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Hariharan-M.T Vasudevan Nair-Mammootty team After 20 Years..After
evergreen classic Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha..Expectations were sky
high...Did they meet it..?My answer is a big YES...Yes one of the best
war films in India..No doubt..
But comparing it with OVVG is not a good thing...In OVVG MT had full freedom to mould his character with multi-shades because of its fiction or fantasy treatment of Vadakkan Pattu. Here it is a chapter from History..So He used a safety path of straight forward storytelling...We can say script wise MT Excelled in OVVG than this..But a war film from history is not at all an easy task..Because common audience have to follow the path with less troubles..Here MT succeeded 100% with a gripping screenplay within the commercial format...You can see the beauty of dialogues here also..
Hariharan...Seriously I was very much doubtful about his treatment..Because of his recent deliveries..But he corrected in this one...His directorship is very much apt for this movie...He superbly handled(utilised) actors and production crew in all categories..
Mammootty...Who can else in Malayalam to portray a Legendary King...His screen-presence will do half the things..He performed it with subtle manner..kind of underplay...exactly opposite of Chandhu in oVVG...For fans It will be little bit disappointment...Because MT did his characterisation in this way...Thats the one of the best thing about the script..Otherwise it would have been a one-man show...
Sarathkumar...A real warrior in all aspects...Most favourite character in this film for masses..One of his career best..Manoj,Pathmapriya other protagonists..are also in good form... Technical side: Ramnath shetty:- Beauty of frames without camera gimmicks...Night shots the best one in Malayalam..(He excelled in these category in Virumandi also.."Unnai vidai" song). Resuls Sound Mixing...IMO, it's his best work than Oscar slumdog...BGM is good..But Raja sir could have done it even better...
Next is Gokulam Gopalan...big applause for his guts and dedication for this project..
I'm not going to the negatives...(because those are very minute things here...) This kind of films...Rarely happens in Malayalam...A real pride of Malayalam....
The movie is recommended since: 1. It has a gripping script even though it stays true to history. 2. The fight scenes are awesome 3. The cinematography is praiseworthy. It captures the beauty of Wayanad forests and war scenes well. 4. The sound design is one of THE best ever in Indian films. Resul Pookutty captures the sound of war and the song of rain effectively. 5. You won't be bored for a minute considering that the movie is around 3.5 hours 6. The film uses the best talent in Indian film industry. Lead actor with more National awards than anyone else, music maestro Ilayaraja, singers Yesudas and Chitra who holds the maximum national awards for the best male singer and female singer respectively, editor with the most number of National Awards, script writer with the most number of national awards and Resul Pookutty who won a Oscar. The team can't be better!
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Pazhassi Raja, the Biopic Magnum Opus is a Classic by all standards,
not just because of the legendary talents associated with it, but by
the sublime feeling and value it stands for. It is a film that occurs
once in a blue moon, with its amazing blend of technical perfection,
superb performance and creative resplendence. Masterly crafted in epic
proportions, its relevance grows by the fact that it is the based on
the true story of one of India's first freedom fighters. Scripted by
one of the greatest living writers of India, M.T. Vasudevan Nair, the
great movie is the happy result of the greats in South Indian
celluloid. Noted names are Mammootty, Hariharan, Resul Pookutty,
Ilayaraja, Sharath Kumar, Sreekar Prasad, ONV Kuruppu and so on. The
film has indeed lived up to the expectations.
