chaos in dasavathaaram

Maybe this is the first time a movie is based on a famous theory. And since I anticipated this even before watching the movie, it was even more interesting as each scene convinced me that the functioning of the whole world is based on chaos theory. Clearly, the movie Dasavathaaram has made people turn pages in various books and study chaos. I did that too.

a timepass example:
Think of this.
Someone sometime in the distance past planted a sapling. The sapling grows and becomes a huge tree after many years. There is a dry twig in the tree. It falls down. A few miles apart, there is a bird. It wants to build a nest. The bird picks up the twig and takes it to a suitable place and builds a nest. The bird then lays eggs. There is a naughty boy who tries to get those eggs. He throws a stone. The stone misses and hits a small water pipe in a nearby house. The house owner sees the water leak and spends some time mending it. As a result, he starts late to office. He misses the last bus which he generally takes. And then he comes to know that the bus he missed met with an accident……. I’ll stop here.

my attempt on explaining chaos:
What exactly is chaos?
The definition goes thus: “Chaos theory attempts to explain the fact that complex and unpredictable results can and will occur in systems that are sensitive to their initial conditions”

This definition can be decrypted by telling that every event occurring around us has got some significance. What significance? No one would know until the event becomes noticeable and significant by itself. Every single event that happens in this world has a significance.

Suppose a series of events result in a final state. If even one of the events does not happen, there MIGHT have been a completely different final state. The word, “might” is important because we just cannot predict what would happen. Consider the example above. Even if one of the events had not occurred, it would have cost that person his life.

Nature is the best example for chaos theory. Everything that happens in nature might be seemingly unrelated, but they do have some relation. And nature is unpredictable. How many would have believed that the spray bottles ( deodorants, etc. ) that were being manufactured a few years before would actually contribute to the hole in ozone layer ???

The most important point in chaos theory is that the events occurring are NOT random. They just dont happen without any cause or reason. Everything follows a pattern. It is just that no one can know what the pattern is. You cannot predict the future.

dasavathaaram:

How can chaos theory be related to the events in dasavathaaram ? .

Let us start from the longest possible chain of events: Had there not been the cholas, there would not have been that temple in that area. The place would not have been a heritage place, as Vincent pointed out while arguing against the sand mafia. Vincent “might” not have come to the place at all. Govind and Andal might not have had the chance to escape from them. They would not have stolen the lorry. The collision with the van would not have happened. The Muslim lady would not have been injured. They might not have gone to the hospital. And then they might not have got the freezer box…. Now you can understand the chain which continues further. This is just a single example among many.

To clearly show that there is a connection between the 12th century and the 21st century, the huge stone idol that was thrown into the waters in the past, washes ashore. The tsunami which killed many people also helped in saving millions from the mass destruction due to the bio weapon which would have caused devastation on a far greater scale. And the tsunami is due to the movements of the tectonic plates that were formed millions of years ago.

Moreover, the stone idol is rempved from the temple in the 12th century….The idol of perumal lands on a mound of sand at the same place in the 21st century ( exactly before intermission ) and both the stone idol of 12th century and the idol of 21st century are close by at the end of the movie. Now, is this coincidence ???

No one who watches the movie would fail to notice the butterfly. Of what significance is a butterfly to this kamal movie ??? It is just that the movie tries to explain “the butterfly effect”. Edward Lorenz, a meteorologist studied various patterns in weather. Using a few mathematical equations, he saw a particular sequence in the weather pattern and forecast. Another day, he tried to analyse the weather using the same set of equation but a slightly ( very very slightly ) different value. Though he did not expect the same pattern, he expected a somewhat similar pattern. But what he found was a completely different pattern. He concluded that the weather is unpredictable. These observations were the foundations for chaos theory. Lorenz published a paper in which he says that, “the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in China could, in fact, actually effect weather patterns in New York City, thousands of miles away”. Thus it came to be called as “the butterfly effect”. And hence you see a butterfly in the movie. We see the butterfly in the beginning of the movie and at the end, which just suggests that all the patterns however unpredictable they were, really connected themselves from the beginning of the story to the end.

