Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Bluffmaster / Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana

2 entertaining non-Tamil films that I really enjoyed...

Bluffmaster

Bluffmaster is probably one of the remakes I’ve enjoyed the most. Its central concept is borrowed from a 2004 Hollywood flick and it even borrows lines of dialog verbatim from other films (Ocean’s 11, to name one). But with a likeable cast, well-developed characters and enough changes to the main story, it is able to stand on its own as an entertaining feature.

Abishek plays a classy conman while Priyanka, unaware of his activities, is his girlfriend. When she does come to know of his real job, she breaks up with him. Meanwhile, Abishek befriends Ritesh, a particularly inept conman. When he learns of Ritesh’s real target, the man (Nana Patekar) who cheated his father, he decides to become his mentor and help him divest Nana of his wealth.

At heart, Bluffmaster is a heist movie. Central to it is the elaborate plan that Abishek sets up to con Nana Patekar. We are drawn in as he and Ritesh trail their target, plan their moves, set their bait, etc. At the same time, the movie avoids being as complicated as movies in the genre usually are and doesn't bury itself in double-crosses and triple-crosses. It brings sentiments into the picture expertly as Abishek is forced to examine his choices in a rather unexpected fashion. And things are brought together beautifully in the end without any loose ends.

Abishek fits the role perfectly. He is cool without seeming to try too hard and puts his self-effacing smile to good use in a few places. Priyanka and Ritesh are adequate. Nana plays a role that he could sleepwalk through while Boman Irani plays it mostly straight. Song sequences are picturized very differently from the usual format and their style really caught my eye.

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Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana

As I mentioned in the post on my favorite screenplays, a good screenplay is capable of making even a familiar, cliched story seem fresh. There couldn't be better proof of that than Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Prabhu Deva's directorial debut in Telugu. Inspite of a tired, old story and cliched situations, the film is fresh and delightful.

For Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Prabhu Deva has simply blended together two halves from 2 different Hindi movies. While the first half sees the lovers falling in love and then being separated like in Maine Pyaar Kiya (this is according to my wife since I don't remember MPK all that well), the second half sees the hero worming his way into the heart of the heroine's brother using a scheme remiscent of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. But by fashioning likeable characters and never going over-the-top, whether in romance, comedy or sentiments, Prabhu Deva presents a film that keeps us smiling throughout.

The film is completely light-hearted and completely eschews violence and glamour. Though the film is populated with stock characters(the money-hungry mom, the girl in love with the hero, the heroine's suitor, etc.), small touches make most of them believable. So the relationships between them, whether the affection Srihari and Trisha share or the romance Sidharth and Trisha develop, are believable too. The romance is developed naturally with an undercurrent of humor(which peaks in the scene that perfectly uses the number "Who let the dogs out?"). Non-vulgar and very effective comedy takes the upper hand in the second half and there are a lot of laughs, mixed expertly with mild sentiments, as Sidharth tries to earn Srihari's love. Some sentiments creep in towards the end but they are mild and don't feel out-of-place.

Sidharth, with his energetic performance, is the movie's life. He is hyperactive without making it seem like overacting. Srihari is restrained but is just as effective. Trisha is pretty much an onlooker between the two of them. There are some nice, eye-catching visuals, especially in the initial sequences. Prabhu Deva makes his mark in the song sequences. They are bright and picturized in a vibrant manner and the dances are choreographed very well to be perfectly in sync with the music.

38 Comments:

At 11:34 PM, Anonymous deepa said...

balaji, i enjoyed these 2 movies too :)

BM - in addition to everything else, loved the retro look throughout the movie, this was evident even in the tint(not sure what the right word is) - hence the whole movie looks kind of classy & vintage. due to this and few other reasons, this movie reminded me of 'catch me if you can'. loved the songs & the picturization & was happy not being suddenly whisked away to some european / island location...

sorry for this looonggg comment...

another thing i liked(which i observed in RDB too) was that india was shown very flaterringly - no garbage etc etc, the places were shown so beautifully - i was happy :)

abt nvnv - very colorful & pleasing to the eye. sid was the life of the movie & his performance was really good & the romance cute.

the 2nd part of this movie, ppl say is based on 'pyar kiya to darna kya' - i might have watched it,but dint remember the details. so i thought it was a copy of 'maine pyar kiya' too.

another good telugu movie worth watching if u havent already is 'anand' which was released in the same yr as nvnv...

