Apthamitra (ಆಪ್ತಮಿತ್ರ)

Apthamitra

Rating: 3/4 (Good thrills, great music)

More than a year after the movie released, after everyone and their dog has seen it and after it even got remade in Tamil as Chandramukhi, I saw Apthamitra (ಆಪ್ತಮಿತ್ರ) this weekend. The movie was still running in theatres in Mysore!

A palatial mansion in a village. A room in this mansion is haunted with the ghost of a court dancer named Nagavalli. An engineer Ramesh (Ramesh) and his wife Ganga (Soundarya) buy the place. Despite several warnings not to open the room in the top floor, Ganga one day opens it. After that, strange things start happening at the mansion. Ramesh gets his psychiatrist friend Vijay (Vishnuvardhan) to investigate. Meanwhile, Ramesh’s uncle gets a priest to exorcise the ghost. Is this all really the work of the ghost of Nagavalli? Can they stop her before she wrecks more havoc?

This was a good movie, I liked it. Good acting by Ramesh, Vishnuvardhan and especially by Soundarya. She is absolutely gorgeous in the movie. Too sad that this was to be her last movie! The music in the movie simply rocks, especially the haunting melody Ra Ra. It has been on my playlist continuously for several months now.

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Rating: 4/4 (Epic tragedy)

Citizen Kane, the classic movie starts off in 1941 with the death of the newspaper millionaire Charles Foster Kane. The last word on his deathbed is rosebud. A reporter decides to find out the significance of Kane’s last word. So, he starts visiting the people and places of Kane’s life. This collage of flashbacks of his youth to his death forms the movie.

Kane is born with a silver spoon in his mouth and at around age 25 decides to take over a newspaper, The New York Inquirer. He at first binds himself to principles and to serve the public with news. Later, as his riches amass, he takes a shot at politics and he wishes his principles away. He has two unsatisfactory marriages, one to the niece of the President and the second to a young wannabe singer. He spends his last days building a palace on a hill (ironically) named Xanadu, but never gets to finish it. His life is filled with success and riches, but sadly wrecked with emptiness. And in the very last minute of the movie the viewer finds out what is the rosebud!

Citizen Kane is directed by Orson Welles and the camerawork is by Gregg Toland. I found the movie to be a bit too long and too serious for my taste. The main character of Kane is epic. His life of riches and sadness has been depicted well by Welles (the director himself). But, the most stunning aspect of this movie is the camerawork. From the very opening scenes showing Xanadu, this movie is a pure visual treat! Innumerable kinds of light and shadow play and compositions infuse life into the movie. Toland is truly a genius, for this is in 1941 and shot in B&W. I find it mesmerizing even today, more than half a century later. Citizen Kane has been called the greatest American movie ever made! I would not agree with that. But, the camera angles, the broad sweeps of the canvas, the interlinking story lines, all make this is a tragic movie that is not to be missed.

Let's Enjoy

Let's Enjoy

Rating: 2/4 (Timepass)

Let’s Enjoy is a Bollywood-movie-in-English, full of new faces. Armaan, a dude who was out of India for 4 years has returned. The movie centers around a farmhouse party he has thrown to rediscover his friends, and also his old girlfriend. The party turns out to be the meeting point for several other characters and their adventures. There is a couple who want to venture beyond first base at this party since they have been dating for 5 years now. There is a male model who thinks this place could be his big break. There are two twins who are the DJs and turn out crappy music throughout the length of the movie. And not to forget, there is Armaan’s old flame Shreya who (drumroll please!) falls for a silent kind of guy at that very party! Timepass movie.