Monday, October 24, 2005

Coming Soon - Majaa, Sivakasi


[Pics Courtesy Dinakaran]

This Diwali promises to be a feast for only 2 categories of movie lovers – fans of masala films and fans of Asin. With Cheran’s Thavamaai Thavamirundhu now looking doubtful, both big films confirmed for release on Diwali are unadulterated masala flicks and have Asin as the heroine.

Vikram devoted an entire year to Shankar’s Anniyan. But with the film becoming a superhit and his performance garnering a lot of praise, his confidence in the director has been validated and he must now be breathing a big sigh of relief. After the heavy and rather intense role in that film, Vikram is now back with a lighthearted venture Majaa.

Majaa is a remake of the Mammootty-starrer Thommanum Makkalum. It revolves around a father and his two adopted sons (played here by Manivannan, Vikram and Pasupathy), who move to a village and take on the bad guys there. After Aparichitudu (the Telugu Anniyan), which was a big hit, Vikram is once again set to woo Telugu audiences since Majaa is being dubbed in Telugu and the Telugu version will get a simultaneous release on Diwali too.

Vikram is paired with Asin, who has apparently (and very deservedly, IMO) captured the collective hearts of Tamil moviegoers with her role as Kalpana in Ghajini. She plays a vivacious village girl in Majaa and we know now that that kind of a role suits her very well indeed. The soundtrack, by Vidyasagar, is filled with mostly peppy, racy numbers that confirm the movie’s lighthearted tone.

The other confirmed Diwali release is Vijay’s Sivakasi. Unlike Vikram, Vijay is coming off of a flop in Sachein. But Sachein was a deviation from Vijay’s typical movies while his last masala flick, Tiruppaachi, was a huge hit. So Sachein’s failure doesn’t seem to have affected his box-office standing (he’s rated second only to Rajni among the distributors). So expectations are high for Sivakasi, which is being helmed by Perarasu, who directed Tiruppaachi too.

Vijay appears as a blacksmith in Sivakasi and the sister sentiment in Tiruppaachi has been replaced by the ever-popular mother sentiment here. The soundtrack by Srikanth Deva sucks but might become popular if the movie becomes a hit.

I think I’m looking forward to both films equally. I like both Vikram and Vijay and after Ghajini, I’m one among the numerous fans of Asin. Majaa looks like its going to be clean and lighthearted and that’s always welcome. And though the violence overload put me off a little, I liked Tiruppaachi overall and feel Perarasu knows how to stage good action sequences and project heroism well. So lets sit back and wait for some good box-office fireworks.

30 Comments:

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Ram.C said...

I would bet on Majaa (for a hit) rather than on Sivakasi... since my confidence level on Perarsu is relatively lower.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger Raju said...

I was thinking about a post on the diwali releases.. only 2 movies? thats shocking.. considering the huge race in Diwali a decade ago..

The Asin foto from Majaa is lovely...

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger vee-jay said...

Majaa is very promising and looks like it would be a hit!!!
Re Sivakasi, I am sure Vijay's fans will make it a big hit. After all, Thiruppachi, (an otherwise bad movie) was a hit only because it was a Vijay movie.

 
At 4:53 AM, Blogger Zero said...

tell you what. Watch out for Pasupathy in Majaa. Thts the only reason I would watch Majaa for (not tht I would not watch otherwise :p).

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

ASIN is there in both the movies, adukosram pakkalam, avloav dhaan

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

balaji:just 2 main line films for diwali-a?

I haven't seen Ghajini, so can't think of Asin a great deal, but saw another movie of hers Ullam Ketkume recently and thought she looks fresh. Of course, another of Vijay's masala movies to expect.

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Balaji, you must be the only serious movie reviewer online looking forward to a Vijay movie :-) I am afraid that due to lack of competition unlike last time, Sivakasi might actually turn out to be a hit :-((

 
At 9:54 AM, Anonymous ram said...

om asinaya namaha...

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I think asin is somewhat asingam...

*runs and hides from all the jolluparties*

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I think asin is somewhat asingam...

