Monday, August 15, 2005

Independence Day - The Rising

Iniya Swathanthra dina nal vaazhthukkal.
Let us remember all the sacrifices made and the price paid by our ancestors to secure this freedom for us.

Happend to watch the Aamir khan movie 'The Rising - Ballad of Mangal Pandey', over the weekend. First of all, my friends who had been there on friday told, that most of the movie is in English and the Hindi dialogues have subtitles. So, i thought i will watch it.

*No Spoilers ahead*

I had not read any reviews, nor heard any part of the script from my friends. Went with the open mind and liked the movie.

Was expecting a default jingoistic storyline, surprised not to find any. No one-man-killing-thousands, long lectures in the court, fiercly patriotic songs, betrayal by a greedy sepoy, or artificial villianising. Had these been there, i would have sighed 'pst, one more to the pack'. But, this was different and i liked that.

Reviews for the artists or the technicians have already been done elaborately in the mainstream. So lemme not get in there.

There is nothing in the script, which would kick our adrenalin, make us stand behind Mangal, raise the inner spirit.. tch tch.. sorry. You donot have the go-kill-them spirit aroused.

It was exactly what it was said to be, a Ballad. Taken so un-bollywood like, mebbe primarily targetting the academy awards jury.

The script is not very gripping. It allows distraction and parallel thoughts while the movie is still running!
I couldnt help but started thinking about the spirit of Mangal, JhansiRani, NanaSaheb, TantyaTope, Bahadur shah. The brave deaths of all of them, the blinding and execution of the moghul emperor's sons in front of his eyes, deporting him to Rangoon prison, the selflessness displayed by them, the vision they possesed, the sacrifice made by them, the value of our freedom and the price we paid for it.

I couldnt control my tears, yes after watching this simple ballad, i couldnt do it. Had it been a expected jingoistic drama, i would have started thinking abt the dinner ;) but it was not to be.

That is the success of the movie!


At Mon Aug 15, 12:16:00 PM CDT, Blogger Smyta said...

I am hoping to watch it soon too!

Happy independence day to you too.

Smiles etc.,


At Mon Aug 15, 12:19:00 PM CDT, Anonymous G@Kautilya said...

The review seems to have come from a persone who doesn't have the basic schooling in Hindi and understably should be from the part of India which dont teach Hindi and considers a sin to do pooja in Sanskrit.
Audience understanding the nitty-gritty in a movie would appreciate this.

At Mon Aug 15, 12:26:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks Smyta for visiting, keep coming!

Yes, i didnot have my basic schooling in Hindi. It was my choice. And i come from that part where it is considered, not doing a pooja in the language of the masses is ridiculous.
But, just fyki, i do all my poojas in sanskrit, and have just the fluency to converse in Sanskrit, love Sanskrit, have great thirst for it, though i vehemently disapprove Hindi as a language worth learning, unless it is imperative.[you go to work in Hindi belt etc.]

At Mon Aug 15, 02:08:00 PM CDT, Blogger Naresh said...

im going to watch it 2day... ARR Rocks...


At Mon Aug 15, 06:50:00 PM CDT, Blogger sukhanya said...

hmm.. i liked the movie too.. I went with the only hope that "sub titles" would be there at no cost .. ;) hindi ellam padichu maranthuten..

well the way those britishers spoke was like hindi spoken in english..prob thats wht ur friend meant... lol

nice movie..i enjoyed it..
take care

At Mon Aug 15, 08:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

i will watch it once the ticket rates drop from rs 150, (hopefully in th enext one mont sometime)

At Tue Aug 16, 12:55:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear TJ

I cannot comment as I recently gave up watching movies and am planning to give up watching T.V also. I wish to turn my attention to vedanta and also do something about my life in terms of re-entering academics next year( Narayana must be of the same mind for them to happen). I would however like to comment on the state of affairs in India where our freedom movememt is remebered with refernce to 15th august or some period film. I am of the opinion that independence day and republic day should be working days in which we increase our country's productivity. we can always have religious festivals to relax and enjoy .


At Tue Aug 16, 02:53:00 AM CDT, Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

I am hoping to watch it this wknd!

At Tue Aug 16, 04:53:00 AM CDT, Blogger Ram.C said...

hope to watch it soon... sometimes, i prefer wellmade historic epics..

At Tue Aug 16, 07:36:00 AM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Yup - I will be also watching it soon..

At Tue Aug 16, 10:39:00 AM CDT, Blogger sen said...

enna first day first showaaa...

At Tue Aug 16, 11:39:00 AM CDT, Blogger WA said...

Naan kudi irukka kaatula innoru moonu maasam kazhichu poduvaanga will see then. Hope you all enjoy it!

At Tue Aug 16, 01:21:00 PM CDT, Blogger Random Access said...

Lets see how it goes ...gotta get off my work first :P

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

At Tue Aug 16, 02:34:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

one of my friends sridhar watched it..said it is pretty my friend vatsan says,i will watch it once the ticket rates drop..btw it is really heartenning 2 c that indians living abroad remember 2 feel patriotic!

At Tue Aug 16, 04:19:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

I too hope to watch it soon. I donno I am not too keen on watching movies nowadays. Most of the movie sucks.

At Tue Aug 16, 09:40:00 PM CDT, Blogger Lavanya said...

Is this what Kamal Hasan was trying to make? (Marudhanaayakam)

At Wed Aug 17, 09:10:00 AM CDT, Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

No one-man-killing-thousands, long lectures in the court

Is this a Vijay Kanth movie or what ? :))

At Wed Aug 17, 04:01:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

ARR Rocks, the music of TheRising are aadaki vaasippu category, but is very good, as usual.

Yeah, good that somebody else like the movie as well. ;) The point is, expectations were less. Mebbe..

Vatsan and Siddharth,
you can wait till the prices drop, not really wortha premium

At Wed Aug 17, 04:02:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Good, by giving up movies and TV, there is nothing that we loose. I restrained myself from TV, Movies, even movie posters[belive me guys], for abt 3 yrs. I missed the cable TV wave, and have still not got on to it. I dont have a TV at home here, partly due to the licensing ;)

At Wed Aug 17, 04:04:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Chakra Arjuna and Ram,
Have a post of if u liked the movie or not!

Illapa second day, third show ;)

Patnathukku vandhu paarunga.. Canary wharf cinemas laye release panni irukanga.

At Wed Aug 17, 04:09:00 PM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

As i said, it is not something, which cant be missed.. take ur time ;)

True, all movies are so un interesting.. :( and largely predictable... This one was a bit different tho. I stopped watching movies for abt 8 yrs, [between Roja and Padayappa], and missed the Rahman and Shankar phenomena. Tho it doesnt make a diff now. ;)

you got a point, kamal might have been trying to something similar. But there is not remaining fact abt that character.. Donno if that project will get completed ever.

haa haa, tho i dint mean vijayakanth movie, they are class apart. I meant something like our veerapandiya kattabomman.. ;) Thankfully nothing was there.


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