Thoonga Nagaram is an upcoming Tamil film, with a gangster theme based in Madurai which has been over exploited in many recent films. This is my short thoughts on the soundtrack album by Sundar C. Babu.
- Vaigai Siricha Thoonganagaram – A typical gana/kuththu track, works mainly for the powerful voice of Palghat Sriram.
- Koorana Parvaigal – Just passable as a melody, but the underlying beat is too distracting for the tune.
- Kalyanam Kalyanam (Remix) – An interesting and cleaver remix, that builds upon the original verse by Chandrababu non-destructively. This could become the next ‘standard song’ for Tamil weddings .
- Ettu Kangalukkum – Catchy lyrics and distinct voice of Madhu Balakrishnan makes this typical upbeat friendship anthem different.
- Nee Siricha Kondattam – Anther typical gana/kuththu song. Reminds songs from the 1990s.
Overall, it’s a fairly OK soundtrack with some nativity in Sundar C. Babu style.
Listen to Thoonga Nagaram songs on Raaga.com.
Ko is an upcoming Tamil film directed by K. V. Anand. This is my short thoughts after the first listen of the soundtrack by Harris Jayaraj.
- Ennamo Yeadho – A lovely tune with a fine flowing rap interlude. Interesting Madhan Karky lyrics. The hummable ‘Yeno kuviamilla’ phrase is going to stay for long. Sure to loop a lot in my player.
- Gala Gala – An ordinary sounding song, except for Sayanora Philip‘s voice and the starting MIAish Gala Gala chorus.
- Venpaniye – A typical Harris Jayaraj song, that sounds a lot like some of his previous songs with Bombay Jayashree.
- Aga Naga – Is it meant to be funny, at least Emcee Jesz‘s Tamil is funny. Sounds a lot like ‘a lot’, and too much is sometimes ‘too much’. It would be hard to give a genre to this.
- Netri Pottil – A nice short listen, with some not-so-filmy lyrics. Best next to Ennamo Yeadho in this album.
- Amali Thumali – An old school peppy tune, in a slightly new glass.
Overall the album, if not for Ennamo Yeadho, is just about/above average.
It’s the holiday season. I planned nothing for the Christmas week, as I’ve already had a short break in November with the road trip. So all I did this month, except from going to university most of the days, is watching movies, a lot of movies. Here comes the list with my ‘Tweet-size Thoughts’.
- Oy! (2009) Telugu (7.5/10) – A interesting localized storyline (inspiration of Erich Segal’s novel ‘Love Story’) and executed with the excellent performances by the lead actors.
- Do Dooni Chaar (2010) Hindi (8/10) – It’s good to see a non-filmy family movie from Bollywood. It a way its refreshing and entertaining too.
- Benny And Babloo (2010) Hindi (7.5/10) – A different Bollywood movie, takes a sarcastic look into the Mumbai (night) life.
- Chikku Bukku (2010) Tamil Movie (6.5/10) – Felt like watching two movies together. Once watchable.
- Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) English (8/10) – Excellent psychological thriller. Can’t guess whats going on until the end.
- Golmaal 3 (2010) Hindi (6/10) – Colourful, logic-less, childish laughter for 2 hours 20 minutes. That’s all, once watchable.
- Gaayam 2 (2010) Telugu (6.5/10) – Starts in Thailand with blood, continues in India. This interesting sequel, makes an impact through its screenplay and good performances.
- Easy A (2010) English (6.5/10) – Typical college comedy with a little different presentation.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) English (7.5/10) – One of the interesting biographical movies I have seen lately.
- Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) English (6.5/10) – A good trade for the time.
- Bodyguard (2010) Malayalam (6.5/10) – Good one, wanted to watch this before Kavalan. This is the first Malayalam movie I’ve watched without subtitles.
- The Karate Kid (2010) English (6.5/10) – It was good, but still confused why they call a kung fu movie The Karate Kid.
- Prasthanam (2010) Telugu (5.5/10) – A really confusing political tail, just about revenge, revenge and revenge, mixed with some dance and romance for no apparent reason.
- Passenger (2009) Malayalam (7.5/10) – A simple tale of two passengers told in its simplest form. An excellent movie with good performances by the lead actors. And I watch it without subtitles, so not sure if I got tit correctly.
- Phas Gaye Re Obama (2010) Hindi (8/10) – Terrific performances and a brilliant screenplay with the ticklish humour makes this intelligent satire work well throughout.
- Kerala Cafe (2009) Malayalam (8/10) – All the ten short films in this anthology film have something interesting. It could be a little overwhelming and tiring, but it’s really a worth watch. Specially liked light sense of humour in Happy Journey and Off-season.
- Manmadan Ambu (2010) Tamil (6.5/10) – It’s a good entertainer if watched without any other expectations.
- Love Sex Aur Dhokha (2010) Hindi (8.5/10) – Liked it for the making and the theme. The story has three sub-plots that are about the news media turning into cheap entertainment.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) English (9/10) – Most of the Holocaust movies over-hype the pro-Jew propaganda, but this one stands out and talks about humanity through the lives of two eight year old boys.
- Hotel Rwanda (2004) English (7/10) – I prefer documentaries rather than these movies, but it was a good one. As a person from a land that used to have enough of these, I feel the movie does not portray the massacre effectively.