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Throwback Thursday: Aayutha Ezhuthu [Review]

Verdict - "Daring!" | Rating - 4.5/5

Once again, we delve into a master storyteller’s bag of class films. Mani Ratnam’s Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004) is a technical magnum opus. For someone like me who intently looks out for the colors used for the mood board, this film is right up there with the best. All 3 main characters (Madhavan, Surya and Siddharth) have a particular Color ascribed to them and their personality. Just take a look at how much of red there is in Madhavan’s timeline, Green in Surya’s and Blue in Siddharth’s. There’s so much detail involved in this non-linear political thriller.

Absolutely loved Surya’s role as a student leader. It’s mature and bold and has a distinct Surya style to it. Madhavan takes the cake with this one with his baddie role. Siddharth plays your dopey-eyed lover boy next door and he performed his duties with ease. My personal favorite however, would have to be Bharathiraja, with his sweet talk and ruthless act, his gait contrasts nicely with Surya’s charming screen presence.He made the antagonist role his zone and you see him in a new light with his performance.

I don’t see the full Mani Ratnam stamp on this movie though. Once again, he has played with the time sequence in the film but the dialogues do not have the staccato tone that The Director usually employs. He has tried something new and his approach is heartening. Unlike so many other movies, the pace of the film is fast in the beginning but slows down towards the end where the film takes time to tie up loose ends.

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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Throwback Thursday: Nayagan [Review]

Verdict - "Cinematic Brilliance!" | Rating - 5/5

Based on a real-life don, Nayagan (1987) is a superb Godfather-inspired crime film situated in the slums of Bombay. One of the best ever to do it, Kamal Haasan’s portrayal of 'Velu Naicker' is legendary and there is absolutely no one that can top that performance. This is one of those films that did everything right and there isn’t anything to pinpoint and criticise. 

Tracing the life trajectory of an underworld Don, we follow the protagonist from his rise all the way up to his demise and it is done in realistic fashion. The script is taut and gritty and it does not contain any unnecessary scenes that seems forced we like in most movies. The narrative style is dark and as the viewer, you’re pretty much watching the movie with the feeling of a twisted gut as you sit in eagerness to watch what comes next. 

The cinematography is excellent as it captures the essence of slum life in Bombay exactly how it should be, and The colours used in the film are dark as to how the entire tone of the film is. Illayaraaja’s background score is haunting and his music plays a very important and effective role in the film. The relationships between the various characters in the film are complex but delivered subtly. Be it a father-Daughter, Father-Son, Husband-Wife relationship, the struggles and the bond are handled maturely and these are the scenes that will leave a lump in your throat. Timeless and a true classic, Nayagan will blow you away no matter how many times you watch it.

-An Editorial by Siddharthen R (@cheeeekyponnama)
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