Tuesday, March 28, 2006

V(ery) V(ery) (Disappointing) Website

Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu now has its official website [link inadvertently provided by Karthik :-].

Official websites for Tamil movies so far have been depressingly unexciting. Maybe because they were all usually created by 1 of 2 companies (Indiaglitz and Galatta), they tended to be similar in concept and were differentiated only in packaging. They all had the same categories like Story, Gallery, Wallpapers, etc., with the only difference being in where the links were placed and what colors they were in. But even by those low standards, VV's website sucks. Considering the innovative puzzle-type invitation for the audio release and the slick trailer, I was expecting a cool website but was disappointed.

First of all, the website seems to have been put together by someone who was overexcited by the concept of Flash. This was probably a guy who had been writing plain ol' HTML for a really long time and just realized how much more he could do with Flash. Every inch of the site seems to have been created using Flash. Result - it takes an extremely long time to load anything, even a simple photo. By the time I tried to see the trailers, I was fed up of the 'Loading...' messages and simply gave up. There's not much variety in the audio or video parts either and the loud clangs and bullet noises got on my nerves pretty fast.

And then there's the English! Isn't there a single person, on Galatta's website design team, who can come up with a proper sentence in English? I knew I was in for some bad English when the initial credits said "from the direction of Goutham Menon's". But the synopsis section really had me ROTFL. These are actual lines from the synopsis...

"Its Kamal Haasan and director Gautham Menon blend in the film Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu."

"He has strived to put in his best efforts to be put into the film..."

"But the producer Manickam Narayanan smoothly sailed the ship in a perfect harmony."

The site starts off well with the whole key trick and Kamal looks cool in the gallery (but why no pictures of Jo or Kamalini Mukherjee?). But beyond that the website offers little and is all style(not very good style either) and no substance. Lets hope the movie doesn't end up being the same...


At 11:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if u think its that disappointing, i dont think i am gonna bother to even look at it...just let me/us know when it has improved!!

anyways, have a look at this...my friend mr. gopi (not the commenter on bbthots) sent me this:
what do u guys think?

At 12:42 AM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

I also felt the same when i saw the site, Balaji. It could have been made better.

As you said, there is no picture of Jo or Kamalini..

One day after the Sivaji photos, I saw around 10 photos of VV over mails too.. Is it means they have also released some pictures like Sivaji..

And Balaji, How you got the link of VV website..I really puzzled when I saw my name in your post

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the one you talked about is by galatta

there's another one

www.vattaiyaduvilaiyadu.com by indiagitz

usually theones by gallata is useless as its stories are-i guess indiaglitz one cold be reliable though (its not updated now)

At 2:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

opps its www.vettaiyaduvilaiyadu.com

At 3:46 AM, Blogger Aravind said...

the vettaiyadu site was ok but nothin really new abt it and it was pretty heavy flash and took a long time loading .

The pachai kudhira site was rather simple and relatively interesting.

At 6:13 AM, Blogger Maverick said...

I havent checked the website yet. But neenga sonna synopsis semma comedy aa keedhu

"But the producer Manickam Narayanan smoothly sailed the ship in a perfect harmony."

The 'But' here probably means that the blend of Kamal's best efforts and Goutham's resulted in chaos :)

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

True Balaji, looks very ordinary. But I cant recall any other movie whose website was any good. Alaipayuthe was the one which had a decent site, as far as I can remember.

At 4:50 PM, Blogger Arvind Srinivasan said...

"(but why no pictures of Jo or Kamalini Mukherjee?). " - are you implying that, we now know, that fairer sex are at the helm, in design team for the website ;)

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, will chk it out tonite...

karthik, not sure how it happened but chk out the link on the word 'thots' in simran post on your blog. it points to VV's website :)

navin, true. i think indiaglitz's sites r a li'l better. so both have sites for the same movie? wonder if either of them is official :)

mav, don't let my post stop u. the synopsis has a lot more laughs :)

filbert, yeah i can't recall many good sites either. but VV's site is 1 that i felt was bad and not just OK. hence the post :)

arvind, wasn't implying anything. was just expressing my sorrow :)

At 10:23 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...


I have corrected the link..As you mentioned, it happened unknowingly..

At 11:29 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

musicindiaonline movie reviews has a bloke writing reviews just like this..

he literally translates tamizh to english (slang !!)..

it is hilarious.. will send you some reviews done by this guy.. lightens your day!!


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