Taramani review-Bold and daring
Andrea steals the show with her riveting performance
Friday 11 August 2017
Vasanth Ravi, Andrea, Azhagam Perumal
Set in an upmarket glossy IT hub of Chennai, director Ram has poignantly touched upon the work pressure, evolving culture and relationship stress of youngsters but not in a preachy tone. Instead, he intelligently used his whip-smart writing and witty voice overs to ensure that the hard hitting drama entertains the audience and doesn't get melodramatic.
The film opens with a group of women from fishermen family pray for rains so that Indian team's cricket match gets cancelled and the neighboring country navy won't attack their husbands, brothers and sons. Then Ram introduces Altheya Johnson (Andrea), who works as an HR head in an IT company and earns 80k per month, she gets down from her black Activa to shield herself from heavy rains and meets a wanderer Prabhu (Vasanth Ravi).
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Prabhu tells his sad love failure to Altheya, they slowly become friends. Well, come on, how a beautiful woman would patiently listen to the story of a stranger? But you will be convinced by the voice over of Ram, he tells you that his story gets connected randomly (Mottai Thalaikum Mulangalukum Mudichu Potrathu, connecting the bald head and lower ankle).
When you are not questioning how tall buildings are constructed in marsh lands, you should not be asking how Altheya could bring sandwich and meet Prabhu at railway station, tells she is a divorce and has a son, says Ram and in fact, such quirky one liners are the film’s biggest strength.
The rest of the film is all about how Prabhu and Altheya fall for each other, their complicated relationship, separation and their redemption journey to know the importance of true love.
Apart from a poignant love story, Ram also deals with fickleness in today's relationships, extramarital affairs, greed among youngsters, ego trip and a lot of relevant issues. Metaphors like how a menacing fight between a husband and wife changes Vasanth, how the death of a pigeon changes Andrea shows the brilliance of Ram.
Andrea steals the show with her riveting performance, the way she elegantly carries herself is a treat to watch and her character will be surely remembered for a long time, especially kudos to the actress for being bold on screen by smoking and drinking, which is a rarity among Kollywood heroines. Newcomer Vasanth Ravi too has given a compelling performance, he really shines with his realistic act and raw look. Among the supporting cast, Azhagam Perumal impresses us with his touching performance in the climax with Nellai dialect and producer J Satish Kumar, Anjali too excel with their extended cameos.
Theni Eeshwar's exquisite cinematography and Yuvan's efficacious score contribute to lift the technical standards but as a film Taramani stands tall with the towering performances and radiant writing.
On the whole Taramani is bold, daring and a poignant film from Ram.
Taramani review- Verdict: Bold and daring