NANDALALA - REVIEW FROM KUALA LUMPUR
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Greetings to everyone,

I decided to watch Nandalala in theater’s before I miss the show for once and for all. After going through various resources, I found out that there’s only one show in a single theater in entire Kuala Lumpur.

Drove around over 30 kilometers (one way) with my friend to the cinema complex only to let down by the theater owner saying, you both are the only people to watch the movie today (9 pm show and we were there at 8.30pm). He said less than 5 people; they will not run the show. I was disappointed with that reply. I said I’ll wait. I wanted to see the movie so badly in theaters. As luck would have it, 8 people turned up for the show last minute and we managed to see the film.
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In theater, as the film started, I knew it was all together a different game. The credits were in Tamil, nothing was in English. There are no flashy backgrounds or funky graphics. All that was there was the ever flowing river. This movie changed the entire perception of what film editing is all about. There are no fast forwards, there are no black and white effects, there are no spinners, there are no negative effects, there’s no time freeze or warp, and there are no green/blue screen effects. Editing in this movie was primarily just to stitch the different film rolls together. In movie opening, Akil stares down as the other kids walk out the school with their parents and this goes on for quite some time. Innovative way of showing the impact it had on Akil without actually having a green screen at the back of him while having the backdrop edited in fast forward.

There are so many things to highlight in this movie that this article will morph into novel if I start writing every bit of it. Much has been talked about unmatched music from Ilayaraja. Minimal but powerful dialogues, expressions and body language stand out. At climax, when Bhaskar Mani said it’s my mother, even without any background music, tears are definitely to roll down your cheeks. Powerhouse performance by Myskin! There’s no one else that could have done this role. Myskin perfectly justified it.

At the end, when the lights were on as the credits rolled by, everyone was glued to their seat doing nothing but staring the screen. It had such impact. I had every bit of satisfaction for taking all the trouble to watch this movie. Thank you Myskin. Thank you. My heartiest gratitude to Ayngaran production house for producing this marvel movie.

Kumaran
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Tags : Nandalala, Mysskin , Aswath Ram, Ilayaraja

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