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      Default Superstar Prithviraj In Ninaithale Inikkum (Classmates Remake) Review:First On Net!

      Theater: CBE Central
      Status: 80% attendance (its a govt: holiday here today, owing to YSR's death)
      Show: 10:45 am FDFS!!!

      Malayalam-to-Tamil remakes have always taken the compromise path, as the audiences' taste differs in both the states. Be it the 90s malayalam cinema like Vietnam Colony, Naadodikkaattu or be it the recent examples of Manichitrathazhu and Kadha Parayumbol, the tamil remake versions have always found the need to add the masala elements that are deemed necessary to satiate the tamil audience.

      The latest addition to this queue is Sun Pictures Ninaithaale Inikkum directed by GN Kumaravelan, a remake of the near classic in Malayalam, Classmates. With some add-ons like an item song, an extra villainous character, and a couple of fights the effect of the original is diluted to a large extent here.

      The film starts off with the character of Prithviraj, named Shiva, boarding a flight from Mumbai to Chennai, for a batch reunion. Once inside the flight, it is flashback mode for Siva. The college life of Siva, Shakthi (played by Shakthi, son of P. Vasu), Bala (played by Vishnu of Puthiya Mukham fame), Meera (played by Priyamani), and a new face who plays the character portrayed efficiently in the original by Jayasurya.

      The difference between a master like Lal Jose and a novice GN Kumaravelan is evident in the jerky first half. Here, the director uses an item song, a kutthu song to take the story forward and also to please the front benchers which is made possible by some typically breezy numbers of Vijay Antony, with the front benchers enjoying it to the hilt. The hostel room fracas, the generator room story, the election fights everything is the same as Classmates but fail to make an impact because the director fails to connect the viewer to the story, which was so effortlessly done in Malayalam! Here, the only intention seems to provide some entertainment to the audience, which is fine, because as we know, the audience tastes are different in Kerala n' TN, but somewhere one feels the soul is lost.

      The second half follows the same style of narrative followed in the original, where the story unravels through each protagonist's viewpoint. It is in the second half that the viewer is able to connect to the theme as the director gets involved with all the seriousness required to unveil the real happenings of a fateful night which turned the lives of the five friends forever!!! But, by the time the film reaches the climax, the audience here seemed to grow restless because compared to the breezy first half, the second half gets serious, here too, the difference in attitudes of the TN n Kerala audience came to the fore, whereas I started to enjoy the film more, the majority of the viewers started howling!!! The dramatic dialogues does not help anyone's cause either!!! The film draws to the same climax as of the original scene by scene, n when the title, Directed by GN Kumaravelan came on screen, many started shouting..."dai Kumaravelaa, kaasu thiruppi kodedaaa!"

      Coming to the performances, Prithviraj enacts well, dances, and fights well. In fact, he has an amazing screen presence throughout the first half and stands apart from the crowd of actors!!!

      Priyamani does not have anything to do here, not even as much Kavya Madhavan had in the original...a strictly professional performance by Priyamani.

      The other notable performance comes from Shakthi, the son of director P. Vasu. He is so endearing in the role of the friendly, always smiling, talented singer Shakthi.

      Others in the cast are just apt, and two thumbs up to Bhagyaraj who essays the role done by Balachandra Menon in the original, with elan! Alas, if only he got some good lines to deliver, the howling by the crowd in the climax could have been taken care of!

      Technically, the film has some glitches. Production values are slack, unexpected from a banner like Sun Pictures. Editing by Sreekar Prasad in the first half is jumpy, second half is fine. Vijay Antony scores the music and there are the usual numbers to satisfy the tamil masses greeted by whistles and dancing in the aisles by the crowd, and then there is a beautiful melody...good job.

      In the beginning, there is a word of thanks to James Albert for the original screenplay. If only the director had done a good job, the film would have been better, but still, it is a good one-time watch, if you have not watched the original. People who have watched the original, do not take a chance with this, let Classmates remain as such in your mind!!!

      Dino's Take: A Classic lost in translation!!!
      Last edited by Mallik Bhai; 10th September 2009 at 11:53 AM. Reason: error!!
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      thanks for the downriding review...
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      thanks dino

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      Thanx Dino bhai...... Narainte rolil alle Sakthi??????? Aara Radhikayude rolil?????
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      Quote Originally Posted by krrish View Post
      Thanx Dino bhai...... Narainte rolil alle Sakthi??????? Aara Radhikayude rolil?????
      yep narainte role athrayum nannaai allengil adhilum nannaai cheydhittund pullli...radhikayude role oru puthumugham...not so impressive!
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      welcome all, n thanx KK bhai for the rep points
      Naithik shiksha ke chutiyaape mein mistake hogaya...nahi tho aaj hum badiyaar aadmi hote!

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      Coming to the performances, Prithviraj enacts well, dances, and fights well. In fact, he has an amazing screen presence throughout the first half and stands apart from the crowd of actors!!!


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      Quote Originally Posted by DINODAZZLIN View Post
      yep narainte role athrayum nannaai allengil adhilum nannaai cheydhittund pullli...radhikayude role oru puthumugham...not so impressive!
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      Thanks Dino.

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      Supppppparrr!! Thanks for the review anna....


      Quote Originally Posted by DINODAZZLIN View Post

      The other notable performance comes from Shakthi, the director of P. Vasu. [/B]

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