Saturday, October 29, 2005

Gajini

This movie lacks both class and logic. However, among the illogical movies I have seen in my life, this one at least kept me riveted in my seat. Leave alone the title credit sequence that has been cut-and-pasted right out of The Fight Club (one of my top 5 movies ever) and the occasional nasal magudi background music that reminded me of Black Hawk Down?. This movie is so loose in its script and presentation that I can't beleieve they did not notice it in the drawing board itself.

I understand that the general Indian audience is not literate enough to understand a movie of Memento's complexity. A good director would have used a theme and then reworked it from scratch to fit it to local tastes. But Murugadoss has not used the 15 minute short-term memory loss concept at all (except for saying it once every 30 minutes to remind us that Surya really has it). Why did I say the movie has no logic? The police keep Surya in the locker over night, see all the wierd tatoos like "she was killed", "murder him" on his body. They let him go. No questions asked. Surya has a whole lot of wierdo stuff going on in his house like the way John Doe had his house in The Seven (Thats 2 references to Dave fincher). I was assuming that in the beginning nobody ever came into that house because if they did (like the cop guy with short-term life only syndrome) they would find out about Surya. But people keep walking in and out of his house like it was central station. C'mon man!.He has written on the wall that he wants to kill some one. The white dude with a funny wig, the PA, the 4 funny looking doctors - can't you see that? In this whole movie, there are no police anywehere, no neighbors and no public. Whenever any event in this movie happens in public nobody steps in and questions or calls the police. You can walk into anybody's house. It won't be locked. You can chase anybody anywhere. try and rape people on an electric suburban looking train without berths that travels till bombay. It is like Scary movie spoof, whenever there is a chase people run in a funny way (especially Nayanthra..man! what a "uyire" song that was).

On the comment about class. Any director who can make a person like Nayanthra bare her midriff and make her run like a cartoon character has no class. Whats the deal with Surya's Personal Assistants. The costume design. They all look like Mafia thugs than business people. Why do you have funny things like foreign doing comical things on the movie. I just couldn't take the movie seriously. The movie shoots itself in the foot. It does not take itself as seriously as it should have.

One last thing, stop with the films division style "ivar thaan Sobalaal. ivarukku kaasu noi". The movie starts like the way a story in a porn movie would begin. With completely odd looking faces mouthing stupid dialogs. The first 10 minutes where Nayanthra picks up Surya's file and asks her professor if she could "do" a "project" (looking at her, she can just 'do' him. I dont see a 'project' potential in her) on him. He says with a serious face " no there is a police case" and then turns faces the mike and delivers a 3 minute spiel on short-term memory loss. Class anybody? Nobody except Surya and Asin can act. The villian(s), the porn-star looking cop-guy, doctors, PA, side artists, Nayanthra. Nobody can act to save anybody's lives.

The positives: This movie may not be so bad as I made out to be if you are just looking to have general fun in the theatre. Both the flash backs were pretty impressive (its the stuff inbetween that was messy). The whole Asin-Surya thing was pretty sweet actually. You have to ignore the glaring logical flaw in the whole game Asin plays with Surya and stop wondering as to how dumb she was, not to find out who Manohar was. But the flashback and its subplots(there are many sub-plots) are good. The head-thwonking scene was neatly taken. I was impressed by the grand 15 minute movement at the end of the second flashback. Asin is so beautiful, I can't believe she exists. I don't care if she has been make-up'ed. She is pretty awesome. Surya is again extremely impressive with his performance. I genuinely think he has done a good job in a so-so movie. Would I recommend that anybody watch this movie? Yes! of course I would. Its not bad enough to keep you out of the theater. This movie could have been way better than what it is right now and I felt Murugadoss has underestimated the public's ability to grasp a slightly complex story line and has kept this movie unnecessarily trivial.

21 comments:

Filtered Sambhar said...

hahahaha...that's all I can say!

Well as some one commented Asin is awesome, Nayanthara is A SIN in the movie!

