March 16, 2007


Movie: Alaipayuthey
Release Date: March 2000
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Maniratnam
Cinematography: P.C.Sreeram
Music: A.R.Rahman

Cast: R.Madhavan (Karthik)
Shalini (Shakti)
Swarnamalya (Poorni)

Karthik is an engineer who happens to meet Shakti, a medical student, at a wedding. After this, the two meet regularly on suburban trains, to and from work and university. Karthik and Shakti eventually fall in love. However, upon meeting for arranging their marriage, both their parents clash, and the wedding is called off. Shakti decides she will not get married without her parents' consent, and the relationship between herself and Karthik is called off altogether.

Unable to stay separated for very long, coupled with chance meetings, the lovers find themselves resuming their relationship. With the help of their friends, and Shakti's elder sister Poorni, their marriage is completed legally, and all the while, they continue to meet each other without their parents' knowledge. But during Poorni's engagement, Shakti's secret marriage is found out. Eventually Karthik and Shakthi are kicked out of their homes.

The couple move into an apartment to live together. However it's not long when the couple get into misunderstandings. The tensions between them reaches its threshold when Shakti finds Karthik with another woman at a suburban station. Later she eventually finds out that the woman is none other than Poorni, and Karthik was only trying to fix her marriage which was putoff due to Shakti's relation with him. Shakti meets with an accident when she was going to meet Karthik for asking an apology. The couple emotionally but happily unite in the hospital.

Photo Courtesy: Madras Talkies

March 13, 2007

Lyrics of "Pinneyumetho..." from Akale

Song: Pinneyumetho
Movie: Akale (2004)
Music: M.Jayachandran
Lyrics: Gireesh Puthancheri
Cast: Prithviraj, Geethu Mohandas, Sheela
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Shyamaprasad
Cinematography: S.Kumar
Singer: M.Jayachandran
Narration: Bhagyalakshmi

priyapetta december
marannu poyoru paattinte mazhanool pole
mattoru janmathinte nakshathra pottu pole
oru mezhuthiriyaai njaanurukunnathu
ninakku vendi maathram

pinneyumetho raakkili paadi pranayathin ghazal raagam

pinneyumetho raakkili paadi
pranayathin ghazal raagam
eetho pranayathin ghazal raagam
ormakalaal ozhukumoreeran
mizhiyile mazhamukhil pole

aa…aa… aa…aa…

akale ninnum oru saandhya megham
kadaline nokki paadumbol (akale ninnum)
parayaathe nee nin pranayam muzhuvanum
panineer kaataai pakarukayo


marannuvenno nee marannuvenno

marannuvenno mukhil peeli neerthum
manassile maaya theeram nee (marannuvenno)
ariyaathe njaanen hrudhayam muzhuvanum
azhake ninakkaai nalkumbol


pranayathin ghazal raagam

March 10, 2007

The Parent Trap

Movie: The Parent Trap
Release Date: July 1998
Run Time: 2 hours 7 minutes
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cinematography: Dean Cundey

Cast: Dennis Quaid (Nick Parker)
Natasha Richardson (Elizabeth James)
Lindsay Lohan (Hallie Parker/Annie James)
Elaine Hendrix (Meredith Blake)

Tagline: Twice the Fun, Double the Trouble.

Hallie Parker is an 11-year-old girl growing up in the Napa Valley with her father, Nicholas "Nick" Parker, a successful vineyard owner and a viticulturist. Annie James is a Londoner living with her wedding-gown-designer mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" James. The two were separated as babies when the parents were divorced and each took one child. Neither twin knows the other exists until, by coincidence, they both are sent to Camp Walden in Maine for the summer. Rivals at first, the lookalikes soon discover the secret that had been kept from them, and concoct a plan to switch places to meet the parent each has never known and, perhaps, to reunite mom and dad. The plan takes on a new urgency when Annie, pretending to be Hallie, learns that her father is falling for his ambitious young publicist, Meredith Blake. They hatch a plan to get their parents back together.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Sleepless In Seattle

Movie: Sleepless In Seattle
Release Date: June 1993 (USA)
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
Director: Nora Ephron
Cinematography: Sven Nykvist
Cast: Tom Hanks (Sam Baldwin)
Meg Ryan (Annie Reed)
Ross Malinger (Jonah Baldwin)
Bill Pullman (Walter)

Tagline: What if someone you never met, someone you never saw, someone you never knew was the only someone for you?

Oscar History: Nominated for Oscar in 2 categories
Best Music-Original Song, and Best Original Screenplay

Sam Baldwin, a Chicago architect, has just lost his wife to cancer and decides he needs a complete change of scene. He and his eight-year old son Jonah move to Seattle but Jonah thinks that his father needs a new wife in order to get his life back on track. One evening, he calls into a national radio advice show and persuades his father to also go on the air. The voice (and call) is heard by thousands of women across the nation, including Annie Reed, a journalist from Baltimore, Maryland. Annie, although engaged to be married to Walter, can't rest until she meets Sam, which she eventually does, at the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

March 4, 2007

A Scandal in Bohemia

Watched "A Scandal in Bohemia" under "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" series made by John Hawkesworth for the British television in 1984 and briliantly directed by Paul Annett.

Jeremy Brett (as Holmes) fits the memorable Sir Arthur Conan Doyles' character as a glove. Infact Brett has long been regarded by many as the definitive screen personification of Sherlock Holmes. David Burke (as Dr. John Watson) fits in the role of the great detectives undoubtful companion. Rosalie Williams (as Mrs. Hudson), plays the role of the long-suffering housekeeper of Holmes' Baker Street rooms. And finally the beautiful Gayle Hunnicutt (as Irene Adler) plays her role to perfection.

The scenes where Brett dons the roles of a groom and later a clergyman were great. The ease with which he simply changes his entire personality with his disguises is noteworthy. And finally the music, art direction and costumes take us into the late 19th century London.