Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Kumara Rama - Naa kanda haage

May be I am one of those few people who still believe in the Kannada film industry. May be that’s what drives me to the theatres every time a good project hits the screens. This time also my loyalty towards my language drove me to the PVR cinemas where “ Kumaara Rama” was being screened. It gave me immense pleasure to know that the movie was running full house in Europa & Gold Class, where tickets are considered to be very expensive.

After a great stint, I managed to get tickets on a weekday, and I thought it could be a good mid-week break to hit the theatres on a Wednesday. So, with my cousin & my dad, there I was at Europa, Luckily , I was happy that I didn’t miss the first scene of the movie, till I realized that may be it was good for me to miss it rather than to have been there to burst out laughing in the very first scene of the protagonist’s grand entry.
Strange, I myself was surprised, was it me, who made that kind of a remark on the very first scene of the movie that I craved to watch. Well, that explains it all -that was
“Kumaara Rama” for you - Summed up.

I concluded our people do not know what the art of film making was nor do they understand what kind of homework needs to go in before the project hits the floor. Our actors are only performers who deliver what the director asks them to & nothing beyond that. Absolutely correct , may be that’s exactly what I was looking for, our actors do not think on their own. They lack their own thought process, the art of creative thinking of picturising the character in his/her mind & portraying him/her on the screen is an essential part of an actor. Here is where our actors take a beating; this is what sets them apart from actors like Kamal Hassan, Aamir Khan, Prakash Rai & several others & for the same reason, they can least be compared to the best of all Dr. Rajkumar, who was actually supposed to be playing the role of Kumara Rama.

I feel ashamed to criticize a movie which is being appreciated so much as one of the best works of Kannada Cinema. I wonder why, may be because I have had a strong influence of the wonderful book written by Su. Rudramurthy Shastri.

Even if we keep aside the literary work & analyze the movie, it appears to be a work of am amateur or comes straight out of an obsolete, old school of film making. Right from the costumes, make –up, to backdrop, the sets, nothing seems to be artistic. The introduction song of the powerful Kumara Raama , is so ordinary that it can be used in any of the so called commercial movies to introduce any regular, super normal hero of any B grade movies, there would be no difference whatsoever. While we are yet to digest this, the duet of Raama & Rathna (his Lady Love) comes up on the screen, the song goes “ Gini Raama , Gini Raama…. “. set up to imitate the mood of the early sixties romance….the song turns out to be pretty funny. The director might have thought that this could be creative, while there was no need of creativity out there, when all that you had to do was to tell the audience about a tender yet strong relationship that blossomed between a Prince & a normal Gypsy girl. The song fails to communicate the essence of a blossoming romance which intensifies the story further causing pain not only in the life of Raama & Rathna , but also destroys an entire kingdom.

The movie revolves around only Raama, but fails to bring out the importance of other protagonists like Rathnaji , Ramale , Maathangi or even Sangi, the beloved servant of Rathna for that matter who poisons Rathna’s mind.

a) Rathnaji : is a young Gypsy girl who falls in love with Rama. Fate plays a tragic role in her life when she adorns the role of her own Lover’s step mother when the king deceptively marries her by bribing her father. wow! the character unfolds beautifully, She grows into the Queens’ position overnight from being a Gypsy , she then becomes “ Rathna-Jee “ what a transformation. She is nowhere called Rathanji in the movie (What a tasteless depiction of the character). Her love for Raama is so strong, she craves for him like Meera, she lusts for him, as if he were to be the only reason for her emancipation. She is love blind, hence cannot distinguish between her responsibilities as a mother nor is able to come out of her past love life. As simple as that, she adores Raama, she does not want to hurt him, but yes, Her rage against the king is so huge that she hates the entire kingdom, for having kept quite & tolerated the old king’s cruelty of getting married at this old age. To forget her pain , she gets into liquor, The movie does not bring out this aspect of an adorable & matured Love which has strong roots, reasons to turn the story upside down. Anitha – who has performed the role probably has no understanding of how intense role is, may be she mistook it to be just another “ Saas – Bahu” saga on Star Plus…what a shame.
b) Rambha is a perfect choice for Maathangi’s role but lack of footage & flesh in her role does not justify why she chooses to join Tughlaq’s men to wage war against Raama. Finally in the climax, when she finally realizes her mistake, she pulls her dagger to slit her own throat & die. The death (sorry! murder!) of an amazing role yet again. Sorry Mr. Director, Maathangi needed proper nourishment to make an impact of that sort.
c) Raamale, the wife of Raama is the only character which appears to be right & performed to its best of abilities. Laya – has done a neat job of fitting into Ramale’s shoes. Fortunately a lease of life out there.