Mammootty, who portrays the King is sublime in his restrained and subtle expressions. He seems to have an aura, an undeniable grace of a great and good hearted king on his face all through the film. The magnificent actor, well known for his fiery dialogue delivery (Still his fiery dialogues in another classic Vadakkan Veeragadha is alive even after eighteen years!) has surprised everyone with his mature rendition of the royal character. We can very well assess from the film that this is the kind of Raja (King) the master script writer and the director had dreamed of. Hariharan's words confirm this point. He says he is fully satisfied with Mammooty's performance. Pazhassi Raja is an upright, patriotic, benevolent king who loves his people and wife. The character is sketched as a human character enriched with royal grace. That is what exactly Mammooty has done. The grace, dignity and charm of a benevolent and just king is excellently portrayed. If he had repeated another Chanthu, I am sure the director and script writer would not have been happy. Remember, Chanthu is a wounded warrior with responsibility to none. He could be angry and explode dialogues freely. Where as Pazhassi is a responsible King, with every human emotion including compassion and love. Tamil Actor Sharath Kumar is a pleasant surprise. Watching him was a delight. Moreover, he is more lucky to have got typical M.T. dialogues which capture's the viewers' hearts. He has also got more scope to express his heroism. I think this is the reason why he has become the favorite of many viewers. Manoj K.Jayan and Padmapriya are brilliant. The death scene of Thalakkal Chanthu and the consequent atmosphere picturized is a marvel in the movie. Great is the cinematography by Ramnath Shetty and Venu, who captures the silvan charm and the splendour of nature. The great Resul Pookuty has transformed the epic into an unforgettable experience of sound. With his magic wand, he has made us felt the importance of sound in a film. Congratulations to everyone associated with this masterpiece. Moreover, the movie upholds spirit of freedom and self-esteem. It has a strong basis. It has a history to tell. The spirit of sacrifice and patriotism which reverberate through out the movie is inspiring. The film is to be experienced, and it will tell how far sincere creative effort can take you, to what heights!
For a Mollywood cinephile, there are quite a few reasons to watch
Pazhassi Raja .Not only that it is made in the biggest budget ever in
Mollywood, it is also an offering from the masters of the media,
including Mammootty, M T Vasudevan Nair and Hariharan. Moreover, there
are a plenty of other great names including Rasul pookuuty, Ilayaraja,
Sharath Kumar and a plenty of others whose credits itself demand
interest. Above all, it is the first visual rendering of the most
fascinating epoch making struggle of the great leader, against tyranny
and oppressions of the British.
Expectations are obviously sky high. And the question is whether it has lived up? And the big answer is 'yes'. The movie is indeed a masterpiece, which grab your attentions from the word go, taking the acceptable cinematic liberties to keep your attention all through, though in a story that everyone knows very well. Set in the final years of seventeenth century, the brilliant writer in M T has taken extreme caution to avoid the complications in narrating history. He goes by the safer path , concentrating more on pazhassi and his men and just giving out the necessary touches of historical facts .And thus the movies gallops over the first barricade of just being a realistic historical.
The movie begins with the Britisher's decision to levy heavy takes from the local rajahs. Pazhassi who belonged to the Kottayam Royal family of Thalassery region oppose this and becomes the first ruler from the state for British, to be branded as a big enemy to fight it out. Pazhassi who is forced to flee from the his palace starts a carefully planned counter action ,with the aid of his trusted lieutenant Edachena Kunkan, Sharath Kumar, Kaithery Ambu (Suresh Krishna). He gets the full fledged support from the kirichiers and tribes headed by Thalakkal Chandhi and Neeli who fights the Britishers wit Guerrilla warfare , with tribal weapons .British face heavy setbacks in various confrontations and as many as five hundred from British army are killed in fight with Pazhassi. Though Pazhassi was able to surprise the British with his tactics and bravery, traitors like Pazhayawvedam Chandhu helps the British to gain momentum and capture each of Raja's men.
The movie shows the grace of its great names in many a points and it is sure without an expert team of technicians like this, it's just impossible to execute a movie of this magnitude. In terms of visual and creative terrain that this movie covers, the big salute must be given to Rananath Sheety and Venu's mind blowing Camera-work, Ravi Dewan's action direction, splendid costume and art direction by N Muthuraj . The only aspect that could have been better include Ilayaraja's music and background scores, though songs like'' kunnathe'' are gems which may once again give the desi nightingale ''Chithra'' another big accolade. And some have craved for some more brilliant dialogues form M T, to be planted on the megastar's character.
Coming to the performances, Mammootty has given a restrained performance as the graceful raaja, but his screen presence and body language is s enough to carry the heavy character with ease. The director also seems to have decided to keep the central character more manly, without heroic build-ups until the last reels. Sharath Kumar comes up in a surprise package, with fantastic heroic looks and emotes well and gives some great action sequences. It is definitely one of the best roles ever by the Tamil Star. Manoj K Jayan and Suresh Krishna, along with Padmapriya and Kaniha, make the movie a treasure of performance with exhilarating performances.
