Goat-fucking idiots! Offspring of lunatic donkeys! Shameless eunuchs from somewhere.
Source – the drunks yelling in the beggar-van in Rohinton Mistry’s tour de force A Fine Balance P.323
Thank God, fictional drunks can’t watch Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
For if they did, the tipplers wouldn’t hesitate one nanosecond before unleashing the same vitriolic barrage at (mis)director Gautam Menon and the twin midgets in his menagerie i.e. Simbhu and Trisha, besides hurling a few more choice epithets at these offenders.
Is there any one among you that can answer this question – How did this Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa abortion come to be made and how did it get to be released in theaters?
Since you schmucks can’t answer that, here’s our hypothesis: Some Stalin or Grimalkin had more money than it knew what to do with and the end-result was this boring shit called Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
If you go by the credits, Gautham Menon has also penned the story for this grossly underwhelming movie.
Yet another unimaginative, trite love story, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa offers little charm to the audience.
Same old boy sees girl, falls head-over-heels in love drivel. And as y’all know the course of true love never does run smooth in Indian films and opposition invariably comes by way of the stubborn father and the different religions of the lovers.
That’s all there’s to this junk. Really, guys.
And we yawned through the ennui for 2 hours and 30-minutes.
To think that this Menon fella has been making movies for a decade and this shitty script is all he can come up with?
Simbhu or Vombhu or wateva name this Little Supershit is known by is no great shakes as an actor.
We saw him earlier in Vallavan and tonight in this abortion.
The fellow is not ready for prime-time and utterly lacking in screen presence. At least in this film.
Simbhu falters badly in some key scenes like when his character Karthik tells Jessie (Trisha) that he’s in love with her (the first time on the street).
Equally flat are his later ejaculations to the girl: I’m crazy about you. I’m mad about you.
For someone obsessed with the girl, we see not the passion but a weirdo stalking her.
Trisha Krishnan does in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa what she unfailingly does in every movie she features in. The freak quickly wets herself all over, leaving a foul, unendurable stench in her wake.
Repeatedly the woman gibbering monkey is found wanting. And badly at that.
When Karthik tells her, I want to make love to you all the time the schmuck can only respond with a vacuous expression.
Only in Incredible India can this ghastly ‘actress’ without a single redeeming quality get to be a starlet.
And apparently a thriving one too considering that this insufferable creature has lately extended her stinging tentacles to Bollywood too. 🙁
In the key confrontation between the two deviants late night at her house, both Trisha and Simbhu turn out to be hopelessly inadequate.
Sure, there were some funny dialogs (mainly in the conversation between our hero Karthik and his cameraman friend) but they were few and far between to provide much relief from the tedium.
What a shame that A.R.Rahman’s fine music should be wasted on trash like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
Talk of casting pearls before a swine.
While the music is pleasing, the picturization of every song was hopeless, not in the least bit endearing. No matter that some of the numbers were filmed in Europe.
Folks, unless you have a burning itch to inflict serious injury on yourself show this junk the middle finger with gusto.
We wasted $12 on this shit. No reason why you should squander your money or time over trash like Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
sify says it’s a must watch,
Sify also had this say to about
Kuppasamyoops Kanthasamy: Chiyaan Vikram has a winner in Kandasamy. It is pure commercial masala entertainer that strikes a fine balance between style and substance, and also has a neat message.
Ha ha ha.
And Sify had this to say about that garbage Villu: If you’re looking to chill out this Pongal, try Villu. It is the mother of all masalas. Ranging through a wide field of comedy, action, songs, exotic locations and heavy sentiments, the film will appeal to a cross spectrum of audiences.
Ha ha ha.
One thing i love reading in this blog is your well substantiated answer..
As with all good things of life, the SI blog too must pass.
Hmm..you sang the same old song again…you could have smartly left the option to ‘racer66’ as usual and escaped from the disaster..
pray that this movie does not haunt your sleep…i don’t know what is cooking in the minds of the so called Biggies…there are news that ‘Sombhu’ is being roped in by ManiRatnam for his next venture…is that a warning for the viewers or Mani is planning to end his career? God save Tamil Cinema.
1. This time the snow-storm is comparatively mild…so we took a chance.
2. You write: God save Tamil Cinema.
No, it’s beyond even ‘his’ prowess to save this septic-pool.
Trisha looked pretty in the black saree in the stills.. she ain’t no midget, at 5′ 7″. Will wait for the Ayngaran DVD to be released.
If God can’t save it, we have SRT.. he should start acting.
1. You write: Trisha looked pretty in the black saree in the stills..
We respectfully beg to differ. 😉 The thing is an emetic and the sight of it hyper-stimulates our puking glands.
Midgets was used more in a figurative sense here.
2. BTW, who’s SRT?
Alas, more snow here. 🙁
when did she turn from a “lissome beauty” to an emetic… by the way, were you/your teammate were implying that Sandhya was not “lissome”?
I agree Trisha looked crappy in the recent Vijay movies.. but she looked pretty in the saree.. maybe I am partial to sarees..
2) Before the Allah-fatwa knocks at your door, the SRT-fatwa will be there.. for not know who He is.. He who is bigger than God.
2b) Some of our systems have been down for more than a day because of a blizzard somewhere in VA.. not sure if you are affected by the same one.
1. You write above: when did she turn from a “lissome beauty” to an emetic…
That must be the night-shift coolie. 😉
In any case, we refuse to be held hostage to our youthful indiscretions.
2. Sandhya seems to be a little plumper than the Asins and Trishas. Not that we dislike ‘little plumper.’ Far from it.
3. You write: the SRT-fatwa will be there.. for not know (sic) who He is.
Now we get it. SRT in movies.That’d be funny.
