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Ram Gopal Varma's (favouritely Ramu) marketing acumen accrued from his video library days is evident in his campaigns. The caption of Phoonk (whiff of wind / breath) reads "It's superstition until it happens to you". A clever way of arousing the curiousity towards the product. In 'Phoonk' Ramu charters into the least treaded territory of Black Magic. He admitted in his blog that he is clearly inspired by Endamoori Virendranath's "Thulasidhalam (Tamil) / Kashmora (Telugu)", but the screen version is credited to Milind Gadagkar. The movie is clearly a case of inspiration - you are reminded of the original but couldn't lay hands on similarities". The real hero of the movie is the DOP - Savita Singh. Just through the soft toys the spooky ambience is set in the first half, but sometimes going overboard. Among the cast Ahsaas Channa as the possessed kid steals the show and Sudeep's subtle expressions in agony loaded eyes make an impact. Ashwini Kalsekar as eccentric black magician woman goes over the top towards the climax. Phoonk can't match the standards set by Ramu himself with 'Bhoot', but that's the problem with Ramu he sets his benchmarks higher in each genre that he himself fails to match up with later projects. Shiva, Kshana Kshanam, Deyyam, Ghayam, Rangeela, Satya, Bhoot, Company just says the same. On the whole a worthy entertainer.

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கோவை வந்தாலே காரணம் தேவைப்படாமல் மனது குதூகலிப்பது எனக்கு வாடிக்கை தான். இம்முறையும் அதற்கு விதிவிலக்கு அல்ல. கோயம்புத்தூரில் படம் பார்த்தே 5+ வருடங்கள் ஆகிவிட்டது. இந்த முறை கர்னாடிக் தியேட்டரில் படம் பார்க்க முடிவு செய்தேன். முதன் முறையாக மீரா ஜாஸ்மினை பெரிய திரையில் பார்த்ததும் இங்கே தான் (படம் - மலையாள கஸ்தூரிமான்). அது போல முதன் முறையாக வித்யா பாலனை இதே தியேட்டரில் வெள்ளித்திரையில் பார்க்க முடிவு செய்தேன். படம் - கிஸ்மத் கனெக்‌ஷன். வித்யா பாலனுக்காக மட்டுமல்லாமல் இயக்குநர் அஜீஸ் மிர்ஸா, கூட நடிக்கும் ஷாகித் கபூர் என பல துணை காரணங்கள். அஜீஸ் மிர்ஸாவின் படங்கள் எப்போதும் மிக இயல்பாக இருக்கும். மேலும் பல வருடங்களுக்கு பிறகு அவர் படம் இயக்க வந்திருக்கிறார். நல்ல வேலையாக அஜீஸ், வித்யா, ஷாகித் என யாருமே ஏமாற்றவில்லை. இந்த படம் தான் என்ன?

Khamosh (1985) - the movie that kept intriguing me for a long time ever since I learnt that it was Vidhu Vinod Chopra's debut movie. After seeing the movie, you can understand why Vidhu Vinod Chopra is one of the most reverred & hated film maker in Bollywood. I always loved his passion towards the good cinema, eccentricity that sometimes snubbs film folks and a dare to break steroetypes. "Khamosh" is an edge of the seat thriller, straight from Aghata Christie type of novels, with no commercial distractions or thrusted item numbers even though the movie offers plenty of scope for such elements. The not so great technical finesse gives the film a raw texture that enhances the stark performances of all talented powerhouses - Naseeruddin Shah, Amol Palelkar, Shabana Azmi, Pankaj Kapoor, Ajit Vachcani and others. I could suggest that "Khamosh" is a must watch if you are a stickler for quality thriller. What keeps "Khamosh" ahead of other murder mysteries?

Moserbaer's maiden production "Shaurya (Courage)", though a blatant rip off from American movie "A Few Good Men", is engrossing at parts. It is about the court martial of Javed Khan, an young Muslim military officer, whose defense lawyer Siddhant is not so intrested about the case initially. Enter a journalist Kavya Sashtri, who ridicules Siddhant for his ignorance that Siddhant sinks into the case really to find out some intresting communal aspects and fake encounters. Shaurya can best be a movie remembered for its arresting performances by Kay Kay Menon, Amrita Rao as conscience of killed military officer and voice over by Sharukh Khan towards the end. Minisha Lambha grates your nerves, a romantic angle uncalled for and a slow pace proves fatal for Shaurya but with a breath taking cinematography, details of military etiquette, Shaurya can be a nice experience for those who hadn't watched the original. Still it is not a losing proposition costwise (Rs. 50/- in Moserbaer Home DVD). Give Shaurya a try in DVD or in a TV premier.

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