Thursday, October 19, 2006

Coming Soon - Varalaaru, Vallavan


Recently, we’ve had several films undergo problems that affected their release. But Varalaaru (previously Godfather) easily takes the crown for the most-delayed film in recent times. I remember talking about the release of Anniyan and Godfather in the same post on this blog over a year ago. But while Anniyan has come and gone, Godfather, after a name change to take advantage of the tax exemption for Tamil movie titles, will finally see the light of day only tomorrow. But the timing worked out since it is the only film with a really big-name star releasing this Diwali.

The film has some strong names behind it, which makes these delays all the more surprising. Ajith, who is considered the actor with the biggest and most loyal fan base after only Rajnikanth, is starring in three roles. The actor is currently on his comeback trail and Varalaaru's success is quite important. Based on the initial rumors and the promos, one of the roles seems to be that of an old man while another is that of a eunuch. Not much more is known about the story though. Paired with him is Asin, definitely one of the top and most sought-after heroines today, after her turn in Ghajini.

The film is helmed by K.S.Ravikumar, a director with an enviable hit ratio. He has made hit films with actors like Rajni and Kamal and is an expert at creating fast-paced, masala films that work at the box-office. But most importantly for Varalaaru, he is the man who have Ajith his last bonafide hit in Villain. Music is scored by A.R.Rahman, whose Tamil albums have almost become rarities. Though the album is pretty lackluster with no real hit numbers, Rahman’s name on the credits always adds gloss to a film. Adding more gloss is P.C.Sriram, who is behind the camera.

Going up against Varalaaru is Vallavan, Simbhu’s directorial debut. Though Manmadhan is widely believed to have been ghost-directed by him, Vallavan is his official first film as director. After facing its own share of problems, that film is also poised to hit the screens tomorrow.

This film too has a 3 associated with it – it’s the number of heroines Simbhu has. Leading the group is Nayanthara, who, with 3 movies, is undoubtedly this Diwali’s queen at the movies. Giving her company is Reema Sen, who is being called a lucky actress because of the box-office success of her movies so far. The third heroine is Sandhya, in her third film after Kaadhal and Dishyum. According to Simbhu, the film deals with three time periods in his life. One of them is school life and this seems to be the segment where Sandhya is paired with him.

Vallavan was most in the news for complaints from its producer that Simbhu had gone way over budget. Simbhu was accused of the same in Manmadhan(the reasons then were his insistence in getting cameos from expensive actresses like Mandira Bedi) and looks like he hasn’t changed. From the looks of the trailer, the movie does have an expensive and grand look, especially in the song sequences. So let’s hope the money was well-spent.

Working in Vallavan's favor is the fact that its the only film whose soundtrack is a hit. Simbhu and Yuvan Shankar Raja proved in Manmadhan that they shared a good rapport and looks like YSR has come through for Simbhu again. Loose Penne... is already a huge hit and the picturization might make hits out of a couple of more numbers too.

There are 5 other movies opening for Diwali but the big fight seems to be between the Ultimate Star and the Little Superstar. Lets wait and see who creates fireworks at the box-office…

33 Comments:

At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Diwali Balaji!

 
At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Happy Deepavali, Balaji. I am going to refrain from predicting the winner of the Ajith-Simbu war.. naan paatukku yedhaavadhu solla.. it shouldn't become a new record for blog comments.. no thanks!..

A quiet Deepavali for me, thanks! :-)

 
At 12:07 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said...

wating for the 2 films.. i think Vallavan will be a super-hit going by the mind-blowing music by Yuvan!!!!

 
At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

E or vattaram will be the dark horse this Deepavali!

 
At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never had much to say about Simbu aka audaciously self-titled Little Superstar. Ajith, a real artiste, will undoubtedly deliver a treat...
hopefully Varalaaru will be historic with his histrionics...

 
At 3:48 AM, Blogger skanda said...

I just saw "Varalaru" and the film is really terefic...Ajithkumar is excelent and this is his career best performance.....the father role is the best among the lot...his role in the flashback scene is intresting...hey balaji..This movie is highly recommended....

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Balaji,

Only a part of the film was shot by PC Sriram. And remaining are by Neerav Shah (I hope)
And the full story of Varalaaru was released in Ananda vikatan, a three weeks back. By seeing the promo of this film, hope it has all in it to become a hit. Lets wait for another day.

It is tuff for Vallavan to be release on diwali. Some issues are going on between the producer and Simbhu. May be, the film may hit screen on Sunday, which gives way for Varalaaru to collect more.. The pongal history is repeating once againa, where Aathi released a day after pongal, led a way for paramasivan to get more collection on first day

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Happy Diwali Balaji..

 
At 9:49 AM, Anonymous ram said...

yes karthikeyan, i was going to comment on that...PC shot only a portion of Varalaaru b4 moving to Kanda Naall Mudhal.

I have a gut feeling both will be winners...Vallavan and Varalaaru...both look liek they're slick and well-presented...just hope they're well-written and well-acted too.

hmm, reading ur post made me think of rahul bose's comment after Pritish Nandy celebrated the "success" of "Pyaar Ka Side Effects" three days after the release...ipo laam padam oru vaarathula panra collection vechey avange sandhosha pada vendiyiruku!

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Ravi said...

As an ARR fan I'm rooting for Varalaaru to be a hit.

 
At 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i hope both films are successful, especially with all the news we keep hearing about their financial woes... the trailers i saw of both the movies got me interested and i hope that they can live up to the hype!

happy deepavali to those that celebrate :)

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Balaji-

Looks like Vallavan will be a total Simbu patronizing film- can't bear to see him and his antics, its annoying. Maybe, Varalaru will be a different story.

Wishing you and your family A Happy Diwali.

