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The story might not be great,the BG is a rip off from Terminator,the music and songs are cheesy,Nagma is useless,the production value is tacky(OK,granted this was 1995).
But,if there's one person who makes this movie unbelievably watchable it has to be Rajinikanth.This might sound insane,but I have seen this movie more than 30 times(I stopped counting after 30)and each viewing is still enjoyable.I can't say the same for most movies,Rajini's other movies included.There is something special in this film which is hard to explain.
Time for another Baasha session.
People say it is a remake of Hum but Hum could be nowhere compared with this movie this is an awesome one .
Many people have tried to imitate Superstar's style but no one can be a match to that legend.
The movie has too many super scenes which could remain ever green in our memories
The latest trend in movie making is remake another old movie But this movie can never be remade by any body
the greatest movie of Super Star
Only Rajini can do movie like this, & I wonder whether he himself can make a movie similar like this.
Super star ka style to ek dum perfect hey, in this movie it touched the peak, some scenes are breath taking like the first fight in the movie, scene in the medical admission, talk with the IG, Nagma's marriage day, the climax, gundas tearing Rajini's Auto.
Apart from scenes the background score is too great, however the music wasn't so great but still in Super star's movie the music always become magical.
At the end of the Day Rajini is Rajini, millennium ka eki superstar hey, & he is the god for tamil movie fans.
Watch it for Rajni's greatest movie!
This movie follows a classic three act structure with an inventive twist. Manickam(Rajinikanth) is a peace loving auto driver who wants to provide a respectable life to all his step siblings. He gets his one of the younger sister married to a respectable family. He helps his another sister to get an admission in a medical college and his younger brother a police officer job. He does all this honestly. Even though he runs into trouble with local goons time and again he never turns to violence. His brother gets in trouble with one of the local goon called Indran. Indran traps his brother and threatens to assault him fatally.Manickam offers to get beaten in his brother's place . He does not even flinch while those goons beat him to pulp and moreover laughs at the end when his brother questions his stupidity. Even though each and every viewer inherently knows Manickam would retaliate sometime, we would sympathize with the character for his sacrifice.Finally, when Indran tries to molest his sister to avenge Manickam's brother. According to Indian culture(movie culture also), women are highly respected and molesting one's sister, mother or wife would generally bring out the worst in a man. Thats what audience want too. Manickam gets violent for the first time.
This movement when Manickam hits one of the sidekicks of Indran and he flies off for what seems to be few yards, marks the high adrenaline, action packed, nerve throbbing performance of Thalaivar as Basha and Rajini's Box Office Supremacy. This particular scene is shot so well, that it is the example by which many punctuating action scenes in the Tamil and Telugu cinema are shot even today. A right mixture of silence, music, lighting and editing makes this violent scene all the more exciting ,memorable and possibly poetic. The only other scene in Tamil Cinema which could almost match the adrenaline rush of this scene would be one another scene by Thalaivar in Padayappa, where he sits on a swing(sounds simple! yet you would have to be Thalaivar's fan to experience this free Ecstasy).
Following this much awaited and welcomed outburst of Manickam, we are introduced to his alter ego in flashback, Basha. Rajini's getup as Basha was so stylish and sophisticated, his image as Basha is what most of his fans might remember him. Basha, is a mafia don of Bombay, whose only ambition is to destroy another evil don Antony. As far as any action commercial cinema goes, its the strength of the villain that makes the movie and not that of hero's. Raghuvaran(who played Antony) gave such a performance as Antony, that he cemented his character as a legend of celluloid villainy. He was equally sophisticated, stylized and articulate as the hero of the movie. At the high point of their battle Antony looses to Basha and is arrested by police. Basha, according to his promise to his dad leaves Bombay after staging his own death and lives a simple life of Manickam in Chennai.
In the climax, Antony learns that Basha is still alive in Chennai and escapes from Bombay prison to avenge Basha and gets killed in the end.
The movie had an effect of a fantasy movie of Hollywood worth millions of dollars, with just Thalaivar's menacing looks, snappy dialogues and thumping background score. The dialogues in this movie gave rise to new form of dialogues in Tamil cinema called punch. A punch is basically a comparatively small catchy phrase, which is capable of communicating a much larger meaning. One such punch which became so popular that, literally every kid in the state was reciting it on a day to day basis was-"Na oru thadava sonna nooru thadava sonna mathiri", whose literal meaning is "If i say once, Its like i have said it 100 times". It might sound stupid, but in a weird thalaivar's connotation it means a lot to fans and cine goers alike. Apart from dialogue, the movie had a pretty impressive background score. They had borrowed Terminator's theme music as theme music for Basha, which also helped in elevating Rajini's appearance in each and every frame. That being confessed, every aspect of the movie, from story, screenplay, direction, music, costumes, cinematography changed the landscape of South Indian Commercial Movie for ever. This movie showed what happens when every one working in a movie tries to accentuate what Rajini could do on screen.
