Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Coming Soon - Aegan

It's gonna be a Thala Deepavali this time! Ajith's Aegan is confirmed as a Diwali release and with Vaaranam Aayiram backing out, is getting pretty much a solo release, something rare for a Diwali release. With Ajith fresh from Billa's success, Nayanthara, the reigning queen of Tamil cinema and based on a Hindi blockbuster, the film has quite a few things going for it.

Aegan is Raju Sundaram's first film as director. He's found success as a dance director and not so much as an actor but neither of those can help us predict his performance as a director. He is following in the footsteps of his brother Prabhu Deva, who also went into direction with Pokkiri and he must be hoping that he tastes the same kind of success with this Ajith-starrer as his brother did with the Vijay-starrer. Raju Sundaram says that the film is "inspired by" Main Hoon Naa and another Chinese film. But we all know what that means. The films title(Aegan means protector and that's exactly what the hero of Main Hoon Naa was - he protected his country, his brother, his general's daughter, etc), the roles(the brother, the teacher, etc.), the trailer(Ajith is told that he is joining as a student) and the stills(Ajith and a bunch of students dancing in the school playground) all point to the movie being Main Hoon Naa's remake. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

On paper, the story of Main Hoon Naa seems regressive(boy ignores tomboyish girl; boy falls in love as soon as she becomes 'Indian'), sentimental(Shah Rukh bonding with mom and brother), over-the-top(the cycle rickshaw chase sequence), crude(one character spits when talking) and jingoistic(the India-Pakistan bhai bhai project). But Farah Khan managed to put these elements together and craft a film that was slick, fun and marvelously entertaining. It was one of those movies where everything worked - the performances were pitch-perfect, the romance was sweet, the sentiments were enjoyable, the action was energetic and the songs sequences were mounted well. The film was never too serious but at the same time, it never became so silly or comical that it descended into camp because Farah Khan walked the tightrope beautifully. It is this nebulous aspect that Raju Sundaram has to capture perfectly if he wants to make Aegan work. For a first-time director, thats a pretty tall order but then again, Main Hoon Naa was Farah Khan's first film too.

I think Aegan's the perfect vehicle for Ajith. The actor played the sweet, charming lover boy in several movies initially in his career but after Dheena happened, he turned into a masala hero with action getting the main focus. He seems to have given up on those movies but while the movies he has selected since then have been better, they haven't brought back the Ajith of old. The don in Billa, the young man seeing his dreams come crashing down in Kireedam, the man on a mission in Aazhwaar... all these movies saw him play some variation of a serious, brooding protagonist with enough reasons to stay that way. I can't remember the last time he looked like he was having fun appearing in a movie. The hero's role in Main Hoon Naa offers a good chance for him to enjoy himself again and at the same time, satisfy his fans. Hope it works out. Nayanthara teams up with him again after Billa and will get to romance him this time. Playing a teacher, she looks gorgeous in the stills and the trailer and make us wish we were back in school! Navdeep, who was in Arindhum Ariyaamalum and a couple of other movies, plays Ajith's brother. From the stills and trailer, it looks like Nasser plays a policeman and Haneefa plays one of the school teachers. Suhasini is listed in the credits and I guess she'll be playing Ajith's mom.

Ajith's career has had some wild swings so far. With Billa turning out to be the biggest hit in his career, I guess its on the upswing again. Let's hope Aegan becomes a hit and helps him continue his upward ride.


At 11:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

nayanthara is now the reigning queen of tamizh cinema?

what did I miss?


At 12:06 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

sundar, I didn't think u missed 'billa'. btw, who did u think it was? :)

At 12:10 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I just watched this movie "satyam" which was the latest ? Nayanthara movie and if anything it would bring her rating down no?

thought it was still trisha who is pulling crowds consistantly?..

then again, one cannot leave out Namitha.....

At 2:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Not sure if Nayanthara is the reigning queen. BUT ACCORDING to Balaji she's one. How could you have missed his earlier point on this.

Quoting Balaji " since this is my blog, everything I say(except hard facts) can be prefixed with "In my opinion..." or "I think..." or "According to me...". This is true whether I say "this is a good/bad film" or "this is the year's best/worst film" or "he has given a fantastic performance" or "she is gorgeous" or "she is tamil cinema's most loveable heroine". "

At 5:05 AM, Blogger Balaji Sivaraman said...

Not sure in which part of the world you guys live, but inside Chennai, Nayanthara is the reigning queen of Tamil cinema. Ever since "the bikini act" in Billa and "the more than 50 kisses act" in the Chellame... song in Satyam, she has got that position. Now that Asin has left for Bollywood and Trisha had Kuruvi, the disaster, it looks like Nayanthara will be in that position for sometime now.

