Gangs of Madras
‘The axe forgets but the tree remembers’. ‘Gangs of Madras’ by C V Kumar opens with this African proverb which also marked the beginning of Sriram Raghavan’s ‘Badlapur’.
If you want us to reveal the film’s idea, it is- How a woman from a humble background wades her way through the big, black and bad world of gangsters in a metropolitan city.
Jaya (Sai Priyanka Ruth) is a bold girl. She falls in love with her collegemate Ibrahim (Ashok). She marries him by embracing Islam, despite opposition from her family.
Her life goes well till Ibrahim gets killed by the police personnel in an encounter. Jaya, who is now Raziya, realises that a gang led by Rowthar (Velu Prabhakaran) is behind the death of her husband.
Raiza goes to Mumbai, meets Rowthar’s rival Boxy (Daniel Balaji) and learns martial arts including attack mechanisms and defense from him to take revenge on Rowthar and his gang.
And the second half deals with Raiza’s bold attempts to put an end to Rowthar, his sons and his gang members.
Expect a stunning performance from Sai Priyanka, both in emotional and stunt sequences. The likes of Daniel Balaji and Velu Prabhakaran have delivered goods.
Santhosh Narayanan has done the role of music supervisor. But still, though the background score by Shyamalangan is racy, songs by Hari Dufasia just pass the muster. Karthik K Thillai’s camera work is a big plus.
The director could have focussed on bringing down the gory scenes and packing more punch in the screenplay to make ‘Gangs of Madras’ strike a chord with all sections of the audience. But there is no denying that it is a gripping gangster film with a difference.
Rating: 2.75 out of 5