June 19, 2010 § 22 Comments
Between all that hype, everyone knew that this wasn’t going to be a ‘modern classic’ and it isn’t one. If you forget the hype and look beyond, the movie is good.
The first half is pretty confusing. It takes you a while to realize that you need to wait for the story to be revealed(in the second half). The movie is too loud- my immediate reaction. No humour or funny scenes(fine, there were a couple of attempts, but between all the shouting and macabre, no one felt like laughing) and then it dawns upon you that the writer and dircetor(Mani Ratnam) wants to convey a message.
Problem is, you probably though that this is a ‘family movie’, it isn’t. That sicking feeling, when you see hands being cut off or a woman talking about being raped(Priyamani, plays Veeraiyya’s sister) persists through out the movie. Maybe the idea is to make us think. Think about why extremists/ Robinhoods of the world exist.
Vikram acts really well. You are afraid of him. Initially you think he is a psychopath but later you realize he is human- one with feelings. In fact when he is killed, you admire him. Aishwarya(who plays Raagini), well there are many other actresses who would have done a better job. She seems out of place, but her acting in the second half is decent. Prithviraj’s acting is good- you do loath him in the end.
The music is made for the movie and blends in well. The movie has been shoot in some amazing locations(though you do notice that the places are different) and the camera work is pretty good. The characters are well thought out. Over all it is worth watching. You are expected to take your brains along, connect the dots and form an understanding.
It is far from an ‘entertainer’, be prepared to go through some gruel and gory. Avoid it if you don’t have the gut and the brain.