I didn’t really like the movie and found it quite dragging. But, yes, it is important to portray what a majority of women in our country are going through post marriage through films like this.
Some parts of it were quite unbelievable. From when did men have a change of heart as easily as Livingston or Banupriya’s son has in this movie and start cherishing the women in their lives right away?? Are just a break from their women and a few life lessons enough for them?
The plight of the married women shown was not far from reality though. The wife being made to act as a substitute for a maid as shown by Banupriya or the wife not having the freedom to choose her career as shown by Saranya are reality which we see everyday.
It did feel nice to see long lost friends having a happy reunion.
The one thing which I liked in the movie is the initial documentary which Jyotika takes on housewives/homemakers where each of them talk about their lives. The contrasting personalities of one woman who speaks at length about her never-ending everyday household chores and states how much work she does and the other woman who happily says that post marriage, she is just at home doing nothing, reflected how perceptions differ, be it from the general society or from just oneself. Ironically, both women were homemakers who had children and their routines would have been similar. Yet the way the women perceived themselves differed. Did it depend on the way they were treated at home and how others perceived them too?
Breathtaking visuals, beautiful colours, mesmerizing music, people with flaws and feelings abound, a leading lady in lovely costumes, a love story on a setting that makes you think beyond your normal lives and thank those brave soldiers who are helping us lead a safe life – that is Kaatru Veliyidai for you.
If you are looking for a story of two perfect and caring people falling in love with each other and leading a happy life together, then this movie is not for you.
Watching Alaipayuthey fully last Saturday, I seriously couldn’t recollect the last time I watched it fully! It definitely has been a few years! Watching it make me feel 17 years younger, got me away from feeling like an oldie having entered into my 30s. 😉 And yes, it made my hands itch to write something about it here!
I love colours – deep, rich colours, vibrant hues, bold strokes of colours on a canvas and even dull, moody tones. Alaipayuthey is one movie which literally celebrates colours through the song ‘Pacchai Nirame‘ and through almost every single frame. It is not just Pacchai Nirame, each and every scene of which glorifies the many varied hues of colours painted naturally by nature on this wide canvas called earth and sky.
Listening to Pacchai Nirame on a loop, after a long, long time, I realize yet again that
- despite the years that have passed by, the song still sounds as fresh as it did the very first time I listened to it!
- the happiness oozing out of it still continues to rub off on me and makes me feel so very happy!
- its music is as vibrant and cheerful as the colours portrayed in its picturization and lyrics!
- every time I am in awe of the rich colours of nature, it is this beautiful song that will come to my mind first!
- this is a song to turn to for celebrating those simple, boundless joyful moments of life, for, after all, wasn’t this song created to portray that simple happiness evoked by getting a smile from the lady the man is attracted to?
- this is THE song which makes me forget everything else and brings back nostalgic memories after memories which are ALL happy ones!
- this is THE song which makes me feel like the awestruck teenager that I was who went gaga over Alaipayuthey, Rahman, Mani Ratnam and the very handsome Madhavan 😉
- this is one unique song by Rahman which doesn’t have similarities with any other song
- I can never have enough of writing about Alaipayuthey and everything associated with it
- the song and its movie have so many memorable blog memories too associated with them
- it will always remain THE most special song!
Sorgame enraalum adhu nammoora pola varuma? In Madras now.
Madras. Family. December Season. A.R.Rahman’s Elay Keechan from Mani Ratnam’s Kadal. Life rocks!
Congrats, Mani Sir! Click here to watch the video of Mani Ratnam receiving Jaeger LeCoultre – glory to the filmmaker award. Here’s the link to the press conference.
Did you read Rahman’s wishes to Mani Ratnam?
I don’t have a clear answer either for the ‘How was Raavan?’ question or for ‘Did you like Raavan?’ Of course, the answer for the second question is definitely not a ‘No’. But it isn’t a whole-hearted ‘Yes’ either. And that’s why I didn’t even attempt to write on the movie all this while.
Spoiler Alert (But I guess this won’t matter since most of you might have watched the movie by now.)
While the wait for watching ‘Raavan’ is just 2 hours for me, for my sister, it is going to be two long weeks! With all her thoughts only on ‘Raavan’, here is how she thinks Raavan would be:
In the show ‘Mani Matters’ on CNN-IBN, talking about Alaipayuthey, this is what Mani Ratnam said,
“To me, that’s where a love story starts. After hard facts of life of having to get up every morning, not just when you are trying to impress somebody, where you can be on your best behaviour, when you can charming, when you can be intelligent.
The relationship grows when it is faced with reality, when it is started…the milkman coming in, I mean, that’s where the real relationship starts.”
Hearing these lines, I started thinking about how not just in Alaipayuthey, but also in many of his movies, Mani Ratnam has portrayed the ups and downs in the relationship between a husband and a wife. His lead pair, in most of the films, has always been a married couple and not just lovers. His lead pair gets married in the course of the movie and he has always shown an equal share of romance as well as the complexities involved in the relationship.
Newspapers, magazines, websites, Abhishek Bachchan’s tweets, mail forwards, posters on newspapers and on the walls, trailers on all the Hindi and Tamil channels! After more than a couple of years of rumours initially about Mani Ratnam’s next film Lajjo that were doing the rounds in all the newspapers and websites and then the endless news about what next Mani Ratnam’s movie was all about, the initial names for the Hindi and Tamil versions – Raavan and Ashokavanam, the cast & crew, the problem with forest officials, rumours about the climax, etc., etc., interviews with the cast & crew & the director himself and not to mention all those non-informative news items which seemed to have been published just for filling up the space, the day of the release of the movie is just a couple of days away!
Having watched the last two movies of Mani Ratnam on the day of the release itself, I hope that I get to watch this too on the first day. Can’t wait to see Mani Ratnam delve deep into the numerous minds of Beera! My plan, as of now, is to watch Raavan first and then Raavanan. What about you?