Personal priorities have created a situation whereby I am not able to watch the movie that released recently – Kamal is my all time favourite actor and the rave reviews have whetted my appetite for the show.
Have planned to watch it soon, till then it is a bit of love and longing as I just have to bide my time. The wait makes one a bit impatient but am sure the it will meet a sweet end.Embed from Getty Images
Enough and more reviews have dusted the plot and story to death. It is trademark Kamal movie and the focus remains sharply on him. It is a workable combination of setting an art movie while keeping the commercial aesthetics in mind. To many the ‘story-in-the-story’ is not as pleasing and they wonder why there is a need for it. To my mind it all about enriching the plot by allowing a counter plot to appear – so imagine a dying Manoranjan (celebrated film star of present day) being contrasted by Uttaman (who is nicknamed Mritunjay – one who successfully evades death).
Am surprised to be doing this i.e. writing about a movie that I am yet to see. But the media had an overdose of stories, reviews and clips on the movie so am sure I will not miss much in penning my thoughts in advance.
Looking forward to watch –
- Theyyam themed dance – it was much in news and is an innovation. The trailer and making of movie stories show some riveting glimpses of the sequence. It will be a delight to watch.
- Screen space being shared by Kamal with his gurunathar, K Balachandar (Margadarsi). The role is but a tribute to their real life association – talk about life inspiring art for a change.
- Screen space shared with another veteran director K Vishwanath who played a vital role in ensuring commercial success of the young Kamal Hassan. It is interesting to note that Kamal has ensued a scene wherein he is with both KB and KV accentuating the roles they played in shaping his character.
- The usual suspects – Kamal tends to repeat his close associates so we make merry with the presence of Jayaram, Urvasi, Nasser and the recent additions of Pooja Kumar and Andrea.
- The final overture – I have heard great things about the climax. I can guess what it will be about as well but till I watch it the suspense remains. I don’t want to spoil it by reading anything about it – it is to be savoured real-time.
Not looking forward to watch –
- Have heard that the storyline could have been trimmed, there are phases where the movie drags. Not sure though till I see it for myself.
- ‘Senn Tamil jokes’ – a personal problem since I do not have the command on the language to decipher the nuances. Get the message usually though by watching the same multiple times.
- A modern dance sequence with Pooja Kumar didn’t quite appeal – may it is time for Kamal to stop chasing heroines around trees or whatever. Later I learnt that the song was a spoof on commercial Tamil films – a single kiss and the boy n girl are in love.
- Speculation on whether this is Kamal’s swan song. It is silly to speculate since we have a couple of his movies lined up to come soon. But it is being interpreted a bit differently by ardent Kamal watchers.
We have seen him alternate between meaningful cinema and mindless comedies for a long time. So in a way, having poured his heart and soul in narrating the personal experience of an ageing superstar, is Kamal preparing himself to take a sabbatical or even put a stop to his creative stories? Certainly not a question that I choose to dwell much upon.
So there it is – have summed my feelings as I wait patiently for the drama to unfold. It adds a nice tang to the delight of watching the latest offering by our own ‘ulaganayagan’.