AR Rahman and Kamal Join their hands for Marmayogi

A R Rahman will team up with Kamal Haasan for 'Marmayogi' and the mega movie will hit the floors next month in Mumbai. The film is written and directed by Kamal Haasan.

This period film set in the sixth century AD features Kamal Haasan in the lead role.

According to a confident Kamal Haasan, 'music would be the mainstay of the movie. I will be joining hands with Rahman for the project. We are sure of creating wonders'.

Kamal Haasan and Rahman had earlier worked together in `Indian' and `Thenali'. Both the movies went on to become smash hits. The songs in the films topped the audio charts.

Both Kamal Haasan and A. R. Rahman are known for extensive research in order to get things right. Their combination might just work wonders with rich entertainment value.

Dasavatharam the untold story

The relation between the 12th century event and the present story.

Science wise, as labeled as Chaos theory, it is the thrusting of the idol into the sea that caused the tectonic plates to move in the first place. This is what caused the tsunami centuries later because of the cumulative effect.

Religion wise, Rangarajan Nambi dies saving the idol. Ironically, here, man (Nambi) tries to save god (idol). Trust Kamal to place his ideological cue here. Kamal suggests that man (Nambi) here is indeed God (remember Anbe Sivam!) and the Idol/God is a mortal. Nambi is the Jesus figure of the story. He tries to help his people and their faith but is humiliated and stoned by the people and pierced with pointed objects by the ruling empire (resembling the crucification of Jesus). Nambi has failed to save his people and God (the idol).

Cut to 2004. Nambi is resurrected (read Jesus like ressurection) and is here as Govind. Hence the cross mark on his forehead (band aid). A lot of clues suggesting the resurrection include the facts that both Nambi and Govind get hurt on their forehead protecting what they think is vital. In the final scene, Govind suggests that him and Andal have already joined. It is upto Govind to fulfil Nambi's incomplete prophecy which he does. He saves the so-called-God (idol) and sustains the faith of the people on God/him (Andal says "Neenga hero than, adhula sandeham illa")

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Balarama avatar - Balarama naidu
This is an easy given. as the name suggests and the role personifies you can easily get it.

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Parasurama avatar - Christian Fletcher
Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21 generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real KILLER… Guess what thats what our Fletcher is! He comes around with the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around. I have to check if he kills 21 people though.

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Narasimha avatar - Shingen Narahashi
first of all the name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha manifests himelf to kill the bad guy and he also teaches prahaladha. In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and hence the martial arts exponent here.. get it?

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Koorma avatar - Bush
This is the most loose adaptation I couldn't clearly comprehend. But if you look at the real koorma avatar, the lord is the turtle/tortoise that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth. This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly today Bush facilitates war between you know whom… May be Kamal also indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise…

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Vamana avatar - Kalifulla khan
remember in vamana avatar, lord vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana avatar.

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Krishna avatar - Vincent Poovaraghavan
Lord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned [shyamalam]. He saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. he appears when asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact] and dies from the metal rod striking his leg. Oh even five of vincent's men are drugged at P. Vasu's.. sounds familiar???

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Varaha avatar - Krishnaveni paatti
During the mukunda song, krishnaveni paatti does varaha avatar in the shadow puppetry. The frame freezes on it for a second. there is the clue. Moreover, in varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs - life form inside the statue so as to protect.

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Rama avatar - Avatar Singh
Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

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Kalki avatar - Govindaraj Ramasamy
As you know, the hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!!

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Mathsya avatar - Ranagaraja nambi
nambi is thrown into water in an act of trying to save lord from being thrown into sea, though vainly. what more clue do you want?

