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Vetrimaaran’s Tamil film Visaranai has been selected as India’s official entry for Oscars Foreign Language Film category. The Film Federation Of India (FFI) made the announcement on Thursday. About 29 films were in the running which included Udta Punjab, Umrika, Thithi, Sairat, Neerja, Dhanak, and Nil Battey Sannata.

Produced by Dhanush’s Wunderbar Productions, the film is based on M. Chandrakumar’s novel Lock Up. Based on lives of four migrant workers who are accused of a crime they never committed, Visaranai shows these migrant workers from Tamil Nadu being picked on by the police in Guntur. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and later on, it won three National Awards.

About 60 countries have already submitted their entries for the next year’s foreign-language Oscar. The deadline for submission is Oct. 3, 2016. The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 24.

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i finally saw the film that i have been reading and hearing about for a long time. A Tamil film called Pizza which became a surprise hit and its remake right has been sold in many other languages including Hindi. That made me more curious. I knew that it’s a horror film. If you are told otherwise, it will be a spoiler. And that’s sad in a way because then you wonder if the film is so weak that if you tell the real genre to which it belongs, it wont work? Imagine if you always knew that it’s a thriller, and not a horror film. Would the film still work? Am not so sure now. Take Talaash, i think it works best when you know the spoiler. (Post here) And as a friend said it here – A movie is never about its twist, and if it is, it’s not worth it. Pizza is badly handicapped on that front.

Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the film starts on quite a thrilling note. Almost like one of those found footage films. A bunch of guys trying to trace ghosts in an old building and everything is recorded on a handy cam. As it gets more exciting, as the so called ghosts are about to appear, you realise that this is not the real film. It’s a film inside the film which is playing on tv and the lead characters are watching it. You can brand this as cheating, or, you might overlook it because of the thrill that it provides. I guess the director set the tone of his film with this sequence. The way you react to it, my guess is you are going to react to the film in a similar way once it ends.

I was thoroughly enjoying the film till the interval. And i kept wondering how are they going to close it because it looked like a difficult task. Well, it turned out to be KLPD. Because the director cheats us not once, but twice actually. First time when we are hearing the ghost story. It’s in one flashback. Almost the first half. And second time when the lead character is trying to act scared, pretending to be spooked – breathing problem, blood on his back, someone in the loo. Even if you are willing to take the first instance as film making tool, what about the second one? The second one makes you completely believe in the first story and kills all your doubts.

So you enjoy the thrill so much that you don’t call it cheating, or maybe you even call it so but overlook the fact once you know the reality. Why? Because it was worth it. Or you brand it as pure KLPD, cheating and childish. There’s nothing right or wrong, it’s just the way you react. And so the question in the post because i felt it was cheating. You might be completely fine with it. Do let us know in the comments section.

I am guessing you are still with me and are reading this post because you have seen the film already. Otherwise it won’t make sense as am not explaining everything in detail. And remember Kahaani? Lot of us criticised Sujoy Ghosh for that one scene where Vidya is talks about her husband and we get to see her “fake” story in flashback. Unlike others Sujoy was honest enough to participate in a discussion with us after its release and gave us his version. You can check the entire discussion here.

I still believe that the character might be talking about his/her story but it’s the filmmakers choice how he is showing it to us. We are not peeping into the character’s head like Being John Malkovich. Now, if we criticised Sujoy for that one scene, imagine an entire film based on such a scenario. Pizza is exactly that.

Once you are inside the theatre, one completely trusts the filmmaker. Saying and showing things with the help of a character and making us believe in it is the simplest thing inside that dark room. And then you turn around and say that it was all false, well, those were my favourite games in kindergarten. Not anymore.

Interestingly, when i asked people on twitter to rate the film on a scale of 1 to 5, most people rated it between 2.5 to 5. So clearly am in minority. Or, maybe am growing old. I prefer human stories more than thrill pills now.

Or i can try a better one. Since i was talking about his closing lines in the last post, and most probably someone will soon say “The Usual Suspects” while discussing this post, so here’s a quote from his review of the same film – I prefer to be amazed by motivation, not manipulation.

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Unnaipol OruvanIts 50 years of Kamal Hassan, on screen! And these days he insists on playing atleast 50 roles in each film of his. They even say, to call him megalomaniac is an understatement! In an interview, when Naseerduddin Shah was asked about his reaction to Kamal Hasaan playing his part in the tamil remake of A Wednesday, he said – why my part ? He should play all the parts! 😉

Jokes apart, this one looks sane. The trailer of the tamil remake of A Wednesday is out. The film is titled Unnaipol Oruvan and stars Kamal Hassan ( In Naseeruddin Shah’s role) and Mohan Lal ( Anupam Kher’s role). We feel its looking better than the hindi one and hopefully they have cut out the dhoom-dhaam-dhadap camera, sound and edit pattern in this one.

BTW, Kamal’s daughters are also involved with the film. Shruti Hassan has composed the music for the film and Akshara has choreographed a promotional video. And Kamal has sung two songs in the film! 

Kambakkht IshqThose of you who have seen the film Kambakkht Ishq, know the suffering. Those of you who haven’t, must have checked out the reviews. But what most people don’t know is that its an official remake of Kamal Haasan starrer Tamil film Pammal K Sambandam.

According to this report in HT, Sajid Nadiadwala bought the remake rights for 75 lakhs. And thats why there is no story credit in the film. But believe it or not, four writers have been credited for the screenplay.

Screenplay- Sabbir Khan, Anvita Dutt Guptan, Kiran Kotrial, Ishita Moitra.

Sabir Khan is the director and have been ADing since last few years. Anvita Dutt Guptan is the writer/lyricist of Dostana (dialogues), Bachna Aae Haseena (dialogues/lyrics), Tashan (lyrics) & Neal & Nikki (dialogues). Kiran Kotrial has credits for Ishq Vishq (dialogues), Fida ( dialogues), Deewane Huye Paagal (story/screenplay) & Waah! Life Ho to Aisi (dialogues).  For Ishita Moitra, this is first writing credit.

Isn’t it Ripley’s believe it or not ? Four writers writing a remake and they come up with this shit. Too many cooks ? OR may be the number of writers writing a film is directly proportional to the dumb quotient of the film. And to dumb it down more, you need more writers! Remember Love Story 2050 ?

Love Story 2050 (Screenplay) – Harry Baweja, Rowena Baweja

Additional screenplay – Bhavani Iyer, Suparn Varma, Karan Razdan, Prem Soni.

Six writers for Love Story 2050! BTW, if you don’t know, Harry is Daddy B and Rowena is sister B.

Anvita Dutt GuptanAnd those of you thought Kambakkht Ishq’s jokes & dialogues are sexist & offensive, you would be surprised to know that the writer is Anvita Dutt Guptan. Why blame the boys always for being sexist! Or may be some exceptions do prove the rule. Anvitaji, aap kya paan kar rahi hai aajkal ?