Tuesday, January 06, 2009

2 Trailers

Trailers of 2 movies that probably can't be further apart. But both are touted to be January releases and in their own ways, their trailers are pretty impressive.

Naan KadavuL

It's all Arya in this trailer and he does cut an impressive figure as he stands on his head, strides purposefully and bashes someone up. The only problem is that all that doesn't really give us a hint about the story. Based purely on the trailer, this would seem to be Bala's least commercial - and hence most courageous - film yet. Ilaiyaraja's music is powerful and pumps us up though what we're seeing is simply a montage of scenes from the film. Really looking forward to this film.


Vijay's now-familiar expressions, fights and dance steps are all part of this trailer, pointing to another typical Vijay masala film. But what caught my eye more were the glimpses of the action sequences - the boat chase, the plane and the shot of the helicopter flying over the snow. Its been a while since we saw some good, stylish action sequences in Tamil and those shots have me hoping that Villu gives us some. Then again, I might be pinning too much hope on a film that seems to be making Bharatiyar utter a part-Tamil part-English punch dialog!


At 11:40 PM, Blogger KayKay said...

Thanks BB.
Am really looking forward to Bala's movie as I absolutely loved Pitha Magan for it's strong script and it's utter refusal to pander to the images of it's 2 well established heroes, and even daring to kill off the one playing the more likeable character! It's the type of guts rarely displayed by a Tamil film-maker these days. And nobody, with the exception of Selvaraghavan, can depict characters dwelling on society's outer fringes with such depth or sympathy.Although I had best brace myself for yet another downbeat ending for Naan Kadavul as Bala has yet to encounter a happy ending he can't ruin:-)
The Vijay flick I will avoid like the proverbial plague. The trailer showed me everything I don't want to endure for 3 hours in a cinema: Macho,punch line-spewing posturing from Vijay and Nayan's umpteenth display of her curvaceous bod not to mention the talented Prakash Raj "pimping" himself out for yet another iteration of scenery chewing villainy.
And how much do you want to wager that this movie will feature a scene where Vijay gives a female character a dressing down for not quite embodying the spirit of True Indian Womanhood?

At 1:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news about selvaraghavans film with karthi ?


At 3:02 AM, Blogger Rubbiny said...

hai balaji sir..firstly I would like to thank you for coming up with such an amazing blog.. Its like I can get all the latest updates from you..hehe.. I'm a big VJ fan but I got to admit that lately I'm not so into his movie especially Kuruvi.. But I heard and read somewhere that Prabhu Deva is directing this film.. Their last venture together-pokiri- was an awesome treat..hopefully this would turn out for the better and draw me back to become his loyal fan..

At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

two scenes looked really cool.
1.the part where he'll be sitting with a lappie and a train passes by.
2.vijay was surrounded by few black cars (BMW?) and all their doors opened at once. :)

I've been admiring vj's dressing sense since Aadhi. even in this looks like he's got a really good fashion manager. (his wife perhaps?)

Mundaaz kavinyanai ippadi kooda 21st century-le use pannalama? avar innum iruntha ithukku yaanai-ye better ne solli iruppar. ;)


At 6:26 AM, Blogger D.E.V said...

Bala's film is always about the dangerous relationship shared between two characters, an abnormal and a normal character, like the mother
son relationship in "nadha", between two friends in "pithamagan" and two lovers in "sethu" which leads to the tragic downfall of it's heroes..do expect something similiar here also...

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that Naan Kadavul is supposed to have references to cannibalism. Not sure I have the "stomach" to watch that


At 3:09 PM, Blogger Filbert said...

Balaji, these 2 movies represent the 2 extremes for me - one being the most looked forward to (for more than 3 years now) and the other being the least looked forward to :) The Maestro delivers a haunting score that has only shot up my expectations on the movie.

At 4:10 PM, Blogger Srivatsan Sridharan said...

Vijay reminds me of famous Kalaivanar Vivek dialogue..

