Why Aaranya Kandam Review is Missing; Blame the Bozos at Big Cinemas, Chicago

By Naveen

The movie print has not arrived at Anil Ambani’s Big Cinemas theater in Chicago.

We went to Big Cinemas for the 7:30 pm show and the girl at the snacks counter (where they also sell the tickets) lied to us that only the 1:20 pm show was on today.

After we yelled at them, they called an older lady who I believe was their manager. She confessed that the prints are still lying at the airport and they have not been picked up yet.

The lady didn’t even have the courtesy to apologize.

Shame on Anil Ambani

Some more people came in after us and they too were left wondering why the website timings were not followed.

When we told them that the print hasn’t arrived yet it elicited the following humorous response – Potti varaliya? idhe pozhappa pochu ivangalode. Pesame theater a mooditu thuni kada vekka sollu. Ivanga ellam theater yedhukku nadatharanga? (Prints haven’t come? It’s the same story with these bozos. They’d better pull the shutters down on the theater.)

For all the money that Rascal Anil Ambani makes, he cannot have his website updated properly. Shame on him.

The other movie options were Ready and Badhrinath so we decided to preserve our sanity and went for a nice satisfying dinner at Vishnu Vilas, Schaumburg, IL. They had the tastiest Venn Pongal I have ever had all my life and a mouthwatering preparation of Carrot Halwa today.

This helped us forget the assholes @ Big Cinemas – Golf Glen 5, 9180 West Golf Road, Niles, Illinois, IL-60714.

May Anil Ambani rot in hell for fooling the public and showing no respect for our time and money.

So, no review of Aaranya Kandam today. 🙁

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11 Responses to "Why Aaranya Kandam Review is Missing; Blame the Bozos at Big Cinemas, Chicago"

  1. Naveen   June 11, 2011 at 12:48 am


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We plan to watch I Saw the Devil (directed by Kim Ji-woon on Netflix Instant Play now.

    Kim also directed The Good, the Bad and the Weird Review – Lovely, Must Watch Asian Western

    • Naveen   June 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Cool… I am watching True Grit. I saw it when it in the theaters…. this is a repeat. Try it, I think you will like it.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Will do.

  2. shadowfax_arbit   June 13, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Reviews are good.


    Are you planning to try again?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’re currently busy with other stuff.

    That’s why we requested Naveen to do it. He works late hours on weekdays. Plus, after one bad experience, it’s unlikely he’d be in a mood to return. Anil Ambani’s Big Cinemas is an unprofessional operation and we won’t be surprised if there’s a repeat of the experience.

    Sorry, sweetie.

    You may do it if you wish either today or tomorrow at the latest. But paying you will be a pain because of the PayPal issues. So, if you do it we promise to review two Hollywood or Foreign movies of your choice (within 50-miles).

    • shadowfax_arbit   June 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Hey thanks for the offer 🙂

      I was actually waiting for your review so that I can decide whether to go for it.

      Well, for my review, pay is not an issue but I’m afraid you may lose your viewership 😉

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Give it a try.

      You have nothing to lose but your ‘reputation.’ 😉

      Seriously, if you guys think good Tamil cinema deserves encouragement you all ought to pitch in too. We try our best but we have our limitations too (distance being a major one). Based on readers’ suggestion, we did make a good faith attempt to watch & review Aaranya Kaandam but it didn’t work out for no fault of ours.

      Seriously, you ought to do it.

      • shadowfax_arbit   June 14, 2011 at 5:41 am

        Well if you had given me the assignment over weekend I would have surely done it.

        But weekdays I hardly find time to watch a movie. Next time, 100% I’ll send you review for good Tamil movies that is not released in US or the ones released in MovieShitty.

  3. Naveen   June 13, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    This is not the first time and nor will it be the last when a Tamil movie’s print arrives late or when Big Cinemas does not care to collect it on time. This is my second such experience in Big Cinemas and 3rd overall for Tamil movies.

    Bunch of morons!

    Any idea how this moving is faring in India? I expect it would be a total washout in the US. Most people I spoke to have never heard of such a movie. When I said it starred Jackie Shroff and Sampath I got constipated looks.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. It’s hard to get reliable stats from India.

    After all, every movie ‘runs‘ for 50-days in India.

    2. We too have had multiple bad experiences with Big Cinemas.

    If Anil Ambani has any brains, he’ll fire the bozo who runs U.S. operations.

    We strongly urge our U.S. readers to show Big Cinemas the middle finger if an Indian movie is also playing at Regal or AMC (in NJ/NYC, many Regal/AMC theaters screen Hindi movies). Unfortunately, we’re stuck with these dumps for regional films.

    Big Cinemas = Crappy theaters + Crappy Experience

  4. MAK   June 13, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    What newspapers do you guys subscribe to?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Don’t currently subscribe to a newspaper but we purchase NYT (Sundays, occasionally Fridays and Wednesdays), WSJ (Weekend Edition) & News Journal (Sundays) from the newsstand at least 10-14 days in a month.

    We subscribe to New Yorker and New York Review of Books.

    Why do you ask?

    • MAK   June 14, 2011 at 1:37 am

      I was wondering where do you guys get your daily dose of info from.

      When reading some of your posts, you cite from WSJ and NYT. But, as for me i read primarily yours and the occasional aggregators or igoogle RSS or random browsing. (IMDB doesn’t count here. i guess)

      Nothing personal here, i read an article http://www.slate.com/id/2296633/ . As i concur with 99% of your world views, It made me think and wonder am i turning into SI.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. Interesting link (above). We’d seen references to similar pieces elsewhere last week regarding Google’s personalization/results being based on users’ online behavioral/clicking pattern.

      WSJ is a conservative publication while the NYT is liberal leaning. So, overall we hopefully get a balanced picture of events.

      2. As for your point about turning into SI, it’s not such a bad deal. 😉

      We tend to be liberal in outlook, believe in free-speech, pro-choice on abortion, pro-labor in an age when unions are under assault from the Right and given that we’ve made the U.S. our home we’re naturally anti-outsourcing.

  5. Naveen   June 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Got this short review of Aaranya Kandam from a friend.

    “Storyline is good, movie awfully drags as it progresses. No major violence contrary to the trailer. There is no connection between BGM and scenes, romantic spanish music is played when people are killing one another. Had they cut 30 minutes of runtime then it may have been a good movie but as it stands now, it is bad movie.”

    He also notes that the movie had a lot of correlation with “Hanna” that released recently.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: romantic spanish music is played when people are killing one another

    Just what the Tamil makkal need when the aruval (the sickle, a favorite murder weapon in Kollywood films)) is coming down. 😉

    Are you sure Penelope Cruz didn’t make a guest appearance?

  6. முனிAndy   June 15, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Really tempted to get the Roku box.. 60 bucks is pretty cool..

    Looks like there plenty of Indian channels available now. The quality will probably be crappy.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Plenty, yes.

    But only few free – Times Now, ET, Raj News (Telugu), Sakshi (Telugu), Raj Music (Kannada), Asianet (Malayalam) and a bunch of others.

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