Singam Review – Sin to Watch Such Trash

(Bollywood film Singham is a remake of the Tamil Singam)

Oh, no. Singam is not a bad movie. Most definitely not.

Au contraire, it’s a hideously awful movie. Asingam (trashy), to use an apposite Tamil term.

Sick. Crude. Trashy. Ugly.
All of the above appellations fit this depressingly disgusting film to a T.

If Singam proves anything at all, it’s that its hero Sori-Padam Surya and director Hari retain their unerring eye for grotesque perversity.

By God, if we were Sivakumar Senior, we’d forthwith haul our son Surya Sivakumar to the nearest abattoir, bring down the knife on the wayward offspring, fling the carcass along with those of the pigs, goats and Hari (director of Singam) and beg forgiveness from Tamil people around the world for this sordid treachery.

That’d be just penitence for the repeated suffering inflicted by the recidivist Surya on 74 million Tamils over the last few years, a pain that continues unabated with his latest film Singam.

Bad Opening
There were all of 12 people for the opening show of Singam in the U.S. (at Anil Ambani’s Big Cinemas in North Bergen, NJ, just outside midtown Manhattan).

We didn’t see such much enthusiasm for the movie given that some people were walking in and out in the middle of the movie. Guys, you’d do that after paying $11.50 only if the movie is a pathetic piece of shit, which undoubtedly Singam is.

With a fig-leaf of a boring story, a miserable cartoon of a villain, loud noise masquerading as music, a hero who thinks yelling is acting and a heroine who alternates between pouting and flashing her thighs and tits, Singam is but the latest instance of a bunch of gibbering monkeys perpetrating big-time fraud in an avaricious effort to rob you of your time and money.

Boring Story
Surya is cast as Dorai Singam, the upright, doughty and much beloved police sub-inspector in a small village in the deep south of Tamil Nadu.

An unpleasant encounter with Mayilvahanam (Prakash Raj), a villain and extortionist from Chennai  sets the stage for the ad infinitum clash between the two, which takes up the rest of this nonsense.

When the two main characters Dorai Singam and Mayilvahanam are not yelling at each other, they’re annoying the hell out of the audience with their sophomoric antics.

The de rigueur romance and skin-show angle is provided by the buxom babe Anushka Shetty playing Kavya, a young girl on a visit to the village/small town where Dorai Singam works.

Here’s how the police in Tamil Nadu investigate the complaint of a missing necklace from a young girl Kavya (Anushka):

Nightie eppadi kalatuve – Shirt Madhariya illa Banian Madhariya? (When you remove your nightie, do you do it like a shirt or like a banian?)

To double our agony, Dorai Singam’s sidekick Erimalai (Vivek) repeats this inanity a few minutes later in a futile, juvenile attempt to make us laugh.

Folks, such is the ceaseless drivel in this repellent nonsense. We swear on Jyothika. 😉

What a shame that when foreign filmmakers bring us richly layered movies like The Secret in Their Eyes, In Bruges, Kick Ass, A Prophet et al we’re constrained to seek cover from the Singam kinda dysentery raining down upon us.

Torchbearers of Trash
Surya Sivakumar is, of course, the principal torchbearer of this mindless carnage.

Screaming, lunging and howling like one possessed of the devil, Surya does not entertain as much as asphyxiate.

The rest of the simian troupe does no better.

True to the insult (‘Irritating Idiot‘) Surya hurls at her moments after he first meets her when she’s disguised as a tiger, tail and all (we’re not kidding), Anushka does little but pout or provide us frequent glimpses of her belly button, fleshy thighs and well endowed bosom (at the least 34C). Most of the time, all three simultaneously.

Don’t be surprised if biology teachers in Tamil Nadu use Anushka in Singam to explain the female anatomy since very little of this twit is left unexposed.

Then, of course, there’s the moron-in-chief of this dystopian nightmare Hari, who takes credit for the story, screenplay, dialogs and direction, all of it handled with a degree of perversity unmatched in the movie business.

Safe to say Hari is better suited to playing the guide in the Hades.

The fight scenes are bizarre and the choreography comical. Will someone please tell Anushka that wanton displays of her thighs and tits is one thing but dancing is an entirely different thing?

By the way, every single confrontation between Dorai Singam and Mayilvahanam was laughably silly, be it the one in the police station, at the thug’s house, on the beach or the final one when the villain is on the run.

