you are imaginative enough, you can actually produce a realistic film on any issue.

btw, hadnt intended it that way, but noticed it as I wrote it - u've got to be imaginative to be realistic!!.. interesting learnings!!

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Blogger pigeonhole said...

"Gotta be imaginative to be realistic"

*clap, clap,clap*
*bow bow bow*

It was no mere learning. It is a powerful insight.

September 28, 2004 12:25 PM  

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