Get Sambharred!!!
Filtered by sambhar....

Hema said...

That was a disappointment especially after i heard so many praises about the movie (Havent seen it yet)!!! Atleast need to see it for Surya's sake. Your review was insightful...Atleast i wont build my hopes too high

Sowmya said...

Achacho!! Nayantara is that bad huh.

Anonymous said...

Very True...
I too got pissed off seeing this movie. A wonderful chance was badly wasted.

I wonder which medical college in Chennai was Nayanthara studying, wearing such belly button and cleavage flaunting dresses, gyrating with a near 2-piece in the "X-machi Y-machi" song which was supposed to be a part of some college competetion ;-)...

Actually when ever she is in a scene she "irritates"...i wonder why surya never got the idea to kill her at first sight...If the story had been changed so...it would have been greatly appreaciated by many :-)

Also the songs, they r so out of sequence and pop up in the middle of no-where.They could have done without atleast 2 or 3 of them.

Anyways, Bharath i'm eagerly waiting for your insights on MBA application procedure & admissions...

Anonymous said...

Sorry to sign the previous comment...

The anonymous person was Murali.

visithra said...

Inniya Deepavalli nalvazhtukal ;)

anthony said...

Happy Diwali..

Anthony

Ranjit Nair said...

Agree with you completely...Nayantara looked like 'whorish'. When she initially started appearing in 'Mallu-wood', she was drop-dead gorgeous. Asin rocked, though. No comparion to Memento, of course !!!

Zero said...

on the whole, a hilarious movie, if you'd ask me!! :D

Anonymous said...

songs were asome tho

supersexboy said...

a whore would be too small a word to be used on nayanthara.
she would be more of someone who would be having sex with a beggar for free if u ask me. Oh God.She looked so stupid i felt like kicking the tv screen. She should be acting as a stupid girl as in the movie "thaskaraveeran". There she at least did not act as a sexbomb. Hence did not have to show her pig sized abdomen. That would ne much better for her if u ask me.

Anonymous said...

in gajni, nayantara was so sexy, and she is too good.when she run, her big boobs poping up and down it make so hot to see again and again

Anonymous said...

I had to get it out of me someplace and also need someone to reassure me that its nit true.
Heard from a friend that Asin spent 3 days with Murugadoss before bagging gajini at hotel green park. The meeting is not something that can be spoken about in public it seems. Being a die hard Asin fan, I was shattered :(

aditya said...

IT'S GOOD
NOT BAD

Anonymous said...

thats fight club and seven, not THE fight club and THE seven

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Anonymous said...

let me guess. you were born circa 1975-80. you are male. of course it says you are from crescent.
why is it that anyone male from the era, from a madras engineering college, has the same damn tastes in movies, music and books. it's like you guys sat down, deliberated and collectively, aboslutely unoriginally, came up with the top 5 coolest movies/books/music to like and published THE LIST so that at various points in time each of you can name drop those specific titles, in your mind, hoping to impress.
there's life beyond fight club and seven! really!

Hawkeye said...

anon,

we chennai folks individually decided to be similar. you can be very original in being unoriginal you know.

life beyond fight club and seven. you must be kidding.

crescent is co-ed btw.

Anonymous said...

ummm...that's a redeeming statement... "individually chose to be similar".
hey easy with the "we chennai folks" defensiveness.
i spent twenty one years of my life "OB adichufying" in kilpauk, annanagar,santhome and every place my parents didn't want me to be at.
my best friend (female) went to crescent.
and so i am entitled to being blatantly judgemental;)
anyway, i thought your blogs were poignant and vividly descriptive.I would like to talk to you about working with me to develop a movie script but obviously not on this open forum.
my email is krystia_b@yahoo.com
hope to hear from you.

laratish said...

dai baadu

Wat the fuck....Stop fucking around..nee enna da periya mayira??

Tonton said...

the person who started the comments might be a porn pervert & false prided . Go and make a movie yourself.............as.........h........