Thursday, March 25, 2004

As Mani Ratnam ingeminates the life and times of a creator, I continue to be amazed by his philosophy of cinema.

Continue reading part 2 of Mani Ratnam's One-on-One with Vikatan. Don't expect any info about Aayitha Ezhuthu. It is all about Mani Ratnam and his World of Cinema.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Ezhaikkum Vazhvukkum
Irukindra Idaivelli
Kuraithu - Nillai Niruthu
Ada Kottaththin Thittaththai
Sattaththin Vattaththai Udaithu

Kattukkul Nuzhaikindra Kaatru Endrum
Kaalani Ethuvum Anivathillai
Aayiram Elaignargal Thunindhu Vittaal
Aayutham Ethuvum Thevaillai

Jana Gana Mana...

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Aayitha Ezhuthu Music - Chut Chut Chut Chut Chut Buut Sell

A R Rahman's amazing vocals gets limelight in Mani Ratnam's Aayitha Ezhuthu. With his busy orchestral schedules, ARR manages to create his musical magic again for his mentor Mani Saar. Vairamuthu's comeback with AR Rahman has proved worthy. Vairamuthu's lyrics to the ideological songs and also for romantic numbers talk about his mastery over lyric writing.

Yaakai Thiri also known as Fanah, being the star number of the album, A R Rahman pays attention to the techno type beats and his husky vocals. The song starts with a note that is very familiar for us. I am unable to guess the number but it one of the Venga Boys - Back street Boys type music that is fast and monotonous like computer generated music. Then the music rolls into a magical world of Fanah. Vairamuthu uses the most unusual words like Yaakai, Dwaitham and Adwaitham in such a slick song and makes us to listen to lyrics despite the music being on a high note. Yaakai Thiri is a sure shot hit.

Jana Gana Mana is a very ideological number with fabulous lyrics and sensible music to support the meaningful lyrics. Especially the first interlude that starts with a huge acoustic note is commendable and Rahman renders his voice along with Karthik to make this a great number. Karthik's voice is slightly altered to settle with Rahman's voice. But the highlight of this song is lyrics and the oscillating tune from fast to slow pace. Given Mani Ratnam's picturisation skills, this song is set to be the soul of Aayitha Ezhuthu.

Adnan Saami's Song reminded me of Boom Boom song in Boys. Though the tune or the lyrics have nothing to do with Boom Boom, he gets a similar soft romance number. Would have appreciated if Rahman would have risked him singing Fanah. But his song Orr Unmai Sonnal is a good one and is a nostalgic memoir of Illayaraja's yester year music .

Hey Good Bye Nanba by Sankar Mahadevan and Madhushree is also a good number which would get better with picturisation. This is the one that had Sidharth and Trisha romancing on the beach with avid editing cuts. Also it has some awesome programming. This song is synonymous to Uyirin Uyirey in terms of techno beats. But I am sure it will beat it by all means.

Sandai Kozhi has one of the best charanams and has ARR humming in the background like the Chinna Chinna Aasai humming.

Dol Dol rap by Blazee is also a good one. Fanah and Jana Gana Mana were obviously the numbers that I liked on the first time. Unconsciously, the whole of today I am humming Yaakai Thiri... Kaathal Sudar..Anbe.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Aayitha Ezhuthu, Sony and CD Piracy - The Three Dots

Just bought Aayitha Ezhuthu CD and it is copy protected as said in the CD jewel box. So my PC which is an IBM system with Pentium 4 and 256MB Ram can't even recognise the audio CD. If this works the same with all PCs, the inflow of cheap priced MP3 CDs will reduce paving way to more original audio sales.

Price at 125 bucks, Sony Music is trying to make big bucks with Aayitha Ezhuthu. Kamal's Virumandi was well priced at 99 bucks which gave a sense of a value buy. But with stars like Mani Ratnam, A.R Rahman, Surya and Madhavan feature in Aayitha Ezhuthu, the music is set to sell hot cakes making it one of biggies for this year.

