Jul 30, 2008

Chiru for Chief minister? (And Kuselan Mini-Review)

I haven't been following Andhra politics for sometime now, but still this news came as a huge surprise to me. Chiranjeevi and politics? Well, he was the megastar of Andhra after NTR so he is definitely aspiring to test his luck. With the state assembly elections around the corner in a few months, the announcement come along the lines of what Vijaykanth did three years ago. I watched Chiru's recent 'Tagore' and it had failure written all over its face and was duly rejected by the audience. Isn't it a sign for him to tread his path carefully? Hmmm... we never know what Andhrites think, when it comes to politics. Let's wait and watch..
Kuselan Mini-Review:
Not having watched Baba, Kuselan is the most boring Rajni movie since Pandian.
Rajni - Savior of the movie. Injects at least some life into an otherwise irritating story.
Pasupathy - Looks disinterested in the proceedings throughout. Is funny when he tries to dance with his family.
Nayanthara - Total waste, except for a couple of songs and some front-benchers. Among the entire cast (excl. Rajni) of double-chinners, pot-bellyholders and no-neckers, she is somewhat of a relief.
Meena - Tries to act as an 'ideal wife' which she just barely manages to pull off.
Vadivelu - Crass comedy, generously sprinkled with double entendres. Managed to show his true talent in the scene where he gets to meet Rajni.
Supporting cast: The less said about them, the better. The nuns of the school were shockingly silly; the gang of Livingston & co., were insipid, fellow shop-owners and neighbors of Pasupathy would have failed even a single episode of TV soap opera.
Music: One song sounds like 'Uruguthey', one like 'Veyilodu'.. Easily the worst album of GV Prakash.
Picturization: Horrible. Especially the song where the village praises Pasupathy. Dolphins and exotic waterfalls in a song were so hilarious.
Story & Screenplay: None. The main plot goes around and around and around until even the most patient of us scream "padathai mudingayya".
Dialogues: Amateurish. When Meena refuses the neighbour's food, and when Pasupathy refuses to meet Rajni, the dialogues sound deja-vu.
Cinematography: Zooming on the distorted mouths, faces and bodies of the fringe actors will not win you any awards.
Direction: P Vasu is back to his 'full form'. When a big deal is made out of a seamingly worthless issue, it is the worst possible plot one can get. I havent watched the Mallu original, but I doubt it must have been butchered by Vasu.
Attitude problems: Firstly, the film is not named after Pasupathy's character, as everyone thought. Rajni, in his final speech, makes it clear that he is 'Kuselan' (and there is a 'Krishna' twist to Pasupathy's role to justify that). So, this film is, after all, on Rajni. Secondly, when Sundarrajan asks some sensible questions to Rajni, I was truly surprised. The subsequent sommersault of Sundarrajan and Rajni's reactions to his questions, I thought, reflected Rajni's attitude on all of us who have and raise such questions.


polynag said...

The people of andhra pradesh were already fedup by congress, TDP and TRS. I am waiting to see how good he and his party will do.
Tagore is quiet old movie. Not even tagore, but most of his recent movies in the last 2-3 years did only average. But definetly i can say, NTR is exceptional case, Chiru may not get the 220+ seats which he is wishing. NTR released more than 25 films in the last 2-3 years before entering polictics and most of them were superhit.

Anu said...

Well, i think the mantra nowdays is, if your films are failing take up politics,In tamilnadu, we have everyone from Karthik to Sarathkumar .. planning to be the next CM

J said...

Raju - welcome back? how are you doing?

Kuselan movie poreenghala? After a loongg time, Tamil movie is screened in Cinema 12 (I think after Sivaji). YAY idhu engha area :D

unghaluku ethu kita?

LOL Anu :-) Karthik koodava? I never knew.

Raju said...

Nagesh, yeah, hopefully he is better than all the present parties. I doubt though, since much of his new party leaders would be the deflectors from the other parties.. Let's see.. About 'Tagore', I'm sorry.. I meant 'Stalin'..

I also agree that NTR's halo effect was much higher than Chiru's.. Especially his appearing as Rama and Krishna in several movies was one of the main reasons for his win, right?
Anu, yeah very true. Karthik and Sarath have already joined hands together.. They are trying to pull in Vijaykanth.. I hope he stays away from them, since they both lead caste-based parties.. Let's see what the jokers are upto..
J, Thanks.. konjam busy indha summer-le adhaan..

Yes, Kuselan movie tonight's Premier show at unga area's Cinema 12.. That is nearer than movie city.

mitr_bayarea said...


thanks for kuselan quick review, I can now wait till the tix prices drop to $5 to watch it.

ramya said...

hi raju, so,u r back finally.. i heard kuselan s bad.. but not expected such a funnny review..

J said...

LOL mini review illai mega review :)) indha padathuku idhu too much :) Ughh nethu ponen ..sema kadupu..

oh premier show'a LOL :))
I wanted to see the crowd and A wanted to watch 'Dead Knight', so we were there at Cinema 12 on Thursday night :)

Me too said...

aahaa... onga review paarththu semma kushi-aagivittadhu!! ;)

Raju said...

Mitr, I would recommend to wait till they show it on Sun TV to watch it. I know that you are a Rajni fan, but still this movie will be little too much to watch on screen.
Ramya, yeah.. so u r back too.. Recommendation for Kuselan - Just stay away from it.
J, mini review-ezhudha poi mega review ayiduchu.. only yesterday I realized that I haven't talked about Prabhu or Pasupathy's kids.. ellaarum potti pottu veruppethurAnga..

Oh you were there on Thursday nite huh? Like what happened during Sivaji, a heavy traffic on Route 3 West delayed my arrival to 8:15 PM. When i asked the person sitting to me how long the movie is running, he said 5 mins.. and I was glad that I didnt miss much. Now I wish I arrived there 30-45 mins. late.
Aparna, indha padathahi parthu enakkum oru vazhiyile kushi ayiduchu. I could see even Rajni fanatics in the theater bemoaning and howling in several scenes, which sounded good to me. Honestly, I wanted this movie to flop. Long time due for mindless craps being sold in the name of Rajni.

J said...

neengha padam mudiyarappa poyirunthaa kooda onum miss pani iruka maateengha ;-)

Prabhu - aama, Billa'layae avara police officer'a paaka mudiyalai. marubadiyumaa'nu thonuchu :-)

pasupathu kids - Grrr, antha 1st daughter'ku hair straightening pani, Ughhh enna dhaan masala'naalum, konjam common sense irukanum la...Meena with make up in that poor house -- horrible.

Raju said...

J, romba correct-dhan.. Padam just last 20 mins mattumdhan.. The kids of Pasupathy were totally out of place for the village story.. It was like a deja-vu of 'Kaatril varum geethamey' family song.. Thaanga mudiyale.. Only the boy looked like a village fella..

rohini said...

Raju , where s ur next post...??


Raju said...

Rohini, konjam busy.. adhan konjam delay in next post.. :)