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FRS: NGK

So we all know what FRS is right? Good that would save us an introduction.

-10: Movie begins with hero being introduced dramatically with rain, hence raising our expectations that something is going to happen now types, but nothing really happens (is this Selva preparing us for the whole movie?)

-21: Kollywood hero is a farmer cliche, not just any farmer but an organic one at that

Accepted Occupations in the Kollywood-verse (in order of precedence)

Rank 1: Farmers (honest, humble, divine and innocent)

Rank 2: Honest Police officers (not humble, but has thimiru)

Rank 3: Auto drivers (mostly honest, but actually humble)

Rank 4: Aspiring actor/ aspiring movie director (includes all above attributes, add to that struggling)

There is also intermingling of these ranks in a film like Raatchasan where a Rank 4 becomes a Rank 2, in Vettaikaran Rank 3 wants to be Rank 2

Not accepted occupations in Kollywood-verse (no order)

Any occupation that involves getting monthly salary and wearing some kind of formals, sometimes even casuals. Basically Kollywood is against anyone who works for a organization which is registered as a private limited company and believes they are actually slaves.

-30: As expected, farmer hero thinks all office jobs are for slaves and asks rest of TN to wake up and smell the “mannvasanai”

+30: Sai Pallavi, wife of NGK loves the smell of “mannvasanai”, her sense of smell is important for the rest of the story

+56: Organic farming executed by NGK and his 500 friends is successful, although none of this is shown.

-56: But not successful enough for other farmers in the region to adopt the same practices, even when the whole project is headlined by the town’s most prominent son NGK

Also if you are a hero from a small town in TN, obviously you have to be prominent and rest of town is happily dancing with you in an opening song which hero asks people to be vigilant, etc

-90: An immediate scene after this involves NGK battling for the government jobs of few unfortunate girls whose fathers died while in duty, hero is not successful on his account but achieves it by calling help from a school friend who works for the local politician.

This scene is a set-up for NGK to understand that how much influential he might seem, the real power lies with politicians.

But this we feel is going against the character of NGK, he did not for even a moment tell the girls to give up their dreams of working for salary and take up farming!

Or does this mean that NGK is only against private enterprise?

-67: All politicians are villains and all villains are politicians, except the unsuccessful ones

-32: Hero being asked to join politics so that he only can change the system by at least one character in a political film, also in the background is MGR staring down on him types etc

-66: Early success of organic farming somehow adversely affects rest of the economy of the village and hence the entire money lender mafia is now out to kill NGK….can’t money lenders look for some other businesses or individuals to lend etc.

Why does kollywood keep selling this success of one means failure of the rest narrative, there is space for all us guys, there is lot to do.

-101: Every big conflict in this movie is resolved by means of just a phone call, this never ceased to shock us, although Rakul Preet doing a mini bio-pic of Prashant Kishor within this movie is even more shocking

-34: Movie after being humorless for an hour suddenly decides to become a satire

-10: Satire still is not funny, but by this time NGK slowly descends into madness and pulls the rest of the film with him

+134: This was perhaps the most interesting feature, most of the characters become mad over the course of this film, fascinating; but Selva doesn’t overtly go through with this.

Maybe this is a film by a bored Selva, who really didn’t want to make such a flat film(but had to?).

This is more of a taunt to the audience. More like Selva’s Neengal Kettavai, but Selva doesn’t want to give what the audience want. All those things happen in the background somewhere but he is reluctant to show all this. This is a subversion of show, don’t tell philosophy of film making- Tell, don’t show.

Maybe during the making of the film, the director understood it, as to how NGK reflects this very moment in the entertainment business or popular culture- the entertainer and the entertained are the same people. Every turn a story takes somehow has to be connected to the current, deliver a larger message, the movie actually ends in a public meeting which is more of a direct address to the audience (us) at large

There are no jokes in this movie, because we are the jokes?

There are no redeeming characters in this movie, because reality is such?

There can be no change in the system, because we don’t deserve a change?

And those who promise change are as bad (or even worse) those who we wish to change from?

Selva puts out all these existential questions, provides no answers, doesn’t even try and write stand-out scenes which results in a film that is completely consumed of the director’s boredom.

But the cumulative effect is that, we (the FRS) writers could feel this boredom seeping into our minds while writing this piece that we forgot to deduct points for narration that we usually and happily always do.

This is not a happy experience.  But to Selva’s credit he actually made us ‘feel’ the film without actually making it.

Strange. Really strange.

All numbers are incidental and arbitrary, except the facts provided by our data analytics team

Subam

Team FRS

FRS: TSK

So we all know what FRS is right? Right?