*runs and hides from all the jolluparties*

 
At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

ram said...

"om asinaya namaha..."

om aishoowuku vandha yamana :) She does look really good in that still from Majaa...drool...
I can't recognize her in that Sivakasi still though.

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

raju, yep. gone r those days :(

vee-jay, true. recently, vijay's fans seem to be able to make any masala movie of his a hit. even 'madurey' which i liked even less than i liked 'tiruppaachi'.

zero, he's a good actor. and ME opened up a whole new avenue for him just at the time he was getting stereotyped.

vatsan, inge most of the guys opinion adhe dhaan :)

mitr, 'ghajini' is watchable just for the romance betn asin and surya. asin's soooo loveable in that one...

vijay, probably true :)

merino, apdi solradhu is a sin :)

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger prakash said...

Asin's cute.

And I'm getting old :-(

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

She is only 20 years old?! I thought she might be 25 or something...

 
At 11:31 AM, Anonymous ram said...

merino, ootla solltu vanntiyaa?!

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't wait to see them.
SK

 
At 5:59 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

yen? ennmele unga car-ai ethaporeengalaa? oru actressukkaaga ippadiya threaten pannurathu? cha cha cha. what is this samuthaayam coming to =P

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous ram said...

car elaam yethinaa apram mahanadhi kamal-sukanya range-ku aayduvome naanum asin-um!!!

just kidding...hope Maja makes u change ur mind!!

 
At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Maverick said...

Both of them could turn out to be hits !! You obviously cannot bet against a Vijay action starrer and Majaa too might do decent business down south. But the movie I am looking forward to is 'Kanda Naal Mudhal'. Any news about its release?

 
At 10:32 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gopi, my sentiments exactly! only 20?!

mav, i hope both r entertaining atleast. too many duds recently. need a break :)

i thot KNM was gonnna be released b4 diwali. inimel itll be atleast a month since they'll wanna wait for heat of the diwali releases to die down.

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Yep!! Pasupathy was excellent in ME (needless to add, as he was in Virumaandi)**! Thts why he is the sole reason (actual reason which I can cite) for me to watch Majaa.

** and here there has been an accusation for more than a decade that Kamal dominates and shadows his co-stars. Yeah, Sivaji's last great role was in Padayappa, right?

 
At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Actually, Balaji, on your comment about "too many duds recently".. I finally got to see "Ghajini" last weekend.. Wow! I don't know about what you guys think about a girl drooling over another girl.. but as another blogger wrote: I was truly "assASINated" as well...

She made the whole film totally worth it. Of course, I had read all the reviews and prepared myself for a very below average film.. but Murugadass majorly bailed himself out with Asin's character in the film (the romance was even sweeter than his first attempt in "Dheena").

My dad was telling me about how much she reminded him of Sridevi in her younger days in Tamil movies. She was so full of life, bubbly and refreshing to watch on screen. A friend of mine who came to see "Ghajini" was casually telling me that she looked so different in the "Rahatulla" song and then looked liked the girl next door in the very next scene.. Really, you don't hear these kinds of words come out of people's mouth so early in an actress' career...

Kalpana.. Kalkandu!..
Happy Birthday thangachchi! :-)..

Still have tons of hope only for Majaa..

I foresee doom for Sivakasi at the box office this time.. Nothing looks new or different in it!.. If it runs, it would probably be Vijay paying off theates to run it (How else would there be 100 and 110 day posters of Sachin all over Chennai, when I went there in August?)..

 
At 12:39 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Hey Balaji, do you know that "Athu Oru KanaaKalam" is showing at Naz 8, Fremont from this Friday?..

