Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Yaavarum Nalam

Introduced by Maniratnam through ‘Allaipayuthe’, this actor has grown up with the experience he got from the tamil and hindi film industry. Madhavan has done a variety of roles in films like ‘Anbe Sivam’, ‘Minnale’, ‘Rang de Basanthi’, ‘Kannathil Muthamittaal’, ‘Mumbai Meri Jaan’, ‘Guru’, ‘Evano Oruvan’ etc. Now his new film ‘Yavaraum Nalam’ is produced by big banner Big Pictures and it is scripted and directed by Vikaram Kumar.

The story starts when the hero and his brother started living with their wives and mother in a flat recently bought by them. As days passed, something unusual started happening in their place. Other than the hero, nobody is aware of such things. He tries to find a solution for the problem. I am not going into the story details. The cause of negative things got revealed in the climax and how they all get rid of the problem is the theme of ‘Yaavarum Nalam’.

The theme must be familiar to you through some of the horror films directed by Ram Gopal Varma. Yes, here also the director has followed the RGV style of making. Those who have seen films like ‘Bhoot’, ‘Raat’, ‘Kaun’, ‘Darna Mana Hai’ etc might be able to know why Varma is being differentiated from other directors. It is good to see that director Vikram Kumar who has given an action film like ‘Alai’ with Silambarasan, Trisha before has been inspired by RGV style. The most of the scenes are happening inside the flat apartment. There we can see different type of characters like a dog, television, lift, mobile etc. which has also “performed well “, as the script demanded. So as a whole the film is presented in a different style.

The senior cinematographer PC Sreeram has given a good support to the director with some excellent shots. The placement of camera inside the lift is an example. Tubbi Parik’s background score goes well with the temper. Editor Sreekar Prasad, Art director Sameer Chanda and Audiographer Lakshmi Narayanan also played their roles well. Madhavan, who has done an important character, shines exceptionally as usual. Neetu Chandra comes in his wife’s role. This north Indian lady has performed brilliantly in her debut tamil film. Their husband-wife chemistry has also worked out well. The conversation between each members of the family is also good and straight. The grading (color tone) of the film matches the mood very well.

There is no need to look for a big logic in such a theme. We have seen many horror subjects. But here the director had tried a different type of imagination. (Only one negative one can point out is the fact that what all things which are aware by the hero are not known to the rest of the family members; but those ladies who are serial maniacs won't have such an IQ as expected...)

‘Yaavarum Nalam’ is a horror-psycho subject presented in the best and different way it can. The creators have raised the issue and also mentioned the solution there itself, so you please don’t interfere in such things; just enjoy it and come.

Rating : 4 / 5

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