Saturday, September 19, 2009

Unnaipol Oruvan

This was an engaging movie with a very simple and straight forward script. Liked it. Kamal Hasan plays an anonymous person (subnote: curiously many reviewers have caught on to the term "common man" that he refers to in a dialog and repeat it like a parrot. They say "Kamal Hasan plays "common man:" like the way they'd say Christian bale played Batman or Christopher Reeve plays Super Man etc - wonder why?) who threatens to bomb selected spots in Chennai if they don't negotiate with him. He tries to make us forget that he is 'kamal hasan' by making his appearance rather modest or ugly to say the least. This is important given the context of the story. Because if we see too much Kamal Hasan it may work against the movie. This effort works to a great extent but there is a little bit of Kamal hasan still sticking on to the character he plays. This sort gives - deliberately or not - many clues as to what the end of the movie would look like. I was not surprised at the ending. At all. I guess many wouldn't be.

Overall - I liked the movie and I am glad I saw it.


After Thought: I did not think that this movie had a lot of scope for major level emoting or in general displaying excellent acting talents. This is in a way very cut and dry movie wit limited focus on character development. So the benefit this movie gets by the presence of Mohan Lal is simply just that. There is not a lot of scope to make Maraar, a better done character. Mohan Lal makes it look smooth. But there is nothing extra-ordinary in either Kamal's role or Mohan Lal's role that makes anyone go "wow! superb acting" unless one is compelled to say so because it is Kamal and Mohan lal. Something needs tobe said of Lakshmi's role though. Pretty Yucky. Needless role. Her dialogs were inane and sometimes senseless. Very poor (over) acting to boot.

21 comments:

Praveen said...

So lot of them giving thumbs up!
I thought you would mention a line or two on Lal.

maxdavinci said...

adiyen haakaai

namma lalchettan enge?

Anonymous said...

//Overall - I liked the movie and I am glad I saw it.//

Appadina padam supernu sollu. Vashisthar Vayal Brahmarishi Mathiri ithu. I have not seen you give a positive comment for a Tamizh movie in eons..

-Ganesh

Anonymous said...

A Wednesday was much better with crisp dialogues.I didn't like Mohanlal in this with his accent.
-Nawaz

Abhishek said...

Heres something i read after the announcement of Unnaipol oruvan was made
Reporter: How do you feel about kamal enacting your role in the tamil version.
Naseerudin Shah: Just mine?

Abhishek said...

was being made rather

funnysideoflife said...

Yet to see UPO.. Good to see you give a thumbs up to a tamil movie after a long time..
I recommend watching the movie Eeram.. One of the best I have seen in recent time.. Especially for the cinematography and music!!

Anonymous said...

Abhishek,

That was a lame joke :-)

nivi said...

Mohanlal's dialogues were pretty bad. Except that i liked the movie.

Anonymous said...

Nivi,

Lal's dialogues or dialogue delivery were bad?

Anu said...

Kalaignar voice use pannitu paadhiku mele dialog english la. B & C la odadhuba.

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blackaccord said...

hawkeye, true.. there wasn't much scope for acting in the movie.. I liked the movie too and didn't 00watch the original until I watched this one.. (mainly not to know the plot before watching the movie)..
Again if you are expecting a kurudhi punal you are not going to get that.. The conversation between kamal and mohanlal sometimes were pretty lame but the ones between lal and lakshmi were worse.. Too much inglis in the movie.. kamal always talks in english with the fake Desi accent.. I felt Lal's accent and delivery were much more reliastic in that sense.. The few mokka jokes like pressure cooker, sandhana barathi will please the B center crowd but they came at odd instances..


Comments of a Harcore Rajini fan who watched the movie with me, 'no songs, no heroine, no fights, no acting.. What movie is this? Kuselan is better'.. I told him you came to the wrong theatre. masilamani is shown in theatre 7.. doesn't matter if Kamal makes it out of his own thought or copies someone else thoughts, some ppl don't get it..

Maddy said...

Havent seen UPO yet..but,dunno what to make out of this link about this movie..

http://10hot.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/unnai-pol-oruvans-lurking-messages-what-are-the-hidden-themes-from-kamal/

Sreekrishnan said...

Dialogues were a bit lame and i agree with one of the comments where Hindi was crispier.

Instead of literally translating the dialogues they should have thought and re written properly...!

Mohan Lal was in for Kamal Only and i dont find a reason why prakash raj couldnt have done that ...

Editing was poor too, you see Kamal climbing up that building for freaking 45 secs or more ... thevaiye illa ! the crane shots showing him standing .... and so on !

Valli Doll said...

Inda vaatti enda row? :P

Miss J said...

I am not a kamal fan. Rather a movie fan. This is one of the movies that made me forget that I was watching Kamal. Most of the time, Kamal is always there in all movies...it is difficult to be explained.. but I always felt that no matter how brilliantly he acts, you can still only see and be conscious of Kamal the actor- and not the character.. Few movies that I overlooked Kamal the actor were Nayagan, Appu character and Hey Ram... After those, it is this movie...

And I loved Mohan Lal's presence.. Lakshmi was a total waste though, I agree!

blackaccord said...

maddy,
there's really nothing to make anything about the movie from the link you gave.. ppl have so much time to over analyze every little thing about the movie whether it was done intentionally or not...

I read one blogger echo my thoughts when I was watching the movie .. 'since Kamal was playing that role, it could be easily assumed by the viewer that there's a genuine reason behind his demand.. If someone else like mohanlal or prakashraj was playing that role, u probably wouldn't have assumed the same thought.. I think the original version had a perfect cast on that front.'..

Anonymous said...

Original was way better.

If you haven't watched the original yet, see that. A HQ print with english subs is available in youtube.

As I had seen the original, I was expecting this one to be packed with punch dialogues, as in Kurudhipunal.

Though Kamal had taken a lot of political digs, something was lacking.

Also, the climax where he cries was completely unnecessary.

- DS.

Solilo said...

I don't understand this remake when the original was done by two actors who are at par, if not better, than Mohanlal and Kamal Hassan. Naseer and Anupam Kher nailed the role to the T. I don't see any scope in improvement. May be it was a made for Tamil and Malayali audience but I am sure those who watch this genre of cinema also watched the original version.

The dialogues of 'A Wednesday' were crisp and to the point.

Solilo said...

Oh forgot to add..

Except for couple of earlier movies of Lakshmi, I have always seen her going over the top with her eye rolling and shaking head.

What a bad choice for this movie!