How about SRT and Namitha?
Both are big hitters and score big when it comes to balls. 😉
4. This time in our case it’s not the quantity of snow as much as the heavy winds which blows the snow and blinds you while driving.
Very scary. To drive into a huge mass of white powder and not being able to see anything.
Happened to us a few times last night. 🙁
Karadi is planning to introduce his younger son ural chee kural as a hero. Had this movie been a hit no one can catch hold of karadi and this moron sombhu.
BTW have you watched this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUgoKsCJ5cg
God save TN from these type of ppl.
Yeah, we’ve seen the above ‘suppress and depress’ video. The fellow is a buffoon and ergo fits in well in his ambiance.
the only thing that excited me before this film’s release is rahman’s music and he succeded in that,rahman’s has came with a bang in this movie,omana penne,hossanna,mannippaya songs are wonderful
True, the songs are nice but the picturization of every single one (in the hands of the inept Gautham Menon) is crappy.
i think now a days the picturization of songs in tamil movies losing there value except in shankar films
What we have in most Tamil films is Piss-urization not picturization. 🙁
movies I believe u must watch
Anjathey ( 2008 )
Kuruthipunal ( 1995 )
Nadodigal ( 2009 )
Subramaniapuram ( 2008 )
What? (tongue-in-cheek) No review of Ye maya chesave? Heard it had some radically out-of-the-world storyline directed by some big director(Now who could that be?). 😉
Well, I didn’t go through your review after reading the “stupid shit” header. I am going to watch it tomorrow anyway, and sincerely hope you have exaggerated the magnitude of shittiness.
Btw, another website has echoed your opinion:
Was it just bad, as in boring, meandering screenplay with done-to-death scenes and banal dialogues or bad as in Villu/Aegan/Adhavan type “bad”? Now that’s BAD. 😀 Usually Gautham’s films tend to be the former, which I find more bearable than the above-mentioned films.
Hoping against hope that VTV passes muster.
1. You write: No review of Ye maya chesave?
Both were playing at the same time. In any case, there’s only so much abuse the human body can endure before it gives up the ghost.
2. Bad in the sense of banal, beaten to death love at sight story-line, poor acting, Piss-urization of the songs, run-of-the-mill dialogs for the most part (except for the occasional humorous lines) and overall amateurish feel.
Even in a love story, is there nothing more to life than love?
Oh, no. Bad not in the Aegan or Villu type. That’s bad bad. 🙁
BTW, would you be tickled with doing an exclusive piece for the SI blog on Whither Tamil Cinema. The piece should take an overarching look at the current state of the Tamil film industry and where it seems headed. Some historical context would be nice but the focus will primarily be on the present. If you accept, we’ll pay you $35 for an analytical piece that we expect SI blog visitors will bookmark for repeated reading.
Sorry for the delay in processing your comment. For some reason, your comment went into the spam-folder and we just noticed it.
Hey man/woman, what is this problem with the comment-going-to-spam-thing? Imagine what will happen if you delete the posts in the spam folder en masse without reading. 🙁
We don’t know why but your comments and that of Guruprasad are going into spam.
Before processing comments, we are trying to look at the spam folder too these days but it’s hard to break years of habit (ignoring and deleting it them without thinking).
“Bad in the sense of banal, beaten to death love at sight story-line, poor acting, Piss-urization of the songs, run-of-the-mill dialogs for the most part (except for the occasional humorous lines) and overall amateurish feel.
Even in a love story, is there nothing more to life than love?”
I saw the film. With the exception of the acting, I agree with all that you have said. I thought Simbu put in a fine underplayed performance. I will definitely remember the scene where he bares his soul to Jessie on meeting her after her marriage. Any person who has loved deeply and lost will relate to Simbhu’s agony in that scene. Even Trisha has tried to act (but not succeeded much).
You really should introduce a rating system, so that readers will be able to distinguish the merely poor films like this one from unf***ing believably outrageously bad films like the villu types. Degree matters, after all.
I thought the film, on a basic one-line-story level had everything going for it. Aspiring-director-cum-jilted lover makes a cathartic romantic film in remembrance of his own love. During shooting, he sees his girl again,now married, pours his heart out to her, and wallows (and makes us wallow) in his misery. The moved girl feels she should, at least for a brief time, try to erase his reality and pretends she is still unmarried. The hero who has fallen into an abyss of despair, grabs this lifeline and proposes to the girl, who accepts. Hero immediately changes his film’s story to reflect this out-of-the-blue stroke of good fortune. But, alas, just when his film has released and is showing signs of turning out to be a blockbuster, all his dreams dissolve into melancholy as the girl breaks the news of her marriage and her well-meaning deception, which, in hindsight the hero realizes, was the only thing that could have realistically happened. The hero bemoans his loss but, with a fortitude gained from experience and his film’s success, stands outside the theater hall and philosophizes about love and life. The teary-eyed audience cry their heart out, feeling terrible for the hero’s failed love.
There, how is that for a good summary. Unfortunately, this incredibly moving “karu” (the tamil word meaning crux/essence in case you didn’t know) has been shot on film by an unimaginative director who has thrown the screenplay to the winds and air-brushed most events in the couple’s love and life, thus depriving us of what could have been a beautiful, heart-breaking film.
“BTW, would you be tickled with doing an exclusive piece for the SI blog on Whither Tamil Cinema.”
Thanks for the confidence in my abilities. I would be more than willing to take a stab at such a meaty proposition. What is of utmost concern to me in this regard is Reserve Bank of India’s unwillingness to play ball with Paypal, which has resulted in me(and countless others) not being able to withdraw our virtual money into hard cash from indian banks. Do you mind waiting for a few weeks till this issue has been resolved(as it has shown signs of doing so)?
