Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 Hours 06 Minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: ARM Productions, Fox Star Studios Cast: Gautham Karthik Direction: Rajkumar Periasamy Screenplay: Rajkumar Periasamy Story: Rajkumar Periasamy Music: RH Vikram, Vishal Chandrashekhar Background score: Vishal Chandrashekhar Cinematography: Anish Tharun Kumar Dialogues: Rajkumar Periasamy Editing: Prasanna GK Stunt choreography: Anbariv Singers: Anirudh Ravichander Lyrics: GKB, Kabilan, Na Muthukumar, Vivek Velmurugan

Apart from directing good commercial Tamil films, AR Murugadoss is known for producing some quality flicks majorly featuring debut directors. Through Rangoon, he introduces another promising young filmmaker, Rajkumar Periyasamy who happens to be his former associate.

Rangoon is a crime thriller with the core being smuggling. Over the years, we have come across a lot of films that talk about illegal trading but where Rangoon scores is when it gives another dimension to the overall concept. This one is more real and in depth than most of the Tamil movies that dealt with similar concepts.

Though the core concept is so raw, the treatment is largely commercial. That is where Rajkumar Periasamy had made use of the guessing game, leaving the audience to keep thinking about what would happen next. Some may find the story to be predictable while some would say it lost track midway and deviated post interval point but that is the nature of the script and the director has done whatever he could do to tell that in an engaging manner.

The kind of research that has gone behind the project is commendable and at no point, Rajkumar has bombarded his exploration onto the floor and has only used them as a guiding force. Screenplay in the first half look really tight but some might feel that the second half is a little draggy. The emotions look real in most places; however, scenes could have been enacted better. But still, for a debutant to have extracted the kind of work from a bunch of lesser known stars is meritorious.

Probably Rangoon is Gautham Karthik’s best work till date and it could very well give his career a much-needed break. Adequate concentration has been given to make Gautham look like a real slum boy. The overall setup is indigenous right from the set designs, characters involved, their slang and also the dialogues. Another worthy mention is Lallu, the boy from KTVI and 8 Thottakkal. Apart from Gautham Karthik, his role connects well with the audience.

The love portion seems unnecessary. Is it a compulsion to have a love track that does not fit into the script? Sana Makbul looks pleasing but should add few more expressions to her gallery. You get pretty much the same expressions for all the situations from her.

RH Vikram makes an impressive debut as a music director, his songs work well with the visuals. Particularly ‘Foreign Return’ track works well with the masses and ‘Yathriga’ song lingers in your heart well after you leave the theatre.


Verdict: A well-researched, raw crime thriller from a promising debutant!


3 5 ( 3.0 / 5.0 )








Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : May 30,2017

Composer: RH Vikram
Vocals: Navin Iyer
Lyrics: Na Muthukumar

A major plus for this track is that Late Na Muthukumar has penned this composition which is sure to give you goosebumps. This track is most definitely the pick of the album. Simply because of the efficient usage of so many instruments which are barely heard in the Indian film music scene. This track is the travel song and justice is served by its lyrics. A Burmese touch is all over the song as string instruments like the Burmese Harp, the Oud, Saz and the Viola are used coherently. Incorporation of woodwind instruments which include the flute and a rare Didgeridoo is a major highlight of this song. Percussions take the song to a whole new level while Navin's full throttled singing supplements every additional instrument used in this number. Effortless orchestration makes sure there will be a warm welcome for RH Vikram into this industry.

Ennai Marrakirene  - Singing from the heart  
Composer: RH Vikram
Vocals: Maria Kavita Thomas
Lyrics: GKB, Manoj Kumar

Not often do we hear songs like these in Tamil cinema. We have gradually moved into a generation where all music directors have started to experiment with westernized genres and are not just purely sticking to Indianized folk or authentic music. We see a decent mix of it all. This is one such track where the lead singer, Maria Kavita Thomas has taken complete control over the track and has done a great job. They have tagged the song as 'Singing from the heart,' but it looks like she has given not just her heart but also her soul to this track. There is a Baritone Sax that has been used in the song, which carries the track forward, complementing Maria's voice perfectly. Arrangements of the percussions blending with the sax and the usual lead guitars, bass guitars, and the piano are commendable.

Foreign Return
Composer: RH Vikram
Vocals: Anirudh Ravichander, Anthony Dasan, Rita Anthony Dasan
Lyrics: Lallu, Kadal

Foreign return is an ideal foot-tapping number composed by RH Vikram. It features the prodigious voice of Anirudh Ravichander while the latest sensation, Anthony Dasan lends his voice along with his wife, Rita in this groovy dance track. The song brings into the spotlight, the usual expeditious beats, and the instrument Kazoo to add a local flavor. The song has the potential to become an instant hit among the fans of 'Kuthu' songs. Anirudh's voice is a plus for the track as he delivers his best as usual. Anthony Dasan's vocal addition helps the track gain its nativity in its chorus, which is written for the homecoming of a lead character. The trumpets, Nadhaswaram, Darbuka Siva's rhythm arrangements, and indigenous percussions like the Thappatai, add value to the track.

Thottil Madiyil - Lullaby
Composer: RH Vikram
Vocals: Chinmayi
Lyrics: Vivek Velmurugan

The tenuous stridulating of crickets, piano chords, Chinmanyi's ever-mellifluous voice and Vivek's lyrics make up this love lullaby composed by Vikram. You can subtly hear the chiming of bells as you melt into this short melody. As you listen to this track, you will slip into the twilight. Chinmayi, even though it is a very short song, gives an excellent touch to it.

Nee Illa Aagayam  
Composer: Vishal Chandrashekhar
Vocals: Yazin Nizar
Lyrics: Kabilan

Totally dominated by Yazin Nizar and the guitars, this funky blues track is an entirely experimental track which opens up the vent for this genre in mainstream film music. Kabilan's lyrics complement Vishal's tune thoroughly. The usage of the guitars in this track is sharp and excellent. At a time when not many people make music in the Jazz/Blues genre, Vishal's confidence in experimenting just goes to prove that there is something more than just a commercial element involved in music as well. While you try to figure out the progression of this song, the beats in the hook, arrest your attention. As in the case of almost all exploratory numbers, this one might not work for the masses but is undoubtedly a brilliant track, which will grab a few ears.

Ey Jajabor
Composer: Vishal Chandrashekhar
Vocals: Kraven Stratfile
Lyrics: Kraven Stratfile

Ey Jajabor is a rock song featuring an independent band called Sattva. This is an Assamese song, written in the native language. Vishal has taken to composing an alternative rock number for the album. The lyrics talk about how a traveler must overcome the stones thrown at him in his path. It is a motivational song, and the genre in which it is composed complements the point conveyed in the song, perfectly. There is an adept treatment of percussions and the guitars which make this a foot-tapping and enjoyable number.

Verdict: Proficient orchestration guarantees an excellent debut for RH Vikram and Vishal Chandrashekar truly displays his experimental self.
( 3.25 / 5.0 )

Rangoon (aka) Rangonn

Rangoon (aka) Rangonn is a Tamil movie. Gautham Karthik are part of the cast of Rangoon (aka) Rangonn. The movie is directed by Rajkumar Periasamy. Music is by RH Vikram, Vishal Chandrashekhar. Production by ARM Productions, Fox Star Studios, cinematography by Anish Tharun Kumar, editing by Prasanna GK.