Thursday, August 18, 2005

Coming Soon - Ghajini


[Pics Courtesy IndiaGlitz, Dinakaran]

With Chandramukhi and Anniyan out of the way, Ghajini has now moved to the top of the list of movies I am really looking forward to. At this point, it looks like the film will release September 2 but knowing how notorious our producers are about sticking to announced release dates, we can only cross our fingers and hope that Ghajini makes it to theatres as announced.

Surya is ofcourse the biggest reason I am looking forward to Ghajini. The actor has pretty much defined the phrase ‘growing as an actor’ as far as Tamil cinema is concerned. I clearly remember his weak turn in movies like Naerukku Naer(where I bemoaned Simran’s pairing with such a weak actor), Poovellaam Kaettuppaar and Friends(where his poor dancing skills were magnified since he danced with Vijay).

But it took a Bala to identify his strengths. Surya was perfectly suited to play the ‘strong and silent’ protagonist in Nandhaa and was pretty much reborn as an actor. He refined the character in Mounam Pesiyadhe and perfected it in Kaakka Kaakka. He was cool and dashing as the police officer and one could say he had truly arrived as an actor. It was once again Bala who highlighted his versatility by casting him as a talkative, glib-tongued petty thief in Pithaamagan. It was the exact opposite of his successful roles so far but he carried it off brilliantly.

I most admire Surya for the effort he has made to grow as an actor. He is one actor who has shown improvement in every department, be it acting, dancing, fighting or physical appearance. Based on tidbits and stills, Surya has two personas in Ghajini – a cool, debonair businessman and a revenge-seeking, tattooed-all-over avatar with tonsured head. Intriguing…

Ghajini is directed by Murugadoss, the director of Dheena and Ramanaa. Those two films marked him as a director who knows the pulse of the audience. He melded elements like sentiments, romance (very cute!) and stunts for a nice masala entertainer in Dheena while he packaged a social message in an entertaining manner in Ramanaa(apart from giving Vijayakanth his only decent role in recent times!). So having him behind the camera is a positive thing.

Ghajini is also the first major release for the film’s heroine Asin, who has releases with Vikram, Vijay and Ajith following this. Nayantara is also supposed to be in the film but, all stills I’ve seen so far have featured only Asin with Surya. So I’m hoping the Nayan news is true…

The film’s music is by Harris Jayaraj, who is coming off two hits in Anniyan and Ullam Ketkume. After a couple of listens, I thought the music was average but the audio is apparently a hit back home. That always bodes well for a film.

Though Surya was excellent in both Maayaavi and Perazhagan, the films themselves were no big performers at the box-office. Hope Ghajini reverses the trend. It does seem to have all the ingredients right. And Surya definitely deserves it!

22 Comments:

At 11:54 PM, Blogger Nithya Swaminathan said...

Yeah me too looking fwd to this movie... Surya is doing a great job these days...

LOL @ captins only decent role... and his only non-police role ever:D

 
At 12:41 AM, Blogger Prasanna said...

The pic for this movie luk awesome. It can be called as the most expected movie of this yr, after CM and Anniyan. Even i m waiting for the release of this movie. Was expecting the songs to be much better. HJ has dissapointed many with his music. Hope the BG score is much better.Hope this movie turns out to be a success.

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

I'm also looking forward to this just for Surya. He is one of my favaurite actors and a fine performer. Balaji, i'm surprised you did not even say a single word about him in Mani Ratnam's masterpiece Ayitha Ezhuthu. His performance in that film is fantastic and is definetely one of his career best. In fact i became his fan ever since watching his performance in that film. I don't agree Ullam Ketkumae is a hit album. The album was a huge flop before the film released and would have remained like that had UK remained unreleased. Thanks to the movie's moderate success the rather forgettable album got some notice. Well Anniyan and Ghajini, the least said the better and i think i've already said enough.

Director AR Murugadoss is one of the better commercial directors around though both his films Dheena and Ramana are just reharsh of gems like Thalapathi and Indian, it provided some entertainment. Ghajini looks like a copy of the hollywood film Memento from what i heard about it's storyline and some stills. Knowing very well of the indian filmmakers denial, they will surely spice the story for the tamil audience.

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Rajesh said...

The Pic looks awesome...hmm...Hope
Surya would capitalize this
oppurtunity to work with murugadoss..

 
At 3:48 AM, Anonymous Maverick said...

Bladehawk1404
Ullam Kaekkume audio is many notches better than both Ghajini and Thotti Jaya. The problem with UK was that the soundtrack was released way back in 2003 and the movie's release (GV Films) was stalled for some unknown reasons. Nobody actually knew about the movie until the movie promos came on TV a month before its release. UK was one of HJ's early days albums when he still had the freshness (which has come down now) in his music.

