Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Joker: The Most Human & Realistic Film To Ever Take Place In A Superhero Universe.



Think of every superhero movie that you have ever watched. Let it be Batman, Ironman, Captain America or Superman. In each of the film, the protagonist and the antagonist are always displayed to be larger than life. They may not be your ordinary guy next door. Most of them are either from a different world or posses some superhuman capabilities, strength or they may just be freaking genius. You know that you can never be them.

Even the Joker, well at least the versions of Joker in the past. Either the legendary Health Ledger’s version or the ever-iconic Jack Nicholson’s version of the Joker, they still seem larger than life or at least impossible it will be impossible for any one of us to turn out to be like those Joker.

This is what separates Joaquin Phoniex’s Joker compared to those in the past. Joaquin Phoniex’s Joker is by far the most relatable and human orientated Joker that has ever been presented on the larger screen, and perhaps therefore this Joker will go down in my books as the best Joker there is.

In the past films, The Joker is often presented as psychotic guy who has no senses or moral compass and has only one goal that is to torment Gotham and drive Batman to the edge of craziness. One who played this so well was of cause Heath Ledger. His version of Joker is one who is smart, cunning and always has a plan to force people to make the tough decision. He is perhaps the classiest version there ever was.

Then now under Todd Phillips direction, Joaquin Phoniex’s Joker is a version that takes place before he fully becomes The Joker. It is story about a man who is suffering from severe mental health illness transforming into becoming The Joker.


The movie starts with him putting on his clown make up (because he is employed in the clown business) and he subtly tears down on one cheek with somber sorrow music playing on the background. Almost immediately you will be drowning down towards his sorrow and pain.

Throughout the film, it continues to explore the pain of this man as he must deal with his mental health issues and how the society treats him or maybe how the society ignores him. The movie is set on a backdrop where Gotham is starting to be pollute with garbage as the garbage collecting society are on a strike. As the Gotham is being taken over by the filthy garbage, so is it is society being taken over by people with who are losing their moral compass.

Stuck in between this transition in Gotham is the Joker. As the society starts to behave more uncivilized, barbaric and less human, it pushes this man who in on the brink of depression and delusion into fully becoming The Joker.

The strength of the movie lies in how Todd Phillips captures and shows us the transition of Arthur Fleck into becoming The Joker. He shows takes us into the mind of The Joker inflict the pain he is going through onto us.


One of my favorite scenes in the movie is the scene where The Joker tells his mental health therapist that how she never listens to him and all he has is negative thoughts and another scene which reveals the relationship that he has with a woman who is his neighbor.

The movie is 2 hours long and although the movie is set on a slow pace, Todd Phillips takes his time to let us live through The Joker’s mind and allows us to experience his pain and transition into becoming The Joker.

If you didn’t hear terms like Gotham, Joker or Wayne, it is so easy to believe that this story could happen to anyone around us and not something that occurs in a superhero universe. 

That is why, Joker is the most human & realistic film to ever take place in a superhero universe.




Friday, 9 August 2019

5 Elements of Retro Rahman 2.0

5 Elements of Retro Rahman 2.0


By Tharanie Rajendran

About a week ago, Boggler Blogger managed to get a chance to relive the magic of last year’s Retro Rahman, with MOJO Project’s 2019’s Retro Rahman 2.0, bigger and better. It has been a week, but the magic spread did not wear off even a little! Here we are counting down to the Top 5 magical moment from Mojo’s Retro Rahman 2.0.


1. Satyaprakash

This man stole my heart with Nallai Allai (Katru Veliyidai) and since then, his voice became my comfort zone. I can’t express what is it with his voice, it feels like I’m home every single time I listen to him. And to hear him singing live, up close and personal, the feeling was surreal.  Especially when he sang “Enna Solla Pogirai” and “Soniya”, I fell in love, once again. And that one time he managed to hit Udit Narayanan’s pitch for “Kadhalikkum Pennin” from Kadhalan that was a beautiful surprise!


2. Sadhana Sargam

I cannot imagine another perfect song for Retro Rahman to relive his golden era, the 90s with other than Konjum Mainakkaley from Kandukonden Kandukonden. And who is there better to sing it than Sadhan Sargam, who recorded this masterpiece under the legendary A.R.R.? Her voice, her grace, her presence, everything about Sadhana Sargam is a treat for the eyes, ears and soul.



3. A. R. Rahman

Call it being biased, but this show wouldn’t have happened without the Mozart of Madras and his love for music. A huge thank you for handpicking the songs to be presented and songs like Udhaya, Mullumathi and En Swasakatre made a comeback to my playlist, and haven’t stopped being on repeat since then!

4. Musical Battle of Minsara Kanna

Srinivas is downright my favourite male singer. And Harini, I think I already wrote a paragraph of my lady crush on her for Retro Rahman 2018. When both these legends perform a classic hit, IT WAS THE ABSOLUTELY MAJESTIC! It was breathtaking to hear this perfect rendition, especially live, on stage!


