Aaranya Kaandam


Reviews 10-Jun-2011 6:05 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

Peculiar style, clinging of parallel stories with different characters coming together – These very imbibing factors of ‘Aaranya Kaandam’. The film’s journey through several hurdles with censor board committee had indeed kept it away from seeing the tunnel of light. Finally, the film opens up in all theatres today and we bring you an exclusive review.

When it’s ‘A’ certificate, obviously it’s all about the Adult themes of ‘Violence’, ‘Obscenity’ and ‘Profanity’ that ascribes a film. To be precise, these traits are very much evident ‘Aaranya Kaandam’. Set in backdrops of North Chennai, the director has tried recording some real facts about their lifestyle and kind of language slang they are conversing.

To mark upon the film’s synopsis in simple words, it’s about 7 characters and its lives interwoven together during a day. Everything starts off casually as Pasupathy (Sampath), a member of Singam Perumal (Jackie Shroff) gang has some difference of opinion while dealing with a ‘White Powder’ (informal term of Cocaine) business. Then there is Sappa (Ravi Krishna), a 20yr old girl Subbu (Yasmin) held as a keep by Singam Perumal, an alcoholic (Somasundaram), who has lost his money and is heading for rooster fights along with his son Kodukupuli (Master Vasanth). These characters have their own dreams as the hours proceed towards the dusk, it’s about facing the unexpected circumstances.

Director Thyagarajan Kumara Raja has done a great ground work over penning the script.
Though you may find little traces from various international cinemas, this one sticks fervidly to the Tamil grounds for the factors we have already mentioned. The filmmaker has focused upon every bit of visual composition, the transitions over the editing and kind of music he wants from Yuvan Shankar Raja. The Perfect-casting of actors and their flawless performances takes front seat when it comes down to positive points.

Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is surpassing with his high-flown performance with body languages and mannerisms, though it looks quite awful at places with the way he grinds his teeth. Sampath is simply extraordinary with his valued performance. He keeps dominating the screen space with ‘action’ portions while Ravi Krishna in a different role knocks us out in big surprise. Yasmin remains cool and composed with accordance to her character and her unraveling of true colors during climax is something unexpected. Watch out for the father-son portions as it travels both on emotional and laughter. It reminds more off the famous Italian Classic flick Vittorio Di Sica’s ‘Bicycle Thieves’, in which you can find the situations making a small boy insisting his father on directions.

On the flip side, the screenplay becomes slow as tortoise during many places while the pace picks up only post-intermission as the intentions of characters become clear. The dialogues play a vital part in keeping audiences intact while the background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is far beyond excellence.

The climax is brilliant and something unpredictable. But the violence, the usage of hard language and the very unique kind of narration may not attract the audiences, who love commercial cinemas.

What works: Screenplay, Story, Twists in Climax, Performances, Characterizations, Music, Cinematography, Dialogues,

What doesn’t work: Violence, Profanity…

Verdict: Average

Banner: Capital Film Works

Production: SPB Charan

Direction: Thyagarajan Kumara Raja

Star-casts:Jackie Shroff, Ravi Krishna, Samapth, Yashmin,Somasundaram

Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Review by Richard Mahesh

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