Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Myshkin - The Next Gautham Menon?

When a director makes us sit up and take notice with an explosive debut, his next film will definitely be eagerly anticipated. That's the case with Myshkin, who made heads turn with the surprise hit Chithiram Pesudhadi. After a couple of false starts(he was supposed to make a film Nandhalala with Ravi Krishna as hero), he finally announced his next film Aaruvadhu Sinam, once again with Chithiram Pesudhadi hero Narain in the lead. Narain plays an encounter specialist in the film.

Any film about an encounter specialist invariably brings Kaakka Kaakka to mind. Gautham Menon's slick, stylish and violent film has become firmly entrenched in our minds with respect to encounter specialists and so it was no surprise that I thought back to it when I saw the news about Aaruvadhu Sinam. But as I thought about the 2 films and their directors, I noticed a lot of other similarities and thought I'd list them (admittedly, I'm stretching things a bit with some of these but hey, this is Tamil cinema after all :-).

Gautham's first film(Minnale) was about a rowdy(Madhavan) who held on to a big secret after falling in love.
Myshkin's first film(Chithiram Pesudhadi) was about a rowdy(Narain) who held on to a big secret after falling in love.

Gautham introduced a heroine(Reema Sen) from another language(Bengali?) in his first film.
Myshkin introduced a heroine(Bhavana) from another language(Malayalam) in his first film.

Gautham introduced a new music director(Harris Jayaraj) in his first film.
Myshkin introduced a new music director(Sundar C.Babu) in his first film.

Though Minnale had a good soundtrack, one song(Vaseegaraa...), sung by a singer('Bombay' Jayasree) famous in another genre, became a super hit.
Though Chithiram Pesudhadi had a good soundtrack, one song(Vaazha Meenukkum...), sung by a singer('Gana' Ulaganathan) famous in another genre, became a super hit.

Gautham's second film(Kaakka Kaakka) was about an encounter specialist.
Myshkin's second film(Aaruvadhu Sinam) is going to be about an encounter specialist.

Kaakka Kaakka had an item number by Ramya Krishnan.
According to Myshkin, Aaruvadhu Sinam will have an item number by a famous actress.
Could all of these be coincidences? Or is there something guiding these 2 directors along very similar career paths? If Aaruvadhu Sinam becomes a blockbuster and turns Narain into a heartthrob, then that would be really something!


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

Vaseegaraa in Kaakka Kaakka??? Sung by Nithyashree??? Is it just me or did you actually get a couple of facts wrong, BB?


At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, very interesting indeed. I commend your thought process! :-).. But when did Bombay Jayashree become Nithyashree?.. Also, did you mean to say "Vaseegara" in "Minnale"(Couldn't help but notice the glaring errors!)

On the contrary, of course, I have no great expectations of Aaruvadhu Sinam.. mostly because the number of directors with superlative debuts faltering in their second film has become so commonplace now, that it is indeed better not to expect anything (and then be pleasantly surprised (in a good way, of course! :-)

Moreover, after catching a few scenes of Pallikoodam on Sun TV, I'm leaning towards believing that Narain has a lot of 'Shaam'ness in him.. (translates to stoic, hamming, mundane, boring, painful, strained and what other negative qualities you can list under Shaam's name). Sorry Balaji, I know there is a huge disparity in our respective opinions of Shaam! :-) ;-)

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

KK, corrected both those facts :) vaseegara... in 'minnale' was just a typo. on nithyasree though i was defly confused :) thanx!

sandya, "number of directors with superlative debuts faltering in their second film has become so commonplace now" - completely agree. was actually thinking of a post on that topic :)

on narain, as i said in my 'pallikkoodam' review, he just can't do cute. but he is sincere. and a good director can always bring out some surprising facets in an actor. so i'll wait and see :)

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Balaji.. I`ve just got one fact to correct.. i.e. Madhavan was a S/W Engineer and not a rowdy by profession in Minnale, maybe so in nature of the character.

and about Narein, Tamil Cinema has just seen very few facets of his acting abilities.. He has talent, and differing with Sandya, I would place Narein, much much higher than Shaam. Though i`m pretty sceptical about how he can carry off a macho 'Surya' like role.

Nice to see you back..! :)

At 1:30 AM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...