It is impossible for us to neglect the efforts of Shivarajkumar who is playing Kumara Raama himself. He surely has understood the expectation of the audience, may be the only thought that was running in his mind while performing the role of Raama was that he would definitely be compared to his father, the Doyen of historical cinema in Kannada film industry. He has put in all his efforts in watching every possible historical movie of his father to get his mannerisms right , but if only, he had taken the same interest in the body language, costumes & Make-up , may be also in the screen play, his dialogues, the songs, every bit of an element involved, he would have saved himself a downfall. He turns out excellent performance in certain scenes where Kalla Raama is involved, but doesn’t register well as Kumaara Raama. Kalla Raama is a senti character , whereas Kumaara Raama depicts Veera rasa in every angle. He is good at fights , but fails terribly alongside Laya in classical dance sequences. Somebody ,, please tell him you cannot make the movie once again, It’s an opportunity lost for Shivarajkumar. May be if he had a mentor, or somebody who could guide him all the way, his potentials could be harnessed better. Out here it becomes a Skill issue rather than a Will issue. His dedication towards the project is something that comes out well, but unfortunately lack of good critics around him, is a major cause for him to emerge as a good actor. What could anybody do, if the director okays the shot without sweating his actors out.

Seasoned actors like Srinivasamurthy in the role Kampilaraya, Avinash in the role of Baha-ud –din, CR Simha in Tughlaq’s role shine though their role is brief. The variety that is shown in designing these characters’ costumes is not there in Raama’s costumes. His looks on-screen is a big bore, whereas Kumaara Raama is a person who is loved & lusted by every woman in the story. That explains why Raama’s mother insists that he wear a particular ornament called ‘Pendeya” that is worn on the leg with “ Paranaari Sodara’ written on it. Boo Hoo- no emphasis on this aspect either.

“Ella OK, aadre where is Kumaara Raama in the movie”, the young, handsome, righteous, courageous, obedient, patriot, lover boy, is no where in the movie.

As long as there will be start-struck callers on television programs going Ga- ga over mediocre/ semi-mediocre performance of such Movies…….kannada movies will never get on track.

May be “ EDUCATED “ actors, directors & critics who can “ THINK” is what our Industry needs now.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Noorondhu , hmmm….. noorondhu enu ? , Noorondhu nenapa? Kanasa? Manadalli haridaadi nammanne nadugisuva yochanegala?

Gotthagthilla , exactly, gothaagthilla, , Ellavu seri kaadthive nannee jeevanavanna….

Jeevanaane haage yeno ? Noorondhu Prashnegalanna ommele namma mundhe thandhu nilsi, utthara kelutthe. Yaavudakke uthra kododhu , yaavudanna bidodhu ondhu gotthaagolla. Athava, Enu uthra kodabeku antha yochne maado ashtralli, kaala minchinanteh odi hogirutthe, Aadre nam prashne maathra haage ulidirutthe, Uttharavillade’ne.

May be that’s why, Parents, relatives, Friends , well wishers antha Mukhavaada haakondu namm mundhe baro samaaja nammana matthe matthe Yechcharisodhu .

Adara Bagge aamele maathadona, Enaaythu nange, Ondh sala yochne maadidre , I think I am secured, Aadre , Aagle baruthhe ondh sanna bhookampana , Yedeyolage. Adhu Yaavudhe formalli irabahudu,, It comes in all sizes & shapes.

