Monday, January 5, 2009

Aham Brahmasmi

This is possibly the significant preaching of Hinduism. This post though, does not deal with that aspect, as the author is grossly unqualified to comment on an issue of such deep philosophical significance.

This has to do with a certain movie called Naan Kadavul (a literal translation of the Sanskrit title). Not often does a movie let alone its trailer totally sweep you off your feet. Bala ,though, has proved in just 3 movies that with him you can only expect the unexpected. In 2 and a half minutes of sheer brilliance Bala has set the expectations from the movie soaring.

How many film makers would dare release a full length trailer with barely a dozen words spoken and all of them in a language foreign to the primary audience of the movie. How many film makers would showcase nothing other than a gory looking man hitting out at any one who comes in his way in an absolutely cold blooded manner for the most part of the trailer? No sign of the heroine, who going by the past movies of this director will not be the usual puppet like caricature as in most other movies. No time for a song sequence, as is the norm in any trailer of these parts. Its action from the word go, and for the next couple of minutes you are transported to a totally different world.

The stunning visual imagery cannot possibly be described in words. The camera has captured the gushing waters and the raging fires in a spectacular fashion. The music! Illayaraja! Be it the heightening of the tempo or the momentary silence , the grand maestro elevates the impact of the trailer every single second of its length.

In any Bala movie, the actors doesn't matter ,for, with a story as powerful as his, the actor playing the lead pales into insignificance and only the character remains with you and this time promises to be no different. Arya , who has given his everything for this movie for two years looks to have done a fantastic job. The other sadhu who seems to have been given quite a bit of prominence in this trailer is one of the many characters I am dying to see being etched out on the big screen, come Pongal.

In the rather unlikely event of the movie being a total disappointment, I'd still take this 2 and a half minute thrill a second trailer ride to 95% of the movies being released. To quote a very famous dialogue, "idhu verum trailer daan.. ! ".


Susa said...

Er Kutty, I dont think anyone else has reviewed a trailer before..

Srikanth said...

KuttI, I'M Beginning to associate multiple meanings to the last line. Beware...

Hariharan said...


no one has made a trailer like this before.. lol

but anyways.. there are sites which have reviewed trailers before..


its kutty with a y not a i.. I prefer not to use an I you see..

«charlie|thotti» said...

I will agree to the third para and the second-last para.

yamini said...

I have seen 'aham brahmasmi' displayed in a particular girls room. I thought this article was about her/for her/dedicated to her.
Disappoint pannitiye kuttY. ppl please note "its kutty with 'Y' and not anything else" . Dont dare taking away Y from him or his name :-)

S Balaji Srinivasan said...

KuttI, the excitement is perceptible in your writing.

PS: In the past, most films that had exceptional trailers turned out to be duds.
Lets see!!

RR said...

Steve Y?

Sungl said...

Apparently,I hear Kutty was particularly impressed with the action sequences in the movie,especially the BLACKI(eye)s..

jungle said...

All the caps in this blog seem very dear to kuttY.. 'A'ham, 'B'rahmasmi, 'K'adavul, 'I'layaraja and of course, kutt'Y'.. Good 'C'apita'L'izations.. lol..

jungle said...

As the Buddha thinks Capitalization Is Kinda Lame a word to bring out the power of 'C' 'and 'L', HarI, IM gonna take back my prev comment..

MaVeRicK said...
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MaVeRicK said...

"आ बैल मुझे मार |"
Kutty... I.. I'M so sorry man, you're totally screwed.. how'd ya dig your own grave da.. or was this planned? :D
Your post's subject matter apart, this reminds me of how we had harassed Duck some years back for A. All for the want of reviewing a movie trailer, eh? :P
ॐ तत् त्वं असि| (n-entendres intended with certitude!!) :D

Hariharan said...

@ charlie..

glad to find some support :)


guess Sivaji is right on top of that list.. lol.. but then this is Bala!

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