Thoughts on telugu Premam's trailer and music?
Catherine, the egotistical Malayali, adherent Nivin Pauly fan, and extremely (almost aggressively) anti-remake’er, replies as such:
HOW DARE THEY??! The movie looks horrific, I can’t even fathom why they would remake a cult blockbuster like Premam. And how dare they replace the charm bomb that is Mr. Nivin Pauly and our (also natural-actor) Malar Miss Pallavi with two leads that have significant trouble moving their facial features/delivering dialogues? The trailer looks like a cheap, oversaturated knockoff of the real Premam. As for the music, they’ve kept 4 of Rajesh’s original songs (Pathivaayi Njaan, Kaalam Keethu Poyi, Chinna Chinna, Malare) and Gopi Sunder has added 3 more. I’ve seen Evare (Malare) and my first thought was ‘how dare Vijay Yesudas betray us like this’. My second thought after listening to the whole album was the same as the first, except in regards to Gopi (Gopichetta, whhhyyy?). Where does a song like Bang Bang fit into the original? And no Scene Contra- can’t handle too much rejection ha? I hate how they’ve mass-ified/glamorised the film beyond the recognition of what made it so unique and beautiful. Needless to say, I won’t be watching it and I don’t want to see it on my dash.
Catherine, the sensible movie-lover, wanna-be optimist, and person that doesn’t want a barrage of angry fans in her inbox, replies like this:
Although I don’t understand why it has to be remade (given it pan-South fanbase), I understand why the remake is being altered to suit the commercial sensibilities of its new audience. I know this will be a completely different film, not just because of the new components, but because us Malayalis didn’t know much about the original film or about the heroines when we saw it. That isnt the case with this film- they don’t have the element of surprise (and they also have the unavoidable element of comparison)- which is unfortunate for them. You can tell that Karthik has tried to imitate Anand’s cinematography whilst also keeping it safely traditional and I appreciate the effort (although it looks odd to me *in comparison* to be honest). I do still like Chay and I’ve been warming up to him more, but given his style of acting I’m kind of concerned about how he’ll pull off George. Shruti was good in Moonu, so I hope she matches up to that in her part. It’s really nice to see Anupama and Madonna- although different- and to have Rajesh’s music. If we completely ignore the original’s feel/existence Gopi Sunder’s music is actually really fun for a typical masala entertainer. Maybe it’s just because I’ve heard Rockaankuthu so much at every Malayali event ever and I’m glad they changed it- but Evadu Evadu has me bopping in my seat on replay. Nonetheless, I won’t be watching it and I’d rather not see it on my dash.