Friday 31 May 2013

Favourite Films

Many critics and writers are writing articles related to films, especially film reviews. Now I also want to write something about films.  But I want to write something different from the usual line. At the same time I know that most of the readers like to know the news and reviews of new films.
            So, I would like to write articles, more than usual review, but not like criticism, about both old and new films. And I want to use my language knowledge in this attempt. I can see, enjoy and write about films in six languages: Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English.
            For the time being, I want to write the articles in English and translate to Tamil as the first step. The friends in other languages can translate the articles using  any translating software from the net.
            I want to write articles about a few selected films in these languages. I fixed some rules on me to select the films in this regard. I am an ordinary film fan (not a fan of any artiste) and not a professional critic. So, I will select a few films that touched my mind. That may include some films got awards, some got appreciation of ‘intelligent’, some received well by the audience and some films which I liked even when others didn’t liked.

            I want to write about new films and old films (Favorite films). I hope these notes may useful for one who just wants to know about those films. 

A Way to win in cinema- U turn

Some of my close friends suggest me postpone writing this 'A Way to Win in cinema' as it has to be taught only to interested persons came directly, and not to be wasted by writing like this without any demand from anyone. And they suggest to write my views about new films and notes about my favourite films as that may useful to the readers.
I understand the truth behind their suggestions and accepted them. So, I am postponing 'A Way to Win in cinema' for the time being and planning to write about my favourite films in all the languages I know. As a good start, I am planning to write about selected Malayalam films from now onwards   

Wednesday 29 May 2013

A Way to Win in Cinema – 3

About me

Before entering the subject I would like to tell something about me. I think it is needed here.
I was born in Tamilnadu and brought up in Kerala. From the childhood itself I was very much interested in films. I have to thank my father mainly for this. He used to go to the weekly market in our village every Thursday. All who seeing films in theatre will understand the importance of Thursdays.
Usually new films will be started to show in theatres from Friday. New releases will be shown in town and city theatres. And in the last century, many films ran for many weeks in those theatres. But in the villages, the films will be changed every week. We were lived in a small village near by the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala.
There is a little bigger village, three kilometres away from our village. There is a theatre. New films will be shown there from Friday. But usually it will run only up to Monday only. And from Tuesday and to Thursday old films will be shown.  If a film runs for a full week in that theatre, it will be a super hit film, that run hundred days in towns and cities. Anyhow only good films will be shown in village theatres every Thursday.
My father told me about this strategy. And after completing the purchase from the weekly market every Thursday, he used to go to the theatre. And he used to bring me also to see the films. He taught me the story telling and other aspects of films.
We were in Palakkad district in Kerala, sharing border with Coimbatore in Tamilnadu. Usually Tamil and Malayalam films will be shown from Friday in ‘our’ theatre. And old Tamil films, popular English and Hindi films of that time will be shown from Tuesday. So, I got chance to all the four language films from the childhood itself.
After I joined in the college, I started to see films in Palakkad town. this town has an unique character related to the films. The new films from the four languages will be released in the theatres here. In eighties, I take a survey for myself and found that a film running in Palakkad is usual. If one film runs for second week, it is hundred days film in Chennai.
If a film runs for twenty five days, it will be a silver jubilee film in Chennai (Twenty five weeks). In Palakkad twenty five days were silver jubilee. You can see the shields given for many silver jubilees like that, in the popular theatres still now.
I used to see all the released films in Palakkad. My father allowed to see them, provided I studied well. I was a good student at that time, so I had no objections from my father. Thus I saw most of the films in the eighties and the beginning of nineties. Of course it was the golden period of films, especially southern films!
I saw all the films starting from art films made by directors like Aravindan, Bharathan, Balachandar, Rai, Ghatak etc to the mass films directed by IV Sasi, Hariharan, Fazil, SP Muthuraman, P.Vasu, Manirathnam, Dasari, Subhash Gai etc.       
I am a hardcore fan of cinema, even it is either a commercial film of KS Gopalakrishnan or art film of Adoor Gopalakrishnan. And I have a ability to write stories. But I didn’t know anything about the industry practically. So, Initially I came to Chennai and tried to get chance to become a writer-director directly. I met some film personalities and I got a writer chance also. It make me think that getting chance in films is an easy task. So, I returned to village taking a decision to return to Chennai as a producer soon.
As usual for any common man, my life also had twists and turns and I couldn’t earn money as I thought. And cinema is the main reason for all falls. So, I quit my works in the village and returned to Chennai on 1st January 1996. This time with a concrete decision to stay in the industry until got the success. I want to concentrate on Tamil films And this time came to Chennai with wife and children. (In the meantime that only happened in correct time in my life).
I got chance to work as an assistant director in a tv serial and then in a film. Then got promotions step by step to associate director, writer, co-director etc. Meanwhile I worked in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. But most of the time I spent in writing many subjects and earning for family. For that also I worked in the industry, as a translator, censor script writer etc. So, I couldn’t get chance to direct film till date.
Meantime I started Film Literature Confluence (Details in the parallel posts about the confluences). Now I started to produce and direct my debut film.

