Release Date : Aug 01,2014
Jigarthanda (aka) Jigar Thanda review

Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Kathiresan
Cast: Karunakaran, Lakshmi Menon, Siddharth, Simha
Direction: Karthik Subbaraj
Screenplay: Karthik Subbaraj
Story: Karthik Subbaraj
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Background score: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Gavemic U Ary
Dialogues: Karthik Subbaraj
Editing: Vivek Harshan
Stunt choreography: Billa Jagan
Dance choreography: Baskar
PRO: Nikkil Murugan
Jigar means HEART. Thanda means COLD. A tale of a cold hearted murderer sophistically narrated and quintessentially delivered. After Pizza, Karthik Subbaraj decided to make a movie on the very first script he ever wrote for a debut film, which is now Jigarthanda. When creators are hindered by the writer's block, they make the actual process involved in making a product, the final product.

A film is an audio - visual narration of a story, event or an incident. The director has utilized the nuances and aspects of filmmaking to tell a gripping tale of hope, dream, vengeance and an out wittingly smart filmmaker. Any department of filmmaking that becomes more noticeable than the narration witnessed, is either overdone or not to the point. Jigarthanda scores more on the sound design and close to the real art set-up, confirming it to be a highly qualifying outcome silencing the technically inclined film buffs.
With the story, screenplay and the direction at its best of astuteness, Jigarthanda will be one of the most easily interpretable movies of this year. There are no unwanted jabbers or hiccups in the non-linear narration making it a strain or disengaging the audience.

Gavemick's cinematography illuminates the story to the fullest giving the much needed tone and grit to the story. Vivek Harshan's cuts deal the rugged shot divisions smoothly to inter-link the footage and the intentional narration.
Somebody like Siddharth agreeing to be a part of a movie where it is all scored by the antagonist needs special mention. Widely known for his professionalism, Siddharth's effortless acting comprehends his character. Billa Jagan's action choreography is believable. Bobby Simha, playing a margin over his actual age is bound to grab the attention of biggies for this lifetime role of a soul sucking, villainous gangster who just can't stand being a ploy for laughter.
Karunakaran still rejoicing his act from his previous films, evokes laughter with his not much of a fuss acting. Lakshmi Menon is apt and beautiful. List of fresh faces justifying their roles, exhibits the director's ability to extract work. Hit machine Santhosh Narayanan's newly sounding tunes in the background packages the scenes the director might have imagined while narrating them to the producer.

With so much to tell, the crispy first half lands on a more to be detailed second half. The only complaint that can possibly be raised against the movie, is its two hours and fifty minutes length. But Karthik's ability to make us glued to the seats with vicious cycles of extremely interesting twists and turns is truly outstanding.
Jigarthanda is raw, clearly told and properly delivered. Every scene you see has a purpose, experimenting on the grounds of realism and relativity. When films about films miserably fail, this dessert will be a genuine crowd puller. With a list of actors, tons of shots and hundreds of applause evoking dialogues, Jigarthanda is a beautifully orchestrated story.
Verdict: A raw, gritty & imaginative crowd-pleaser
( 3.5 / 5.0 )


Jigarthanda (aka) Jigar Thanda

Jigarthanda (aka) Jigar Thanda is a Tamil movie with production by Kathiresan, direction by Karthik Subbaraj, cinematography by Gavemic U Ary, editing by Vivek Harshan. The cast of Jigarthanda (aka) Jigar Thanda includes Karunakaran, Lakshmi Menon, Siddharth, Simha.