Category Archives: Music

My Daughter Sahana on Sun TV

My daughter Sahana participated in the Kutty Chutties Program on Sun TV last weekend.


Genius of Ilayaraja

I recently I started listening to some of Raja Sir’s hits which I havent heard for a while. Check this out… This is one master piece of a song from Raja Sir.

The best part of this song is the Introductory Guitar music with Flute. Then check out the violin music before the Charanam (After anu pallavi)…

The Dark Knight Rises – A thorough entertainer

The trilogy could not have had a better ending. This one was a thorough entertainer. You name it, the movie has it… Great director, cast, background scoring, screen play, and amazing use of technology, imagination, and I can go on.. Frankly all credit to Christopher Nolan for his direction. After a not so entertaining Batman movie (1st in the sequel) he has bounced back with fantastic direction on 2nd and 3rd…

Some highlights on the cast:

Christian Bale as the Batman has done perfect justice to the role of the Batman as he has done in the past. His physic and looks makes a perfect combination of Bruce Wyne and the Batman.

Tom Hardy as Bane – The bad guy with the mask. The well built Tom was perfect for the role. Also the slow dialog delivery makes his character have a special bad guy. I think the director has consciously chosen to do this and has been quite successful in that attempt. But it is a good thing that Tom Hardy has a mask on for this movie to be Bane. Otherwise his face does not fit the description of a bad guy at all. So good decision to go with the mask.

Michael Caine playing the role of Alfred has actually done better in this movie than the previous Batman. In the previous one, he is more of an advisor and nothing more. In this movie there are a lot more emotional conversations with Bruce Wayne which he has done really well.

Morgan Freeman – Needless to say. He has done his little cameo role very well.

The ladies of the movie Anne Hathaway and Marion Cotillard have been presented very well. Special mention about Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle a petty thief, with an attitude has done really well and done justice to her role.

The movie itself:

The plot of the movie is very simple – While Bruce Wayne (the Batman) has been away into a self exile for 8 years and the Gotham city seems to be under control without any organized crime. But there are efforts going on to create fear and destroy the city. Batman comes back and saves the city.

Right from the beginning  to the end, except for the one twist on who the actual person who leads the bad people, there is absolutely no surprises. Atleast to me most of it was predictable. But yet, the screen play has been stunning to keep the interest despite being straight forward.

Things that I thought could have been done better:

a) The initial flight chase sequence and bad guys escaping which was almost like a James Bond or Mission impossible type stuff. I thought it could have been short or may be done differently.

b) Some dialogs from the Batman was very predictable and typical hero type dialogs. Although in the flow of the movie it did not sound too bad. But for a guy like Christopher Nolan, he could have paid some attention to removing stuff like that.

c) The football ground scene. With the whole ground behind the kickoff return guy going done, and bombs going off on all sides, the kickoff return guy seems to realize that everything behind him is gone only after he stops running… It sounded funny but did not seem intelligent at all…

There were a few other small blips in the screen play that I noticed but getting into the details might give away the story…  but those could be ignored as well.

What I really liked about the movie:

a) The fancy super toys that the Batman uses.. 🙂 Ofcourse the motorcycle and the hover craft that he uses were absolutely amazing.

b) The director’s imagination: Some of the things that he has shown are fantastic. Especially the motor super cycle chase sequence. When he wants to turn the opposite direction, the way the wheels turn and he gets back is absolute jaw dropping. I loved that scene. Infact it happens twice in the movie. Dont forget to watch that.

c) Music (background score) is mind blowing. There was not a single scene where the music director Hans Zimmer has not left his mark. Every scene had a perfectly balanced scores. I loved this.

d) Last but not least, most part of the movie was shot in Pittsburgh. I was actually in Pittsburgh when the movie was shot… To see all that in the actual movie was very heartening. After all Pittsburgh is my extended home town… 😉

I know this review comes a little late but these are just my thoughts without telling the actual story.  I would give 8 out of 10 for this movie.

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My favorites from Isai Gnyani Illayaraja – 1

Tamil cinema industry in particular is well known for giving titles to people in the industry like “Super STAR”, “Mel Isai Mannar”, “Kavi Arasu”, etc, etc… One such name is “Isai Gnyani” Illayaraja… He is truly an “Isai Gnyani” – Am sure there is some divine force within him. Like many of you, I have a large collection of his songs on my iPod and listen to them everyday…

Although there are some great music composers today, I feel that some of the good songs that I have heard recently seem to have a life cycle… At first instance you like them, you want to hear them for a few times again and again, but soon that song will not interest you anymore… A new song comes by, and so on… But some of the songs by “Isai Gnyani” seem to have some magic… The more I listen to his songs, the more I want to listen to them again.

One such song is “Ooooh Vasantha Raja… Then Sumandha Roja…” from Neegal Kettavai… Am sure every music director takes time to understand the situation of the song and tries to bring that feel in the song. But this one is brilliant…If you had noticed the idea behind that song is to give you a duet which has traditional classical music in the 1st Charanam and be based of western music in the 2nd Charanam. He chose a beautiful ragam which can accommodate both kinds of music (I think it is MULTANI KAPI – I have read somewhere although also resembles Keeravani a little bit– One of Isai Gnyani’s favorite ragam I should say). In classical he used Veenai and Mridhangam and for western he used guitar and drums. In both charanams the notes are the same but in different instruments… To make the western sound western but based off a South Indian classical tune is just brilliant… I guess that is why we call him the one and only Isai Gnyani… 🙂