If you have a star on board, it’s not really possible for a director to get full marks from audiences. Rarely do we see filmmakers who believe their writing more than the stars and fortunately, in November, we saw two such promising filmmakers — Vinoth (Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru) and Gopi Nainar (Aramm), stars of the month.
What actually worked in Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru and Aramm is the meticulous writing of Vinoth and Gopi.
Vinoth’s first film Sathuranga Vettai (2014) was a huge hit and won critical acclaim but the director took three years for the release of his second film. Vinoth recalls “When I met a top rank police officer, he was pissed off with the way Tamil cinema portrayed cops. Told him that I sought this appointment only not to commit such mistakes in my film”.
Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is being celebrated as one of the best cop thrillers ever produced in Tamil cinema. Jangid, the head of ‘Operation Bawaria’ himself gave full marks to Vinoth for authentically portraying how Tamil Nadu cops nailed down the dacoits.
Gopi’s case is actually much worse, he struggled for more than three decades to achieve his dream. When Gopi alleged a popular director for lifting his story, people blamed him saying that he is one among the ten so-called assistant directors, who cunningly plan to swindle money.
Gopi says that he was supposed to do a film with Ilaiyaraaja’s music in 80’s and Superstar Rajinikanth gave nod to inaugurate the function. Just imagine, what it would take for a person to hold his dream for more than thirty years. The beauty of Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru and Aramm is that the directors were clever enough to give the scope for stardom to their protagonists but at the same time, they ensured no compromise in the core plot.
In Aramm, Nayanthara’s characterization and the way she handles politicians, corrupt officers and the climax scenes where the general public see her as a Goddesses was the biggest mass moment. Comparing to Karthi’s regular mass action films, Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru doesn’t have much hero glorification but his character stands tall mainly because of the flawless writing of Vinoth. Of course, kudos to the actors for understanding that script is more important than their stardom and that’s why these two films left a strong impression in the minds of audiences.
At the success meet of Theeran, director Vinoth said “When I narrated the script to Karthi sir, told him that the film is neither commercial nor offbeat cinema, it would travel in the middle. If Theeran turns out to be a hit, there will be many Tamil films come under this genre”.
The success of Aramm and Theeran prove that audiences are ready to watch content-driven films and the only thing they expect from the directors is to keep them entertained, there can be melodrama and silly romance but make sure to give them a unique content and entertain, success is all yours, they are ready to overlook these minor flaws.
- Rajasekar S