Karthi was once billed as the next star of Kollywood. His series of hit movies in his first four years in the industry made people keep high expectations from him. But his wrong choices of films have put his career under threat. Seriously,he is now trying to get back to his good form with Pa.Ranjith's Madras.
Madras has not been promoted extensively like some of his recent flicks. But the audio, trailer and the promotional materials have managed to draw public's attention. The story is set in North Madras and it is not just a usual three-songs-two-fights-commercial entertainer. The atmosphere here is realistic in which the hero plays the role of an IT professional. The film, which was ready in June, is finally seeing the light of the day today (September 26).
The film has Catherine Tresa, Imman Annachi, Kalaiarasan Harikrishnan and others in the cast. Madras has Santhosh Narayanan's music and G.Murali's cinematography with Praveen KL's editing. Now, let us move towards the review...
If a movie sets in the backdrop of Madurai or North Chennai, one would easily believe that the films would have subtle amount of violence and its true. But director Ranjith is not just selling another bloodshed story rather he has churned out a story which deals with love, friendship and war. And, he tries to give a different view of North Chennai.
The political parties violently fight to outdo each other and lock horns over a wall, which becomes a key object to fuel their rivalry. Amidst this, Kaali (Karthi), a simple man, loves to lead a happy life. He is in love with a girl and it gives a twist to his life. The story traverses on dirty politics, romance and betrayal. Finally, ends up with revenge. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Story Analysis – First Half
The story and the settings are realistic. The North Chennai atmosphere can be felt instantly in the film. The action quotient is high in the film and the pre-interval segment is brilliant.
Story Analysis - Second Half
While the first half is well-written and holds your attention through out, the second half turns out to be just an average affair. It is mainly because audience get a clue of what's going to happen in the climax.
Karthi has kept himself low-key after his delivering a series of flops. And Madras is given minimal promotions, which comes as a big advantage for him as people watch the film with less expectations. Hence, it easily makes audience appreciate the film and mainly his performance.Catherine Tresa appears without makeup in the most part of the film and makes quite a impact. Kalaiarasan steals the show as Anbu and remaining characters too have played their parts well.
Santhosh Narayanan once again stuns you with his collection of music. Apart from a few songs, he impresses audience with background score. Cinematography by Muralu is top notch and editor Praveen is at his best.
Drawback & Verdict:
Director Ranjith, after penning a good story, has tried to forcefully add commercial elements. Overall, Madras is a gritty revenge drama that cannot be missed by cine goers.