Andrea, as the stubborn girl, has given her best performance till date, while debutant Vasanth is an apt find for the role of a judgmental and confused soul. Anjali, in the role of a traditional girl-turned-modern girl, makes her presence felt in the few scenes she appears in.
Apart from narrating the stories of a few characters, Taramani also attempts to remind people about how life should be lived — the need to empathise even with animals, the need to protect our ecology, the importance in letting others live — all in a non-preachy way.
Despite some terrific writing, Taramani becomes confusing and convoluted just like Prabhu and Althea who are really really good in their characters. However, the message is clear -- that a man's disguised misogyny inevitably shows up. As Ram perfectly puts it, this is the story about "Mottai thalaikum mozhangalukum mudichi podrathu".
Taramani has to be one of the canniest and most accurate films about a modern day city life. Maybe not everyone's life is as nasty as this, but still, most of us could relate to it one way or the other.
The film moves majorly on a narrative pattern, and that narration might not go well with a section of the audience. The film's runtime of 150 minutes seems a bit long, as the film becomes draggy towards the climax.
Verdict: Unconventional cinema, but it still is one of the most realistic urban love stories
Taramani was expected to be a film that critiques the life of the IT engineers and those who live on the periphery of this IT industry through, perhaps, a Marxist lens.
Andrea is excellent as a single working mother who, despite constantly battling the prowling eyes of men around her, walks around wearing clothes she is comfortable in. Debutant Vasanth Ravi has a good outing in his debut.
Taramani is a film that touches upon the important issues that affect today’s youth. But instead of becoming a didactic movie that preaches a little, director Ram has managed to steer clear of any such boredoms and has instead delivered a quirky and understandable drama that puts entertainment firmly above everything else.
On the whole, Taramani is a full package that goes beyond just the love stories: there’s notions of good and bad; there’s the relationship humans have with animals and the environment; and there are topics of greed, ego, and the interconnectedness of the world that we live in.