Nan Thamma – Deepu kaadthaane….nannavaru , dodda prashenyaaagi kaanisthaare. Ivaru nanna foundation’ne aadisibidthaare anni….ashtu saaladhu antha

Hogodakke munche naaku janarige olledhu maadabeku anno hambala haagagi ondashtu janara Odanaata avara kashta nodi, nandenu antha kashta alla samaadhaana patkollokko…eno, kailaadasthu maaduva aaseyanthu idhe……Adhu nam Maid servant Malar ‘ge ne irabahudu, athava Nan swantha Cousin ‘ge ne irabahudu. Athava Cosmo outlook itkondu , prapanchaane uddhara maado Mother teresa thara class’alli integrity bagge lecture kododhe irabahudu…... Heege , monne Sheshadripuram’na playground’nalli Shanivaara madhyahna aatavaduthidda ella vayassina hudugranna nodidaaga, avaralliruva playfulness, innocence impress maadthu. Mai – kai kolakaagutthe annodannu yochisadhe mannu etthi haako huduganobba, thengina gariyinda maidaanavanna gudisi swachha maaduvavanobba. Hey , man, so cute , yaav yochane neu illa hudugrige, maidaanadalli bevarilisi kolakaagi manege hogi , oota maadidaraaythu, aadre idhe innocence, avaru beledhu doddavaradaaga enaagutthe, Mumbai’yallli, athava mathinello bomb itta huduganu ivara haage beladavanalve, avanigyaake, ee nagu kaanisalilla, janaru mugdharu antha avanige yaake kaanisalilla…..praayashaha, avanige adhu arthavaagilkke , avanu intha sundara parisaradalli beladiralilveno, illavaadalliavanige arthavaaguthithhu..

Idelladara madhye Varamahalakshmi’yanna mange kareyo sambhramadalli, family politics’na swalpa handle maadi, nanna putta swargakke naanu bandhu seridaaga…..sanje 7 aagitthu….nan bali ellavu idhe , enoo illa, I am totally in control of my life, or “ I am feeling insecured , do I trust my Guy, if yes, am I ready to wait for him asa long as he wants? do I want to continue with my job, or do I need a change, Sometimes I wish I should have studied further probably one of my innate desires that I forgot to nourish, but is this the right time, is it my priority? Job? Studies? Marriage? Koothu yochisidaaga , Jeevana ettha horatidhe , “ Ellige Payana, Yaavudu Daari”….mch….Utthara nannavaru helthaare “ I DON’T KNOW”

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Raama yaake ishtu kroori …..

Blog Shuru Maadiddhe maadiddhu , aadre yaav kaaranakke blog shuru maadidhno adanne marethu mikkella vishyada bagge thale kediskonde.

Baraha annodhu namma manassige naavu hidyo kannadi anthaare ….haagadroo nange yenu beku antha naanu artha maadkotheeno eno antha bareyodanna shuru maaadiddhe, Aadre life eshtu busy aiythu andre ondh kshana koothu nam jeevanadalli enenu aiythu , yaaru bandru , yaaru hodru, Naav kalakondiddenu , padakondiddeshtu antha avalokana maado ashtu purusotthu namage illavaagi hoythu.

Heege jeevanada intha Naagaalotada madhye ondh nadu madhyaana nange ondh kshana koothu hinthirugi nodo avakaasha banthu , Balcony’ya railings mele dhairyavaagi kaalu chaahci koothu haaro aa baanaadigalanna nodtha avugala jothe manassu kooda ellello haari hoiythu……”Don’t go where life takes you , take Life where you want to go “ ello odiddhu nenapu. Nan attitude towards Life’na , Swaabhimana antha kariyodha , athava Moorkhathana annoda? Prathi hagaloo- raathri obbale dina saagiso magala bagge yochane maadadhe sose obbale malagalu hedarutthale antha yochane maado daddy’na nannavaru antha kareelo athava….bettadashtu Preethi idroo madve yaavaga antha maathra kelabeda anthanno nan huduga’nna nannavaru anthanlo ? career important’o …illa madve ‘no?