Vivek – Meaningless, Garishly Unfunny
Easily one of the most vexing part of the movie, Vivek’s character of a clownish underling to Surya was not in the least funny but infinitely revolting.

Each time, Vivek came on the screen we felt like bellowing at the screen in a paroxysm of rage.

Also, Vivek’s role had nothing to do with the rest of the nonsense transpiring on the screen.

Hopeless Music
You’d have greater odds of listening to better music by joining a funeral procession in Tamil Nadu on its way to the cremation ground.

Not one of the songs in Singam had any merit.

As for their picturization, they can best be described as a combination of equal parts obscene and the amateurish.

Wherever Devi Sri Prasad’s talent may lie, it most definitely is not in the music arena.

Disgusting Trash
Now pay heed, all ye schmucks.

Valiantly, and unmindful of the danger we placed our head below the guillotine to spare y’all the ordeal.

If you’ve anything resembling sense in that hard appendage above your neck, show the middle finger to Singam.

Tell those jackasses (cast and crew) that they can shove this garbage a.k.a. Singam, up their canals.

Singam is most unworthy of your money or time.

Not even worth stealing via an illegal download. That’s how bad this stinking garbage is.

65 Responses to "Singam Review – Sin to Watch Such Trash"

  1. vjcool   May 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Antidote anyone?…

    try ‘Dancer in the dark’ starring Björk.. now thats experimental and cynical… annnnnd not for everyone. A very dark touching bizarre musical that had me in ecstacy..

    so try at your own risk , for if you like it, it’ll enthrall you to the hilt. and if tit doesnt…..

    well…. if it doesn’t, it’s still better than watching all these asingams, right!. Plz try it… Responds:

    Will definitely watch soon.

    We need to forthwith cleanse our soul of this Asingam.

  2. The Mahatma   May 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    will watch on DVD(around 6 months from now) for Anushka.. a relatively late bloomer.. her debut was when she was a ripe 24. Responds:

    Late bloomer?

    Hell, Anushka looks like puberty ambushed her in the cradle. 😉

    • முனிAndy   May 28, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      she came late.. i mean into movies. Responds:

      You write: she came late..

      But we didn’t (after we saw her). 😉

  3. chennaiarun2007   May 29, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Hi Si,

    Thought of warning you today not to see this movie.Unfortunately,you are too quick!!The songs are too loud and jarring.I could not just figure out that how even after seeing the trailer,you go and watch the movie.Surya is too loud and seems to do less of acting!!I think that this movie gives competition to that shit movie Aadhavan in terms of its crap matter.At least in Aadhavan,Vadivelu’s comedy was good,which saved it from becoming a disaster!!I do not know what will save this film.I became a Surya fan after watching his reasonably decent film Vel.But after watching Aadhavan,I have taken a vow not to watch any of his films.Only if the film has good content like Vaaranam Aayiram,I will watch.Otherwise no.He seems to think that fans will accept any kind of film masquerading as a trash.The fans will also become less tolerant after a particular time like me!!

    Another warning,do not watch this B-grade film Maanja Velu,if it releases in your coast.It has trashy,loud music,nonsense comedy and poor acting.

    Tamil film music has also deteriorated like its films.Of the recent film music,I think you should hear the music of the film Madrasapattinam,a film set in British india period.It has sensible,soothing tunes.The songs are not too catchy,but anyways it is reasonably pleasant and worth a hear.

    One question,why are you always watching the wrong Tamil film!!You should watch
    Kola Kolaya Mundhirika, a comic caper if is releasing in your coast.
    Here is the review:

    If you do not wish to watch this,you always have the option of watching the latest Prince Of Persia.

    Arun Responds:

    1. You write: Surya is too loud and seems to do less of acting!!I think that this movie gives competition to that shit movie Aadhavan in terms of its crap matter

    Surya’s father Sivakumar was a C-grade Tamil star in his time. Surya’s mission seems to be to follow in the C-Grade’s footsteps.

    2. Is the Madraspatinam music original? Seems to have a strong Western influence.

    3. Kola Kolaya Mundhirika is not playing in our area now.

  4. shadowfax_arbit   May 29, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Expected! Wat else can Sun Pictures and Surya churn out? Sura was a flop, hope this one too goes down the drain…

    Of all the recent tamil movies only Angadi Theru was decent – hard-hitting story, just that it was an overdose of tragedy for me. Still 1000 times better than these asingams. If at all you watch it you’ll love Anjali’s acting. Responds:

    1. You Write: hope this one too goes down the drain…

    From your lips to God’s ears.

