Th1rteen R3asons Why

A hard-hitting story about a young teen named “Hannah.” This isn’t a review of how this series was, instead I’ll be dealing about how I took this series as a part of our life. Call it a plural, there ain’t gonna be just ‘I,’ life has to be dealt with “We” at times.

Suicide” is what her R3asons for all Th1rteen “why(s)?” Each and every single episode deals about how an empty room was literally filled with the sound of “Hannah.” You could also put out a question as, “Is suicide what cost her life? Is it the only answer that we learn from this series?” But after watching this series, it’ll help you to move forward. It makes one believe that, “Yes, we do live in the planet of pain and we’ll withstand it, no matter what happens.

Hey, it’s Hannah. Hannah Baker. That’s right. Don’t adjust your… whatever device you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo…” With a profound quality of Narration, the thoughts are broken down.

There are about 13 reasons in 7 cassettes, with 2 stories in each. You might wonder why there are 14 reasons instead of 13, that final reason is something which entirely depends upon you.

The Search:  The first problem that every teenager will be facing during High school life is finding a non-wrecking friendship. It takes the time to heal when it hurts, but on the other side, the bond will be intact if it’s true.

The kind we want, the kind we regret. It is different, sharing isn’t just about giving something. What matters is that whether we give them with love or not. If that’s the case, then even our enemies will be truthful to show about who they are to us.

The First Love:  Love at the first sight, it is what people do believe in when they have that heart-skipping-a-beat moment. But the most people don’t have the guts to let the love of their life to know what it’s like to have them in their life.

The Groupism: This kind of relationship is like a chat-box with different spices, yet they’re separated based on their similarities.

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Let me deal with this topic with an example of an Indian Dish. Have you ever wondered why Biriyani tastes better than what we think? If you’ve the answer for it, then you’ll understand the reason.

Groupism isn’t a bad relationship but remember that only if there are different spices in Biriyani, it’ll taste better.

A Nerd and A Bird: A Nerds’ thoughts are within the four walls and A Birds’ thoughts are wandering around outside the four walls. A Friend in need is a Friend indeed. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Practically speaking, a person can always be neutral, neither positive nor negative. Not everyone who is good can be the first at all and Not everyone who is bad can be the last at all. If either of one tries to help each other, it will make a difference.

Love, Lust, Sex and other Drugs: All four are dependent on each other. When there’s Love, there are friendship and Sex. When there’s Lust, there are Sex and Drugs. LGBT may not be okay with everyone; but the question lies in you being okay with it. The best quality to develop in ourselves is Equality.

True Friendship and True Love, are what people are expecting. Sex is with love, Rape is with Lust and they both can never be the same. A boy and a girl can also be the best friends as much as they could fall in love with each other.

Loneliness makes people have some suicidal thoughts. When everything goes wrong for a person like Hannah, it’s where people might decide that Suicide is the only answer. But, what we can learn from this series is that we should be the ones who are willing to make a change. We’ve to look out for each other when there’s a need, irrespective of who you are in the past. Think before you act in the present and you’ll see the changes in the future.

If you get a chance, do watch this series. It’ll be kind of a social awareness and more of a realization which is very much demanded for this current generation. Watch it through your eyes, take it to your heart. This is us who should make a difference.

Alaipayuthey film review

The Journey with Mani Ratnam’s filmsPart One

Mounaragam, Alaipayuthey and O Kadhal Kanmani,” I guess, Mani Ratnam is the only director to create three different forms of scripts based on Love which are accepted by the people of the three generations.

Alaipayuthey – It’s been almost 16 years ever since its release, yet this film is slated to be one of the most loved 21st century films by the people of 20th century. It can be a love relationship between middle class woman and high class man, Alaipayuthey tends to be one of the pure class romantic films ever created. No matter how many times we watch, the intensity of Love still remains the same, since the release.

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On board, the film starts off with Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies production credits. The next second there blooms the magical song, “Endrendrum Punaghai” under the composition of A.R. Rahman. And the two major roles were played by Editor Sreekar Prasad and Cinematographer P.C. Sriram. Free handed camera movement, the introduction of credits part in between the frames while the lead R. Madhavan (as Karthik) rides the motorcycle, it just added a beauty to the beginning.

The usage of Railway station: The director completely understood the real emotions which existed in “Hi” and “Goodbye”. Karthik feels so happy to meet his wife Shakthi (Played by Shalini) in the railway station, but the time goes on while Karthik is waiting and found that something is wrong with his wife’s return. Well, this is portion where the relationship between the director and editor reflects in the film. Introduction of the flashback, the sequential arrangements of the differential portions projected the integral beauty of this film.

