Do mafia movies distort Chennai?

Often I wonder whether it’s real or fictional. Is what is shown on the silver screen really Chennai?

Let me get to the point in a roundabout fashion. Nayagan, starring Kamal Hassan and directed by Mani Ratnam (as if you don’t know), may have been the first (or one of the first, argument anyone?) mafia film in Tamil, but it really wasn’t the trendsetter.

Around that time, director Ram Gopal Varma (who was ubercool back then) released a film with Nagarajuna and Amla in the lead (featuring the hero using a cycle chain with devastating effect). This film was very good, but it wasn’t a trendsetter. Neither was Thalapathy, which looks better with every viewing. None of those movies were followed by today’s wave of mafia films.

Many of these mafia movies though made in Tamil, were not set in Chennai.

Why? For years, the land mafia, the gunrunners and drug lords weren’t visible in this city, which is yet to face a major terror attack. The Ayodhya Kuppam Manis of the world were relatively unheard of. Not many were killed in encounters. But these days many actually are. You hear about them in the news. Last year, Kokki Kumar (or was it Punk Kumar) was shot dead by the police in an encounter. I can never quite tell fact from fiction, but Dhanush in Pudhupettai was called Kokki Kumar. That’s for sure.

You don’t see much of the violence and the “hacking to death”. So you think Chennai is peaceful. Compared to Mumbai, there is no mafia here. Or so you think.

But really when did the mafia wave of movies begin? What movie set off the trend, which doesn’t go out of fashion.

Pudhupettai, Naalai, and movies like that really contributed to this trend. The former, which takes it name after a city suburb known for its automobile workshops, showed Chennai being ruled by a mysterious underworld. Is it there? You don’t quite know. That’s is why it’s called the underworld, dummy.

I saw Anjathe last week and it’s very good. Brilliant, in fact. The entire movie, much like Pudhupettai, is set in Chennai. Many of the city’s underdeveloped suburbs are featured in the dialogues. The chase sequences happen on roads leading out of the city. It’s so hard to think of the last mentioned two movies without thinking of Chennai.

So Chennai a character only in mafia movies. Not really. The family drama Mozhi was set in Chennai. Chennai-28 was too, obviously. In fact, all Tamil movies are either set in Chennai or down south like Paruthiveeran and Veyyil.

It’s hard to say how much of the Chennai shown in movies like the recent Oram Po, starring Arya and Pooja, is real. But it certainly is based on real-life events. In fact, I heard a story that the director-couple behind Oram Po may of based their movie on newspaper clippings of actual auto races happening in the city’s outskirts.

How well is the city then represented, especially in mafia movies? Do directors exaggerate the violence for cinematic purposes or tell it as it is? I always ask myself that whenever I walk out of a movie featuring a violent Chennai. Are you any wiser?

32 Comments so far

  1. Anonymous (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    Let me put it in simple words. If you see a hollywood flick and think that you can walk up to a blonde in a bar and get laid you must be kidding. Get it.


  2. ChennaiSucks (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    Yeah True, leave the blondes I swear you wont see Paravai Muniyamma and Manoramas on the street fighting villians for sure. However Chennai is even worse when it comes to Caste related issues. I had the mis oppurtunity to work in this crazy place called chennai for 1 year in a MNC. My origins are Tamil and frequently I used to be asked to which caste I belong to. After which I worked in Delhi and Mubai for longer periods however there were no caste related questions which were asked. All the folks there generalize Tamilians to be Brahmins and talk funny like Johhny Lever does in some movies like Aiyooooo, aaaa after every word etc. It was annoying at first then I started ignoring it completely.Is the caste scene the same and I do get a idea about some of it in the Movies I see some of which you have mentioned in this writeup!


  3. Dilip Muralidaran (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 5:27 pm

    I do agree that Tamilnadu is caste centric but telling people here that mumbai is not caste centric is a big crock!

    Casteism is everywhere, this is india so please wake up. Telling folks that casteism is not prevalent in the north is a joke. Remember the Gujjars event sometime back? Shit like that dont happen here.

    We tamilians or south indians do casteism in small scale. Nothing compared to the north where mass murder is the order of the day.