Eppadi iruntha naan :)

At 4:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bala's films have become increasingly dark and depressing experiences...though Sethu had a delightful romance, Nandha had terrific comedy and Pithamagan gave us a new Suriya who brimmed with life, his films have become increasingly violent and heavy...I have no problem with watching movies such as pithamagan or katradhu thamizh (which u very appropriately likened to an accident) I just feel that filmmakers who are obsessed with the darker side of the human psyche should avoid making films that are more indulgent and sensational (as was the case with parts of katradhu thamizh and pithamagan, I thought) than making an attempt to make us truly understand the motivations of disturbed individuals (guna, nanda, etc).
so, I am approaching Naan Kadavull with a mix of hope (given Bala's undeniable talent) and dread (given Bala's penchant for gore and blood)...

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

Nice and crisp post Balaji on the 2 most awaited Pongal releases.
I am not an intellect like the ones who have posted above and I am looking forward to watching Villu FDFS,moreso as this is the first Vijay movie releasing in TN since I returned back to Chennai after 6 years vanavaasam :-)

IMO,NK can wait until I can get hold of a decent dvd copy.I really dont see myself spending money and watching the movie which will make me come back home heavy hearted(Like Sethu \ Paruthiveeran,Subramaniapuram-though I loved it).

I think I need a 2.5 hours show which thoroughly entertains me and if it does,I wont mind watching it again :-)
I guess Vijay's movies are targeted towards such audience who dont mind coming back again for such entertainment and not the ones who in anycase will be watching the movie only once just for the sake of tearing into it.
All said,I am sure you would be watching Villu before us here in Chennai,so my humble request,please hold onto your review until Jan 12th :-).Thanks


At 8:35 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

kaykay, yep, bala makes very few compromises in his films and that's why they end up being so gripping. 'subramanyapuram' is the only other recent movie i can think of with absolutely no compromises in the name of "this is what audiences like" :)

sri, definitely not a pongal release. even the shooting isn't done :)

rubygal, thanx. and yes, prabhu deva is the director. since he gave vijay's last big hit, vijay must be banking on him for another equally big hit :)

rathi, those scenes defly looked stylish. 'pokkiri' has a nice stylish look and i'm hoping for more of it from 'villu' :)

skanda, interesting take on bala's films there. wonder who the 2nd character will be in NK :)

sanjay, remember reading that when the movie was launched. but haven't seen anything about that since :)

filbert, still haven't heard the songs. but been reading raves all around :)

srivatsan, yep quite a change from his 'rasigan' days :)

ram, good points there. i too thot some parts of 'katradhu tamizh' were sensational but don't remember feeling that way about 'pithamagan' :)

anon, thanx but i plan on writing longer 'coming soon' posts on both of them too. i wasn't too excited about 'villu' but i gotta admit that the trailer has raised my interest level :)

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

selvaraghavan-karthi combo is making Ayirathil Oruvan aite?

btw balaji,did u manage to watch this particular interview of Surya and 10/11 important people in his life? i think the show's title is Kanavugal Ayiram.

They had few funny interesting questions about Jho..And surya wins everyone by saying how much he loves her and stuff :)


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

vijay should use some blade(shave)

At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nan Kadavul's trailer is impressive. It could be a film that bursts fallacies of Hinduism.
Raja's BGM gives a feeling of Deja vu.
And, Vijay has a impressive record of churning out duds when directors team up with him for the second time.
Fazil, Ramana (aathi), Dharani (Kuruvi).
If PDeva can pull a hit it will be a coup of sorts :)

At 5:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post BB, I saw the trailer for Naan Kadavul and was blown away especially by the Master's score (which IMO no one else could pull off). I quickly also listened to the album and was blown away by what Raja has done. This has got to be one of his best albums in recent times. So that combined with the trailer has left me with high hopes. But I also have to agree with Ram in that I hate films which are too dark and leave you with a sense of lost hope (Pithamagan was not in that league) but I don't think NK will be like that at all, so let's see how it goes.

I have gone on to detest Vijay more often recently. I love commercial films because they are mindless fun and take us back to why we watch movies in the first place -- for some entertainment. But Vijay's recent films have been too silly and boring unlike, say, Rajni's films and Villu looks like more of the same so I don't have high hopes for that.

Anon - It could be a film that bursts fallacies of Hinduism.

I take issue about that concept in Naan Kadavul. Every director seems to take Hinduism for granted. Now, I respect all religions but every other movie seems to point out some problem with Hinduism and it is only because Hindus don't easily get offended. The same problem was there to some extent with Dasaavatharam and Anbe Sivam (even though I love him, Kamal has alway been anti-Hindu). Not to start a religious debate or something but just something I found interesting that many movies tend to be anti-Hindu but never anti-Muslim or Christian because their public groups will rip you apart to pieces while Hindus are softer in a sense. Just something that was always in the back of my mind.

