Irandaam Ulagam is the latest offering from the filmmaker Selvaraghavan. The director is one of most acclaimed directors in Tamil cinema although he has directed very few movies. Irandaam Ulagam, starring actor Arya and actress Anushka in the lead roles, is a fantasy love story, which has never been seen in Tamil cinema before. The movie juggles between the two worlds – the present earth that we live on and a fantasy world, which has come out brilliantly from the imagination of the director. Love is the theme of Irandaam Ulagam. The movie, however, might be ahead of its time for quite a few, who are not used to syncing into the fantasy in a quick time!
Madhu (Arya) is a kind man and this kindness makes Ramya (Anushka) fall for him. Madhu, however, rejects Ramya’s proposal. In parallel, we have Maruvan (Arya) who sees Varna (Anushka) in another world, which is full of fantasy creatures, rigid laws and rules and quite a different nature. Madhu develops love for Ramya later, but it is already too late as Ramya is about to marry another man. The love of Maruvan in the second world too faces some blocks. What happens at the end and what is the connection between the two worlds?
Director Selvaraghavan needs a huge round of applause for putting creativity and imagination as the primary focus in Irandaam Ulagam. After all, cinema is mostly a larger than life fantasy world and why one should deviate from it? And again, the director puts forth the female lead role in a strong way on screen, in fact, the driving force of the movie.
The first half of the movie juggles between the two worlds and sets the audiences nicely into the plot and gets them used to the characters well. And as usual, the problem to be solved by the lead roles is stated clearly. It is stunning to put it in one word.
The second half is where some might feel the block but still for fans that have a deep understanding and have a taste for Selvaraghavan’s movies, the second half too might appear convincing. However, one can easily feel that the director has not put across the strong feel of love through the scenes on screen. The scenes could have given more impact than they actually give.
The cameraman Raamji needs a pat on his back as his work has come out as the backbone of the movie. The visuals all are quite stunning in the second world and the movie is a visual treat. The background music by Anirudh also holds great but Harris’s songs are not great.