 
At 2:35 AM, Blogger bhuvan said...

I'm constantly surprised as to what an undiscriminating viewer you really are, Balaji!

I've seen both films, or at least tried to, since I got disinterested in both of them that I quit halfway through, and forwarded through most of it. And I can say that to me both were mediocre, forgettable flicks, although compared to other Indian mainstream films certainly a bit more ambitious in their overall design and craftsmanship.

But BLUFFMASTER was just a blatant and incompetent rip-off of NINE QUEENS, THE GAME and lots of other twist-laden heist films and dragged down by a boring love-story.

Whereas NuvNen was exuberant in places, but too shallow and silly to be enjoyed by a more discriminating viewer like me.

I guess it just comes down to how much one is willing to overlook blatant flaws in pacing and character development to enjoy middling fare such as these two films.

 
At 4:10 AM, Blogger skanda said...

"NN" was one of my favorite movies last year..i could just watched for siddarth's antics, Thrisha's cuteness, the music and it's beutifully chereographed songs..i could say the film is almost a classic baring the climax which bacame a typicall telugu film..they could have avoided the fight at the ending...

 
At 8:48 AM, Anonymous VC said...

bhuvan's comment reminds me of S.Ve.Shekar's dialogue in Crazy Thieves - Ivardhaan Ekalayvan. Periyyya yezhuththaalar. Avarey sonnaar.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous ram said...

vc, naaesthi reference! kizhichittenge ponge...
bhuvan, the point I dont get is, you seem to hate Indian movies from the bottom of your heart, then why bother to check every one of them (at least a lot, coz you seem to trash every movie that we discuss here on bbthots) and trash them...are u doing a thesis on "Indian movies vis-a-vis International movies" that you feel compelled to watch all of these movies, be it Hindi, Thamizh or Telugu? enamo ponge, idhu seriye ille...!

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could Bhuvan list the movies (any language) that meet his standards of a "discriminating viewer"? Just curious to know what they are?!!

SK

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bhuvan - neenga "Critic"-a "Foreigner"-a??

 
At 11:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved Bluffmaster. The ending was just plain great.

Bhuvan is being too harsh on all the movies irrespective of the langauage and he invariably says they are rip off of an English movie!
We ( I mean people who watch movies for entertainment) dotn care.

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

deepa, i wasn't sure how to explain the look of the film but i think u hit it just right when u said 'vintage'. and i felt exactly the same way about the song sequences :)

btw, long comments r really welcome. no need to apologize for them or for going off-track. that's what makes blogging fun :)

bhuvan, actually i didn't see any flaws or pacing for me to overlook them. i thot both(NN more than BM though) were perfectly paced and had good character development. as i said, they were cliched but worked since they were well-developed.

i felt BM was a rip-off of another movie and not the ones u mention (i havent seen 9 queens though). but did a good job. i will agree that NN was shallow and silly but i'm pretty sure that was the point. prabhu deva didn't set out to make a deep, realistic film. he wanted to make a fun, lighthearted entertainer and in that he succeeded completely IMO.

skanda, agree with all ur points on NN :)

ram, i know u concentrate on tamil movies and so probably havent seen NN. but give it a shot. pretty sure u'll love it :)

SK, if i remember correctly, the movies bhuvan always holds up as examples of good pacing and character development r 'muthu', 'chinna thambi' and 'dhaavani kanavugal' :)

anon, yep. definitely the best part of the movie. awesome how it explained a lot of things and didn't leave any loose ends :)

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Munimma said...

enjoyed the first and the second is in my Q.
BM did remind me of Game, for the way it ended.
Anand (dir by an ex-NRI) is on my list too.

To each his/her own, for most of us movies are a fantasy/escapism and we learn to enjoy the illogical/absurd. Nothing wrong with that. A lot of us are optimists ;-)

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger bhuvan said...

Oh boy, do I get a lot of fanmail here or what...?! ;-)

But, seriously, guys, is having standards such a problem? Is it asking too much of a film to be consistently interesting, having actual characters and a story that's told in the time it requires and not beefed up with needless sequences?!?

But let's address everyone individually:

vc, sorry never seen Crazy Thieves, but I guess the point you were trying to make is this one: my taste in movies is too elitist. And I guess you're right.

ram, I never claimed to hate Indian movies. I actually love Indian movies, but only the ones that really get to me on an emotional or intellectual or even just a sensory level.

