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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Majaa - Review

Being a holiday today (for Ramzan), we decided suddenly to venture out for a movie... the immediate choice was 'Majaa'.

It must be the obvious selection, since I'm not for a typical Vijay action masala (my son's favourite) & a sensual BaluMahendra flick (eventhough 'AOKK' was my favourite, it may not be suitable to watch with my son).

'Majaa' scored better than these two for those reasons... a decent masala with less action, apt to watch with children.

Eventhough, the promotions were more focussed on Vikram & Asin, equal importance were given to the characters of Pasupathy, Manivannan & Vadivelu also. Eventhough that approach keeps the movie going at a regular pace, while coming out you may compare Ghajini's 'Kalpana' with this 'Seethalakshmi' and will realise something lesser here.

Being a remake of the malayalam hit "Thommanum Makkalum", the story is a very simple & known one. The father & 2 sons (erstwhile thieves) decide to give up their profession and move to a new village. How the sons settle down with the local belles, are shown in a lighter vein. Definitely, it would have been a simpler task for Mamooty or Vikram to do the lead role in a light hearted comedy like this. Vikram has done his part with ease.

Pasupathy & Vadivelu steal the show with their expressions and situational comedies. Asin doesn't have much scope to show up her acting skills and it is yet another movie to her credit. That's all. Murali is not that impressive as Asin's dad. [his best portrayal was in 'Dum Dum Dum']

The songs are filling the gaps as usual, with the first 'Majaa..' song reminding the 'Dhool...' song sequence of 'Dhool' (including the Lorry and the fields). Asin was gorgeous in that 'Che Che Che ' song with her costumes and dance movements. In that 'Sollith tharava...' song shot in Austria, Vikram's get-up didn't suit the melodious mood of the song. When they tried to use designer type of costumes (You chk out the song, you will know!!), they could have avoided showing Vikram in that village get-up too..

Strengths:
- The clean stuff with several hilarious moments in the screenplay.
- Pasupathy & Vadivelu, eventhough Vadivelu's part reminded some of his previous movies.

Weaknesses:
- Lack of the "required pull" to sit thru the whole movie.
- Vidyasagar. He could have come out with better numbers, than what he delivered.

Not being a high budget movie, will be an advantage for the profitability of this venture. Eventhough, it may not be an impressive feather on Vikram & Asin's hats, it is not a failure definitely.

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23 Comments:

Blogger TJ said...

Making Majaa, as movie, worth watching with the family, itself is good, in todays trend.
Nice review! Lemme watch it once.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:15:00 AM  
Blogger Vinesh said...

Nice review... I dont plan to watch the movie anyway..

AOKK is one movie I'm waiting to watch.. I like Balu Mahendra movies..

Thursday, November 03, 2005 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Aatma said...

Nice review Ram -- will be watching it this weekend.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 3:04:00 PM  
Blogger IBH said...

Nice review...will have to wait for some days here to get the cassette :(

Thursday, November 03, 2005 4:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Sundaresan said...

Ram, Nice review...will be watching this weekend...btw, Sindhu Dulani's item number epdi? ;-))

Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Vidya said...

looks like it's a review writing week, just read Vatsa'a review and now yours. So i have two movies to keep me busy over the weekend.... good good..

Cheers :-)

Thursday, November 03, 2005 7:46:00 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

If we compare with past Deepavali releases this year looks like an all time low. planning to catch this on VCD.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 8:14:00 PM  
Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

well its runnin to empty houses here, infact no diwali release has done well, after the first weekend itheyve been empty

Thursday, November 03, 2005 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

TJ.. it may be a time pass for just few hours. Nothing more than that.

Vinesh.. read in SIFY that AOKK is not upto the expectations.. :-( :-(

Aatma / IBH.. watch it without much expectations.

Sundaresan.. nothing great. Since, the tunes are not very catchy her presence was not felt that much.

Vidya.. so, planning to have 'majaa' with 2 movies this weekend.. enjoy...

Kaps.. yes.. this deepavali releases don't seem to be very impressive. If Cheran's 'thavamai thavam irundhu' had got released, what would have happened??? Luck has made him to postpone it, it seems.. let us wait & see if the content is also good..

