Oct 6, 2007

Why Shankar should be kicked..

He had the project of a lifetime on his hands for which he took one full year. Yet Shankar managed to make a mess out of it.

I have seen Sivaji atleast 5 times so far, good enough to 'analyze' the movie scene by scene. I spotted many discontinuities and plain mistakes. I chose to show this one, as it is really funny. The picture on the left is the Green Card shown by Rajini to prove that he is MGR. It says "Residence since: 21/05/10". First lapse is the grammar, which has gone for a six. Rajini is supposedly a US resident from 2010, which makes no sense at all. Moreover, it says the card expires on 21/05/07 which makes it all the more crazier. And finally, US follows the month/date/year format and not the day/month/year as shown in the card (an error which is negligible considering the magnitude of the other two).

The second photo is that of the credit card shown by Rajini. The card has only three important fields: 'Name', 'valid since' and 'valid thru'. Shankar obviously thought that Rajini being the macho guy he is, can wield even outdated cards (2002 expiry date in this case) and get away with it.

Our TN police commissioner (or whoever he is) to whom Rajini shows these cards, does not possess the basic education to verify the print on these cards. Shankar probably thought that die-hard fans of Rajini would be as dumb as the man who plays the commissioner and will just close their eyes to everything else but Rajini in all the frames. These cards are just flashed across the screen during the movie and not even shown for a second. But seriously did Shankar think because of this nobody would spot it? Maybe he has not heard of an option called 'pause'.

Pathetic. Maybe he could try really 'directing' a few films instead of focusing on grandiose sets and song sequences. I have a spotted a dozen such lapses in the movie which I can attribute to no one else but Shankar and the editing team. If I could spot so many lapses, surely he should be. Either he is incompetent or he is callous enough to assume that Tamil Cinema audience do not focus on the subtleties in a movie.

AVM should seriously consider asking Shankar to return half of the pay he got for this project. And as we say in Tamil, "Shankar'a thonga vittu adikanum"!

5 comments:

Anonymous,  October 8, 2007 at 7:36:00 PM EDT  

Dey Gonkesh,
The truth is there was no MGR. The actual green card was issued by US to only Sivaji. So the green card and credit card for MG Ramachandran were made at Sowcarpet and hence the errors. If a true 'fake green card' was made for MGR, that would have been a mistake. What matters is, that the constable was asking that question only because Adiseshan was urging him to do that. He knows Sivaji has been murdered and this was more of a formality to see what Thalaivar has to say for the question. When Thalaivar handles the bluff confidently, the inspector has no answers. End of chapter!

What is truly pathetic is your post and me leaving a comment..but we know that we are pathetic. So it's all good.

-Sami

Anonymous,  October 8, 2007 at 7:43:00 PM EDT  

On further analysis, this is what has happened. When Vivek gives the card to sowcarpet guy he says residence begins may 21, 2007 and ends in may 2010. That guy messes it and switches the dates. Also, instead of having it as 5/21 he has it as 21/5.

Similarly for credit card, he has it as 08/02..when it should actually be 02/08. However, thalaivar is able to manage these problems with confident bluffing.

Santhosh C October 8, 2007 at 8:09:00 PM EDT  

As Goundamani says in Gentleman, "Ada raamaa, indha maari kazhisada pasangaloda enna yen koottu sera vekkura!!"

But still I should say you came up with great explanations. Especially the sowcarpet thing. Maybe Shankar did acknowledge them in the titles that were shown after the end of the movie :D

Filarial October 10, 2007 at 8:44:00 AM EDT  

sooper da.. after I pointed out the real gross descrepencies u said u did not want to hear about it.. and then u r able to find minute descrepencies after watching it"5" times?? what the hell where u doing watching it 5 times??????????

Santhosh C October 10, 2007 at 11:24:00 PM EDT  

@ Prashanth: In case you were not aware, I am a masochist and highly given to self-flagellation :(

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