Thursday, September 21, 2006

Pay It Forward Stalin!

It looks like director Murugadoss hasn't stopped looking towards Hollywood for inspiration. We all know by now that Ghajini's "short-term memory" storyline was directly inspired by Memento. Murugadoss' first Telugu film Stalin, with Chiranjeevi and Trisha, opened yesterday. According to 1 review, Chiranjeevi "... comes with an idea that each person should help three people when they receive help from others so that the chain multiplies." This is ofcourse mixed up with another track pitting his against a corrupt politician but the "help chain" concept is a direct lift from the Kevin Spacey - Helen Hunt starrer Pay it Forward.

But the film seems to be getting generally positive reviews and will probably be a hit. If that happens, Murugadoss will be breaking the jinx that affected Tamil directors who went to Telugu. Both Dharani and Gautam were unable to replicate their success in Tamil in Telugu and now we have to see if Murugadoss is able to do what those two were unable to.

15 Comments:

At 11:26 PM, Blogger Simply Senthil said...

BB,

Check this interview in rediff by Murugadoss. He says his ultimate aim is to make a film in Hollywood.

May be he will use a plot from tamil movie in it.

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous leo said...

ARM is good director who was introduced by Thala Ajith through Dheena, The movie went on to become a box-office hit and that is where the real MASS came for Ajith and the word originated for Ajith as Thala.....By the way I don't think Dheena is a remake of some Hollywood movie....

 
At 1:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murugodoss first movie in telugu was his remake of Ramana starring Chiru called Tagore which was a bumper hit. Chiru was after him to direct his next movie so happened Stalin.

 
At 3:29 AM, Blogger skanda said...

ARM wrote the story for "Tagore"..but seriously it was damm entertaining...cant say whether "Ramanna" was better or not...but this was a real mass film with a message...the ending was changed keeping in mind Chiru's image...

 
At 5:06 AM, Blogger raj said...

Stalin isnt a hit. But being a Chiru movie, it will be drummed up till the cows come home. This is Chiru's third consecutive flop - too bad ARM caught Chiru in his Krishnapaksham

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger rads said...

people should know when to retire. Just coz Amitabh is still bringing in the crowds, doesn't mean it would work for Chiru, Kamal and Rajini.
..and I really like all these guys. Big fan.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger KK said...

Atleast by being inspired from hoollywood, tamil filmdom will get some quality movies unlike the ones that perarasu creates... :)

 
At 7:42 AM, Blogger raj said...

rads, good comment - bad choice of example- Amitabh stars in every other hindi movie (almost - there was a period when not a week passed without amitabh in a guest appearance, special appearance, etc). But his hits? How many? Go and count. Rajni and Kamal have had far greater success in recent yeras - and that too as leading men. So did Chiru before his last 3 films.
Ofcourse, they arent 60 yet. But Amitabh waned as a superstar hero in late 80's - that is, in his 40's .
He is still a good actor - but it is pathecti cto claim that he is a more salebale star today than Rajni or Kamal or Chiru. Infact, if you look age wise, in their late 40's and early 50'sthese 3 are more succesful than AMit in his late 40's.
I am not talking about acting ability etc.

 
At 9:43 AM, Anonymous ram said...

Pay It Forward-a...Murugadoss-ku indha lakshanathula English padam edukanumaam...
in addition to Memento, he also stole a scene from "Amelie" for "Ghajini" where Asin helps a aged, blind person by vividly describing the activities on the street...
Think I liked "Ramana" even more than "Ghajini" because in Ghajini, take away the romance, you have a half-baked, poorly developed thriller...Ramana had a fantastic, fast-moving screenplay...
Have a gut feeling after reading an article "Kollywood watches Stalin" that the leading heroes wlil be fighting over the remake rights coz this do-gooder concept n all will go down well with the masses...
Murugadoss paathu paathu thaan copy adikkraaru...vaazhga valamudan! ;)

 
At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Karthik said...

I was never a fan of this Murugadoss guy. I found Ramana to be heavily inspired by Gentleman and Indian. Moreover it was no where near Shankar's standard.Even Ghajini was an average film with lot of violence.
I feel these so called "message oriented films" are outdated.What messeage? Do we need a film to advice us not be currupt and help others?Bullshit.
Even Shankar who has successfuly made such films should stop them.

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Karthik said...

I think no onw anywhere in the world including rajini and Amitabh can match Chiranjeevi's popularity.
15 shows on a single day ,in a single multiplex with over 15,000 tickets sold only goes to prove that.

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

success seems to depend on the right original to copy from ..

sad but true.

:(

 
At 1:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't believe no one is offended by the fact this movie is called STALIN. what the hell???

there was some commenter who was offended by kamal's pink politics in anbe sivan, and i didn't agree, but STALIN???

 
At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the romance in Ghajini is a lift from an English movie starring Jennifer Aniston. I think the name is picture perfect or something. But he does a good job of mixing/converting!.

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Babs said...

Like we have Mr.Deva (Music Director) 3rd Rack 4th CD remix guy, we need one for Movies as well and I guess ARM (btw which is not a dual core processor) wud fill in quite comfortably :-). Infact he is good at it.

I seriously dont have any problems lifting from Hollywood as long as they do good work on the script and cater to our audience,
examples:
Magaliar Mattum - 9 to 5
Sathileelavathi - She Devil
Avai Shanmugi - Mrs.Doubtfire
Thenali - What about Bob?
etc.....heaps in hindi lately
after all its a money making business aiyee.

**I think no onw anywhere in the world including rajini and Amitabh can match Chiranjeevi's popularity.
**

I am going to ignore this flame bait ;-)

 

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