A film?

Oh God!

I never imagined that I would be so awe-struck at a film that missed out on many things. ‘naan kadavul’ by bala is so strange to me that I wonder if I can ever say what happened during and after the hours I was watching the film. To begin with ARYA! I have never felt that I should take an actor’s hand in my palms and say, looking into his eyes, “you were wonderful”. I had felt that way with balasingh, but arya was different- I do not know him. Perhaps it was a casting coup, but the young man had worked. He had a sculpted, Romanesque body, cold eyes, and briskness that all made me think of just one word- divinity. He was divine in his movement and in his demeanor. He was shiva, he was rudhran. He was fabulous. I cannot say the same about the leading female artiste who was so artificial that all the sympathies drummed up in the script and the musical score still were inadequate to make my eyes wet.

Bala as a director? I still do not know. Fassbinder and Polanski, not to forget Kubrick, have all made me uncomfortable but astounded, but with bala, I do not know whether I can ever empathize with him. I do sympathize with him, knowing the hurdles of making a film, but he does not strike a chord in my soul. i however should thank him for sparing the gory details that he is capable of showing in the climax. Jayamohan? I have read people writing about him, and could never go through any of his five books that I possess. My personal feeling is that balakumaran would have written better dialogues, as he could have got into the character of the ‘hero’ more easily. Let me make it clear that in my personal literary ratings they do not vary with each other. If ever there was one person who understood to underscore the film it was ilayaraja. If vaali did indeed write that om sivoham song then I may perhaps never criticize any crap that he will definitely write in future.

Beyond the film, the concept- that God is there, and passive is wonderful. The god just lurks in the background and opens its eyes only when stirred- not by chants, not by poetry but by pain. The evil too undergo the pain of being evil just as how the maximum-good (the number into which I would most willingly subscribe), undergo the pain. One awaits punishment in pain and the other deliverance in the same. You need to cry from your soul and you will be delivered. Death as the deliberate delivery of a still-born suffering, is the message that got lost. Though some may scorn at the use of the mentally disabled, it was needed to show that impotent pain is more than an immature one.

Thanks bala, for chosing to make arya do this. I await a more diligent script.

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21 Comments on “A film?”

  1. Hannah Says:

    Just words of my heart, sir! Why does your writing always strike a chord? I empathise with your every word, and I learn so much along the way…thank you so much, and yes, thanks to that passive God for everything that you pen!

  2. rudhran Says:

    i forgot to write about the great performance of vikramadityan. it was a poetic essay by him


  3. நீங்கள் எவ்வளவு தான் சொலாகித்து எழுதினாலும் எனக்கு அது தெரியாது, புரியாது என்பது உங்களுக்கு தெரியும், நான் கேட்க வந்தது அதுவல்ல!

    பொதுவாக மனநல மருத்துவர்களின் வரும் நோயாளிகள் பெரும்பாலும் மத அடிப்படையில் முதலில் சிகிச்சை அளிக்க பட்டிருப்பார்கள், உதாரணமாக தலையில் சூடம் கொளுத்துதல், உள்ளங்கையில் சூடம் கொளுத்துதல், மனநோய் என்பது கடவுளின் கோபம் என்று அவர்களுக்கு கடவுளின் பெயரால் பயங்கர தண்டனை அளித்தல் போன்றவை.

    தற்சமயம் சில பேர் தங்களையே கடவுளாக நினைத்து கொள்வதும் நடக்கிறது. அவைகள் சிகிச்சை அளிக்கப்பட வேண்டிய மன குறைகள் இல்லையா?

    மேலும் நான் சந்தித்த மனநல மருத்துவர்கள் பெரும்பாலும் கடவுள் நம்பிக்கையற்றே இருக்கிறார்கள்.
    ஆனால் உங்களிடம் வேறு மாதிரியான மாற்றம் இருக்கிறதே! ஏன்?

    தெரிந்து கொள்ளலாமா?

    பட்ட படிப்புக்கு இல்லைதான் ஆனாலும் எனது நம்பிக்கையில் எவ்வளவு தவறு இருக்கிறது! உண்மை இருக்கிறது என்று தெரிந்து கொள்ள ஒரு வாய்ப்பாக பயன்படுத்தி கொள்கிறேன்

  4. rudhran Says:

    dear vaal
    this film is not about a mentally ill person like what bala did in sethu. this is not even about belief in god. this is about the concept of god and destruction as resurrection.
    if anyone thinks that he/she is god it is a delusion and a symptom of mental illness, but i felt this film was about the personification of god.
    i believe in god and i have never been hypocritical about it
    தற்சமயம் சில பேர் தங்களையே கடவுளாக நினைத்து கொள்வதும் நடக்கிறது. அவைகள் சிகிச்சை அளிக்கப்பட வேண்டிய மன குறைகள் இல்லையா? yes. unless they are frauds trying to cheat people


  5. \\To begin with ARYA! I have never felt that I should take an actor’s hand in my palms and say, looking into his eyes, “you were wonderful\\

    அட இப்படி – உங்கள் கருத்துக்கள்


  6. \\I do not know whether I can ever empathize with him. I do sympathize with him\\

    அருமை


  7. \\My personal feeling is that balakumaran would have written better dialogues, as he could have got into the character of the ‘hero’ more easily\\

    சரிதான்.

