While on the subject of Rajinikanth, another topic came to mind… His very well acclaimed ‘Chandramukhi’ which is a remake of ‘Manichitrathazhu’ in Malayalam.
This particular film has been made in all 4 South Indian languages; ‘Manichitrathazhu’, the original (Malayalam), Apthamithra (Kannada), Chandramukhi (Tamil & Telugu), and Bhool Bulaiyya (Hindi). Very commendable effort indeed on the remakes. I haven’t had an opportunity to watch the movie in Kannada, though I heard that Soundarya the heroine gave a creditable performance as the split personality ridden heroine. But I did watch the other 3 and somehow maybe because I am partial to the original, I still liked the original a lot better than any of the remakes.
Well of course maybe it’s bad to compare the movies, but I figure when you actually do a remake of a movie you will end up having comparisons made with the original. I for one thought that Chandramukhi was a whole lot of crap what with special effects and the whole Rajini – effect coming into picture. A cinema which was supposed to be heroine-oriented totally turned into some sort of a showcase for Rajini’s prowess in psychology, and all that. A movie where the actual hero (Mohanlal) enters after the interval and still manages to carry off his role with a lot of elegance, Rajini comes in the first shot and does a major fight sequence etc etc… And someone please explain to me what the snake was doing in the movie??? What was the relevance of the same???
Now the Hindi version is a lot better than the Tamil version. I thought it did justice to the original script; thought the acting was a little tacky. But thumbs up for the Hindi version because it stuck to the original script and did not deviate much from it and I thought Vidya Balan did a great job too… Of course all said and done, it’s hard to hold a candle to Shobhana’s acting, but Vidya did do a good job too though she has to work in the dancing department…
And I totally did not like Vineeth in the last song at all… I thought that Kannada actor in Malayalam did a better job than opposed to Vineeth.. At least he looked like a male dancer which is not what I can say of Vineeth..!!
But all said and done, this is my rating for the movies... No rating for the Kannada movie as I have not seen it…. But as far as I go, Malayalam, Hindi and then Tamil is the order that I would go by for this classic!! :-)