The story begins with the stone idol and ends with the same. Kamal and Asin get separated at the beginning and they join together at the end. They hold hands on the same idol.

The movie has no confusion in it. Everything is simple. The storytelling could not have been any simpler. And the story keeps the audience guessing the next event, the next scene, the climax and more. This itself is a testimony that the makers of Dasavathaaram have succeeded in explaining the theory of chaos.

Also read my article on dasavathaaram demystified

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dasavathaaram demystified

I have never seen Sathyam crowded at 8 in the morning, eager to watch a movie. Moreover, the whole crowd had tickets that were booked in advance, yet they come more than one hour before the screening. I have never seen the whole crowd wait and watch the movie till the last frame ends. All this and more in Dasavathaaram.

the genius:

Take ten different prime numbers. I claim that the ten roles of kamal in the movie are like these ten prime numbers. Each role of kamal is unique in its own way, much similar to the ten primes. Similar to the primes having one common factor (1), the ten roles have one common feature, the genius of kamal.

chaos theory:

The movie is based on a very famous theory called “chaos theory”. The simplest description would be “the butterfly effect”, which states that the fluttering wings of a butterfly in China can cause great changes in weather conditions in New York, which is thousands of miles away. And you can also see a butterfly in the movie when kamal explains the chaos theory in a scene. Basically, an event might seem trivial, but it might cause great effects elsewhere. Life can never be absolutely systematic, life cannot be described by a pattern. But life is not random either. Occurrence of every event has a reason, with nearly impossible predictability.

The clash between saivites and vaishnavites in the 12th century and the sunken statue need not be the direct cause for the tsunami in 21st century. But, that incident might have triggered a series of effects which ultimately led to the tsunami. Dasavathaaram tries to explain the subtle concept of chaos theory using ten delicate strands of sub-stories perfectly handled and woven together to form a perfect masterpiece. We can also notice that Andal in 21st century trips over the same stone on which Kodhai bangs her head in the 12th century. The thaali that Kodhai flings at Kulothunga Chozhan also falls on this stone statue.

the connection:

The important feature in the movie is that every part of the movie is linked with each other. It was Kulothunga Chozhan in 12th century and it was the sand mafia in the 21st century. And the place is the same.

In the 12th century, Rangaraja Nambi is devoted to God but Kodhai pleads to kamal telling that it is not wrong to chant a different mantra, for the benefit of oneself and one’s family. In the 21st century, it is the opposite. Andal is devoted to God but Govindraj is not.

In the 12th century, Rangaraja Nambi tries to save the idol from being removed. He also is tied to the idol. In the 21st century, Andal tries to save the idol from being taken away or mishandled.

perfection:

If a film can be called “perfect” in all aspects, the pick would be Dasavathaaram. The perfectionist in Kamal is evident in every scene. One very intricate detail, the microphone held by Avatar Singh while performing, proves this fact. The birds flying away just before tsunami also must be noted.

technology:

The technology in Indian cinema might be similar to that of Hollywood cinema ten years before, but Dasavathaaram has proved this notion wrong. The whole first half and most of the second half had some great shots and camera work. Especially the fight scenes, the car chase, with sparks from the flat tyres and so on.

dialogues:

Dialogues in the movie are powerful at places where they ought to be powerful and humorous where they ought to be so. One dialogue really caught my attention: “You are the south side of the north side facing horse…”. Dialogues like “Remember Hiroshima … Remember Pearl Harbor” really sends a message ringing in our minds. Wordplay is used in many places, as evident in “Terrific Scientist or Scientific Terrorist…”.

religions:

We find that in the movie, kamal appears as a Hindu, Muslim, Christian and a Sikh. Probably to spread the message that the purpose of all religions is to show the people the path to divinity, which is single. One very touching scene is where Krishnaveni paati considers Vincent as her own son who died years before, and gives vent to all her feelings. Caste or color does not distinguish a person. It is one’s character that does.

graphics:

More efforts could have been made towards the graphics part, which stood as an odd man out amidst some excellent shots and technology. Especially, the piercing of hooks on Nambi seemed too artificial. Same is the case with certain parts in the tsunami scene. The graphics is too good when compared to the graphics in other tamil movies, but for Dasavathaaram, they were not as expected. And all the science that I have studied never taught me that one can see virus through binoculars.