  4. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

    The bottomline is the failure of two things :

    1. No moral education ( if there is any education at all actually ) for youngsters.

    2. Lack of faith ( justifiably) in the police-judicial system.

    The DMK differs from ADMK in that the ADMK has home-grown goondas – witness MGRs period – Udayar et al. And JJs use of the ‘acid goondas’. Police excesses become very common. The silver lining is that this in a way keeps crime under ‘control’.

    ‘Encounter killings’ are no sign of ‘instant justice’, but a cover up of police and judicial failure, and cover-up of many other things as well. This is an early sign of failure of the state itself.

    The DMK instead, gives a free reign to these goondas and rakes in the moolah in the form of corruption – no excesses there, but certainly very bad news for the commoner who cannot afford the moolah.

    One difference from Northi goondas is that the Southies are not so high-profile and infact try to keep low-profile. The benefits to them are mainly politico-financial and not yet politico-casteist or politico-religious.

    My two cents worth.


  5. chennaisucks (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 9:36 pm

    I totally agree with Dilip who must be an expert when it comes to caste issues in Chennai. I read your article on stereotyping a Brahmin dude. What happened to you after that no articles from you or you simply you joined some caste based political party??? Gujjars were united in that ordeal. However in Chennai and TamilNadu Brahmins are only united and continue to stay away from anything worthwhile for the society. Further I read some comments like in institutions like IIT chennai its 85 % Brahmins, is it true guys? Also what’s the scene with the companies do lower caste people get promoted, treated fairly or is it the same case as IIT Chennai. Whatever it is as long as the so called elites of Chennai stay away from the mass this crap will remain. I also read Bhama openly calling the working class as servants and saying Chettiar women was chuckling when a house maid came into a parlor. No wonder Dilip is getting pained when it hurts the most for him mentioning about his stronghold?? – Brahmin caste!!!! Accept the fact guys in no other Metro Blog you find nonsense like this from the writers going on to glorifying casteism. I guess showing Mafia Movies where mostly it’s the non Brahmins or the non Elites of Chennai, the author can’t stand and has expressed his opinion here. Had it been a carnatic music concert or training for mostly Brahmins with barriers for others in Chennai the author would have not commented. Maybe someone can write on how – carnatic music and IIT (Iyer Iyengar Insti of Technology) distort Chennai?


  6. Murali (unregistered) on February 21st, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    It’s not the political parties; it’s the spineless journalist who should be blamed


  7. Sripriya Padmanabhan (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

    I cant believe we could deviate so much from the essence of a blog and go on blaspemous about caste and religion!!

    Whoever are we to distinguish a city that is so rich in culture and heritage to a sect of people! where have we lost it to just think beyond and think secular! Please go over it. beyond it.


  8. CHENNAISUCKS (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

    Mrs. Paddu, Chennai is a city that is so rich in culture and heritage, undoubtedly why because Brahmins are the ones in majority in IIT and creamy positions of the city. The so called culture and heritage is dictated and made by Brahmins and leaves a lasting impression on a north Indian. Atleast now seing this goonda movies or Northie friends will know Chennai has goondas as wel as their city instead of puny guys wearing threads and running for their lives saying namma ellam intha prichanaile involve aga kudathunu…You don’t find in the Goonda movies anyone wearing a thread and running around with knives or guns. Simply no it’s the other caste people who have been pushed to the fringes of the society they resort to anti social activities as shown in the much hyped fashion in movies. Why are there not any movies showing someone like Subramani Bharathiyaar who was far beyond the clutches of casteism, reaching out to these commoners and encouraging them to betterment. Don’t you see how Chennai is sooo divided? Personal groups based on castes, office promotions based on caste, recommendations based on caste are all common things. The north Indian friends I have here are so reluctant to come and wok in Chennai. Why, North Indians in the city are mostly called as seth, setu whatever and people always look at them as money lenders. If there were unity amongst Tamilnadu folks they would have not gone to marwaris to pledge their houses jewels. Guy’s cant you see more and more people staying away from others just because avool ellam vera jathi…. Comon areas like Puraisaiwalkam, kilpauk, Doveton etcare taken by these guys and other areas are already under attack by the seths, setu whatever. They are moving in large numbers and know the tamil crowd is so divided. It’s high time you realize this and know where have we lost it to just think beyond…? On the lighter side, Mafia movies don’t distort Chennai unless they feature our beloved upper caste Brahmins with threads on bare body,with guns o knives in hands, running a mafia!!!