And could you make it a round 50? Overarching looks, after all, require much research, and would entail me having to watch portions of recent trash I missed (like Vettaikaaran).
1. You write: Aspiring-director-cum-jilted lover makes a cathartic romantic film in remembrance of his own love.
The cathartic process never comes through in part because ‘the making the movie’ part is a rushed affair.
Also, great love stories are often set in the milieu of their times.
Take for instance the 1942 film Casablanca. The love story is situated within the context of World War II, the German Occupation, the Jewish problem, the Quisling police chief, the urgent need to get out of the country with the much needed exit papers, Rick’s Salon, the black singer Sam et al.
All that lends an urgency and poignancy to film and makes the love story of Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Elsa (Ingrid Bergman) one for the ages.
Some 68 years after the movie was made, Casablanca is still going strong.
In contrast, this stupid Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa with its uni-dimensional love, love, love is boring, stupid shit.
Will anyone remember Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa 68 days from now? We doubt it.
2. We’ve always believed rating is for imbeciles who can’t read or, worse, comprehend what they just read.
3. $50 is fine.
There is no need to wait for a few weeks to get started just because RBI has thrown the bureaucratic spanner in the works with some asinine regulations.
We’ve already sent you the money and it should be in your account by now. As and when RBI fixes the issue, you can draw the cash.
In the meantime, you can start on the post. We and other SI blog visitors look forward to reading it.
* This one too went into the spam folder and we noticed it after processing some of the other comments. 🙁
Well, you could have waited till I had given you the go-ahead that I had started to write the piece. But no, you just had to hurry. Oh well. I’ll start ASAP. Give me a week’s time, at the very least. This one ain’t a hit-it or shit-it affair like reviews, so it will take time.
1. You write: Give me a week’s time, at the very least.
Take 10 days or even two weeks.
2. You write: This one ain’t a hit-it or shit-it affair like reviews.
Yes, it definitely ain’t.
To All SI readers:
I read recently the story of Vinaithandi Vaaruvaya in Wiki.found the same to be very same and somewhat similar to another Tamil film called” Kadhal Virus”.About KV,in Wiki:
This a story of a young director, trying to pursue his dream by over coming all hurdles.
1.In both the films,hero tries to become a director.
2.In both the films, the hero falls in love at the first sight.
3.In both the films,the girl initially declines love.
1.Hero dies in the climax in Kadhal Virus in a cinema theatre watching a film with heroine,but in VTV,the hero lives on.
2.The girls parents oppose to their love,which is not the issue in Kadhal Virus.
Gautham, seriously I did not expect that you would stoop to this low levels!!
Wanting racer44 to respond why he copied another old Tamil film.
Does Gautham Menon think we are all fools or does he think that people have not watched Kadhal Virus?
Since Kadhal Virus featured Abbas, it can’t be a movie! 😉
Couple of days back I tried to book tickets in nearby Abirami Mega Mall (only relaxation of North Chennai people) but the guy said that all the tickets were sold out for the weekend. I yelled at myself for being so lazy. After reading your review i felt my laziness as a bliss.
Not to worry.
We are sure that Udayanidhi Stalin will soon announce the grand 100th Day Success Celebration’ of Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa in Vaniyambadi, Nellikupam and Ulundurpettai. 😉
Udayanidhi Stalin’s Red
Pygmyoops Giant is the distributor for the Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa shit.
Red Pygmy oops Giant…
btw..where is your signature line “guys dont hesitate to show off your middle finger for this crap”
I can watch atleast 4 movies in a reclining chair (very good experience where they provide a big comfortable seat which can be adjust for lie down…recommended for those with back pain) for $12. Too much to waste if the movie is a crapshow.
1. You write: btw..where is your signature line “guys dont hesitate to show off your middle finger for this crap”
It’s there…in the second last sentence of the review:
2. We’re telling you…badder the movie bigger the box office collection in Incredible India.
Today, the movie is most likely f*cked in the NJ, NY area because of the snow-storm.
my bad…didnt notice down there.
from the kick-off of the project, both director and producer are busy thinking about how to market their to-be-made or in-production product and take little or no care of what is being made. If they turn 10% of their attention of what they think/create/do for marketing towards script, we can see some credible substance on screen. alas! this is not gonna happen anywhere in near future unil schmucks like sun pictures give up their motto “we can sell anything” taking advantage of their reach in public through paper (dhinamani), fm (suryan), weekly (kungumam), channels (sun and its siblings) and whats left?!
You write: If they turn 10% of their attention of what they think/create/do for marketing towards script, we can see some credible substance on screen.
As long as Bollywood and its smaller siblings continue to be driven 200% by the star-system, scripts will be given short shrift.
yup thats another criteria. nowadays a new (asusual crappy) trend is emerging in kollywood – Great Combo. Thanks to Sivaji which started this trend (Sankar – AVM – Rajni – AR Rahman quatret combo).
Now all the banners started including the best-in-industry people to increase the marketing value although there is no production value in final product.
Even VTV considered to be one such with Gautam-Simbu-ARR trio. Udayanidi stalin once told in an interview that VTV is his most prestigious project…may be we can mail your review to him…lol
We thought Kuruvi is his best effort to date. 😉
thanks for saving us 24$
Good for two lunch buffets at the tabulicious iSpice.
were you on a two decade-long hiatus from watching tamil/hindi movies till 2007 ie before starting this blog?. it seems like you have started watching movies extensively last three years. its bcoz you were stuck with your career (if any such exists). what were you doing before 2007?
You writing: what were you doing before 2007?
