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Aaranya Kaandam (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 10 June 2011 (India)
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Credited cast:
Sampath Raj ... Pasupathy
Jackie Shroff ... Singa Perumal
Ravi Krishna Ravi Krishna ... Sappai
Yasmin Ponnappa Yasmin Ponnappa ... Subbu
Rambo Raj Kumar Rambo Raj Kumar ... Gajapathy
Somasundaram Somasundaram ... Kalayan
Guru Somasundaram ... Kaalaiyan
Master Vasanth Master Vasanth ... Kodukupuli
Ajay Raj Ajay Raj
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dhilip Subbarayan
Sugunthan Sugunthan ... Mullu


It's an out and out two different story plot drama which is happening in one of the India's metropolitan city "Chennai". The first plot is where two mafia gangs competing to show power in their drug business and the other plot leads with a rural guy who is migrated to Chennai with his 10-12 year old son. The lead role was done by actor "Sambath", working has first men gangster in one of the mafia groups who's seeking for a chance to get settled in life as soon as possible. Jackie Shroff - another versatile actor from Indian cinema, rolled in this drama as 60 plus year old gangster who's not in the business actively due to his bad health and also he sex slaves a girl who's much more younger(20's) to him. Written by PAC

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The first Neo-noir film in Tamil cinema.


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10 June 2011 (India) See more »

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A Slick Gangster flick! Highly Recommended
13 June 2011 | by dominicyuvanSee all my reviews

So what is Aaranya Kandam about, Experimental film? Tamil cinema's first Neo-noir film ? A Gangster flick? A Dark comedy? It's all of the above. The movie is the first Neo-noir in Tamil cinema. Well, Kumararaja can be called the Guy Ritchie of Tamil Cinema or the Tarantino of Tamil cinema. Aranya Kandam is gangster flick that takes its own time to unfold supported by technical elements in the film. However, all of the movies elements are overpowered by performances, everyone in the frame have lived their roles. The movie stars Jackie Shroff as Singaperumal,Ravi Krishna as Sappai,Sampath Raj as Pasupathy,Yasmin Ponnappa as Subbu,Somasundaram as Kaalayan, Master Vasanth as Kodukapuli,Rambo Rajkumar as Gajendran. With so many characters you may wonder, who is the protagonist? Well, the question has no answers.

Performances carry the film be it Jackie sharoff as the venomous impotent Singam perumal or the naive Ravi Krishna (one of his better performances) or Kodukapuli's father Somasundaram all have done a commendable job. Especially Somasundaram is able to tickle ribs even at nail biting situations with his performance and dialogue delivery. Sampath as always fits in the role of an ambitious gangster effortlessly. Then there is Yasmin Ponnappa, the dumb-blonde like in the movie with her sheepish grin is also brilliant. It almost a pitch perfect cast and Thiagarajan Kumararaja has done well with dialogues, which are clever and has a sense of humor. As the plot unfolds it's a cat and mouse story, where all that the characters are looking for are Freedom,money,power and cocaine.

Rajini pudikuma? illa Kamal pudikuma? – SP Charan the producer has tweeted that Kamalhassan loves the movie. That is enough reason for movie buffs to go watch the film. Thiagarajan Kumararaja has taken the harder route of opting out of songs in a 2 hour movie. However, the background score is enjoyable, though the sounds are influenced by various world movies Yuvan Shankar Raja produces a truly enjoyable score in the movie. The cinematography is good, with many unusual placements of camera angle and low-key lighting. If you are a Rajini fan then you will like the movie, if you are a Kamal fan you will love the movie.

Overall, Aaranya Kandam is whole new experience in Tamil cinema with a good plot and a twist in the movie. The movie is overpowered by performances from all characters in the movie supported by enjoyable music and cinematography.

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