5. Musicians

Let’s all say it loud and clear once again. THANK YOU MOJO FOR NOT PROVIDING THESE AMAZING SINGERS WITH KARAOKE TRACKS! From Anil Srinivasan to Karthick Devaraj. They made the show what it is and whether its Kathick’s lady crush’s jokes or Anil’s unplugged session, it was a feast.
There are so much to love about these concert, but these are my most favourite 5 elements that made this event unique, for the second installation! Can’t wait to know what Mojo has for us for their upcoming event on November 2019. And to those who couldn’t join for this round, we will see you there!

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Azhagaane Iravil- A Beautiful Love Journey By Ruvela


It has been a couple of months since I wrote something, and I can’t just express the happiness I am having right now to be back in front of my laptop and writing back again. I have been on a little hiatus from writing recently, but today I saw a music video which I thought I should pen down some thoughts and share it to you.

The Malaysian Tamil Music scene has really been blossoming in recent years. Especially the Hip Hop & Rap genre ever since Yogi B & Natchathra went big and today we have the likes of PU4LYF and Sri Rascool rocking the international scenes.

Equally at the same time, the more melodious genre has been winning more fans as days goes by. Music Directors like Shameshan Mani Maran, Ztish & Varmman Elangkovan has been winning plaudits from the public in their recent feature film music work.

Along this genre, today I came across a newly released music video titled “Azhagaane Iravil” which literally means A Beautiful Night. Written, composed and sang by Ruvela, Azhagaane Iravil also has music & beats by Shane Xtreme and violin by Varmman Elangkovan with visuals by Soma Kathan. 

The music video is directed by Ruvela which stars himself along with Archana Ganesan and it is released by IBP Studios, who in the past did release the hit song titled “Pogiren” by Mugen Rao.



Many people knows Ruvela as a host and emcee while I myself know the man as an actor and singer through Ghora. It truly surprises me that Ruvela can also write lyrics, compose and direct too as you can see from this music video. That is a lot of talent for one man to have and I have to congratulate you for being a jack of all trades.

Now coming to the music video itself, what I like about it is how the portrayal of the relationship that was shown. The beautiful chemistry shared by Ruvela and Archana further elevates the love that the character shares in the story line. The music video starts off with Ruvela sharing through a video call to Archana on how she came into his life and made him a better and successful man and there is so much love between the characters during the dialogue exchange. But there is where darkness hits them. Couple of masked men break into her house and Ruvela rushes to her place.

From here on, the songs starts and the visuals shows the type of relationship which they have which is something any individual would love to have. It is a very mature and loving relationship which has lots of fun and kiddish moments too. Maturity and fun is such a powerful combination in a relationship and I appreciate the concept chosen by Ruvela.

Throughout the visuals, the songs goes on and the we reach the end whereby we learn the fate that has landed upon Archana. This part was really painful to watch yet so beautiful composed and captured by the team. Well done Azhaganee Iravil team. The climax was my favorite moment in the whole music video.

What also I loved is that in the space of 6 minutes, Ruvela manages to make me forget that something terrible has happened to Archana and brought to a very beautiful pleasant visual and story line only to come back to that dark moment. To achieve this type of journey in the viewers mind within a 7 minutes time frame is something I will applaud. Well done again.

Everyone who knows me knows that I am no expert in the Tamizh language, but I will leave you with this one line from the song which has made a real impact on me.

Yen Piranthen, yena kettu kettu thedinen, Nee vanthathum, yen piravi payanum adainthathe

Click the link below for music video on YouTube


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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Friends With Benefits- Worth The Risk?

By, Tharanie Rajendran


There has been many cinematic approach towards the idea of Friends with Benefits (FwB). My first encounter was the version starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and I simply brushed it off labeling it the “American Way of Living” and when Mani Ratnam painted a way more artistic picture of FwB with OK Kanmani, I was like, “Wow, that’s brave for catering that to the Indian market” thinking that it doesn’t happen here, around me. 4 years later, having moved to a bustling city and experiencing life in the most rawest way possible, I was like “Huh, it DOES happen”. 

Reality kicks in, whether you like it or not. And not every FwB story ends like how Will Gluck or Mani Ratnam portrayed it to be. Flash news, life is not a rom-com! And to all you people that are heading towards the idea of FwB in hopes that it will play out liked one of those rom-coms, take a seat. Let’s discuss this. 

To those who are following Sukesh on IG (IG Handle: Boggler Blogger), he stirred this conversation and basically made me write this as we have strong opposing views on this matter. Although so many views poured his way, I’m so glad most perception on FwB are on my side (YAY! Tharanie 1- Sukesh 0). 

Ok let me play out the cards here without prejudice. The best way FwB was put in the screen, at least for me, it was through How I Met Your Mother, Season 4, Episode 12- Benefits. Of course it takes, a different turn but the moral of the episode as storied by Ted Mosby, is that, “this could ruin your friendship” "and someone always winds up getting hurt”. 

Because, let’s face it, we all know someone, could be your friend or your friend’s friend who tried this FwB and grew feelings and the other party possibly ended this occasional “meet up” and you’re forced to listen to the saga of badmouthing from the top to bottom, during your every thanni trip to Bangsar (been there, heard that). 