We were doing a Rip Van Winkle. 😉
ain’t funny….but still unga nerrmai enakku pidichurukku (i like your honesty). you successfully prevented me from watching all the films released till now in 2010 but AO. with VTV string of releases is gonna take a break. next big (in the sense the big makes it way to your shore) release would be somewhere in april (just a guess). could be ravanaa or endhiran. so you have plenty of time to clear the snow mess and make your way
1. Here are some of the pre-2007 SI reviews (many in non-blog format).
2. Most Hindi movies, both big and small, make it to our shores.
my comment is awaiting your enlightening (not just moderation ;))
I have seen those light-years before…but iam skeptical when these were written as there are no time-stamps. were these reviewed promptly on release or leisurely in the past three years.
The non-blog format reviews were all penned prior to 2007.
The recent Hindi and Tamil movies (whether blog or pre-blog format) were reviewed as they released in theaters here while the older ones were rented from Netflix.
i was so dumb…i just found you (or someone from whom you borrowed) registered searchindia.com domain at the end of 1998.
btw…you have added less “spice” in almost all non-blog format reviews (missing phrases like “total garbage”, “holy shit”, “vile trash”, etc). very mild and tepid.
i guess you geared up after starting this blog and receiving overwhelming responses (both +ve and -ve) for heavy content.
1. Who knows who wrote those reviews!
2. You write: btw…you have added less “spice” in almost all non-blog format reviews
Are you suggesting the old reviews are thair-sadam reviews and the new ones myr-sadam reviews. 😉
now iam like camel-meat eaten karthi in AO.
so this is searchindia – part II, season II, sequel (effective in all means than its predecessor)
You write: so this is searchindia – part II, season II, sequel (effective in all means than its predecessor)
This is the final innings, the finale if you will. 🙁
come on dude…iam waiting for you review on Vijay’s offspring Nalaya Thalapathi Sanjay’s debut film “haiyya nanum vandutten” (hooray here i come)?
Forget Sanjay’s films…we may not even be around for Vijay’s forthcoming movies. 😉
iam sure you will be around for a while. may be i can transfer my wastrel days (no my whole life is not wastrel) to your account (paypal does this service?).
spread the smile. have a wonderful weekend.
Weekend is screwed because of the snow.
Wanted to go to NYC. You see the Manhattan Indian restaurants there were beginning to miss us. 😉 Canceled it because of the inclement weather in North-East.
Is it just me, or are you of late making ominous noises warning us of your declining health and soon-expected demise? Phrase like “autumn of our years”, “final innings”, “who knows whether we”ll be around for 30 days”. Most worrying. 🙁 (and no, not just because I can squeeze some more money from you 😉 )
The autumn years have passed.
It’s now winter days. 😉
if you are dirty man in your final stretch you’ll probably like
http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/Carried_Away/70032608 on instant play
Added to Netflix Instant. Will watch it in a few hours after we finish with our Sunday NYT.
Are you suggesting the old reviews were thair-sadam reviews…
kind of…there are thousand reviewers who can deliver content/language like your non-blog reviews. but only you can deliver the current format content. no one can even touch your margins. peace. sincere. no exaggeration or sarcasm here in my comment.
Offtopic: We’re gonna watch Telugu film Aithe, write the next installment of Quran review and then maybe see Kevin Spacey’s 21.
are you telling your plan or advising me to stop flooding your inbox and quit the website?
naan kovama kelamberan (iam leaving angrily)
Just giving you a peek of our upcoming posts.
You are welcome to write as many comments as you wish.
We have a PC next to the TV….will check them there.
May I know why comments form is closed for some posts? :O
i am driving to dallas (my grandma says dull-haas :D) tomorrow to watch it. i liked gautam’s varanam ayiram… it was any day better than the rotten shits like kuruvi, 3-idiots etc. plus its been ages since i watched a tamil movie on big screen. the only thing i will hate to see tomorrow is simbu on big screen. probably i may take a pack of viboothi (ash) and apply on my forehead whenever he comes on screen 😉
have a good ‘white’ weekend.
1. You write: have a good ‘white’ weekend.
Because of the ‘White’ powder, we started shoveling and ergo ‘ginning’ early today. Also, nowhere to go with the winds and snowdrifts.
The weathermen are already talking of one more snow-storm next week. Would be nice to be where you are. 🙁
2. You write: i liked gautam’s varanam ayiram…
We didn’t like Cooum Dump a.k.a. Varanam Ayiram.
This might sound like shooting fish in a barrel. But when are you all going to write on how Tamil film producers have become inundated with either Mu Ka’s family or morons lacking ideas of production values? (Few exceptions excluded).
Mu Ka’s family will implode from within after the old man kicks the bucket.
The tree of production ‘values’ will not grow in the philistine soil of Kollywood.
gonna watch Paiyya? Karthi and Tammanah, directed by lingusamy
Paiyya is still a month from release.
Who knows if we’ll still be around for 30 days. 😉
Listening to the Paiyaa songs now.
Paiya songs are good 🙂 ^^ which one’s your favourite?
Havent watched VTV yet, and youre the only site which says that it isnt good. :S. One of my friends told me that Simbhu-Trisha chemistry was good. I’ve got to admit that Gowtham Menon always manages to get the lead actors to have good chemistry between them, like in Kaakha Kaakha [Surya-Jyothika], VV [Kamal-Kamalini], VA [Surya-Sameera, Surya-Divya Spandana], and now VTV. In Minnale the chemistry was okay, could have been better, Madhavan was good but Reema Sen wasnt that good (her first tamil movie, so we can forgive her for her mediocre performance).
I love all the songs in VTV (Hosanna, Omana Penne and Mannipaaya are the best in my opinion) and they didnt seem that bad on-screen. I’ve seen worse picturisation in the recent past in Tamil Cinema. eg:
now, THOSE are bad.
