On the rare occasion of not having to work on a Sunday AND not being home (as against being at Bunstel), I watched Dam999 earlier today morning with my Best Colleague (Best Friend at Work =P Henceforth referred to as BC on Twitter and here xD #Facepalm), at Cinepolis, Royal Meenakshi Mall.
(And the award for longest opening sentence in my blog goes to.. =P)
I must admit, despite spending all my life here, I had no idea about the existence of Cinepolis or Royal Meenakshi mall in the city. Heh. But then what can you expect from someone who gets lost in the city 8 out of 10 times =P Both the mall and the hall are A+. #iLike. BC and me were analysing the structure, half the time. #Workaholics. Totes! =P
I haven’t reviewed a film in written form, ever. I thought, with unexpected free time on this Sunday – after all the washing and pressing and stuff :P -, (Hehe, I tend to use weird, often wrong, complex grammatical construction when I’ve so much to say but so little that could be written =P) today would be perfect to give reviewing a shot. Here it is, Dam999 reviewed. (In a totally super-amateur way)
Dam999, based on the controversial Mullaperiyar Dam, follows the story of 9 characters, each representing one of the 9 navarasas. 999 refers to the 999-year lease agreement of the Dam between the erstwhile British Government and the then Maharaja of Travancore. (This is ‘implied’, as no mention of Kerala, Tamilnadu or Mullaperiyar is made in the movie)
BC and I expected a 2012-ish movie when we decided to go for this. We were both surprised – me pleasantly, and him not-so-pleasantly – when our assumptions turned out to be terribly off the mark. The dam, which we realised later, does not exclusively refer to the masonry gravity dam over Periyar; It also refers to the dam that the characters have build across their emotions. According to the director, the movie is an Emotional Thriller. And that is the best way to describe this movie.
The script is brilliant. You WILL be disappointed if you go in expecting for all the Dam(n) action :P to start 10, 20 or even 30 minutes into the movie. *That* part happens in the concluding 20 minutes or so. Up till that point, it’s a brilliant building up of the interconnected storylines of the nine lead characters – the two mariners Vinay (Vinay Rai) and Capt. Fredrick Brown (Joshua Smith), the love of Vinay’s life Meera (Vimala Raman), Meera’s father Shankaran (Rajit Kapoor) who opposes Vinay’s and Meera’s marriage on Astrological grounds, Sandra (Linda Arsenio) and Sam (Jineeth Rath) – Vinay’s wife and Kid, Maria (Jaala Pickering) – Freddie’s sister and wife of the Mayor and Antagonist Durai (Ashish Vidyarthi) and Raziya (Megha Burman) – Freddie’s Wife.
The brain does take some time to accept completely Indian actors speaking flawless, accent-free English. Also, some of the dialogues seem completely cheesy and almost funny in English. They would have sounded totally normal in Malayalam or any other regional language. Despite the seriousness of the situations, I found “How can you invite me to your marriage? DON’T YOU KNOW I AM IN LOVE WITH YOU?!” by Vinay and “Sorinayi” by Durai, after a string of strong words in English, funny! xD
Considering the movie is titled Dam999, you may feel cheated and misled, as pointed out in some professions reviews I came across. At 110 minutes and the slow pace of the movie, you do feel like this is a 180 minute movie. I watched the 3D version, and it really wasn’t necessary to release the movie in 3D, I think. 3D-worthy action is about 10 minutes. (Speaking of 3D, this movie’s website is the “World’s first 3D Website”) Overall, a good movie, a brilliant advertisement for Kerala and Ayurveda and a frightening warning about the kazillion dams out there that have served beyond their design life.
Acting: 3/5 (Rajit Kapur and Vimala Raman 5/5; Jineeth Rath 10/5 for cuteness =P)
Visual Effects: 4/5
What it cost me: Rs. 2.05/minute =P (I’ve got this weird obsession now, of converting all costs into per minute or per second -_-) But Totally worth it! xD
Oh, and this is how you make a Vegetable Curry.
P.S. I know I make 3 million terrible, poor jokes for every good one. The Vegetable Curry Title and Video is the 3 million one-th one! I hope you get it or it’s a waste of a “Brilliant” idea! =P
Nobody makes movies bad on purpose ~ Roland Emmerich
You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies ~ Steve Martin