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SAAYANGALAM 5 MANI MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Sarath, Malini, Ravi Bharathi, Meera Krishnan,
Rathi Bala, Selvam, Malathi.
S.P.S. Mediaa works
attempts in technical panoramas deserve
special praises for ‘Sanikizhamai
Saayangalam 5 Mani’. A daring technical
attempt, the movie takes an unusual route
in the second half that categorizes the
film under the genre of ‘Crime-
What differentiates ‘Sanikizhamai
5 Mani’ is the factor that it is the world’s
first full length feature-film shot with a HDSLR still
camera. Made with a Canon HDSLR - 5D Mark 2 and a
Canon HDSLR - 7D, the film offers a different experience
in the visual aspects.
the title signifies, the film starts at 5 p.m. on
a Saturday and ends at the same time the following
Saturday. When the heroine Maha (Malini) decides to
elope and marry her boyfriend Sakthi (Sarath), she
goes missing during her bus journey from Kodaikanal
to Batlagundu. As the entire family is discombobulated,
Maha’s uncle Aathi begins his investigation.
Sakthi, along with his pals sets out to unravel the
mystery behind her disappearance. The journey is filled
with some unexpected twists, turns and emotional realms.
Cinematographer Guhan’s ability to utilize the
HDSLR to the fullest yields good results. Worth mentioning
is his creative composition of shots. But we do feel
that the picturing of songs could have been better.
In recent times, crime-thriller subjects haven’t
been so common in Kollywood. The film basically carries
an engaging screenplay with some good twists. In the
first half, the director takes time to unveil the
plot, probably planning to capture the viewers’
attention more in the second half. Though this gives
a feeling that the first half is a little lengthy,
the second half makes us sit and notice as Ravi Bharathy
has induced interesting moments in unfolding the plot.
A couple of sequences have been crafted well that
involves the protagonist planning through a conversation
between mother-son: ‘Search from the same way
you came, you will find it’. That’s an
apt metaphorical reference. The cop’s emotional
display when an abandoned body is carried from the
step is again a good job. Disentangling the knots
by the protagonist is neat, especially evident in
the tracing of phone calls that leads to Moonar.
The star cast could have fared even better to give
more life to the storyline. The good looking hero
Sarath has scope for growth in the tinsel world, if
only he could slightly fine tune his emotions. Malini’s
performance could have been better too. Foot tapping
numbers are worth mentioning.
Overall, ‘Sanikizhamai Sayangalam 5 Mani’
has some brilliant flashes and it’s laudable
that Ravi Bharathy has exercised his ability to narrate
an exclusive tale. It is true that the film could
have found an exclusive place in Tamil cinema if it
had a tighter screenplay and strong performances but
director Ravi Bharathy and his crew must be lauded
for their effort to conceptualize a unique essay which
makes the movie a decent watch.
Verdict: A new technical initiative in Tamil
Sayangalam 5 Mani,
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