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July 17, 2008

Punnagai(Smile)

Watched Punnagai, Tamil movie released somewhere in the 1970s, starring Gemini Ganesan, Jayanthi, Nagesh, Muthuraman, MRR Vasu, Major Sundarrajan and others. A very bold story. Even for today’s modern Tamil cinema world. The hero marries the heroine who is raped by some guy and takes care of her and the baby born out of the rape. They both live happily married. Though the ending of the movie is sad, still very interesting movie. The movie is about how four friends take a vow to speak only the truth and stand by the truth. In the movie, Nagesh who is one of the four friends pitches this story to Major in order to get a book contract. So the whole movie is a narration by Nagesh’s character. A unique way of presenting the movie for that time period. The story is by Narayan Sanyal and it is directed by none other than K.Balachander. I wonder why he doesn’t take movies like that anymore. Maybe not many story writers like Mr.Sanyal.

Anyhow, loved the movie. Though I hate Sun TV, they do make me happy by telecasting a few good movies once in a blue moon!

Movies like these make me envy the olden times. Why can’t today’s Tamil moviemakers come out of their boy meets girl kind of story and take some real movies with real stories(with some real actors/actresses).  Even the old movies which revolved around boy meets girl had a pretty tight story line to support it for the most part. Hmm.. if only my wishes were pennies, I would be a billionaire by now. For now, I guess, I should be satisfied watching the old movies.

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20 Comments »

  1. I have heard about Punnagai(source: my mom).
    What do you mean, they do take ‘REAL’ stories in today’s tamil cinemas! Kadhal – pretty real. The heroine falls for the hero because he calls her ‘thimiru pidichava’ and bashes her. Pretty deep stuff too. I don’t know how much more you people expect 🙂

    Comment by utbtkids — July 17, 2008 @ 11:45 am

  2. Its the treatment of the movie my dearies! Utbt – You “cosmo girl” would nt understand. I know schoolmates who fell for autowallas in Dgl. And though I did nt watch the movie till the end, I thought it was taken nicely. 🙂

    Comment by B o o. — July 17, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  3. LOL Boo! No clue about this movie, but I second you on the Dgl thingee.. So many stories.. you don’t know to laugh or to pity them.. One dude was after my married Aunt just because he thought she looked like one of the heroines, I forget her name. Anyhoo Dgl brings back memories..

    Comment by DDmom — July 17, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  4. I too saw some bits of the movie.. didn’t know it was KB. I lost all the respect I had for him after seeing Parthale Paravasam.

    utbt, I have seen so many girls who did that.. conductors, taxi drivers.. not that it is wrong to fall in love with them.. but the basis of the so called relationship was so stupid.

    yaada yaada.. my only complaint abt these suntv movies is the timing.. I cannot seem to sit thru them as its aired pretty late!

    Comment by Reva — July 17, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  5. Reva – YY records every damn thing in DVR and not only watches them later at her own conveninent time but also tortures every guest to watch the same. She even had some one year old stuff for me when I visited! 😉 And thanks for backing me up here. I need all the support to battle against YY and Utbt! 🙂

    DDMom – We never talk abt dgl when we meet, do we? Well, theres always a next time! 🙂

    Comment by B o o. — July 17, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

  6. YY – your blog space has been hijacked!

    What can I say? I have been subjected to some of that “torture”. Educated with names of the long lost heroes and heroines, with translations and context whenever needed. Yes YY and UTBT, now I am shifting sides because Boo plans to move to desh! No loyalty whatsoever!

    On a serious note, cut your sis some slack okay! She is the one of the sweetest, ever smiling gal I have come across.

    Comment by DDmom — July 17, 2008 @ 10:46 pm

  7. Aha.. *punnagai* now I know the secret.
    I was wondering how someone had that much patience to sit thru those movies in that un-earthly hr!!

    Boo.. I can see what you mean about the support.. with YY being the elder sis and Utbt being in the best friends list, I can imagine!! 🙂

    Comment by Reva — July 18, 2008 @ 12:03 am

  8. Wow.. A party going on here.. Yup as Boo said, I record and watch. And yes in real life, crazy things like running away with mechanic happens. No arguments there. And as I said there are a few well-made movies. I just wish the majority of them will change.

    DDMom, thanks for the compliments!!

    Reva, Don’t join the dark(Boo)’s side!

    Comment by yaadayaada — July 18, 2008 @ 3:37 am

  9. yes YY… like DDMom said, we hijacked ur space! 🙂
    I’ll wish along with u for better movies and if they can make them shorter while doing that it will be a bonus!

    Boo and dark side? chance illa!! (Boo.. we just have to make sure that the sorting hat puts us both in Gryffindor ok?)

    Comment by Reva — July 18, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

  10. Yaadayaada-

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, you have a great place here..punnagai seems like an out of the ordinary story for a tamil film. You are absolutely right in saying that these days such kind of bold movies with a daring theme aren’t made. Its the usual masala stuff. Thanks to SUN Tv’s 75 years of tamil cinema, there are some rare old tamil movies shown.

    Comment by Mitr — July 28, 2008 @ 5:47 pm

  11. Welcome Mitr! Have been a silent reader of your blog for sometime!!

    Comment by yaadayaada — July 29, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  12. So true. Old movies really had some story and also each movie used tohave a different story. Its very rare that they have similar stories. Now its really hard to find such nice movies.
    Just reached your blog, going through old posts and commenting on them so late !

    Comment by aargee — August 24, 2008 @ 4:40 am

  13. Thanks aargee! Late a vandhalum latest-a commenting!! 😉

    Comment by yaadayaada — August 24, 2008 @ 4:53 am

  14. Do see my review of this movie at http://awardakodukkaranga.wordpress.com

    Comment by RV — August 27, 2008 @ 8:10 pm

  15. Not getting time to watch anything on TV..thanks to my hyperactive son…so did they finally show Bama vijayam??

    Comment by Lavs — August 30, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  16. Hi Lavs
    Nope.. Not yet.. Still waiting for Bama Vijayam+

    Comment by yaadayaada — August 30, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  17. Hii came here frm Boo’s. have u seen subramaniyapuram??

    Comment by Praveen — September 19, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

  18. Welcome Praveen. Haven’t seen subramaniyapuram, still in my long list of “to be watched”

    Comment by yaadayaada — September 20, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

  19. thanks

    Comment by fredo — January 27, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

  20. Your views about punnagai is interesting.I love old movies I am sorry i do not say it as old movies.Stories are applicable for ever.let us call 70’s movies .I wish i must watch that movie in future.

    Comment by sharan — March 5, 2010 @ 3:06 pm


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