The word ‘Chennai’ or its preceding name ‘Madras’ has always been an intriguing part of everyone’s life here… When we look into the lives of people dwelling out here, they aren’t just about being ‘Chennaite’, but the city happens to be collaged lives of people from various parts of the country. It’s the beauty of Chennai and there have been many films signifying the beauty of its realistic approach. We have seen the pub lives as in ‘Thoonga Vanam’ or the stark lives in slums through ‘Kaaka Muttai’. With ‘Maanagaram’, yet another city based tale hitting screens, we find it more special for the plot revolves around the tales of many characters all intercrossing over a point of time. During this juncture, we bring out few more movies of such instances, where the story is based on the lives of many characters with different backdrops, but all bouncing upon each other by situational impact.
Many claimed it to be a faint inspiration from Alejandro Gonzalez’s Amros Perros and yes, the basic treatment of story had its toast of such instance, but the similarity ended up. The film showcased youngsters from three different strata of Chennai and their very own lifestyles. In fact, it had its esthetic and rustic elements of portraying the roles of Madhavan, Suriya and Siddarth with the colours of Red, White and Blue, which denoted that the city of Chennai is loaded with Red – Furious need for Power, Money and Fame, Green – Need for Revolution and Prosperity and Blue – City of Dreams.
Well, this film happens to be a remake of critically acclaimed Telugu movie ‘Vedam’ and it was very well translated into Tamil with good adaption. Filmmaker Krish clearly made it more appealing with the right projections of Chennai localities. The film had various characters – STR, Bharath, Prakash Raj, Anushka Shetty and Saranya Ponvannan with their own issues and problems and their lives have its unexpected turn of joy, pain, heaven and redemption in different dimensions.
If you’ve to carry out a film that had a realistic and rustic portrayal of a movie set against the backdrops of Chennai, Aaranya Kaandam stands out to be blunt and blatant lives of few characters that have its crucial hours between dawn and dusk, where their ordinary lives go through an inevitable transformation. This film holds an impeccable attention for being a film that focused upon the Northern Chennai zones.
It’s really an incredible movie as it carried a beautiful and engrossing tale, where the main characters don’t meet, but their lives are influenced by each others’ small action. Starring Shri and Harish in lead roles, this film had a neat and perfect illustration of Chennai lives and this Thriller-Drama had its engrossing elements of entertainment too.
Unnai Pol Oruvan
Although the film happens to be a remake of super hit Bollywood movie ‘A Wednesday’, it was very well conceptualized for its Chennai adaption. The film showcases the lives of different characters from Kamal Haasan, Mohanlal to Anuja Iyer and Ganesh Venkataraman, where they deal with a life over a day time.
Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara
The film had its best treatment of script in a hilarious drama style, though it conveyed a strong message. It is regarded as the evergreen Chennai based comedy film, where it traverses through the lives of various characters – Vijay Sethupathi, Ashwin, Naan Kadavul Rajendran-Vinoth, an innocent man who boozes in wine shop and his wife being hit by Ashwin on accident.
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