| 1.5/5 |
17 February 2017
Sudharshan M Kumar
| Sridhar Krishnaswami
Reji K. Sivamangalam|
Sudharshan M. Kumar
Bharath, Sanchita Shetty, Chandini Tamilarasan, Radha Ravi, Kathir
Ennodu Vilayadu (English: Play with Me) is a 2017 Indian Tamil thriller film written and directed by Arun Krishnaswami. The film features an ensemble cast of Bharath, Kathir, Sanchita Shetty and Chandini Tamilarasan in the lead roles, with Radha Ravi and Yog Japee in supporting roles. Featuring music composed by newcomer Moses and Sudharshan M. Kumar, Ennodu Vilayadu was released on 17 February 2017.
Bharath as Vikram
Kathir as Sridhar
Chandini Tamilarasan as Minnie
Sanchita Shetty as Inba
Radha Ravi as Nagulan
Yog Japee as Sharma
Aathma Patrick as Teja
The project was launched in early 2015, with an ensemble cast of Bharath, Kathir, Chandini Tamilarasan and Sanchita Shetty announced to feature in Arun Krishnaswami's directorial debut Ennodu Vilayadu. Arun revealed that the idea for his first film had arisen during his visits to Guindy Race Course during horse races. He subsequently began to study the details of horse racing, including the practice and culture of the sport, to develop the story. The film began production in Pondicherry during April 2015, with Sanchita filming scenes with rats during the first schedule. Scenes were thereafter also shot in Chennai and Mysore, with only a few sequences shot featuring both Kathir and Bharath in the same scene. Scenes involving horse racing were predominantly shot in Mysore, owing to the city's popular horse racing scene. Bharath finished filming for his scenes in the film by September 2015, and revealed that he would portray a "happy-go-lucky" character. After further scenes were shot in Bangalore, post-production works began during November 2015 and an initial release date of September 2016 was announced by the makers. The film was delayed for over a year as it waited for an apt release date.
The film has two composers, Sudharshan M. Kumar and A. Moses, with the latter making his debut as a music composer in the Tamil film industry. The soundtrack was released on 9 November 2016.
In late January 2017, the team finalised a release date of 24 February 2017 and began promotions, though the rescheduling of Raghava Lawrence's Motta Shiva Ketta Shiva (2017) from 17 February to 24 February, meant that the makers of Ennodu Vilayadu chose to prepone the release by a week. The New Indian Express gave the film a mixed review citing that "it slacks momentum when required" and that "the film would have been a riveting thriller, if only it had more punch and fizz with the second part spruced up a bit". However, the reviewer added "in 106 minutes of viewing time, Ennodu Vilayadu is a promising work from a debutant maker". A critic from The Times of India also gave the film a mixed review and stated "the writing isn’t forceful enough and the film spends too much time on inane romantic tracks" which "drain the film of mood and rob its energy". The Deccan Chronicle stated the film "doesn't live up to expectations" and that the film "had all the potential to become an interesting thriller had the director Arun Krishnasway concentrated on the core theme and made it crisper". Another reviewer from Indiaglitz.com called the film "mundane" and stated "writer-director Arun Krishnaswamy, after choosing a fairly good idea for a plot, has hampered it with a wayward screenplay". The reviewer added "a film in this genre can escape if it is fast paced or thrilling, but this one is neither".
1Ennodu Nee VilayaaduNaresh Iyer4:26Ennodu Vilayadu Wikipedia
2Kaalai TheneerHaricharan - Gowry Lekshmi3:30
3Yaarai YaaridamSudharshan M Kumar3:48