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Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hour 28 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Prabhu Deva Studios Cast: Arvind Swami, Hansika Motwani, Jayam Ravi Direction: Lakshman Screenplay: Lakshman Story: Lakshman Music: D Imman Background score: D Imman Cinematography: Soundararajan Editing: Anthony

We witness the release of plenty of movies week after week. People tend to categorize movies into different genres and are often turned off when they get to watch similar movies over and over again. Here is one movie that doesn't take the usual route. Though a little superficial, Bogan's core premise is fresh for Tamil cinema.

Jayam Ravi is an honest cop, Arvind Swami is an incredibly powerful intelligent con man, and Hansika is the typical Tamil film heroine who comes for a couple of love scenes and songs; Bogan starts off as yet another cop love drama. Jayam Ravi dances in the streets and then starts shooting at a few goons. We could later grasp that it is a police operation (God knows what mission it was!). The next 20 minutes is about how Jayam Ravi falls in love with Hansika. This portion really slows the pace of the film.

Then comes the man of the show, Arvind Swami. How one of his con acts leads to a battle with Jayam Ravi forms the crux of the story. Bogan is not just that, it has more surprises that are better seen than reading.

There is a fantasy element in the film which looks fascinating during the early parts of the movie but gets a little boring towards the end, especially during the climax sequences. Lakshman's dexterity in coming up with few an intelligent storyline needs to be praised, but the overall execution could have been better. The pre-climax and climax portions look hurried, and one feels this script demands a better ending. Had the screenplay in the second half been better and tighter, we would have had an outright winner in Bogan.

Villain's character sketch is well written. He looks so deadly. But someone who is so intelligent and powerful gets a similar ending just like in any another masala film, isn’t  convincing. Let’s not muster with the logical loopholes of the movie as the core concept deals with a fantasy element, but one feels more detailing should have been given to the fantasy part.

Both Jayam Ravi and Arvind Swami rock the floor with their towering screen presence. Hansika, on the other hand, looks bubbly and adds to the glamour quotient.  Soundarajan's hard work in the cinematography department can be noted. D Imman's background music thrusts the movie upwards. But apart from ‘Damaal Dumeel’ track no other song leaves an impact. Antony's editing also deserves praises with sleek cuts in the fast-paced sequences of the movie. However, one might get the feeling that the film could have been trimmed a little more. The love portions in the film could also have been controlled to make it a better arrangement altogether.


Verdict: Had there been a sharper screenplay, "Bogan" could have been a better watch!


2.75 5 ( 2.75 / 5.0 )









Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Dec 03,2016

Bogan is an upcoming action entertainer starring Jayam Ravi, Aravind Swamy and Hansika Motwani in lead roles.  Music for the film is composed by D.Imman.

Damaalu Dumeelu 

Singers: D.Imman and Anirudh Ravichander
Lyrics: G.Rakesh

An interesting number which claims to be a tribute for all Kollywood heroes is quite enjoyable with feisty trumpets, fun filled rhythm section and power packed vocals. The song sets the stage for an enjoyable album which acts like a duel between local drums and modern Hip-Hop beats. The chord progressions are quite appealing for a mass song of this sort.


Singers: D.Imman, Luksimi
Lyrics: Thamarai

Time for a typical Imman style melody with swift guitars, neat bass work and lovely vocals of Luksimi are the highlight of the song. The song has ominous yet lovely chord progression. It slowly gathers pace with high voltage rhythm section with an alternative rock twist. The interludes are adept with usage of nostalgic harmonica which takes the listener to a one way trip to the golden era of music.

Koodivittu Koodu

Singers: D.Imman, Jyoti Nooran, Aravind Swamy
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

A deep philosophical number from the powerful vocals of Aravind Swamy himself arrives next. The usage of mesmerizing strings and gripping rhythm suit the song’s theme quite well. Imman plays with his prime strengths of rendering folk numbers and he does with good perfection. The flavours of Nata Bhairavi are heard throughout which touch other realms as well. Jyoti Nooran does a good job with her peppy vocals for this number.

Yaaro Yaaro Avan

Singers: D.Imman, Vijay Prakash
Lyrics: Aravi

Vijay Prakash arrives with his forte of singing power packed numbers with a tinge of sadness and philosophy in the midst of tense rhythm arrangements. The song follows the classical raga Panthuvarali and the bass work follows the tune with amazing ease. Vijay Prakash makes no mistakes with his thunderous voice which also exhibits multiple shades of emotions. The duel between Sitar and electric guitar in the first interlude is quite appealing.

Vaarai Vaarai

Singers: D.Imman, Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghoshal
Lyrics: Madhan Karky

A very interesting number with the superior vocals of Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya leads this composition and this song also has the ominous feel with the so called classical touch. With the shades of Hindustani Raaga Puriya Dhansri, the song travels to far many realms in the terms of experimentation and arrangements. Shankar Mahadevan joins this feast with his own style but the song doesn’t  have any changeovers which would have sounded much better.

Senthooran (reprise)

Singers: D.Imman and Inno Genga
Lyrics: Thamarai and Inno Genga

The most melodious song of the album arrives in the reprise form from the vocals of D.Imman himself and he gives an innocent feel to the entire composition. The orchestration is quite minimalistic with piano touches and very mild rhythm base. However, the punch of original is missing in this version.

Spooky Bogan 

A swift yet fun filled theme featuring a haunting whistle as the lead and digital sequencing is quite gripping and gives the album the additional punch required. Despite the de-ja-vu of Imman’s earlier compositions, it manages to strike the right chord.

Verdict: Bogan manages to entertain with its own share of melodies and paced number numbers. However, much more novelty is expected from a competent composer like D.Imman.
( 2.75 / 5.0 )

Bogan (aka) Bogun

Bogan (aka) Bogun is a Tamil movie. Arvind Swami, Hansika Motwani, Jayam Ravi are part of the cast of Bogan (aka) Bogun. The movie is directed by Lakshman. Music is by D Imman. Production by Prabhu Deva Studios, cinematography by Soundararajan, editing by Anthony.