Unnaip pol oruvan.
There are 2 possible crowds watching this movie- one which has watched the Hindi movie ‘A Wednesday’ and the other one have no idea about the Hindi film and watching this Tamil version.I belong to the first type. Raajkamal films has produced this kind of songless police story long back in 1987. So what’s new ?
I better don’t waste lines, describing about the story. I strictly don’t want to compare these 2 films[ though it is apple to apple ]. Whatever it is, the screen presence of Kamal makes a greater impact than anyone else. Kamal does a justified role of his age and experience. He avoids the looks of Naseeruddin shah but not his body language. Kamal’s biggest asset is his voice – his intonation is a big plus as he has a relatively small role in story like this.
I was slightly worried about Lal but Lal has done a neat portrayal of his role with his Malayalam accent – of course, they didn’t try to hide it. His personality justifies the role along with his body language. The other characters are done by Ganesh Venkatram, Bharath Reddy, Lakshmi and others [ because everybody else comes as just ‘others’ ]. Interestingly, the Tamilnadu CM’s voice is also mimed in this film. [ The trivia is TN CM stays very next to a temple near his Gopalapuram residence – interestingly it is ‘Gopalaswamy‘ temple 🙂 ]. The plot is slightly alien to Tamil fans [ some English dialogues too ] as the bomb blasts are not a close incident as it was to Mumbaikars.
The good thing is that they haven’t used songs in this film too. Shruthi Hasan
has done an average job in her area. I couldn’t find a great scope for dashing BGM
[ like Vettaiyadu Vellayadu
] in this film. Instead of introducing Shruthi
with a music album, she has a got a film to get her debut. [ Still Nilai varumaa
is a nice song ]. The red camera work
is as usual an advertising gimmick to add. Those who follow journals can understand these kind of hypes or fights [ why somebody can;t file a case during the shooting itself instead of just before the release date ? ]. If you are able to keep the Hindi
original aside, it’s a fantastic effort [ without songs, fights, comedy track ]. Tamil version has some jumps with missing flow and gives less importance to the other characters.
Coming to the business side of the movie.. Why Kamal would want to do this film that too along with Mohan lal whereas the same could have been done with Prakasraj as the common man and Nasser as the commissioner – think about the saleability then. That’s the idea.. but it’s a brilliant business idea. The same reason why Manirathnam has used Abhishek Bachan and Aishwarya for the story of Ambani – GURU [ international sales ! ]. The film could ve been sold well in Kerala along with Lalettan and similarly in Telugu along with Venkatesh.I am not sure about the role of the director Sakri in this lion’s feast. [ Innoru Santhanabharathi ! ]. For the comparison game, I vote the Hindi version. [ couldn’t resist this line ! ].
Whatever it is
– Tamil cinema definitely needs this kind of film.
– For the best and original effect, watch ‘A Wednesday’. Naseer Bhai and Neeraj Pandey deserve the best accolodaes for their roles.