You write: Paiya songs are good 🙂 ^^ which one’s your favourite?
Must listen to them a few more times before we can say anything definitive.
Listening to Thuli Thuli Mazhai. Next, we’ll listen to Suthuthe Suthuthe Bhoomi.
Listening to the song adaimazhai kalam from the Tamil film Jayam Kondan on Youtube.
Wow, what a song.What energy!!It is a philosophical song.
I have heard Smack That from Akon. Really a groovy song.How do you find it?
1. The song is decent but the picturization is banal.
Vinay should find some other vocation. As we wrote after watching Unnale Unnale, the movie that took Kollywood Pinnale Pinnale:
2. Just listened to/watched Smack That by Akon twice. Very nice.
Just purchased the Smack That track from iTunes for $1.29.
I recommended the song from Jayam Kondan just few days ago.
Just hope that you have seen/heard the song from only this link:
Because there is another variation of the same song in you tube which only has the moving stills of the film.
I searched this song with great difficulty because in many sites,this video song is removed.
I do not understand why you say the picturisation is banal or ordinary?
I know that the song is played in dark background,but it is in rainy season,so that’s how it could be shot!!
Also,there is something special about the song that you have failed to notice:
The song,as you know is about the pains experienced by a person because his friends and sister have deserted him,and so experiences loneliness!!He recounts the happy days he enjoys with his friends through this song.
So,the picturisation seems to be apt and quite ‘literal’ to the problems faced by the character.
Could you guys explain in what ways the picturisation could have been better and so what is lacking in this song?
There is nothing in the picturization that makes it noteworthy.
Not one redeeming element.
Nothing we haven’t seen a gazillion times before.
As for Vinay, he deserves the Razzie Award every year.
We don’t recollect Jeyam Kondan making much of an impact with the reviewers either.
This is going to be possibly my last post on SI. I have decided to concentrate on my career and future from now on.There are some personal problems that I am facing and looking forward to overcome the same. Who knows,maybe I could post again after a gap of 3 or 4 months!!
I have following this blog for the last 3 years since the pre-SI times to now.I have observed a lot of positive changes like make the blog more inclusive (by allowing user comments) and by increasing the standard of reviews to a large extent.
I have posted almost 12 comments in this blog and remember that I got a serious bashing from SI for my first comment,even though I did not use too many harsh words.But I have forgotten the wounds that have been inflicted on my heart. After all,I have never had a great cinematic sensibility like SI or other people in this SI to distinguish between good and bad cinema.Foolish is the world that you can use to describe me, that I have enjoyed crap films like Jayam Kondaan and Vaaranam Aayiram,because of the feeling that these films have described a slice of my own personal life!!Having watched about 80 to 90 Hollywood films and about 100 or more Tamil films,I have not yet developed a great cinematic sensibility to become a permanent member/contributor of this “esteemed” blog.
Even though I do not any personal grudge against this blog and I sometimes visualize this blog to attain the high standards of sites such as Imdb and Rotten Tomatoes,I sometimes wish that people contributing to this blog and even SI to be probably a bit more diplomatic and democratic in their views and opinions.I do not wish to comment on the some minor ills of this blog because of the fact that I may get a very rash and rude reply from SI.People running the blog should realize where they are lacking and try to correct themselves.As I have believed and tried to practice all through my life,change has to come from within and even Gandhi has said that “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
I will miss you guys.Even though there may have been some differences of opinion between us in the past,I do not wish to change my opinion and views.After all,we are living in a “democratic” setup and we need to respect and accommodate difference of opinions.
1. You write above: This is going to be possibly my last post on SI. I have decided to concentrate on my career and future from now on.
Alas, like the ever-hopeful
NithyananadaKamananda’s devotees we were desperately hoping you’d bring some ‘inner awakening’ into our arid lives.
2. You write above: I have posted almost 12 comments in this blog and remember that I got a serious bashing from SI for my first comment,even though I did not use too many harsh words.But I have forgotten the wounds that have been inflicted on my heart.
That must be the alcoholic, no-good, night-shift coolie. You see, the Coolie came here under reservation category. Plus, Coolie paid Rs 5 lakh to minister K* to get a job here. So we can’t throw it out easily. 😉
3. You write: People running the blog should realize where they are lacking and try to correct themselves.
We are waiting for our Guru Swami Nithyananda to return from Hardwar, ‘lead’ us into the
Renjitharight path and help us ‘correct’ ourselves.
4. You write: I have never had a great cinematic sensibility like SI or other people in this SI to distinguish between good and bad cinema.
Don’t worry. Neither do we nor the other schmucks who congregate here. But that’s just between us, OK?
For that matter, there’s no such thing as great cinematic sensibility. Wateva that shit means.
5. You write: Foolish is the world that you can use to describe me, that I have enjoyed crap films like Jayam Kondaan and Vaaranam Aayiram
Well, we enjoyed Vijay’s Pokiri.
Wonder what that would make us. Super-poolish? 😉
6. You write: I got a serious bashing from SI for my first comment,even though I did not use too many harsh words.But I have forgotten the wounds that have been inflicted on my heart
We (not-so)humbly and (in)sincerely apologize for the lacerations to your tender heart.
Seriously, sweetie we are really (??) sorry if we hurt your sentiments.
7. You write: I have decided to concentrate on my career and future from now on.There are some personal problems that I am facing and looking forward to overcome the same. Who knows,maybe I could post again after a gap of 3 or 4 months!!
