Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Why Rahman and Slumdog?

Mozart of  Madras, AR Rahman's score in slumdog millionaire makes Billions of people smile and proud.  Congratulations Rahman, you deserve more than this.  Actually, academy should be proud that such a person receiving Oscar!!  If I'm not wrong!!
After this moment, we can raise a question, why rahman and why not other music composers from India?
I had been telling constantly to my friends.. ARR's original soundtrack is improving since few years back, and no need to say about his song's, he proved when he born.  All other indian musicians were failed to adopt the cultural barriers and experiment fusing traditional with contemporary instruments  like layering multi-instruments in different versions of music, if i ll say in one word, "Innovation".  And major thing i noticed with rahman is, there is a celebration in his music.  We can name many music composers for the score in emotions of tension, regret, obnoxious, resentment, annoyance, etc but for the moments of celebration, Rahman is the best composer in music history.  His music is such a celebration in many movies, its really intrude and induce our soul.  That is what he did in slumdog millionaire, though this movie had lot of opportunities for emotional showcase, Danny boyle and Rahman never allowed that emotions,instead they celebrated.  This treatment is really new and fresh, i feel this is the reason for such an enthusiastic acclamation in Golden globe, BAFTA, and Oscars.  By the way, if anyone of our indian filmmaker had taken a world standard movie, rahman could get these awards few years back.
Then, Slumdog millionaire...there are controversies about slumdog's success. One of my friend affirms slumdog millionaire as bumdog millionaire and its highly overrated, may be...(re)views never be same.

Lets see some technical aspects of this movie.
First music, as i told, it's really awesome, but rahman did better songs before 'jai ho..'.What to do, indian filmmakers know how to make movie within formula, but doesnt know a formula to make a movie in world standard and promote it(we must accept our flaws).

Secondly, Cinematography: It seems movie's cinematographer haven't seen before such kinda slums, thats why his camera was hungry enough to show and do wonders with its angels...it may be public toilet or Daraavi slum or mumbai landscape and its buildings or children's escape from police, train scenes and so on...awesome...an art through lens!!

Third Editing, though the story has inter-linked scenes, at anymoment its a challenge to find a single mistake.  So inch-by-inch, a great punch.  Particularly, at the begining of the movie, anil kapoor asking g about Jamal, the cut-to police man slaps Jamal, this  cut is a perfect example for editing, and sound mixing.

Lastly, Screenplay: No need to analyze, because if it is someother screenplay writer, he couldn't touch this (ordinary)story...making everyone to watch this story for two hours itself a big story!!  Like Craziness with cine-stars, Liveliness of slum life and death of orphans, Cruelty of religious fights, for breaking cultural aesthetics with love beyond virgin(for indian audience??), and social issues through a TV program, and the list goes till 'Jai ho'...
Totally Jai Ho,OOOh HO..!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Naan Kadavul??

Latest sensation(i don't know why,after watching 'pithamagan') in tamil film industry:Naan kadavul. Hell, i felt while watching this mass appeal movie,i thought of jumping away from cinema. The film director, Bala should re-consider himself. He is not a real parallel cinema maker or commercial maker(though there is nothing like that). I really don't know why people are celebrating him as a great filmmaker??Motcham, Saabam are protagonist's major deeds. Arya started well as an agory, Rudran, but the maker spoiled the tempo of the character. He has lot of opportunities to show the other side of the so called agories or the people living as such kinda status or stage. Then the story takes a turn and introduces us to the world of physically and mentally deformed beggars, again it starts well, especially the way BLACK HUMOUR performed by beggars is new to current Tamil cinema.Though he showed the life style and adversities in classical way, I dint involve sympathetically apart from those beggars appearance. Reason may be Illayaraja's music and movie lags of its making perfection. The maker trying to make the movie as GLOOMY, but he dint even competes the gloomy matter in KATTRATHU TAMIL's jeeva characterisation(though that movie failed because of protagonist's controversy).
Then, Arya, though his performance was great, still its a big question why he did all for!!
And background score, Illayaraja, I'm really doubtful on whether he is in 21st century or 20's or whether he knows what a background score is...(I'm really sorry for these words, though he is one of my favourite musicians, i want to use these words...if legends do mistake, it should be exaggerated, this is fact). The dialogues by much acclaimed writer, Jayamohan, is not off the mark sometimes. But overall it is good. Many times we cannot understand what their speaking, may be coz' of sound mixing was not clear. And logical mistakes like the protagonist(being an agory) accepts very easily to get home is an example. Bala, always try to show the extreme level of morbidity in his movies, nothing wrong, for number of reasons he is not getting right ingredients in scripting and making too. Technologically too his latest one is far behind. Music, camera, sound mixing, rerecording, etc...flaws will extend more if i ll let me to think, no need. I strongly believe its waste of time for him to try to make world cinema or parallel cinema or kinda cinema. Instead he can try to make movies like perarasu or hari's commercial cinema(though i stopped to see their movies long back, so i would add him in this list..haha), then people will be happy. Totally it's not a worthy movie apart from beggars life sequence.