A Dark Fantasy Of Fun & A Notorious Funeral Comes True!
elay is a relatable tale set in an unusual backdrop of a funeral. The film may boast brilliant actors and technicians in its credits but it does end up with an evident Halitha Shameem trademark(more)
Source: Meera Chithirapaavai, MovieCrow
A well-crafted rural film on a problematic father son relationship
Director Halitha Shameem's latest offering lacks pace but the performances and characterisation make up for it (more)
Source: Srinivasa Ramanujam, The Hindu
A breezy feel-good drama
Halitha Shameem is the filmmaker to watch out for in Tamil cinema. Her ability to depict the issues in human relationships stands out and the icing on the cake is that her writing doesn't force anything upon us. There is no needless melodrama and she makes you smile throughout the film although she becomes overindulgent sometimes with the needless detour by extending the climax by at least fifteen to twenty minutes. (more)
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With an in-form Samuthirakani and a high humour quotient, Aelay will surprise you in ways you wouldn't expect it to. A delightful watch.
The film could have been a bit short because there were a lot of places where it could have ended and yet be convincing. That alone could make the viewer slightly impatient. Other than that, with some solid writing and control over the craft, Halitha Shameem hasn't just made a film. She makes a statement, a strong one, that she's here to stay.(more)
Source: Editorial Board, Behindwoods.com
Aelay is overlong, but leaves you with a smile
Aelay is like a journey that leaves you with a smile even if the ride was sort of bumpy for some parts. Halitha seems to be going for a particular kind of mood in the first half... a kind of quirky drama that moves at a pace that is unhurried, reflecting the time and place where the story is set in.(more)
Source: M Suganth, Times Of India