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February 25, 2011

RIP Anant Pai!

Filed under: kids, memories — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 6:37 am

Anant Pai passed away today. Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle won’t be the same without him, but they would carry his name for generations! Who can ever forget Ramu and Shamu, the mischievous twins. His books were the one that got me into reading English books! My cousin was a hoarder of his books and sis & I used to lose ourselves in those books every summer. Mr.Pai played and still plays a big part in getting children interested in mythology, history. We have a living proof, Utbt‘s Chula has been devouring husband’s large Amar Chitra Katha collection for the past few weeks like there is no tomorrow! Thank you and RIP Mr.Pai!

February 22, 2011

Payanam (பயணம்)

Filed under: movie — Tags: , , , , , , — yaadayaada @ 12:43 am

Movie: Payanam
Cast: Nagarjuna, Prakashraj, Chaams, MS Baskar, Thalaivasal Vijay, Prithviraj
Director: Radha Mohan
Verdict: Loved it!
Thanks to Praveen‘s recommendation, caught this movie in the theater over the weekend. The movie didn’t disappoint. No songs in the movie and you don’t even miss them. Loved the screen play. No vulgarity, no unwanted scenes or no separate comedy track. Clean, decent movie. Kudos to Radha Mohan. Nagarjuna looks very young and fit for a 50+year old and he fits perfectly for the commando role. It was so refreshing to see Nagarjuna with no hero build up, no special opening scene/song. Prakashraj has really showed restraint and has not over-acted. And that is appreciated. After a long time, a movie made me laugh out loud in the theater especially the scenes between Prithvi and Chaams. I have become a fan of Chaams. His dialogue delivery is awesome. His performance is always memorable. (eg. Irumbu kottai murattu singam, Aaru and this one to name a few).
Over all it is a wonderful entertainer for which I wouldn’t mind shelling out the steep bay area ticket price!

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