<Slow narration in deep voice, usually male>

“The FRS was supposed to be a weapon of limited use, it has been so faulty as a device that even multiple upgrades have failed to better it ( hi to Microsoft system update), but the FRS (having a mind and life of its own) seems to have overstayed its shelf life far exceeding the expectations of those founding fathers (no mothers) who first thought of this nonsense crazy concept.  We thank all those film makers who keep the FRS alive.

Indha FRS ungalukku samarpanam <not translating>

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-1008: too much self-importance, no one cares about the FRS. More points should be cut for the FRS team which hates narration to use narration to begin this piece.

-5: Ganavelraja credited when someone from background asks “Do you have money? (In tamil, here we are translating, earlier we didn’t ok) because he is producer. Oh so funny. Studio Green fans can unite.

-5: Director credited when same voice over says “you have very bright future” #yeppa

-9.07: The usual-unusual method of hero introduction of showing hero’s fingers, mouth etc before showing face; while showing face and while “GETONWITHIT” would have been best way, what will the first day fans do otherwise. Also first words spoken by our hero is “jeichiduvom” (translated to we will succeed, ofc)

+1: GETONWITHIT

+23: Hero is very positive attitude based; also he is quick to provide two line summaries of goals, life and leadership and destiny. Hero’s friend is normal but.

-42.56: Hero breaks policeman’s neck, then breaks into a song “Sodakku”, suddenly whole of Chennai is celebrating, no one knows why #IntroSongParidhabangal

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-12: Hero blames system and their location for lack of jobs but doesn’t stop to address the issue of skills required for the job or the training. While opportunity (or lack of) is always the issue in such ‘hero saves his surroundings’ movies but we have always been asked to accept that the hero is skilled at face value, there is absolutely no learning curve established because mastery at anything comes with continuous…oh my god..GETONWITHIT…

-8: All rich people are not just bad but greasy palmed slave traders who profit off the spine of the bent labourer, while this may be true; again we have to accept this at a moment’s notice.

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Arthur C Clerk’s third law: any sufficiently underwritten Mass hero movie will be indistinguishable from the hero’s projected image in real life

Like here Suriya’s height is one major point to address, then how he avoid swear words but uses them only when the time comes, regular call backs to the hero’s other films etc.

All this exists in abundance

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-45: All songs whenever wherever

-32.5: Role of heroine is to make hero fall in love in <wait for it> 1….2…..3… oh my god they are cute couple now…seconds…

-62: Time and again we have fought for the rights of those who play the hero’s friend, very pitiable state

-5: Community of heroine or adopted community of heroine is explained in detail but to no real relevance to plot, oh I forgot hero gets to call her as maami. No other community is established anyways.

-89.42: Heroine knows classical dance means she will practice with children in balcony only, no other place, how else…i mean

+22: Hero sitting with kids dressed as bharatiyar means he is going to say something very uplifting

Number of kids dressed up as bharatiyar is tooo damn high!

-101: Ramyakrishnan says she has x number of daughters because in her days of youthful marriage there was no tv/radio and hence nothing much to do; this is delivered as a comic track

+12: Closely follows the adage that festival films should be colourful, Holi has been so highly adopted by Tamil heroes that entire temple floors are coloured with red colour powder.

+15: Some humour here and there

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Acting: a new dimension

The whole acting in this film is defined by how aggressive do actors put-on/ off their cooling glasses, this means that we have sit through 4600 shots of frustrated villains adjusting their sun glasses 

#ColorKannadiParidhabangal

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-29: After sometime story doesn’t know where it is going so introduces one more villain, what is this da, demand based hiring?

-23.17: Movie is called Thaana Serndha Kootam but shows a lot of process of hiring thus telling that this is not a natural crowd but one that has been assembled, then how thaana serndha…seri namakku en

+75: Hero combats corruption with corruption (fighting fire with fire types)

+11: Audience made to digest that this movie is made in 80s because buses and dresses are colourful and TR movies are being released.  #PeriodFilmParidhabangal

-67: Senthil still doing Petromax comedy is funny (in the filmmakers head)

-23: It is not a film shot in Hyderabad, if there is no shot of the hero walking around the Charminar

Something something happens, obviously even two villains are not as skilled as hero and after an outrageous climax all his well

But not before hero has time to tell his message.

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+14: Movie predicts that movie ticket prices will increase, interesting foreshadowing but if we look at it from the point of ….well…GETONWITHIT….no one cares, this is supposed to by smartly written ‘festival’ film with roller coaster family audience magnetic heroic films with social angle in lighter tone

+189: Film believes that no one gives anyone an opportunity and you have to take it yourself: we still don’t know if this is the underlying philosophy of Tamil rockers, because like hero and co can adopt slightly shady methods to give justice but common people should watch films only in theatre etc…

Shubam

Ungal Naam

The FRS Team

Vanakkam

FRS: Singam 3

So you all know what an FRS is right? right? OK

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-5 : For every fellow who said Singam 3 is very loud, boss he is shouting in the poster for Godsake, also you do some 300 poster/teaser breakdown videos, like you didn’t expect it or what?