    2. You write: Of all the recent tamil movies only Angadi Theru was decent – hard-hitting story, just that it was an overdose of tragedy for me.

    Surely, it can’t be more tragic than ASingam, Sura et al.

    • vjcool   May 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

      ha, they are already celebrating its sooper dooper success. Surya came on TV.. well….. appeared on TV to thank the audience for much support in making the film a hit. later Vivek thanked the audience..

      down the drain!!?.. hign hopes na ….

      me thinks that if a film (Considering these hard times) runs for a day or two should be considered a success.. and 10 days should be platinum jubilee. Poor fellas.. they too need a reason to celebrate.. don’t they?. Responds:

      1. We wouldn’t trust Sori-Padam Surya for the time of day.

      So, why would we trust him when he exclaims this shit to be a hit.

      2. Vivek ‘acted’ like a sick f*ck in the movie. Unendurable.

      • vjcool   May 30, 2010 at 5:21 am


        the posters of Sura and Singam are already printed with a ‘SUPER HIT’ tag Responds:

        You Write: the posters of Sura and Singam are already printed with a ‘SUPER HIT’ tag

        There’s a typo in the above.

        The letter ‘S‘ is missing somewhere.

        One clue: the missing ‘S‘ is in the second last word but not at the end. That’s all we’ll say. 😉

  5. shadowfax_arbit   May 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

    How is POP? Any plans of watching? Responds:

    Prince of Persia has a mere 40% rating on RT.

    Not sure if we’ll watch POP.

    We have the old Marlene Dietrich film Witness for the Prosecution waiting for us on DVD.

    • sganeshkumar1989   May 29, 2010 at 12:24 pm

      //We have the old Marlene Dietrich film Witness for the Prosecution waiting for us on DVD.//
      I’m planning to watch it on VCD soon.;)
      (Found a copy in the stores.)

  6. STG   May 29, 2010 at 2:17 am

    as i foretold…it turned out to be treat for us and retreat for you 😉

    nowadays (or for a while) a new genre of films are evolving from this nadir cinema a.k.a kollywood called “Films for people who missed their brain and senses by birth or lost by ignorance later”. Almost 95% of films churns out – fall in this category.

    The films that makes to your shore are Cream of the Crop of these shitty films.

    The problem is, the remaining 5% of movies with sense never makes its way to your country or your shore…not even crosses TN’s border. Responds:

    India must be the only country where film-makers and film-stars (Akshay Kumar comes to mind) ask the audience to leave their brains at home! 😉

  7. shadowfax_arbit   May 29, 2010 at 3:48 am

    You like this video? Responds:

    Just watched it.

    Crude shit but it’ll do for this pre-breakfast Saturday morning. 😉

  8. sganeshkumar1989   May 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

    By the way,what’s this Google-ad doing in this Trisha-hater’s blog ? 😛
    //Watch Videos Of Trisha
    Photos & Videos Of the Hot Actress Only On IN. Free Fast Streaming! Responds:

    You Write: By the way,what’s this Google-ad doing in this Trisha-hater’s blog ?

    1. Ask Larry or Sergey.

    2. And for the record, we don’t hate it ahem Trisha.

    She could be a nice girl in reel real life.

    It’s just that Trisha can’t act and fails to make an effort to improve. She just keeps coasting along. Very irritating for the paying audience.

  9. முனிAndy   May 29, 2010 at 9:00 am

    is it possible that you spent more time writing this review than Hari spent in concocting the story up?

    Did you know that Hari was the one who unleashed Nayantara in Tamil vi Ayya.. and I liked her in it (just her.. the movie was the usual Hari crapfest). Thought she was spunky unlike the current jaded version. Responds:

    1. You Write: is it possible that you spent more time writing this review than Hari spent in concocting the story up?

    We won’t be surprised if it turns out to be true. 😉

    Although we’ve said this a million times, we’ll say it yet again: Indian films have no chance on the global stage as long as buffoons like Hari and Surya rule the roost.

    2. No, was unaware that Hari’s list of capital crimes include letting that monstrosity Diana Mariam Kurian a.k.a. Nayantara out of the zoo.

    • sganeshkumar1989   May 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      // is it possible that you spent more time writing this review than Hari spent in concocting the story up?//

      Must get the ‘comment of the week’ award. 😛 Responds::

      100% in agreement…..Rumors have it that Hari was in the market looking to buy a long rope after reading that comment. 😉

      • முனிAndy   May 29, 2010 at 10:37 pm

        thanks ganesh, the fact that i am from a town near yours may have influenced your decision to give this prestigious award to me.