Overall, Pazhassi Raaja remains as a great movie with brilliant direction, solid performances spectacular visuals. Never miss it, of you will be missing a classic, a brilliant tribute to the first freedom fighters who fought a valiant battle realising the inherent death, but to safeguard their honour and their land.
Even if there was hype, this movie was also an underdog movie because:
Everyone including me thought how can history movies be successful in
this modern day? How can Hariharan and mt make film for audiences of
today? How will the audience sit for 3+ hours? How can it ever be
bigger than OVVG?
Except for the fans, a lot of others were very negative about the film.
I was breathless. How did they make this? I don't think there is a need for telling the story. There is nothing to prove for Hariharan mt. they are legends. They have made zero budget movies without stars (like Nakaksatangal) to prove it. But the beauty gets bigger when the canvas gets bigger. Great Script.Supreme direction by the ace director. Great cinematography Great art direction. Great music. Great everything.
Like what I said before Hariharan is the grandest part of the movie because- -the locations are super. He deserves an award just for finding such spots. -the takings are really majestic and thrilling.Truly a masters touch. -the determination and will to make one movie for three years in forests. -his casting is spot on. Not one character is out of place. He got the best performances out of his actors. -he managed to co-ordinate stars, hundreds of junior artists and technicians very well. There is not a doubt that his job was the toughest in the film to set the right atmosphere and also to make them act, successfully transporting us into the period.
Next points about MT: -This is a special script from the master. It is amazing how he managed to accommodate all the actors and give them equal importance in the script. A lot of people are complaining that there is no layered subtext or dimension or characterization like ovvg. I think they are fools. Ovvg is a story with which mt and Hariharan could bend it any way they wanted. The characters in Pazhassi are people with one sole aim- freedom, how much more can you add depth to that? Mt has lot of limitation. Even then mt has put a great family angle to Pazhassi.
-in my opinion this is one of Hariharan's and mt's best works considering how they have so far managed to satisfy the mass and the class (even to satisfy one of the two categories is something the current young generation is struggling to do)
Mammootty: He can be proud of the fact that there is NOT ANOTHER HUMAN BEING IN THIS WORLD WHO CAN PLAY PAZHASSI RAJA! -A lot of people are criticizing him now but trust me this is one of his career best. The Pazhassi raja you see is not the talkative Chanthu. He is the man who speaks more with his silence and his eyes. Hariharan and mt have done the opposite of OVVG and it will take time for people to acknowledge Mammuka's performance.
SARATH KUMAR: Hariharan has extracted the best performance of Sarat Kumar's life. He has an author backed role which is commercially more likable as the loyal army chief.
Manoj,Padmapriya and Suresh Krishna are really rocking too. Supporting cast was all good. Devan, Thilakan, Nedumudi Venu, Jagathy, and the foreigners were all great.The most impressive in the foreigners is Baabar and his exchange of looks with Pazhassi in climax was out of the world. The Major is also notable.
Sound and BGM: Rasul has done a great job overall. But I don't think that he is at his best in the movie. Sometimes there's too much noise and on second viewing I noticed that, some sounds( like the sarath stabbing Suman sound) is almost laughable. It's cartoon like.
Cinematography and art direction: Both have worked well on enhancing the director's vision although the camera work sometimes is inconsistent and blurred(maybe projector problem).
Next Gokulam Gopalan: It is no mean task to spend 25 Cr for a Malayalam movie. And there is no safer bet than the Hariharan mt combo but still you have to appreciate the raw guts of this man to stand by his team when so many obstacles came their way.
This is a film which is the product of great research from mt. And hard work, creativity and will power of Hariharan.
Hariharan is really the backbone as it is a very visual film. Flop Films like BLUE (100 Cr +), Kanthasamy (50 Cr+), etc. have proved that with great power comes greater responsibility we can be proud that we have our own classic big budget director. In these times when film makers fail to keep our attention even for 10 minutes, these two have made us gape at the screens for 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Pazhassi is actually a low budget war film. Hariharan deserves a lot of credit to make 25 Cr seem like a lot more. This is like 1/100th of the cost of a Hollywood film to put it lightly. Gladiator was approx 103,000,000.00 USD
This film is special because it has broken all the rules, trends and instilled a sense of patriotism in every audience member.
