THis one has Quite the TItanic feel to it..in content...pretyt british lass falling gor a local son-of-the-soil wrestler...
but vidhi vilayaadivittadhu(fate played football)
I never saw the movie..but have heard rave reviews...\\would love to hear your opinions about it
that quite clearly define what it is not.
set in the pre-independence era carries the
of portraying the freedom struggle.
makes little or no attempts to get into
the events of the freedom struggle and
achievement of independence from British
important events that have a bearing on the
But, those events have not been shown in
have any of the legendary names associated
freedom been depicted. So, Madharasapattinam
a documentation of the freedom struggle and
associated with it. Then what is it?
by : Behindwoods review board
Arya, Amy Jackson, Nasser,
M. S. Bhaskar.
A L Vijay
G V Prakash Kumar
Kalapathi S. Aghoram
Get ready to be transported back
Madras. The makers have promised
from Chennai to
that is exactly what has been
through this movie. But, is it
trip back in time or is there
look forward to? Before we begin
Madharasapattinam for what it
us lay down
It is a love story set against the backdrop
that is on the verge of independence. A
lady (Amy Jackson) is visiting India. She is
a family that is well connected to the
of power in the Madras presidency. As it is,
are brewing between the British and Indians
the country. That rubs off on a small washer
in Madras who stand in the way of the
personnel when they attempt to evict them
place. It hurts the ego of a highly placed
officer who challenges a young dhobi (Arya)
one-on-one which would decide the fate of
The British lady happens to be a silent
to all that transpires between the British
dhobi community; she notices the young man
the courage to stand up to a mighty force.
finds herself attracted to this man who also
to be reciprocating those feelings. But, the
between the two does not escape the eyes of
hierarchy who look down upon the relation as
to the family and the empire. With freedom
and the British getting ready to leave the
time is running out for the couple who have
a decision between love and country. What
to the love story that faces the wrath of
whose ego has been badly bruised by the
Watch Madharasapattinam to find out.
The storyline and the events might sound a
to you. Yes, there are points in the movie
is able to draw parallels to other great
opening portions remind us of Titanic, while
thrown by the British at the dhobi community
us a Lagaan feel. But, in spite of all this,
has a unique identity and the reason for
that is in
the title of the film itself - Madras. That
single biggest highlight of the movie.
Full marks to the team of Madharasapattinam
Madras, which existed only in photos,
and minds of people who lived during that
most of us do not have a very clear idea
Madras would have looked like before 1947,
is good enough to convince us that this is
representation. First on the order of merit
this possible is the art department headed
Kumar. We are taken to a Mount Road (not
that is not overflowing with traffic, the
the haloed building of the Madras Central
Buckingham Canal which once was the backbone
very efficient drainage system of the city.
even shown a Cooum that is not filthy; which
to imagine, considering the state of the
days. All sets are exquisitely constructed
very original. Hordes of junior artistes
employed in proper period attire to add to
feel. What is provided by the art department
of magnificent sets has been enhanced into a
on screen experience through Nirav Shah's
The cinematographer is in top form capturing
in all its glory. The tone adopted to give a
theme is apt.
Other technical aspects of
a delight, especially G.V. Prakash's
music. The small touches that he has
when the love between the lead couple begins
are wonderful. The songs too are a treat,
'Vaama Dorayamma' and 'Aaruyire'.
Though there is a feeling that adding a few
pieces here and there would have made it
perfect for the movie. Costumes of the
are almost perfect, especially Amy
Performances are a real delight in
The one who walks away with the top honors
Jackson for a beautiful portrayal of a lady
her love and the mighty empire. She looks
beautiful, emotes well through her
and is able to earn the sympathy of the
during tough times. Arya is perfect for the
of the dhobi who is also a wrestler. He is
manly, yet soft and romantic when it is
A convincing performance. The rest of the
is spot on in delivering the goods. The
looks convincing as the colonial power. VMC
delights as the dubashi (translator) lending
moments of fun as he plays around with
he does not know. Nasser brings power and
to the character that he portrays. The lady
the aged Amy Jackson, through whose memory
is told, also impresses a great deal
While there are positives aplenty for
there are one or two aspects that could have
better. The dialogues do not seem to be the
would have been spoken before 1947, the
very contemporary, especially the Tamil
One can overlook this in a commercial film.
the proper 1940s Madras Tamil could have
way for the movie. There are quite a few
(understandably), but they do not look like
or act as a barrier between the film and the
the subtitles have been done well.
Overall, Madharasapattinam is a film that
back in time and shows you a Madras that
in photos and memory. Hats off to the entire
for making this possible and kudos to Vijay
this team and pulling off the huge task.
to AGS Films for taking up such a subject
have definitely cost a lot.
Madharasapattinam is a
pretty often seen love story where poor boy
rich girl, much to the angst of the family.
is the backdrop and the treatment that make
it a different
experience. Watch Madharasapattinam for some
art work, cinematography, performances and
an effort that is a rare occurrence in Tamil
But, do not look for a documentation of the
struggle and other historical milestones.
the trip from Chennai to Madharasapattinam
Enjoyable trip to Madras Presidency!