|Director S. Selvam|
|Release date November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)|
Rameswaram is a Tamil film directed by S. Selvam and produced by S. N. Raja. Jiiva played the male protagonist while Bhavana is played his ladylove. Manivannan, Lal and Karunas also had key roles in the film. The shooting of the film finished in September 2007, with shooting locations were canned in India and in Sri Lanka, for the picturization of a portion. The film released worldwide on 30 November 2007 and met with positive reviews. However, commercially the film did not do very well.
Vasanthi (Bhavana) is the daughter of the big man (Lal), who does a lot of help for the refugees.
Bhavana instantly falls for Jeevan (Jiiva), a Tamil refugee, staying in the camp in Rameswaram. Jeeva, nurturing a dream to go back to his home land, keeps on discouraging the girl, who is stubborn in her love. Jeevan’s heart, influenced by the pure love of the girl, starts melting slowly.
Enters Bose Venkat, the cousin of Vasanthi with full of dreams to marry his childhood sweetheart. He joins as an Inspector in the local police station. The whole family is eagerly awaiting their marriage.
Problem arises when the family comes to know about the love. The inspector and his uncle try to eliminate the boy. They keep on troubling him without much success.
Meanwhile the refugees get a chance to go back and Jeevan has to go with them. He promises Vasanthi that he would come back to marry her. The family is determined to stop him. Vasanthi decides to end her life if Jeevan doesn’t turn up.
Jiiva and Gopika were signed on to work on the film in December 2005, with reports suggesting that the film would be based on the refuge crisis affecting Sri Lankan emigrants in Rameswaram. Selvam, an erstwhile assistant to director Pavithran, made his directorial debut through the venture.
Indiaglitz wrote:"Director Selvam has tried or pretended to try to deal with the love story in the backdrop of the refugees' plight. He has miserably failed to convincingly combine the two. The backdrop doesn't add any dimension to the predictable silly love story and the love track doesn't provide any relief to the serious issue of refugees. The script hasn't justified the handling of the refugee issue. The tame love story fails to kindle any interest. As a result, the movie ends up as a predictable and dull fare". Behindwoods wrote:"What could have been a memorable movie watching experience is reduced to a mere time pass, courtesy the run of the mill plot, only with a different backdrop". Sify wrote:"Rameswaram is a half-baked venture and is a major let down". Nowrunning wrote:"The film passes the muster on the counts of conceptualization, cinematography, background score and characterization of the refugees". Hindu wrote:"‘Rameswaram’ has laudable technical assistance holding aloft a love line that’s run-of-the-mill".