January 2, 2014

A WHITE BIRD PICTURES Production
Cast - PRINCE, HARISH & RAGHAVAN
Story, Cinematography & Direction - MONESH
Original Music Scores - RAGHAVAN
Dialogues - PRINCE, MONESH
Editing & Color Grading - S A S I
Sound Design - DILUXSHAN
Costume Designer - THAMEEM ANSARI
Assistants - CHANDRU, PRAVEEN, CHARLES
Produced by - SABARNA, ASHIRVAD, ARVIND,ARUL, JOHN & ADVETA
Post - Production & Mixing @ TING STUDIO, WHITE BIRD STUDIO
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February 1, 2013
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Brihadisvara Temple
Thanjavur & The Cholas
The Cholas, the mightiest rulers of South India, at one point of time held sway over major parts of South India & Sri Lanka. They also made their presence felt over North India and even South East Asia. The glory of the medieval Cholas were established by the early Chola rulers who ruled from Uraiyur region in the beginning of the common era. The rise of Vijayalaya (850-871 CE) by defeating the Pallavas, Pandyas, & Muttaraiyars paved the way for establishment of the Cholas of the Imperial line. 

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Brihadisvara Temple

Thanjavur & The Cholas

The Cholas, the mightiest rulers of South India, at one point of time held sway over major parts of South India & Sri Lanka. They also made their presence felt over North India and even South East Asia. The glory of the medieval Cholas were established by the early Chola rulers who ruled from Uraiyur region in the beginning of the common era. The rise of Vijayalaya (850-871 CE) by defeating the Pallavas, Pandyas, & Muttaraiyars paved the way for establishment of the Cholas of the Imperial line. 

October 25, 2012

Nalladhor Veenai - A short film by White Bird Pictures

A WHITE BIRD PICTURES Production
Cast - PRINCE, HARISH & RAGHAVAN
Story, Cinematography & Direction - MONESH
Original Music Scores - RAGHAVAN
Dialogues - PRINCE, MONESH
Editing & Color Grading - S A S I
Sound Design - DILUXSHAN
Costume Designer - THAMEEM ANSARI
Assistants - CHANDRU, PRAVEEN, CHARLES
Produced by - SABARNA, ASHIRVAD, ARVIND,ARUL, JOHN & ADVETA
Post - Production & Mixing @ TING STUDIO, WHITE BIRD STUDIO
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October 16, 2012
The Great Indian Barfi and Other Anomalies

If you are looking for an unbiased view, you are not going to find it here. Depending on the perspective and your capacity to absorb opinions, the perspective could belong to just one man or shared by many. Having stated that let me begin.

A month ago (if my memory has not failed me completely), I watched Barfi! The story of a mute and deaf man with an inclination for love and recklessness seemed to work wonders with the audience. But what began as an earnest movie progressed in a different manner altogether. I was beginning to see Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin; mannerisms too many to ignore. As the movie went on, there were scenes from The Notebook and probably many other classics. No doubt the audience cheered and even burst into fits of laughter now and then. Why wouldn’t they? After all, it was Charlie Chaplin in desi action. By the time the movie had ended, it was pretty clear the movie would set the box office registers ringing. But do all the fame and glory have to come at the cost of plagiarism and blatant imitation of classics?


Director Anurag Basu knew how to woo the audience with Barfi!, but failed to tone it down. Perhaps subtlety is not Basu’s cup of tea. The worst news came in the form of the Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film. The film is yet to be sent as the official entry. As expected, there were bashings on social media networks, accusing the film makers of letting down the face of Indian Cinema and requesting a revoke on the decision. On a personal note, I do not think the movie deserves to be selected as an official entry. But a disturbing thought lingers. For a long time, we have taken a comfortable and less controversial designation – The Spectator. We have watched and applauded for hordes of movies that have either been inspired or ripped off from Hollywood flicks. When the Indian audience turned their eyes towards Hollywood, the less-fortunate directors got their movie transcripts from the Japanese, Swahili, Korean and even Mexican cinema.

This reminds me of a yesteryear popular song with lyrics that goes something like this…

Naanga cycle yeriye vandhaaka

Neenga motorbike than paarpeenga

Naanga motorbike la vanthaaka

Neenga maruthi ku maaruveenga

Naanga jeans pantu than potaaka

Neenga baggi panta than paarpeenga

Naanga baggi panta than potaaka

Neenga veatiya than theduveenga

 

Loosely translated, the chunk of lyrics reflects the relationship between the audience with an ever-growing knowledge and the hapless film makers who have resorted to search every unexplored corner of foreign cinema for seeking inexcusable inspiration.

