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Aaranya Kaandam (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 10 June 2011 (India)
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Credited cast:
Sampath Raj ... Pasupathy
Jackie Shroff ... Singa Perumal
Ravi Krishna Ravi Krishna ... Sappai
Yasmin Ponnappa Yasmin Ponnappa ... Subbu
Rambo Raj Kumar Rambo Raj Kumar ... Gajapathy
Somasundaram Somasundaram ... Kalayan
Guru Somasundaram ... Kaalaiyan
Master Vasanth Master Vasanth ... Kodukupuli
Ajay Raj Ajay Raj
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dhilip Subbarayan
Sugunthan Sugunthan ... Mullu


It's an out and out two different story plot drama which is happening in one of the India's metropolitan city "Chennai". The first plot is where two mafia gangs competing to show power in their drug business and the other plot leads with a rural guy who is migrated to Chennai with his 10-12 year old son. The lead role was done by actor "Sambath", working has first men gangster in one of the mafia groups who's seeking for a chance to get settled in life as soon as possible. Jackie Shroff - another versatile actor from Indian cinema, rolled in this drama as 60 plus year old gangster who's not in the business actively due to his bad health and also he sex slaves a girl who's much more younger(20's) to him. Written by PAC

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The first Neo-noir film in Tamil cinema.


Action | Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Anima and Persona See more »


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INR 5 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 70,000,000
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Aaranya kaandam is superbly insane….U should Miss it at your own peril !!!!!
5 August 2011 | by ashsurawinSee all my reviews

"Aaranya Kaandam" is a story about drug trafficking and unfolds over a duration of 24 hours. The movie is based on the significant moments in the lives of the seven leading characters. It is supposedly the first new-noir film in Tamil cinema. This was one of the most awaited movies for me and it was released after almost a year of tribulations with the censor board. It won the Grand Jury award in South Asian International Film Festival last year.

The film is about narcotics and a convoluted rivalry between Singaperumal (Jackie Shroff), Gajendran (Rambo Rajkumar) and Pasupathi (Sampath Raj) attempts to grab it. The Director, Thiagarajan Kumararaja, builds up a nice tempo and takes his own time to build and establish each character.

Jackie Shroff in the character of dreadful Singam Perumal has performed outstandingly. His performance was close to perfection in many scenes, every scene of his brimming with reality.Ravi Krishna has been given a complete image makeover when compared to his earlier ventures. He has improved his acting skills a lot and portrayed emotions well on screen. Ravikrishna as Sappa ( a metaphor of fun, impotence, illiteracy…etc) will be remembered as one of the most interesting roles in his career. Sampath Raj did well and his body language, dialogue delivery boosts the mood of the film. In his intro-scene, his voice was so manly that it gave me goosebumps. He was at his best, performing with perfection throughout. Yasmeen Ponnappa is tailor-made for the character of Subbu (Subbulakshmi). Somasundaram, Rambo Rajkumar, Ajay Raj are adequate. Another character worthy of mention is the boy Kodukapuli ("Veyil" Vasanth) who deserves appreciation for his acting. His (kodukapuli) chemistry with Somasundaram (kaalayan) was highly impressive. Vinod's camera has captured the darker sides of city life well and his sense of lighting has worked wonders in bringing the right mood. Yuvan Shankar Raja has given us fantastic re-recording and background score which gave the right feel. He deserves all the praises he's been getting since the release of the film. The use of old songs in the background for some scenes that depict the mood in the scene is smart (don't know whether it was director's idea or Yuvan's) .Editing by the duo Praveen K. L. and N. B. Srikanth are crisp.

It is certainly not a movie for children or family audiences, for its highly stylised violence (Quentin Tarantino-ish) and abusive language. Thiagarajan Kumararaja has made a mighty impressive debut with a tight screenplay and superb dialogue writing. Even though many critics felt the film to be slow, I felt editing even a single scene would have dramatically brought down the effect on the audiences. Even though there were a large number of foul mouthed dialogues, they blended well with the screenplay. Others were voluntarily beeped by the team. The casting was simply perfect and acting was impeccable.

"Aaranya Kaandam" was a classy gangster tale and the way it has been conceptualized, executed definitely needs recognition. Hope Aaranya Kaandam becomes a trend setter for the new movies to come. Thiagarajan Kumararaja is a rare find and kudos to SP Charan and Capital film works for bringing him in to the realm of Tamil Cinema. Producer SPB Charan's bravery should be appreciated for producing such films (Previous CHENNAI-600028). He struggled a lot for releasing the film. #Alwaysrespect .But the sad part of Tamil cinema is that brilliant efforts like this are hardly noticed as it does not have the required masala ingredients packaged in it.

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