Anyways, BB, its sad that Vaaranam Aayiram has pulled out of the race. Reasons cited were the lack of theatre availability in the B and C centers which is understandable because of Aegan and Seval. Hope its for the best and the Nov 14th release date is worth the wait.

As for Aegan, I think your thoughts on Main Hoon Na were spot on. I loved the movie from start to finish. Sure it was brainless fun but it was worth it and Shahrukh was pretty much suited to the role to a T. Ajith has not done such a role for a long time as you pointed out, so maybe Aegan will allow him to do that and have some fun. I just hope Raju Sundaram has not spoiled the spirit of the original.

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji Sivaraman,

Wow.."bikini act" and " more than 50 kisses act", now that u've provided me with the facts, I dare not say she's not the reigning queen.

At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Varanam Aayiram is out of the race? No...:(

At 7:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Balaji:

Prabu Deva did not go intodirection with Pokkiri - actually Pokkiri was his third film as a director. (Maybe you meant in Tamil?!)

Well, I wish the film becomes a superhit for Ajith (atleast to keep SAC (vijay's dad) in check - otherwise he would anounce that Vijay is the Prime Minister and President of India - soon!

But as for my personal preference goes, I want to see Varanam Aayiram! The songs were terrific, Suriya's commitment was amazing and Gautam impressed me always as a daring director!

Saw Subramaniyapuram recently - it's worth a watch (though the sotryline was nothing new, the treatment was fantastic).

Happy Deepavali!!!

At 10:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

deyyy machaan, poru daa...
vaaganathula sirandhadhu garudaa...
thirudiku yaetha thirudaa...
bb manasula cinema queen nayanthara
simbu moonjiya paathu ava bayandhaara
en magan kaiyya ava uttuputtaa...
cinema vaazhkaila ava uruppattaa...
aeganuku solli thandhaa da chemistry
karadi-kazhagam da en ministry
ajith irukalaam daa oru thala
en magan irukaan daa tharudhala
nayanthara un manasula rani
en poster maela maadu poattadhu saani...
indha bbthot-a paarthu sirichitte po ni!

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

i am wondering why no one is giving more attention to 'Varanam Aayiram' with Suriya. it seems to be much more promising.

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

afaik 'parattai engira azhagusundaram' is raju's driectorial debut -ramya

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

bb, my original comment was not intended to start some kind of nayan vs nonayan thread..

I was genuinely surprised. Knew she would be in the top 5 but did not know she was number 1 now.

behindwoods seems to be the only site with a top ten rating for tamil heroines today and their order from 10 to 1 is...

meera jasmine
reema sen

at first glance some things do seem to be off.. what with reema sen being there and namitha being excluded..

apparently asin has signed a 2 crore deal for the next vijay film and that puts her in the top spot! chances are their rating is based on the actress salaries and not on box office collection or number of hits in last year, etc.

you should put together a year end recap in december on the fate of tamizh cinema heroines (just like your roundup of best movies)

would definitely make a good read!


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

WHERE IS POOJA ON THAT LIST SUNDAR???!!!!!! She is underrated for sure. 2009 year of Pooja, calling it right now.

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Surya is a no nonsense hero unlike Thalai and Thalapathy.
Gowtham should've released Varanam 1000 against Aegan. A move that will cement Surya for the Top Slot against Vijay.
If not for powerful Ayngaran (backed by Eros) Aegan cannot have any monopoly over theaters.
Looks like Surya has sweated out a lot - 6 packs and then lost weight to look like a teenager.
Gowtham should be one thankless jerk.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Hey Balaji, watch this clip...looks like Sam anderson has a serious rival already..

At 10:14 PM, Blogger Krishnan said...

Vaaranam Ayiram from the trailers and songs seems to be quite promising. I have an inkling it will set the box office on fire.
Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

At 11:57 PM, Blogger D.E.V said...

"Aegan" is an entertaining movie which would sure be a Big Hit...It is not in the same league as "main hoon naa" but still it is quite entertaining..after a long time Ajith is in fine form, just checked out the scenes where he woes Nayanthara, which sure brings the house down...never seen ajith in this kind of romantic avtaar in a long time...

At 4:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horrible movie, keep away.

It’s a mighty shame that Ajith Kumar has failed to pick up the most basic acting skills even after aeons in the movie business.

Nayantara is hellishly bad.


At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

from the looks of behindwoods and sify review...its better to stay away from the movie.......


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