Friday, April 01, 2005

A Disastrous Quarter!

If Tamil cinema was a publicly traded company and today was the day it reported results for the first quarter of 2005, its stock would have tanked! It has been a poor year for the cinemagoer so far with no single release truly standing out. Going purely by my reviews, I think this is the first year, in the 6 years I have been reviewing movies, that only two movies released in the first three months have earned 2 1/2 stars or more (and one of the two, Kaadhal, was technically released in 2004!). So far, Raam has been the only movie to even attempt to offer something different. All other movies have either been unoriginal, violent masala films, lacklustre romances or failed comedies.

Among the stars, only Vijay has something to be happy about with his Thiruppaachi making money at the box-office (though this is probably reflective of the lack of competition and his star power rather than the quality of the movie itself). All other actors, whether they are longstanding (Sarathkumar, Arjun), established (Ajith, Prashanth), up-and-coming (Dhanush) or over-the-hill (Satyaraj), have seen their films bite the dust.

Tamil cinema atleast can look forward to a better 2nd quarter. Films like Rajnikanth's Chandramukhi, Kamalhassan's Mumbai Express and Vijay's Sachin are slated to arrive early in the quarter while Anniyan, a combined offering from Vikram and Shankar, is not too far behind. Even Godfather, from the trio of Ajith-K.S.Ravikumar-A.R.Rehman, may make it to screens in this quarter if it resolves its issues. All these films, whatever their eventual fate at the box office, are sure to shake up things atleast for a little while. So, carrying the company metaphor a little further, this is probably the best time to buy Tamil cinema stock!

6 Comments:

At 6:02 PM, Blogger king94 said...

Well put Balaji. My saturday nights for the past few months have been complete letdowns due to lack of good,quality movies being released. I just wanted to a ask a quick question. I have always heard and seen the song sequences from May Madham. The only thing I really know about this film is that AR. Rehman created the music with a standout song Markazhi Poove. It looks like a terrific film from viewing the song sequences. The problem is I have been trying forever to find the movie, but none of the local Tamil video stores carry it and I haven't been able to locate a review on the net for this film either. I was wondering if you knew anything about this particular film. If you do, it would be a treat to read the review. Thanks a bunch.

 
At 12:33 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

king, i have not seen 'may maadham' either. From what I remember hearing about the film, it is a bad remake of 'Roman Holiday' with a Nepali princess on the run in Madras. Other readers who have seen the film can probably comment on how right I am.

 
At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup....its a bad remake of RH. The wafer thin plot and wooden heroine sealed its box-office fate. I think the movie got made because the director Balu was a close relative of producer GV. The redeeming features were the excellent visuals from PC and good music by ARR (his BGM sucked big time though).

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous ram said...

Parthiban would've said, "machi, kanna moodikuttu gabaal-nu sollanum-naa tamizh cinemavukku indha quarterly nelamai thodarndha producer elaam quarter adichuttu kuppara padikka vendiyathu thaan."

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

my name is suresh.may say actor arjun has acted nude in film..even in mudhalvan i did not find him nude..any idea???

also i heard arjun is gay...is that so

i heard arjun always likes woman..he goes to bed almost with all heroines...is thsi true

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous suresh said...

my name is suresh.may say actor arjun has acted nude in film..even in mudhalvan i did not find him nude..any idea???

also i heard arjun is gay...is that so

i heard arjun always likes woman..he goes to bed almost with all heroines...is this true

 

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