Honey, may the force be with you and we hope to see you around these parts again, soon. 🙂
so sad…you haven’t grabbed even a bit of what this blog is intended for. you seem to be so dumb (synonym of being so nice) and i wonder how a person like you managed to hang around with this blog for 3yrs!. and iam sure (even SI) you are totally unfit to feel the fun that floats in the air out of this blog. I am kind of addicted (really?) to this blog since it induces lot of pleasure to my cruel senses.
SI blog is one of a kind which needs a special taste (an additional cojone) to enjoy it otherwise its like “whip me, whip me more” (thanks to SI).
Never get serious or curious. just take it the way it comes. – I am sure you will enjoy this blog.
Yeah, just go with the tide. 😉
“to this blog since it induces lot of pleasure to my cruel senses. ”
> he..he.. Some people I know even achieve orgasms while reading SI 😉
“I sometimes visualize this blog to attain the high standards of sites such as Imdb and Rotten Tomatoes,”
> Get it right dude, you should visualize IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes sites to attain the standards of SI 😉 (Now how is that!)
You write: Some people I know even achieve orgasms while reading SI
How did y’all get to orgasm from the Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa review. 😉
Nothing we saw of either
VombhuSimbhu or Trisha in the film had the slightest effect on us. 🙁
Aap purush hi nahi, mahapurush ho… Thanks for saving us from this fiasco.. GM menon is such an overrated director.. Kakka kakka was his only decent offering….
You write: Thanks for saving us from this fiasco..
Did you watch this junk or are you going by reviews/word of mouth?
We agree that Kakka Kakka was his only decent offering.
Watching Surya and that abomination Jyothika in the Uyirin Uyire song from Kakka Kakka.
Nice song. Decent picturization. One of our favorites.
@ SI: Did you watch this junk or are you going by reviews/word of mouth?
WOM is generally good, but after hearing bad things from my friends and our sacrificial lamb SI 😉 I decided to give it a miss..
And last time i decided to watch GM’s nightmare Vaaranam aayiram (Won the national award for best tamil film!!!) despite your review.. 🙁
You write: but after hearing bad things from my friends and our sacrificial lamb SI 😉 I decided to give it a miss.
We’d suggest to all to avoid this piece of garbage a.k.a. Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa if you value your money or time
hi you said that the weather is not good, but you managed to see this movie!
The reviews say it is an average movie, but for SI, it is SHIT.
KCK might have been a better option to watch.
You write: KCK might have been a better option to watch.
KCK is playing in a theater that’s farther from where we watched Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.
Snowfall and the bad condition of the roads on Friday made it unsafe for us to drive there.
just want to ask you one thing…….
Was the hero travelling to america in this movie also?
because it seems to be regular fixture in goutham’s movies (VV, VA etc) whether it’s relevant to the plot or not……..
You write: just want to ask you one thing…….Was the hero travelling to america in this movie also?
Yeah, that clown Simbhu and that horror-show Trisha are both shown amidst familiar NYC landmarks like Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, Lower Manhattan et al. 🙁
Goutham Menon is a lazy chutiya, unwilling to spend time on a decent script and indifferent to the poor acting of his lead stars. The moron thinks movie-goers will lap up any shit he shovels at them.
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa deserves to fail for only such failures will teach these bozos a lesson.
Yo, all my comments in the bin again. Spare the time to check, will you? 🙁
P.S. Did you notice the repetitive nature of the dialogs, and for that matter, the scenes themselves. Like for instance, whenever Jessie tells Karthik “i love you”(a half-dozen scenes), it is as if it is the first time and Simbhu reacts as if his foot has been tickled? I came out with the feeling that Gautham is suffering from alzheimer’s.
From what we can recollect now, we thought Simbhu did not acquit himself well (from the acting perspective) when she tells him of her love for him.
That scene of when Trisha tells him of her love for him, whether on the first occasion or later, is flat and had as much emotional intensity as the girl telling him: Buddy, I am having my periods today and so it’s gonna be a little messy.
And what’s with Gautam Menon having the same train scene in movie after movie.
A lengthy train scene with a (short) song in Vaaranam Aayiram and one in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa too.
“Buddy, I am having my periods today and so it’s gonna be a little messy.”
Good one. Well, we saw Trisha fail miserably at over-the-top dumb doll stuff all this time, now we see her trying the see-I-can-do-subtle-acting-too stuff. Here too she fails. Lack of emotion never substituted for subtlety.
But come on, Simbhu was OK. The last park-bench scene where he is asked to describe his new lover by trisha (who he thinks is married) and he describes Jessie herself. He was splendid in that scene. I could feel his voice choking with emotion, and his trying to fight back the tears. That one scene lifted his otherwise average performance.
The bench scene in the NYC park didn’t set our spirits soaring either.
Maybe it was a wee bit better than the other scenes but given all the shit that passed before it just didn’t make a whit of a difference to the overall movie.
“And what’s with Gautam Menon having the same train scene in movie after movie.”
Like I said, this fella lacks imagination, and to compound that, he is also too lazy to think of any other stuff than the usual different religion stuff (which he also used in Minnale if you remember) and the train scene.You also missed the fact that Jyothika in Kaakha kaakha and Trisha in VV are both maths graduates, Surya in VA and Simbu in VV are both studying mechanical engineering (because this dumbass also studied mech before entering cinema). Selvaraghavan would have made mincemeat of the summary I had outlined to you earlier. But, this ass squanders it with his usual brand of no-screenplay no-imagination bullshit.
Yes, the maths education too. We saw Minnale many years and only vaguely remember the details.
BTW, this is what we wrote in our Minnale review (pre-SI blog):
I don’t fault your minnale review. Back then, it was fresh. But now it is stale because he is repeating the same old thing. A dearth of fresh ideas. Universal affliction of indian directors after making their debut (for some, even during their debut).
