Home Movie Review Readers Write In #575:  PS-2 comes out with the soul intact

Readers Write In #575:  PS-2 comes out with the soul intact

Readers Write In #575:  PS-2 comes out with the soul intact


By ​Raghu Narayanan

Effectively, it labored for me…massive time! In contrast film to film, I’ll say PS-2 is best than PS-1. However then, saying that shall be considerably cruel as a result of the unravelling of the plot and the untying of knots in PS-2 was all the time going to make it extra fascinating and extra conclusive than PS-1. As BR had prompt, if we have been to view each components as one complete film, then we would in all probability recognize PS-1 much more and provides it extra due than what it has acquired up to now.

I watched PS-2 on the twond day of its launch, one thing that I had not deliberate to on the outset. What was turning out to be a lazy afternoon siesta on a Saturday was thrown out of substances when a pal known as to say that he had some additional tickets, and would I be eager about selecting it up? Effectively, I used to be eager about, for certain! Just one drawback was that I had lower than an hour for the present to start out and I needed to actually hurry. So, a loud shout out of apologies to all on the highway yesterday for my dangerous overtakes and indecent honking in attempting to get there on time. And after all of the visitors and parking zone anxiousness on the mall, I used to be in a position to take my seat simply because the Lyca brand was shaping up on display. And now, am executed with it! I suppose the hype and hysteria was increase for me, what with BR arising together with his evaluation and an RWI already in. Feedback have been pouring in, and I couldn’t preserve myself away from all that as effectively. So higher that via a stroke of luck, I bought to observe it yesterday. Now I can discuss it in peace.

Okay, so what labored for me. The performing performances labored massive time. I beloved each nuance that was introduced out by everybody and by some means MR, the genius filmmaker, has contrived to undertaking even the facet forged into foremost frames, even when for a couple of dialogues. Instance, the ‘dadhipenn’ of Nandhini within the first half who we knew to be a Pandya sympathiser even then, now has a really highly effective interplay with Nandhini whereas getting in a bullock-cart. One other instance is, the projection of Parthibendran – although not precisely a facet forged however within the sense that he didn’t get a lot display time in PS-1, via his interplay with Nandini and his interplay with Aditta Karikalan – particularly beloved Vikram’s nuanced interplay / interrogation and the way unconvincing Vikram Prabhu appeared. Nevertheless, the spotlight of the film, to me, was the scene of the demise of Karikalan. I felt it was enacted to perfection within the film and will end up because the successful second of the end-to-end image.

Then the songs and the BGM labored effectively too. Whereas the songs have been weaved in fairly superbly into the screenplay – in true MR model, the BGM served to raise the scene at occasions and keep within the background at different occasions, with out intruding on the consciousness of the viewers.The screenplay was fairly taut all through too. Although the anticipated closing combat sequence was a bit abrupt, it didn’t disrupt. Whereas I had combined emotions concerning the casting after I had watched the primary half, after the rousing and excellent performances on this half, I’m now a whole supporter. I do agree that there’s nonetheless area for argument concerning the casting for the feminine characters within the film, and that a few of them may have been changed by others. Nevertheless, I do really feel that this may but stay a hypothetical argument as a result of those that have been forged did carry out glorious performances as effectively. I’m not certain if we misplaced a lot there.

Nevertheless, it’s within the male casting half that I’m now satisfied that that is the perfect we’ve got bought. I imply, who else in the complete Tamil film scene in the present day may have performed out Karikalan’s vary of feelings higher than Vikram? On the flip facet, it displays the unhappy state of affairs that the highest two commercially profitable male stars of in the present day are complete misfits for any function in the complete film! For certain, we didn’t miss out on any male expertise on the market who may have been higher utilized in any of the roles. I suppose this obviates the query on the ages of the characters too, as in comparison with the guide. Whereas earlier I had the thought that, possibly even somebody like a Dhruv Vikram may have enacted the offended Aditta Karikalan (considerably primarily based on his psycho-cop function in Mahaan), I’m now certain that he would have been totally incapable of bringing out the vary of feelings that wanted to be expressed within the second half. And additional, if we forged somebody like Dhruv within the function of Karikalan, it’ll have its downstream impact on the casting for the opposite characters – Arulmozhi, VanthiyaThevan, and so on. So merely put, that is the perfect we bought however fortunately for me, at the least, the perfect we bought was fairly adequate. I shouldn’t have any complaints in any respect.

Effectively, sure, there are a lot of adjustments when put next with the guide and as I had talked about in my first RWI after the primary half bought launched, I select to chorus from commenting by evaluating the guide with the film. I all the time anticipated some cuts and bleeds and a few further appendages when the film was made. So, if we’re to create a tabulated comparability of the guide vs the film, we’ll discover many, many adjustments. A few of these adjustments, a fanboy of the guide (like me) won’t ever be capable of settle for. So, I consciously attempt to keep away from the comparisons. However then the comparisons occur unconsciously too. And whereas I’ve stored the output of most of such unconscious comparisons at bay, there are two adjustments which I really feel are vital and wish to discuss these two. So delicate spoiler territory forward.

