The wait is over!!!
Whenever I finish watching a real good film in any language 2 thoughts will come up in me:
How good the movie is
- Why there is no such movie is coming up in Tamil.
Even though the language of movie is never a concern until you get the feel for the characters and the atmosphere but the local flavor which was missing in them can’t be compensated. It like a hot pizza will hold good during a rainy day but nothing like a hot sip of coffee alongside a plate of our own hot pakoda 🙂
There are some memorable gangster movies I have watched like Godfather, Nayagan, Goodfellas, City of God, Pulp fiction, Reservoir dogs and Satya. Of these, Pulp fiction was quite different considering its non-linear screenplay and an abundant usage of black humor. It’s a kind of you-don’t-care-for-anybody movie. Just watch, enjoy and appreciate it. Everybody in that movie is bad and everybody will have some intentions behind their action. At the end of it we will be excited as no loose ends were left and it’s a perfect cinematic experience.
While I have got a taste of Godfather in Tamil version through finely crafted Nayagan, I thought it’s almost impossible to re-create what pulp fiction brought to screen in Tamil. I am glad that I have proved wrong.
My cribbing time is over and I have seen a movie in Tamil which I can put on par with any of the non-Tamil gangster movie I have watched. Its Aaranya Kaandam.
What makes this film?
- Singamperumal, an aging hoodlum, trying to show that he is still very much in power to his very younger partner and to Pasupathi who is working under him.
- Pasupathi, holding second position in Singamperumal’s group questions Singamperumal’s courage when he wants to cross a drug dealing with another gang headed by ruthless Gajendran.
- Subbu, the younger partner of the Singamperumal, tries to escape from the hold of Singamperumal.
- Sappai, a nothing guy in Singamperumal’s gang who was given the responsibility of taking care of Subbu in the absence of Singamperumal.
- Kaalaiyan and Kodukkapuli, the father-son duo, who once were zameendar’s trying to make a living out of something with the past pride still intact.
With Singamperumal’s courage questioned, the drug goes into the hands of Kaalaiyan and Kodukkapuli’s hand and Subbu and Sappai finding sometime together throws in a series of events which is dramatic as well as realistic.
For a good movie, the acting should be good. In this movie, each character is very well etched and choices of actors were spot on. Jackie Shroff as Singamperumal shows his animal instinct in whatever he does that makes us to hate him to core. Sampath as Paspathi to save his life and his wife shows the desperateness and enough cunningness to come out of the cornered situations. Well done. Ravi Krishna as Sappai was easily acceptable due to his vulnerable actions and voice.
But the ones who take the cake were the father-son duo of Somasundaram and Vasanth (Pic above). Somasundaram with his ever ending blabbering on the activities happening around him and the little boy Vasanth providing witty comments even at the serious moments keeps the fun going.
The only weak link among the main character was Yasmin ponnappa who don the role of Subbu. Somehow I felt she was odd in the whole setting.
Technically the film is top-notch. The first person who needs to be appreciated was the music director Yuvan Shankar Raja who brought the feel the movie wonderfully. He understands that this is not a usual gangster flick which should bring tension among the audience. Instead there is an air of casualness even during most serious events. It was best defined when Pasupathi and Gajendran’s brother meets alone. Classic!!!
Both the cinematographer P.S.Vinod and the editors Praveen and Srikanth have done a wonderful job in bringing out the colors and nature of the surroundings.
The main man:
Nobody will believe if they say this is his first movie. But that’s the truth and he deserves a great praise for bringing out pure cinema when it is least expected.
The dialogues penned by him were awesome from the start to finish there are many memorable lines.
The screenplay is well written as there was no confusion between the 3 or 4 parallel stories running simultaneously. Also the small twists and turns add fun to this movie.
Overall, perfect 10 to him for such a movie and hope he does more movies soon. Also I like to congratulate him for the guts of not having a single song in the movie. (Even though none of the situation in this film demanded it, in which film a situation demands song 🙄 🙄 )
There maybe few who avoid this movie on the basis of excessive violence, gore and foul mouthing. I am not going to argue that they are not there but what else we can expect from a gangster flick?
If you don’t mind the above said 3 things and what you are going to learn from a movie then for sure you can enjoy this movie.
The only drawback I found in this movie is, it is a little slow while building up the characters during first half. Once it is over, the film just runs like a bull 🙂
Interesting posters and trailer of this movie. The trailer really require knowledge of Tamil language and I will try to translate it in my next post 🙂
PS 1: After a long time, I willingly watched this movie 2 times in theater and I enjoyed it very much both the times.
PS 2: I think the title can be suited to my blog also as it is starved for almost 3 months without any posts. Thanks for asking about whereabouts and posts when I didn’t posted anything 🙂 Felt happy 🙂 Will try to be regular here and yours too 🙂