I want to tell whatever I learned from my experience through these years to my followers.   Really not to one who just live in cine field or like to win in cinema, but to one who love cinema and ready to anything, experiment and hard work to prove himself. I hope this articles will be useful for them to find the right way.        

Saturday 25 May 2013

To Film Actors, Creators and all...

Send your details to post here. Please note your Name, Address, Contact number (open to public), Email, details of works done in this field so far, other notes along with three photos to filmfriendshipcentre@gmail. If you have any doubt, call me on 09445376497/09380936181

Wednesday 22 May 2013

A Way to Win in Cinema - 2

First of all we may put the matters to discuss on a list. Otherwise it will be attempt like taking a film without screenplay and planning. We will be confused without knowing what to say, what not to say in the beginning, and everything will become "Lag". 
At this moment, as the first step, I am writing things in short. (Like an on line order of a film), then everything will be written in detail (like the sample script).
1. Cinema - an introduction 
2. Basics of Cinema  
3. Development of Cinema
4. Cinema in India 
5. Cinema - a business and creation 
6. Film fans and film lovers 
7. Good film and Hit film
8. Comparison with world cinema 
9. Alternate Films
10. Marketing 

A Way to Win in Cinema - 1

            Actually I selected this title only to introduce my Film Literature Confluence and attract all towards. But the title attracted me and make me to write more. I had only a little experience in the film field. Still, I hope it will be useful to many who like to win in the field, if I write something based on my experience.
            To win in cinema (here I refer the cine field), we should know the cinema first. We should know the basics of cinema. There are many reasons to make cinema to attract many people. We should understand them even a little. 
Cinema is not an art. It is a combination of many arts. It consists of the arts that viewed, the arts that heard, the arts that felt and everything perceived by the mind. 
To enjoy a painting, there is no need to know about the painter. If you know about him, it will make involvement on that painting. No need to know about the mixer of colours. Knowing about the shapes is enough. It will cools the eyes. No need to understand the drawing techniques. If know, you can apprecialte deeply.
Cinema also like that. To enjoy a cinema, no need to know about the creator. If know, you will feel an involvement. And if you know the film techniques, you can enjoy it deeply.
To win in cine field, first you must understand these things. It is necessary to learn more. But it is the next step. We can see them later. For the time being we can try to understand them. 

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Friends Invitation

For the last two days once again go through the experiments with the design of this site. Changed the names of pages and labels. Hope I got what i expected. So, I will post articles and addresses of friends regularly. I am going to post the details of some big film personalities as sample and to invite new friends through that. T
The friends circle here, will be more than a film directory, more than a exchange. So, I request all the friends (experienced and new comers) of film and literature field to send your details to as I can post here.

Sunday 19 May 2013

Saturday 18 May 2013

சினிமா அழைப்பிதழ்

சினிமாவில் வாய்ப்பு பெற, வெற்றிபெற- இதுவும் ஒரு வழி...

