Ten minutes into the movie, I was confused why there was a coke can in my hand. That’s how hooked Madras gets you. There isn’t single moment where you get to leave your brain go astray or even feel impatient. This is a big achievement, and Pa .Ranjith and Karthi can proudly pat themselves in the back for this.
Before I start raving about the movie, lets quickly get the mundane disappointments away. The ending was rushed and felt disoriented; there were a couple of unwanted songs and the heroine felt quite plastic in her expression. Plus the wall of all problems kept popping up at every other scene and seemed to over shadow other important things.
That said, let’s get to the good points. The overall winner here is the cool casual way the screenplay was written, especially when it’s capturing the heart and soul of North Madras. Unlike many other movies that showed this area with darkness, here we got to see the life that existed. The day to day activities that juxtaposed itself with the huge housing colony, its members were beautiful to look and enjoy. To see that, here too exists a life which unlike many other parts of the city is more conflicted, is more brazen, where loyalty isn’t a mere word; has been captured at its rawest.
So hats off to Ranjith and his team.
Frankly I was thrilled with the supporting cast of the movie, they were simply too good. Be it the mother, who somehow manages to add her line at every possible context, to the Tanglish speaking half-mad Jhonny- they fit roles to the T. But my all time favourite was the granny; her comic sense was rib-tickling.
Karthi is back, and this time with a hit deserving to his abilities. His ability to show rawness is different and very interesting. He is among those very few actors like Danush and Vikram who can flip between comic timing and seriousness, like flipping a switch.
But the real hero here, like I mentioned before is the screenplay. It’s fast, slick and ties everything neatly. There are times we try to guess the outcome and come out pleasantly surprised.
The movie does tries to preach, but thankfully doesn’t stray too much. A film of such genre, with a rag-tag cast usually falls in the hands of a new comer or a struggling actor. So, though it’s surprising to see actors like him do it, it feels good to know that they aren’t afraid to experiment.
All the more good for us, for we love a good experiment, till the movie releases
then we tend to sing a different tune.
But who cares as longs as then film is awesome right?