        • sganeshkumar1989   June 2, 2010 at 2:51 pm

          No Muniyandi/Mudhaliar/Jumpa Lahiri Err.. Polyatma ji,it has got nothing to do with my Chittoor,or your Vellore.

          Just found your comment to be really funny.

          By the way,I had been to your town to attend a fest in VIT,last year.Apart from discovering that it’s just a 40 minutes’ distance (By bus) away from my native town,I also found it strange that more people spoke Telugu there than Tamil, made me wonder whether I was still in Andhra Pradesh and not yet cross the border. 😉

  10. rakeshbaba   May 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

    for elder brother surya’s singam-“sin to watch this trash”,for younger brother karthik’s aayirathil oruvan”sin not to watch it”,wow to karthik boo to surya. Responds:

    Yeah, a very big boo for Sori-Padam Surya. 🙁

  11. gk   May 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Let this ease your pain..

    [Link of sexy babe with 44uDDers deleted because our Norton software declared it unsafe and reported two computer threats from the site. Sorry, folks. Yes, we did ogle at the woman 😉 ]

    what the hell she has been drinking ? 5L of milk everyday ? 😛 Responds:

    Holy Cow, whatever she’s drinking could we please feed some of the same to Ash, Trisha and Kajal Agarwal. 😉

  12. iamsumu   May 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I know a person who works for an ad agency in charge of film promotions. He laughingly said, how the producers budget the movie release with the success release 1 week later, 25 days posters (usual vettri nadai podum.. cr@p).
    People like Surya and Hari are not the Singams, but rather the Erumais (buffaloes) of cinema. (apologies to real buffaloes).
    BTW have you watched the Wolfman (average story, but excellent visuals). Responds::

    No, just the previews (assuming you are referring to the recent Wolfman movie).

    Wolfman theme keeps reappearing in Hollywood every three decades or so.

  13. amitshetty   May 30, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I dont know abt Tamil Nadu but wonder what people in Mumbai and Pune are drinking nowadays ? Responds:

    Do people believe this kind of junk (excerpt from the story in your link):

    The film has opened to near full houses in almost all the multiplexes and the first show at 9 a.m. at PVR Goregaon itself attracted over 60 percent occupancy, which is higher than the kind of response one can expect for a major Hindi film.

    Overall on day one, of its release, Singam has taken 70 to 80 percent opening on overall basis, which is much beyond what even a Bollywood film scores on the first day!

    It is amazing to see the youth and families coming to theatres in full force on a working day. The charisma and power of Suriya can be seen at the theatres where youth and families are enjoying every moment of the film and Suriya’s powerful performance.

    higher than the kind of response one can expect for a major Hindi film, enjoying every moment of the film?

    Soon, they’ll be saying Singam shot past SRK’s My Name is Khan!

    Ha ha ha.

    Liquor must be easily available in Mumbai.

    • shadowfax_arbit   May 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Sify has something for Surya. This is what they say about Ayan

      “Surya belts out a convincing performance as the quintessential action hero and carries the film to the winning post. He looks great and you cannot take your eyes off him. Relying on his eyes and his expressions especially in those romantic scenes with Tamannaah, he shines.”

      ‘cannot take your eyes off him’ LOL and this one about Singam

      “Ultimately it is Suriya who carries the film to the winning post. His passion and the way he brings an ordinary regular larger-than-life hero character alive on screen is lesson for other commercial heroes. …. Watch it only for Suriya. He is in top form.”

      ‘He is in top form’ – ROFL Responds:

      Sify writes: Watch it only for Suriya. He is in top form

      Ha ha ha.

      As we said earlier, in Surya we have another Jillu Jillu Gullu Gullu monkey in the making.

  14. shiva84   May 30, 2010 at 3:15 am

    * Is your 7 Aum Arivu with Murugadas a period film which dates back to 500 BC?
    It is too premature to talk about it. But yes, there is a historical element in it. But I can promise that it will be a new experience for not only to Tamil audiences but it will evoke interest on the national level too. Responds:

    Surya said: But yes, there is a historical element in it.

    Great news.

