Readers Write In #575:  PS-2 comes out with the soul intact

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Raghu Narayanan

Well, it worked for me… big deal! Comparing movies to movies, I would say the PS-2 is better than his PS-1. But it’s going to be somewhat ruthless, as PS-2’s plot unraveling and untying knots will always be more interesting and more definitive than PS-1. Seen as a whole movie, you’ll probably appreciate the PS-1 even more and give it more value than it ever received.

Saw PS-2 in 2nd The release date was not originally planned. I was lazy for a Saturday afternoon nap, but a friend called me and said he had extra tickets, would you like to go get them? Well, I was certainly interested! The only problem was he had less than an hour before the show started and he had to rush. So I apologize to everyone on the road yesterday for my bad overtaking and for honking my obscene horn trying to get there on time. And after traffic and parking anxiety at the mall, I was able to take a seat when the Lyca logo popped up on the screen. And now that’s it! I think the hype and hysteria was building for me, BR came up with his review and RWI is already in. I was lucky enough to see it yesterday. Now I can speak comfortably.

Ok, so what worked for me. The acting performance was a hit. I love all the nuances brought in by everyone, and somehow MR, the genius filmmaker, has managed to project even the sidecasts onto the mainframe, even with some of the dialogue. For example, Nandini’s ‘Dadipeng’ in the first part, who was known to be a Pandia sympathizer from the time, has a very strong interaction with Nandini while riding the bullock cart. . Another example is the Partibendran projection. Not exactly a side cast, but I especially liked Vikram’s subtle interactions in the sense that he didn’t get a lot of screen time on PS-1 through his interactions with Nandini and his interactions with Aditta Kallikaran/interrogations and how unconvincing Vikram Prabhu seemed. But the highlight of the movie for me was Carikaran’s death scene. It was perfectly acted in the film and felt like it could be an end-to-end photographic triumph moment.

Then the song and background music went well. The songs were very beautifully woven into the script, but in true MR style, the background music helped to spice up the scene or keep it in the background without disturbing the audience’s awareness. that too. The expected finale sequence was a bit abrupt, but nothing confusing. When I watched the first part, I felt uncomfortable with the casting, but after seeing the passionate and wonderful acting of this part, I became a complete supporter. I agree that the casting of the female characters in the film is still controversial and that some female characters may have been replaced by others. I think this is still a hypothetical story because he gave me. I don’t know if I lost much there.

But what I believe is the best we have is the male casting part. Who else has been played? On the contrary, it reflects the sad state of affairs in which today’s top two commercially successful male stars are wholly unfit for any of the roles throughout the film. It certainly didn’t miss any male talent that could have been better utilized in any role. I wondered if even someone like Aditta Karikalan could have enacted an angry Aditta Karikalan (based somewhat on his psycho-police role). Mahan), I now believe that he just couldn’t pull off the range of emotions he needed to express in the second part. (Arrumoji, Vantiyatevan, etc.). At least the best we got was good enough. I have no complaints.

Well yes there are a lot of changes compared to the book and as I said in my first RWI after the first part was released I refrain from commenting comparing the book and the movie. Choose. When the movie was made, I always expected some cuts and bleeds and some additional appendages. changes can be found. Some of these changes can never be accepted by book fanboys (like me). But comparisons are also made unconsciously. And while I’ve kept the output of most of such unconscious comparisons at bay, there are two changes that I feel are important, and I’d like to talk about those two. area ahead.

The first is the scene depicting the death of Aditta Karikaran. In this scene, MR stayed very true to the book in scripting the scene, and then through his directing and lead his duo performances, I feel the scene was taken to another level. A key change between the book and the film, however, is the reluctance shown by Nandini regarding killing Karikaran. This was a masterstroke by MR. When we try to think about it, someone plans, plans, plans, plans the exact revenge on someone who was once close to his/her heart but later betrayed him/her, You can plan and plan. “Killing” is very difficult to execute. This is the humane side of the otherwise clever and scheming Nandini that MR has brought out. Kalikaran expresses regret that she did not save Veerapandiyan’s life and expresses her love for her Nandini, telling her that she knew she called him to Kadamba with the intention of killing him. The scene was set up very well for her change of demeanor to occur. And when Karikaran dies, the pain of learning that what she had been planning all along actually happened can also become a paradox of reality. .

The second big change is the role of Madhuranthakar. I find it to be a very interesting script, and MR deviates from the book in sketching this role, and I partly agree with the deviation. Therefore, Sendhan Amudhan does not turn out to be the “real” Uthama Thevar. Who was introduced as Mathuranthakar in the first part still is. It is possible that swapping children at birth could have circumvented the mine plan, a secret of which very few were known. As we speak today, this theme has been battered in films over the past few decades. Given the level of saturation this theme has achieved in our minds, dropping this line to keep it less ‘dramatic’ and thus more ‘realistic’ was a smart filmmaking strategy by MR By making this change, it might look like MR got 1 point against Kalki. However, caution should be exercised in comparing and judging the book and the film in this respect. Just like we know the time value of money, we also need to recognize the time value of opinions. The book was written nearly 70 years ago, and at that time, I would gladly say that the theme of children’s exchanges and the suspenseful effect it has on fiction would not have been “fantastic” or “quaint.” discuss. That’s how we feel about it today (after watching it so many times in the decades that followed). I think it’s better not to extend it to.

What I disagree with with Mathuranhakar’s role script is that MR drove it into a pit while dodging a mine. Along with the endorsement, the claim to the throne should have been staked and stopped. However, he continues to accept Rashtraquata’s support, knowing that Karikaran defeated Gotti before and still believing that he can hand over the throne to him without shedding blood or taking revenge. MR chose to stay with the one and only Mathurantakar, so he rejected the initial Rashtrakta’s offer, thereby making some money. I could have shown him that showing the spine. For me, this chain of events pulled the film down a few notches, but could have been avoided entirely.

But aside from such mild concerns, I was very happy with this movie and apart from what I said earlier, the real reason why the movie worked for me was because of the many changes as well. Regardless, MR managed to keep up by his sheer genius. The soul of the story remains intact. Perhaps MR has heard Pacino say that there are no prostheses for severed souls, and was as careful as possible to ensure that no cuts or alterations touched the soul of the story, but he did it brilliantly. And it shines through in the film – both parts, separately and together.

And now my moment of truth. Of course, apart from textbooks, I have never read a book on Tamiji before and the idea of ​​reading PS has never crossed my mind before. However, I decided to take the plunge and read the book before the first part came out last year. And I swear it was the best fiction I’ve read to this day. And then one day when I saw the prequel, Google happened to recommend BR’s blog and my first RWI of him happened. Now, after seeing the PS-2, I was compelled to write about it again, and all the while, I firmly believed that it was Kalki’s influence that made me write and comment on his PS. rice field. Well, after watching Part 2, I’m no longer convinced. Perhaps the fact that Mani Ratnam came up with Ponyin Servan (the movie) was the reason I really got Ponyin Servan (the book in the first place). And what Mani Ratnam came up with in the first part may have inspired me to write about the book and the film. is like Mani Ratnam. This is what happens to a mere mortal like me when Kalki and Mani his two extraordinary immortal creators of his Ratnam come together.

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