At 7:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Balaji thoughts
Really do you think so.
As far as I can remember,it it was a terrorist in Tamil movie he always is a Muslim and also the villain's muse has always been a Reeta or someone with a cross dangling around her neck.
What do you say?

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that Arya portrays an Aghori. Promptly googled it. Very little is known about this sect of sadhus, known to live on the shores of the Ganges. Most articles refer to their death-centric practices, cannibalism and tantric rituals and for these reasons nonacceptance by other organized Hindu groups. The subject is sure to cause some controversy, which if anything will add to box office sales. Bala sure appears to have a morbid fascination for topics surrounding death.

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

Anon, again in the interest of not starting a religious debate, I will keep it short. The thoughts you mentioned never criticized the core concepts of those religions which is the case with what I was mentioning. Like in Anbe Sivam, Nasser is a Hindu who does all sorts of nonsense and the people who help Kamal are from a Christ mission. Again as I said, I have no personal issues with any religion but these thoughts have been on the back of my mind for sometime now especially when it concerns cinema. But I can safely say that we will agree to disagree for the better because we are not going to reach any conclusions in this case.

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

Quick clarification, I am a different anon that provided the Aghori info.(but you might've known that already BB, this for rest of junta). I am interested in the movie and wanted to add to info., not in for a religious debate.
-Anon #2 aka FM96

At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indiaglitz Link here

The Aghori aspect about the movie is now practically confirmed as is the case with the ending being that Arya feeds on Pooja's body (though Bala has an alternate ending ready just in case). It also confirms Bala's love for the out-of-ordinary and all things concerning death and everything in between. It will be interesting to see how this goes with the masses.

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with you about Kamal but he's not the Face of Indian Cinema. Not even Tamil Cinema anymore, the mantle has been passed on to Balas, Cherans, and few promising youngsters.
After Dasa I've lost hopes on Kamal's creative abilities. Allow him to find his Peril with his Inflated Ego. He's not even worth a debate.

After reading about this Aghori thing the Title is definitely Paradoxical.
Bala's taste for Morbid never dries up. Yuck!

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bala, Arya and Pooja are pretty bold to do this project. Arya looks pretty well fed for an aghori :) He would have been more impressive had he reduced weight like what Christian Bale did in The Machinist.

The ending of Paruthi Veeran turned me off somewhat. So I can only imagine what the ending of Naan Kadavul might do. If it affects the masses in a "negative" way, real life aghoris might face some serious trouble. Their philosophy is sound but eating human flesh?! Yeoww!

Villu looks like more cr*p...

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Rubbiny said...

hey,rathy..I too watch that kanuvagal ayiram interview..I think its sweet that he cover line by saying that coz i'm sure he doesn't want to hang his dirty linen in a place where the public can see..but I got to say, till the last minute i was expecing Jho to show up..that was a total let down though..

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

rathi, no i dont think so. i saw 1 part of the 'vaaranam aayiram' special on vijay tv and thats about it :)

balaji/anons, will hold off opinions on aghoris as a movie them until after the movie :)

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish they had better trailers for both the movies. I have rarely seen any tamil movie trailers that excite you to actually go to the theaters.

Trailers themselves should be a short story, and not a montage of irrelevant sequences. We really lack the art of promoting our movies. We may make great movies, but sadly only us Tamilians watch them. I think we need to better our promotion, be it any Rajni, Kamal or Vijay-type movies.

At 2:57 AM, Blogger Rajesh Thiagarajan said...


I guess BB agrees with you, he has also pointed out the lack of interesting trailers.

BB, the last catchy one was for the movie Oram Po. Just loved the trailer.

Any recent interesting trailers?


At 2:16 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, as rajesh says there have been a few like 'oram po' that understood the art of the trailer. but u're right. for the most part, they're simply a montage of scenes. here i was talking about some of those scenes catching my eye and not calling them good trailers :)

rajesh, i liked the 'sivaji' trailer. 'veyyil' and 'imsai arasan' were good too. guess shankar understands trailers pretty well. can't remember any recent ones that were interesting :)


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