As for Bollywood cinema, I loved LAGAAN and SWADES, liked MANGAL PANDEY, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, and even enjoyed major portions of MAIN HOON NA, KAL HO NAA HO, KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, COMPANY etc... (also loved MONSOON WEDDING and FIRE, but those weren't pure Bollywood movies).

As for Tamil cinema, I have expressed countless times my great appreciation of THALAPATHI, DHARMADURAI, ANNAMALAI, MUTHU, BOMBAY, ALAI PAYUTHEY, CHINNA THAMBI, THAVANIK KANAVUGAL, THILLANA MOHANAMBAL, KAADHAL, THEVAR MAGAN, MICHAEL MADHANA KAMARAJAN, NADIGAN, ONNA IRUKKA KATHUKKANUM and even flawed, but nevertheless compelling fare such as KANNATHIL MUTHAMITTAL, NAYAGAN, ANJALI, SALANGAI OLI, MAHANADHI, VETRIKKODI KATTU etc. etc. etc.

As for Telugu cinema, I've only seen NuvNen, and only because I was curious what sort of director Prabhu Deva would make: he did provide some crazy comedy and well-choreographed dance sequences, but didn't bring much originality to the story or the characters.

In general, I love the exuberance and excitement and pure cinematic (e)motion Indian cinema is able to provide, but most of the time they deliver forgettable trash which, curiously enough, is embraced nevertheless by the public and critics - case in point: the vastly overrated RANG DE BASANTI. But bit more sophisticated ones like the underrated MANGAL PANDEY are sadly ignored.

anon(s), I never said that Indian films "invariably" rip off English movies. In the case of BLUFFMASTER, it's actually an Argentinian movie called NINE QUEENS (a hustler teaches a young hustler the secrets of the trade, but then is duped by his apprentice), THE GAME (Abishek jumping from the building and realizing that everyone he met before fooled him), MATCHSTICK MEN (hustler thinking he's sick tries to change his life) etc....

And as for a list of movies for the discriminating viewer? Well, let's start here...

LADY FOR A DAY, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, MEET JOHN DOE, MR. DEEDS GOES TO TOWN, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and other films by Frank CAPRA
THE GODFATHER, PARTS I and II
CITIZEN KANE, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, and most of the other Orson Welles stuff...
SHADOW OF A DOUBT, LIFEBOAT, VERTIGO, THE LADY VANISHES and most of the other Alfred Hitchcock stuff...
GOODFELLAS, THE KING OF COMEDY etc. from Martin Scorsese
SE7EN, FIGHT CLUB, THE GAME, PANIC ROOM from David Fincher
ROBOCOP, STARSHIP TROOPERS etc. from Paul Verhoeven
PULP FICTION, RESERVOIR DOGS, KILL BILL etc. from Quentin Tarantino
DIE HARD, THE MATRIX etc.

Most of the stuff from American directors such as Elia Kazan, James Whale, Charles CHaplin, Buster KEaton, Steven Soderbergh, Mike Nichols, Clint Eastwood...
Italian directors like Sergio Leone, Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Roberto Rossellini...
French directors like Francois Truffaut, Claude Chabrol etc.
German directors like Tom Tykwer, Helmut Dietl, Werner Herzog etc.
Japanese/Korean directors like Ki-duk Kim, Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu etc.

Documentaries such as CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, MURDERBALL, GRIZZLY MAN, THE THIN BLUE LINE, PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS, ROGER & ME etc. etc.

TV shows like THE SOPRANOS, THE SHIELD, LOST, 24, ALIAS, THE OFFICE (UK Version with Ricky Gervais), THE SIMPSONS etc. etc.

There are soooooo many great things out there and all you guys can whine about are some amateurish commercial nonsense like BM and NN. As for me, I'd rather rewatch NINE QUEENS then watch BM for the first time, and I'd rewatch DILWALE DULHANIA... rather than watch NN for the first time...

But I guess that's just me being me. ;-)

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger bhuvan said...

And another thing: wouldn't it be plain boring here without at least one dissenting voice?!? If everyone agrees about something, there must be something seriously wrong with it, aight? Don't ignore the discussion, fellas, embrace it!

