Nalu Pennungal

nallu pennungal

I saw Nalu Pennungal today. Before I forget a lot of the film, here’s some random impressions:

  • In the first short the way Kunzhupennu is sexy without makeup and wearing that nadan dress has to be seen to be believed. The swagger in the way she walks is uber cool. Her husband’s helpless refrain “We are husband and wife” when faced with the judge’s questions is probably one the most poignant scenes in the movie.
  • The first and last segments made the most impression on me. Nandita Das is superb and the way that story ends does tickle your brain.
  • Chinnu Amma and Kanyaka I found amusing, esp. the scenes where the husband swallows whole bucketfuls of rice. There’s also a scene in Kanyaka where she tries to make an overture and he dismisses her by saying it’s too hot. Her riposte then is beautiful. Chinnu Amma’s plight is again darkly humorous especially the very last scene (which I almost missed) where she as an old woman recites her story to younger ladies.

I took the shorts as they came to me and didn’t think about any connecting thread then. Looking back, one thing which is perhaps common is that all the stories are about women who did the ‘right thing’ and somehow is punished because of it. Kunzhupennu who found a husband but is still branded a prostitute, Kanyaka who married but didn’t find happiness, Chinnu Amma who sacrificed progeny for being faithful, and the eternal virgin who sacrificed for her sister and so couldn’t marry. And still that punishment isn’t so severe that they aren’t able to lead a semi-normal life or as in the case of Chinnu Amma, look back upon the incident with a bit of humor.

It’s a good movie. Not a must watch, but it does make you think.

Chak De India

Chak De India

I watched Chak De India yesterday and found the movie disturbing. I’d rather India had lost at the end but still come home to accolades for playing well. Focusing on victory as the singular goal seems to be so wrong. I also thought the movie took a rather unsubtle dig at the media’s reaction to loss and its treatment of a muslim player. [The movie itself was mediocre with Sharukh’s overacting and tripe dialogues; however surprisingly broad: everything from cricket’s unequaled popularity to sexual undertones between the coach and players].

It’s the first time in a while that I’m writing about something Torque has done, and although I wasn’t involved in the making of the site, it’s a really good creation which you should know about.

Drumroll… It’s networked with good theaters in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam and you can book tickets, choose seats, pay via credit card, and get your ticket delivered via email and sms. It’s a pretty cool creation all round and compared to the atrocity that is PVRCinemas (I tried two times to register only to give up), a joy to use.

Account creation is fast. Enter your name, email address and password and you are good to go instantly, there’s not even a page refresh. That really sets the tone of the site: choosing the movie as well as the date is a simple drop down. There was a bit of a delay when I selected my seat but it cleared up quickly and I was taken to a CCAvenue screen where I typed in my credit card details and booked the ticket. It’s Rs. 55/- per ticket so there is a bit of an overhead, but chalk it up to the petrol costs you spend if you drive there manually to book and it seems very reasonable.

All in all, a very good effort.

Btw, I’m going to see Ore Kadal this Saturday. Me, mom and bro. Have heard good things about the movie.