Cast: Ashok, Priyanka Ruth, Daniel Balaji, Velu Prabhakaran, Naren & Bagavathy Perumal
Cinematographer: Karthick K Thillai
Music Composer: Hari Dafusia(songs) ; Shyamalangan(Original Sound Track)
Music Supervisor: Santhosh Narayanan
Editing: Radhakrisnan Dhanpal
Stunts: Hari Dinesh
Directed & Produced by: CV Kumar for Thirukumaran Entertainment
Release Date: 12-04-2019
After his impressive directorial debut in Maayavan, CV Kumar changes tracks towards the world of gangsters with his latest outing in Gangs of Madras. Interestingly, the film has a different perspective to the underworld as it is told through the eyes of a woman who seeks revenge for the death of her husband.
The good things about the film first – Priyanka Ruth who plays the lead character is an impressive fit to the role. She’s quite a revelation as there’s worth in CV Kumar going ahead with a debutant for the central character in his film. The actress pulls off a tough role comfortably, and is convincing in the action and the confrontation scenes as well. Daniel Balaje is another asset of the film, with his voice being the strength again. The cinematography which captures the low-light situations nicely and the partly rousing background score add to the value.
While CV Kumar’s writing is pretty good with a handful of good moments placed at regular intervals, the staging is something that could have been better. A lot of the scenes which sound very exciting on paper don’t actually get translated to the big screen, and that is where the film suffers and slows down. However, the tug of war between the gang lords and their clans is stitched together nicely with a neat climax that ends it right.
Overall, Gangs of Madras is a decent drama with some good moments to take home. CV Kumar shows talent in bringing in an engaging film with a relatively new cast and crew.
Verdict: A well-shot gangster drama