  9. tsk tsk (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 3:42 pm

    typical isnt it ?.. you guys rant about anti hindi, anti brahmin sentiment on a blog of a completely differnt topic.

    I cant understand why common Chennaites cannot break out of this shell.


  10. chennaisucks (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

    TSK TSK, I guess because most of the people like you think you are an uncommon chennaite!!!!!


  11. Murali (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

    Chennaisucks – Suppression of Brahmins and Mafia Movies, I guess thats your theme. As I mentioned many times, only here we can find how to twist any sentence and take it towards a caste line.


  12. Anand (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 2:19 am

    Chennaisucks, you are obviously living in a different city and are looking at Chennai with a prejudiced vision and it does not tally with reality. I would like to know how often you visit Chennai to talk so authoritatively on current happenings in Chennai. I do not think Chennai is as divided as you think or any more divided than any other metropolis in India. Please stop ranting about Chennai like this.

    As regards Bharathiyar, kindly see the movie ‘Bharathi’ released a few years ago. May not have been a runaway success, but was a good movie that tried to get into the mind of a great man.

    Rise beyond ridiculous notions of caste and so on guys! We are all world citizens now!!


  13. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    Anand,

    I wonder how Bharathiar got entangled in your debate. Were you not the same Anand who found fault with writing about feminism in the context of Valentines Day? Here again unfortunately, I do not see the point you are trying to make, other than criticising other posts.

    Also, let me remind you that not many who write here about Chennai, reside here. It is only the over powering love for the city of their origin that makes them contribute.

    Bharathiar represented no religion or caste. He epitomised the victory of nationalism and poverty over power and wealth. His poems and journalistic works did motivate society, but may not have synced so well with the North Indian ‘God-believers’ as much as it did with the more rationalist South Indians.

    Chennaisucks, I agree that Seths ( money lenders ) have taken over much of the city. But not with the casteist reasoning. Yes, casteist and religious divides cannot be denied. But where in the world does it not exist? Religion and race are commonly used to divide people around the world. It is unfortunately, second nature to human beings. Dont WE have central MINISTERS whose qualifications are based purely on caste division?

    But money lending however, is simply a case of demand and supply. And the North Indian spirit of entrepreneurship. There is nothing more to read into it.

    Sorry to be engaging in a debate which is totally irrelevant to the topic.


  14. ChennaiSucks (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 1:17 pm

    Bharathiyaar represented a high caste called human caste dude unlike the so called high caste people you find in Chennai hijacking IIT and top notch corporate jobs. The high caste people still are busy helping themselves and not other castes people. No wonder why tamilnadu has the highest reservations in the country!Thats the reason why other caste people go to seths. Parthasarathy I am soory your ass being scorched in the Valentines day whatever debate u took part. Dont act so smart man. You don’t have anyone close to Bharathiyaar in terms of fighting casteism and all the work he did is at risk of being sabotaged by mean minded folks who swarm IIT and top notch corporate jobs. Dude if only brahmins let other caste folks a helping hand in coaching classses for IIT or share knowledge, teach carnatic music with other caste folks chennai will be cool man. As long as brahmins talk in a funny way and make comments on folks with a menial job chennai will continue to suck. The reason I brought Bharathiyaar was he was considered as a revolutionary a more like a mafia man in those days by Brahmins but he was much more than that and now we know what he did was right. Someone said watch Bharathiyaar movie dude I did and we are all world citizens. Which world you are talking about Dizzy World or Young world(The Hindu)???? How many times have you guys noticed a Brahmin speaking normally and suddenly talking funny when another guy gal he thinks is of the same caste. Only Brahmins can’t blamed here as it starts from them and propogates through other caste aswell.