    நிறைய விசிறி வந்திருக்கும்.


  8. \\Thanks bala, for chosing to make arya do this.

    As I feel Bala can make anyone to do.

    \\I await a more diligent script.\\

    நாங்களும்தான்.


  9. Yet to see the movie since it’s not being released over here in Los Angeles, awaiting for it.

    More than your feedback about the movie, I am very interested to learn more about one of your comments
    //i believe in god and i have never been hypocritical about it//

    Hope to see some more posts on this subject, not to draw attention, and not even to create a controversy, just curious to know your thoughts.

  10. Hannah Says:

    Yes sir…me too would like to know your thoughts on //i believe in god and i have never been hypocritical about it//

  11. rudhran Says:

    hannah and nambi i shall soon write on this. but right now my mind is occupied with the shameless arrogance enacted in chennai- to make a clown look right the entire script is rewritten. i had already written a post :Total zero or complete circle -the metaparadox of God- under the category written for a magazine

  12. Kelvi.Net Says:

    உங்களுடைய வலைப்பூக்களை இங்கே பதிவு செய்து கொள்ளுங்கள், http://kelvi.net/topblogs/ சிறந்த வலைப்பூக்களாக வர வாழ்த்துக்கள்

    கேள்வி. நெட்

  13. athmaa Says:

    விளிம்பு நிலை மனிதர்களை வைத்துப் படம் எடுப்பது சாதாரண காரியம் அல்ல. அதுவும் அவர்களை கதை மாந்தர்களாக சித்திரிப்பது இன்றைய ‘எந்திர’ உலகில் சகஜமாக நடக்கக் கூடியதும் அல்ல. நம் சமூகத்தின் மிகப்பெரிய அவலம் பிச்சைக்காரர்களை விட்டு வைத்திருப்பது கிடையாது! அவர்களை மெல்ல மெல்ல நம் தினசரி வாழ்க்கையில் மறந்து வருகிறோம் என்பது தான்.. சமீப வருடங்களில் அவர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை கூடியிருக்கிறதா குறைந்திருக்கிறதா என்பது பற்றிக் கூட நமக்குக் கவலை இல்லை. அது சரி! பாலா மாதிரி ஆட்கள் ஞாபகப்படுத்தினாலொழிய நம்முடைய சிந்தனை ஆதித்யாவா அல்லது சிரிப்பொலி யா என்பதைக் குறித்துதான் இருக்கும்

  14. Rajkumar Says:

    I had seen the movie in a disc and so much of the photography wasnt appreciated. Bala has taken 2 unrelated themes which are real but ignored by us. the Aghori sect and organised begging. it was interesting to read about the critiques. vimarsanams of this movie must be read in dinamalar where critiques from other mags are also given. the critic from kungumam touches the unsaid aspect of cannibalism which on the face of it is disgusting but right according to aghoris. they worship the third face of agora rudhra of shiva and think of themselves as kalbairav and godly. aham brahmasmi is the essence of veda and also tenet of adwaitham. if you want to know more, search the net and you tube. begging is an industry in our country and cant be eradicated with these organised gangs to perpetuate it. my appreciation is about the directors originality in choosing not one but two subjects which are unique and bound to disturb, and the conviction to portray it most truthfully. it is a disturbing film on many counts. it obviously did not have a smooth sailing at the sensors. at the end of the day there is still some hope for creativity and originality in tamil films

  15. rudhran Says:

    thanks rajkumar. your comments always enhance my thought process

  16. felloWalker Says:

    I would request you to go through comments by “rani” in vikatan website for vikatan review on naan kadavul.
    Bala’s movie is half backed on some aspects..it leaves it to individuals to think further on. please agree you need to generalise some aspects to make it reachable to masses. Im seeing this movie talking straight on people’s ignorance on fellow human.

    It raises questions about GOD SYSTEM we follow. you should have seen the people who acted in the movie. i couldn’t even believe they are acted like these. there is lot of difference from their char’ to actuals..like differnce bet’ actor arya to the rudran in movie. bala’s team has done really well.

    this change in making movie is must in tamil! questioning the usual & innovate. though its bit negative..to start with.

  17. shanmughapriyan Says:

    உங்கள் கருத்துக்களைத் தெளிவாகச் சொல்லும் விமர்சனம்.
    My personal feeling is that balakumaran would have written better dialogues, as he could have got into the character of the ‘hero’ more easily.//
    இதை மட்டும் என்னால் ஒத்துக் கொள்ள முடியவில்லை.மன்னிக்கவும் டாக்டர்.
    ஜெயமோகனின் எழுத்துக்கள் அந்தப் படத்தைப் பொருத்த மட்டிலும் பரிபூரண நியாயத்தைச் செய்திருப்பதாகவே நான் நினைக்கிறேன்.

  18. srini Says:

    Hi Rudhran. it’s surprising to see that Bala didnt strike a chord, anyway, it depends. Very few people looked that movie in a very different way. Coming to the point, Balakumaran is not a wise choice to me. He is more into the common people’s emotional lives. The people showcased were not common people. They are the suffering ones. Normal emotional quotients wont apply to them.
    And since Bala was inspired by Jeyamohan to take this film, no wonder he is the script writer.


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