Ungalaala eppadi ippadi ellam yosikka mudiyuthu ;), few thots on the same path in ur field of interest will fetch u patents


At 3:40 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

srijith uni, if suryah could carry the role in "Kakka kakka" then Narein also can do it. Suryah was never macho earlier if u had seen his films before "kk". i'm sure Narein would put in some 6 packs for his role if he is sincere enogh..

At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys lets not get carried away 6 packs for a Indian Police officer?? Encounter specialist is someone who needs to hide and hit whats the need for a 6 packs?


At 10:50 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Aanalum Shaam-ai ippadi verukka koodathu Sandya :(.

Narain-ai ninaithaal vayiru erinjing. Ennai vittutu vera ponnai kattikittaan! LOL.

I think Narain will do fine in the movie... He acted as the main Police officer in 4students... Thought he did great... I thought, wow what a man! was exceptionally happy when he began acting in Tamil movies. *stupid grin*.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger VThinkTank said...

balaji saar engayo poyitrukeenga kalakkareenga.

I am only reminded of Prithiviraj's dialogue pointed to Prakashraj in the scene when swarnamalya and jyotika visit them and leave from the movie MOZHI. Prithiviraj says unnala mattum dhan ipdi ellam yosikka mudiyum when prakashraj asks him if swarnamalya will be there always if and when they (prithvi and jo) get married.

likewise, ungalaladhan ipdi thinka mudiyum ( I mean yosikka mudiyum)

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At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gautham to me is a seriously overrated director. of his films, kaaka kaaka is my favorite...by a mile. when it comes to scripting, his films have not just had gaping plot holes but also repetition, these days. and, his characters have such flat lines that all sound the same...
if u notice in pachaikili muthucharam, jothika and sarat both talk as though they were reading out lines written by the same person...hell, they even pause the same way...both of them would say something, pause and then say, "unmailiye..." in the "geeta restaurant" scene...
so, to cut a long rant short, gautham to me is a good technician but a very average storyteller...
myskhin on the other hand showed glimpses of potential in chithiram pesudhadi...i wasnt really sold on the climax the way quite a few ppl were, but the film was a good first effort...hope he comes up with much better, more original scripts than gautam pretentious menon

At 9:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ram, I couldn't agree with you more. Honest to God, Gautham continues to be one of the most overrated directors in Tamil Cinema. I've always been convinced that his slick, chic and stylized film making tries to cover up the large plot holes and glaring script inadequacies. Of course, some credit should be given for the fact that he tries very hard to extract good performances from his lead stars (a very Maniratnam quality that he has in him!)..

But that's where the buck stops.. Gautham has successfully created an aura about him that almost anything he does is rarely frowned upon, by either the industry or the critics. But interestingly, audiences have been smart in at least one instance with him (and that clearly being Pachaikili Muthucharam! ;-).. That film had flop written all over its face even before it started... after all, it was clear after some point that neither Sarat nor Gautham can do a film with catering to some level of 'image pandering'! :-) ;-)

Despite all this and the very delayed but very successful Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Gautham still stands smiling (something for us, viewers, to be deeply worried about!) Can we pack him off to Hindi?.. Has he made a worthwhile enough film for us to do that? :-) ;-)

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, it should read "after all, it was clear after some point that neither Sarat nor Gautham can do a film without (not with) catering to some level of 'image pandering'! :-) ;-)

At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gautham's film had different heroes.. But Myshkin films have the same hero Narain..
Enna Balaji Harris Jayaraj & Sundar Babu compare pannaringa.. :)
Purushothaman H.

At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skanda and KP..the only 6-pack our real life mamas carry around are of the beer kind :)


At 7:20 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Anon, the actor have to look good and suitable for the roles they play. Can u ever imagine Dhanush playing an encounter police officer with that kind of body he has?

At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Balaji could somehow draw comparisons between Manoj Shyamalan and KS Ravikumar(which I can't seem to get over even today) I think he can definitely draw comparisons between Sundar babu and HJ or Narain and Surya or Myskin and Menon :-)

At 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Manoj Shyamalan and KS Ravikumar??!?!! BB, when did you do that?! were u just referring to the fact that they make movies that look+sound+feel the sameeeeeee!?

At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Narian won't pull it off, he's as versatile as one legged blind donkey.

Anyway BB and others, have you heard the songs of

i) Sivi
ii) Kannamoochi Yennada
iii) Bheema
iv) Urchagam
v) Tamil MA/Kaatradu Tamil

List them in order of preferanc eif you can. My order up there btw!

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...




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