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The wait is over!!!

July 5, 2011

Whenever I finish watching a real good film in any language 2 thoughts will come up in me:

  1. How good the movie is
  2. 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 canโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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. Itโ€™s a kind of you-donโ€™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 itโ€™s a perfect cinematic experience.

While I have got a taste of Godfather in Tamil version through finely crafted Nayagan, I thought itโ€™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 Singamperumalโ€™s group questions Singamperumalโ€™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 Singamperumalโ€™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 zameendarโ€™s trying to make a living out of something with the past pride still intact.

With Singamperumalโ€™s courage questioned, the drug goes into the hands of Kaalaiyan and Kodukkapuliโ€™s hand and Subbu and Sappai finding sometime together throws in a series of events which is dramatic as well as realistic.

ย Acting:

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.

Technical aspects:

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 Gajendranโ€™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:

Thiyagarajan Kumaararaja.ย 

Nobody will believe if they say this is his first movie. But thatโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™„ ๐Ÿ™„ )


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 donโ€™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.

-ve points:

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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Felt happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Will try to be regular here and yours too ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2011 7:01 am

    Nice, detailed review, Kanagu! This reminded me of Amitabh’s Sarkar! Nowadays many movies in Tamil seem to be interesting ones,

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ I am yet to watch Sarkar.. Heard it was good… ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah… few were coming up.. hope there are more… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Since you had recommended long back, I watched ‘Angaadi theru’ last week! I felt as if I saw an English movie…no unnecessary masala. It was very good. I liked two songs a lot.

    kanagu: Nice ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked it.. ๐Ÿ™‚ Songs in that movie were soothing… especially 3 melodies ๐Ÿ™‚

    We miss your posts. Start writing, Kanagu!

    Thank you.. will try to be regular for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. July 5, 2011 7:27 am

    Good morning ….

    kanagu: Good morning ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice review … I might watch it depending on my mood … right now, I want some light hearted comedy.

    kanagu: hmmm.. no such recent tamil movies… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Is 180 degree good ?

    kanagu: Hey… its just 180 and heard its average… yet to watch it though… I am impressed by its visuals… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. July 5, 2011 9:22 am

    The trailer is very different and effective. I think the movie should be good as well… I might watch it for the comedy…

    kanagu: I hope it doesn’t disappoint you considering the number of movies you are watching ๐Ÿ™‚

    I didn’t like pulp fiction. But I expect Tamil movies to be better than that.

    kanagu: I liked it much ๐Ÿ™‚ if Tamil movies are better than it surely it will be good ๐Ÿ™‚

    The songs in movies are mainly to encourage the music industry, as private albums are not popular here. Besides, people expect their money’s worth and want everything in one single movie! As long as the songs are good I don’t mind having them in a movie.

    kanagu: Yeah… I know.. but its not something that should be for the sake of it… they can release albums and people will hear it for sure…

    Nice review – your review makes us want to see the movie ๐Ÿ™‚ Do post more often…

    kanagu: Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Will try ๐Ÿ™‚

    Destination Infinity

    • July 5, 2011 12:27 pm

      ur review makes it interesting for non-tamilians too!

      kanagu: Thanks Vins ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      btw, i love Tamil music..most of it…i sometimes watch Sun music or SS music!

      kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Tamil music is blessed with some real good music directors.. ๐Ÿ™‚ bless them ๐Ÿ™‚

      do carry on with regular blogging matter what, ok va?

      kanagu: Sure Vins.. I am trying ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. July 5, 2011 12:33 pm

    n nice new look u’ve got in here…the green is soothing in contrast to the boiling content !

    kanagu: Thanks Vins.. now changed the theme again.. let me know how this one is ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. July 5, 2011 4:07 pm

    Ha ha! It def. holds good for ur blog ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I luvvvv the pizza-pakoda thingy ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› So very true!

    kanagu: ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Swaram ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. July 5, 2011 10:53 pm

    A very detailed and nice review… liked the review even on the technical aspects of the movie! Damn cool! ๐Ÿ™‚
    And welcome back! ๐Ÿ™‚

    kanagu: Thank you very much Shilpa ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. July 6, 2011 6:27 pm

    I donโ€™t find this movie interesting.
    First What is the theme of the story? Life of gangsters? If so, what has been told newly? It was just another gangster flick. Nothing new. In stories like these, at the climax, either everyone will die or someone will become a don. This movie is not an exception.

    kanagu: Welcome here Vani ๐Ÿ™‚ If we see this in the point of view of Tamil cinema, I think this is the first time a gangster story (Exception Nayagan) ends without any loose ends. I feel that’s a welcome change.

    Except for the small boy and his father, other characters fail to create impression. In fact, I found the main protagonistโ€™s (Pasupathi) character confusing. This about-to-be-don character has no uniqueness and style. Sometimes he speaks childishly, then he begs police officer, then he shows compassion, and finally he act cunningly. He was just another character. At least the characters Subbu and Sappai has some distinctiveness.
    There are few plus points. The movie has a good plot. Music elevates the feel of scenes. And of course, some dialogues were witty.

    kanagu: I felt among the people in that gang Pasupathi is genuine and also his wife was captured which led him to show different faces at different times. Dialogues for sure I enjoyed. Too good ๐Ÿ™‚
    Leave your blog address Vani. Would love to visit yours ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. July 9, 2011 4:55 am

    Nice theme Kanagu! And yes, its so nice to see a post from you!

    kanagu: Thanks Pixie ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    you really need to write more! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: Trying to do ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Interesting Review and movie.. probably will get K to read this and we will watch the movie with me asking for translations every 5 minutes!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    kanagu: K is going to kill me for this ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. July 10, 2011 1:09 pm

    welcome back!!

    kanagu: Thanks Reema ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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