Thursday, December 07, 2006

Coming Soon - Veyyil


Actors, actresses, directors, music directors, cinematographers... I've looked forward to movies because of all of them. But its been awhile since I looked forward to a movie because of its producer. And the producer is the reason I can't wait to watch Veyyil, which is releasing tomorrow. With his previous 2 productions, director Shankar proved that he is a producer with the Midas touch and things do seem to be in place for him to make it a hat-trick with Veyyil.

Both Kaadhal and Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi were incredibly risky ventures. While the former was a realistic love story released at a time when candyfloss romance was more popular, the latter was a historical comedy - a genre never previously attempted in Tamil cinema. The directors weren't proven hit-makers either. Kaadhal was directed by Balaji Sakthivel, who had only an average hit in Samurai earlier, while Imsai Arasan... was the first film for Simbhudevan, a cartoonist-turned-director. But Shankar backed both films and reaped deserved rewards at the box-office. It is this record of backing risky but quality cinema that raises hopes about Veyyil. The film is directed by Vasanthabalan and one hopes that he too justifies the faith Shankar has placed in him.

The film's cast inspires confidence also. Bharath is definitely one of the more promising actors among the youth brigade and he has an impressive resume so far. He has grown as an actor since Boys and has slipped easily into a variety of roles. He is joined by Pasupathy, who has grown from being a villain to a very good character actor. If the impressive trailer is any indication, the movie is set in Virudhunagar and primarily revolves around these two. Bharath has Bhavana to romance while Shreya Reddy, fresh off a spirited performance in Thimiru, gives Pasupathy company.

The movie introduces G.V.Prakash, A.R.Rahman's nephew(his was the boy's voice that sang the opening lines of Chikubuku Chikubuku Rayile...), as music director . He has lived up to his illustrious uncle's reputation with a solid, even if not spectacular, soundtrack. Most of the songs, like Veyyilodu Vilaiyaadu... and Ooraan Thotathula... have a rustic touch that makes them catchy in a folksy way. Kaadhal Neruppin... and Urukuthe Marukuthe... prove that Prakash is no slouch when it comes to melodious duets either.

Veyyil is usually associated with drought. But one hopes that this Veyyil ends the drought of good Tamil films this year.

35 Comments:

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though I am not an avid Tamil movie watcher, here are my 2 cents.

Shankar deserves applause. And Tamil cinema only stands to gain with him around.

Bharat, I don't know much about him. Will take your word for his talent. He can probably have a clean shaven face at least in one movie. :) Not a big fan of facial hair such as his.

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Surest thing, Balaji. This one's gonna be really good. Will be watching it 'morrow.

A silly theatre here (Bangalore) is screening Veyyil for the morning (yeah, they've one!), noon and matinee shows; and Chennai "Aaargh" Kaadhal for the evening and night shows. I couldn't believe my eyes. Duh!

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a classic parting line, Balaji :) I am too placing too much expectations on this movie to come good. Hopefully Shankar does not let us all our hopes down. BTW, did you read the special about the movie in Rediff? I have to say that the storyline as narrated by the director was not very convincing :(

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

I read the storyline, it's not great but it's new, we'll have to see how screenplay goes etc, even Kaadhal had a thin story.

BB, did you notice in the interview Shankar said he is not interested in producing *Masala* films, interesting because he directs them :-))

 
At 12:54 AM, Blogger skanda said...

Do not worry Balaji, "Veyil" is the best movie of the year...the standard of it is similiar to that of "kathal"....The real suprise is that Pasupathy is actually the main hero as the entire film revolves around him...he is truly excellent in the emotional scenes...make sure u take a whole tissue box and go...u may need it, trust me..

Also..please do not watch "Chennai Kathal" as it is a bad reharsh of "Run"..it is totally a boring movie and is so slow..

 
At 12:56 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Skanda,

Kalakareenga.. Adhukulla padam paathacha!!..very fast..thanx for gud news.

 
At 1:31 AM, Blogger Bart said...

just now booked the tickets for tomorrow evening for my entire family for Veyyil with a doubtful mind. Thanks for the wonderful news skanda...

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Shankar the producer has always been redeeming, when Shankar the director hasnt. Good for Tamil cinema. Now if only more had it in them to invest money in good movies. Its just a handful-Shankar, PrakashraJ, Kamal...

sify's review towards the end mentions it as being inspired from the classic Cinema paradiso. I felt the same even while reading the review. It says the second half gets a bit too mushy. Hope its not mushy enough to spoil what otherwise seems like a solid effort.

