Directed by: Manikandan Chandra Mathiazhagan
Produced by: G. N. Anbu Chezhiyan
Screenplay by: Arul Chezhiyan; M. Manikandan; Anucharan
Story by: Arul Chezhiyan
Starring: Vijay Sethupathi; Ritika Singh; Nassar; Pooja Devariya
Music by: K
Cinematography: N. Shanmuga Sundaram
Edited by: Anucharan
Running time: 146 minutes
Seeran Review: One of the good entertaining movies I have seen recently. Seeing the trailer itself I thought to somehow get a seat in the theatre just for the name Gandhi of the protagonist. But due to my financial and time constrains I could watch it only after two months of its theatrical release.
Within first 10 minutes I knew that it is going to be one of my favourite entertainment film. But I was not sure of how the climax sequence will be matched with the strike of the first half the film. Though the second half the film was bit slowly, it was not as though it was thus by the carelessness of the team.
After about 20 minutes when Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) jokes about the name entered in the passport, we could see difference in the emotional coincidence as the close-up shot changes into long-short. I love the comedy sequence during the visa struggle at the British embassy, though getting out of the logic of how friend of Gandhi got the visa. ‘So that only myself and Gandhi are going to London’. I loved when the officer at the British embassy spoke in Tamil. After seeing court (2014), I loved the court scene in this film where they did tried to bestow reality atleast partially.
So as for the film, it is one of the watch worthy entertainers of recent Tamil film. As one of the characters named Nelson, reminded me of the Eelam Tamil. Though many of our Indian friends are living in many of the European countries, here in Tamilnadu it is very hard to hear the accent of Tamil. The film also employed many of the dialogues which emotionally touched the heart of majority of Indians who remained just remote holders seeing the massacres in T.V. Baradwaj Rangan of the hindu said ‘Manikandan and his writing team (Arul Chezhiyan, Anucharan) should hold classes for other Tamil filmmakers who want the story-screenplay-dialogue credit but reveal little understanding of these elements. Everything in Aandavan Kattalai is there for a reason.’
Though I understand a reading of the war cannot give the overall understanding of the start of the strike, it is our duty to argue with those data which will be made authentic for the coming years
For over 25 years, the war caused significant hardships for the population, environment and the economy of the country, with an initial estimated 80,000–100,000 people killed during its course. The 32-month presence of the IPKF in Sri Lanka resulted in the deaths of 1200 Indian soldiers and over 5000 Sri Lankans. The cost for the Indian government was estimated at over ₹10.3 billion. The largest battle of the war took place in July 1991, when 5,000 LTTE fighters surrounded the army’s Elephant Pass base, which controlled access to the Jaffna Peninsula. More than 2,000 died on both sides in the month-long siege. The LTTE responded by launching Operation Unceasing Waves and decisively won the Battle of Mullaitivu on 18 July 1996, leaving 1,173 army troops dead. In January 1997 heavy fighting around Paranthan and the Elephant Pass complex took the lives of 223 Army troops. In September 1999 the LTTE massacred 50 Sinhalese civilians at Gonagala. On 26 December 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami hit Sri Lanka, killing more than 35,000 people and leaving many more homeless. There was also the Kebithigollewa massacre in which the LTTE attacked a bus, killing at least 64 Sinhalese civilians and prompting more air strikes by the Air Force. “I am relieved by the conclusion of the military operation, but I am deeply troubled by the loss of so many civilian lives. The task now facing the people of Sri Lanka is immense and requires all hands. It is most important that every effort be undertaken to begin a process of healing and national reconciliation”.
Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_Civil_War