Thursday, 23 October 2014

Kaththi - Sharp

Oops, Lyca

Vijay and ARM come together for the second time this Deepavali. After too many doubt whether movie will release or not, it's finally here. The expectations were high since they have set themselves a very high benchmark in their previous outing Thupakki. Vj and double action movies were actually disasters till now, so he needed to break this jinx.

The story is Ramana kind of a one from ARM touching a sensitive social issue. Jeevanandham who starts a war against a corporate giant Neil Nitin Mukesh. How Kathiresan, who is a criminal, comes into this and become Jeevanandham and fights against them is the story.

Kaththi, as usual belongs to Vijay and Vijay only. As Kathiresan and Jeevanantham Vijay really showed some difference at least in acting even though nothing in getup wise, yeah he do act. Other than him not much scope for any others to perform. Sathish was able to bring a few laughs here and there in the first half. Samantha comes throughout the movie, but does nothing other than standing next to our hero and shakes her legs for few songs.

The biggest plus for this movie is ARM's dialogues. The stunt choreography was really good and was a treat to watch. DOP by George was excellent which captured each and every shades in the movie really well. Anirudh's BGM gives the required mass effect and used both the theme music really well. Then, a racy second half which more than makes up for the mildly first half. ARM knows the pulse of the audience and provides enough 'mass' moments throughout the movie. The press conference screen and the flashback scenes are hard-hitting and Vj score well. ARM's last movie was a dedicated to army men this one is to farmers. ARM takes a dig at current media, reality shows, 2G case, corporate giants, etc., with enough Ramana-style statistics. The mass suicide scene will surely shock you. Also, ARM intentionally uses some Thupakki moments like 'I am waiting' in this movie's interval also.

The biggest let down in this movie are the songs and romance. Even though there wasn't a mass-must-have-preachy-intro-song in this movie. Except for Yaar Petra magano, nothing comes at a right time. Movie starts well with a jailbreak and loses momentum for most part of the first half. I felt like 7am Arivu, in that movie also ARM begins well and lose the plot with boring Romance. The first half looked really big. And, its still irritating when Vj does his Jilla mannerism in few scenes. And, the villain does his job well, but not much to do. Also, I wonder why this is titled Kaththi other than their previous movie was Thupakki. Logic, oh who cares? 

This is really a good follow up by Vijay-ARM after Thupakki and I don't want to compare this with Thupakki since both are totally different genre. Kaththi has its own issues, but we can live with that because of the message it carries, hope it reaches everyone. 

Once a movie is over and the director name appears if we hear claps instead of people swearing at the director in the theatres, it is sure that the movie will be a hit and we did hear claps at the end of this movie. 

The biggest irony is enjoyed this movie with Coke.

My Rating - 3.5 / 5.0.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Trip to GOA - There is always a first time for everthing ;)

GOA - One place where I wanted to go since my college days, don't ask me why? One place which comes in our mind first whenever we start planning about a trip. Finally, went there last this month.

When I say I am going to Goa to my colleagues or any of my friends the first question is "Nee Goa poi enna panna pora?" as if you should not enter Goa if you don't booze.

Except going to Goa we didn't plan anything else, our hotel or places to visit, etc. Maybe we thought this plan will also get canceled like the previous 1008 plans we did. We can't believe ourselves till we board the plane. The first flight was exciting. I had a child like enthusiasm sitting inside a plane. It was little thrilling as well.

We met three guys sitting behind us in the flight. After landing, we had a chat with them and in the end we all decided to spend our time in Goa together. Atleast they have booked a cab and hotels and most of all they know Hindi

We booked a resort very near Colva beach. First-day evening we did nothing except visiting the beach during midnight. We met few students from Nepal, they were very much interested in India and they even watch south Indian movies, mostly Telugu. Needless to say guys were boozing that night, as usual the topic was girls and love. And, I tasted a Breezer.

In the next two days we actually explored Goa. South Goa one day, it was very boring except for a ride in water motorbike. It was really fast and exciting, even though it didn't even last more than thirty seconds. All other places we went that day was boring, an aquarium, horror house and to top it all one boring "Filmy Chakkar Trip" in a boat. Next day, we visited North Goa which we should have done the very first day.

North Goa is the actual Goa, which we see in movies. Kettu kuttichuvara pona motha groupum anga than irukanga, summa solla koodathu nallave kettu poi irukanga. Visited few beaches there, Vagator beach, its where we actually started to see the real color of Goa ;). Then, the next beach was Baga, oh wow, it was fantastic. Next time if we visit Goa, Baga will be our first destination. By the time we went to the next beach Calangute it was already dark and we didn't see what we actually expected to see there.

And, after all the beach visits we went to a nightclub. First-time for me in a night club. It's a place where people booze so much and kick each other in the name of dancing. I too did my part well even though I didn't booze. It was funny and I laugh even now if I think about our dance moves, especially my friend's dance step which was real 'குத்து' dance, but who cares. We danced, danced, danced till three and reached our room by morning five. We had so many imaginations before entering, but nothing happened in there.

It was only in North Goa it was like "Girls, Girls, Party, Party, Bikini, Bikini, Bikini..
Girls, Girls, Beach, Beach, Bikini, Bikini, Bikini". (Okay, we didn't see any bikini girls).

There is always a first time for everything and last week it was first time for many things for me. For a first time traveled in flight, first time in Goa, first time in a pub, also first time tasted alcohol, Breezer, some of my friends still consider them as just a juice, but still it had 4.8% (Itha kandippa pathivu panniye aaganum ;) ) of alcohol.

It started with "nee ellam ethuku Goa pora?" and ended with "Goa poi sarakku adikalaya?" Anyway our long time wish for a trip to Goa, a travel in flight finally happened. Though we missed our friend Siva, who could have made this trip even more fun. It was a good. We will be back.


I have completed SIX years in IT industry this month. SIX years of experience, it makes me look so old and six years went just like that.

When I entered SSLC my teachers said, you have to work hard only this year then when you enter higher secondary you can enjoy. Then, after joining higher secondary again I heard the same, just work hard for two years then you can enjoy your college life. Then, they repeated the same in college also, just three years and once you get a job you can really enjoy your life. After all these, when you finally enter into a software company you will actually know what is hard work. It will make you feel all these years you did nothing and you were actually enjoying.

Why did I become a software engineer? This is the question I, even some of friends, ask to ourselves. We had no idea why we wanted to become a software engineer. All we know was, they work in Chennai/Banglore, gets good salary, works in air conditioned offices, then goes to USA. We didn't know we have to actually "work" much harder like night-outs, sacrifice weekends even some holidays. But for me, the last one and half years are superb. No night-outs, no work in the weekends, its a every software engineer's dream.

After a point, we think about leaving this job and starting some business. We discuss with our friends about starting something new. Whenever you get a thought like this, it is actually right time to change your company. Once you join the new company this thought will go away easily ;). It really works.

Thanks to Google, Wikipedia, Stack Overflow for what I am today in this industry ;). But, on a serious note I should thank my first semester C professor, who actually made me write some code. Without him I might be by hearting the C code in my college also days like I did in my school. Then, my first company where I got plenty of opportunities and learned many things. Also, during this tenure I have been to some foreign places as on-sites, like Ganapathy, Annur, Gopi-Chettipalayam ;).

Even after six years I still ask myself this same question again and again. Ulagathula evlavo work irunthum, Why did I become a Software Engineer?