Tamil Movie Review: Beautiful Sarvam Thaala Mayam 2019, GV Prakash High Point Movie

GV Prakash Sarvam Thaala Mayam Tamil Music Movie

Before Sarvam Thaala Mayam, my impression of GV Prakash is that he is a really good music director who has composed some of the best hits in the Tamil movie industry. I had never rated him as a good actor perhaps due to the types of roles that he has done in the past.

My personal favourite is his composition for the 2010 Tamil movie, Aayirathil Oruvan titled “Maalai Neram” sung by Andrea Jeremiah. He also did a great job in music scoring for other blockbusters like Madrasapattinam, Deiva Thirumagal and Raja Rani. Image source: Wikipedia.

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Indian Cinema 101: My Favourite Vidyasagar Tamil Hits Part 2

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Continuing from Part 1, this concludes my favourite Tamil hits from the one and only Vidyasagar. He created music for Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil movies since the late 1980s but he was prominent in the late 1990s and the 2000s covering huge hits in Tamil such as Vijay’s Ghilli, Vikram’s Dhool, Kamal Haasan’s Anbe Sivam and Rajinikanth’s Chandramukhi.

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My Favourite Tamil Song 101: Beautiful Vidyasagar Tamil Hits Part 1

Vidyasagar Tamil Music

It is difficult to place Vidyasagar in the Tamil movie scene – you see the 1980s and 1990s was dominated by the one and only Maestro Illayaraja and then 2000s thereafter we had AR Rahman changing the whole way we hear Tamil songs and then we had other music directors like Vidyasagar. Image source: Times of India

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Ilaiyaraaja: Project “Then, Now & Forever” 2013

Western classical music is perspective – look at the number of people involved in a symphony! Our traditional music is lonely – Ilaiyaraaja

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A very young Ilaiyaraaja with the very talented SP Bala and S. Janaki in the early 1980s during a recording session. Image source: The Federal

As long I could remember, I have been listening to Ilaiyaraaja music since I was still young and started to have an appreciation of his style of music – all the way from the 1970s (you are aware that Annakili was not his first movie and that he had to impress the producer Panchu Arunachalam by singing a song that his mother sang and using the table as a music instrument?) to his latest flick in “Neethane En Ponvasantham” – thanks to my Dad who was a big fan of Ilaiyaraaja (Ilaiyaraaja means the “younger” Raja – that is because the Tamil music industry already had another music director named Raja – the famed A.M. Raja).

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Favourite Hindi Song 101: Crazy on Luka Chuppi by AR Rahman 2006

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(Luka Chuppi from the award-winning Hindi movie Rang De Basanti – one for the weekend. Image source: Bollywood Hungama)

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Tamil Movie Review: Enthiran 2010, Simply Dumb And Simply Illogical

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(I know there was trouble when I saw a “Borg cube” at the opening credit of the movie. Poster source: SYFY)

Before I start with the review, let me tell you upfront that we have been duped, major time, by Shankar and the studio marketers with the whole hype before the movie was released.

I keep asking myself – is this the movie that Shankar been thinking for the last 10 years of doing? It was simply dumb and illogical.

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My Favourite Tamil Song 101: Heavenly Sahana By AR Rahman 2007

Sahana Sivaji The Boss AR Rahman Tamil

I am hooked seriously to the song “Sahana” and the “sadder” version of it, “Sahara” from the movie “Sivaji: The Boss”. Image Source: AVM / Youtube

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My Favourite Tamil Song 101: Enna Solla Pogirai By AR Rahman 2000

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The song “Enna Solla Pogirai” (meaning – “what you are going to say”) been humming in my mind for the last few days. It is one of my favourites among Shankar Mahadevan’s songs and when I watched Shankar Mahadevan singing it in a concert over Astro Vannavil; it was a great feeling to hear it again. Image source: Youtube

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Sports 101: A Funny Game Called Cricket

Lagaan Cricket Amir Khan

(Everything I need to know about cricket, I learned it from the movie “Lagaan” – a combination of great masala story, a fight by the underdogs, crude cricket manual, the usual Aamir Khan perfection & lovely AR Rahman music. Image source: The European Film Awards)

I am a Malaysian Indian and yet cricket and I is like oil & water. It never mixed primarily because I don’t play the game (it is not a major game in Malaysia). It is the same as the Afro-Americans not knowing to play basketball or the Japanese, not knowing about Sumo. The only time I tuned in to see cricket on TV is when I caught the sight of beautiful Indian girls cheering for their team.

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