  15. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2008 @ 2:20 pm

    Murali,

    "It’s not the political parties; it’s the spineless journalist who should be blamed"

    A case of shooting the messenger?


  16. Murali (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 4:57 am

    Partha –
    Messenger? Is that the reason you think, DMK is spending millions to start a channel called "Kalaignar". We all know where the war is fought in Gulf, but the real war is between CNN and Aljazeera, where the CNN makes sure people in west hear what America wants to hear, and Aljazeera makes sure what the Arabs want to hear.
    In today’s world media controls everything I think there was a bond movie based on this theme (Is it Tomorrow Never Dies?) but the truth is, once you have the powerful media by your side, literally you control everything. I think the Maran family understood this concept much earlier (you have to give it to them) and thus made SUN TV a powerful entity. I can even go into some more details, last year when I visited India, I saw couple of serials in SUN TV by Vikatan Group. Now Vikatan makes money through SUN TV, given that how do think they will write anything bad about DMK? Do you see how the web spreads? SUN TV did bring each and every Kalaignar’s speech to everyone’s home during last election didn’t they? That’s a great advantage don’t you think?
    This is exact reason why people like Ramdass and now Vijayakanth are starting TV Channel? Journalism is a powerful and in my view the only tool which controls Democracy. If the journalists do their job for money or if they are scared to their job right, then we are all screwed. That’s the reason Alagiri burned the newspaper house in Madurai. If you are a politician you don’t want them to think. You want them to be in your side, either by fear or by money.
    Journalism is the only tool which can control these politicians. That’s the reason people started newspapers during our independence. It is the tool to find out flaws, to advice the people what needs to be done. If the journalism goes bad, literally that means democracy is down the drain.


  17. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 6:35 am

    Murali,

    I see you have a good point there about the journalist connection.

    Journalism survives, infact anywhere in the world, like it or not, on money power. And even in the days of independence, you will agree, newspapers took a stand – ‘pro’-independence ( luckily ). It is nt an ideal situation where the papers ‘gang’ up and take a stance ( pro -hardcore feminism, and anti-son-in-law, for example on TV serials ). And in India today, the money is with the crooked politicians. An immoral relationship, I agree. The saving grace though, is that the political parties are ALL shelling out the money to air their own points of view and hopefully will cancel each other out.

    It does nt help of course, that journalists are not from the best class in society – which goes to paying computer jobs. The last intellectual left, I d think, is The Hindu’s N.Ram. And the editors, for some reason, prefer females and blondes as journalists – leading to more feminism, surely?

    Anyway, I still think that journalism only becomes a later add-on to the bigger ‘mafia’ ( if you can call political parties that ) but the mafia in Chennai itself starts on purely politico-financial grounds.


  18. Rambo anti mafia (unregistered) on February 24th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Some of what you say might be true Chennaisucks. But there are systems functioning still. In IIT the director has been fired/resigned at the age of 63, Normally a professor can work till the age of 62 but Mr.Ananth defied all laws and got a extension till the age of 67 (5 years extension) and controlled IIT with his iron hand. After a student was denied his offer letter by our beloved director, the student took the matter to the court. Finally justice prevails in this case and the director was fired, If any movie personalities are reading this instead of taking mafia movies with killing and blood you guys can concentrate on the real Mafia of 2008 in IIT which is controlled by people from higher caste. This would be a great subject matter for mafia movies and how wars are fought within the so called Iyer Iyengar Institute of technology Madras which is more like a fortress for all Brahmins and how low caste people are treated unfairly. The director is currently somewhere in Singapore to avoid the shame. Journalist can you dig into this matter if you have the guts????????


  19. vatsal (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    Don’t I just love such vitriol against the Brahmins? Dudes, the guys there got there by merit, not through the back door and using reservations. They worked and fought hard for their seats unlike the rest who just aim to be there without any merit whatsoever. Food for thought. It is an uneven battlefield out there tilted badly against the children of the very people who have made IITs what they are today.


