Now, the first movie in the line up is a Hollywood
import “Pathfinder,” a brutal action
tale about Vikings. The concept is not new to
Hollywood and even the execution leaves a lot
to be desired. The only saviors are the impressive
posters and the camera work which has gained enough
attention to get a decent start at the ticket
counters. Considering the fact that the movie
was a failure in the US it unlikely that it may
impress the Chennai audience.
Next is the only original Tamil release, “Nenjaithodu,”
a film produced by Divine Creations (UK) and DC
Entertainment (India). Directed by debutant Rajkannan,
a one-time associate of K Bhagyaraj, this film
has been in the cans for many months now. New
face Gemini pairs up with Lakshmi Rai in this
movie. The posters of the film emphasizes on the
kissing of the lead pair - a strategy to bring
in the front benchers. Let’s see whether
Lakshmi Rai is successful drawing the crowd.
Next in line is a crossover movie, “Loins
of Punjab” (sic), a movie about a television
talent show and the politics among the participants.
A Shabana Azmi-starrer, wherein she has rendered
her voice for all her songs. Thanks to the growing
multiplex audience who made the likes of Khosla
ka Ghosla, Pyar ke Side Effects and Bheja Fry
a big hit, this has paved way for such thoughts
to be made into films. A movie which can become
a runaway hit as well.
Now for the remakes, first we shall see a Hollywood
import, Catherine Zeta Jones’s “No
Reservation.” This is a remake of a German
movie “Bella Martha.” The movie is
a romantic comedy set in the backdrop of a restaurant
kitchen. Though it did not create a big rage when
it was released almost a month ago in the US,
chances are that the multiplex audience might
just like it.
Next is a Bollywood movie which is bound to open
big, thanks to its funny trailers and the name
tag of one of the most successful directors in
recent times, Priyadarshan. As usual, Priyadarshan
remakes a Malayalam movie “In Harihar Nagar.”
Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Rajpal Yadav and
Kunal Khemu join hands with Priyan this time around
and the female lead is played by Tanushree Dutta.
The movie is expected to revive the ongoing slump
in the Bollywood market.
Now about the two Kollywood entries which is
inspired from the same movie. Dr. Rajashekar’s
home production “Udambu Yeppadi Irukku”
and Sarathkumar’s “Nam Naadu”
- both drawing inspiration from a Malayalam movie
“Lion.” Dr. Rajashekar has already
tasted success with its Telugu version. The movie
is said to have revived his sagging career and
he is hopeful of winning back the attention of
his Tamil fans too. Hope the angry doctor is successful
in doing that.
Next is another angry man who just stepped into
the world of politics, Mr. Sarath Kumar. He is
also facing severe hardships as his recent films
hardly made an impact and is pinning all hopes
on this political thriller “Nam Naadu.”
The movie is directed by Suresh. Hope Sarath Kumar’s
onscreen politics does help his off-screen efforts
Next in line is the biggie, the blockbuster “Bourne
Ultimatum.” The movie is the action threequel
of the famous Bourne franchisee. It was not just
a hit in the US but it grossed more than its two
prequels and is on its way to become the top grossing
spy action movie, even bettering the Mission Impossible
movies. This summer witnessed a series of threequels
but this is considered the only one in the lot
which satisfied the hype. This could have easily
been named the pick of the week but Bourne movies
aren’t that famous in India, so we go to
the last movie on the list.
Behindwoods pick of the week is SIVI
This may come as a surprise to many, maybe even
to me. I may be a little partial over here but
I really want this movie to hit the marquee. It
is a remake of a Thai movie “Shutter,”
a horror film which is my personal favorite, and
also for the fact that the music by Dharan is
one of the most happening soundtrack around.
Yogi and Jayashree Rao are the lead pair in this
terror infusing movie and the movie is directed
by a new entrant K R Senthil Nathan. The early
reviews of the movie have been very positive and
I really hope that the movie does find its audience
and revive the horror genre in Kollywood. Remember
the movie is not for the faint hearted.
Verdict – Remake or the Threequel?