    We think Surya would be a very good fit for historical films as he is a natural for such roles. 😉

    • shiva84   May 31, 2010 at 6:05 am

      I got this as sms

      Surya : Oongi adicha 1.5 ton weightu da

      Audience : Anushka shoe podamalae unna vida heightu da Responds:

      Is the movie really faring well in India or is the summer heat raising the testosterone levels of our boys forcing them into the theater to ogle at Anushka’s bare tits and thighs for some relief?

      • shiva84   May 31, 2010 at 11:58 am

        Yes, singam is doing well in India. 🙁 Responds:

        Thanks for the feedback.

        • STG   June 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm


          it’s too early to declare that its doing well.

          For any movie, its first weekend and its following weekdays are solely depend upon the star value and the marketing strategy of the this case Surya and Sun Pictures respectively. Its no surprise for this movie to be booked for the first week atleast.

          Actual results will be available from the second week or word-of-mouth week, in which audience are drawn mainly through word-of-mouth.

          • shiva84   June 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

            Hmm…Lets see STG, i haven’t watched singam yet. Lets see the box office results after 1 month. Most probably sun movies will make this movie a super hit.

        • shiva84   June 15, 2010 at 1:41 am

          Saw singam yesterday, theatre was housefull with full of family audiences. After the movie was over the ladies were saying padam nalla irukku. Lots of claps when surya challenges prakash raj. This fellow surya has a lot of girl fans. If a tamil movie impresses female audience the film becomes a super hit. Classic example is tirupachi and sivakasi. These two movies have sister and mother sentiments respectively.


          You write: After the movie was over the ladies were saying padam nalla irukku

          Must be the summer heat. Oru sodha Kudhi (drink a soda) 😉

  15. trishna147   May 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Watched it today, it was entertaining i must say, but Vivek’s comedy was just crap. He’s nowhere near as good as he used to be (like in Run, Minnale, Saami, Perazhagan). Even the newer comedians do a better job than him, like Santhanam.

    Anyways, the film’s got pretty positive reviews from pretty much everywhere – i mean, no one has trashed it except you.


    Dunno why, but i’ve been watching some nice 70s-90s Tamil films recently instead of the newer ones. Have you watched
    *Poovizhi Vasalile (Sathyaraj, Raghuvaran)
    *Moondram Pirai (Kamal, Sridevi)
    *Moondru Mudichu (Kamal, Rajini, Sridevi)
    *16 Vayathinile (Kamal, Rajini, Sridevi)
    *Amaidhi Padai (Sathyaraj)

    btw, i dont think any of them are on netflix Responds:

    You write: Anyways, the film’s got pretty positive reviews from pretty much everywhere – i mean, no one has trashed it except you.

    For a long time, the Nazis pretty much got positive signals everywhere except from the poor Jews who were carted off to Bergen-Belsen, Dachau, Auschwitz and Treblinka.

    Hell, even Stalin was cozy with Hitler. Remember the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact of 1939?

    Closer home, during the height of the excesses of the Emergency (1975-1977) there were folks who were singing paeans to Indira Gandhi with the slogan – Indira is India, India is Indira.

    The capacity of some people to ignore or not recognize trash/evil in their midst is stupefying.

    • vj_mdu   May 31, 2010 at 3:23 am

      “Watched it today, it was entertaining i must say, but Vivek’s comedy was just crap. He’s nowhere near as good as he used to be (like in Run, Minnale, Saami, Perazhagan). Even the newer comedians do a better job than him, like Santhanam.
      Anyways, the film’s got pretty positive reviews from pretty much everywhere – i mean, no one has trashed it except you.”

      Believing in one of those positive reviews I watched the film. And what I had to experience is over 2 hours of sheer torture 🙁 Not only me, many others in the theater were not able to tolerate this crap.

      Haven’t we seen this type of movies gazillion times? There is nothing new in this film. Absolutely nothing.
      The same god equivalent hero, stereotypical villain, stupid heroine, crude comedy et al. If we keep on supporting this kinda movies never are we gonna see good movies in tamil. Responds:

      You write: Haven’t we seen this type of movies gazillion times? There is nothing new in this film. Absolutely nothing.

      Well said.

  16. sganeshkumar1989   May 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    BTW,when can I expect the reviews for Dr.Zhivago and Treasure of Sierra Madre?
    Coming to (A)Singam,the trailer itself was enough to give me a massive headache;I decided to stop watching any SUN Network’s Tamil channels,till this thing is out of the cinema hall! 🙁 (Till the film is running/limping,they’ll show songs,’super scenes’,fights every day in some form of a program or other.)
    And coming to the BGM,and those loud dialogues,better insure your ears before listening to them! 😉 Responds:

    1. Singam or to put it more aptly Asingam is an offense against all notions of taste.

    That there are humans who love such trash is a chilling reminder of the disturbing times we live in.