A Timeless & Priceless commercial classic
All the questions which people had before the release have vanished
now. What were they cooking for more than two years- Hariharan, MT and
Mammootty? Now, we know- The most classical most commercial most
unbelievable Indian film of the century (As Mammookka himself said).
Although everyone contributed well in this film, most technicians are
passengers safely traveling with Hariharan in the driver's seat and MT
beside him.To call Hariharan's contribution "the greatest effort by a
Malayalam director ever" would be an understatement. The care he has
taken to make it a classic, the power to control the actors &
background, the conviction to make a film which no one would dare and
his undeniable directorial brilliance is what primarily elevates the
film. To think creatively while controlling a project like this for
such a long time is not easy and he made it seem like a cakewalk. A
special thank you to him for proving that silence CAN also get the
attention of the people. There was pin drop silence in the theaters
during some emotional scenes without dialogs. That's the power of
cinema. NOT a hero,heroine, villain and comedian who keep speaking from
start to finish in one frame (Like so many Malayalam films these days).
Hariharan's craft is unparalleled.
So many accusations came for the film while it was being made and you have to hand it over to the crew for having faith in the film. MT Vasudevan Nair is undeniably one of the greatest living writers in India. There are people criticizing him for the film, but it is because they really just don't have anything bad to say about it, so they say something. We should remember that compared to any other Malayalam cinema, Pazhassi is miles ahead in terms of content and budget, and it has been possible because the script travels easily from one scene to the next. The second half just sails and I didn't feel a lag at any point. He deserves credit for making pazhassi's presence felt even in the scenes without him. Gokulam gopalan, what to say?. Considering the size of our industry, He is the bravest producer of ALL TIME in the history of world Cinema. I can only imagine how many people would have told him he is making a big mistake. He should thank hariharan and MT for being able to walk with his chin up. I doubt if he would have spent so much if it wasn't them in the movie. This movie is a testimony of all of their sincerity.
Mammuka! Nothing to say! He is the King! Purely majestic! He is magic! This is probably the only movie where he has acted the most with his eyes. Be it-the sandhi scene or the whole of second half. After getting disappointed with so many recent films, it was heavenly to see him in this. He should thank his gurus for this chance. At the same time, the fact is, this movie would never have happened if it wasn't for mammootty., who else will play the role? Padmapriya was the second hero in my opinion. FINALLY! A FEMALE CHARACTER IN A SERIOUS ROCKING ROLE! Phew! The way Malayalam cinema has been treating women in the past years has been disgraceful to say the least. All stereo typed roles of wives and underplayed sex objects! Kudos to hariharan & MT for bringing back woman power. (Panchagni is one of my favorites) I am happy Mt has nothing explicitly bad to say about women in this movie unlike OVV. Really I don't understand what his issue is sometimes. He almost bordered on it once in a scene with mammootty and kanihaa. The rest of the cast were top notch: Sarath (WOW), Manoj and kanihaa rocked! Jagathy and suresh and rest of the cast also! But really, this is a technicians film. All these actors have acted in a lot of other films, but could never get this reaction from us, that's purely because of the director. The other technicians were splendid too. Raman shetty, Resul, Ilaiyaraaja, Sreekar Prasad, art design and whole crew! Was fantastic. I don't know if Im eligible to criticize an Oscar winner, his sounds were great but sometimes there was too much in wars. There was no clarity overall. It was tough to separate the music and sound. I don't really care if there are other negatives. After such an effort, it is sinful to comment on the bad aspects. This is the best Malayalam film of all time so far (Especially considering the current situation of the industry). And the Malayalam audience can take pride in the fact that they have made it a success. This proves that we love good cinema more than just any star. One thing is for sure. Like OVVG, Pazhassi will live forever. Gopalan can take pride in the fact that he has made an investment that will live forever. He has to thank two people for it:
Heart of the movie: Hariharan Brain: MT
Gokulam gopalan and mammuka can take a bow.
LAST NOTE: This is a once in a lifetime Malayalam movie. No matter how optimistic we be, the truth is our generation will not witness such crowds and excitement again.