 
At 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wish both the movies make it big. From the trailers I feel the camera work seems good in Vallavan. But most of the scenes shown in the trailer, like the camera angle, lighting etc.. reminded me of Manmadhan. Just hoping Ajith gets a break in this movie, then Vijay, Vikram will be forced to give some decent movie unlike aadhi and majaa :)

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger skanda said...

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At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vallavan, Varalaru, Vattaram, Vadhiyaar and Veyil - five of the recent tamil movies start with v. astrology anyone?

 
At 4:40 AM, Blogger narayanan said...

i havent read about vallavan. but varalaru story looks really old. You can list a million movies with that story.
~~~~~~
Nandhu,
Vallavan, Varalaru, Vattaram, Vadhiyar, Veyyil ellathiyum veetla irundhu VCD'la paakalaam.

(eppadi va-navukku va-na :) )

 
At 6:38 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

sify which usually praises even medicore films says Godfather is "below average"

http://sify.com/movies/tamil/review.php?id=14315612&ctid=5&cid=2429

sounds like another forgettable film from the kings of medicority - K.S. Ravikumar and Ajith, box office success/failure notwithstanding

 
At 6:40 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

"E" seems to have gotten good reviews all over. Will have to check it out

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger Raju said...

I was looking forward to Vallavan in our area.. looks like it is not releasing today..

Very happy Deepavali to you and your family, Balaji!! Have a great festival weekend!!! :)

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger vicknes_pd_malaysia said...

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At 8:18 AM, Blogger vicknes_pd_malaysia said...

Happy Deepavali Balaji...!

 
At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anniyan (Aparichithudu in Telugu; Aparichit in Hindi) is a 2005 high-
budget Tamil movie. It's the first Indian movie to be dubbed into
French and then released worldwide in French-speaking countries.
Columbia Tristar had recently acquired the French dubbing rights.

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Heard Vallavan and E are good. Varalaaru, yes this has bought out Thala from debacles like Ji and Red. Though it might not be a huge success, step in right direction
:-)

 
At 2:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Varalaru is an old wine in new bottle. Even though the storyline is old, but the fild is good due to Ajith tremendous performance. Only Ajith has the guts to do different roles. Even Vikram has rejected to do a feminne role.

Ajith is marvelous in the father and villain role. Its a tremendous screen presence. The Thothapuram comedy is well within the limits. Its far far better than sivakasi/Vallavan/Chandramukhi comedy scenes.

 
At 10:46 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

This review totally surprised me! The last reviewer on this planet that I thought who would go 'goo-goo, gah gah' over Varalaaru.. Rediff's unpredictability has always puzzled many of its readers (while all others say 'nay,' Rediff says "Yea" and vice versa! :-)

But either way, it's mighty fine with me to read this.. If anybody deserves a few pats on the back for a job well done and for trying to make a comeback with this film, (considering the number of hiccups it has had since it began production!) it is indeed Ajit.

Kudos Ajit!.. Now, time for me to go check it out at the movies! Couldn't make it last weekend! Hope they screen it again this weekend! :-)

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

shankari/sandya, belated happy diwali to u too...

anon, personally, 'E' is no dark horse...

skanda, cool... lets hope most people feel the same and film becomes a hit at the BO...

karthik, happy diwali to u too. didn't know about the cinematographer switch. thanx!
and looks like ur words came true and 'vallavan' didn't release until the next day... the US show here was cancelled cos of that also...

ram, true. they keep increasing the # of prints so they make the most money within a few days...

anjali, happy diwali to u too...

mitr, happy diwali to u and ur family also.
and yes, which film u like may depend on which hero u like since both movies seem to be completely theirs!

kk, yes some shots in the 'vallavan' trailer were really impressive from the cinematography pt of view...

nandhu, sify had something on that... they said V is a popular first letter cos of VV's success!!

narayanan, that VCD line was very funny :)

vijay, my 'E' review's not gonna be along those lines :)

raju, belated happy diwali to u and ur family too.
same thing happened here. they cancelled 'vallavan' and screened 'E' instead...

vicknes, belated happy diwali to u too...

srivatsan, yes if 'varalaaru' becomes a hit it'll hopefully be the start of an upswing for thala...

anon, old storyline is usually not surprising in KSR's movies. its his packaging that makes the difference. hope he did a good job this time around...

sandya, me hoping for the same since i missed it too. went for 'E' instead mainly cos the theater was closer...

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow balaji, now i'm interested in what you thought about "E"... i've read so many great reviews for it that i had gotten more excited to see that than "varalaaru" or "vallavan"... hope to read your thoughts on the movie soon!

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Guys,

Saw Varalaaru yesterday. After a really breezy first half, KSR has tried his masala (to a huge extent) in second half and films starts to meander. Really do not know what made KSR do that :)

As for Ajith marvelous performances in all roles. Though it might not make it for 100+ days, it is a zillion times better than Red, Jana or Ji.

Rgds,
Srivats

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Valaavan (thatz how they spell it!) - a HUGE NO.. Pls do not invite yourself to this torture. Will write more later..

 
At 4:43 AM, Anonymous leo said...

GodFather Varalaaru is the best among the diwali releases....Thala is back....what an acting by Thala in 3 different roles...what variations....

 
At 12:37 AM, Anonymous Ravi said...

I have not seen any of Simbu's films yet, but I've seen some scenes of his on TV, and it looks like he's trying to project himself as the next Rajini. Who is he kidding with all those "cool" gestures!

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Karthik S said...

I, for one, cannot fathom the reason why songs like Loose Penne... become a hit. The moment it starts playing on Sun TV I'm afraid I'll throw something at the TV itself.... I guess no one can tell how high Sensex might go and how low TN rasanai will go...

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger simbu said...

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