    2. Dr.Zhivago review after we read the book.

    Treasure of Sierra Madre – soon.

    • sganeshkumar1989   May 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm


    • sganeshkumar1989   June 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      //2. Dr.Zhivago review after we read the book.//
      A doubt:A good number of the English movies which you’ve watched and reviewed were based on novels or short stories;did you read all those books before watching their respecting screen adaptations? 😛
      Or is it because,it’s written by a Nobel Prize winning writer(Boris Pasternak) ?
      By the way,Treasure of Sierra Madre too is adapted from a novel. Responds:

      For some movies like The Road, Lolita, Namesake or the Bourne series, we went into the theater having already read the book. In other instances, we were unfamiliar with the story except in a broad sense.

      In the case of Dr.Zhivago, obviously the book’s fame precedes that of the movie. And we’d like to read it before seeing the movie.

  17. sganeshkumar1989   May 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    While,I’ve not watched the film(The brief snippets shown everyday by Sun TV is enough to reveal how good/bad the movie is.),I’m surprised that Surya’s acting talents seemed to have declined drastically from Ayan.
    I mean,after doing some good roles in Nandha,Kaakha Kaakha,Pitamagan;he was improving as an actor then;even though Ghajini,Vel,Vaaranam Aayiram were bad,he didin’t fail as an actor,at-least he was decent in those films;but he was just sleep-walking in Ayan and Aadhavan.(Watched both in T.V.)
    And,with Singam;he seemed to howl and over-act so much(Did he forget how he performed as a cop in Kaakha Kaakha?????).
    Looks like,if you continuously work in bad films,your talent levels too will get eroded and corrupted! 🙁 Responds:

    Surya is following in the Jillu Jillu Gullu Gullu buffoon’s footsteps.

  18. racer44   May 31, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Nearly finished writing the review(parts 1-3). I’m afraid I really must ask for 70$. Two main reasons for this sudden increase:
    1)I initially estimated somewhere around 1500 pages. It actually turns out there are more than 1100 pages in the first 3 parts alone.Another1110 pages await review. Even assuming the rock-bottom rate of 1$ for every 30 pages, it works out to more than 70$.
    2)It is a herculean task to even condense a mammoth work like PS with 20 odd principal characters, each of them with their own historical significance and appearing regularly at various points in the story, far less attempt to review it as a whole.
    I’ll inform you when I’m finished (somewhere around today night-tomorrow morning). Responds:


    Sorry for the delay in responding…too much driving over the last few days.

    • shadowfax_arbit   May 31, 2010 at 8:40 am

      Hey racer, awaiting your review. Are you reading the Tamil version?

      [Deleted] 🙂 Responds:

      Funny, the deleted portion. 😉

      • racer44   May 31, 2010 at 9:12 am


      • racer44   May 31, 2010 at 9:18 am

        And I am pained to see you call it version. Makes it sound as if it was translated from some other language. Such is the sad state of Tamil and Tamilnadu. Responds:

        Good point!

        • shadowfax_arbit   May 31, 2010 at 10:15 am


          Oops sorry…I read both the original Tamil novel and the English translation of it (first floods alone) but found the Tamil version (dunno wat to say other than version :)) infinitely better.

      • முனிAndy   May 31, 2010 at 9:19 am

        what was the deleted portion? Responds:

        Nothing crass or defamatory…just one clue: it was SI-related.

        OK, here’s one more clue – it was also Ponniyin Selvan-related. 😉

  19. shadowfax_arbit   May 31, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Going thru all your reviews of iphone since I’m planning to buy one via my US friend. Is AT&T contract compulsory for all models? Responds:

    Do NOT buy an iPhone now. A new version is coming out in the very near future with significant enhancements.

    In the U.S., currently AT&T is the only service provider for iPhone and a 2-year contract is compulsory. But some folks do what’s called SIM Unlocking and Jail-breaking and use it on other networks and run non-authorized applications.

    But there are risks in that approach because when Apple does a software upgrade the iPhone could turn into a brick.

    • shadowfax_arbit   May 31, 2010 at 8:41 am

      Unlocking – thats what my friend recommended. Scary!! Last thing I would want is to turn my iPhone into a brick. Responds:

      We updated our previous iPhone comment to you to add that a 2-year contract is a must with AT&T.

