‘Where there is a will there is a way’ – Applies to Endhiran and also getting a ticket to Endhiran on second day of release. Getting a ticket to Endhiran itself was an experience. Having never planned to buy a ticket and searching for the ticket on second day of release for evening show is real madness. With all the media hype pre and post release it is near impossible to book a ticket online. But to our (Me and Priya) luck we found 2 tickets at INOX Jayanagar. We were appreciating our luck without common sense. Oops! No matter how many times we tried that ticket could never be booked. We drove to the theatre to find out if these tickets could be released for us. To our surprise we found a dozen people complaining about the locked tickets and get them issued to them. They were complaining several issues including the jammed INOX website and SMS booking. It was easier for INOX management to complain the Ayodhya verdict for the issues they were facing with online and sms booking.
We called the manager and told him that the ticket got blocked because of us and asked him to release the tickets to us. After several arguments he insisted to come 2 hrs before show when he will have the authority to release the blocked tickets. I left my mobile number with him. We came 2 hrs earlier to the show just to find that the manager was having problems releasing the tickets. Then came in one gentlemen with a bundle of tickets (around 10) as his plan for watching the movie with his friends got cancelled. People surrounded him like a swarm of bees but we managed to get two tickets to the evening show.
We entered the cinema hall at last. When you watch a movie or review them, especially when they are Indian and Rajinikanth’s there are few things you need to switch off (Logical Analysis and Common Sense). A film is meant for entertainment and purely entertainment. It would be your mistake if you try to apply the laws of the physical world.
Having known tamil cinema one would be curious to know how certain contrasting features were matched (Science Fiction and Masala, Scientist and Rajini, Rajini and Aishwarya). Kudos to director Shankar. The film goes so well that you never think about these till the end of the film. First the movie is not a normal Rajini movie as one would expect. It is a different experience, a Hollywood movie with Indian masala flavor. It is purely an evolution of Tamil Cinema taking it to the next level as in one of the very few punch dialogues in the film (Upgraded Version 2.0). But it is difficult to match with first grade Hollywood movies as seen in many reviews. The special effects are superb for Tamil movies but not without flaws. The stunt scenes in the train are excellent. The climax action scenes are good but exhausting. If something is very bad about the movie it is the editing. One could judge well ahead if a song is about to begin and which song would that be. For a film at this budget poor editing can no way be justified. The song sequences do not go along with the movie. The BGM is not noticeable and is poor.
With all its flaws Endhiran is still superb. With a three year waiting and huge expectations it would be really a challenge. It still impresses for all the hard work, the constraints of Tamil Cinema, the performance of a sixty year old man, the dreams of director Shankar, the vision of Kalanidhi Maran. It has given a message, A movie at this budget is commercially viable and could be made successful. It is has opened the gate for a new breed of Indian movies.
It has also proved that piracy is not a constraint for a good movie to be successful. I still remember when I paid 15 SGD in Singapore for Sivaji none of my non Indian colleagues believed as by the rule and by their experience no movie ticket can cost beyond 10 SGD. And for Endhiran I have legally paid something near by that price. DOT!
On a Christmas day eve we planned a trip to Bannerghatta National Park. We chose that destination hoping it would not be crowded as it is far away from Bangalore. We booked a taxi on Fast Track. We started at 10:00 AM and reached there by 10:30. It was not far as we thought (16 Kms from Silk Board). We spent some time to have some grilled corn. We did not carry food with us as it was mentioned as plastic free zone and we were not sure if it would be allowed inside. By the time we reached the ticket counter there were already a queue of 20 members. We chose the one hour grand safari (Rs. 125 per head, Rs. 20 per Still Camera, Rs. 110 per Video Camera Holiday Rates). We entered in and had to wait in the grand safari queue which was already loaded with around 70 people. After a half an hour wait in the queue we were able to board the van. We expected a Zeep Safari but it was a van safari. The van was fully loaded with 35 people and the view form the van was not good for photography. But there were green colored vans which seemed better built for safari. But there were only a few of them used for Lion & Tiger Safari. The Lion & Tiger Safari costs less and the duration is for half an hour.
During the safari we could be able to see Deer, Sambar, Bear, Tiger and Lion. The experience was indeed good. We could be able to see the animals so close in an natural environment. The bears surrounded our vehicle and we can see them very closely. We could see the Lion and Lioness playing which we could not experience in a zoo. At the end they dropped us down at the butterfly park. One cannot expect much at the butterfly park but it is a bit refreshing after the hour long tiring ride. For lunch we tried to look for a decent restaurant. The Jungle lodges looked good, but we have to return back after seeing the awfully maintained restaurant. We went back to the zoo only to see a huge (really huge!) crowd waiting in the ticket counter and the safari queue. Oh my God! Thankfully we came in early or else we should have spent all our time in the queues. There was a decent collection of animals in the zoo. In the zoo and the park surrounding we could see hoards of families having home cooked puliyodharais and thayir sadhams. It looked like a family picnic spot.
We returned early to avoid crowd in bus. We took the 365 Volvo back home. At 4:00 PM we could see a still growing queue to buy tickets.
I did not show much interest on this movie as I first saw the dubbed trailer on a Tamil channel expecting it to a be a below average movie promoted by the channel’s excellent marketing team. I really didn’t know till yesterday that it is a James Cameron movie. In fact I wanted to watch this movie just because of Cameron. With 3D tickets not available we chose to watch it 2D at Innovative Multiplex.
I should say I really did not have much expectations expect for Cameron. I already brushed up a bit of the storyline via Wikipedia. The story is simple -“Avatar is the story of an ex-Marine who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people.”
The Story does not do much to the movie. Its purely screenplay and the super cool visual effects (the graphics are designed with finite details) that drives the 3 hour long movie. Wow! One would really wonder the power of imagination and cannot resist the beautiful Pandora’s rainforests (They look so real I wish I was there!)
But the movie reminds of some earlier movies like Matrix while transporting between Human Mind & Avatar and Kamal Hassan when the heroine cries for her dead father. One cannot expect logic or scientific reasoning in movies like this but some instances does prick your common sense.
Don’t expect a ‘Titanic’ but you can be sure assured of a three hour good time pass.
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