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
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
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
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.