For those who come to watch this movie expecting commercial elements and not the story, this might look like an unsolved puzzle. The key to understanding this movie and its intricate details, one must understand oneself. Those who cannot understand the movie must not claim that the movie is a stupid one. Those who say that the movie has no story must realize that no other movie made till date has packed so much story and details in three hours. A lot of research and thinking has gone into the movie, apart from the devoted effort for two years. This is a movie to be remembered.

Also read my article on chaos in dasavathaaram

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V for vendetta

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it’s my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

( dialogue from a famous movie, V for Vendetta. It is grammatically correct and makes sense too)

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அது

விண்ணை முட்டும் சிகரமோ அல்லது
மண்ணை நனைக்கும் மாரியோ

தழுவிச் செல்லும் மென்காற்றோ அல்லது
தவழ்ந்து செல்லும் சிற்றாறோ

மலர்ந்து மணம்தரும் மலரோ அல்லது
மலரின் இன்பத் தேனோ

நீரில் நீந்தும் கயல்தானோ அல்லது
நினைவில் நிலைக்கும் பிம்பமோ

எண்ணம் சேர்ந்து எழுத்துரு பெற்ற
இனிய செந்தமிழ்க் கவிதையோ

செவிவழிச் சென்று இதயத்தில் நிலைத்து
மனதிற்கு இன்பம்தரும் இசையோ

அரிதென நினைப்பதை எளிதென மாற்றும்
தளராது செய்யும் முயற்சியோ

உயர்விலும் தாழ்விலும் துணையாய் நின்று
அரணாய்க் காக்கும் நட்போ

மெய்யிரண் டெனினும் உயிரொன் றென்ற
மெய்யான காதல் உணர்வோ

செய்வினை ஈன்ற நிதியோ அல்லது
நல்வினை ஈன்ற புகழோ

எங்கும் எதிலும் நிலைபெற் றிருந்து
என்றும் நம்மைக் காக்கும் இறையோ
அன்று நமக்கு உயிர்தனை அளித்து
இன்றும் உயிராய் விளங்கும் தாயோ

கற்றோர் ஏத்தும் பெரறிவோ அல்லது
கல்லாதோர் தேடும் சிற்றறிவோ – முற்றும்
அறிந்தோர் அறியாத நுண்ணறிவோ – எதுவும்
அறியாதோர் அறிந்த நல்லறிவோ அது

திறக்காத கண்ணில் தெரியும் காட்சியோ
மலராத மலர்தான் பரப்பும் மணமோ
உதிக்காத சூரியனின் ஒளிதரும் கதிரோ
இல்லாத ஒன்றின் இருக்கும் தோற்றமோ

இறையவன் செதுக்கிய சிற்பமோ அல்லது
எந்தன் இதயம் அதனை செதுக்கியதோ
இயற்கை வரைந்த ஓவியமோ அல்லது
எந்தன் மனம்தான் நிறமும் அளித்ததோ

கண்ணில் காட்சி தோன்றவில்லை
நினைவில் எதுவும் நிலைக்கவில்லை
விடையும் எவரும் கூறவில்லை
நானும் நாடிச் செல்லவில்லை
ஏனென நானும் எண்ணியதும்
மனதில் தோன்றியது இதுவே :

மனதிற்கு இன்பம் தருவது அது
துன்பத்தை நீக்கும் மருந்து அது
வாழ்வில் வழிகாட்டும் ஒளிதான் அது
என்றும் துணையாய் இருப்பது அது

எதுவென எண்ணவும் இயலாது
எதுவாயினும் மறக்க இயலாது
தோற்றம் உருவம் கிடையாது
நிறமோ மணமோ கிடையாது

அதனை,
நானும் நினைக்க முயல
மனதில் எதுவும் தோன்றவில்லை
நானும் எழுத முயல
சொற்கள் எதுவும் சேரவில்லை

எதுவாயினும் அதனை விளக்க
எண்ணும் எழுத்தும் எல்லையில்லை
எங்கும் அதற்கு மொழியில்லை

அன்றும் இன்றும் என்றும்
உள்ளத்தில் வேரூன்றி நின்று
புரியாத புதிராய் விளங்குவது
அது

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moments

I did not know where I was. I looked around, but could not tell whether I was on land or in skies. I felt as if I was atop a mountain. Or maybe amidst clouds. Or maybe under the ocean, admiring the corals. But the whole surrounding was beautiful. I felt as if I was born again in a different world.

