Subramaniapuram – Realism in all its splendor
Posted by harino1 on July 10, 2008
Can a movie be made in an interesting and crisp format in spite of a boasting of a huge star cast?
Director Sasikumar, who had his tutelage under Bala and Ameer, has proved that a quality entertainer can be made with less-known faces provided the movie has interesting storyline with the right amount of twists.
Designed in a retro classic style, Sasikumar portrays Madurai in a different color and with a new perspective. As the title suggests, the entire movie is set in Subramaniapuram, a hamlet in Madurai.
The story, set in the 80s, takes place in Madurai Subramaniapuram, a suburb of the city. Movies like Palaivana Cholai dwelt around four friends. Perhaps Sasikumar impressed by such classics, has made an attempt of chronicling the life of a group of friends.
They are fun-loving and carefree, who spend most of their time together. Jai, Kanja Karuppu and Sasikumar (the director himself), are typical youths, who do not miss an opportunity to fight when they come across a brawl on the streets. Often arrested, they come out of jail with the help of a neighbor, played by Samudhirakani. The neighbor’s elder brother happens to be a former Councilor.
The irony is that Jai falls in love with the Councilor’s daughter. When the councilor is ditched by a member of an opposite gang, the trio step in and bump off the man. Unfortunately Samudhirakani doesn’t help them this time and the three are remanded for murder. However, they manage to come out themselves.
They then vow to settle scores with Samudhirakani and the Councilor. The revenge plot has enough twists and turns.
A movie is loaded with fun and suspense all through and is pleasant to watch coming across as a whiff of fresh air amidst commercial clichés. Sasikumar and Jai impress. Their body language and diction of the Madurai Tamil are noteworthy.
Due credit should be given to music composer James Vasanthan, a television anchor-turned-music director. He has reminded everyone of Ilayaraja during his heydays, James Vasanthan’s background score is scintillating.
Sasikumar is a welcome addition to the list of talented directors taking centre stage in Tamil cinema in recent days.
’Subramaniapuram’ is a must-watch movie for those who love realism in Tamil Cinema.