Aaranya Kaandam bypasses gangster cliches.
Easily among the movie's biggest strengths is its music (Yuvan Shankar Raja). P S Vinod's camera work is completely convincing; several of the shots increase the dramatic effect. Praveen K L and Shrikanth N B's editing is slick. On the downside, Aaranya Kaandam does suffer from a few drawbacks: the ...(more)
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Violent and different.
First thing first-Aaranya Kaandam is something different in style and presentation. Debutant director Thiagarajan Kumararaja with the backing of his producer SP Charan has come out with Tamil cinema's first neo-noir film. It moves like a thriller with an underlining moral code. Kumararaja deserves a...(more)
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Intelligently made gangster flick.
It is hard to believe that AK is the maiden directorial venture of Kumararaja because, the director has structured every frame and character in his film with brilliant dexterity. The manner of narration and screen play is commendable. The major players who help him deliver his aces are his pivot lea...(more)
Source: Editorial Board, Behindwoods.com
Kudos to the entire team!
Aaranya Kaandam can be easily rated as the first neo-noir film in Tamil cinema. Kudos to director Thiagarajan Kumararaja for choosing a dark and raw subject in his debut venture. Bollywood star Jackie Shroff steals the show with his matured and flawless performance. Sampath Raj is not far behind; he...(more)
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Survival of the fittest.
Aaranya Kaandam by debutant director Thiyagarajan Kumararaja is a novel attempt that breaks all barriers of methodical film-making. Strikingly different from frame one, Aaranya Kaandam is a film not for weak-hearted. Though it may present scenes as they are from the real life, it may put the viewers...(more)
Source: Editorial Board, IndiaGlitz.com
If you can stomach blood and bestiality at a slow pace, fine.
S.P.Charan deserves to be lauded for opting for a story that's dark in the darkest sense, going with a new director and breaking away from formula. The background score (Yuvan) is a plus, though the stretching silences in certain scenes are quite trying. The pace of AK gets you. What could have been...(more)
Source: Malathi Rangarajan, The Hindu
Not for the faint-hearted.
The writing (Kumararaja) and acting is very good and the characters are fleshed out very well, the casting is excellent, and the cinematography (P S Vinod) and background score (Yuvan Shankar Raja) are world class. But this is not a movie for the faint-hearted. 'Aaranya Kaandam' announces the entry...(more)
Source: Venkateswaran N, Times Of India
Slightly Different gangster story ....world class bgm..and terrific edits..very good screenplay ...Good film only for adults (more)