And its a really bad idea to release both the Bharath films on the same day eating into each other's profits. Pitiful planning by the producers.

 
At 9:30 AM, Anonymous ram said...

I am dying to watch this one...am glad there're screenings in this area next weekend...

yes, the trailer was fantastic! bb, dhayavu senju movie paathe UDANEY oru off-liner vidunge, if u can...

 
At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Balaji.. Do write us a full review as always after you see this one. I'm so close to the theater and yet have a packed schedule this weekend so can't catch Veyyil even if I wanted to.. But I am confident that Shankar has delivered the goods even with a director like Vasanthabalan (whose first film "Album" was very forgettable! :-(..

Have fun!..

 
At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Veyyil posukkattum all the cheap masala servers!!

After almost everyone of the 'Kadhal' team going places, where is Balaji Shaktivel??

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous vijay said...

Balaji shakthivel's first film was forgettable too. Shankar gets the credit for encouraging the right script, but ultimately the director deserves the credit for pulling it off, despite the disappoining debut.So if Veyyil is good, Vasanthabalan gets a lot of credit, his debut notwithstanding
But to me this also shows how much an artistically inclined producer, with a decent pulse on the audience, can make a difference to Tamil cinema as a whole. I hope Veyyil is good and I hope it runs well as a result of that. Shankar has started a mini good trend here. Now many directors who had to bury their off-beat themes and realistic scripts in favor of routine formula stuff, have started approaching Shankar with the hope that he would maybe sponsor their efforts. This is one of the healthier trends in recent times, when as far as good movies go it has been mostly "Gaali"wood.

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous ram said...

I didnt think Samuraai or Album for that matter was all that bad...both were pretty decent efforts...I thought the flashback portions of Samuraai were fantastic...love the "Moongil Kaadugallil" song...and the "Pillai Thaamrai" song of "Album"

 
At 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vijay,
was just wondering do you always talk in a pudharkamaana manner? are you like that at home too?
if your wife cooked sambar would you go like," indha sambar is ok aana kadugu that rendu moonnu adhigam. but of course die-hard sambar fans will claim that it is intentionally cooked this way so that it tastes traditional. up north they make better use of the paruppu without even using kadugu. but then again nothing beats the westerners and their south beach diet." ??
just curious...

 
At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juzt watched veyyil few hours ago..pasupathy acted very well and he was superb in few emotional scenes....but nothing much else to shout about this movie (from my point of view:)...

 
At 11:19 PM, Anonymous RaviK said...

Sorry to hear that the movie isn't that great, but I will see this on DVD for Pasupathy.

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji;
I want to know to which opinion of mine do you disagree?
As for others here;I've started a website.I want to know if anyone is ready to be a contributor to my site.

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji;
I want to know to which opinion of mine do you disagree?
As for others here;I've started a website.I want to know if anyone is ready to be a contributor to my site.

 
At 7:52 AM, Anonymous karthik sc said...

Movie is very good.Very realistic.I can't imagine a movie of this genre in any other india language.The movie could have been better if some silly songs were deleated.
I suggest the readers not to view reviews in sites like sify.Sify has given away the full story

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Bart said...

Movie is brilliant. Undoubtedly the best of the year. Will write in more soon...

 
At 3:48 AM, Blogger skanda said...

I told u that is a good movie...Shankar reputation stands that he is the best Non commercial film producer..

 
At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anony on vijay: LOL :-).nadandhalum nadakkum :-)

 
At 9:00 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

*Veyyil* might not be a wholesome masala, but turned out very dissappointed after watching night show.

The movie lacks something which I'm not able to perceive. It might be pace in the second half or Pasupathy not fitting in properly or emotions don't anchor in. Only 2 songs were good..

Torrid year continues!!

BB will probably give 2.5 stars, 2 if strict and 3 if very admissable! :-)

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

And *Thavamai Thavanmirundhu* stands as the only good film by standards for the past year!!!

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Bart said...

I feel it deserves a 3 star at the minimum...
My detailed review at http://updownsouth.blogspot.com/2006/12/veyyil-everlasting-movie-review.html

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger srivatsan said...

bart, agree with 75% of ur review. Last 20 mins or so, spoilt what would have been an great movie :-)

I'm sure ppl will agree with that. No doubt that this is a better than any other film released this year!

 
At 11:03 PM, Anonymous kumar said...

Watched the movie in the second day itself (Saturday)

IMO,
BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR ! Vasantha Balan should be credited for giving a movie with more native touch. HIs usage of Virudhai and surroundings were great.

