Yesterday being a holiday, I was doing channel surfing hoping to find some good movie to watch.
- A Simbu movie on Sun TV – Who can watch him on screen for 2.5+ hours! 😐
- Some boring movie on K TV (featuring Sibiraj?)
- Mozhi on Kalaignar – this movie can be watched only once & I have already watched it once. Of course the movie was good, can be watched with the whole family, etc. But I couldn’t find anything great in this that would make have made me want to watch it again and again. I don’t like the kaaTrin mozhi song either.
- Ilayaraja concert on Raj TV in which whenever I saw, Ilayaraja was only singing – There are times when I wonder if he knows how bad his voice sounds! He is a genius music composer who has given so many wonderful songs and I wish he had stopped with that and not started singing his songs.
- IPL cricket match on Set Max – Cricket fails to interest me even one bit.
- Ambikapathi on Mega TV – Yeah Mega TV was the channel that finally came to my rescue.
The old black & white Tamil movie, Ambikapathi, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Bhanumati, Thangavelu, Nagaiah, N.S.Krishnan, T.A.Madhuram, etc. I had only listened to some songs from this and had not watched the movie earlier. So I had no clue about the love story of Ambikapathi-Amaravathi or the tragic way in which their lives end. Seeing the two of them go ‘Anbe’, ‘Amara’ at the sight of each other was so funny. This is one of the best parts of old films like this. Even when a serious story is going on, seeing the herione cry out ‘Anbe!’ loudly in an over-dramatic way appears funny to me!
This movie had so many beautiful songs, all based on nice Carnatic raagams! Though there were some stereotypical background score for some of the sad scenes, the BGM was nevertheless, nice. The BGM in Desh for a scene was superb! I always enjoy watching old movies like this one in which there is a song once every 10 minutes or even less!
Seeing some locations where Sivaji sits and sings poetry, I couldn’t help thinking the movie would have looked beautiful had it been in colour. The peacocks, the river bank, the trees, creepers, flowers would all have looked nice in colour.
N.S.Krishnan and T.A.Madhuram’s comedy, though came only for a short while, was as usual superb even though those and some parts of Thangavelu’s comedies were not necessary at all for the story. Seeing N.S.Krishnan’s comedies always leaves me wishing that the comedy in the present day films were at least half as good as those.
On the whole, I found it to be a nice time pass movie.