Sunday, January 4, 2009


I started my newyear watching a tamil flick...

Balu Mahendra, Vipin Mohan, Santhosh Sivan, Rajeev Menon, Amal Nirad etc. were great cinematographers who later took the role of directors. To be one among the chart, there is yet another protagonist named Saravanan, who took camera for films like ‘Thiruppachi’, ‘Tiger’, ‘Smart City’, 'Alibhai', ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ etc. has now directed a tamil film with “little super star“ Silambarasan (Simbu) as the hero. It is produced by Lakshmi Movie Makers (their 25th film).

Simbu plays the role of a temple priest; he is simple and has got a long hair tied closely to his head. He is not aggressive. He lives with his grandfather (Nedumudi Venu). The heroine (Sana Khan) tries to win the hero’s heart. In the course, jus t before interval there happens two songs and two fights where he doesn’t shows his identity.

In the second half the story reaches a flashback area when his uncle (Prabhu), who was in jail for years, is released. He came to the temple in search of the hero. Thus the latter is aware of his life story. As every village stories, here also we are having rivalries between two families. It happens 20 years before. There the hero’s father (Simbu’s double role getup) and mother (Sneha) lives. Their love episode is also shown through a song. The younger son in the villain’s family is responsible for destroying all the members in the hero’s family. He is still alive for the young hero to take revenge in the current period.

‘Silambattom’ has got all the ingrediants of a Simbu film. It has got 5 songs. Hero’s favorite music director Yuvan Shankar Raja has given some peppy numbers. Ilayaraja’s hit number “Vachikkava Unnai Mattum…” is remixed, “Where’s the party tonight…” song has got a mix of folk and western rock, Ilayaraja himself sang a duet for this film. Simbu has performed well in the dance sequences. Most of the songs have got the outro bg music required for the hero to perform solo for few seconds.

Kanal Kannan gave some fast action scenes. Cinematographer Madhie’s work is also appreciatable. Santhanam is also there in the party to create some laughter, but not upto the mark. Another notable name in the technical area is DonMax, the young malayalee editor introduced for the first time in tamil field. We knows this name through films like ‘Tiger’, ‘Chinthamani Kolacase’, ‘Rashtram,’ ‘Hallo’, Moonnamathoraal’, ‘Paradesi’, ‘Thalappavu’, ‘Alibhai’ etc. Anyway it is proud to see that another Keralite crossed the border to acquire big name in the industry.

‘Silambattom’ belongs to the real genre of usual tamil films only. Those who want such a treat from Simbu can try it.

Rating : 3 / 5


senthu said...

Mr prasanth why did u gave rating 3/5..... for a worst film like silambattam........
I never expected such a comment frm you..... my money & time got waste......

K.S Ravikumar said...

hi mr prasanth im donmax editor here your film reviews are great .thx for the few words abt me