The following is straight out of a chat conversation between me and my friend, on Raavanan.
Take1: So, the verdict ?
Take2: There's no one word verdict :)
Take1: Meaning ?
Take2: The only thing on my mind now is naan varuven, meendum varuven I think that one scene did it for me...
Take1: I saw it in the morning ... the harmonium is still ringing in my head !!!!
Take2: But yeah, I thought brilliant performances, awesome cinematography; India didn't look more beautiful
Take1: Ya ..true
Take2: I would have been abolsutley flabbergasted if the story was a tad less predictable
Take1: First half was a bit dull for my liking
Take2: Exactly. But i have to say... the music got lost in the movie nothing stood out except naan varuven...
Take1: hmm ... agreed .. no masterpiece bgm too ..still the last 20 mins I was like .. damn .. do i have to sit .. i was almost jumping
Take2: The last 20 mins were brilliant
Take2: I think the ramayan adaptation totally overshadows the naxalite undercurrent
Take1: Ya .. the current is almost not there
Take2: It’s there at one point, and then it gets lost with the sister revenge
Take1: And i would ve liked the priya mani bit not to be the reason for revenge
Take2: Yeah that brought the movie down a notch. Its becomes like oh, this always happens in tamil movies .. or hindi movies ;)
Take1: But ya .. he was so vehiment on adaptaion thingie - with karthik jumping arnd and all
Take2: yes, i jumping around was too much
Take1: Ya .. almost shankar-ish :)
Take2: But Karthik was really good
Take1: Ya he was
Take2: Vikram's last few scenes... good God! Where he says usuru vandhurchu and where ash says babababa his expressions were brillaint
Take1: hmm .. wonder how AB would match up
Take2: I was going to type the same thing. I'll find out tomorrow :)
Take1: me too :)
Take2: I have a feeling AB might be as good... because he's wuite looney in real life and he might get the last few scenes right on target because he's with ash
Take1: Ya .. possible
Take1: And prithviraj ... was super
Take2: Prithviraj was alright... not much there ;) but yeah, i'm curious to see vikram in that role. I vaguely liked it that priya mani's name was vennila :)
Take1: I liked her tan look ;)
Take1: And why is ranjitha there .. grr
Take2: I know.. horrible dance steps and no dialogue
Take1: Her scenes got the highest mass appeal .. or response ... i was disgusted.. at the public first and then at mani
Take2: ha ha ha ... but the controversy happened after she was cast, and shot.. we had a few people giggling here when she first came on screen
Take1: Ya .. same ... and then screams in the subsequent scenes .. the "intelligent" tamil audience
Take1: mixed reviews already .. from worst mani movie to the best
Take2: yeah I was reading some online
Take1: i would take middle path :)
Take2: Frankly, I have never come out of a mani rathnam movie in the theatre going WOW
Take1: exactly my thought !!!
Take2: somehow i end up liking it more over time
Take1: It sinks in ..
Take2: yep... All... aayudha ezhuthu, guru
Take1: Even alaipayude .. i was like .. did i see a good film or a great film
Take2: :) .. Kannathil muthamitaal maybe that stirred me up a bit but none of the others
Take1: AE stirred me up ... since the subject is close to my heart or was ..
Take2: But If it weren't for that last song in Raavan, I wouldn't remain staring at the screen for long after, awed.
Take1: That was the moment of the movie !
Take1: the harmonica started first .. i was like wow .....
Take2: when he just looked at her face, and fell over... and the song was his parachute...
Take1: rahman sounded like God !
Take1: I have heard usure pogude since i saw it .. not behne de !
Take2: Still didn't work for me...
Take1: hmm ..
Take1: Beera beera song ..in the bg now i can hear dan dan dan dandanaka clearly :)
Take2: aah! I loved the kaatu sirukki chanting
Take1: oh yeah .. waiting to hear the ranjha version of it .. gotta be better
Take2: hmm :)
Take2: Aapparently that spot where ash falls and usure pogushe starts was the same spot as punnagai mannan
Take1: oh .. interesting
Take1: that priya mani's fiancée ..some guys were talking outside the theatre ..that he is the guy who played amudha's cousin !
Take2: really?! wow
Take2: the scene before kalvare was totally Roja. Madhubala finding where Aravind Swamy was
Take1: hmm :) and I thought one scene was so dil se .. oh ya .. the priya mani - police station scene
Take1: There's no one word verdict, I guess :)
Song for the Occassion: Naan Varuvene ... meeendum varuvene !