Quiz time : Do you know the difference between copy, adaptation, inspiration, remake ?? No worries – neither do I.
It’s a special year for Kamal & Cinema fans to have 3 of his films in the same year. However Kamal played different roles in these 3 films – Writer/actor/singer [ UV ], Actor [ PNSM ] and Producer/Writer/Actor/Singer [ Thoongavanam ]. One can identify the difference of his role play [ Producer ! ] and the outcomes. I have watched Thoongavanam on the first day and to complete my curiosity “Nuit Blanche” [ Sleepless night ] on the next day – this way I save the first day thrill of watching Thoongavanam directly.
When the title sequence itself didn’t mention about Story why we should be concerned about the story. Anyway, the one liner is interesting – Wrongly executed Drug heist followed by a murder, kidnap and ransom involving multiple cat & mouse chase games between 2 IRS officer teams, a family and 2 drug dealers in a noisy club, over the night.
As a cinema fan.. It’s never tiring to see Kamal as a Macho hero [ Tha .. Gate-i moodraa ] and his magnanimous screen presence. The flow of the movie was so fluid [ cheetah-paced ] until the interval [ when this format will be broken ? ] and with a slight shaky ride the thriller ends up for good. The cast, BGM, technicians, stunt choreography – all did very well and the final outcome is an above average thriller. Kamal films are keen about stunt choreography esp in a confined space typed fights [ Micheal Madhanakamarajan, Mahanadhi etc ]. They have recreated the stunt choreography as good as the original one has. If this film collects well [ already declared as hit ] and Suka regain his positoin in cinema, I would be more happy.
Again as a cinema fan.. Kamal always confuses by making Thevar Magan and also Mumbai express.. How can the same person write these 2 extreme scripts ? . When remake fame Jayam Raja can spend quality time in a memorable script like “Thani oruvan” why the best Script writer in India [ as claimed by himself ] couldn’t work on an original script. Mysskin once said if he is ever asked to direct another writer’s script, it would only be Kamal’s. We have been hearing since the good olden days [ Karaindha Nizhalgal – Asokamithran days, GV Iyer days, KBalachander days ] that they always look for some spark, story, one liners from other languages, film festivals etc., We did have some master minds like Mahendran getting inspired just by a still photograph of one-eyed John wayne and write a complete Thangap padhakkam. When Kamal writes for others the film doesn’t fit in a format and goes haywire in 360 degrees [ Uthama villain ] and he selects a film that just works within a sleek budget n focussed in 1 genre. The same happens if he just acts in other director’s film [ Papanasam ].
When Kamal becomes a producer, he becomes like SP Muthuraman – completes a film in 38 days, engage his own school of technicians, actors. The producer cleverly implants Telugu crew and few Malayalam crew for business purposes. Also, Kamal had the privilege of employing directors who just listens to him ever since GN Rangarajan days [ the finest combo was Singeetham ] and now the latest is this debutant director. Did I hear the name Rajesh M Selva now ? [ Come on ]. The sad part is about the capable co-actors and under utilising their ability [ Sampath & Asha Sarath esp – He has taken revenge on Asha Sarath who stole the screen in Papanasam .. Idhula only naasam :(( ]. We have seen bigger insults before for stuttering Sundaralingam and an IPS officer Abbas dying tied in a chair. [ identify the films ]. There could only 2 possible reasons for choosing this French flick – Racy screenplay and the protagonist fills up the screen end to end.
The crew initially said in all those press meets, launches that they just took the story and modified completely. Absolutely right !
Kamal changes from suit to jacket in the second half [ reverse in original film – Wow ! ],
Kamal stitches on his own and injects some drug [ Mysskin padathula matum dhaan drug per solvaangala ],
the nurse character development[?!],
an unwanted slow motion heroic ending,
a lengthy fight with Trisha [ not in original ],
intelligent boy [ genes.. genes.. ],
added a shit sequence – yes.
These are the amazing [?!] transformational changes done in the script [ Ada.. ada ] .. Trust me.. They have recreated it frame by frame .. shot by shot.. even the intelligent camera movement from 1 toilet to another in a continuous sequence, costume colors, dialogues, camera angles .. It’s like doing a sketch in a trace paper placed on an original drawing. They have just recreated the original film millimetre by millimetre. The only job is to mute n add Tamil dialogues. I appreciate the crew by doing the remake work near perfect but why Kamal takes the credit of this screenplay ? If he could recreate the thriller in a mall or a theme park then it certainly makes sense. I remember Telugu producers are keen copying the details when taking from the source movie.. [ saying Vaadu leftlo.. veedu rightlo ]. Kamal & co has done similarly such exercise. Obviously the film will be at breakneck speed – thanks to saying No for “Kungumathu meni Kollaiyida vaa nee” kind of club dances in between The song “Neeye unaku raja” again resembles “Idhu enna kadavule” of the classic “Neruppu vaayinil” from Pudhupetai and the line like Ullathin neellam was already written in Anbe sivam song. I noticed that Kamal almost hits/kicks/punches almost all the co-actors [ including Uma riyaz ] – u name any character [ except his wife ]. Let us not get on to those flaws part like why the club has just one single personal cctv, why Kishore doesn’t leave after getting the coke, why they can’t take the kid and hide in mayajal / Muttukadu, why the pub doesn’t have an online UPS :)) kinds of logical doubts..
The sad part is Hollywood is making a remake on this flick with Jamie Foxx [ Aiyo paavam ] – I would prefer Jason Statham. The director [ really ?! ] Rajesh M Selva has said that so far only 10% of Kamal’s writing capability has come out in Tamil films.. May be the remaining will come out when I turn 61 – who knows. We have watched much more better original thriller flicks from Thiyagarajan Kumararaja [ aaranya Gandam ] and from Mysskin [ Onayum aatukuttiyum ]. Kamal is surrounded by a crowd which constantly praising him with the lines.. “Neeye unakku Raja Unadhu thalaiye unaku gireedam”.. last but not least.. I would like to hear the comments from 2 important film personalities.. 1. Lingusamy – the great producer who promoted Thaiyyam in Tamilnadu and 2. Ramesh Arvind.. Another great director who had the lifetime privilege of directing Kamal Sir / Kamal avargall