jump to navigation

Oy! July 6, 2009

Posted by Shujath in Movies, Reviews, Telugu.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
3 comments

The first frame of Oy! opens with the director stating his admiration for and admitting his inspiration from Erich Segal’s “Love Story“. In a further (rather too honest) admission, the second frame features a bigger list of about 10 movies or so which inspired him. That second frame is visible on the screen for less than a second – maybe we were really not meant to see it. I think it’s because after watching Oy! some of the audience members would try to figure out where exactly those “inspirations” were and hardly find any.

In essence, Oy! is supposedly a “terminal illness” flick which tries hard at every moment not to appear like one. Probably a good idea if you don’t want to alienate viewers who “cannot accept a heroine dying in the end”. Debutante Anand Ranga seriously needs to get a few basic concepts right. First of all trying to make a tragic story into happy one doesn’t translate to inserting insipid “comedy” tracks whose only connection to the movie is that the actors in them share a scene or two with lead pair. More disturbing is his conception of an “ideal woman” in Shamili’s character – whose simplicity is linked with ease to her dumb religiosity and superstitions.

Shamili is a undoubtedly a fine actress and one has to give her credit for pulling off such a badly written role. Siddharth is a livewire as usual in yet again a role tailor-made for him. Unfortunately, he seems to have been caught like many others in the alternate movie jinx – on the brighter side we can hope that his next much talked about big-budget venture might be a good one. Apart from the lead pair, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s score is the only good thing about this movie. The best numbers show up when the movie still hasn’t begun its downhill ride. My pick is the title track (extremely well rendered by Siddharth) which is still playing in my head.

Oy! doesn’t make you cry when it tries to be tragic nor does it make you laugh when it tries to be funny. I feel some of the reviews of this film have been too generous; however given the involvement of Siddharth with this venture – the outcome is indeed disappointing. Worth only a watch in fast-forward mode when the DVD comes out.

7/G Brindavana Colony (7/G Rainbow Colony) August 23, 2006

Posted by Sai in Movies, Reviews, Tamil, Telugu.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
16 comments

The two minute trailer of this movie set to the theme music was what brought my attention to this movie. The trailer was so beautifully cut and so in tune with the theme music that I was sure this was one director to watch out for.

Generally, love in movies happens fast and without much explanation. And when this kind of love happens between two people with very different backgrounds, it is generally not very believable. However, this movie succeeds where most movies fail. Selvaraghavan (who wrote and directed this movie) captures the realism that is not present in most movies. He creates the character of the main protagonist very well without making him unnecessarily noble to cover his flaws. The character is that of a bewarse (useless) guy who hangs out with a group of friends fighting, teasing women, boozing and so on. Though we have seen similar characters, none of them have been believable in the sense that they seem to have other redeeming characteristics but this one does not.

Now, if such a guy happens to fall in love with a girl from a better background, there is no way that she will fall in love with him (unlike many other movies where unreasonably she falls in love at first sight or the second or after a bunch of arguments). But she does and the reasons for her changing feelings are depicted very competently. This is where the movie succeeds. The guy’s love for the girl, the girl’s changing feelings, his inability to change and much more is skillfully captured on screen.

The climax caught many people off guard and a traditional mind set caused an instant dislike for some. However, I believe that this movie without the climax would not be what it is. Caught between her responsibility towards her parents and her affection for the guy, she needs to make a choice. The feelings of the girl at that point are very believable. I was so involved in the movie that what happens after this hit me like a rock. The climax haunted me for a couple of days.

Anybody who thinks that the climax is giving wrong ideas or teaching wrong morals to youngsters should think again. Anyone who is talking about wrong morals is talking crap. Morals are not about sex. Morals are about doing the right thing. Morals are about ethics and honesty. These are rarely present in society, which is reflected in most movies (by this standard any movie which shows a murder, robbery or even lying is showing wrong morals). However, we have conveniently sidestepped the real issues, focusing on sex for any talk about morals. If you believe that you have never done anything wrong and if you believe that you have been honest and ethical throughout your life then you have morals. I don’t know a single person who can claim this including me. So I don’t believe we are allowed to give lectures about why someone or something is morally wrong.

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s soundtrack and background score are awesome. The theme is my favorite (it is supposedly inspired partly from Ilayaraaja’s theme for a movie called Johny). Talachi Talachi Choosa (Ninaithu Ninaithu), Kannula Baasalu (Kanpaesum Varthaigal) and Kalalugane Kaalalu (Kanaa Kaanum) stand out among the other songs.

Ravi Krishna seems to be born to play the role of the main protagonist. This being his first movie, there are no preconceived notions about him and that helps him in successfully fitting the role. Sonia Agarwal does an excellent job too. Suman Setty as the friend and Chandra Mohan as the father are good in supporting roles.

Selvaraghavan (also known as Sri Raghava to telugu audiences) is among the best young directors of South India. He crafts a brilliant film. This movie may not appeal to those who are looking for conventional entertainment. This movie is really for a thinking audience or one that enjoys drama. Anybody who is bored with cliched love stories should watch this.