Are you game for a film that is different from the regular stuff? Is it possible for you to watch a movie that is full of violence and bloodshed? Then get ready to spend a couple of hours this weekend in a theatre showing Aranya Kandam.
Produced by SPB Charan and directed by newcomer Thiyagarajan Kumararaja, the film shows us an oft-told story in an untold way. To put it simple and straight forward, gangsters in north Chennai come alive on screen with all their violence.
Kudos to the director for choosing Jackie Shroff for the lead role. He is a relief from the dons we have been watching regularly in Kollywood. Sampath Raj steals the show with his matured portrayal while the performances of Ravikrishna and Yasmin Ponnappa among others add value to the movie.
The hidden strengths of Aranya Kandam are Yuvanshankar Raja’s music and Vinod’s cinematography. Both these things gel well with each other, thereby presenting a menacing tale on screen.
Coming to the story, Singam Perumal (Jackie Shroff) controls the crime scene in North Chennai, while his oppoenent gang is led by Gajendran (Rambo Rajkumar). Both teams are busy with all possible criminal activities
Even as Singam Perumal’s aide Pasupathi (Sampath Raj) wants to snatch away the crown from his mentor, Subbu (Yasmin Ponnappa) and Sappai (Ravikrishna), Singam Perumal’s mistress and an innocent boy in his team respectively, develop an affair.
Comes a plum drug deal which leads to a big war. Who emerges victorious at the end with brainy and brawny ways is the second half of Aranya Kandam, which spills blood on the faces of the audience.
As said already, the film is a novel attempt in Tamil cinema, without any clichés from beginning till the end. But the director could have avoided crude dialogues and raw violence to make the product more viable.