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Thank god it’s Friday
By Harish V
December 07, 2007
Welcome all of you to yet another weekly analysis of the new movies that are releasing this weekend. After five days of torrid work, people go to the movies to relax and forget their mechanical life for two hours. As a wrong movie could affect them even more, we started this column. I would like to thank everyone who patronizes Thank God it’s Friday.
Evano Oruvan

And now the happy news. I am pleased to inform that as much as five movies are releasing this weekend and all the five movies are sure to please you in one way or the other. Is it five or fourteen movies? Confused? OK. Will explain the reason as we go on.

Khoya Khoya Chand

Khoya Khoya Chand, set in the 1950s era, is a love story between a top Bollywood heroine and a screenwriter. The movie has Shiney Ahuja and Soha Ali Khan in principal roles and is directed by Sudhir Mishra. Incidentally, he is the director who gave us Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin and many more such classics. But he was also involved in giving some duds like Calcutta Mail and Chameli. Will Khoya Khoya Chand find its box-office chand? We will have to wait to see.

Why you should? – Because Shiney Ahuja and Sudhir Mishra’s last movie together was the unforgettable Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. And Soha Ali Khan is also in the movie, doing a glamorous role.

Why you shouldn’t? – Love story set in 1950s between an actress and the screenwriter, Yaawwwnn. Haven’t we seen this before?


Superbad is for people who think that no other adult comedy is as comical as American Pie and wants to see something as funny as that. This movie is about three high school geeks who want to impress the girls by fetching the drinks for a party and the adventures they go through during that. The movie was a big hit in the US and almost all the critics have given two thumbs up for this rocking comedy. People who want to have a big laugh and forget all their worries should surely get into the theatres featuring this laughathon.

Why you should? – If your boss just fired you or you had a fight with your girl friend or you just want to have some enjoyable two hours.

Why you shouldn’t? – Because you want to pretend as though you hate such adult comedies.

Dus Kahaniyaan

This is the reason why I said whether we have five/fourteen movies as Dus Kahaniyaan has ten short stories directed by six directors – Hansel Mehta, Meghna Gulzar, Sanjay Gupta, Rohit Roy, Apoorva Lakhia and Jasmeet Dhodi. This film also features a host of stars, and leading the way is our very own Munnabhai – Sanjay Dutt. The movie has been in the news for quite a while and is targeted at the multiplex audience. The white feather films, started by Sanjay Dutt and Sanjay Gupta, achieved success only with Kaante and Shootout in Lokhandwala with the others being miserable failures. Whether this movie will join the success column is something that is too difficult to judge. Lets wait and see.

Why you should? – Ten at the cost of one.

Why you shouldn’t? – Because you want to see a full-fledged movie where you have time to settle down and enjoy.

Now for the pick of the week.

Behindwoods.com pick of the week are Kalloori and Evano Oruvan

For the first time in Thank God its Friday history I am selecting two movies to be the picks as both are expected to be exceptional in their own genres.


Balaji Shakthivel is just two movies old but has experienced something, which only a few have till now. Balaji had given a dud – Samurai, which many consider very slow and uninteresting, and Kaadhal, a super hit, which everyone hails to be one of the best movie in Tamil cinema. After assisting his mentor Shankar in Sivaji, he is back behind the camera to give a movie, Kalloori, which is set to send us all back on a nostalgic trip down to our college days. S pictures, which also produced Kadhal, will produce this movie as well. The movie has a newcomer as the hero and Tamanna who gave a sterling performance in Kedi is the heroine. The lucky few who have seen the movie have given rave reviews. Interestingly, Kaadhal was also released during the same week three years ago. With almost three years of groundwork on this project, we can surely expect it to be worth it.

Why you should? – It is from the director of Kaadhal. And S Pictures, a brand of symbol of trust and providers of quality cinema are producing it.

Why you shouldn’t? – Because you don’t want to venture into a movie hall just because of the director or the producer, but want some star power too.

Evano Oruvan

A movie is a remake of a Bengali movie by the name Dombivili Fast. The early reviews have been encouraging and Madhavan has not just shone bright as an actor but also as a dialog writer. Seeman and Sangeetha, in important roles, have done an amazing job. Director of this movie is Nishikanth Kamat who also directed the original. I happened to catch the premiere show yesterday and was amazed by the movie. Evano Oruvan is a fine attempt at quality cinema, as it does not have any dance routines or diversion in the form of comedy track or songs. It’s a straightforward movie with a tight screenplay, which is one of the plus for the movie. Are the Tamil audience matured enough to accept such movies? It will be a pleasure to analyze it. Though the movie is bound to do well in the multiplexes, the single screen fate will have to be studied.

Why you should? – Because you are a fan of quality cinema.

Why you shouldn’t? – You want to see a clichéd movie with over the top stunts and senseless dance items.

Verdict – Perfect weekend with all the movies worth watching.

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