When I speak, simply vibrating no?

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It was starting to get a little embarrassing. Almost everybody I knew had made the pilgrimage. So while all the North Indians in Chennai were busy watching the Moviee, I decided to watch the one with one less “E” and a whole lot more style.

Warning: Movie spoilers ahead

I had an experience today. There is the style, the humility, the songs, the punch dialogues, the comedy and the “S” factor, that convinces an entire state to indulge in a thoroughly enjoyable suspension of disbelief for 150 minutes.

I wasn’t expecting Big B’s gravitas and Kamalhassan’s histrionics. I was expecting the Boss. I felt the collective exhilaration as the theatre erupted on seeing the Thalaivar’s feet stepping out the police vehicle. I laughed with the audience at the entire fair and lovely parody of our silly obsession with skin colour. The pop culture references to his earlier movies and MGR and Sivaji were spot on. The fight scenes were surreal. The song sequences were mindblowing. And what can I say about Mottai Boss? Thalaivaaaaaaa. Sooper. Mottai Boss is, for me, a cult icon. When he walks, I hear pounding Tamil hip hop in the background. When he talks, the earth shakes.

Yeah yeah. The screenplay was corny, the centerfresh bubble gum trick was overused and the storyline was questionable. So? When I can have dialogues such as these, I really don’t care.

Rich getting richer, Poor getting poorer.
If you cross Chittoor, you will get Katpadi. If you cross Sivaji, you will get dead body.
Pigs come in groups. Lions come single.
BOSS – Bachelor of Social Service

Final Verdict: This is not a review. Experiences cannot be “reviewed” and dropped into mundane buckets labeled “good” or “bad”. Sivaji is like the rain. Some people will throw their silly umbrellas and start dancing. Some will put on stuffy raincoats and curse. I danced today.

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  1. nice post…esp the english-dubbed punch dialogues (the title made me ROTFL!) If Star movies starts telecasting english-dubbed tamil movies, you’d have a great career ahead of you πŸ™‚

  2. Experiences cannot be β€œreviewed” and dropped into mundane buckets labeled β€œgood” or β€œbad”. Sivaji is like the rain. Some people will throw their silly umbrellas and start dancing. Some will put on stuffy raincoats and curse. I danced today.

    Splendid. Hit the nail on the head! Btw, about the title, vibrate does not quite cut it. However, “quake” does πŸ˜€

  3. @Anantha,
    Agree. I considered shudder, shiver and quake, but I liked the sound of “vibrate” better than quake. In the present continous form, that would be “quaking” and a little too close to the sound of ducks for my taste.

    @Roopa,
    Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. 😦 me still no see Sivaji! and like I’m telling anyone who’d care to listen, stupid Hyderabad has only 1 theatre screening 1 show of the tamil version at 9 AM on weekdays!!!!

    btw, me didnt read the post because of your spoiler warning… 😦 whenever you people say ‘I saw sivaji’, en vayatherichala kottikarel! 😦

  5. To your post, I can only say “GAAWD!!”
    (went with huge, extended family of thair vadais and a couple of Bongs, and couldn’t tolerate the color and the dolor beyond halftime: did the Parliamentary thing, and walked out with the Bongs!)
    πŸ˜‰
    Are you seriously a Rajinikant fan?!? πŸ˜€

  6. @Rambodoc,

    Yes I am. Not from an acting, screenplay and other film attributes’ perspective. Rajni is just sheer entertainment, and a great role model as a person too. He is pretty much the only superstar who can laugh at himself in a movie.

  7. @Bikerdude,
    Not that the story matters, but anyway, here it is:

    First half: Thalaivar is a senior software systems architect (seriously) who has returned to India with 200 crores, with the benevolent desire to create free hospitals and free universities for everyone. He goes on to waste most of it on bribes to offcials, and even manges to become bankrupt. And oh, some jalsa with Shriya also happenings here.

    Second half: Hatches devilishly clever plan to blackmail all those corrupt and siphon half their black money to US of A and convert to white money (using NRIs). This he uses to build his univs, hosps etc. Since villians are traditionally not in the habit of giving up halfway thru a movie, they strike back, put thalaivar in zail and even manage to kill him. But thalaivar comes back to life (as Mottai boss) thanks to raghuvaran’s advanced CPR (that works upto a few decades after death) and proceeds to kick some villian ass. And oh, some more Shirya action as well.

  8. i loved some of the english dialogues…
    such as:
    ‘i was cornered, and helpless!’
    ‘it is a coincidence, dammit!!!’
    and there was another ending with ‘yaar’, which i seem to have forgotten temporarily…
    but the movie was awesome fun to watch, and thalai was… thalai! as you said, the most important thing is, he laughs at himself and that is really what his charisma is due to… i can’t believe some people see shades of rajni in vijay and chaps like that… i mean, honestly… are they oblivious to rajni’s all pervading charm and sense of humour?

  9. the past week have been wasting paid manhours reading your blogs….and your blog chumma
    ah-the-re-the-leh!!

    great blog!!

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