Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bala

He is the most overrated director in Thamizh Cinema. Sethu is the only movie I saw of his. I thought it was a bad movie where a stunning last 15 minutes covered up a really bad movie.

Whenever anyone says Bala makes 'realistic' 'hard hitting' movies that bring out 'true reality' - I usually think the person has been consumed by popular narrative. That he/she believes what the media and friends want him to believe. Showing parts of society that deals with prostitution death and other kidnapping related things in exaggerated detail can make up for some documentary but not good entertaining cinema. I am not sure that relying on 'its disgusting' element alone is such a sustainable movie making approach. Bala is an one-trick pony who has over cooked his only angle.

23 comments:

Vijay S. said...

I agree completely with your post. He is overrated.

But nonetheless, his movies are different than the usual boy-meets-girl-fall-in-love crap. His movies also do not have the they-lived-happily-ever-after endings. So i do feel that it is better to overrate Bala than the others (read shankar).


"Sethu is the only movie I saw of his."

You watched "Sirutthai" but did not watch any other Bala movie? =P
His movies may not be the best. But sure is worth watching atleast once.

BTW great blog!

Anonymous said...

what abt ameer then?

Anonymous said...

Avan-Ivan was total crap.

Asura said...

"His movies also do not have the they-lived-happily-ever-after endings. So i do feel that it is better to overrate Bala than the others (read shankar).

"

Cannot disagree more. Shankar has no pretensions. He makes commercial entertainers and he admite to it freely. No one overrates him. He is known as a pukka commercial director.
What is really irksome however is pretentious directors like Bala and the crowd that overrates him-when all he makes are commercial masalas with bizarre characters. This is more dangerous for thamizh cinema than the kind of films Shankar makes.

Anonymous said...

He is the Madhur Bandarkar of the South. Enough said.

-- JettyBoy

Extra-Ordinarily Ordinary said...

Well said, Hawkeye. He first creates 2-3 crazy characters and then proceeds to write some hotchpotch script with a gory/There-I-Have-done-THAT ending that will ensure people will leave with a "whaataae director to show this onscreen?" thought. His only decent-ish movie was Nanda - I think it had to do more with Suriya than Bala.

Anonymous said...

Oru Panay sorru ku oru sorru kanakka raja?

Before Nanda Suriya's career and acting skills were Extra ordinarily ordinary simple a sollunumna kanchi potta sattai than his screen presence.

- KP

sreekrishnan said...

Overrated or underrated is purely because of how you set your expectations in your head. Though I wouldnt agree on Bala's subjects as i have never been able to watch any movie of his twice to appreciate anything else. ... His Logic and treatment of a subject is brilliant. The subject he choses is probably your like or dislike ..

Its like Not liking Sweet in general but agreeing that Soan Papdi is a very good sweet...

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Avan Ivan was a koduramaana experience.

Anonymous said...

Majority equate a mix of drama, needless sentiment and a depressing climax to reality. It's amazing all Bala movies has a hero who is not normal. There are very few directors who can give more than a couple of good films like Manirathnam or Balachandar. Everyone else is very over hyped (one trick pony as you said) and people like to believe what media says.

Thiru

Blogeswari said...

Idellam inda Balu Mahendra 'pattarai' lerndu branch out aana directors-oda piravi gunam.Raam,Bala,Ameer madiri "let's roll a joint and yoschify" types and hence the koduraamana climax kinda films. Vetrimaaran is an exception.

Anonymous said...

Hi i did not expect this kind of post from you, i have been reading your blog for quite sometime, but this one was unexpected, ART by itself appears different to different people, so you can have your own views. I also agree that there is a similar pattern in bala's movies, yeah there have been patterns of any director be it shankar or balachander( for that matter sethu, paruthiveeran and subramaniapuram are on the same pattern) or you name them. But the important thing for anybody whose in a field is moving the industry forward, that i think bala has done. you should also read his "Ivan than Bala book"

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with hawkeye and blogeswari.. this balu mahendra pattarai make some 'arivu jeevi' movies and praise/promote amongst themselves for giving classics..And ofcourse there's a crowd which would fall for any crap these guys give... Bala's only selling point is to have a hero who's out of the ordinary and controversial (like a juvenile killer, vettiyaan, agori sanyasi)...

-BlackAccord

inbavalli said...

I watched Sethu and Pithamagan on thiruttu vcd and took a bow. I do not invest my hard earned money on this person. I'll never forgive Bala for letting that Laila woman scream in Pithamagan. Aiyyo!

Aravind said...

I guess this is a really shallow analysis. I don't think Bala ever mentioned that he wants to make realistic movies. He has mentioned in a couple of interviews about observing fringe/weird characters in the society and trying to weave a story/script around them. He might be uni-dimensional but to call him a bad filmmaker is definitely not done. I felt Naan Kadavul/Nandha/Pithamagan were all brilliant movies.

Dr.Dheep said...

Completely agree. Nandha was exceptional for its time. Pithamagan was a good try too. Was completely offput by Nan kadavul. The histrionics of the beggar crowd was very bad. (especially the dialogues they were made to speak in the name of kaamedy) Yet to watch Avan Ivan. Will never miss any of his movies though. Just the lure of the extra ordinary...

I said...

Nolan kooda dhaan eppa paaru psycho thriller edukaran...

L***de ka Bala said...

@|
The comparison is blasphemous :P Atleast there is no "disgust element" and "sembatta thala" in Nolan's movies. Read blogeswari's review of Avan Ivan.

Kokki Kumarru said...

I felt pithamagan was a good movie. But guys watch out for aaranya kandam.

Asura said...

Bala makes well disguised masala movies. Pithamagamn is a classic example, with the annoying comedy track(Laila sucked bigtime), the needless Simran item dance number, the age old story of friendship, loss and revenge and the climactic over-the-top one-on-one fight. The central character was chosen to be a bizarre one(played awfully by Vikram) intentionally. But it was as if Bala wanted to take a crazy character and put them in a regular mass masala. And unfortunately he managed to fool parts of the audience into thinking this is what is reality and brilliant filmmaking.

Like someone else mentioned before Nanda was the only effort worth applauding. But even there Bala couldnt stop himself from inserting a "There, see I shocked you!" kind of ending which was at best, cinematic

I said...

@LKB No direct comparison. One-trick pony is not necessarily a bad thing. At least Bala can write a human script without having to depend on confusing subconscious mazes.

Anonymous said...

//Bala is an one-trick pony who has over cooked his only angle.//

Hit, Nail head. I think he has a template and then fills the template. Avan Ivan was strikingly similar to Pithamagan. Loose screenplay and no real punch. I liked his Nandha though.

-Ganesh

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