Singam is supposed to be loud, that is the point, what did u expect Silence?

Adhu Scorsese film.

#HariDa

<Adra! Adra! Adra! Adra!> read it in caps

+151.3: Hari, perhaps the only big budget director currently operating with a stamp of his own, commercial filmmakers mostly focus on the returns, but Hari is perhaps the only one who focuses on increasing excitement film after film, testimony to this is the title credits of a lion literally jumping over roman numerals I and II, only to leap over a gigantic III and roaring at those assembled.

I mean what’s not to like.

+1.5 Tonne: Suriya, yow what a performance; we were reading somewhere that for an audience to feel what actor is doing on screen, the actor must really feel what is really happening around him, Suriya takes method acting and combines it with monstrous rage.

As DCP Duraisingam Singam, Suriya becomes his own animal (see even we write such loaded phrases) , throughout the movie the camera and Suriya try and compete with Hari’s screenplay.  Faaaaar better than when he is restricting himself in other films(hi to Pasanga 2 and such), maybe a component of Singam-rage is against his other directors?

Only time will tell.

So fast is that what is happening on screen that if you allow it in the Olympics, it would win a medal or something (we write such phrases as well )

Also watch out for the 1.5 tonne reference

-712: Shruti Haasan,

or in other words, because we killed Hansika in the previous film (same character, different occupation)

+45: Home Minister Vijaykumar: for being the longest serving Home Minister and having more powers than American President so that he can send Duraisingam to any corner of the universe and take over cases, i think Singam 4 will be about how some Russians steal cement from Thoothukudi for the international space station and only Duraisingam can bring it back.

+007: Yes, Duraisingam is our James Bond, like really he is, well he doesn’t sleep around and has family and all and drinks only green tea, but really he is. Bond too is driven by rage and patriotism (which again came into much question, when the character turned gray), but even he wont be able to match Duraisingam in commitment

Open thread:  Also what is with this liking towards gray characters? why a film with gray protagonist always treated with some deference, here in Singam good cop vs bad guys, why should the film be anything else?

-95.7: Soori, not even telling how bad this comedy track is

+6: Even in item song, Duraisingam will be watching for clues, rest of audience is watching Neetu Chandra

-6: Item song

+120: 2nd Biggest mystery in Indian Cinema answered in SIngam 3, no not telling what it is

+61: For a villain who has memorized latitude and longitude of every place, I have not seen anything like this before and another villain whose cheeks vibrate like a suppressed mobile phone (yes)

+10: When Government has any doubts in Indian Penal Code, they can ask Duraisingam, a hero who knows his law and a villain who loves geography, this is really the most academic movie I have seen since Pallikoodam.

-42: In Singam 2, Duraisingam climbed up and down a full mountain in 2 minutes, nothing in Singam 3 has been able to match that, but almost running down a plane using a police jeep is almost there

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-214: Drones: there are only three types of shots in the film and shot-breakdown is as follows

Singam rage shot: focuses on him mouth dialogues, total rage in closeup (11%)

360 Singam shot: camera going all over the world to cover action sequences without skipping a beat (4%)

Drone Shot(85%): Every other shot in this movie is a drone shot, sometimes in the second half we began to think whether we are sitting in movie theatre or watching the world from a chartered flight. DEI!

Movie could have been called Singam III: Attack of the Drones

-20: Ethical Hacking monologue, also first Tamil movie to feature ethical hacker Ankit Fadia look-alike

-4: Ankit Fadia

-52: All songs whenever, wherever, I mean Harris Jayraj would have taken a holiday to some Bodhidharmar cave for peace and self reflection because, this movie is totally NOT for him, even Adra! Adra! Adra! doesnt make it.

#MissingYouDSP, but yeah Duraisingam shouting would have drowned the BGM anyways.

+77: Something , something , something happens, before you reach halfway point in popcorn box, movie is actually over.

No really it is like that.

Hari never disappoints, he gives you 1200 for your 120 rs!

It is not like you are going to remember the scenes.

+44: Singam films offer a kind of high that most films can only aspire about, coming out of the theatre, people were seen walking in upright swagger and showing symptoms of wanting to hit someone right in the middle of the head.

Yes even some FRS writers reported this feeling.

This however can be calmed by listening to some eight hours of Gangubhai hangal type music, only then.

Just beware if you are a person of dubious character, Duraisingam might just be a phone call away. We loved it, we really did.

All numbers incidental and arbitrary.

Subam

THE FRS TEAM