Does imitation or inspiration determine movie’s worth? Maybe, maybe not. For instance, one of the most successful and popular movie of all times in Tamil Cinema is Basha. Starring none other than Rajnikanth, the darling of the masses, the movie went on to become a cult, with thousands of youngsters still mouthing its dialogues. For the ardent fans of the movie, here’s the major glitch. The movie was inspired from a Hindi movie titled Hum, which in turn was inspired from Samrajyam, a Malayalam flick starring Mammooty. The Hindi film starred Amitabh Bachchan, and ironically Rajnikanth himself in one of the fiddle roles. The list does not stop with Basha. Over a dozen of the Superstar’s massive hits were either inspired or directly remade from its Hindi counterparts starring Amitabh Bachchan and other Bollywood stars. Does this make Basha a bad film? Definitely not! Andaz Apna Apna, another cult comedy flick has its roots in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Godfather and Scarface have served as an inspiration for a bunch of Indian films. In a country diversified by language, the landscape of Indian cinema does suffer from the possibility of remakes.

Barfi! is no exception. On all probabilities, the movie is an entertainer and nothing more. All the ‘Tramp’ mannerisms do not make Ranbir Kapoor a bad actor. He is still a well-groomed actor. Amidst all the accusation of plagiarism, here’s one actor who can pull off a meaty role that any other actor would have easily discredited. All said and done, the movie cannot be sent for the Academy Awards; not because it’s a rip-off but for the sole reason that there are far more deserving movies to be recognized.

Are the Academy Awards the final frontier of all awards? We are talking about a jury that put Scorcese on the winners list for a movie he blatantly copied (The Departed), leaving all the original works he had previously done. It’s the same jury that has still not bestowed an award for a genius like Christopher Nolan. So there you go….. All I’m saying is even if your least favorite movie won an Academy Award, it wouldn’t be the worst thing on earth! :D :D

July 7, 2012
The Quintessential Seidhadhariyel



I had never been invited to a film premiere before. When I finally got a free pass to what the crew called Seidhadhariyel, I couldn’t miss it for two reasons. One, it was free. Yes, the typical Indian mentality of buying any/all fan(s) that says ‘free air’. It’s quite a marvel that we should feel proud of a guilty pleasure. Two, watching a short film on a big screen isn’t something one would come across everyday. At the least, not me.

So that’s the backstory of why I agreed to watch this film inside AVM premises. Well, that might qualify as a third reason, unofficially. AVM studios, known for their legacy of being termed as one of the essential platforms for the world of Tamil cinema, were playing host to the premiere of Seidhadhariyel, a short film. It was probably routine for them. To me, it was novel. Had short films reached a juncture where we get to see them on full-fledged and devoted big screens?

I was seated inside the preview hall. After what seemed like fifteen minutes, the film began with all pride and glory. Sorry, was that glory or gory? The film was nothing short of a violent streak. Of course, I knew the preface of the film, thanks to the promos on YouTube. Still, the bloodshed and subliminal gore was a bit too much to take. Or was it?

Halfway through the movie, I realized my folly. This was neither a gang war genre nor a bang bang type. I’m afraid I might be letting out spoilers here, but the message was beautifully conveyed. Though the crux of the film stuck on to violence, the tipping point of the story was something else. There were no villains. Just plain old villainy, playing its part like it should. By the time the movie got over (30 mins approximately), I found myself appreciating the team efforts that went behind each scene, shot and frame.

Which bring me back to the same question. Have short films reached a juncture where we get to watch them on full-fledged big screens? Maybe. Maybe not. Open YouTube and Vimeo, and you’ll find a horde of short films plunged in the vast ocean of video hosting surface. But a prototype like Seidhadhariyel, and probably more, could pave way to regulation of short films.

In the future, can we expect short films to be screened on popular screens? And by popular, I mean Sathyam Theatres or Escape Cinemas (Chennai). Will there be a fully functioning censor board governing short films that get released under a reasonably recognizable banner? We have witnessed short film makers taking a leap on to feature film platforms, owing to faithful producers who were willing to encash on the virality factor of the short versions. But will short films share the same space along with its longer counterparts? Maybe, maybe not.

June 9, 2012

Seidhadhariyel

Indulging oneself in the unknown, without realizing the ramifications. In this case, Karma can be a powerful force and a bitch for real. The cosmic law suggests that you can be held responsible even for actions that rise out of negligence. Mortals beware!

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May 2, 2012

Seidhadhariyel - Short Film with Eng Subtitles. Language - Tamil

February 14, 2012

Indha Oru Tharunam - Tamil Short Film with English Subtitles

February 14, 2012
Indha Oru Tharunam - Tamil Short Film with English Subtitles

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