This movie elevated Rajini from stardom to a demigod status. This was such a success through out South India that Rajini was considered to be the next Star turned Politician(after M.G. Ramachandran and Miss Jayalalitha) who would rule Tamil Nadu in future. People of Tamil Nadu literally went berserk over this movie, including myself(i was around 9 years old at that time).
Tamil Cinema's history can never be complete with out this classic. Even though its just a pure entertaining ,commercial, action flick. Tamil audience witnessed the birth of a demigod called Thalaivar in this movie. This movie pushed the boundaries for Tamil Cinema and made it commercially viable to produce big budget Tamil movies, which were otherwise done by Bollywood alone. Whole Tamil Industry owes a lot(for big budget movies and crappy masala flicks) to this movie and its star Rajini.
Nobody can replace Rajini in Tamil pop culture and no movie can replace Basha in the annals of Tamil Cinema.
This film ranks as one of the top favourites for rajini & his fans. It has all the usual rajini ingredients - hero worship, dumb heroine, hero as a male chauvinist, loud songs, jazzy costumes plus punch dialogues.
It was from this film that rajini started mouthing punch dialogues which became a staple fare for all his future movies.
Rajni had done a good job & Raghuvaran matches him step by step. Nagma is glamorous & janakaraj is OK.
Songs by Deva will be liked by rajini fans.
This is the film which saw the downfall of rajini as actor & the rise of rajini as the superstar.
Anyways.. i would recommend all of you to watch this movie if you guys just heard of him after watching Endhiran.. this is a great gangster-mob movie.. its about a person trying to lead a normal life ever since his dad died because of his rivals when he was a mobster.. but karma bites back when he had to fight to save his sister and his brother questioned him about his past when all the baddies that he fought were in life- threatening condition... this is a really great movie even though it was made in the 90.. please watch this movie and let the word out about this great film
Once Raghuvaran gets arrested for charges - Maanik Badsha changes his name back to Maanickam(his original name in the movie) and tries to lead a normal life back in Chennai as a Auto driver. But at times it is required for him to reveal his identity to face the local dhaadhaas and he does that with class. For instance - His sis goes to college administration office for getting seat to study medicals and the administration office guy(some big shot), asks her to come to his guest house for sexual favour in return of the college seat allocation. Sis returns to Rajini and informs about him about the incident and cries, the scenes following the same wherein he visits the admin guy and reveals his past still brings in nerve chilling effect when thought of. Such is the impact Rajini has on our thoughts and imagination too...:). So goes the film but his own brother who becomes Police officer tries to unviel Badsha's identity and following that Antony in jail comes to know Badsha is alive and so when he gets released he again tries to take revenge on Rajini and gets defeated and killed in the final battle.
Nagma plays the heroin role as a rich mans daughter. Her dad was related to Antony in the past and was behind the assacination of Antony's family members. Thus the story is well knit together.
The dialogue 'Naan Oru Mura Sonna Nooru Mura Sonna Madhiri' became one of the best punch dialogues of Rajini and even in 2010 a child born 5 years back will utter the same with pride and craze. I personally watched this movie more than 10 times and each time I watched it, it was full of energy, style and RAJINI. We love him. Yes we people are crazy about Rajini and least bothered what others think about us. When he's on-screen we forget ourselves off-screen, thats RAJINI. Wish Him Good Luck for his currently running movie Enthiran which is creating records in the history of Indian films and wish him good luck for his personal life too.
But at the pinnacle of his powers, he chooses to lead a life of obscurity as an auto rickshaw driver in far of chennai, to bring up his 2 siblings, and give them a good chance in life.
But life takes an unexpected turn when he falls in love with the daughter of the right hand man of the drug baron he kills in his earlier days.
and when his family is targeted, Baasha resurfaces to conquer evil in a way only he can.
Rajnikanth's unique acting skills and styles at his very best.
A racy entertainer with mind blowing dialogue delivery by Rajni! Baasha.... Manik Baasha!