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voh south ke phillum

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How often have you heard this term? I for sure have heard it a zillion times, and to be frank am quite fed up of hearing the same. Those forwarded emails carrying youtube clips of gabtun or balayya and a wisecrack comment that relegates all of southern India’s films to the depths of neverland. A more researched post is still in the draft phase but in the meanwhile here is a small comparison.

Here is a song that features the best real life Bollywood couple in a so-called-seductive song. Abhi-Ash don’t have a bedroom song as yet and hence do not qualify. At one corner you have an award winning heroine whose last two roles have been that of a blind woman and one suffering from alzheimers(interesting?). Giving her company is a national award and more importantly a dandanakka award winning actor who incidentally is also the director of this film. This is all I could find on youtube and didn’t have the patience to rip and upload it myself, not to worry coz you’re not missing anything…

Now this is what kollywood has to offer. A mediocre actress for whom many may claim that the word mediocre is also a huge compliment, and her hubby a pretty decent actor with nothing great to boast about barring a few movies like this one. The divide in terms of acting between these two couples is without any doubt greater than the grand canyon yet the second video seems more convincing. Ladeej and juntalmen that is what is called chemistry, it not only exists in beakers and pippettes but also between couples.

A few of these south ke phillum may sure be cheap, crass and crude but the rest are far more stylish than anything bollywood has imagined. It takes a RDB or a TZP to beat the south but then both these movies had a heavy southie influence!(Maddy,Siddharth, A.R.Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan etc). If any of you wisecracks wanna tell me that this movie is stylish then I have some left-over ‘mushroomfry’ that has been lying in my fridge for a week, just for you!

For those who wanna poke fun at the thalaivar, here comes a man that defies all odds. Show me two of his films that have even remotely been similar and i’ll eat my mushrooms myself. Huge expectations from this one and I hope he wont disappoint.

The ‘Sarkar Raj‘ trailer is also a winner but then you can’t count it for it’s made by a southie. Those of you rooting for the ‘Jism-Jadoo hain nasha‘ song, it wasn’t a bedroom song and plus the music director was Telugu and the hero a mallu.

PS: Lifted from Bachchan saab’s blog, Here is what RGV messaged him on Tashan.

people are saying Tashan is as bad as Aag…! If Sholay has set the bench mark for the ultimate hit then the least i achieved with Aag, is that i made it a bench mark for the ultimate flop..

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Written by maxdavinci

April 28, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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  1. Incidentally, I watched u, me aur hum yday and I had great expectations from Mr. Devgan as a director. He kinda let me down. I mean, some of the dialogs and scenes were ditto lifts from the notebook and 50 first dates and the attempt at humor made me want to puke.

    Actually, there’s a lot more substance in some of the films made down south. For example, Malayalam. They come out with excellent storylines with great acting by some extremely talented albeit old actors. The level of maturity there tells us that they don’t take their audiences for granted.

    I’m a big fan of Kamalhaasan. I think the man’s a genius. But there was a phase when he too was type cast. He did some pretty trashy movies like, Singaravelan, Kaaki sattai, or even sakalakala vallavan for that matter. They were movies exclusing aimed at the B and C centers. My point is, even if you’re making a movie for the non-multiplex going junta, don’t be proud of the trash you made!

    And sorry for the extremely long comment 🙂

    me: Anytime babes! I agree with everything you’ve said but then look closely at the three kamal movies you’ve mentioned. Aimed at the galleries but then different roles, I loved the ‘karuvadu’ jokes in singaravelan!

    Gayatri

    April 29, 2008 at 1:03 am

  2. Amen to that! 🙂

    pratika

    April 29, 2008 at 2:31 am

  3. If balayya’s stunts are bad, the ones in TASHAN take bad to altogether different plane..That movie suffers from a serious identity crisis…!


    me: It was a wannabe movie, desperately trying to attain cult status. Its like the girl who in her bid to look sexy did so much make up that it made her look slutty… This demands a new post!

    preeti

    April 29, 2008 at 2:38 am

  4. If balayya’s stunts are bad, the ones in TASHAN take bad to a different plane altogether..That movie suffers from a serious identity crisis…!

    Pardon..had to rephrase…

    preeti

    April 29, 2008 at 2:39 am

  5. Very good you brought this topic up. I don’t understand why south movies are looked down upon. The fact is that the movies from south are better in quality than the quantity obsessed Bollywood. I am not sure what the Hindi industry wants to do and what the Hindi audience are expecting. They better switch over and watch Tamil, Malayalam movies. Dubbed or with subtitles.


    me: overtly enthu pa! dubbed southie movies ella konjam over. Atleast if ppl learn to respect cinema tis okay. The notion of ‘Anything south of the vindhyas is crappy’ irks me…

    Aditya

    April 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm

  6. One can handpick good Indian movies. No language bar. all same crap wonly!

    You should perhaps save that mushroomfry and gift it to some desi movie director.


    me: you make a valid point here, but then some ppl just love crappy movies! It’s the bias that i’m against

    Arun Sundar

    April 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

  7. As you pointed out the gulf between the best and the rest in South is enormous. On hand you have Rajni, Kamla, Rehman and Mani, and on the other hand you have Vijay, Ajit, Deva and the director of all those Vijay movies.

    In Bollywood, you can be sure that the movie will have some minimum production values.


    me: I’ll take it that you will not be watching Vijay’s latest ‘Kuruvi’. Min prod values? check my awards post, none of those films seemed to have any….

    Ok

    April 29, 2008 at 11:10 pm

  8. Bollywood has assumed itself to be ‘pan-Hindi-Indian’ erasing itself of any authencity or ethnic loyalties while regional cinema continue to reflect street culture and their distinguishing regionalisms.
    They think they have sheen and polish;we think we have substance and ethnic solidarity. Priyadarshan’s Hindi heartland movies, RGV’s Dharaviscapes, M.Ratnam have all bought this rootedness in their Hindi movies.
    P.S:I think the Devgans are overrated. She passes off excessive cheeriness as naturalness and he thinks looking dour is acting intense.


    me: no one could have said it better

    maami

    April 30, 2008 at 1:30 pm


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