Review of movie Gangs Of Madras

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Movie Name :

Gangs Of Madras

Cinema Type : South Regional
Release Date : 12-Apr-2019(193 days ago)
Directed By : C.V. Kumar
Production House : C.V. Kumar
Genre : Action
Lead Role : Bagavathi Perumal, Daniel Balaji, Velu Prabhakaran


Gangs Of Madras opens with ‘The axe forgets but the tree remembers’, the African proverb that also marked the beginning of Sriram Raghavan’s revenge drama Badlapur. And much like in that film, we are introduced to a lovely couple whose life, filled with promise, is snatched away in a shootout. The survivor here happens to be the woman, who not only loses her man, but also the child that is in her womb as an aftermath of this tragedy. Like the Bride in Kill Bill (one of the films that director CV Kumar cites as an influence), this woman, Raiza is consumed by vengeance. But unlike in the other two films, where the killers were gun for hires, the antagonists here are ruthless gangsters who are part of a global drug peddling network. And Gangs Of Madras turns into a revenge movie that is set within the gangster movie format.

What sets this film apart from the number of gangster films that we have seen so so far is that its protagonist happens to be a woman. How does a woman from a humble background wade her way through the big, bad world of gangsters, where the only women we see are either submissive housewives or sex objects? Priyanka Ruth gives it her all, getting bruised and bloodied, to make us buy Raiza. Karthik Kumar’s frames are filled with reds and greens, signifying anger and the greed, the emotions that drive this plot, while Shyamalangan’s score (despite a theme that sounds eerily similar to music supervisor Santhosh Narayanan’s theme for Jigarthanda) tries to make this tale seem epic.

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