  20. Alexander (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    Sure they (as you mentioned-does it refer to them??? whatever u mean by that Vatsal)got into IIT through Merit and why can’t others (opposite of them) do the same Vatsal, is there a flaw in the grey matter of others?????!98 percent of the folks, who make it to IIT through entrance examination, definitely attend coaching classes. 80 + professors who teach in this coaching class are guess who esteemed Brahmins. Take a walk to IIT campus and other places in the city, see for yourself what’s happening, where most of the coaching happens. (They) keep eliminating the other caste students even before joining the institute. So please look from where to where the evil is spread. All kinds of discouraging words and treatments are common for guys without the thread and who don’t speak the funny (their) Brahmin language. Even before the entrance coaching (they) team up in Padma Shesadri and vidya mandir! It’s so tough for a hard working non-Brahmin to mix with the crowd there to get their doubts cleared or have a conducive environment for preparing to IIT. Unlike most of the other states, the population of students from Tamil Nadu making it to IIt Chennai is predominantly (more than 90 percent) from Chennai and especially from the Brahmin Caste? Pls do your homework and u will find uneasy truths about the modern day AGaraharam IIT Chennai! A classic case of unjust enrichment!!!!!Greater things are possible with colloboration!


  21. vatsal (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 11:06 am

    The funny(?) language. I am no Tamil but can understand your spite for ‘their’ language. However, going by other states, all I can say that what ‘they’ are speaking must be the pure form of the language which you must find difficult to decipher. Or is it because of the Sanskrit in it, which you so thoroughly despise again? As I said in an earlier comment, Tamil Nadu should be named anti-nadu. Anti-Kannada, Anti-Hindi, Anti-Brahmin, Anti-Sanskrit…the hatred list never ceases.

    Try love and hard work for a change. That might bring in some light to a city that the rest of India so lovingly loves to hate.


  22. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 25th, 2008 @ 11:40 am

    I do not think the people, especially those ranting on castes, on this board represent tamilians at all.

    One fact that should be taken into account amongst all this slander, is the fact that most IIT entrants are from ANDHRA PRADESH. Their coaching, especially from Hyderabad is by far, a cut above the rest.

    Consider these stats :
    Of 979 candidates from the South zone who secured admission in 2004, 769 were from Andhra Pradesh alone, Tamil Nadu had 94, Karnataka 84 and Kerala a mere 32.

    This fact may not be obvious to those currently engaged in vitriol over caste and other mundane issues. This is especially the case of people who have lost touch with conemporary Chennai.

    As a rationalist and atheist, I respect rationalism and will stand for EQUALITY for ALL ( INCLUDING GENDER ), but wish people would not waste their energies on imaginary demons like caste.

    Last, but not the least, congrats to the DMK government for bringing in 2 IITs into TN. Let us hope that happens soon, since we are certain to face a skills deficit sooner than we think.


  23. Truth (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 6:51 am

    The comments section is completely off topic, but, I had to express my opinion on this subject matter. While there is some truth to certain institutions catering only to certain groups of people, it’s also true for other castes etc. It’s in human nature to dominate others, it’s the turn of one group now, and the "oppressed" turn might be next. But, it’s also true that people of these said caste have dominated large segment of the educational, and economic centers. We have to go beyond these divisions, as the doors open, and oppurtunities expand to all sections of our community, these caste divisions should completely disappear from our land scape. It’s unfair to blame just one caste/group for all our problems, it’s a political strategy, but not one that would solve our problems. Today’s generation should move away from all this nonsense, but acknowledge past injustice.


  24. chennai-youth (unregistered) on February 26th, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    A chennaiite from other city. I love my chennai more than anything else. Tamil society is caste based no doubt on it, but not all people are castist.As a person spend 20 yrs of my life there, i can say strongly this city rocks, it has best education system in india, it has best infrastructure in south inida, it has divided politics but united on center for getting things done (u know the amount spend on TN by center is higher than any of our neighbouring states, this is due to organised corruption than divided politics). The quota based education has helped the under previlaged to come up in life, still long way to go. The upper caste have done their good to the society by helping people to understand education is the one which differantiates them from others.
    People say the education system in TN is good but not TN people. WE always introspect ourselves more. We talk more that is bad, we think more that is good.
    Goondas cant come up in this society, because politics is very stong, when there is strong government, goondas cant come up.They always die when they climb up the ladder.

