#1 is this delightful holiday blingee that my Filmi Secret Santa, Kellie, made for me:
#2 is an exciting realization about a question I've been pondering for awhile: what actor is the Hollywood-ish equivalent to Prakash Raj?
The answer came to me during the onslaught of holiday movies on cable tv...
There's the obvious connection that they both end up playing a lot of over-the-top villains:
|Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Quigley Down Under Sweeney Todd|
But both also do well in the unexpected romantic, sensitive role:
Can somebody do a Tamil remake of Truly, Madly, Deeply? pretty please? And yes, Mamoothy was perfectly fine as the Colonel Brandon character in Kandukondain Kandukondain, but Prakash Raj could have rocked that role, too.
Perhaps with the success of Endhiran, we'll see more science fiction in South Indian film, and Prakash Raj could also excel at playing alien doctors and voicing paranoid androids:
...and it's never going to happen, but from now on, when I read the books, I'm just going to imagine that it's Prakash Raj with grimy hair, pining for Lily Potter while tormenting/protecting her son.
Update: It occurred to me that for the comparison to work, it needs to be transitive. So I asked the question "Can I imagine Alan Rickman in any/most of Prakash Raj's roles?" and the answer is "yes." I can easily see Rickman in just about all Prakash Raj roles I've seen so far: evil gangsters,doting fathers, policemen, and struggling actors and musicians.