Thursday, June 4, 2009

thomosootye patharathe vittoda ........

Well, looks like it is the season of sequels. A much forgotten movie (I have a faint remembrance of hearing its name; sorry if it offends hardcore red fans) called Irupathaam Nootandu (20th century), has been sequalised as Sagar alias Jackie, starring of course, Mohanlal (after all who else can have such thundering titles – exception Kalabhavan Mani). Since we didn’t have much of a trust in Sagar or Jackie (or even Bhagawan), we don’t know whether it has anything to recapitulate the storyline of its precedent. But along with this superhit –aspirant, there was another sequel, the prequel of which brought smiles to many a face so that its catchphrases and songs remained alive without the help of a sequel these 18 years.

            To Harihar Nagar presents the foursome coolsome – Mahadevan [Mukesh], Govindankutty [Siddique], Appukuttan [Jagadish] and Thomaskutty [Asokan] – back together for Thomaskutty’s wedding. It is not a sequel in the sense of continuation of the first part. In Harihar Nagar makes its presence felt mainly through the characters and occasional recollection of past events, especially during the denouement. Also, the songs are remixed versions of the originals; in fact there is only one new song!  The pace and picturization of the songs indeed reflect the changes (are there changes???) wrought in the protagonists --- the four boys in their late teens or twenties (??) have graduated to mature (?) men with career and family. But when they get together after 18 years, they feel the need to assure themselves that they are the same, that family responsibilities have not bogged them down to a workaday routine. So they decide to retrieve their good old days in the span of 10 days at the end of which, they will be (re) united with their families, to witness the last bachelor Thomaskutty being initiated into the raptures and ruptures of  family life. Nevertheless changes there are. In these 18 years money has proved its importance in one's life to the extent of challenging anything and everything held sacred and close to heart,  and an old memory comes live again. 

            Wondering about all those question marks? … Well we were just discussing. In Harihar Nagar has these four guys trying to pass time by chasing girls, and falling prey to unnecessary problems thanks to their wily ways to woo a girl. Nothing of their educational background is mentioned. Cut to 2009 (supposedly 18 years have passed in between). Now one is in Dubai (believable); one is an engineer and another doctor !!! Well, in 2009 they must at least be 40 years of age? If so, 18 years ago they were 22 years of age.  So could one become an engineer and a doctor even after one has crossed the age of graduation? Well, no questions in a story !!!! Whatever be the discrepancies an entertainer is an entertainer…. And In as well as To Harihar Nagar do not fail to make one laugh out loud … kudos to the team, who brought them back ! And kudos to all friendships that the stand the test of time and money !