As we were idly rummaging through our DVD collection, what should we find?
An old Vikram film, Gemini.
Featuring Vikram and Kiran Rathod, Gemini has been hailed in some circles as a good movie for its time.
Folks, that’s a Goebbelsian lie. Gemini is not a movie that can be labelled ‘good’ in any era.
The 2002 movie starts with weird shouts of Gemanae, Gemanae, Gemanae and quickly moves on to the outside of a court building.
For some odd reason, we see an elephant outside the court building. Strange, even by Indian movie standards.
Kalabhavan Mani, who plays the villain Teja does an imitation of an elephant, the first of his many anima-tions.
Will update this review later tonight ET after completing the movie.
Gavani, gavani, gavani (hear, hear, hear).
Indha Gemini, Gemini, Gemini padam oru mokka mokka mokka padam (Gemini is a lousy movie).
All we were left with at the end of the movie is a mind-numbing headache and curses for Saran, who is responsible for the inept story, screenplay, dialog and direction.
The movie centers around the bloody clashes between our eponymous hero Gemini (Vikram), who plays a rowdy turned good soul and Teja (Kalabhavan Mani), a bigger rowdy for whom there’s no redemption in anything but a life of crime.
Kalabhavan Mani is a decent actor and his imitation of animals as a metaphor for human behavior in certain situations was amusing at the beginning.
But by the time we move toward the end of the movie as Teja imitates a monkey, the whole act lost its novelty and became tiresome. Like the movie itself.
Just a Pretty Face
What’s a Tamil movie without a fair-face, right?
So we have Kiran Rathod, one of the most hopeless actresses south of the Vindhyas.
The girl can’t act and the girl can’t dance. She can’t emote in the least.
Oh well, who cares. Like Vikram, we too want to play Holi with this gal. 😉
Gemini’s music is nothing to rave about. Garden variety, banal stuff although the producers seem to have splurged money by shooting the song/dance scenes in foreign locales (Switzerland??).
That Naattu Kattai abomination will haunt us till our last days.
The primary culprit for this piece of trash a.k.a. Gemini is the bizarrely stupid story.
As if that were not bad enough, we have multiple parallel ‘comedy’ tracks featuring a dumb cop, a pimp and a madam and the last featuring a character called Oberoi, supposedly Dawood Ibrahim’s henchman from Bombay.
All of the comedy nonsense was plain intolerable and it was with difficulty that we restrained ourselves from hurling the remote at the TV.
How this ordeal i.e. Gemini can even be called a movie is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.