A tale that de­fines Kol­ly­wood

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FTER col­lab­o­rat­ing for eight years, direc­tor AL Vi­jay and Kol­ly­wood ac­tor Jayam Ravi have come to­gether to de­liver an ac­tion packed jun­gle ad­ven­ture suit­able for fam­ily view­ing.

Ac­tion direc­tor Stunt Silva, with 160 movies to his credit, had heaps of praise for Ravi’s Tarzan-like swing­ing from trees ac­tion se­quences where no har­nesses were used in at­tempt­ing these stunts. The unit trav­elled to the An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­land, and the forests of Viet­nam and Thai­land.

They stud­ied and ob­served tribal be­hav­iour and the ter­rain of the forests be­fore film­ing.

Silva has chore­ographed some of the tough­est and mind-blow­ing stunt se­quences in Vana­m­a­gan.

The high­light of the movie is the ac­tion scene with a tiger.

This is mu­sic direc­tor Har­ris Jayraj’s 50th movie and all the songs are hits.

The open­ing song, Damn Damn, is cer­tainly go­ing to be a craze in South Africa.

Art direc­tor Jayashree Lak­sh­mi­narayanan de­serves credit for the sets con­structed in Chen­nai and in the Tha­lakonam for­est.

The city set had a re­ally clas­sic look.

She used wood and leaves from the trees to build the tribal vil­lage.

Weapons, boats, ves­sels and other prod­ucts were also cre­ated us­ing ma­te­ri­als from the for­est.

Cin­e­matog­ra­pher Tirru should be praised for his breath­tak­ing cin­e­matog­ra­phy that car­ries Vana­m­a­gan to another cin­e­matic level.

For his tough role as a wild tribal in­hab­i­tant, Ravi shed many ki­los and toned his body to suit the role of his char­ac­ter, Vaasi.

He also watched a string of doc­u­men­taries on tribal liv­ing and spent some time and in­ter­acted with tribal com­mu­ni­ties in An­daman to bring cred­i­bil­ity to his role.

Ravi speaks a few lines in the movie and his act­ing skill shines bril­liantly.

Ravi the suave, hand­some ac­tor with a nat­u­ral swag, trans­forms him­self into a rugged be­ing with a swarthy com­plex­ion and min­i­mal cos­tume to com­plete his role as a wild man, who knows no ex­is­tence beyond his jun­gle habi­tat.

Boll­wood ac­tress Say­ee­sha makes her grand Kol­ly­wood de­but in Vana­m­a­gan and plays her role as Kavya with aplomb.

And Prakash Raj plays her guardian.

What are the con­se­quences when a jun­gle dweller, who ar­rives in Chen­nai city for the first time falls in love with Kavya, a mod­ern ur­ban dweller?

Vana­m­a­gan show­cases the har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship that ex­ists be­tween the in­dige­nous habi­tants of An­daman and na­ture and raises the ques­tion about who is the real hu­man be­ing.

Af­ter watch­ing Vana­m­a­gan, you re­alise we of the mod­ern and so called civilised so­ci­ety have lost our hu­man val­ues but yet the wild tribes con­tinue their ex­is­tence in in­no­cent har­mony among them­selves and na­ture.

Vana­m­a­gan is an ex­tra­or­di­nary high def­i­ni­tion Kol­ly­wood movie and is cur­rently on cir­cuit at Cine Cen­tre SunCoast, Dur­ban, and Rose­bank in Johannesburg.

A scene from the movie that stars Jayam Ravi and Sayye­shaa Sai­gal.

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