Wednesday 15 May 2013

திரைப்பட இலக்கியச் சங்கமம் - காணிக்கை

ஒரு சாதாரண இணை இயக்குநரான நான் இந்த திரைப்பட இலக்கியச் சங்கமத்தை ஆரம்பித்து பத்து முறை வெற்றிகரமாக நடத்தி முடித்துவிட்டு, தற்பொழுது அடுத்த சங்கமத்தை நடத்த தயாராகிறேன் என்றால் இந்த வெற்றிக்கு காரணம் என்னுடைய உழைப்பு மட்டுமல்ல. பலருடைய உதவியும் ஊக்கமும் ஒத்துழைப்பும்தான்!
இதுவரை நடந்த சங்கமங்களில் கலந்துகொண்ட சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்கள், நண்பர்கள் அனைவரும் எந்த பிரதிபலனும் எதிர்பார்க்காமல் என் முயற்சியை ஊக்கப்படுத்த வந்தார்கள். அவர்களுக்கு சிலநேரங்களில் டீ கூட கொடுக்க என்னால் முடிந்ததில்லை. இருந்தாலும் அவர்கள் என்மீது காட்டிய அன்பிற்கு இணையே கிடையாது. அந்த அன்பும் பாராட்டும் தான் என்னுடைய அடுத்தகட்ட முயற்சிகளுக்கு ஊக்கம் தந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது. அவர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் நான் என்றென்றும் நன்றி சொல்ல கடமைப்பட்டுள்ளேன்.
இவர்களில் இயக்குநர் திரு பாலுமகேந்திரா அவர்களுடைய உதவியை குறிப்பிட்டு சொல்லாமல் இருக்க முடியாது. திரைப்பட இலக்கியச் சங்கமத்தின் முதல் சிறப்பு விருந்தினர் இவர்தான். வழக்கமாக எந்த ஒரு சிறப்பு விருந்தினரும் விழா நடத்துபவர்கள் அழைத்தால் மட்டுமே வந்து சிறப்பிப்பார்கள்.
சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்களாக யாரையும் அழைக்காமல்தான் நான் திரைப்பட இலக்கியச் சங்கமத்தின் முதல்சங்கமத்தை நடத்த முடிவெடுத்தேன். பிறகு மற்ற திரைப்படக் கல்லூரி மாணவர்களுக்கு அழைப்பிதழ் அனுப்பினேன். அப்படியே என்னுடைய உதவியாளர் மூலமாக பாலுமகேந்திரா சினிமாப்பட்டறைக்கும் பொதுவாக அழைப்பிதழை கொடுத்தனுப்பினேன். அதை பார்த்த திரு பாலுமகேந்திரா அவர்கள் என்னுடைய உதவியாளரை அழைத்துப்பேசி தானாகவே இந்த சங்கமத்திற்கு வர ஒப்புக்கொண்டார்! அதன்பிறகுதான் நான் மற்ற விருந்தினர்களை அழைக்க ஆரம்பித்தேன்.
திரைப்படமும் இலக்கியமும் இணைய வேண்டும் என்று பலரும் பேசுவார்கள். ஆனால் இதுபோன்ற ஒரு சிறு முயற்சி எடுத்தால்,  அதற்கு அழைத்தாலே வந்து பங்கு பெற பலரும் தயங்குவார்கள். அப்படியிருக்க, அழைக்காமலேயே, இந்த சங்கமத்தை நடத்தும் நான் யார் என்றுகூட தெரியாமலேயே இந்த சங்கமத்திற்கு வர ஒப்புக் கொண்ட அவரை எப்படி பாராட்டுவது என்று தெரியவில்லை.
அடுத்த்தாக நான் குறிப்பிடவேண்டிய மிக முக்கியமானவர் திரு ஆர்.சி.சக்தி அவர்கள்! இவரை நான் நமது சங்கமத்திற்கு அழைக்கச் சென்றபோது வர சம்மதித்த்து பெரய விடயமல்ல. ஆனால் சங்கமத்திற்கு வரும்நாளில் காலையில் அவருக்கு டயாலிசிஸ் என்ற சிகிச்சை நடந்தது. அப்படியிருந்தும் அவர் விழாவுக்கு சொன்னபடி வந்தார்! இதுபோன்ற நிகழ்வுகளுக்கு வராமல் இருக்க ஜலதோம் பிடித்தாலே அதை காரணமாக சொல்வது பொதுவான வழக்கம்தான். அப்படியிருக்க இந்த நிலையில் இவர் என் நிகழ்வுக்கு வந்த்தை எப்படி பாராட்டுவது.
நல்ல படங்கள் மீது வர்கள் கொண்ட அன்பு, இலக்கியத்தின் மீது வர்கள் கொண்ட ஆசை,  இவை இரண்டையும் இணைப்பதற்காக வர்கள் காட்டிய அக்கறை, இவற்றைக்கண்டு  வியந்தேன். இவர்கள் எமது சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்களில் சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்கள்! அதற்கு நன்றி சொல்ல வார்த்தைகளால் முடியாது.
அந்த துரோணாச்சாரிர்களுக்கு இந்த வெற்றியை காணிக்கையாக சமர்ப்பிக்கின்றேன்.

                                                அன்பு ஏகலைவன்

Thirukkural Eliyakural - 3

3  Neetthaar Perumai Greatness of Ascetics