Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Value of Perfection

Yeah, this blog starts from the fact that I had one of my friends sending me a "Personality traits of Virgo" mail. Many would know what a Virgo is known for but I would still like to reiterate for those who wish to know it; Perfectionists and highly critical are two traits that stand out in any Virgo.

That brings me to my thoughts about perfection. Many believe that perfection is an imaginary word. There can be nothing as perfect. The term perfection is wishful and keeps moving with every improvement. Yes I agree, the term perfection is a farce in a way. So lets define perfection as excellence. Whats best at a given point in time is what is perfect. So the term perfect is not redundant, it just needs right interpretation and constant updation.

Now comes the question, is being perfect important or is being effective enough? Whats effective now? Effectiveness would be defined as a mode to achieve the end result not really being too much bothered about the means. So, now we observe a primary difference between the terms effectiveness and Perfection. An effectively performed work may yield you the desired results but it is not necessarily the best way to do it. A perfect work is one which is done in the best way possible and also gets you to where you wished to reach.

So whats better perfection or effectiveness? I would choose perfection over effectiveness, not because I'm a Virgo, but because I feel perfection is the better way to do it.
In my Dictionary:
Effective is "Get it done, somehow"
Perfection is "Get it done"
What always bothers me is the free interpretation of the "somehow" that people seem to take, and I'm not for it.

So now that perfection is the best way to do it, we have to bother about three important terms that get attached to any term; Cost, Price, Value.

Cost of Perfection:
If you wish to deliver Perfection,you have to put in the effort, attention and time to get it right. Yeah, it pushes the limits but nevertheless, your work then turns immortal and unquestionable in a sense. Perfections needs a great understanding of the subject, environment, other related issues. Perfection does drain you physically, mentally and tests your attitude but its worth it.This is the cost you pay for immortality. Isn't that cheap viewed that way?

Price of Perfection:
Haven't we seen the best demand the highest price for the work. The Best comes at a Price, but its worth paying. As is well known "Offer peanuts and you shall get only monkeys".

Value of Perfection:
I love this bit of Perfection. The Value. Invaluable. Perfections lets you be at peace as you leave no stone unturned, no loose ends in a work. You also thus have no ghosts of the work to come back and haunt you in the future. It leaves a stamp of your attitude wherever you go. It brings you knowledge, extensive and exhaustive, about whatever subject you work on. It gives you a sense of pride about your work - call it "Vidya Garvam", the Pride of being Knowledgeable.

The Value of Perfection is invaluable and thus the effort it demands is immensely small to the extent of results it gives back to you.

Try to be Perfect, always. It pays !!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Endhiran...... EndhiRUNS on Fan Power only.

Ok.... I know this post will anger a lot of Super Star Fans but I'm left with no other option but to vent out my week long silence. Endhiran is certainly a mix of Rajni's usual Idiotic stunts, Jetix Channel copy and a looooooooooooootttttt of dumb scenes.

What a directorial touch to start with. Rajni's beard length is the determinant of the number of days he has put in for the research. it keeps growing with every new phase of the research. :P

I'm not a Rajni fan, let me confess but I do watch his films for the Super Hero image he manages to create and the extent of entertainment he gives to people who are interested in watching movies to get entertained than educated. He's for those who believe his stunts and enjoy them. I don't believe the idiosyncrasies of Rajni but certainly loved watching the Thalapathi, Baasha, Sivaji type movies. But sadly Endhiran is a Rajni Killer to say the least.

#1. I cannot accept Rajni as a coward guy unable to fight a goon. But the scientist Rajni is one. Scientist Rajni is unable to fight Kalabhavan Mani to save Aishwarya Rai. He instead runs for cover with Ash, after the "Kannula manna Thoovara" stunt.

#2. How could a director of Shankar's calibre miss continuity, I wonder.... In the scene where Scientist Rajni asks the Robot Rajni to drive the car, the Robot bangs it on the divider in the road. Cut to next scene, the car does not have even a scratch. Isn't that dumb? A Rajni movie does not mean the audiences are idiots, it only means his stunts will not be questioned.