Priyamani, Veyil are national winners

India’s most respected film award, the 54th National Film Awards, has just announced the winners for 2006. (The awards had been horribly delayed because of some stay orders). Priyamani has once again done Tamil cinema proud by winning best actress for Paruthiveeran. Earlier she had won at the Osian’s festival as well. Responding to the honour,

the actress said, “I am elated, happy and speechless at the moment. It can’t get better than this. Muthazhagu has given me everything- Name, Fame, Awards, Recognition and above all box-office success.” The best Tamil film went to Vasanthabalan’s Veyil. Finally, Soumitra Chatterjee bagged best actor for the Bengali film, Podokhep. Unbelievably enough, this marvellous actor has never won a National Award for this category before! The best feature went to the Malayalam film Pulijanmam, directed by Priyanandanan. Once again, Madhur Bhandarkar bagged best director for Traffic Signal. Speaking to the media, an elated Bhandarkar quipped, “The National Award is the only big award for me. It’s an honour and I could not have asked for more,"

Predictably Lage Raho Munnabhai won for most popular film, while Kabul Express and Eakantham jointly took the Indira Gandhi prize for best first film of a director. The youngest director in the world, Kishan SS (who was nine when he made the film) won best children’s film for Care of Footpath. Vishal Bhardwaj was given a special jury award for Omkara, while Konkona Sen Sharma took best supporting actress for the same. Dilip Prabhavalkar won best supporting actor for LRM and for Shevri. Best cinematography was awarded to Goutam Ghose for Yatra.

BAGGING TWO AWARDS A.R. Rahman was named the best music director IIFA

Bangkok, June 10 (IANS) A.R. Rahman was named the best music director for his score in “Guru” at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) 2008 awards here Sunday night, while the Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Om Shanti Om” swept a number of technical awards. Shreya Ghoshal won the honours for the best playback singer (female) for “Barso re” from Mani Ratnam’s “Guru”, which film also bagged awards for the best background score (Rahman) and best song recording (H. Sridhar).

The best playback singer (male) award was bagged by Shaan for “Jab se tere naina” from “Saawariya”.

Veteran Javed Akhtar was named the best lyricist for “Om Shanti Om”, which also garnered awards for best special effects (Red Chillies Entertainment), best art direction (Sabu Cyril), best costume design (Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar and Sanjeev Mulchandani) and best makeup.

The award for best screenplay was won jointly by Anurag Basu (”Life in a Metro”) and Jaideep Sahni (”Chak De! India”).

2.25 crore for Kuselan Audio

Kuselan will definitely make a Kuberan out of producer K. Balachander who is producing the movie under Kavithalaya banner. Big Music, an Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group company has won the bid of the audio rights of Kuselan for a whoping of Rs 2.25 crore.

Kuelan audio has fetched a way higher price than superstar Rajinikanth’s previous movie Shivaji. All the five songs by music director G.V Prakash is complete and the music for this movie by this young musician is said to be very impressive.

The introduction song of Rajinikanth in the movie has lyrics as “MGR, NTR, Sivaji Thanthadhu Intha Cinemathan” which is sung by Shankar Mahadevan and is said to be a foottapping number. Another song has all of the superstar movie names like “Polladhavan, Murattu Kaalai, Pokkiri Raja and Rajadhi Raja ” in its lyrics. All the lyrics have been penned by Vali and Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam, Daler Mehandi, Chithra and Shankar Mahadevan have sung the songs.

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Dasavatharam Movie Review by indiaglitz

Dasavatharam - Kamal's perfect ten
IndiaGlitz [Friday, June 13, 2008]

One striking feature that hits you in the face once you have watched ‘Dasavatharam’ is Kamal Haasan's passion for filmmaking. All the ten roles he has essayed have been meticulously planned right from the body language to dialogue delivery. Be it the American president George Bush, the Vaishnavite priest of the 12th century or Fletcher, the American baddie.

The eyes are considered the most effective tools in creating the right kind of attitude for any actor and Kamal Haasan is a master at that. There are many a time in the film when the audience would have to force themselves to believe that it is the same actor who is the good guy as well as the bad guy.

The expressive and determined eyes of the priest, the mushy and yet funny countenance of Balaram Naidu, the hilarious CBI officer and the peaceful martial artist eyes of the Japanese character have all shaped up to fit into any acting text book. Hats off to Kamal Haasan on the acting front!!