The meet: The love in the first sight isn’t going to be a true love. Hence, to explain, the single line in a page turns to paragraphs in a novel. This portion explains the relationship between a camera man and an editor. The scene projection where Karthik and Shakthi were on two different trains but travelling in the opposite directions, the interchanging of the equal screen spaces with love as the midpoint among these two characters, the slow motion takes place when they suddenly meet each other, the music of “Yaro Yarodi” in the background, and everything just added up the beauty to this particular scene.

The songs: Mani Ratnam – Vairamuthu – A.R. Rahman, one of the greatest trios that the cinematic world has ever produced. Rahman’s one of the best albums in his career.

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Vairamuthu’s lyrics for “Pachai Nerame” explained the beauty of colours with the wonders of this world, and along with the evergreen voice of Hariharan added a soul to this song.  The composition of a modern tune for the marriage of Karthik & Shakthi with the reference to the traditional music attracted the youths of the generation. “Kadhal Sadugudu,” S.P.B. Charan’s voice proven to be that it’s from the S.P. Balasubrahmanyam’s blood. Clearly, it was like LHS = RHS (S.P.B’s voice = S.P.B.C’s voices), hence proved. The visualization of this song is an absolute brilliant. The synchronization of the backward motion of the visuals and lip movements for this song, it was an innovative stuff from the team. The composition of alternate tunes by A.R. Rahman for the happy and sad moments added up the sweet and sour flavors to this film. “Evano Oruvan,” Swarnalatha’s voice added up the breeziness to this song. This song comes to exist when Karthik and Shakthi were on a telephone call and displayed a terrific piece of performance. They hardly spoke one word each which was “Hello?” but their eyes spoke it all.  “September Maadham,” Love vs. Marriage concept did explain the solutions for this debate.

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The climax: The last 20 minutes of this film changed the romantic world. The addition of Guest and special appearances in these frames, the addition of friction effects when the characters come across to meet each other and everything made the screenplay so solid enough which will hook the audiences with this film. The last 5 minutes conversation between Karthik and Shakthi will define the literal meaning of “Love.”

In 2007, the Joker from Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight quoted as, “In their last moments, people show you who they really are…” Well, you could visually see this within 5 minutes and Shakthi says “I Love you” to Karthik for the very first time since the beginning of this film.

A two hours walk on the sea shore explained the true meaning of “Alaipayuthey.”

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Before reviewing this album, Let me say a few sentences about ‘Music.

Music has the ability to change our emotions, and how do I even say that? Here, it goes. LCA’s Admin says “Hey!” and quotes, “From Me to You.

When the baby is crying out of hunger, the mother showed the moon and fed him. When the baby is crying out of sleep sickness, the mother holds him in her arms and begins to express her unknown gift by singing a song to that baby. This is the reason why I called “Music” states about the ability to change. If it has the power to the change, then the effect of the affected people through the ages are unbelievable. The Sound of Music is probably said to be one of the most needed Pain Killers for a person to survive in this world.

Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada – Album Review:

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The trio, Silambarasan – Gautham Menon –  A. R. Rahman. After creating a romantic novel called Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, these guys were set to release their second novel and it tends to be one of the most expected albums of the season.

Song: Avalum Naanum | SingerVijay Yesudas 

The Rahman-ised effect. I define this song as the “Powerhouse of Love“. Those intensiveness of Bharathidasan‘s poetic lines, the chirping sounds of the birds, the touch of violin, the voice and that background score from the 2:05th minute were like… “God! Rahman Ji takes us to a world that no one would’ve thought of experiencing it.” I was waiting to listen to this particular song since the day the first teaser got released, and now my expectations are completely fulfilled.

SongShowkali | SingersAditya Rao,Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Sri Rascol

This song basically deals with a person’s love for the Girls or the Bikes. The voices of Rappers like ADK and Sri Rascol were completely blended with the tune. This song has the ability to rule this generation because of its attractive theme.

 

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Song: Rasaali | Singers Sathya Prakash, Shasha Thirupati

The fusions of the western and Carnatic music results to be a soul stirrer. Kinda reminded of dialogues from GVM’s films. The hero meets the heroine and that’s it, there blooms that instant love.

My heart skipped a beat” – Vaaranam Aayiram.

Paartha aduththa second sollirpaen aana nee thappa yeduthukkuva nu dhaan…” – Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu

Jesse! sir, angha aduchidhu sir andha kaadhal” – Vinnaithandi Varuvaya

P.S: From these dialogues, all I wanted to say is about that ‘Instant effect‘.

 

Song: Idhu Naal  | Singers: Aditya Rao, Jonitha Gandhi

The song was like, “The breezy thoughts of a man who fell for a beautiful woman, longing for her to be the love of his life, and when she accepts his love, then there blooms a beautiful love story.”  

 

SongThalli Pogadhey | SingersSid Sriram,Dinesh Kanagaratnam, Aparna Narayanan

As Director GVM said, “We released this song and rest was the history“.