 There was an amazing argument about an anonymous IG follower who said: 

“People get into FwB to avoid insecurities of their own, like the fear of commitment, lack of trust and the fear of losing the their loved one. So over a long period of time, the insecurities will only get worse resulting in switching partners and increased doubts and insecurities. Similar to any other addictive behaviour, this also revolved around denial and not facing one’s fears”.

Another contradicting view also came my way through the IG reply was when another anonymous person replied saying:

“FwB is a bold act. You are ready to feed your needs and capable enough to ignore your basic human feelings and perceptions of others. It is not just sex, that would be prostitution, but with FwB you need a connection, just that this agreement is pre-decided for a short term and nothing is to sustain. Of course the idea of changing sexual partners regularly comes with many risks, like STDs and whatever not. It’s risky too, with betrayals and heartbreaks.”


There was another two more opinion which I found it to be very well said as as the follows:

"It should happen without consideration. Don't think much. If the soul needs it, yes it is."

"No to FwB because I'm someone who respects any bond. And a bond, whatever it may be, has to be something that puts a smile on my face when I think about it someday. If one is befriending someone for benefits, he/she isn't a friend in the first place. I'm one who treasures my people, I don't wanna benefit out of them, If anything, all I want to give and receive is love, with due respect."

This 4 opinions were the real standout of me among the numerous responds that was received. which then brings me to the following questions that I have:

1.What leads to FwB? Is it his or her body type that find it “tap-able” or you like the person, as a person but you are not ready for anything serious. Because, the second category is the most I heard about. 

2.Sex alone is actually the benefit? Or is it the in-between moments where it feels like you’re in a relationship is the actual benefit? Because it feels like it’s the beautiful "butterfly-in-your-stomach" period when the start of a relationship, but it is not. You are also free to do whatever you want after your time together. That’s the arrangement, right?

3.Where do you draw a line with finding a connection for a FwB partner and getting in a relationship because you see a potential “the one” in them? Because not every love story ends up as love-at-first-sight because it is love is just as complicated.

My question number 3 was also then answered by another anonymous person: 
“I started my ‘date’ with my husband via a FwB relationship” 


And so that is the proof of rom-com can actually happen. But that’s not always the case, is it? There also comes another questions for those who went from FwB to marriage. Is marriage the goal and does it actually promises a happily ever after? Or was it a decision made because there’s a pressure for “marriage” by the elders at home and you have a certain attachment with this person that you are casually seeing and decide to work it from there? That isn’t love, is it? 

FwB, as per many of those who replied thought that it revolves purely around sexual desires and not a genuine intention. When some see it as a way to “release some steam” others see it as an opportunity to eventually build this into something more solid and long lasting. The cups are in front of you, and the choice will forever be yours. And one thing guaranteed, no judgement from us, from Boggler Blogger!

If you have a view that is different to what is written here, we would love to here it!


Saturday, 16 March 2019

Biryani Man turns to Mr Family Man!

By, Tharanie Rajendran


We all know Praveen Kumar as the Biryani Man. Close enough to Batman being named after his weakness, Praveen was very well known for much-relatable weakness (at least for me) THE LOVE FOR BIRYANI!

I remember him linking veg briyani to the a far relative advising you, oh how accurate! Also, our common hate for Upma made me his fan. I'm so happy that this Kanchipuram "boy" (sort of) is going international with his new show and we swear we cannot be more excited to welcome Praveen Kumar to Malaysia for his new stand up-special "Mr Family Man" on 30th March 2019 at PJ Live Arts Centre!

This 37-year-old family man is all set to bring his real life experience from his wife and his cute little daughter on a full flashed 85-minutes show. To those who have watched his "36 Vayadhinile" he discusses a portion of his experience with his daughter, and I remember I was laughing like a retarded seal in my office cubicle (during lunch, don't judge me!).


“Much of it is from my personal experience. For instance, I will talk about what I did when a rat entered our kitchen or what happened when I took my wife for shopping. That will make it relatable to everyone,” said Praveen Kumar.

We can guarantee that this show is family friendly, as Praveen consciously avoids profanities and I genuinely believe that makes him one of his kind in this show biz. It has definitely granted Praveen with a signature brand that does not rely on creating a shock value, and positions him as a unique entertainer.

“I make sure that my shows are clean comedies. Adult jokes don’t excite me anymore. And since I want families to enjoy my shows, I steer clear of anything that can embarrass parents and children in each other’s company,” he says.

‘Mr. Family Man’ is a stand-up comedy show for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets are on sale online at https://familyman.peatix.com/ with tickets starting as low as RM 90. Praveen Kumar’s Mr. Family Man is presented by Selangor & Federal Territory Malayalee Association (SFTMA), organized by Phoenix PR, and sponsored by Shaiba Vision.

Detailed prices are as per below:


For more info, visit, https://www.facebook.com/events/355421628525211/ and stay tuned for the latest updates on the show.