      The contract requires a minimum payment of $75 a month (and this does not even include texting, which is OK for us since we don’t do any texting) for 24 months. Unlimited texting is $20 more a month.

      And unless you pay more than $75 a month you get only 450 anytime minutes and 5,000 nights and weekends a month. Again, 450-minutes may not be enough for the average Indian heatedly arguing with friends whether Anushka is a 34C or a 36C, is her belly-button vertical, horizontal or triangular yada yada yada on the iPhone. Of course, with AT&T, you can rollover, no, not Anushka, but the unused minutes. 😉

      Overall, our experience with the iPhone is good. We’ve dropped it a few times (luckily we have a good leather case, so only the sides got bruised. You can buy a lot of stuff (music, games, the works) right off the iPhone easily. Recently, we did a full purchase of something (we can’t remember right now) off from the iPhone in just a couple of minutes via a dedicated Amazon app for the iPhone. Went off smoothly.

      But wait for the new iPhone model coming out fairly soon.

      • shadowfax_arbit   May 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

        Hmmm… 450 mins is not at all enough for me too 🙁

        Anyways the info was very useful. Thanks a lot 🙂

  20. aditya_k   May 31, 2010 at 5:40 am

    hello there…..been a long time….hope you remember me……..
    have you seen ‘The man from earth’ ? its awesome….. Responds:

    Howdy, sweetie?

    Yes, we do remember you. The Dil Chahta Hai-loving, IIT student.

    The man from earth? Not yet but on our list.

  21. aditya_k   May 31, 2010 at 5:42 am

    btw, I am in germany rite now…..first trip outside India….I can see why you call India trash…… Responds:

    Wie gehts? (How are you)

    Was machen Sie in Deutschland? (What are you doing in Germany)

    • முனிAndy   May 31, 2010 at 9:18 am

      aditya, so, do you agree with SI?

      • aditya_k   May 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

        @SI: I am here on an internship….which only means I am on a fully funded holiday….

        @Andy: about India being trash? to some extent…….

        From what I see, at least the cities in India are not bad in terms of amenities….its the difference in attitudes of people that’s shocking…….now I know what difference it makes when people actually follow rules…..most systems in place here won’t work in India simply because people are not honest….I haven’t seen a ticket checker or a traffic policeman anywhere here……I asked my guide what happens if I get on a tram without a ticket….he gave me a puzzled look and said ” but why would you do that”……lolz…. Responds:

        Spaß haben (Have fun).

        • vjcool   June 1, 2010 at 12:21 am

          yup, its the people that make the place.

          Once I asked a autorickshawala on my first visit to coimbatore, What will people think of Coimbatore, if you behave this way, aren’t you the intro to the city.

          I got the reply, people wont think anything so give what we demand or fu*k the Sh*t off…

          Now I don’t believe when people say Kovai is the best…

          maybe a little cooler but not any saner.


          We i.e. Indians are still in the stage that comes just before civilization.

        • முனிAndy   June 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

 recently popped up in my inbox yesterday.. he has about 32 posts filed under “India”.. not sure if he has read your Incredible India posts or you his..


          1. We were unaware of his existence until your comment.

          Between our writing, watching movies, general reading (mainly books and newspapers) and coping with the daily drudgery chores of life there’s little time left for reading other blogs.

          Will try to read some of his posts.

          Quickly skimmed through some of them. Both of us love the New Yorker and New York Review of Books. But he is more into the New York Review and renewed his subscription to it while we subscribe to the New Yorker and recently renewed our subscription for two more years. We unequivocally recommend both to SI blog readers.

          2. You write: not sure if he has read your Incredible India posts or you his..

          We do have some regular readers from the Austin area…not sure if he’s one of them.

  22. racer44   May 31, 2010 at 10:43 am

    @ shadowfax_arbit: How about “tamil original”. There you go, now that ain’t difficult, is it? 🙂

    I’m done. Send me the greenbacks and give me a hoot. Responds:


    Sent $73 ($70+$3 to cover PayPal fees).

  23. racer44   May 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry for the delay, SI. I’m browsing via cell, .txt files, i found can’t be copied in my cell, and worse bummer is there isn’t any attachment button in gmail (at least in my phone). And I just found out that the nearest browsing center is closed for the night. I’m really sorry man. I’ll mail it to you first thing in the morning. Responds:


  24. முனிAndy   May 31, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    45 responses.. mostly unrelated to Singam.. are you participating in Responds:

    You write: are you participating in

    Are you kidding?