Overall: Yet again, the trio delivered a Musical Ecstasy…

 

Film and Life

Why do we even watch films? Have anyone thought of that? Wish, everyone has an answer. LCA’s Admin says “Hey!” and quotes, “From Me to You.”

We live on earth, geographically a beauty and we knew that it’s spinning. We look at the sky and try to count the number of stars which is never going to happen. We just care to look only the pictures that are pointing towards our eyesight and we merely cared about what is on the other side of this earth. Why did I even say these sentences? Do those relate to something regarding films? Yes, of course. Cinema is like a World within our World. There are an infinite number of films. Probably, no one would have watched every film till date because  it takes greater time than our lifetime…

Movies aren’t just meant to entertain us, they’re meant to teach us the concept of Life.

Our love towards Cinema begins to bloom from our childhood days. Those days were the days when our parents just hold our arm with a great love and reach out for theaters to watch films. This portion of life is defined as the Entertainment. Films can satisfy a child who is watching it with having popcorn and ice cream. These days, it ain’t the same. Now, it’s all about us and the Silver screen.

We all live in those moments when we began to watch films. They are just nothing until we analyse them frame by frame. Well, it all happened at the age of 14. “Life is Beautiful“, the first film which actually made me believe the Life exists in films. That was a beautiful and a heart moving triangular relationship between the father, mother, and child. The end scene of this film will make you realize the real meaning of the true relationship between the father and child. You’ll experience the underlined meaning of Sacrifice. It’ll be one of the films which last forever in my hard drive. The liveliness depends on how deep we travel with a film. It matters that we cast as an off-screen character along with the film.

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Why do I even review films? The reason behind reviewing a film says about how well we took a film within us. Analyzing a film frame by frame, putting in the form words will help for many beautiful unsung  films to reach people easily. Highlighting the technical brilliance, pointing out the errors and sending those to the crew will be a path for each and every technician to improve from the past and deliver their unbelievable thoughts in the future.

Why do I feel like it’s wrong to rate films? Many people are never watching films just by seeing the rating. We ain’t the greatest teacher to rate films and to have our own school of cinema with a grading system. The scales in the rating system doesn’t reflect that this film isn’t worth to watch and technically a flop. Each and every people’s opinion varies with each other. We should read a review but we need not judge a film by its rating.

What will be the saddest thing to happen for a true cinema lover? The most deadliest* virus to affect a film watcher would be the “Spoilers“. Even the name says enough, it actually spoils the mood and makes us feel guilty of doing an injustice to the world of Cinema.

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Iraivi – Film Review

After encircling us with a joyful fear and pinning a local gangsta styled film, Karthik Subbaraj decided to create an impact upon this generation audiences. He got his own theory, he got his own explanation and projects us in a manner that this generation audiences will never regret to watch it in theaters. He just showed us about what he can deliver with all the inspirations. If Sujatha was alive by now, he’ll be proud of what he did to this world.

Karthik Subbaraj‘s direction, he pulled off what he could show to this world through the power of cinema. Such an impactful script, spiced up with needed crime scenes and created an wholesome drama. S.J. Surya, he was at his best. Apt for his character, couldn’t get any better. Vijay Sethupathi, seemed like a performance oriented role. His emotional attachment with his character lived in us throughout the film. Bobby Simha, his play role as Sethu in Jigarthanda stays at the top of the table. Still a good supportive role which was much needed. After Kattradhu Thamizh, Anjali played as a local woman, been a while ever since we saw her in such roles and she truly ruled the space which was given to her. Each and every single character’s screen presence were just outstanding. Only few directors will know how to extract the best from the talents.

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Cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan, songs were perfectly visualized and the yellowish filter created a golden globe which indeed a visual treat. Edited by Vivek Harshan, National Award winner and what more else do you expect from him. Two particular frames truly impressed me and the editing for the song “Dhushta“, that was absolutely brilliant. The sets, the Rain and even the vehicles used, everything were up to the level which actually satisfied the demands. This film has a running time of about 160 minutes, the screenplay wasn’t seemed so ductile, it was so brittle enough with a perfect editing and audiences will be able to feel it.

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Santhosh Narayanan‘s music, each and every time he delivers with an improvisation. The change of phases in the music was perfectly executed. The song along with the visuals added a soul to this film. Actress Pooja, we can feel about what Karthik wants to deliver from that character but a little bit of something could’ve been added to have a perfect end to a puzzle. All three actresses, pinned their best performances from their heart. A poignant scent of women and men, glittered  by their performances, and technically a masterpiece. A well sculptured film by Karthik Subburaj and a much needed film to this society.

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Overall: Iraivi is something, which pricks our heart with the messages on “Women” and “Who are men?” The whole team truly deserves to celebrate this victory.