Release Date : Sep 12,2014
Burma (aka) Burma review

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Square Stone Films, Sudharshan Vembutty
Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Michael Thangadurai, Reshmi Menon, Sampath Raj
Direction: Dharanidharan
Screenplay: Dharanidharan
Story: Dharanidharan
Music: Sudharshan M Kumar
Background score: Sudharshan M Kumar
Cinematography: Yuva
Editing: Vivek Harshan
Art direction: Sivaraj
Stunt choreography: Mahesh
Dance choreography: Bobby Anthony
Lyrics: Aaryan Dhinesh, Kabilan, Tupakeys
PRO: Nikkhil

Burma is a crime thriller directed by Dharanidharan, starring Michael, Atul Kulkarni, Sampath and Reshmi Menon in the central roles. Sudharshan Vembutty has bankrolled the film under his banner Square Stone Pictures.

Burma is a tale of a man, who makes living out of car seizing. The film is majorly around one of his seizing assignments and the many crime stories intertwined to that one particular car.

To begin on a positive note, Michael as Burma aka Paramanandham, with his rugged, mustachioed, but smart looks, goes well with the character. On the other hand Reshmi Menon, plays the typical bubbly Tamil girl and provides the much required charm and softness to the otherwise intense subject. Sampath plays Guna, Burma’s crooked competitor and he looks very comfortable in this kind of characters. Atul Kulkarni as Settu, the boss is very convincing. He carries the role with a cool head and composure.

The other plus is that the film has been packaged in a standard gangster movie template that seems to work pretty well lately. With flashy cars and costumes, funky music, rugged men, necessary heroics and rich visuals, the film looks sleek and stylish.

Sudharshan M Kumar’s background scores are heavily influenced by the western contemporary style of music and it goes very well with the story.  

As far as Yuva’s visual, they are rich in canvas and incredibly innovative. Despite minimal movements, his inventive compositions are picturesque and laudable. A fixed top angle shot during the beginning of the movie, framed from the top of a windmill is literally the height of innovation we are talking about.

Coming to the downside, the dialogues at some places, particularly in a few romance sequences are clichéd and cheesy. There is also a serious lack of engaging factor in the first half of the movie, with the song placements playing a major role in the drag. Although, senior actors Atul Kulkarni and Sampath have done incredibly well, one might feel that they haven’t been used to their optimum.

On the other hand, the director’s astuteness in writing certain sequences, such as the climax is praiseworthy.

On the whole, Burma has a different story to tell. But it might suffer minor few drags here and there. 

Verdict: Not a bad movie; It's a fairly entertaining crime story, with a pace issue
( 2.25 / 5.0 )


Burma (aka) Burma

Burma (aka) Burma is a Tamil movie with production by Square Stone Films, Sudharshan Vembutty, direction by Dharanidharan, cinematography by Yuva, editing by Vivek Harshan. The cast of Burma (aka) Burma includes Atul Kulkarni, Michael Thangadurai, Reshmi Menon, Sampath Raj.