Mayirulla Mannutaiyan (aka Baaldaar kumhaar)

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This is not a review. I have never read any of the Potter books. The reasons for that lie in the hazy area between personal lethargy (too much work ya) and supercilious arrogance (Terry Pratchett is better!).

I have, however, seen all the Potter movies. This is a movie spoiler. Well. It is actually a spoiled review of a movie that is, truth be told, better than I make it sound. Since I saw it with a pure, unpottered mind, all I could see were subtle references to many other things that most Potter fans might not have bothered to notice. This review is about all of those things.

After a satisfying dinner at The Noodle House, we walked into Sree theater, part of the Satyam Ultramegaloplex. Mr Potter seemed to have undergone a summer haircut (specifications – Rs. 20, full cuttings, no machine using please, show me the razor blade). He goes on to stun 2 dark looking suckers (called Dementors for some reason) with the cunning oration of cockney-accented Latin sounding phrases. He also sight-aducchufies (line maroes) a chinese girl and goes on to kiss her. I was expecting Hedwig the owl to come and block the scene at the crucial moment (ala sparrows in 1980s Tamil movies) but he did not. They showed flowers though.

Menwhile, the arch villian Whole-day-Mottai hatches a plot to read and control Potter’s memories using a device called the Eternal Sunshine of the Potter’s mind and even dispatches extras who flunked the Sith final exam and couldn’t make it to the Star Wars movies, to steal the prophecy from our hero.

Potter shows a lot of teenage angst and also almost writes poetry in the classroom and goes on to get scolded by his teacher who almost says “Poetry. This boy wants to be a Poet”. But they do go on to break a lot of bricks in the wall and sing,

We don’t need no education

We don’t need no wand control

No dark arts teachers in the classroom

Witches leave us kids alone…

Harry also keeps telling Dharmendra that he wants to go it alone, but he is constantly reminded by his friends that Yeh Dosti We Will not Chhodenge. Snape Thakur also teaches our hero how to fight the villian by giving us a flashback of his past tragedies.

The prophecy is finally revealed. It turns out to be “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us“. Whole day Mottai whispers to our hero from behind – “Come to the dark side Luke. Use the Force Luke.”, but Harry tells him that he is not Luke and the villian says – “Oh. Ok. See you in the next movie then. My bad”


13 responses to “Mayirulla Mannutaiyan (aka Baaldaar kumhaar)”

  1. Priya Avatar

    as much as I want to wring the neck of any soul that blashphemes the sacred Potter movie/books, I must say I enjoyed your ‘review’ from a completely humor perspective without taking it in at an emotional level (after which the neck wringing comes into the picture) šŸ™‚

    Loved the ‘We dont need to education’ part – the last time I read about that song, I ended up humming it in my head ( not aloud though, for God so loved this world that He made me aware that I suck at singing) for 3 days. Let’s see how long I hum it this time šŸ˜¦

  2. Pri Avatar

    so did he die? paah yeverybaadis talking about whether he will die or not. nonsense rubbish it is.

  3. Bikerdude Avatar

    Heh saw hari puttar on the weekend too. I need more magic and strange creatures per minute though. And chappai mooku sottai thalai made a most disappointing voldemort.

  4. Ramsu Avatar

    Nice review. Loved the Sith references.

    I think I might’ve enjoyed the movie more if Voldemort had entered the scene introducing himself as “Baaasss. Motte Baaasss.” (Am in a blasphemous mood today.)

  5. Arunk Avatar

    This review gets full marks just for the Floyd reference.

    @Ramsu: Add a finger-roll on the mottai and a “En pera ketta – summa Adirudu illai?” dialog, then he could be like the Boss.

  6. Marc Avatar

    I spent some ten seconds deciphering your blog post title and had to slap my forehead when I figured it out.

    I went to see the movie yesterday. Was rather bored but the last part was nice and fast and the Death Eaters looked pretty cool. And who can forget Snape’s “Obviously…”

    I can’t believe you haven’t read the books. Won’t Raghav or Karthik have persuaded you to by now?

  7. krishashok Avatar

    I was reading Song of Ice and Fire when these came out. Well, it just doesn’t match up šŸ˜¦ Martin is way too good, and he has this bad habit of causing his readers to stop reading any other form of fantasy fiction by making them appear lame in comparison.

  8. Arunk Avatar

    @krishashok: Bang on about Martin. The best series for me even though it isnt yet complete. The first 3 phenomenal – the 4th lost a bit of steam (understandably) but still engrossing.

    In fact I must confess that not only Potter but also the Tolkien appeared a tad childish for me (never completed reading Lord of the Rings). Blasphemous :)!

  9. satts Avatar

    In summation “.”

  10. munimma Avatar

    If you are a book lover, this series is a must. At first, I didn’t want to read any kiddie books, especially with so much hype. But eventually I was drawn into it (sucked in is more like it) and I was a convert (potterhead). I love the way she has named the characters, makes me wiki out the sources. Much, much better than the movies.

    Mistletoe, man!

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  12. mosilager Avatar

    That’s a perfect desi rendition. Sure you’re not bappi lahiri’s web alter ego?

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