Sunday, August 17, 2008

Vikram vs Kandasamy

Its been a pretty familiar trend for most high-profile movies of late... a big launch, eye-catching stills, a lot of big talk by the cast and crew, enormous hype leading up to the release and eventually, a disappointing film. But inspite of this trend happening more frequently these days, we still always get caught up in the next big film, hoping that it'll be the one that finally lives up to all the pre-release expectations. Kandasamy is shaping up to be one such film and the Vikram vs Kandasamy special program that was telecast on Sun TV for Independence Day managed to pique my interest in the film.

Kandasamy didn't raise my interest much initially. Director Susi Ganesan hadn't really proved himself in any big-budget films; star Vikram recently disappointed us with Bheema after similar talk of a sleek, Hollywood-standard film and he had already done this multiple-get-up thing with Anniyan; and the launch and the trailer simply seemed unnecessarily extravagant.

But the photos from the song sequence in Mexico made me sit up and take notice of the film. The bull-fight, with the arena and the costumes, makes for a unique setting and Vikram looks rather regal in the matador costume(can't say the same about 'Red Bull' Shriya though :-) This was followed by the program on Friday. It was mainly a conversation with Vikram(Susi Ganesan and the cinematographer also got a few minutes) and he offered some interesting tidbits about training for this song and getting the walk, the style, the posture, etc. right. While we saw a couple of shots at the shooting spot for that song, they did show a few scenes from another song that went Excuse me Mr. Kandasamy and had words like Poda and Podi. It seemed to be shot stylishly though the picturization seemed completely unsuited to the folksy song.There were also a few glimpses of some pretty impressive action sequences with a chase atop a long bridge and a sequence involving a helicopter catching the eye.

Kandasamy is supposed to release this Diwali though, considering the history of previous big-budget films, I'll be really surprised if it makes that date. But whenever does hit the screen, I'll be looking forward to it...


At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

diwali enral enna, boss?

why do these people want to do hollywood-standard films? first of all hollywood films are boring and second of all their hollywood-standard films (dasa, vettadu, bheema, kaakha kaakha) are bayangra boring. vikram should be trying to do kodambakkam-standard films like pithamagan again.

At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

shreya looks good normally.. not here.
do they really need visit mexico to shoot this?
naama koodukara 15$ , eppadi thanniya poguthu..:)

At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kalaipuli Dhanu is gearing up for his next mottai, me thinks.... :)

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bullfight-a?! Idhalaam four much :)

Never watched Anniyan or Sivaji whole; only caught bits and pieces of them over time. No plans on taking any active steps about Dasavatharam.

I miss the finer nuances of a Sindhu Bairavi and the screenplay of a Ghilli. Looking forward to catching Subramaniyapuram soon.


At 7:33 AM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...


Ippadi usupethi usupethi than ranagalam aakitanga :-)

Reminds me of Winner Kaipullai's dialogues. I don't have any expectations on any big budget tamil films and planning to see films with new faces and new director.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

I hope that Vikram gets the hit he really deserves.:)

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Bart said...

Do you remember the "solli tharava" song from Majaa? Somehow, I got reminded of that.. Hope the film (economically) doesn't do a Majaa.
Somehow, there isn't any interest for any of these biggies - except "Naan kadavul". Waiting to see how that turns out. (Selvaraghavan's Aayirathil oruvan doesn't look like turning out in this year!)

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you check out the earlier stills and trailer? I was instantly impressed.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, i talked about hollywood standards since this is a masala film. if the story isnt anything different, i hope atleast the technical aspects r good :)

anon, but idhellam pannalena namma $15 kodukka romba yosipome :)

ganesh, dhanu is producing this one? i thot he got bankrupt after 'aalavandhaan' :)

anon, edho different-a panrangale(instead of the usual raja-rani costumes). adha nenachu sandhoshapadunga :)

srivatsan, know exactly how u feel. but still hoping for 1 film that reverses that opinion :)

ganesh, not sure any more how much he deserves a hit. but hoping for one for our sake :)

bart, but interest usually builds up as release nears. lets see if thats the case here :)

anon, as i mentioned, those didnt do much for me. only these new stills perked my interest :)

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"only these new stills perked my interest"

you've got some weird taste, lol

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that the stills of Tamil films are often more interesting than the films themselves :)

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

I am not sure if you knew but this movie was supposed to release for 2008 Tamil New Year's day guaranteed! Thats what the initial ads mentioned. Dunno whats the reason for this delay.


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