From the beginning of the film to its final ending, two technical aspects remain absolutely brilliant – A. R. Rahman’s music and Santosh Sivan's & Manikandan’s Cinematography. If the DVD of the film should be released with anyone’s commentary it is these guys who should be commenting!
Samir Chanda the art designer and Sabyasachi Mukherjee the costume designer did their jobs well too. Editor Sreekar Prasad must have had a tough time deciding what to do with the first half though he does his best throughout the film.
With these guys around one would think that this movie doesn’t need someone like Mani Ratnam. However few scenes have his mark, and the climax, irrespective of how the content of the film was, is stunning and spot on. Mani Ratnam dares to do what he is known to do.
The film is inspired by 'Ramayana' and uses Raagini’s character to ask following mind boggling questions to those who can put their brains to work:
- Is a man who doubts his wife a hero?
- Is a man who never touches a woman, even though she is in his complete control the villain?
- What is right and what is wrong, and who decides what is what?
- Is there an absolute Hero or Villain? What is absolute truth?
While these questions might bother few people, Mani Ratnam takes the safest route of not giving any answers. He leaves the audiences in silence, with stunning Rahman’s background song ‘Egiri Po’(Fly Away) which is not included in the audio.
It is tough to rate this film, and yet to say that this film is going to be a great watch. Watch it if you are fan of all the big names attached to it, but at your own risk of coming out of a film with a lot of questions than answers.