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous ram said...

bhuvan, you wrote, "Is it asking too much of a film to be consistently interesting, having actual characters and a story that's told in the time it requires and not beefed up with needless sequences?!?"

here's my reply- "Is it asking too much of a commenter to be consistently interesting, having a good thing to say once in awhile about movies (reviewed by BB) and the bbthotians who like those movies and writing a post that takes the space it requires and not beefed up with needless lengthy paragraphs?!?"

but regarding you having a dissenting opinion, i totally, totally agree...sandai irundha thaan sabai kalakattum...

bhuvan, "nee aadu...idhu un veedu!" (a line from indian, in case u didnt know)

 
At 2:57 PM, Anonymous deepa said...

i can see where bhuvan is coming from - i used to trash movies too when i found even one thing that imo was not good, but slowly came around to viewing them differently & appreciating the +ve aspects instead. even the best movies have something or the other not so perfect abt them. and i enjoy non-indian movies too, just that i enjoy indian ones more :)

also flaws are interesting in themselves cuz they give us - the reviewers/critics(ok, by a long shot, atleast for me :-p) & wannabe-filmmakers(dont a few of us atleast at some point or other think we'd like to be one though we may not do anything abt it?) something to discuss/analyze/argue abt.

opinions are subjective by nature - as for me, i can live with a few flaws & imo these 2 movies had more good things going for them than bad & i enjoyed them :)

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous ram said...

okay, bhuvan out of the red (evlo naall thaan blue color-a disturb panradhu), give me a 1-para write-up on Rhythm. Will pass on your message verbatim to it's Director! summa sollunge...

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger prakash said...

bhuvan, I have been accused of being contrarian (partly true), and a bit of a film snob too (true). So I can understand somebody finding flaws in Nayagan, Kannathil M etc. But as Balaji has wondered many times before, I don't get how the same person can love Chinna Thambi and Muthu. I haven't seen 'Chinna Thambi' fully yet. A scene or two is usually enough to have me throw up :)

Tamil film makers seem very risk averse. In contrast, there have been some different and interesting Hindi/Hinglish movies in the last few years. A few years back, I used to think Tamil movies were much superior to Hindi ones, but the situation's reversed now.

ram, I know you asked Bhuvan, but here's my 2 cents on 'Rhythm'. A bit slow, but great songs, good acting, and much, much better than the average fare. Overall, I liked the movie. I can excuse the unnecessary fight as a compromise, but there was one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb--Meena's adopted son. Why was that necessary? Why couldn't it have been her son w/ Ramesh Arvind?! Kinda like the old days, where the heroine is a prostitute, but has cleverly avoided sleeping w/ anyone :) Aanalum andha director paavam. Nalla padam eduthalum oda mattenkudhu, sodhappal padam eduthalum oda mattenkudhu :)

 
At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bhuvan, Initially, your dissenting voice was refreshing, then it became amusing, then predictable and now borders on annoying (sorry!). It seems as though you make up your mind not to like a movie and nit-pick even before watching it. No movie is perfect and flaws can be easily found in any movie, especially in the ones you have listed.

As PKS might say, "Padam paartha anubavikkanum, aaraiya koodadhu".

Peace
SK

 
At 8:01 PM, Anonymous ram said...

SK, dont think Bhuvan "makes up his mind not to like a movie." from his looooooooong essays, i feel that he does have a strong voice and has the reasons...just that they're soo out there, totally out of whack with the majority, that it sounds almost ridiculous at times.
i am fine with that...
The thing that really, really annoys me is when he dismisses classics like Nayagan and also adds that the majority of commenters here are "non-discriminating." having been a fan of class fare like Nayagan, Mahanadhi, Anbe Sivam, Raja Paarvai, Avargall, Vedham Pudhidhu, Mullum Malarum and Sigaram (to name a few) I find it ridiculous to be accused of being "N-D"...these are movies which could stack up to any international fare that could be offered...

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger bhuvan said...

Yo, ram, I don't think my comments are that long and boring, but, then, I guess, any Tamil film director would say the same thing about his films. ;-)

And RHYTHM? Never seen that one, buddy. Loved the music, though.

I never wanted to offend anyone here with my comments, ram, and the thing about "non-discriminating" just came up, because I felt that most people here tend to avoid talking about a film's shortcomings, instead praising every piece of crap out there. Just because there's a "cute romance" in a film doesn't make it any good in my book. I have to care about these characters, and that's something K.S. Ravikumar used to do well (MUTHU KULIKKA VAREEGALA, NATTAMAI etc.).

deepa, yeah, of course, most films are flawed, but it's up to every individual viewer how much he can tolerate. I guess most of you guys can tolerate a lot more than I can. And I don't just dislike a movie because of one tiny flaw or anything - BM and NN I was both looking forward to, actually, and was disappointed to find how generic, uninspired and plain stupid both were. The same goes for the overpraised GAJINI and PATTIYAL. I will admit though to having enjoyed the generic, ridiculous qualities of SIVAKASI and THIRUPPACHI as well as JI. Those aren't great films, but fun and full of energy while they last.

