Love is everywhere. It is here and in the unseen worlds. The
thought of love itself is beautiful and Selvaraghavan's latest movie
Irandam Ulagam takes it to the next level. But let me warn
you that it is an esoteric work that could be a trap for regular
audience! Having said that it has an alluring magic of visuals that
will enchant you.
Irandam Ulagam has two separate worlds and it is about the stories that unfold in a parallel universe. Selvaraghavan narrates the two tales with eye-pleasing visuals. Ramya (Anusha Shetty) has a liking towards Madhu Balakrishnan (Arya), but he initially refuses her offer for marriage. But in the dream world, Arya tries to woo Anushka.
The story keeps juggling between the love story of dream world
and the tale set here, the place where we are living. After turning
down Ramya's offer, Madhu falls in love with her and approaches her
to marry her, but this time, she rejects his offer citing that she
has found another man. How he tries to win her heart and change her
stand form the crux of their story.
In the other world, Arya struggles to impress Anushka, who is a
tough woman. There is also a plot of two clans fighting over Amma
(mother love). The story takes a little interesting turn when Arya,
on Earth, meets the people of other world.
There are a little surprises on its way and occasional twists to
the story. But what the movie misses out big time is the element
that keeps you entertained till the end. Irandam Ulagam
appears dull sans necessary commercial elements. Continue
reading the story on the slideshow...
The Biggest Drawback
The biggest drawback could be slow narration of the story in the
first half. While the imaginary world raises curiosity, Selva's
other plot struggles to keep you engaged.
Imaginary World Story, Impressive
However, the story set in an imaginary world is impressive in
the first half. With the director giving a shocking twist by the
end of first half, the lost attention of audience returns with new
hope to watch the proceedings in the second half.
Second Better Than First Half
The second half is better than the first half with the entire
story running in the imaginary world. However, when we consider the
movie as a whole, Selvaraghavan could have churned out a tight
screenplay, as the pace/plots doesn't generate interest to watch
Concept Is Brilliant
Selvaraghavan's concept is nothing short of brilliance. His
thoughts and imaginary scenes are highly appreciable, but somewhere
he has failed to bring his imagination on-screen. The screenplay
doesn't make complete sense and raises a few questions over
Arya looks good in never-before seen costumes. Anushka Shetty
looks wonderful at action sequences.
Harris Jayaraj's Music
Harris Jayaraj has teamed up with Selvaraghavan for the first
time and the result is just brilliant!
Four songs - 'En kaadhal thee', 'Mannavane en mannavaney',
'Vinnaithaandi anbe vandhai' and 'Panangkalla veshamulla' - are
good in the album.
Anirudh Ravichander's background score is average and he only
shines at parts. Harris would have done a better job than this as
he understood the concept of Irandam Ulagam.
One would run short of words to describe Ramji's cinematography
in Irandam Ulagam. Excellent piece of camera work, and VFX
sequences, at parts, are wonderful.
Full marks to the technical brilliance of Irandam
But the decision to watch Irandam Ulagam lies between
whether you love watching abstruse movies or purely entertainment
flick. If you love to see the former, don't miss it.