First is the scene depicting the demise of Aditta Karikalan. On this scene, I really feel that MR has been very a lot devoted to the guide in scripting the scene after which via his course and the performances of the lead duo, the scene has been taken to a different stage. Nevertheless, the vital change between the guide and the film is the hesitancy proven by Nandini in relation to killing Karikalan. This was a masterstroke by MR. If we attempt to consider it, whereas somebody can plan and plan and plan all that he/she’s going to do to precise revenge on somebody who was as soon as near his/her coronary heart and later betrayed him/her, when the chance and second actually comes this can be very tough to carry out the ‘kill’. It is a humane facet of an in any other case sensible and scheming Nandini that MR has introduced out. And it isn’t simply an abrupt swap as effectively. What with Karikalan expressing his remorse in not sparing the lifetime of Veerapandiyan, expressing his love for Nandini, telling her that he was conscious that she had known as him to Kadambur with the intention of killing him and so forth, the scene was fairly effectively arrange for the swap in her perspective to occur. And when Karikalan dies, the ache at realizing that what she had been planning on doing all alongside, has certainly occurred – which might generally be an actual life paradox, comes bursting out. A incredible increment to what we get to expertise via the guide.

The second main change that I wish to discuss is Madhuranthakar’s function. I really feel it was scripted fairly apparently, and to me, that was the weakest hyperlink in an in any other case taut screenplay. MR has deviated from the guide in sketching this function and partly I’ll agree with the deviation. So Sendhan Amudhan doesn’t develop into the ‘actual’ Uthama Thevar. The one who’s launched as Mathuranthakar within the first half continues to be so. This may need averted a plot land-mine by means of swapping of the kids at delivery, which secret only some knew. As we communicate in the present day, this theme has been overwhelmed to demise in motion pictures over the previous a long time. Given the saturation stage this theme has attained in our minds, it was certainly a sagacious film-making technique by MR to drop this line and preserve it much less ‘dramatic’ and due to this fact, extra ‘practical’. It would even seem that, in a single stroke, MR has scored one over Kalki in making this transformation. However we needs to be cautious in evaluating the guide with the film on this regard and passing a judgement. As we all know of the time worth of cash, we must also acknowledge the time worth of opinion. The guide was written effectively nigh about seventy years in the past, and I’m keen to debate that at the moment, the theme of child-swap and the suspense impact it brings in fiction won’t practically be as ‘fantasized’ or as ‘outlandish’ as we really feel about it in the present day (after seeing it so many occasions within the subsequent a long time). So provided that, I really feel it’s higher to simply stick with lauding MR for his savvy in filmmaking and never lengthen the comparability again to the guide – which I understand is irresistible, however, once more, one which I consciously attempt to keep away from as a lot as doable.

What I don’t agree with the scripting of Mathuranhakar’s function is that, whereas avoiding a land-mine, MR has pushed it right into a pit. MR maybe ought to have stopped with Mathuranthakar garnering the help of the Kalamuka Saivars and together with the help of different smaller kings, staked his declare to the throne. However to point out that he goes on to just accept the help of the Rashtrakuatas, realizing that Karikalan defeated Ghotti earlier, and nonetheless believing that they will ship the throne to him with out shedding blood or taking revenge, after which later doing a large U-turn when they’re planning an assault, does make him look a really naïve character who won’t be a match for a king. As MR had chosen to stick with the one and solely Mathuranthakar, he would possibly as effectively have proven him as rejecting the preliminary Rashtrakuta’s provide and thereby exhibiting some backbone. This complete sequence of occasions, to me, introduced down the film by a couple of notches, and will have been completely averted.

However such delicate misgivings aside, I’m very proud of the film and aside from what I’ve said earlier, the true motive for the film having labored for me was that regardless of the numerous adjustments, MR, by his sheer genius, has managed to maintain the soul of the story intact. Maybe MR had heard what Pacino had stated, that there was no prostheticfor an amputated soul, and had taken as a lot care as doable to not let the cuts and adjustments contact the soul of the story, butkeep it glowing and intact. And it comes shining via within the film – each components, severally and collectively.

And now, my second of fact. I had by no means learn a guide in Tamizh earlier than, excepting for my schoolbooks after all, and the considered studying PS had by no means crossed my thoughts ever. Nevertheless, I made a decision to make the leap and skim the guide earlier than Half 1 launched final yr. And I’ll keep that it was the perfect fiction that I’ve learn until in the present day. After which, I watched the primary half and in the future quickly after, Google simply occurred to advocate BR’s weblog, and my first RWI occurred! Now, after watching PS-2, am compelled to put in writing about it once more. All of the whereas, I used to be firmly below the idea that it was Kalki’s sway over me that was making me write and remark about PS. Now, after watching the second half, I’m not certain. Maybe it may but be that it was on a regular basis the truth that Mani Ratnam was arising with Ponniyin Selvan – the film, that basically made me decide up Ponniyin Selvan – the guide within the first place. And it may once more be that Mani Ratnam, with what he got here up with within the first half made me write up concerning the guide and the film. And now once more, it very a lot looks as if it’s Mani Ratnam who has invaded my aware and making me write about it once more. That is what occurs to mere mortals like me when two extra-ordinary, immortal creators – Kalki and Mani Ratnam, come collectively.



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