Based loosely on Chaos theory, the narration of the film promises a lot of excitement and as the story unfolds, somewhere down the line there are a few missing links that have been forcefully stitched together. Govind, the bio-scientist in the United States of America has been wronged by his boss who has intentions of selling his invention to wrong hands. The determined scientist doesn't give up. He sneaks it away and after a few accidents the invention lands in India. The hunt and race against time especially with Fletcher, the ex-CIA baddie sniffing at his neck with murderous intent culminates into Govind meeting an irrationally sentimental and at times sweet Andal (Asin). The baddie with sizzling Mallika Sherawat for company proceeds along the vulnerable Indian security system and shows up at the right places at the right time.

The narration then makes sure most of the characters played by Kamal get into close proximity in terms of geography. The stunt sequences are quite professional with its share of thrilling moments, but then there are too many coincidences consistently. The protagonist and his slowly, but surely falling-in-love lady companion seem to be jumping off just about everything. Soft landing seems to be a predictable option at most times.

When it comes to action and stunt scenes, ‘Dasavatharam’ is head and shoulders above most Indian films. The music element in the film is passable with some breathtaking re-recording bits in patches.

Cinematography has been simply awesome. The heavy compositing and trick shots have not dampened Ravi Varman's innate talent at creating the right kind of mood the film depicts.

‘Dasavatharam's’ review can never be complete without talking about the makeup part. Apart from the desired result one can guess the kind of effort and hard work Kamal Haasan would have had to go through just to get them on and that too on a daily basis. Makeup has been good overall except for a few shots that show off a kind of plastic look.

Computer Generated Imagery plays a huge role in the film. When the same actor plays seven feet plus youth and an old woman who is barely five feet, one can imagine the kind of intensive scaling and image manipulation by the CG team. Recreation of the 2004 Tsunami is impressive and the action part weaves the intensity of the story.

The direction has been apt sticking to the script in the true sense of the term. K. S. Ravikumar known for his simple style of narration has not been himself with ‘Dasavatharam’, but has shown sparks of ingenuity.

Kamal Haasan has stuck to his favorite subject of the 'no God' debate in this film too and has glorified himself probably for the first time on screen with a dialogue directed at him as being the 'Ulaga Nayagan'.

With Kamal Haasan playing ten roles, all other actors have been completely overshadowed.

This is a movie that has highlighted a highly talented and passionate actor in his entire splendor. At the end of the film one tends to ask….has Kamal Haasan been so spectacular that he has overshadowed the script and story this time?

till havent seen Dasavatharam

Dasavatharam was released on 13th. but yet i havent seen it.
I was waitin for that movie. since i came home i couldnt see it
if i were in hostel i would hav gone for the first day first show.
And the review which i got from ma friends is tat dasa rocks
kamal rocks.. have to see it.. but i hav to wait till 20th. i ve booked tickets on 20th only
post ur comments about the movie here..

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Dasavatharam 1000 Prints

Scores of technicians are burning the midnight oil this week to make thousand prints ready and available to all the theaters that screen the mega budget movie 'Dasavatharam'.

The producers of the film are also printing posters featuring all the ten roles so that audiences can familiarize themselves with the characters. Every major theater across Tamil Nadu is screening the film.

The story of the film could be something like this….a scientist invents a machine that helps people travel through time. A bunch of baddies want the technology for their ulterior motives. The scientist, possibly eccentric, wants to safeguard it desperately. But somehow it lands up in the custody of an old woman in Tamil Nadu.

Could the movie be complete without using the unique technology? That is where the fun is going to be…. Traveling to the 12th century and back….probably with many stops in between. This should be a roller coaster ride of fun and frolic and to have a person of Kamal Haasan's caliber, this should be a joy ride

This is the craziest thing I've seen in a long time. You have to get out of your seat and walk away from your computer. People may think you're crazy. But it's well worth it. ;)

When you look at this picture close up, you see Albert Einstein, but if you stand about fifteen feet away, the picture will become Marilyn Monroe