Prakash, my love for CHINNA THAMBI may be influenced by the fact that I saw it the first time as a child and everytime I watch it again I feel like a child again. It certainly has sentimental value for me. But, on the other hand, it's a pretty good movie: Prabhu, Manorama and the rest of the cast deliver stunning performances, the music by Ilayarajah is still awesome, the story is fairy-tale like and unbelievable, but very well-told. And as for MUTHU: K.S. Ravikumar has yet to make a film that comes close to this one, his masterpiece.

And, generally, I don't care if I'm out of whack with the opinion of the majority - I actually like to be, if the majority embraces unremarkable stuff like JEANS, SETHU, KASI, VAALI etc. I don't wanna belong to such a majority.

I'll rather rewatch SINGARA VELAN. :-)

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

bhuvan, what is your sun sign?

btw, elitist and chinna thambi? :-)

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bhuvan, you wrote, "avoid talking about a film's shortcomings." It's not a q. of avoiding a film's flaws...it's more along the lines of, "okay, these are the -ves...but do the +s overweigh them?" if u read bb's thoughts on movies like gajini, rhythm n all, you'll see that he addresses the -ves too...i think for you, a pristine movie-going experience means veryyyyyy few flaws (in your opinion)...i think that's where u r totally out of the maj. group, which btw, is perfectly fine...there's space for everyone!
nee aadu! idhu un veedu!
Peace.

 
At 9:13 AM, Anonymous ram said...

i meant, outweigh!

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana the screenplay is done by producer him self.

 
At 11:58 AM, Anonymous ram said...

bhuvan, also, see if u can get ur hands on a DVD of Rhythm.
If I were to list my top-ten Tamil movies, it would be rite up there...made me a huge fan of Vasanth, so much so that it's more of a friendship than a Director-Fan thing...I would even say that Rhythm has meant as much to me as any other film, esp. when it comes to my relationship with my parents (Arjun's with his parents in the movie has to be seen to be believed).
BB, where the heck are you, thalaivaa?

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Me too said...

'NN' reminds me of 'Main hoon na' in the sense, both are finely 'aracha maavu'!!

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger bhuvan said...

munimma, my sun sign? Cancer. Am I an elitist? Well, yeah, CHINNA THAMBI disqualifies me as one! I'm just your average movie lover who just happens to not like every movie out there...

ram, thanx for recommending and I'm glad you really got into RHYTHYM... gonna try to check it out myself. I'm always delighted to see people enjoy movies, whether I like them or not, but I just get furious about people celebrating mediocre stuff like RANG DE BASANTI as some kind of landmark cinematic event or praising unoriginal stuff like BM and NN which are enjoyable for about an hour, but not beyond that.

As for the flaws outweighing the strengths of a film or not: of course I can see the strengths of BM (editing, production design, music, cast, snappy visuals) and of NN (choreography, cast, plot, music sequences), but to me they never were strong enough to interest me in the films beyond a certain point.

I can stomach flaws - MANMADHAN, KOVIL, VILLAIN and OOTY were full of them - but the films were interesting enough to keep my attention. BM and NN failed in that department, that's all.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bhuvan, i think prakash said exactly what i was gonna write. contrarian views r always welcome and 2 people having diametrically opposite views on a film is quite common. but i guess i'm exasperated and confused when u say BM and NN r trash but rave about 'chinna thambi'. does it mean u think that film has no needless sequences? and that it got to u on some level? but i think ur response about the sentimental value of CT finally explains atleast a little.

and if u liked 'chinna thambi' and 'muthu kulikka vaarigala' and hated 'ghajini' and 'pattiyal', then i guess we just have to chalk it down to "completely different tastes" :) as i mentioned in my post on reviews, there r just so many variables that affect a person's opinion about a film.

ram, prakash also voiced my biggest complaint about 'rhythm' - the fact that the boy was meena's sister's and the convenient end of ramesh arvind before their 'first night'. vasanth refused to break the tamil cinema tradition that the heroine has to be a virgin to get together with the hero.

but the movie has little competition in the arena of showcasing the relationship between parents and their son. very genuine, emotional and touching...

