After much anticipation, SJ Surya's Isai has finally been released without much of a hype. The director turned actor has taken a new avatar in this movie by embracing a new role as that of a music director. So what does Isai has to offer? Read the below mentioned review to unlock the answer.
Sathyaraj is an established and an old
fashioned music director in the industry. He is loved and respected
for his works and is termed as the greatest musician of our times.
SJ Surya who works as an assistant under Sathyaraj gets an
opportunity to compose music for a small time film.
When he seeks permission from Sathyaraj to go ahead with his
first venture as a music director, Sathyaraj doesn't oppose the
idea as he wouldn't have imagined even in his wildest dream that
one day SJ Surya would surpass him in the musical world.
When Surya uses new techniques with the help of computer and
softwares, his music gets the attention of all music lovers. Due to
the freshness and modernity his music possesses, he gradually
becomes the most sought after musician and finally overtakes
SJ Surya becomes the number one musician and also builds his own
studio. Meanwhile he falls in love with Sulagna Panigrahi(much
before he becomes famous) and also marries her. When it seems
everything he touches turns to gold, Sathyaraj displays his true
To get his glory back, Sathyaraj does whatever it takes to label
SJ Surya unfit to compose music. Can SJ Surya bounce back despite
his new and unwanted status forms the rest of the story.
All lead actors have done a fantastic job in this movie. They in
fact hold together the entire movie which would've otherwise gone
down as an ordinary film thanks to its predictable screenplay(in
the first half). Supporting actors too have done what is required
and have bailed Isai out of trouble.
Music is the soul of this movie which has been aptly named as
Isai. SJ Surya has impressed with his songs and background
score. In fact, his music doesn't sound as if it has been composed
by a new music director.
Screenplay could've been much better as the movie gets
predictable especially in the first half. But Kudos to the director
as the second half will keep you hooked to Isai. Scripting
a brave climax and executing it might be difficult for other
directors but not for SJ Surya as he pulls off an unpredictable
climax with ease. Cinematography by Soundararajan is once again
Editing by KM Riyas comes across as a disappointment as
this film would've been much better without a few unwanted scenes
which drags this movie a little over 3 hours.
Isai is a brave attempt by SJ Surya. He is one
director who can make a not-so-great story look brilliant on screen
and Isai is definitely one of his finest
Check out some of the best stills from the movie in the
SJ Surya As A Composer
Isai was announced by S. J. Surya in 2004 shortly after the
release of New. But due to other commitments, the film
failed to take off.
Spreading Good Music
It was initially revealed that AR Rahman would compose music for
Isai. But Rahman backed out due to unknown reasons.
Using The Technology
In 2011, Surya announced that the film would restart and he
would compose the film himself, describing it as a
SJ Surya initially approached Prakash Raj and Gangai Amaren for
a key role. That role later went to Sathyaraj.
Fall Of A Musician
After the soundtrack was released, Isai songs quickly
reached top 10 in Tamil music charts. The day of its release, 'isai
veesi' song had reached Tamil Top10 music charts
Facing The Media
Reports suggested that Lakshmi Rai, would play the female lead
role but Surya subsequently denied this stating that he had been
auditioning newcomers in Mumbai for the role.
Lost In Music
In May 2012, the film's first look posters were finally
revealed, with Sulagna Panigrahi under the new name
Doing It The Surya Style
Sulagna Panigrahi, an Oriya television and film actress made her
Bollywood debut in the 2011 thriller Murder 2.
Isai is a musical thriller film written and directed by
S. J. Surya. He has also composed music for the first time.
Surya With Sulagna
Surya had recently revealed that his dream was to become an
actor. But since nobody came forward to cast him in their films, he
started directing and producing films to become an actor one
Lost In Love
Other prominent actors who have made an impact in Isai
are Jayaprakash, Thambi Ramaiah, Ganja Karuppu and M. S.
The movie has been produced by S. Subbiah and Victor Raj Pandian
under the production company SS Productions.
Hero With His Guitar
Earlier, there were reports that the film narrated the tale of
the rift between South Indian musicians Ilaiyaraaja and A. R.
For The Sake Of Photoshoot
SJ Surya had earlier revealed that after auditioning over 200
new faces, Sulagna Panigrahi was finally selected and was
christened with a new name Savithri, by him.
Love In The Air
Like all SJ Surya movies, Isai too is high on romantic
scenes. His trade mark style of delivering dialogues has once again
managed to woo the audience.