 
At 7:54 AM, Anonymous ram said...

sandya, unge thangacchi-ya (i was scrolling up this comments page, so saw the word thangacchi first b4 i saw your name! Enna daa endha kaenayan ivlo nalla manasu ode irukkan-nu paathen...!! adhaane paathen!!) mora padi ponnu kaekkanum-nu nenakren...neenge enna solreenge?!

unge kitte anniyan style-la unge thangachi-ku indha petition:

vidudhar ram murali (braaketukkulla ram)...

anbudayeer...ubayakushalobaree...
asin-in manadhil oar 'sanjay RAMasamy'-kaana velaivaaypu kaaliyaaga irukkiradhu endru kaellvi patten...
indha bbthots-il enadhu sikkal-paarvai thodarvu (web site link) mattrum innabira vivaranngall anaithum konda curriculum vitae-yayum anuppiyullen...

thaangalin aadharvu naadi...
anbudan,
ram!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger narayanan said...

With just 2 movies releasing this time, I think both might run due to the ASIN factor. After all there is no other movie to see.

bb, I think 2005 on the whole was meant for masala movie fans (except for a couple of exceptions).

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

zero, ippo edhukkuppa adhellam izhukkiringa? :) i think that accusation came primarily after he pretty much relegated prabhu deva(kaadhala kaadhala) and arjun(kuridhippunal) to the sidelines.

sandya, join the club :) everything u and your dad have said is 100% true. inspite of being 2 movies old(and both of them hits), i think 'ghajini' has turned out to be a boon for her.

and as for 'sachein' i remember my dad saying that they had an ad everyday in 'the hindu' for the # of days and this went on even past 180 days!

did not know about AOKK in naz8. not much enthu to see it though. i've been spoilt by imc6 being so close i think :)

rang, u're right. i think lack of choice may make both movies atleast average hits. lets c if any of them become real hits :)

and i think most years recently have been for masala movie fans. but 2005 is a disappointment since there were so few really good masala movies!

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

I was just scrolling through the comments and saw Mave's comment about kanda naal muthal... I'm looking forward to it too... Prasanna is a sweetie. His other movie is coming out too.. "Kasthurimaan". those are the only 2 movies i'm looking forward to...

there's nothing new in other movies.. same old adi thadi and dappaaangoothu.

padam paakave pidikalai enakku ippo... :(

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous ram said...

merino, ungalukku ivlo unconventional tastes-a! but i do agree with u abt prasanna...he's a fine actor.

 
At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

2005 has been disappointing for many reasons in the masala front and otherwise: (Please note that I have not listed these directors based on commercial and/or box office success or failure!.. purely on the quality of the film they provided).

* Shankar failed (for all practical purposes in "Anniyan,"),
* Lingusamy failed in "Z" (or is it "Ji"?),
* Murugadass bearly passed in "Ghajini" (Thanks to Asin!),
* Perarasu failed and may fail again... Thirupaachi was nothing great (or so you say, as I haven't seen it!), don't think Sivakasi can create any magic either!
* P.Vasu did surprisingly well with Rajini (but after all, most of his homework was done in "Aapta Mitra"
* Balaji Shakthivel had a hit in "Kaadhal," but that can hardly be typecast as "masala."
* Ameer won in "Raam," but here again, this can't be categorized as your "3 fights, 5 songs, unnecessary comedy routine etc." kind of movie
* Cheran is still struggling to get "Thavamaai Thavamirundhu" released.
* Probably Vishnu Vardhan, who directed Arindhum Ariyaamalum came closest to giving a good masala that (from what I understand!) many people liked!..
* K.V.Anand did reasonably well with "Kana Kandaen,".. nah! can't be called a good masala film either!
* V.A. Durai showed up after so long in "Thotti Jaya," but didn't show up perfect either..
* Directors like Sundhar C., S.A.Chandrasekhar, are average at best to begin with, so nothing earth shattering usually comes from them anyway..
* No shows by Directors Saran, K.S.Ravikumar, Dharani etc. (The main masala director contingent is missing this year! Look at the 3 that are missing from the race!) That probably explains it all!..

 
At 10:24 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, agree with most of your observations(based on my posts, it should be pretty clear which ones i dont agree with :) personally, one of the big disappointments was lingusamy since 'run' if probably my favorite among masala films in the last few yrs. so its surprising that vikram's picked him for his next film.

good point on the big masala directors not having any releases this year. looks like we have to wait for dharani to come back to tamil for the next good masala film!

 

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