Sari Yaavudu beda…..just tell me ….sariyaada samaya barutthe antha allivaregu naavu kaayuvudhu sareeno….athava jeevana naavu helidha haage nadeebeku illavaadre adakke arthave illa antha Hata maaduvudhu sariyo?

Can we impose solutions on life?

Eshto baari parihaara enu annodhu namage gotthidru, naavu enu maadalagadha haage handicap aagtheve, adhe nam Choice irabahudu…still, I wonder, Why don’t we do something such that we get the desired result out of life…may be , fear of losing what we have….????!!! (Rubber band theory you see!)

Here I come , this is what I wanted to understand ….why am I not able to walk out of Rajiv’s life even though he is not able to convince me yet as to why we cannot get married ASAP. May be, I myself am insecure that I do not want to lose him.

Priya ( my colleague) insists that I have my options open…..actually look out for other options & not consider Rajiv until he does something about marriage. Should I do that? Is that right or am I being too harsh on him, thumba materialistic anslava Life’u….naanonthra swaarthi ansalla aaga, haagantha should I let Rajiv walkover me like I am a doormat? No, never, he may not be that harsh , but still, hypothetical aagi aadroo, hangenaadru aiythu andre , what do I do?

Naanonthara kall bande, I know I can face life however it comes….nange feelingsU, affiliationsU illa aadru, aa bhanda dhairyada mele , why should I let myself be seen in such a situation , beku androo, beda andru…ivatthu , Priya , Uncle, elroo madve bagge nan thaleli hula bittiddaare…tell me why should they worry about me, avarenu nan nentare- ishtare, avarige nan mele iro concern-gaagiyaadru naanu maryaade koduvudhu bedave ?

Ishtakku nannaliro dwandhva…Rajiv’ge nan meliro preethi, more than that I know he needs me, & I need him too, its like I couldn’t have asked for more when it comes to marriage, there are so many people who get married having no choice, when I have got what I was looking for, what’s wrong in waiting …annodhu nan prashne….aadre estu dina ? naanu shabari alvalla…..

Friday, April 21, 2006

Anna...neenu namagaagi !

Anna neenu namagaagi , Saavira Varusha sukhavaagi ....antha helakkaagalla. Aadre ...ninna aa nagu... aa vyakthithva....idhyaavudhu naavu mareyallaradhavu.

how unfortunate is the future generation who could not get to have a glimpse of you, your life.....nee hodaaga, yaaryaaro eneno kavithva helidru.....aadre manassige naatiddhu aa simple maathugalu . Aa vyakthithva'ne anthaddu, yaaru, illade iro Shabdagalanna srushtisi haadi hogalabeku ansalla, kaarana avaru elladakku meeridavaru, avara iruvike'ne ashtu simple...avara bagge naavu artificial aaglikke saadhya illa.

Anna helthaare... " ellinda banthu ee janagala preethi ...gotthilla, Devaru kotta...haage ee Mandi novannu kotta... Yashassu, janagala preethi vishwaasa'na kotta adhe Devaru ee novannu kottirovaaga , adanyaake thogobaaradu , adannu asthe preethiyinda sweekarisona"....Yaava anaksharasthan baayalli intha dodda maathugalu uduralu Saadhya...

Intha Vyakthithvada bagge naanu nan blog'nalli bareede hodre , adhu aparipoornavaagutthe.

I have grown up idolising you, seeing Life through you... eshte practical aagidru, idolising stars is silly were not a are beyond that, there could hardly be another person who could influence so many lives in such a huge manner.
Adakkaagiye Yeno... namagE Novaaguve Haage , kalisalaaradha haage, kalisabaaradha reethiyalli ninnana kalisi Kottvi....

Ravi Belagere sir, abhyanthara ilde idre..nimma saalu balaskoltheeni...

"Annaa, ondhu Kshame irali..."

Run on the mill.........may be, it is .....

Its Friday , still so lethargic, still so lost, burning isssues couldnt really get me, my spellings went for a toss, my rational self was nowhere to be found.

