Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Avatar-a visual epic

The year 2154. The lush green planet Pandora is rich with an expensive mineral. Humans want to mine the land but is inhabited by the natives known as the Na'vi. They need to find a diplomatic solution. A former marine is introduced to the 'Avatar' program. Avatar is grown from a human DNA mixed with that of the natives. The program allows him to be remotely linked to the body. He has to learn their ways and have to persuade the natives to relocate. Will he be able to do it? Well find out :-)

This is one of the best cinematic experiences I have ever had. Writer/Director James Cameron is back after 12 years and he has lived up to the hype the 'Avatar' has created. He mesmerises the audiences by delivering a visual master piece. The Na'vi characters are so realistic, brought to life by actors wearing sensors while motion capture techniques turn them into those blue-skinned humanoids. They are so convincing and life like, there is no dull moment in the film. The special effects are not mundane but is needed in the narrative. The movie is so vibrant and alive that you do not feel like you are watching a CGI movie. The film immerses you into the world of Pandora and by the time the movie is over, you love it as much as the Na'vis do.

As for the story line, it is very predictable but not any less interesting. We cannot miss the obvious references to US's unlawful invasions of Iraq or Afghanistan and their insensitive treatment to indigenous races. Also the impacts of destroying nature cannot be ignored.

The 3D effect enhances the total experience. I would recommend to see it on 3D only. It is a necessity.

The biggest movie spectacle of the decade with a subtle message.
Rating: ****1/2

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paa touches your heart

Auro, the protagonist is a normal 13 year old boy except for the fact is he suffers from a rare genetic disorder, progeria, that accelerates the ageing process. He has a body of a 65 year old.

The central character Auro played by Amitabh is exemplary. He has turned his Auro avatar into one of the most lovable characters of all time. Not once do you see the grandeur of Amithabh Bachchan, the charisma. Auro does the talking and captivates your heart and mind. He makes you fall in love with Auro. His relationship with his grandma is a point to cherish. The scenes of Auro & his friends are beautifully scripted. The dialogues are witty and Auro’s one liners makes you smile. Despite the emotional tags the screenplay is not maudlin at all. While Abhishek & Vidya has done well it is worth mentioning Arundhati Nag’s portrayal of Auro’s grandmum – good performance.

The film was something beyond expectations and turned out to be a different experience. I’m just overwhelmed by this piece of work that's brought to the audience.

The music & background score by Ilaiyaraja is commendable, gels with the heart of the movie. The camera work by PC Sreeram is magnificently done.

Full marks to R Balakrishnan for his work.

Rating: ****

Monday, December 07, 2009

Pencil Art

My first art work dates back to my school days. I had a sketch pad where I used to draw cartoon characters and color them with my water colours. I had 2 such books if I remember correctly. But once I moved into college this talent was forgotten. I've never attempted to sketch for reasons I don't know. It just didn't happen.

It took nearly 19 years for me to realize that I've been doing injustice to myself by not exhibiting my hidden talent. If it hadn't been for my sister, I do not think I would have repossessed my long lost ability to make pencil art all over again. I personally believe that for all things there is a time. The time is now.

Here are few of my sketches. I will keep adding them as and when I make new ones.



Broken head.....

Will Smith

A girl with a fany hairstyle

Angelina Jolie

Johnny Depp

Self Potrait

Michael Jackson

Amitabh Bachan


Patrick (colleague)

Wine glass

Vintage Wine


A Lady

Dew drop