Topic started by cram (@ 18.104.22.168) on Fri Feb 18 04:07:04 EST 2000.
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just back from watching Hey Ram. straightaway i can say it's a must-see. the first half is simply awesome, but the second doesn't quite live up to the initial impact. highlights are of course, IR's scintillating BGM (now we know what he was talking about when he said this would be a first in Indian cinema). and it's not just violins, he's used quite a bit of percussion, synthesiser, mesmerising flute...simply magnificent.
screenplay, dialogues, song picturisation, kamal's acting (especially in certain scenes like when Rani Mukherjee is raped and murdered), cinematography, sets, editing are all top notch. rest of the cast has also done a great job, with atul kulkarni coming out with flying colours.
kudos to Kamal for such a daring attempt. wish we had more like him.
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- From: Sam (@ ip106.toronto14.dialup.canada.psi.net)
on: Sat Feb 19 22:22:29 EST 2000
Yes, Those scenes were in Toronto and the whole of isaiyil thondanguthamma song too...
- From: prabhakar (@ 22.214.171.124)
on: Sat Feb 19 22:36:58 EST 2000
I personally feel that Hey Ram is one of the most perfect movies to be ever made by an INdian. The screenplay is almost perfect. The photography and the art direction are really world class. What can you say about IR's BGM. It is the finest background score in any Indian movie till date. the music has completely fitted the movie. Whenever Kamal remembers Rani , IR just gives 5 seconds of the haunting and sad piano bit and that is enough to tell what is going in the protagonists mind. The songs have been utilised in the way it should be done in the movies. Most of the songs are coming in thebackground and they are not protruding out of the scene. Hats off to IR.
we can only wish that such brave efforts by Kamal and IR to give a world class film to the Indian audience will not go to waste. And let IR continue to score music for only such meaningful and good quality films and not to nonsense movies.
- From: Gyani (@ iq-ind-as007-74.iquest.net)
on: Sun Feb 20 02:23:11 EST 2000
Excellent effort by Kamal and his team. I watched the Hindi version with subtitles and I really enjoyed it frame by frame.
Regarding Maestro Illayaraja BGM and songs go well with the movie esp.BGM is world class. Since I watched it in IMax theatre what a visual and audio treat.
I have to thank Kamal for making a movie which as close to International standard and orginal too. He never lifted scenes from any other foreign movie like other directors like Manirantnam do.
Shymalan made Indian proud in Hollywood by giving
a Sixth Sense. Kamal has made every Indian proud in India by giving Hey Ram.
- From: ambleen (@ sbproxy2.mystarhub.com.sg)
on: Sun Feb 20 04:02:13 EST 2000
Suddenly i'm seeing so many NEW ppl here(tfm). I do not know where they came from. I also do not know where were they all hiding all this while. Suddenly they pop up & wanna try to cloud others' mind abt Raja's work & Kamal's work.
Mohd Ariff,among the others, .. oh pls. How can u be so moronically dumb? How would you know that LS would have been better? How many movies of his have u seen or heard where he did BGM or its songs?
Oh pls .. pls go to some other threads where ppl of your same creed hang around.
Unlike you, we have our very own thinking minds & purified hearts. Please go somewhere else.
- From: man (@ dialup-126.96.36.199.detroit1.level3.net)
on: Sun Feb 20 11:11:20 EST 2000
Ambleen, there is no point in taking such stupid postings from characters who post out of their mind.
Mohd. Ariff : Can you tell what is LS ? (I mean, do you know his full name atleast to praise his music in comparison with Ilaiyaraaja's?)
- From: a (@ user136006.dial.netline.net.uk)
on: Sun Feb 20 13:34:31 EST 2000
Ravi & Gang: How comes you are not telling people to try the HUB for this thread! It does not fit in this forum.
- From: neruppu (@ abd70dcd.ipt.aol.com)
on: Sun Feb 20 13:43:52 EST 2000
heyram is no.1 movie! (atleast the initial pull is there):
- From: neruppu (@ abd70dcd.ipt.aol.com)
on: Sun Feb 20 13:48:28 EST 2000
and the review gives it 9.5/10! :
- From: IQ (@ dialup-188.8.131.52.sanjose1.level3.net)
on: Sun Feb 20 17:04:28 EST 2000
also, IQ, though am not a huge fan of symbolysm
Neruppu: I realised I had sorta misquoted Dennis Miller, but did not want to re-post, lest people slaughter me for posting crap! :-) Point taken, though.
>>myself, i should say that it is very much part of our culture-can see all our literature and arts impregnated with loads of it- as compared to the "west".<<< Illiya saar, I am sure the "west" have not spared the "symbolic" weapon in theri litearature. I was just referring to symbolism in movies. And I honestly did not understand why Kamal was stood facing that tornado! Honest to God! And I dont want to start guessing. The stupid IR-rasigan that I am, I let the "symbolism" of that scene go over my head and was just straining to listen to the BGM. :)
>> so, if you are carrying a "western cinema sophistication" as your basepoint, the symbolism will sure seem like "crap". <<
Ayyayyo, sathiyamma ille! I would hate to be branded like that...Personally, I enjoyed a movie like Kuruthipunnal more than Hey Ram and thats because I thought that was more straight-forward. Yetho indha manasukku pettadhe solren!
And about that bollywood review, Anjali Abrol seemed more concerned that Shahrukh had less screen-time and she made some kevalamaana statements like "Rani Mukherjee could have used more make-up".
- From: kiru (@ surf0004.sybase.com)
on: Sun Feb 20 19:43:45 EST 2000
Technically good movie making by Kamal. Except for the "i am already liking your brother' by Gandhi. 'liking' ?? . Isn't love-making followed by one of the lovers getting killed a cliche by Hollywood standards ??
Being an IR fan I would have preferred more opportunities for him, but the shots are packed tight. Anyways, the BGM enhances the effect without getting in the way. The movie is well-researched and detailed, starting from old AIR-INDIA posters, Pears soap daily calendar, wagons on the street and ofcourse the attire. Is our audience going to appreciate these things ?
Already, my brother in India is telling me that some people are walking out of the theatre unable to follow the multi-lingual dialogues.
Screen play is good but somehow I feel it fails to make an impact. I found the graphics little tame. Still this is not the run-of-the-mill movie. Completely in a different class !! Kamal deserves some pat on the back. Especially for giving importance to BGM and spending all that money for IR in Hungary.
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