Bandla Ganesh, The tell-tale heart and Oththa Seruppu Size 7

Bandla Ganesh and Parthiepan

My interest got piqued when I saw the news that Bandla Ganesh would reprise the character in a Telugu remake, that veteran Tamil actor Parthiepan played in the original film ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’(Single Slipper Size 7). Interestingly a Hindi remake is on floors now, with Abhishek Bachchan playing the same role. Anything that Bandla Ganesh does is synonymous with controversy, so I wondered what ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ had in store for me, when I tuned into Netflix. And I was pleasantly surprised.

‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ is a remarkable feat that features only one character. The film narrates the story of an ordinary person (Masilamani) who is taken into custody as a murder suspect, and his subsequent interrogation, that reveals shocking secrets. As skeletons from the closet start tumbling down, the police try to make a sense of it all, with just one clue—a single slipper of size 7. What makes it even more difficult for the police, is the attitude of Masilamani that poses some serious questions about his sanity. As he vacillates from narrating the actual happenings to ruminating aloud, from pedestrian comments to relevant statements about the crime…the investigating team attempt to sieve the truth from his ramblings. Parthiepan, as he is credited in the beginning of the movie, ‘crafts’ a tale that is unique in its presentation with a brilliant sound design from the Oscar winner Rasool Pookutty. ‘Oththa Seruppu Size 7’ is an engaging watch and kudos to the veteran for putting this feature together.

There is a terrific short story from the master writer Edgar Allan Poe called ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ published in 1843. It is a first person narrative that tries to convince the reader of the narrator’s sanity and parallely describing a murder the narrator might have committed. As the story progresses, the narrator reveals the meticulous planning and execution of the murder.Ultimately, the narrator’s actions result in hearing a thumping sound, which the narrator interprets as the dead man’s beating heart and this troubled mental state reveals the truth to the police and audience.

I always wondered how anyone could make this kind of story engaging enough to the audience. Parthiepan shows it how, with his top notch handling of all crafts.

Senior comedy actor Asrani once said, his dream was to play a psychotic person, a total contrast to his popular roles like the ‘angrezoki zamane ki jailer’ from ‘Sholay’. Same with other comedy actors like Brahmanandam who aspire to tread different path by playing a mentally challenged person. Good actors can play any kind of roles and actively go after them. Their acting caliber enables them to transcend their successful genre, like the great Charlie Chaplin did with his shift from comedy to drama and tragedy.

Can Bandla Ganesh join that league? Seems like a deadly chasm to cross, considering the work he has done so far. But as the movie parlance goes, anything is possible in the industry, especially the impossible. All it takes is one super hit.

PS3 and the mysterious case of missing 1080p.

Yes, a few like me still use a PS3, if not for games, just as a blu ray player. It worked like a charm till yesterday, when all of a sudden, when I connected HDMI chord (I keep swapping it with Xbox one, owing to my two ports + Firestick on the TV), the TV screen kept on displaying white noise and going blank.

Quick research on the internet pointed me in the way of the following fix.

  1. Keep the power button pressed, hear beeps and release. PS3 will shut down.
  2. Keep the power button pressed again, hear beeps and release. This time PS3 will turn on and display HDMI set up screen.
  3. Go to Settings>Display and select Custom/Manual, first select 720p and wait for 25 seconds if the resolution holds.
  4. If 3 went out without a hitch, also select 1080i.

In my case, 1080p didn’t work, but 1080i does. So, back to full screen Game of Thrones viewing now!!

Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Thevar

Chinnapa Thevar practiced Hindu religion and was an ardent devotee for Lord Muruga. Once Income Tax officials raided his house and was astonished to find so many Viboothi packets of Murugan temples, but no cash. Any profit from the movie he splits into four parts. The first part was given to Murugan temples as he believed that all of his success was because of Lord Muruga. Because of this many Murugan temples like Pazhani temple, Tiruchendur temple and Marudhamalai temple were benefited. The second part he kept for himself. The third part is for his old friends who supported him during his early days who collected few thousands and sent him to Madras for film making. The fourth and final part he gave to the needy people.

On 6 September 1978, during the shooting of the film Thai Meethu Sathiyam at Ooty, Devar complained of chest pain, since he had high blood pressure[2] he was advised by the doctors in Ooty to get admitted in hospital, he was soon brought in his car from Ooty to Coimbatore. He was admitted in a private hospital upon arrival. After treatment he recovered partially, but again got chest pain on 8 September 1978 and died by 10 a.m morning in spite of intense treatment. He was 63 when he died.[6]

The day of his demise was a ‘Shashti’ day, very special to Lord Muruga.

Complete bio on wikipedia