Thursday, November 29, 2007

Coming Soon - Oram Po


Oram Po! is a phrase that asks others to move aside so that you can move forward. But ironically, the movie Oram Po ended up being pushed aside for a long time because of financial issues. But the problems have been resolved and Oram Po finally hits screens tomorrow. Aside from the biggies, this is one of the movies I've been looking forward to for a long time (so inspite of Jeeva's recent track record with respect to his films, I'm disappointed that they're screening Rameswaram rather than Oram Po, here in the Bay Area).

One thing about Oram Po is definitely unique - it is being directed by the husband-wife team of Pushkar and Gayatri. They seem to have worked hard on the film and must be relieved now that its release is imminent.

I think the day I started looking forward to Oram Po was the day I first saw its trailer. Oram Po is one of the few movies where the trailer actually does what it is supposed to do - raise interest in the movie and make us want to watch it. Very funny and nicely edited, it is one the best trailers in recent times. The characters introduced look interesting and capable of carrying a fun movie and the auto race sequence looks very stylish. Tamil cinema trailers are pretty ineptly put together. But I've noticed that films with trailers that stood out from the crowd - Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Veyyil, Imsai Arasan 23aam Pulikesi and Sivaji are some I remember - have turned out to be big hits. So the good trailer portends well for Oram Po.

While G.V.Prakash has had hits like Pollaadhavan since Veyyil, I think the Oram Po was actually his second album. And his sophomore outing kept up the promise he showed in his first film. T.Rajendar is an inspired choice for Gun Ganapathy... and his rough voice actually brings a lot of energy to the fun song (after Simbhu and films like Veerasamy, I didn't think I'd like anything associated with TR!). The lyrics are fun too. Kozhi Kaalu... is another fun song that benefits from Jassie Gift's unique voice and singing style. There are just a few lines that get repeated but it has good rhythm and beats. Idhu Enna Maayam... is one of those soft and melodious number that Prakash seems to do very well. I also love the theme song which includes some fast lines.

Oram Po a pretty important movie for both its leads Arya and Pooja. Arya started off strong and quickly attained pin-up status but hasn't had a release, let alone a hit, for almost a year. While Naan Kadavul might help him being taken seriously as an actor, Oram Po is his chance at box-office success (I'm sure he'll be a happy man if it becomes even half as successful as another movie where the hero played an auto-driver :-). Pooja's last hit(which was also Arya's last hit) was Pattiyal and since then she has been seen only in Thagappansamy, a no-show at the BO. I've had a soft corner for her ever since her debut in Jay Jay and am hoping that this movie becomes a hit and helps her get a foot in the big league door.

Hope Oram Po zooms to the top of the box-office...

22 Comments:

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Heard the movie is so-so effort.

And Balaji, I think you left out the trailer of Billa which has managed to hype to the movie. Actually, its a good sign of things to come. The young directors like P-G, Vishnu are making an effort to rise above the rut that tam cinema is. Shankar generally does a great job with trailers too.

Waiting for Billa, Bheema and Dasavatharam in that order.


LKS

 
At 6:16 AM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

BTW, u check out movies at IMC is it?

LKS

 
At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Balaji, Park Theater-nu oru theater irukku theriyumO? :-)

http://www.cacinema.com/ (Your fave Orum PO plays there this week! :-) ;-)

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous glass said...

hi, oram po does look better than rameswaram, i thought rameswarwam would be a good movie about refugees/their struggle etc. but i read reviews that say itz mainly about jeeva-love story then fight for freedom.v

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Prin said...

Small Correction: Pooja also appeared in 'Pori' with Jeeva after Thagappansamy...(and a couple of Sinhala movies)

Ye, echos my thots' - even if, Oram Po succeeds this week, next week it will clash with the two critically acclaimed titans (lol)....Evano Oruvan (Maddy) and Kalloori (Balaji Sakthivel/Shankar)...........and then the next week with Billa :)

 
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At 12:56 AM, Anonymous Indira said...