    It would only confirm that we’ve completely taken leave of our senses. People only suspect it now. 😉

  25. racer44   June 1, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Finally sent you after much trouble. Tell me if you’ve got it. If you want any changes, major or minor, mail me(and tell me here that you’ve mailed).
    P.S. I’ve only finished parts 1-3, will be doing the rest based on your feedback. My primary concern is the length, tell me after you’ve read it. See ya. Responds:

    Got it. Thank you.

    Will read it after processing the rest of the comments. 7:07 AM ET (4:37PM IST)

    • முனிAndy   June 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

      will it come with your foreplay.. err.. i meant foreword? when? Responds:

      1. No, this time we plan to send it back and ask Racer to make the necessary corrections before we publish it. Wasn’t that the course suggested by you last time?

      2. You write: when?

      Hopefully tomorrow, if Racer can send it back with the changes.

  26. crsathish   June 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Continuous loss for tamil films…theaters closing Responds:

    We liked this bit from the press conference (your above video link):

    No super-hits in 2010 but many super-flops.

    Two big mistakes the theater-owners made and for which they are now paying a heavy price are: 1. Stopping the practice of viewing preview and then agreeing to exhibit the films; 2. This nonsense of minimum guarantee.

  27. 1012900   June 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Watched 13B yet? Responds:

    Not yet.

    Will try to, before June 15, 2010.

    • முனிAndy   June 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

      is this before the Dev D review or after 😉 Responds:


      Yes, we have Dev D and Matrix to deliver. One of these days.

    • shadowfax_arbit   June 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

      I guess ‘Yavarum Nalam’ is better than 13B. Responds:

      We’ll see one of the two.

  28. guruprasad.s   June 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    In case you havent started watching Witness for prosecution, remember not to
    check the movie on Wiki or elsewhere. Also read the following (extracted from an
    article on the web):

    “As the end credits roll, an offscreen voice addresses the audience with the following statement: “The management of this theater suggests that for the greater entertainment of your friends who have not yet seen the picture you will not divulge to anyone the secret of the ending of Witness for the Prosecution.” According to the film’s pressbook, at previews, audience members received, and were asked to sign, cards that read, “I solemnly swear I will not reveal the ending of Witness for the Prosecution.” The pressbook, reviews and various articles about the production stated that the principal cast members themselves did not even know the ending of the film until the last day of shooting, when the final ten pages of the script were presented to them. Various news items reported that extras appearing as courtroom spectators were changed when the ending was shot to ensure greater secrecy.”

    Happy viewing.

    BTW, the angry producers of Sura want a refund (partial) from Pannuku Pandi Vijay, at least 10 lakhs. Pandi is no mood to relent, though. Responds:

    1. Haven’t started watching Witness for Prosecution.

    2. You write: the angry producers of Sura want a refund (partial) from Pannuku Pandi Vijay, at least 10 lakhs. Pandi is no mood to relent, though.

    If the exhibitors have the cojones, they should ask for the money from Sun Pictures instead of pestering Punnaku Pandi.

  29. Harish   June 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Gosh I just saw every bit of trash i expected from this team. Well Are Surya’s nuts only there where they should be or what? If Surya is the so called (A)singam then DSP is the Hyena.

    Shame on Surya after delivering a superb cop role in Khaka Khaka. Responds:

    Yeah, shame on Surya! Say that a million times.

  30. 1012900   June 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Raavanan hits theatres on June 18.

    I’m gonna go for the tamil version. Vikram and Prithiviraj are much better actors compared to Abhishek Bachan.

    Also, the tamil trailer looks better. Vikram has this screen presence or charisma ( don’t know if it’s the right word) that AB utterly lacks.

    Usurey pogudhey is the only song I’ve liked so far. I just got addicted to it after a few hearings. Responds:

    iTunes doesn’t have the songs for the Tamil version. Surprising.

  31. sam   July 22, 2011 at 1:19 am


  32. Madmax673   May 24, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Planning on watching Singam 2? 😀 Responds:

    Good Lord!

    Wasn’t Singam 1 punishment enough? 🙁

    If the above trailer offers any hint, it’s that Singam 2 will be as Asingam (trashy) as its precursor.

  33. Madmax673   May 24, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I forgot to mention. I just sent you a note, SI. Responds:

    I’ll check now.

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