Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Coming Soon - Thotti Jaya, A Aa

   

Two big releases, Thotti Jaya and A Aa, are lined up for this Friday and the two films have a few things in common. They both have promising directors, non-good-looking(to put it mildly!) heroes who are coming off of big hits and soundtracks that have become popular. Both movies have also faced several troubles(of different kinds though) in their journeys to the theaters and their fate will finally be decided over the weekend.

Manmadhan was a turning point for Simbhu. While his performance proved that he could actually act (not to be confused with simply swishing his finger in a vain attempt to become the next Rajnikanth), his screenplay earned him respect. So it is natural that Thotti Jaya, his next movie, is raising more expectations that his previous releases. He is bearded in this film(which makes him look even more like his dad!) and is supposed to be playing a strong and silent-type role. Paired with him is Gopika, who has not had much success after Autograph but is definitely a popular actress. Behind the camera is Durai, who, with the underrated Mugavari and the disappointing Kaadhal Sadugudu, now has a fifty-fifty success rate but has never directed an actioner before. Harris Jayaraj’s soundtrack has only a couple of good numbers but good picturization and choreography could make the folksy numbers popular too. From the story outline the film looks like yet another dada movie and we have to wait and see if Durai can give it a new spin.

S.J.Suryah has a diverse set of movies on his resume so far. Vaali was a thriller, Kushi was a love story and New was a sci-fi tale. Only two things were common to all three – a liberal sprinkling of sex and glamour, and box-office success. The controversy-loving director is once again acting as hero in his next release A Aa and is introducing a new heroine Nila. The film’s soundtrack by A.R.Rahman is a big hit and will almost certainly guarantee a good opening. The film’s core idea of giving form to the thoughts of the hero and heroine seems like a very interesting and creative idea and we have to see how Suryah has handled it.

At this point my money’s on A Aa. Suryah has proved (thrice!) that he can craft an interesting screenplay (IMO, the most important aspect of a film) and give the viewers what they want. And that’s usually what matters in the end.

14 Comments:

At 10:58 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

hi BB, Chk out
this contrasting post of mine.. which was on the same lines two days back.

 
At 12:48 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

Balaji, good job in telling the details of the 2 movies and explained it well.
My money also goes to Ah Aah definetely b'coz of ARR's great soundtrack and SJS would definetely do a good job in the picturisation. Furthermore, he has told the story in an interesting manner fom what i heard. If u haven't checked out the official website, i suggest u see it. It'a at www.ah-aahthefilm.com.

I woudent't rule out Thottijaya simply b'coz action movies always have an audience and like u said if the screenplay is done interestingly it would do well. I'm looking forward for Thottijaya b'coz of Simbu and the banner value. The trailer looks like Kakka Kakka. The songs r dissapointing only 'yaridamum' is good.

 
At 3:16 AM, Anonymous Maverick said...

//and New was a sci-fi tale//

Remba dhaan kurumbu !!!

 
At 3:45 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

totti jaya seems tohave created a buzz atleast here, a...ah doesnt seem to be releasing this week, was slated for release, only tomm ll know the details though

 
At 3:46 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

but i would watch gopika and kutti karadi rather than nila and sj suryah (how ever good the movie is)

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger bhuvan said...

Regarding S.J. Suryah... I recently (re)watched KIZHAKKU CHEEMAYILAE and color me surprised, but wasn't that S.J. Suryah playing the bit part of a farmer who turns up in a field with a cow and talks to the dark-skinned villain of the piece, the one who marries the sister of Napoleon. I looked for a S.J. Suryah filmography on the net but couldn't find one. Can anyone confirm this?!

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bh, i didnt know about the website. thanx! i've caught a few 'putham pudhusu's on sun tv recently but didn't see a trailer for 'thotti jaya'. i liked the 'a aa' trailer though since it actually had some scenes and dialogs instead of just clips from the songs. we really need to learn the art of making good trailers...

vatsan, too bad if 'a aa' doesnt make it.

bhuvan, interesting observation there! was SJS an asst director to bharatiraja before? cos we know that BR gives small roles for his asst directors(remember bagyaraj in '16 vayadhinile'?) but u've defly made me real curious!!

 
At 10:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually.. sj surya was in asai.he acted in small part as a auto driver.it's a very very small part.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger bladehawk1404 said...

Balaji, u can watch the trailer of Thotti Jaya at behindwoods.com. It is not vry clear but is quite long. You're absolutely correct, our people need to learn the art of making good trailers. Most of them are totaly pointless. Bollywood does a better job in my opinion.

 
At 3:01 AM, Blogger Adaengappa !! said...

A Ah..Trailers on indiaglitz.com...ARR songs needed better dance sequences and IMO, Aararai kodi picturization is not that appealing !!

 
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