Vatsan.. I think the hype created had failed them a lot.. anyhow, the stake is not that high, I believe so....

Friday, November 04, 2005 1:08:00 AM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

yes like u say i have heard that maja is bit of a disappoitment..IMHO vidyasagar has lost his touch..havent heard the maja songs yet..pasupathy is a gr8 talent..glad he is not getting typecast as a villian and is doing comedy roles now.for some reason i cant stand vadivelu!!!

film seems worth a watch for asin :) :) :)

Friday, November 04, 2005 4:57:00 AM  
Blogger crsathish said...

nalla review sir. padam ingae release aagudhu.theatre la pakanumaa illayanoo confusionaa irukku )-:

Friday, November 04, 2005 8:38:00 AM  
Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

simple and neat or rather typical "Ram C" review :)

Friday, November 04, 2005 8:44:00 AM  
Blogger mitr_bayarea said...

Ram: Thanks for the nice review. I am planning to watch it soon.

Friday, November 04, 2005 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger Ganesh said...

agamotham ok oru dharam parkalamunnu sollareengala Ram ?

Friday, November 04, 2005 9:32:00 AM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Siddharth.. some mayn't have good relationship with Vadivelu's comedies.. sometimes you may get irritated. agree... I used to be like that earlier..

Sathish.. You can simply drop in without much expectations..

Pk.. thankz..

Mitr..Enjoy

Ganesh.. May be OK for once..

Friday, November 04, 2005 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Thanks for the review Ram. So was it your wife..who wanted to see Maja?? Women are falling head over heels for Vikram..( Or is this only in the US).

Before the movie came out, I liked all the stills. I thought the director/Photographer were superb. I'd watch for the tech. details.

Vidyasaagar was a big letdown. I didn't like any song.!!

Friday, November 04, 2005 5:04:00 PM  
Blogger Cogito said...

Thanks for the review. My uncle and his family saw it and weren't too impressed.Anyway I will try to watch it.

Friday, November 04, 2005 6:17:00 PM  
Blogger vee-jay said...

Ram, whatever. enjoyable-a irundha seri. After Sivakasi, I think its better to manage expectations about movies than get disappointed. :(

Friday, November 04, 2005 8:52:00 PM  
Blogger Rags said...

watching it tomorrow...Car ellam ethukkitu Poroam...Kudukara kasukku nalla iruhdha podhum...

Friday, November 04, 2005 10:14:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Narayanan.. Yes, she initiated it, since she didn't want to go to 'sivakasi'... Pl.note that we ignored Sun TV's 'Thirai vimarsanam' of 'sivakasi' just because I couldn't bear it...

Cogito.. yes, it is not a great movie .. just timepass.

VJ.. it seems your disappointment is too much, after seeing 'Sivakasi'. Nowadays, based on the promotions itself I am coming to a conclusion.. to avoid wasting money knowingly.

Rags.. I think you may realise something, if you don't go with expectations.

Friday, November 04, 2005 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger caleb said...

hey!
nice review...i heard the songs but none of them are as good as his previous ones. in fact, ponniyin selvan itself wasnt that great. think he needs scripting that contains avenues for his classical tunes to come out. i'll hope for the best. i caught some clips of maaja, i'm not entirely convinced i get the comedy.

anyways...i'll catch it when it comes out!

cheers

caleb

Saturday, November 05, 2005 3:31:00 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Ram, aduththu enna review panna poreenga. For a change, how about some Hollywood stuff?

:-)

Saturday, November 05, 2005 9:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

Caleb.. U r right.. Ponniyin Selvan was also not that great.. regarding comedy...OK..perception differs!!!

Mukund...Next?? I normally write reviews when the movie is hot.. that means, in the initial few days.. that means, after seeing in the theatres.. I hardly watch movies in the theatres... that's why no. of movies, which I had reviewed are also less in number? I hardly see Hollywood stuff in the theatres.. So, I doubt whether I will take it up immediately.. Even then, I am not sure whether I will be able to qualify hollywood stuff effectively.

Sunday, November 06, 2005 2:20:00 AM  

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