But what makes it great is PASUPATHY'S PERFORMANCE. He is the hero of the film and wow... what a performance from him. His slang, voice modulation and his expressions in the emotional scenes deserves a clap !
Music - BGM in the opening scene and three songs are great. Good effort from the young lad GVP ! His work is very good if not awesome. For a necomer, this village based theme might have sounded as "Kuruvi thalaiyil panangaai". But he pulls it out so well. "Uruguthae Maruguthae" is my pick
One more plus is: Except SHREYA REDDY'S character, It doesn't have any EXTRA CHARACTERS. All the characters add essence to the film.
Again, I don't want to compare TT with Veyyil. But for me, Veyyil's native touch was much equal to TT !

Overall - A movie which deals with HUMAN EMOTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS !


Watch it ASAP !

 
At 12:05 AM, Anonymous parthi said...

As always the case with so many films, it could've been a better film. Veyil wanders after the 'home coming' of Pasupathy. The home coming was so moving. It is totally Pasupathy's film. He really has given some great performances in a short time.

 
At 12:15 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Srivatsan, in the last 20 mins, he had to (or thought he should) close the movie giving a "meaning" to the loser's life. The director was justified in doing what he did. As I've mentioned in my review, the means of doing it was slightly overboard. Still a great movie. On the positive side, the way he began the movie with the climax and spread it across the movie, made it slightly less strenuous.
As somebody said recently in his interview (do not recollect whom), to see technical wizadry and good action - hollywood films are always there. But to see good emotional content that is close to your heart, you sometimes may have to get back to your mothertongue. Veyyil is one such movie.. :)

 
At 12:24 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

Bart,

Don't disagree with you, it's a good movie. Consider the case that you or me getting back home after 10-20yrs as a loser, Will our parents reject us!, don't think so.
Blaming Pasupathi for mistakes at home looked a bit cinematic.

In a country where even drunkards are supported by their Mom and Dad, this is where I think TT scores over Veyyil (TT made me cry a lot than Veyyil :-)

Good change for Tamil Industry anyway, don't disagree with that. Opinions differ :-)

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

chitra, true. whatever one's opinion of shankar as director, he is surely doing something great as producer :)

zero, will u update ur blog with review?

filbert, if u mean the interview, yeah i did. not a very strong storyline but then again, its how he portrays it that matters...

skanda/srivatsan/bart/ram/sandya/vicknes/kumar/parthi, saw it. review will probably be online wednesday night. save up some comments for that post too! looking fwd to some interesting discussions :)

vijay, i'm guessing u've seen 'cinema paradiso'? its considered a universal classic... and u're right about the trend. if he makes more producers greenlight 'different' projects, that would be the best thing to happen to tamil cinema...

me too, good question. remember reading that he was gonna direct another movie for shankar. but no further updates on that...

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Here we had a rough and tough dad against the all-bearing, nicest of all the dads that we saw in TT. This dad, I felt was more common place (it doesn't demean TT in any way) than the other. This "butcher" dad lives a hard life, he even goes out and vents out to his friend on why he behaves so with his son - the hardships he endured after his son's running away et al. I do not want to give away much. The same dad turns topsyturvy at the end on realising the worth of his son.
Anyhow, as you put, opinions differ :) I agree with you...

 
At 3:34 AM, Blogger srivatsan said...

bart, by the way a good review you've covered couple of scenes which strike me late (Pasupathy romancing on Bandh, BB training?? :-)). Bharath and Bhavna duet I thought, one of the best picturized songs in recent times, proves that you need not go to Venice and can picturize songs in Virudhunagar quite well!, excellent job by Vasanta Balan

 
At 4:34 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Thanks Srivatsan. BB and Brangan are consistent experts in this field. I am like one of those who gets an accidental 1 strike out 10 bowls.
Actually the movie inspired me to recollect these titbits....

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger Karthik said...

Lemme open a can of worms here...was Murugesan really a loser? I don't think so. I actually feel its only a sham perpetrated by the director and producer to portray this as a loser's story. A more real loser is probably the hero in VZ Durai's 'Mugavari'. Here, Murugesan is more of an incapable nut than a loser. Tamil cinema has seen better acts in terms of lead guys losing their beloved or their jobs. Now, why don't I think he was a loser? Wont that be a plot blunder if the movie is being portrayed a loser's story? Have put in my thoughts in my blog. Would be delighted to know what you think.

http://itwofs.com/milliblog/2006/12/25/veyil-tamil-vasanthabalan/

Karthik

 

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