Am at office waiting for some last minute updates from my colleagues s othat I could finish my work for the week & leave for the day. Oh ! I hate to wait, but I am glad, atleast haagadru naanu hindirugi noduva sadavakaasha odagitthu....

Ondh vaardha hindashte naanu ondh Pooja samaarambhakke hogiddaaga nam junior Pavan heliddhu nenapige banthu, " you are not your usual self ". Enaagidhe nange...not that I am not enjoying what is happening, I am , may be, adhu Samayada Jothege baro Maturity irabahudu antha convince maadikollona, adhe better.

Jeevanadalli , ellavu badallaagutthe kaalakke thakka haage , office'nalli nam behaviour nam seniors'ge anugunavaagi badalagutthe, maduve aada mele nammavara - nam maneyavara apekshe'ge anugunavaagi ( aaga naavu obbara mane Madadhi, magalu ella aagirtheevalla- dodda javaabdaari), ellavu badallagutthe. college- schoolnallidda huduga buddhi adyaava maradha hindhe avithu kulithu kanna muchchaale aaduttho gotthilla !

May be it is a part of the game, you just accept the change so graciously, or may be aa badallavane annodu namgae gotthillada haage nam dehadolage parakaaya pravesha maadutthe, bere yaaradru helidare Aakshepane anso maathugalu...avara (here ,I refer to your better half) maathalli keli bandaaga sariyeno ansutthe. Ellaanu convincing ansutthe... yaake haage...gothilla..." Eke heegaytho naanu Kaanenu" antha Hamsalekha barediddu nammanthavranna nodeeni irabeku.

Run on the mill....May be, it just dont have the time to understand that you have changed. SO many things that interested you earlier doesnt interest you now....Idara hesare....Baduku.

Idalledara Madhye Naavu Nagale Beku....heege....

Monday, March 06, 2006

Friday’s Rain & more……

It was months since Bangalore was burning over 32 degrees everyday. Draamebaazi of people & politics, people trying to sneak their way out in traffic jams, Scorching sun didn’t seem to have mercy on any of those marketing executives who were struggling to meet their targets by selling that one extra credit card or probably give an unwanted demo of an Acquaguard water purifier to somebody who thinks it is a timepass or probaby has no plans of buying it, There were people who had just shifted to the city wondering if they accidentally landed up in Chennai, a couple of management grads who just graduated out of college looking for Jobs hoping to start a new life, a couple of them who had just shifted jobs with very little or zero balance in their accounts praying that the month would get over very fast & hoping that their bank balance would look much better. I saw struggle in them , a sense of uncertainty, Hope & confidence to sail across the troubled waters. Probably they wanted something that could ease them in some way.

It rained on Friday as if to cool the ground which witnessed all of this & was helpless……….It rained on Friday as if to cool them …..It rained on Friday as if to cool ME…..finally, I come to the point…..How selfish could I get? Did I have to take the bahana of all these people to say what I felt, did I have to look at Life through their eyes to see what was happening inside me ? Dunno , if I am selfish or not , but people have always amused me , so small a world & so different people…….I feel like a fool when I find people so different than what I thought they are, when I realize there’s more to them than what I thought they are, why do I ever get see that facet of their personality. Somebody tell them that it leaves me cheated of my belief on LIFE overall.

There’s this dear but not- so- dear friend of mine who says don’t carry anything with you , leave people & situations just as they are, you don’t have to let them leave an impression on you. But my Dear , how do we ever get to know LIFE if we didn’t let this happen. You will be surprised at the kind of people I have encountered, from all facets of life, all of whom I have let them have their way as I believe that I am nobody to bother with the way things ought to be in their lives. I am nobody to comment on their lifestyle, the way they dress, smile, how learned they are, how sophisticated they are or not. People who think it is getting Cliché might want to watch out, cos this never seems to be heard by anybody even though it has become the most rigged record that is playing around. All those college going teens, people hanging in the coffee bars, the typical call centre crowd all of them who feel guilty of being accused can take a chill pill as it is not only them , but also those sitting in the most sophisticated corporate offices who get to be ground by the gossip mongers or those who consider themselves the moral police of the society.