I was het up about the oram po trailer too and was puzzled when there was such a long silence on its release. arya is cool and he has an attitude that carries off roles like rich brat, auto driver. though i think he lacked intensity to play one of the hitmen in pattiyal. i remember anu hassan in a chat with arya and saran after vattaram was released. i sensed lot of suppressed energy in both Arya and Sara leading to sparks in the interview :)

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hype arnd Billa is tooooooooo much....somethng that has not been a case for Ajith's film for more than 5-6 years....

this type of hype may backfire if the film even slips slightly....

 
At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the billa trailer definitely raised my interest...i'm interested to see how slick and technologically advanced this movies is gonna turn out...although i did listen to the songs the other day, and i wasn't impressed by them....
Bharath

 
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At 7:03 AM, Anonymous ram said...

i remember your post on the oram po trailer...the trailer was incredibly well done...i loved the cute little touches like two arrows pointing to "rani" and "biriyani" and the voice in the background introducing the characters like "apaala supply, vincentu, senbagam, kutti, kusumaa, iyengaar maama, retta, mottaa...!"
it was so funny!
hope the movie lives up to the expectations...
bb, so, did u attend the screening of rameshwaram? how was it?

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

"The young directors like P-G, Vishnu are making an effort to rise above the rut that tam cinema is."

By remaking remakes like Billa?!! Are you kidding me? Movie remakes and song remixes must be banned for a while. Or no tax rebates for such films by the TN govt

In top 10 songs in most sites 3 or 4 songs are by MSV or other old MDs. That is the "creativity" that is prevalent currently

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Jeeva finally take a misstep. Rameswaram seems to be disappointing. Well atleast he isnt mouthing punchlines and bashing up guys twice his size yet, so all hope is not lost.

 
At 11:18 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

The only movies I am looking forward to at this point:

Evano Oruvan -want to see if it is worth the hype and if it has the "Indie" feel to it. This will be a test of whether the multiplex movie has caught on in Tamil or not.

Kalloori - Balaji shakthivel/Shankar

Dasavatharam - obvious

Prakashraj's Duet movies productions - Vellithirai, Mayilu and Abhiyum naanum - lets see if they are as refreshing as Mozhi. Even if one of them is as good or better it would be welcome

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Actually Billa is like the 4th remake :-) Don remade to Billa and then Don remade again in Hindi and then Billa remade again. Pathetic.

 
At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Ravi K said...

The original Don with Amitabh itself was a remake of China Town, starring Shammi Kapoor. I think Don was also remade in Telugu with NTR.

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

karthik, i was only talking about good trailers that also led to BO hits. thats why i didn't mention 'billa'. but yes, that trailer has raised my expectations :)

yes, i usually go to IMC for movies.

sandya, thanx! didnt know that. with K&K, the movie being shown in fremont is usually as good as the movie not being screened in the bay area! lemme see if 'oram po' makes me drive there today!

glass, 'oram po' is defly my 1st choice...

prin, thanx! correction noted. and yeah, even if its a hit it'll probably not have a very long run :)

indira, the film was always in the news but for the wrong reasons. me glad it made it to the theater this yr!

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bharath, the songs r kinda growing on me. more in another post :)

ram, no didnt see 'rameswaram'. still hoping to catch 'oram po' in fremont. fingers crossed :)

vijay, have heard of 'vellithirai' and 'abhiyum naanum'. but what is 'mayilu'?

ravi, always admired the screenplay of the original 'don'. haven't so far heard about it being a remake. and yeah, there was a telugu version with NTR :)

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Babu said...

Vijay,

I have heard "Mozhi" is a remake too, sorry inspired by a hollywood flick..cant think of the name now....

How important a roll does knowledge play in making judgments about an art/entertainment than the experience living it ;-)

 
At 8:52 AM, Anonymous fans_usa said...

y so much hue n cry abt remakes .
i ve no problem as long as the remake is better than original .
evano oruvan is also a remake of a marathi blockbuster.

i ve no problem with gilli as it was better than the original but i ve problems with pokiri .

nd yes REMIX songs with english words in b/w shows that the music dirs are running out of stock.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous ram said...

to answer babu's q, yeah...my aunt mentioned that mozhi was strongly inspired by "children of lesser God."

 
At 7:07 PM, Blogger Babu said...

yep thats the one..thanks Ram

 

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