The most hyped malayalam movie of the year, has gave what it promised,
and more. The film is indeed the best period movie taken in India. For
malyalies, this is a film that makes you proud to step on the lands,
where these great warriors fought. The film is rich in content and
technical wise. All the characters did their part well, Especially
Mammootty, Sarathkumar and Manoj.K.Jayan. The makers don't have an
intention to make the superstar rich with a great introduction scene
and all for his fans. They maintain this standard thorughout the movie.
Its not about how much each characters scores. The film is set up very
beautifully in the 18th century. One thing i found interesting was the
Character transition of Pazhassiraja. The king his is found with
pleasant face in the beginning and with the film the character changes
to a bold faced one. Thats was brilliantly done by mammootty. In
fights, Mammootty was good , But Sarathkumar outplayed him in that.
Manoj.K.Jayan and devan has played a role that will bring us a great
feeling of patriotrism. You, whether whose fan , will clap for some
scenes, especially when you see the British flag burning and the
mammoottys 3rd fight alone. The team has proved that this small
industry can make such huge movies. Hariharan was excellent in
camera-work. MT did good work and gave some mind blowind dialogues.
Resul pookutty gave our ears a mighty treat. Pookkutty said this film
is like Gladiator and all. But , I don't think so. Gladiator is nothing
compared to Pazhassiraja. Illayarajas music was good. And the song
Adiyushasandhya rocks. Watch it and be proud of Kerala and Malluwood.
+ves Mammootty , Sarathkumar, Manoj.K.Jayan Hariharans Direction MTs script Pookuttis sound mixing Choreography
-ves Jumps in fight scenes
Rating : 9/10
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Here is my take on the Most Awaited Malayalam Movie till date:
I went to the theater with a lot of expectations.The magical trio of MT-Hariharan-Mammootty is working together after a span of 2 decades. Oscar Winner Resul Pookutty, Ace Stuntman Revi Dewan, 6 time National award winner Sreekar Parasad, Legendary Musician Ilayaraja and ONV among the title card.My expectations grew again.. And to my pleasant surprise, the movie passed the expectation barrier with a distinction.
About the movie- It is a tiny piece from the Indian History... The East India Company is imposing huge taxes on the common people. They have got many small greedy kings with them. But there are some others like Pazhasi Raja, who decides to fight with them with the small manpower which they have. Here Pazhassi Raja is taking on a Gorilla was against the British with the help of tribal soldiers whose leader is Thalakkal Chanthu.. British Governor then signs a peace treaty with Pazhassi because of the setbacks...But they fails to follow the treaty and this angers Pazhassi. Then he decides to restart his war against them.. Pazhasiyude Sainyathile Pramukharudeyellam Thalakku Britishukar Vila Idunnu...How long can they fight against the mighty British Army???? this is the story in a nutshell... Performances- Mammootty has got a meaty role after a long gap and he did it with ease. He once again proved that nobody can beat him in Dialogue delivery. Sarathkumar has done a very good job, especially in the action scenes. His muscles are cool Manoj K Jayan has got a role of his life time, on par with Sargam. Padmapriya as Neeli(Manoj's fiancé) resembles Vijayasanti in the action sequences. Her break down scene was the best piece of acting in this whole movie Kaniha was cute as Kaitheri Makkam. She did a commendable job. All others from Suman, Devan, Jagathi, Suresh Krishna,Thilakan, Captain Raju, Mamukkoya, Jagadeesh etc...did their parts well. After a long gap, I have seen a casting based on actors, not STARS.
My Favourite scene-
Spoiler: Thooki Kollan Povumbol Devan Makanodu "Ninaku Pedi Undo??" Makan " Illa acha" Devan "Pedikkaruthu, Nammal Pedichal Athu Ivarude Vijayam Aavum"
Direction and technical departments: Hariharan has done it again. He will get all the main awards next summer...period. He lifted the benchmark for classics once again. Age is not a barrier for quality script, MT has proved it once again. S N Swamy and co should take a leaf from it. Action scenes were the best in Malayalam. Editing and Photography were world class. Music was on par with Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Lyrics were meaningful, unlike OSAMA and Bootham kind of craps. I am not gonna list the positives from the movie as it is almost the entire movie apart from 3-4 scenes.