Jana Gana Mana song, rendered by Rahman features in Aayitha Ezhuthu. Last week in MTV, I enjoyed Vande Matharam fame Bharat Bala's Jana Gana Mana version. The picturisation looks alike the Vande Matharam song and it is sheer coincedence to have a same song featuring in AKK.

Mani Ratnam's interview in Vikatan about the philosophy behind the three dots of Aayitha Ezhuthu is intriguing. It creates a hype to find out how these three youngsters merge on a common issue. It is this perfect marketing mantra that differentiates him from his other contemporaries. When my friends become critical about the hype he creates, I am perfectly for it. Any hype sustains for just few weeks after the release of the movie. Then, it is only the quality of the movie that decides the fate. Not only this hype makes people come to the theatres in the release week, it also gives a good opening for a movie.

And I am sure that Mani Ratnam's movie wouldn't be a let down as we saw this same hype being created for each of his movie from Nayakan to Kannathil Muthamittal.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Some say it is City of Gods, some say it is Varumayin Niram Sivappu - accomadated to the current urban trend and the rest call it as a political thriller. But I believe, strongly, that Mani Ratnam has always something more than what's deciphered before the release of his movie.

Two days back, while speeding through the channels, I caught hold of the slick kolkatta and its colorful dimensions in Yuva trailer. The promos staged once in every ten minutes in MTV show Vivek Oberoi and Kareena romancing in the small boat for a song called Anjaana. The song looks amazing with avid editing cuts and fabulous vocals.

Aayitha Ezhuthu audio is expected to be released today. So obviously you will get a copy of the CD by tomorrow morning in stores. So from then on until the release of Aayitha Ezhuthu, it is Neeya Naana everywhere.

Check out Aayitha Ezhuthu(AKK) website and also Yuva website for more.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

He who comes back just after his marriage is not afraid of hot babes :

Apologize me to copy the tag-line of Shankar's Anniyan. The original tagline goes like this- He who comes from hell is not afraid of hot ashes. The red tint in the promos and the teaser gives an eerie look to the movie. But the black devilish coat of Vikram and the long axe in his hand are similar to the killer costume of the film I know what you did last summer and is misleading many to think that Anniyan is a remake of this English thriller.

As the news reports say Anniyan is renamed title of Robot. It was originally proposed to star Kamalhassan and was supposed to be shot for 2 years. Since Kamal later dropped off from the project because of the long shoot time. Two years would be costly time for any star to work in one project. It is said that Shankar changed the name and a little bit of story to shorten the production schedule.

But for Vikram this is the longest running call sheet ever. In his interview he remarked that he has allocated more than 100 days continuously for Anniyan. With Shankar roping Harris Jayaraj in place of A R Rahman, the music industry and the fans are out to see how Harris Jayaraj fills the Rahman vacuum in a Shankar film.

Ever since I saw Atharmam (the film by film institute students starring Murali and Nasser on the life of Veerappan), I was sure that Manikandan's camera eye would be rewarded. Here is his biggest break to work with Shankar on a movie with a different feel. I am sure Manikandan would be among the top cinematographers list after Shankar's Anniyan.

Writer Sujatha is back with his dialogues after his street smart, controversial dialogues in Boys. But 'Jeyam' Sada as the heroine makes me a little curious about her role. Probably she has a good role to play.

As Sujatha remarks in Katrathum Petrathum, Shankar's Anniyan should be out for the coming Diwali. We all have a curious diwali ahead to celebrate with Anniyan.
I'm Back in Arnold's Terminator tone :

I'm Back from my mariage hungama and ready to dive into deepest corners of the internet. After a week long detachment from the internet, my emails are over-flowing with spam and lazygeek site looks very new to me. This is my longest break from the internet, ever.

Thanks to Kiruba and Ravages who made themselves available for my marriage reception. It took a while for me to recognize Kiruba and his wife. Only when I saw them with Ravages, I understood it was Kiruba. As Kiruba said, it was too tough to stand with that smile on your face for two long hours.

Thanks for all of you guys who wished me through all communication mediums including telepathy. I was enthralled to see so many well-known, known, unknown people wish me on my marriage page. Thanks again.

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