Monday, September 04, 2006

Vettayadu Vilayadu is bold, classy and natty

Sometime ago, I started to get this feeling that Kollywood has stopped in time, from somewhere around 2002.

I was tired of illiterate, half-educated, half-grown heroes with half-baked features giving lectures about life, love, women and how they should live, success in life etc. I was even more tired of heroes who got where they are not by virtue of talent but by their father’s talent.

But thanks to some directors, not everything seems to be doomed. Gautham Menon belongs to the club of few rational, talented, thinking big kinda directors – the club that includes the likes of Mani Rathnam.

All I wanted out of Kollywood was someone to think ‘big’. I was sick of the standard love oriented themes full of hypocrisy. Decades and decades of gaunt-looking heroes thrashing out bad guys, heroines that came in as a commodity, bad guys who were spoilers, and, worst of all, so-called heroes spewing out third-rated philosophies in the name of virtues, just had to stop. Moving backward in time simply had to end.

In that sense, Menon definitely seems to a good bet. Vettayaadu Vilayaadu might not be the bestest film you’ll see this year, but it’s certainly a must watch. It’s got imagination and vividness. In today’s age where people travel frequently between continents, a cop story spanning across continents is intelligent thinking. Best of all, some of the conversations were a joy to watch - they simply sounded like ones spoken between educated people brought up in a cultured way; conversations that seem to be a rare commodity in contemporary movies. Some of the reviews state the background music was intrusive – like the one below from rediff, but I disagree. The songs might not be great, but the background music was good.

But the most disappointing part is the music. Mr Harris Jayaraj, what has happened to you? The music, which could have taken the movie to a different level, is so loud that it seriously hinders the story flow.

Vettayadu Vilayadu might sometimes seem to be a blend of Kaaka Kaaka (for the story base), Silence of the Lambs (for mystery-solving) and Hannibal (for the gore), but it does stand out tall among the numerous ‘also-rans’ of these days. It certainly caters to the up-market city crowd that is tired of cheap, small town oriented, conservative themes that would rather have released in 1960s. It might not even be a great hit – simply because it’s sometimes too urban centric and too bold in picturization and language that it might put off the mass.

To sum up, thanks to people like Menon, Kollywood might not be entirely doomed after all.


At Monday, September 04, 2006 8:10:00 PM, Blogger Vimal said...

"It might not even be a great hit – simply because it’s sometimes too urban centric and too bold in picturization and language that it might put off the mass."
Exactly the point - Why would someone make a movie just to be appreciated for it? At the end of the day, u got to rake in the moolah. That probably explains why Big punch dialog movies still succeed.

I watched VV - pretty good watch, but still a notch below 'Kaaka Kaaka' was my initial feeling.

At Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Govar said...

Theres a difference. My point was that it might not be a big hit - the likes of Rajni starrers etc - but Im sure it would certainly rake in the required moolah without problems.

At Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the movie's start was more in line with monomaniacs like vijay, chimpu, vishal and other such trash. The "indian-super-hero" opening could've been done with cuz kamal doesn't have anything to prove. Menon is too repetitive and did a little bit of maniratnamish stuff and could've done without the homophobic reference in the penultimate scene. the movie would've probably fared much better with Kamal as the filmmaker.
But of course no movie associated with kamal could ever have too many holes. Pretty tight movie. amazing performances. and worked well with the limited budget available to southie filmmakers.

At Friday, September 08, 2006 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Govar said...

Start was in line with other monomaniacs? I dont think so. I mean, yes, it had starts that are present in almost all Indian movies - with some sort of dramatics and theatrics, but it was way too downplayed to compare it with Vijay starrers.


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