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Parking Lot Notes: Nerkonda Paarvai

It is difficult for me to see Nerkonda Paarvai without making comparisons to Pink, at the same time it is also difficult for me to accept that an EDM festival in such a large scale would be held near Mamallapuram.

Yes, that is how H Vinoth’s Nerkonda Paarvai begins. 

If this had been an FRS we would have cut points for disbelief, but this is no FRS. 

Even with some years behind since its release Pink had something going for me, its absolute lack of heroism itself was heroic, the smooth transitions between the scenes which were not wanting to create dramatic tensions when they did not exist. 

When Amitabh Bachchan stands up to say “No” there is but a ticking clock (presumably of the court) which keeps him company, there is no other score. 

Just a lawyer delivering the closing arguments of his case. 

There has been many a column dedicated to how bold it is for a hero like Ajith Kumar to take up such a subject.But many columns need to be written on how the film making differs and the additions that Vinoth has added only hamper the classic and on point film making of Pink. Hopefully this is a start. 

Nerkonda Paarvai is in all ways an inferior remake of Pink. Let’s start with the characterisation. 

Deepak Sehgal is a disturbed ageing lawyer, his illness is mentioned but not explained, we know it is an impediment when he mixes up words when fighting for the girls. These impediments make the fight difficult, they add one more layer when the wronged girls go against the powerful boys. 

In the Tamil remake, the worst I had feared had happened; Bharath Subramaniam has a mental condition- bi polar, stress and anger issues etc but this is hardly an obstacle, in fact this mental condition gives Ajith a superpower to bash goons- again typical nondescript goons. There is no obstacle, in fact here they fear the hero. 

I loved Viswasam, I almost felt it was a clever Tamil reworking of Logan- Ajith even sports the same tired look of Hugh Jackman (this for another blog post). In Nerkonda Paarvai, his association with super heroes continue and Bharath Subramanium is nothing but a Bruce Banner/Hulk as realized by Ajith. 

Nothing wrong with that, except that this characterisation is in the wrong movie. 

I am not sure if the Pink remake needed a heroic backstory for its hero, but it surely did not require the utterly unconvincing Vidya Balan flashback. Oh and a loud Yuvan background score. 

And of the other actors only Rangaraj Pandey seems to be having fun, playing a version of himself- one of the most confident debuts in recent times. 

At the Laureate we do not celebrate movies just because of the themes that they take up- but hey many liked this film- why such negative notes? 

Maybe it is me, I should have given more time between viewing these films. 

In that case I would have forgotten about how beautifully absent of background music Pink was.

I would have forgotten the biting sarcasm that Sehgal brought about in his ‘guide to the modern Indian woman’.

I would have forgotten that Amitabh was just a player ( an able one at that) in the movie which was more focussed on the girls. 

I would have forgotten all about how the original treats people as people and not playing them as heroes and villains, the remake does this constantly by close-ups and ominous music. 

Maybe it is not them, it is me. 

Movie Notes # 1 Logan

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Adhavadhu, there is my personal bias towards non-superheroish superhero movies.
Hi to Marvel nonsense (Civil War, hi)

Films that actually take its story line and importantly its characters seriously. So when Logan is being pierced one zillion times by all sorts of steel, I actually felt bad for this depressed mutant who in the not so near future is facing an existential crisis and also a ‘Children of Men’ meets ‘ Stranger Things’ kindoff scenario.

Hugh Jackman is tired, because Logan is tired, infact no one in the film shows any kind of enthusiasm for living, can understand this when you are being chased by a killing machine made from your DNA. Buddies, being a mutant is not all dressing up in tight umm dresses.

Situation is so bad that, you never know you might get an X-Men as an Uber driver. Hard times.

Let’s get back to the non-superheroish ness of this Marvel film, there is no campy entry, no smirk accompanied one-liner, no cross selling of other future films. The fact that a comic book film wants to stand on its own as a film itself is admirable.

And it does it so well that, it becomes a Wolverine film only when the situation demands i.e a when Logan is parking his claws in the insides of some henchman. I love genre-mixing as well, this is in one part is a Chandler inspired detective novel with Logan playing the noble knight and seamlessly drifts into a chase western. Terrifying and touching in equal amounts.

Not some franchise pusher. Logan feels like a real film, a fitting end.

Marvel’s best. Easily. (Claw sound)

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