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

Maverick, i agree with you that UK album is better then many of his recent releases. I think it was the last album which HJ showed he had some talent. I liked 'ennai pandhada' and a few of his songs before that.

 
At 7:02 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

kand naal mudal by fazil mite jsut turn out to spring a suprise! watchout for it,this mite flop like suryas over hyped SRI

 
At 7:24 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Wow.. Surya looks awesome in the tattoed picture on the right.. What a body..
Yeah, its a big movie I am looking forward to.. Sanjay Subramaniam, huh.. (engeyo ketta peyara irukke)

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

As U rightly mentioned, Surya has grown into a good actor with every movie. Though his acting was gr8 in Nandha, Mounam pesiyadhe and Pithamagan, my personal favourites are "Khaka Khaka" & "Ayutha Ezhuthu". He was just amazing in those movies. I am very much looking forward to "Ghajini". I hope he is as gr8 as he was in KK...;). The music by HJ is not bad either...The "Suttrum Vizhi" song is awesome.

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Balaji, the BIG announecement for you! :-)

http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=13921248&

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger Vettees said...

Of the current bunch of younger artists(I dont want to include Captain and Sarathkumar kinds in this)Surya looks promising.But all said and done I am liking Vijays sttyle of doing films.Neria Thalaivar mathri panraru.So me Bay area Vijay rasigar mandra thalaivi.Romba nadippelam Vijay kitta ethripakka koodathu

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous ram said...

surya is a fine actor...he's been very good in Kaaka Kaaka, Pithamagan and Perazhagan...but I hope to see him turn in a performance that'll stay in my mind for quite awhile...but having said that, I must admit to the fact that he's improved by leaps, bounds and (dance) steps from his Nerukku Ner days:)

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Me too said...

Me having high expectations too from Surya's Gajini.

Wonder how Bala(or was it Ameer?) recognised the talent in him(When 'Nerukku ner' was released, I thought, 'huh! another star son!!')!!

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, we are all having great expectations. I must say that I am surprised to hear that the audio is not that good. Very much thought that it would be in the Dheena range, at least. Disappointing. A good audio takes a film the extra length. Oh well, hopefully, the film is as good, if not better, than Kaaka Kaaka.

Surya sure is an impressive actor. I can't believe how much he has changed his body. I am hoping for a blockbuster film, but since most films that are hyped usually make a u-turn at the box office, I am not going to let my hopes get too high. Let's see...it shouldn't have any other competition if it is releasing in Sept. All the big films are releasing in Diwali I believe.

 
At 3:42 AM, Anonymous rekhs said...

vatsan i think surya has progressed since his SRI days in choosing the rt movie and donning the rt image,so mayb u r way off target:)
i liked suttum vizhi and also agree with BH1404 on AE and UK:)

 
At 4:21 AM, Anonymous Dubaiyil Oru Thamizhan said...

Hey GP, think Sanjay Subramaniam mite be a rehash of the name of a chennai pettai rowdy--Thanjai Subramaniam

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger carkar said...

After seeing the two Surya snaps methinks this will be somewhat like Anniyan or the old Rajini movie - Naan sigappu manidhan.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bladehawk, the trailer almost confirms that its copied from(or atleast inspired by) 'Memento'. The quick shots show Surya with messages like "KILL" written on his body, taking polaroid photographs, etc. Most tellingly, the voiceover talks about him not remembering what happened in the last 15 mins.

vatsan, fazil's film is 'oru naal oru kanavu'. 'kanda naal mudhal' is prakashraj's production and directed by priya, a newcomer.

gp, i think its sanjay ramaswamy...

vettees, andha madhiri edhirparpu ilena vijay movies definitely nalla ensoy panlaam :)

ram, i think his perf in 'perazhagan' is one that will stay in my mind quite a while :)

 
At 1:07 AM, Anonymous Maverick said...

'Very much thought that it would be in the Dheena range, at least. Disappointing.'

Right. Noway close to Dheena. A decent album, overall. Karthik's 'Oru Maalai velai...' being the best and Suttum Vizhi the next. But I am hooked to Anupama's singing in 'Rahathulla' for the past few days. Though nothing special about the tune, Anupama sings with such energy like she did in 'Chandralekha' !!! I wish she gets more songs in TFM. Btw, did anybody notice the song's resemblance to Bee Gee's 'Stayin Alive' in the stanzas?

 
At 4:47 AM, Anonymous Surya'S FaN said...

the character played by surya is not san...subram..... it is actually sanjay ramasamy

wonderin from wen tamil directors got inspired by dadas'names

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Slice Of Life said...

i like surya too
uma

 
At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS FILM WILL ALSO BE ONE OF THE MEGA BLOCKBUSTER FILM OF THIS YEAR.

I WISH FOR ALL SUCCESS FOR THIS FILM

 

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