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous ram said...

BB, it wasnt meena's sister's...meena actually adopts the kid to make a wish of ramesh aravind (who would say in a scene that he'd adopt a kid on marriage) come true...but i was so "into" the movie by that point that the adoption angle seemed to fit in one of the movie's recurring themes-- selflessness. but then again, i guess it would've been a lot bolder had vasanth made master aditya the biological son of meena and ramesh.

 
At 11:29 AM, Blogger bhuvan said...

balaji, yeah, to me 'chinna thambi' hasn't got any needless sequences - well, maybe, except for Koundamani's comedy track, but that was pretty funny, though, in it's own right. And don't put it down to just sentimental value: as a child I loved about every movie that featured Rajni, but upon revisiting a film like MOONDRU MUGAM I realized how amateurish and ridiculous it actually is. CHINNA THAMBI is a different matter: it actually gets better on each viewing.

What I don't understand is: what's so special about BM and NN? Both are slick and competently made, but otherwise completely forgettable. And I don't think I'm alone on this - if you check other reviews, that is. 15 years after CHINNA THAMBI we're still talking about the film and especially will never forget the film's music, but do you really think anyone will remember BM or NN in about a year?

I never claimed to hate GHAJINI and PATTIYAL, I just found them generic and boring. I mean: come on, GHAJINI was fun during its romance, but the whole narrative thread about that stupid medical student and that ridiculous police officer tailing Surya was awful! And PATTIYAL had its good points, but completely blew it by unrealistic action (watching BLADE and slicing up the bad guys!?!).

Get away from the good-or-bad-distinction of movies! Some are just more interesting than others. If those films I found boring can engage you: great! But don't praise a movie just because it's a bit more lively than your average Indian nonsense. Every movie has its charms, even the bad ones, but it's up to the viewer if he sticks around or not.

And I chose not to on BM and NN.

 
At 12:44 PM, Anonymous ram said...

Bhuvan, i think this is an overstatement--". 15 years after CHINNA THAMBI we're still talking about the film." Dont think anybody points to Chinna Thambi as a touchstone for cinematic excellence, except you!
and, "we're still talking" about the movie coz you are still talking about it and all of us listen with sheer disbelief and amazement that you call yourself a elitist!

 
At 12:45 PM, Anonymous ram said...

i meant, an elitist.

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Zeya said...

I think this was inspired (not copied) from Michael Douglas/Sean Penn starrer The Game and not Ocean's Eleven.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger bhuvan said...

Well, ram, you're right: I brought up CHINNA THAMBI... and as for me calling myself an elitist: I didn't come up with that - you people kept calling me snobbish about Indian movies. I never claimed to be an elitist - how can I be elitist if I enjoyed crap like SIVAKASI, JI and THIRUPPACHI!?!?

And CHINNA THAMBI ain't a touchstone if cinematic excellence - it's just a good Tamil film, something that's quite rare by definition. If that makes it a masterpiece, so be it. In my book, it's better than NAYAKAN, SALANGAI OLI and MUTHAL MARIYATHAI put together. There you have it.

And zeya is right about BM ripping off THE GAME!

 
At 11:42 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bhuvan, as i said, we just have to agree to disagree wrt our tastes! i wouldn't call either of these 2 movies classics. u'll see that i wrote a whole paragraph on NN being unoriginal. but the fact is i enjoyed them and i was entertained by them. and that is on an absolute scale and not compared to other movies i've seen lately.

zeya, i mentioned O11 as one of the films from which BM ripped off pieces of dialog("But he doesn't make me cry") and not the story. Yes, it did rip off from 'The Game' but i think the concept was from another english film(i didnt want to reveal the name since it would be a big spoiler)

 
At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the concept was from another english film"

bb....are you "confident" about this?

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, i'm guessing thats a pun question regarding the movie 'confidence'. but no, 'confidence' wasnt the movie i was referring to as the inspiration :)

 
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At 1:06 AM, Blogger Akshay Shah said...

Ignore my earlier comment, I see you've already reviews BLUFFMASTER-glad you enjoyed it...this to my mind is one of the best homages and con films to come out of Bollywood!!!!

http://aakshayshah.blogspot.com/2007/04/akshay-shah-rewatch-bluffmaster-2005.html

A.Shah

 

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