#3. Oh yeah.... The MGR movie stunt.... Ash is confronted by goons int he train, Robot fights them, suddenly runs out of power, get hit all over by the goons and is thrown out of the train. then the goons prepare to "rape" her (shit that scene was so dumb with the goons switching on the camera in their phones and taking a decade to take off the.... dupatta..., i was wondering if someone would take so long to rape ash). Ash then cries "Chiiiiiiiittttiiiiiiiii" and the Robot which had no power suddenly switches on to have enough to pull out a cable from the Electricity box nearby to charge itself back to normalcy. Isn't this an oooooooooooollllllllldddd scene. The heroine being chided by the villan, shouts for help and MGR appears there (ahem, from 200 kms away in 5 mins). The Robot had no "feelings" or "emotions" at that point of the movie, but it could feel that it had to save Ash. Thats a terrible miss Mr. Shankar.

#4. Having done so much, Shankar could have promoted the "Green Energy" bandwagon by having solar panels installed over the body of the robot. Oh yeah, but that would have lost Rajni a few "Hero" scenes and the Train fight.

#5. Oh.... now the epitome of idiotic filming, the last 20 mins where Shankar has picked up a bunch of scenes from ahem.... JETIX channel... Power Rangers.... Robots forming shapes..... Is this what Sun Pictures calls "Brahmaandam"? Shiiiiittt.

#6. Good that Rajni has realised that dancing with a girl half his age is better than dancing with one aged as much as his daughter. Oh sorry for the typo mistake.... "Dance", eh, what was that? Rajni is now making his age known. He's not even able to shake a leg... literally. And the morphing of Rajni's face on the dancer's body was so evident and looked very clumsy. They could have actually made Rajni stretch a bit to shake a leg.

#7. And a doubt. How could a charge less Robot, reassemble itself and get into Danny Dezongpa's car in the dumpyard? Poof.

#8. Rangoosky was the epitome of dumbness. I don't think i need to comment further.

So, I would keep pointing mistakes,more n more n more but I want to stop here. Having said all this I would want to tell you what kept me sitting to watch the entire movie.

Music - Wonderful tunes by ARR.
Danny Dezongpa - After a long time.
Robot Rajni, The Bad one - Rajni shows exactly why he was called a brilliant Anti Hero. The man excels in the role, entertaining and makes the last 40 mins his movie, entirely his own.
The Last Scene - Though very "philo" types, the last scene was well scripted.
Dialogues - Yeah, I liked them but in parts.

But in entirety Endhiran fails and how.... #EPIC. Compare it with the Shivaji and Baasha and it falls flat on its face. Look at Rajni and you won't feel any energy coming in. I still watch Baasha and Shivaji when I'm down it picks me up. I would blame it on Rajni and Shankar for this failure, well not in collections though.

Endhiran has been marketed through the latest advertising medium called "Advertising Terrorism". Look at all channels, FMs, Theatres... they compel you to watch the movie. Actually there isn't a choice. And you know why there is no choice. Its not entirely because its a Rajni movie, its also because its a SUN Pictures Production. And the self proclaimed First family of Tamil Nadu is not going to let anyone screw its fortunes. There were reports of movies being blocked for the Endhiran release, Theatres blocked and what not !!! Yeah, it has paid off. Paid big. Endhiran fills the coffers of Kalanidhi Maran.

Endhiran purely mints the Rajni Fan Base. And for a Fan base which gave Baba a 50 days run, Endhiran will be a feast.

I shall wait however for the day when Rajni stops acting as a Hero and does more majestic roles which will be remembered in these twilight years of his Cinema. The wait will be long, for it may never end looking at his ever growing fan base which only wants to see him as a Hero. Rajni, take a cue from Sivaji Ganesan. Move on, Change is the need of the hour in my view.