You write: A dearth of fresh ideas. Universal affliction of indian directors after making their debut (for some, even during their debut).
As long as the directors/producers/actors rake in the moolah, they couldn’t care less. 🙁
ha! The same things I observed. Mechanical Engineering, girl-christian ( Minnale, Vaanaram Ayiram (Divya), VTVV ). And as racer44 mentioned the Math graduates. I don’t know if he lacks imagination . I guess, the stories(?) of most of GVM movies come from his real life I guess (except Kaakha Kaakha ) .
He always says that there is nothing new in his movie story but only execution.
Execution of Kaakha Kaakha didn’t suck that much, but VA did. Let me see VTVV (or YMC) before having an opinion on GVM and his execution.
You write above: He always says that there is nothing new in his movie story but only execution.
Sure, ‘execution’ of the paying viewers. 🙁
where is the review of cast away starring tom hanks?
And where the f*ck is your manners?
can u give the review of tami movie ghilli,which is a good movie when compared to vijay’s recent shits like vettaikaran,villu,atm and kuruvi
We’ll see. Watched Ghilli a few years back.
When we get a breather, we’ll rewatch it.
watch Okkadu, you maynot like Ghilli after .. those that saw Ghilli first didnt like okkadu.. and those that saw Okkadu were not impressed with Ghilli. the antics on screen looks passable in Telugu and looks like bafoonery in Tamil. The telugu version has some nice songs and Bhoomika Chawla
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t stock Okkadu.
These are the Oka films Netflix carries: Okkadunnadu, Okariki Okaru, Oka ‘V’ Chitram, Anaganaga Oka Roju and soon to come Anukokunda Oka Roju.
With so many Oka films, it certainly looks like the Telugu people have an abiding love affair with Oka. 😉
seems, there are ardent fans and readers for SI 😉
Far too many detractors actually.
climax copied from english atonement rest of the movie from minnale in the end in minnnale reema marries madhavan
Haven’t seen Atonement…so can’t vouch for your point.
i personally like the movie not because of its story, but for its superb songs and background music …..further i would like to say cinematography and locations was exellent.
so technically the movie is good,but story is same old wine and also boring…..
VTV is doing good business in chennai….if u want proof,please go to http://www.behindwoods.com and see the weekend box office collection report.This is genuine website so u can believe……Thanks
You write: VTV is doing good business in chennai….
By golly, did any one say shit doesn’t sell well over there.
Shit in a beautiful package, sells anywhere I think. Too much marketing too little time to think.. like in a review of a Miyazaki film (I’m repeating my earlier comment) one reviewer asked..
why would people go watch a Miyazaki film, What does it offer except a good story and beautiful animation. If animation is equated to cool and marketed well.. I think many will watch animation..
I think it’s herd mentality that makes people watch menon’s films or surya’s films.. Surya is regarded good actor because people say so.
He was the only actor available for many directors who were rejected by established actors.. so he got good stories to act.. now he can choose and he chooses shit.. hmm sorry.. he chooses SHIT. and markets well to the herd.. I’ve seen people astonished to see that I’ve not seen VA VTV or Ayan or Asal.. even with the bad reviews they give they expect people to watch it because everyone else is doing it.
It kind of like gossip..
noone wants to be part of it but everyone wants to talk about it..
Waste of time.
You write: I’ve seen people astonished to see that I’ve not seen VA, VTV or Ayan or Asal.
You are one smart dude!
Who’d want to watch such offal. Unless, they are reviewers (shed a tear for us) or schmucks.
Oh, wait. Another example of a much-hyped movie lapped by the ignoratti is 3 Idiots.
no smart dude , just a fed up dude..
with Manirathnam, Barathiraja, Balu Mahendra etal makng not-so-good movies.. I think I’ll wait till my autumn days to watch movies recommended by others and hope they are good.
BTW.. interesting link.. was trying to find the article on dvd imports becoming cheap in India.. and found this.
The article in your above link is a 7 or 8-year-old piece. Except in pockets like Canal St of NYC (where you can likely buy even a Marilyn Monroe fake), we haven’t seen much of pirated CDs/DVDs here. Except of course the desi DVDs of new movies in Indian grocery stores.
In our not-so-humble opinion, the RIAA and MPAA exaggerate piracy in the U.S. After all, the minions have to justify their existence to the big studio bosses.
Online piracy could be a different beast altogether (your article addresses primarily CD/DVD piracy and duplication).
Now that you can rent DVDs of new movies for a buck (RedBox) and the popularity of DVD rental/Instant Play streaming services like Netflix over the last few years (events that occurred after the article in your link was written in 2003), piracy may have come down in the U.S. significantly.
Found the date much later .. it was on the side and I was searching the top and bottom.. anyway.. the Indian DVD piracy also started somewhere around that time (2003) and has florist to the extent , it wouldnt be surprising to find people selling them in baskets like vegetables. the police get the rich share of DVDs delivered to their homes within days of release of the movies. They used to have a photo of some guy and a lot of DVDs published along with a statement of their valor in curbing the menace. Yes ofcourse the DVDs were sent back to their shops and the person photographed will be sent home after a nice cuppa.
Now no one bothers with the theatrics.. Its just found on the pavements and some even have shops, nicely lit and advertised in prominent localities. some sell for 60 or 100 and the regular buyer knows the place where they get it for 15 rs.
I used to buy the foreign films, the very sought after classics.. then the dvds came by hundreds.. now its almost the scale of vulgarity..it just shows.
This is not some new phenomenon, is it?, no its not.. Remember the days the audio cassettes can be bought recorded. I shunned the duplicates and got the recorded ones. They were of good quality and cheap.. No one bothered it was almost like legitimate. Then the players improved the quality, the cassette doesnt look cheap the printing was good. Still the people went for original cassettes and the recorded ones (the recorded ones were distributed by the same shops that sold originals). The pirates who made exact duplicates were little cautious of getting caught.. there was deception and someone got a duplicate instead of the original.
