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Old November 25th, 2011, 11:15 AM
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Ashdoc's movie review--Dam 999 ( 3D )

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Its god's own country.....

All lush green vegetation with coconut trees breezing in the landscape

......And picture postcard scenes of boatmen rowing boats in the idle backwaters......

And to watch it all in 3D.....

You just want to soak in the landscape and watch the beautiful scenery......

......And above all you want time to move slowly....

......Or better still , you want time to stand still.....

Because you wouldn't want trouble to break in this paradise , would you ??

Trouble that would be like a nightmare disturbing your oh so sweet dreams....

Dreams of forgetting all the cares of the world and being one amidst nature.....

Thats what the first half of the movie does to you......

It moves at a wonderfully slow pace relaxing your body and mind....

And when it does move , it shows a wonderful old man practising the ancient arts of the land in the ancient countryside.....

From the art of ayurveda to swordfighting to astrology---he teaches it all.....

People come from far and wide to heal themselves here.....

From persons bitten by poisonous snakes to patients with incurable diseases---he makes them all well.....

And he has a beautiful daughter....

.....Who looks even more beautiful and so wonderfully south indian in the traditional sarees that she wears so well.....

.....And she is in love with her childhood friend.....

But alas.....!! the father , whose astrological predictions never fail , like his medicine never does , predicts that if they ever marry , a great catastrophe will befall their people.....

So they can never meet.....

So the heartbroken boyfriend packs his bags along with his memories and heads for a sailors life in the distant oceans ,hoping the roll of the waves on the high seas will heal his heart.....

And he marries a white woman and has a son.....

But he never does forget his first love.....

And when his son is struck with an incurable disease , he knows that only the old man with the awesome medicinal powers can cure him......

So he has to return.....and return he does.....only to find that the woman he loved and lost never really forgot him.....that she waited and waited and never got married.....

And so romance begins to blossom in a land fit for a honeymoon.....

And to romance in this cradle of bountiful nature is a different experience.....

Its like dream that you wish would never end......

But which movie-dream would be complete without a nightmare in the end ??

And the nightmare is this dam that is being built nearby .....

A dam that is going to shatter and kill people in the hundreds of thousands....

......Thus bringing to fruition the old man's theory that when the two star crossed lovers meet , the gods will literally rain death on his people.....

Of course ,there are more earthly reasons for the dam to shatter---like the politician ( Ashish Vidyarthi ) who pockets all the money being earmarked for the dam , building it with substandard material.....

To be honest , I wish the movie hadn't come to this part.....

......That my mind had remained vacationing in kerala which looked even better as monsoon approached.....

.....For the second half of the movie is not so good....

.....And the end , with all the deaths due to the dam-burst , is frankly depressing....

Just like a tsunami ruining a dreamworld.....

Verdict---not good.
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