Why am I talking all this? may be to vent out my frustration against my new manager.
Who of all, while having a discussion on knowing each other on a cup of coffee that Barista served us ( coffee? only me , she had ginger tea!) gave some good feedback

About me professionally & personally. Why personal ? may be my mistake, cos I believe that a manager needs to know you well enough about you in order to assess your strengths & weakness’ in the right manner. Some bit of an advice is well taken as they do deserve some kind of respect for their age, experience in Life... ( that’s what our upbringing teaches us), but to act as if they are the ones who show you where you need to go & what you need to do…..mam’ give me a break. Well, unfortunately, I didn’t have this kind of an opinion about her , I was at the positive end till I heard her saying something negatively about me leaving my hair always . oh my god, how should that affect my work. Well, I don’t know about if me leaving my hair creates an impression with others but definitely what she said created an impression about her to me. If this is the kind of yardstick she has used to assess me, mam’ I would hardly see any value in nine other feedback that you have given me.

With this lost feeling grinding me all the way , caught up with a sweet friend of mine who just happen to be going through similar mindset, not exactly though. A sensible guy, who makes a gr8 colleague, a good friend (not close), he’s just no strings attached kind of person. Friday evening, ….bad mood bhi hai, Maahaul bhi hai, what else, took off with him to INOX, odd timings, didn’t find tickets, landed up into a screen which was screening Jim Carrey starrer “ Fun with Dick & Jane”, Hey , this one flick is such a reflection of the American Economy today, If it were to be analysed closely & related to people there man , it scares us. Have we taken all their jobs?

Wow! What a shift of mood, just the way the conversation shifted mera mood bhi relaxed. On our way back home in his car, with my American based company’s lap top waiting to capture all my experience of the Friday night fervour. What did we see ? , little drops of rain adorning the glass of the car. Oh my ! what a beauty ,, It was raining, the empty roads lit up & the drizzle that was embracing it , I can relate to this song that is running behind me now “ Jaage Jaage armaan hai, Jaage Jaage hum”……… He must have thought I am an emotional fool, crazy bird, But tell me how many people are lucky enough to do something like this, ease out after a lousy week of work, acting so artificial, put on an attitude that is not you…do things that don’t convince you just because it pays you. we were close to my house when I asked my Friend if we can take a walk in the rain, he must have loved to , but for some reason , he thought it was crazy. No complains, he let me smell the first rain kissed mud. How I wish I could stop the car there & went out drenched myself in the rain, looks like a filmi scene…..but, it is so lovely….Hmmmm…… brings you so close to nature, the truth, the reality, to yourself & God. I thank God for ressuring faith in Life, My friend was just the means, But I definitely thank God to connect me with such lovely people who share the same thoughts. Nazar na Lage, I am lucky !

Well my manager is again a Guinne pig to my analysis about people around me. Dunno , If they deserve the respect I give them, the love I shower on them….may be, may be not … Phir bhi… I console myself , do your bit …..the rest is not in your control.

“ Mein Zindagi ka saath nibhaata chalaa gaya, Har Fikr ko Dhue mein uda tha Chala gaya”…..

I woke up to a much cooler Bangalore in the morning, a much cooler me probably……….

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

One for Old Memories Sake.......

The best Birthday I ever had. That's Santh , trying to act as if he is not bothered with the camera, Prashanth trying hardly to neglect Santh & look into the half nude girl's photograph in the Verve Magazine , Deepthi out of control, Sree trying to control herself amidst the madness.

Friday, January 13, 2006

My first stint with blog

Ok, me too caught in the madrush of blogging.....

Life teaches everyone , everyday, everytime. Inspite of that I have wondered, What is life? Is Love the truth of life? Is marriage just a social status? "jealousy thy name woman" how true is this? Is unconditional love an unpracticable myth? , a bundle of questions & lots of ideas .

Keep 'em flowing.....