Now its like people say we want DVDs for 10 Rs.. Moserbaer does a good job of selling DVDs for 38 Rs sometimes 3 in ones.. still couldnt break the piracy. we need more players for cheap dvds. Big home videos have dvds for 99 Rs. T-Series sells songs for 10 Rs a song and DVDs for 99 Rs.. not all DVDs are cheap, not every low cost DVDs has quality transfer from film.. the rentals like big flix and 70 mm focus on the upper strata who would like to happily have a membership and renew it , than use it.. theres also a good rental service called ‘cinema paradiso’ which is a little costly. I find the British library worth the membership.
would love to have blockbuster or netflix like services, with rates affordable to ‘aamm admi’ .
1. We have a problem with DVDs procured from legitimate sources in India. They are not playing in our home theater systems. 🙁 Most likely because of geographic restrictions imposed by the vendors.
2. Netflix has a decent price with multiple tiers and several distribution/mailing points.
3. You write: Now no one bothers with the theatrics.. Its just found on the pavements and some even have shops, nicely lit and advertised in prominent localities. some sell for 60 or 100 and the regular buyer knows the place where they get it for 15 rs.
With such a large population, one would have thought a Netflix-like service would have become wildly popular in India. Alas, not. Likely because of the piracy.
Hard to enforce piracy laws in that country (India) because the law-enforcers are as corrupt and the guys complaining (movie producers) are worse since they steal plots from the West.
Did you buy any media player that you were researching a few weeks back? ASUS / WD ??
We are still torn between WD TV Live and the ASUS O!Play Air. Both have wireless capabilities (an add-on for WD TV Live)
But we also need a good reason to plump for either one of them. No, playing YouTube videos on TV is not a convincing reason now.
If we do buy one of them in a weak moment, it’ll most likely be the WD TV Live. Supposedly has a better interface.
Do you have either one of them?
Haven’t seen any must-have compelling electronic widgetry lately. Tempted by the upcoming Canon T2i DSLR but probably won’t buy that too because the powers that be complain that we’re not using our existing Nikon D80. Most of the time, we use the Canon S80. Great, compact handy camera. Highly recommended, if you can find one on eBay.
media player: no, I have been using my PS3 so far..
camera: haven’t taken the DSLR plunge yet.. the price of the lens (I hear that the kit lens is crappy) intimidates me.. I was eying the T1i for a while, but saw that the T2i is already out. Hope the T1i will be available for under 500 soon..
I have a Kodak Z980 for my zooming (it does a pretty decent 24x zoom) needs.
Kodak will be releasing a z981 soon.. don’t scoff at Kodak.. it takes a pretty decent picture!. and it has different levels of control – aperture, shutter speed, full manual etc.. makes an ideal (cheap) camera for a beginner.
and a canon sd600 as the compact. that’s decent too..
But the quality of the indoor pictures of these cameras make me yearn for a DSLR.
You can always send me your D80(for free, of course), and buy a T2i.. but wouldn’t you have already invested in some Nikon lenses?
1. Have a couple of Nikon lenses – a 18-something zoom and a 50mm.
2. You write: You can always send me your D80(for free, of course), and buy a T2i..
Now, that’s what we call a ‘priceless’ 😉 suggestion. We’ll consider it if we buy a T2i (which last we checked had not been officially released in the U.S.) though Amazon and/or B&H may be selling it here.
http://www.google.com/search?&q=sony+dash is one in the fray.
Not interesting enough.
Well, not only in films, but in real life too(only in India I guess), the course of true love never runs smooth, especially if the boy and girl belong to different religions.
VTV is well received here(by lovers esp) because most of what is shown in the movie happens(or happened) to every single boy or girl who falls in love in real life.
I haven’t seen the whole movie but just a few clips and I was surprised to see some scenes in the movie which were a reflection of the incidents in one of my friends life.
I guess it’s these things that made VTV a success here.
All credits to ARR as well. Wonderful music. Hosanna is my fav.
Is there nothing more to life than this love shit?
Tired of seeing every f*cking Indian movie showcase nothing but love.
Samantha(in the telugu version) far better than Trisha in the acting department.
SearchIndia.com Responds (via iPhone):
The lamb vindaloo we had on Sunday at Cinnamon in NYC is better than Trisha in the acting dept. 😉
For someone obsessed with the girl, we see not the passion but a weirdo stalking her.
I felt the same way.. my knowledge of his reputation as a [deleted] in real life probably had a role in my feeling that way.. it is impossible to root for a [deleted].. if you can’t root for the hero, then the whole movie becomes unwatchable..
this same wafer-thin story may have been more watchable with fresh faces and an innovative director.. but apparently it struck chords with the “urban” population and has been declared a “blockbuster” (ARR music probably did the trick)
I loved ARR BGM(1/2dak-ing it now!) and the song pissurizations weren’t bad when compared with the other tamil movies.
In the key confrontation between the two deviants late night at her house, both Trisha and Simbhu turn out to be hopelessly inadequate.
I still thought Trisha looked very pretty (with wooden face) in the saree-clad scenes.
I was constant complaining to the wife that her walking was odd, and in the single most amusing moment in the movie, Simbhu quips “Jessie walks funny!” Don’t know if it she was intentionally made to walk that way, or if the quip was added at the last moment after someone noticed her funny gait.. either way, I liked it.
As we’ve said often, only in India can people get away with such junk.
Now, there’s even talk of the movie being (re)made in Hindi. 🙁