Sarvam Thaala Mayam (U)
01/Feb/2019 Drama, Love 125 Mins

Sarvam Thaala Mayam

Critics Review


A Neat, Soulful Film From Rajiv Menon That Is High On Music And A Pretty Good Watch !

TM is a fairly engrossing film that has its soul kept intact with the beautiful Guru Sishyan relationship which is easily its USP.(more)

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Sarvam Thaala Mayam is both musically and visually entertaining, and shouldn't be missed.

You can't refuse the fact that, with Sarvam Thaala Mayam, Rajiv Menon makes a terrific statement, and it's worth the 18-year penance.(more)

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The narrative of Sarvam Thaala Mayam is fleet-footed and doesn't let the seriousness of its themes weigh the film down.

Rajiv Menon gives us a film that is highly topical. Like last year's Pariyerum Perumal, it talks about caste, but without pointing fingers. At the same time, it gets across its message of inclusivity and meritocracy. The narrative is fleet-footed and doesn't let the seriousness of its themes weigh the film down. And the film is refreshingly visual, despite being a drama. (more)

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Don't miss this gentle roller coaster ride

Sarvam Thaala Mayam is the best musical made in Tamil cinema. It's simple, uncomplicated storytelling leaves a smile on your face. It is a bittersweet tale of human frailties, a small film with a very big heart. Watch it because gems like these are hard to find.(more)

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Go for this A.R. Rahman rhythmic rendition backed by some solid acting performances from the cast.

Director Rajiv Menon's core theme and message are praiseworthy but the screenplay does not convincingly convey them. Contradicting his own emphasis on inclusivity he has delivered a film that would mostly appeal to a niche.(more)

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An Affecting, Feel-good Drama About A Dalit Musician Who Dreams Big

It's not about education. It's about talent, which is beyond class and caste. Some viewers may think of this film as a fairy tale, but it is nice to know that Peter made music happily ever after.(more)



An honest attempt that explores the cultural politics of Carnatic music

I would have loved Sarvam Thaala Mayam more if Rajiv hadn't brought in the reality show-angle in the second half. I felt those portions were forceful and a tad orchestrated. I would have loved to see more of Iyer's transformation, and how he adapted himself to the times. Watch out for Shanta Dhananjayan's role. Though her portions were limited, they were filled with warmth. The first half of Sarvam Thaala Mayam is refreshing. Every time I saw Vembu Iyer, I got reminded of Gemini Ganesan's character (Bilahari Marthandam Pillai) in K Balachander's Unnal Mudiyum Thambi. Both the characters are flawed yet humanised. In the end, they understand the art form is greater than the artistes any day.(more)

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A winning drama set in Chennai's casteist Carnatic music scene

he biggest drawback, as far as STM is concerned, is the post-interval bit which in which viewers may get the sense that certain situations are being manipulated in favour of the underdog. Despite a rushed second half, Sarvam Thaala Mayam is a joyful, breezy and emotional film that pulls at your heartstrings(more)

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This Rajiv Menon film is one of aspiration and hope

STM is Rajiv's best directorial yet, proving that beauty lies not just in the colourful clothes or the picturesque frames, but also in a storyline filled with aspiration and hope.(more)

Source: Srinivasa Ramanujam, The Hindu