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On MODIfying, Developing and Changing INDIA

There was a country, a country of spirited and adept men, finding itself in the path of recovery from the heavy blows of imperialistic pas...

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I thought of coming up with this post much earlier but i couldn't,coz of  my tight schedule.I made up mind not to write about movies for a short while since i have written about a lot of movies in the very recent past.In spite of that i wanted to write about this one,since it left a lasting impression in me.And my sick habit of writing anything that touches my heart also is a reason:p :p.Basically i did not plan to see this movie when it got released(i already said my days are hectic) but power cut on a weekend(courtesy T.N.E.B...helllll man :( ) made me to look for an option to kill time.And thats how i decided to watch this movie.After watching i could not say whether it was good or bad but i was sure that the time i spent was worth it.

The film's title  should have been Ranganathan theru instead of Angadi theru since it had brought out the unforayed and unnoticed aspects of  this popular shopping destination of chennaites.(he he..i feel proud to say...Enga area...).When you walk  through this street, you can see  a lot of  people ranging from dedicated shoppers to kids with school bags,college students(both guys and girls :p )probably who had bunked :P college  and finally guys browsing through the street who never have any intention to shop :P :P(there are another set of people which we don't notice and this movie deals with it).You always could sense  a festive ambiance when you visit  this place.But there is always a dark and flip side for everything.Obviously this captivating place also has a cruel flip side and it is brought out in this movie well(ohhh!!! man its miserable to know that these kinda things  really happen).The movie is about a guy from a remote village who takes up a job in a popular textile shop.The movie simply shows how people are treated like herds of sheep in these places.

Lingam i.e Mahesh  is just like any other guy who completes his secondary exams and awaits his results.Fate brings  a huge twist in his life when his father(who is a daily labor) is killed in an accident.Due to this the responsibility of looking after the family falls on Lingam's shoulder and  he is not able to pursue his higher studies though he tops in the examinations.To earn bread and butter for his family he joins popular Senthil Murugan stores as a sales guy.(how people are recruited for this is shown precisely.Typical interview..:P)He moves to Chennai,rather to the popular textile shop with his friend.On the very first day he finds out ,through  the restrictions imposed,that he was caught in hell.

He becomes entirely unhappy when he goes to take lunch on the very first day(conditions are tat worse) and when he is made to sleep in a most congested place anyone could have seen.(really pathetic).But his responsibilities towards the family holds him back.When things were like this he is moved from store room section to the sales section where a demon in the form of supervisor karungali(Director A.Venkatesh) rests.There he meets Kani(Anjali),a prankster who also has similar bunch of sad stories under the belt.After some little fights and revenges love blossoms between these two in a place where even the Indian constitution's basic and fundamental rights were not in effect.How these two cope up the difficulties and how they overcome the sloppy karungali and what happens to their love forms the rest of the story. 

More than the normal romance the scenes which show the brutal treatment makes the film all the more unique.It is quite evident that this is an out and out splendid creation of the director Vasantha Balan.One can sense VB's presence throughout the movie.Full credit goes to him.(right from artist selection to story and making).Kudos for the drive he had to make such a film.(i appreciate the courage).One can also sense the amount of hard work that has gone in.Its quite interesting how the cameraman managed to shoot scenes in Ranganathan street(which is crowded 24 by 7).VB has once more proved that he is a maker of different caliber and one can expect critical acclaim for this film like the one which he got for veyil in cannes.(I feel that veyil is  his masterpiece.That stays my fav)...

Regarding the cast,Mahesh never looks like an debutant and he fits the bill where he has to play a role of a typical guy from south of Tamil nadu(the scene in which he beats up karungali is an apt example).He deserves a big pat.And Anjali has acted well in another off-the-track movie after Tamil M.A(she was awesome whenever she would ask "nejama dhan solriya" in that movie..I liked it :P) .She has one quality which other heroines don't have,which is acting(heroine acting well, rather than to dance and romance around, is definelty rare these days :P :P).If she chooses her roles well she can definelty shine well(the movie in which she acted with Sundar.c was terrible.Don't do such films for heavens sake... :P:P).Director Venkatesh,Pandi had acted very well.Sneha akka :P(tats how she is addresssed in the movie) too had given a neat performance(annachi and the ad shooting scene was quite funny).

This is not a kinda movie which should be judged or categorized but the one which is beyond judgment and criticism.(yet it is said that the movie is doing well in terms of collection) .I think this kinda movies should be watched by everyone(so that people who make good films will come up with more such films).It is better to watch these kinda movies rather than to be tortured by eras and suraas and kuruvis.(OMG give us a break :( ).Few people said they were moved to tears towards the climax when they watched the movie.Moved to tears watching a movie???...you must be kidding i thought.But i almost experienced the same when i saw the movie.It was mindblowing(i mean the climax).


Even though the movie  sometimes look like a patho story dumped with too much of sadness, no one can deny the underlying truths and watch worthiness of the movie.The imbalance in the society,where one section spend money out of proportion and the other section which really struggles a lot to earn money for the basic living itself  is wonderfully told through this movie.(Like Sivaji Rajini rich gets richer poor gets poorer...).Hope lot of many good stories springs out from the director like his name.Hats off!!!!And best of luck...Finally one question pops up as usual when you see such movies Where the hell the country is going???...

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