Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hour 03 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Pasanga Productions Cast: Arthana Binu, GV Prakash Kumar, Kovai Sarala, Yogi Babu Direction: Vallikanth Screenplay: Vallikanth Music: GV Prakash Kumar Cinematography: Vivek Anand Editing: Pradeep E Ragav Lyrics: Egadesi, Yugabharathi PRO: Suresh Chandra

G.V.Prakash Kumar has taken the rural route for the very first time, as an actor with Sema, and the film has released today, crossing all the hurdles.

Kuzhandhai (G.V.Prakash) has to get married within the next three months, as per his horoscope, and he is engaged to Magizhini (Arthana). Problems arise before their marriage, in the form of Magizhini's father, Attack Balu (Mansoor Ali Khan), and their wedding becomes a question mark. Does Kuzhandhai get married within that stipulated time, and does he marry Magizhini, is what Sema is all about.

The director's intention is simple and evident. He wants the audience to laugh out and leave the theatre with a smile. On that note, he has succeeded to an extent, as there are quite a few good laughter moments, but there are equal amount of dull and slow moments in the film, that tests the audience's patience. Having travelled in a done and dusted path, Sema gives the feel of deja vu at many places.

Though the timely laughters are good, it doesn't give a completeness after watching the film. The intended comedies in the last thirty minutes do not bring any laugh. No major twist or high points in the second half lowers the film’s impact. The predictability factor is also a tinge of worry. Director Pandiraj's dialogues have a good touch of the nativity.

G.V.Prakash fits the role of Kuzhandhai, and as like the character name, he is very innocent on the screen. Not having any heroic buildups, and playing to the reality is appreciable. Arthana Binu's girl next door look adds value and the girl does a decent job.

Yogi Babu gets a very good role, and with his body language and dialogue delivery style, he is scoring better and better with every film. His counters on Subramaniam Swamy, Sellur Raju, lyricist Snehan, and Baahubali, are sure to enlighten the audiences. Sujatha Sivakumar, Kovai Sarala, and Mansoor Ali Khan are good in their roles.

Vivekanand's camera work carries the rural flavour well and G.V.Prakash, as a music director shines with the 'Sandalee' song. As a whole film, Sema has its moments in a handful of places but lacks the completeness.


Verdict: Sema's story is a tried and tested drama, but the comedies might keep you engaged.


2.25 5 ( 2.25 / 5.0 )








Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Jun 09,2017

Singers: Velmurugan, Mahalingam
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

Sandaali is a half-melody produced by GV Prakash to neatly bring in romance in a groovy folk track. The bass requires a special mention in this song as it stands out. The usage of the synth bass, as well as the bass guitar, is awesome. Live violins have been recorded for this number and it sounds fantastic in the solo. Velmurugan, as usual, gives his best by adding the Southern flavor to this song.

Uruttu Kannala
Singers: Santhosh Hariharan, Monisha, Malavika
Lyrics: Egadesi

Uruttu Kannala, said to be composed for Simbu during the initial plans for Vada Chennai, is a pakka dance track for GV to rock the floor. Monisha's voice and humming are the highlights in the track as it sounds sublime. The lyrics may work with the rural commercial fans while some may tend to get irritated. There is a guitar background music that comes after the second stanza which sounds good. A transition from proper folk to melody takes place in the song. It sounds sudden but once it starts, it captures your attention.

Nenje Nenje
Singers: Siddharth Mahadevan, Saasha Tirupati
Lyrics: Yugabharathi

Nenje Nenje is the only pure melody track in the album. But not much surprise, it still holds tight to folk, at times. Saasha Tirupati's flawless singing helps this track attain its beauty. This song has very good orchestration with GV coming back to his roots and using a violin chorus, strings orchestra, and the flute.

Vechchi Senjaachu 
Singers: Rajaganapathy, Aadhik Ravichandran, GV Prakash
Lyrics: Arunraja Kamaraj

This is a fun-filled track, composed as the introduction song for GV Prakash. The song has ripping fast-paced beats and Rajaganapathy takes over the track and throws his voice out perfectly. Aadhik supports the song with some funky short dialogues and other rap portions which have the potential to remind you of Arunraja Kamaraj's style of singing. Many sounds created by the mouth are used, which would add a sense of amusement for the listeners. This is possibly the best song of the album with heavy commercial value. There is a swift shift in pace in the last background music of the song which sounds competent.

Sema Theme
Naadhaswaram Thirumoorthy & Adhik Ravichandran

GV Prakash’s Sema theme is a proper Folk based fun theme that is dominated by the instruments Nadhaswaram and Thavil. To add to this, there are the fast beats and the tempo picks up just a few seconds into the theme. Percussions provide the energy required for a fun and entertaining “Sema” theme.


Verdict: GV produces an album which is high on rural folk and stays true to its roots, yet could have been diverse
( 2.75 / 5.0 )

Sema (aka) Semma

Sema (aka) Semma is a Tamil movie. Arthana Binu, GV Prakash Kumar, Kovai Sarala, Yogi Babu are part of the cast of Sema (aka) Semma. The movie is directed by Vallikanth. Music is by GV Prakash Kumar. Production by Pasanga Productions, cinematography by Vivek Anand, editing by Pradeep E Ragav.