    I dont understand why always there is a brahmin and non-brahmin divide, is it because brahmins always want to be on top or always people blame tham for their ability. I would blame both, non-brahmins always think those people have the wealth and influence, so they go up in life. Brahmins always think this society always shows the finger at then, so let us leave this society.

    I would say to my brahmin brothers, stand up and fight until the last, clearly prove u are part of the society and u are not the old brahmin society who always complain abt other, u r a new one who is integeral part of the society and who likes to be with the society and help the soceity. Brahmins are both the people to be praised and blamed. As a society they have esablished a benchmark for success and failure for running.

    I wish non-brahmins to stop blaming someone else for their failure. The govt has changed long time ago, quota system is there for education and job. Private industry never looks at cast they look at qualification. Its true that if uncle is there at high post it helps, but its also true that the uncle cant help u in your work, will not help u in your team and will not help u to win friends. You have started to move up the laddder, lets not move our focus. Let us learn from our brothers mistakes and good things.

    Lets learn from each other, we as a society are not bad but there are areas to improve. Lets not spread hatred amoung us, it will kill all of us.
    Lets learn from our mistakes.

    We are doing good, we would not have come to this position without questioning our caste system, but lets not blame one other for the past.

    Jai Hind.

    Gandhi said "Here is the true meaning of value and compassion and nonviolence when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, to hear his questions, to know his assessment of ourselves. For from his view we may indeed see the basic weaknesses of our own condition, and if we are mature, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition."

    Lets hear our brothers view and learn from it.


  25. Tamizhan (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 4:15 am

    Chennai Metblogs has given me interesting reading over the last few months, all writers included. Thank you all for that.

    The comments section though is littered with personal hatred and a couple of people with other agenda. A remark comes to my mind when I read these comments. A constable stopped me some 10 years back going the other side in a one way lane in my bike. He said "enna thambi…..paatha paducha paiyan maathri irukkay"?

    This is a very common phrase used these days, but it seems its meaning has got lost on all of us.


  26. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

    chennai-youth ‘Goondas cant come up in this society, because politics is very stong’

    LOL! HA HA HA

    tamizhan, It is frustrating to see many ‘padicha commentators’ like you here, who super-specialise in commenting (read criticising) on other comments, so that we are left clueless about whether they have an opinion of their own, and if so why they dont like to tell it as they see things.


  27. Tamizhan (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

    Parthasarathy:

    I am happy to have frustrated you and left you clueless. :-)


  28. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 8:52 pm

    tamizhan,

    "enna thambi…..paatha paducha paiyan maathri irukkay"? :)


  29. Tamizhan (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 4:38 am

    Neengalum Paartha Sarathy maathri irukeenga. Aana unga Sarathy-ya verum ‘Feminism ambulance’aa use pannireengalay!!!


  30. Rambo (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    Dai Mutta Pasangala! Kuu mutai eduthu adichiduvenda!


  31. ChennaiDada (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

    Yaruda athu summa sound udrathu. Parthacharathy un kaile one question ketukireen! ne enna Parvai Muniiiiyamma peranaa chuma kuvikine irukaiye. Adanguda enna athule ponchaaathi soru podalaya? Ennada nee andhra karana illa madrachu pudcha vanthireekiraya? Enna matter unthu? onnume puriyele baa! oreye bejjara kithu enga! Vutle utkanthu manja potu kathadi vida kathuku mamu deal le matikina aaya kadai porata vangi saptuku. Adha vuttu chumma inga vanthu udaar udatheyda atta kathi paiya!


  32. Badri (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

    I think the topic should have read – "Do Indian mainstream movies (mafia movies included) distort reality?" – There would have not been any discussion (apart from those off topic discussions found on all the other blogs in this site) The answer would have been an emphatic yes.

    However there are some movies which try and bring out some thing close to reality of life in chennai in bits and pieces. On the Mafia genre of movies Pudhupettai to me stands out in closing the gap between reality and cinematic reality. I consider it as one of the best movies made in Tamil but unfortunately did not get across to the masses.
    Movies like "Ee" and Pattiyal are the typical cinematic distortions.



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