Directed by Vasanthabalan
Cinematography by Siddarth
Music by Karthik
Editing by Praveen K. L & Srikanth N. B
Art by J. Krishna Mourthy & Vijaya Murugan
Star cast: Aadhi, Dhanshika, Pasupathy, Archana Kavi, Singam Puli, Bharath, Anjali
Aravaan is a celluloid epic about a group of thieves from the 18th century.
Director Vasanthabalan once again proves his mettle! The unique story, perfect casting, excellent Direction and great production values are the sensational aspects of the movie.
The slow pace of the screenplay and intermittent songs are the drawbacks.
Overall, Aravaan thoroughly deserves a “Must Watch” with a rating of 4/5!
Hats off to director Vasanthabalan., The man behind serious flicks like Veyyil and Angadi Theru has come up with a period film that is laced with a purpose. He recreates the valour of Tamils in Aravaan, a movie set in 18th century.
Doing a movie based on a tale from a novel is no easy task. Many have faltered in the past. But Vasantabalan seems to be a rare exception. He pulls it off convincingly.
The movie starts with Kombuthi (Pasupathy), the chieftain of a group involved in stealing the rich and making a living. But they follow some rules in their missions. He meets one Varipuli (Aadhi). A daredevil youngster, Varipuli floors Kombudhi.
Kombudhi takes him along with him to his hamlet. Once Kombudhi is saved by Vairapuli, but the event leaves Kombudhi know about Vairapuli’s past.
He is caught by a gang who claim that he was the one who was to be offered as ‘Offering to God’.
Is Chinna sacrificed for Almighty. What happens then forms the climax.
A grand attempt that has come really good. Aravaan is a rare feather in Vasantabalan’s cap. Three cheers to Aadhi, who has lived the role of Vairapuli. He is gritty, brave and romantic. He has lived the role with ease and panache. His body language and dedication towards the role is outstanding. he does it with perfection. The film may be incomplete without Pasupathy. As Kambodhi, he has got under the skin to perform with ease and elan.
Dhanshika is beautify yet dignity personified. She is amazing and cool as Vairapuli’s ladylove. Archana Kavi as one of the female lead is astounding in pouring out right emotions. The rest of the cast contributes with zing.
Bharath and Archana kavi play a blink-and-amiss role, but has a bearing on the script.
On the technical front, the lens of Siddharth does the maximum talking. The scenes shot in natural lights and wide angles speaks a lot. Playback singer Karthik’s maiden venture as music composer is tremendous effort. The songs and background both create the right ambience.
Due credit should go to costumer Rajendran and make-up man Sarathkumar.
The real hero of the movie is T Siva, the producer. He has gathered guts to produce a mammoth venture without any commercial compromise.
With Vasantabalan’s intense homework and research and apt characters aided by state-of-the-technology filmmaking, Aravaan simply floors you.
Foiregt too many sub-plots in the second half, Aravaan manages to leave an impact.