Negatives- 2 fight scenes by Mammooka (Misusing the ropes)..other than that it is a perfect movie
Last but not the least. It is a true story, so we should not expect Pazhasi to kill all the British people and Free India from the British. I heard some comments like that.
Verdict- Another masterpiece from the master of masterpieces
The long anxious wait is over and the classic movie Pazhassi Raja has
released in all the major theatres with much enthusiasm.
The Hariharan MT Vasudevan team is back with their historical venture with Mammootty at the helm. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha was a novel venture and Pazhassi Raja can only heap laurels on the makers for their creative endeavor.
Mammootty has proved once again that he has more mettle than anyone can vouchsafe for. Mammootty with his royal looks and majestic voice shows us why he is considered as the best in Indian Cinema. Tamil actor Sarath Kumar is a pleasant surprise and Manoj K Jayan is back with a bang. The manliness of these three characters is a novel sight for the audience. Kaniha as Pazhassi Raja's wife Makkam, Suresh Krishna as Kaitheri Ambu, Lalu Alex as Emman Nair, Captain Raju as Unni Mootha add to the meaning of the cinema. So also Peter Evans as Major James and Harry Key as Thomas, the representatives of the East India Company deserve special credit for their performance
With the music by Ilayaraja and special sound effects by Resul Pookutty, which is very evident in the war scenes, the movie is a treat for movie lovers. This film is technically several notches above the standard fare offered in Malayalam cinema. It would not be an exaggeration if we say that it is comparable to the best in Indian cinema.The camera work by Venu and Ramanath Shetty give the film a sleek look. The action sequences remind us of the internationally acclaimed Chinese martial art movies of recent times like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Hero.
Gems like these happen only once in a while and when it does, never give it a miss. Two big thumbs up for this masterpiece of our times!
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Hi! Watched this movie yesterday! To tell you the fact, i don't have enough vocabulary to express my feelings about this movie. Its simpy EXCELLENT. Be it be for acting, cinematography, standard of story telling, historical accuracy, sound effects, this movie excels in all departments. For me, such a movie has never been taken( in all respects) in India( bollywood can inspire a lot from the movie). To start with, Kudos to MT Vasudevan nair, the Jnana peedam award winning literary giant , he is the backbone of the movie. No one apart from him could have written such a script maintaining historical accuracy and attention of viewers. Only a man who has mugged up history and mythologies, epics can write such a commendable script. Then hariharan, the director of the movie , has done a remarkable job. I guess he is booming with confidence when he find MT working with him. Well in the acting department, i have to say that every actor in the movie has done an amazing job. For me it has got more do with the right casting(most of our directors don't even give a damn about casting anyways). Mammotty..Oh boy..he is simply exhilarating portraying the character of Pazhassi raja. He has perfectly understood the mood and mindset of the character. He is quite subtle, yet showing his adrenaline rush whenever required. I had goosebumps during the scene when he is tactfully captured by the British and pazhayaveedan chandhu, and his wife offering him water on a copper plate hiding a mighty Urumy out of nowhere and freaking out the British. Sarath Kumar for me, delivers some Cracking Material, he really looks like an Army chief, very manly, and he has done justice to his character. Another surprise package in the movie is Manoj K Jayan and Padmapriya as tribal Leaders. i don't want to explain too much things, and it will spoil the surprises. Technically the movie is at its best, can be comparable with international movies. The camera work is stunning and visuals just take u along with the movie to the 18th century. Well another hero, though don't have any screen presence is our Resul Pookutty, his samples of sounds make the movie quite realistic. Watch out for the fight sequences. The background score is Brilliant, a different work form Illayaraja. For me the most creative scene of the movie, is when , the pazhassi army performs a well calculated surprise raid during night on British camp, and captures it. Meanwhile Pazhassi, sitting on horse from a high altitude hill, quite bothered about the outcome. When the army set the British arm-stockpile on fire, pazhassi gets view of a small rising flame far away, in the moonlight. Oh boy, that express in Mammotty face is priceless. This should be an inspiration for other Indian directors, who believe that, giving an ambiance of king, queen and war can yield a classic movie. Once again my Pranamam to guru, MT vasudevan Nair. Overall my Verdict : Excellent.
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