Movie : Bhooloham
Directed by : N. Kalyanakrishnan
Produced by : Viswanathan Ravichandran
Written by : S. P. Jananathan
Starring : Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Prakash Raj, Nathan Jones, Ponvannan, Narayan
Music by : Srikanth Deva
Cinematography : S. R. Sathish Kumar
Edited by : V. T. Vijayan, N. Ganeshkumar
Production company : Aascar Film Pvt. Ltd
Release dates : 24 December 2015
Running time : 143 minutes
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Budget : 24 crore
Jayam Ravi with this movie has proved that he has become an artist who has attained understanding of the art and its purpose after a stupendous “Thani Oruvan” with his brother. The movie at every stage portrays the massive efforts taken by him as he has attained originality in the body language and the local North Chennai slang where the story revolves. Trisha’s character is not one just like any other heroine and the character has a good purpose. However unwanted forced glamour is one that puts her at the back stage as it does nothing to add value to the process of narration.
A huge round of applause goes to the director who has done a perfect job in casting every artist. From Prakash Raj, Ponvannan, Shanmugarajan to Nathan Jones, every artist fits appropriately into their proposed characters. The basic skeleton of the story is also impressive showing that the director has done enough research to show how big corporate companies thrive on petty community clashes, advertisements and the means to reap monetary benefits. These are the reasons why we can confidently declare the efficiency of the director’s table in the pre-production process of this film.
Through the first half the director takes time to show the multiple characters in the movie, the reasoning behind the anger, the little heat between two communities elevated to the next level by a sports channel run by Prakash Raj and then the all-important Boxing Championship. The director sets a perfect milieu for the fight by blending the rightful ingredients and clearly portrays how corporate companies use their skills to mint money out of every available slot. Prakash Raj too pulls of the trigger as the CEO of a sports channel as he keeps looking at every single opportunity to lure advertisers by spicing up the heat on the local Boxing community.
The main cut turn for the movie is when Bhooloham knocks out his opponent Arumugam and starts realizing how dangerous violent Boxing can be. Nathan Jones, the huge Troy star then walks in through the second half and steals the show as he shares a few lighter moments other than his fabulous boxing moves.
The climax episode featuring the boxing match looks real in all the aspects. Pseudo heroism has also been avoided and that enhances the believability and acceptance of the viewer. Though this episode goes on for a long time, it engages well without any lag.
Though the film is applauded in many aspects it is Srikanth Deva’s music that marks the first main drawback for the film. The BGM too hasn’t done justice at any time and repetitive use of certain templates troubles a lot. Though pairing for the second time with Jayam Ravi he has failed to do the magic which took his first pairing to success.
SR Sathish Kumar’s work with the camera is another added plus for the film as he has made every frame authentic with accordance to the raw nature of the film.
However with so much applauds in the film there is something which has troubled the process, leading to disturbances in the overall output and it is the threats that it had in the production and post-production stage.
To sum up, if the team had taken care of consistency issues in the narration and the production and post-production stage issues, Bhooloham would have turned out a better product ticking all boxes right.
Verdict : A strong punch to finish the year