Am I the only inhabitant in this land ? I listened. Any sound? No. Birds? No. Animals? No. But wait … I realised there was someone else.. Someone whom I knew. Someone whom I like. Good. So I have company in this world.

We spoke for hours together. But neither of us opened our mouths. It was then that I realised : Eyes can speak. Eyes can convey our feelings. Love, Hatred, Anger, Happiness, Sorrow, anything.

How long has it been since we met? Seconds? Minutes? Hours? Or has someone redefined the unit of time? Or is the passage of time relative to the person whom we are spending time with? I had no idea. Neither did I think about these at that time..Why should I ?

We went for a walk… or were we flying? I could not figure out. Because I did not feel any ground. My legs were only too willing to carry me to the farthest places of this world. We walked for a long time, holding hands. We also had food together.  None of the worldly joys or sorrows were lodged in mind. I was very happy. We were very happy. This happiness will last for ever ………..

!@#”Hey Karthik, wake up. Time to get ready and go to college” .. my mom shouted. Was it all a dream? I looked around. My bedroom. No clouds, no corals… Hmmm… those few moments, will I ever get them back? Or was it meant to be a dream ? The walk together, the long hours(or short seconds ??) of talk, were all these meant to be a dream?? Those few moments are etched in my heart. Will we ever get to meet again in this real world? I am wondering…..

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the paradox of life

The paradox of our time in history:

The result of separateness is taller buildings and shorter tempers.
There are wider freeways but narrower viewpoints.
More is spent, but less is noticed;
Some drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and seldom pray. We have multiplied our possessions and have superficial values.
We talk too much but seldom feel love, we deny our experience but accept it less. We believe this is a part of us.

We’ve learned how to make a living but have lost the fruit of life.
We measure life in years instead of life in life.
A man can travel into space but can still have trouble crossing street to meet a new neighbour.

Some have been to outer space, whilst being unaware that inner space is.
We have all done things and assigned value to them, we judge in terms of value.
The soul has been covered up by the illusion.
We’ve conquered the atom, but do not realised we are the atom.

We write more but can’t see why we understand less.
We plan more but miss the point.
We’ve learned to rush, but we never make it.
More computers are built and more people are buying them,
We communicate less and less but the supply is still meeting the demand.

These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes.
These are time of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small characters, steep profits and shallow relationships and judgements that hold them together.

These are the days of instant gratification, disposable values, ambiguous moral conditions, sexual suppression, progression, pills that do everything.
It is a time when there is much in the show room window and nothing in the stock room.
A time when technology can bring an e-mail across the globe in seconds and a time where we take life for granted.

But you can change all this by remembering a few things:

Be able to say “I love you” to yourself as this is a powerful thing. Love is actually a default emotion.
To deny this is a lie, the construct of mind covers it up.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to express yourself freely in the moment, to live as every moment is the first. Many feel they need to confront life, but life already is, life is as we speak.
Western culture seldom confronts death until it has arrived.
See it today, and life will shine though.
No matter who you think you are or what you think has mattered;
Give time to express, give time to speak, and give less time to that which separates and stops you.

If we suddenly think of time through thought, then we have lost what really matters.
We will experience a feeling, no matter how much we think or understand, that is relentless and unforgiving.
This feeling will always be whilst separateness exists.
We lose all that matters in this place.
Buildings are reduced to buildings, people are reduced to objects and the light of life is covered by clouds, a disposable means to an end.

Start living
Peace.

( ripped off a mail )

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