Watched Walt Disney Pictures latest creation ‘Tangled’ today.

Wonderful. I liked the animations, music, lighting, expressions, shading and every aspect of the movie. A old story re-told in the best possible way. Great!

The 3D was titled ‘Disney real 3D’ and I felt this much better than the 3D in the Avatar movie. Up next ‘Unstoppable’ and ‘Manmadhan Ambhu’…


Angels and Demons – The movie

Angels and Demons, starring Tom Hanks. An adaptation from the book Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. It is one of the books I enjoyed reading, a unique blend of art of Rome and fast paced thriller. But on seeing the movie, I was totally disappointed. Here goes my reasoning behind it.

I expected to see Rome and its beauty. Its churches, the art of Bernini, in its regal splendour, if not in the entire movie, atleast some portions of it. I expected to see the cardinals chanting the Carmelengo’s name, it is the highlight of the book. The speech between Langdon and Carmelengo, the speech that Carmelengo gives to Cardinals to justify the war between the church and science, the BBC correspondent and his adventures. I expected an aerial view of Rome, showing the giant cross that marks the Path of Illumination. I expected the final Illuminati symbol, the Illuminati Diamond to be shown.

Lots of expectations, but all these were missing in the movie. So my verdict will be, if you have already read the book, Avoid watching the movie. If not, go and do watch it.

A R Rahman – The Genius

Yesterday, I was in those slog moments (when you feel to do nothing).

I just swithced on my PC to hear some songs. Keeping the volume full on my 5.1 speaker set, (not bothering the neighbours of course), I was just lying there on the bed hearing.

The song was ”Malarodu Malar ingu magilnthadum pothu”‘ from the film, Bombay by A.R.Rahman. Simply superb. It can only composed by such a genius like him.

The music, the voice and the lyrics… Soothing, insiring and comforting all at once. I was lost. Next song on the list was “Yenmel Vizhuntha Panithuliye”‘ from ‘May Madham” againg by A.R.Rahman. Stupendous! No words to describe the feel.

What could have been running in A R R’s mind when he was composing the songs. How did he choose on what instrument should be played when (I really could not guess a lot of instruments played over in it) but it was a great arrangement. How comes he chose the right person to render the vocals. Simply A Genius is what I can say.

These two songs changed the mood of the day. I followed it by hearing to ‘En Kaadhale’ and ‘Vennilavin Theril’ from ‘Duet’ .

Geniuses are born! Not made!

Chaos Theory in Dasavatharam

Last week, I went for the ‘First Day First Show’, as any tamil film fan, to the release show of ‘Dasavatharam’ in Albert Theatre at 8. The film unveiled with Kamal speaking something on ‘Butterfly effect’ and ‘Chaos Theory’. From then, I wanted to know what are those terms and what significance they play in that film. In this post, I try to figure it out. I may not come out with the actual answer, but still a try.

Dasavatharam Title

What has Chaos Theory to do in the magnum opus Kamal starer ‘Dasavatharam’?

Before going into details of its implications, just for the sake of completeness, lets see what Chaos theory is? Wikipedia quotes it as

In mathematics, chaos theory describes the behavior of certain dynamical systems – that is, systems whose state evolves with time – that may exhibit dynamics that are highly sensitive to initial conditions (popularly referred to as the butterfly effect). As a result of this sensitivity, which manifests itself as an exponential growth of perturbations in the initial conditions, the behavior of chaotic systems appears to be random. This happens even though these systems are deterministic, meaning that their future dynamics are fully defined by their initial conditions, with no random elements involved. This behavior is known as deterministic chaos, or simply chaos.

This is best explained as ‘Butterfly effect’. Imagine a butterfly flipping its wings. If a butterfly flipping its wings is a part of a system where a tornado is forming, and it happens that this butterfly flipping is an initial condition in the tornado formation, then according to chaos theory, this butterfly flipping its wings could have far reaching implications, such as to change the course of the tornado, say the direction. Though this may seem too odd, this is what the chaos theory says.

Coming to the discussion on how this fits in the movie, The film starts in the 12th century where a vaishnavite is tied to Lord Vishnu statue and drowned into the sea. In the world (system) and this event of drowning (butterfly flipping its wings) occurs well before the Tsunami hit India (tornado). According to the chaos theory, Kamal getting drowned occurred in the initial condition so that it created implications much latter so as to move the plates deep in the sea, causing a Tsunami on Dec 26, 2004. If the initial condition was something else than Kamal getting drowned, then the effect would have been different and a tsunami would not have occurred.

In the film, they show a buttefly fluttering after Govind (Kamal) delivers his speech, to explain the inspiration was drawn from the butterfly effect in the making of the film.

Hope I got it explained at least to some extent. I leave it open for discussion.