THE John Gore film The Fastest Forward completed in 13 days, had been credited in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the fastest feature film ever made. And now, 20 years later, comes a Tamil film which the makers claim has broken that record.
Sivappu Mazhai, made in just 12 days from concept to completion, is the brain child of Canada-based Suresh Joachim. Apart from co-producing the film, he also plays the lead role in it. Joachim incidentally, is a multiple Guinness record holder, with more than 50 Guinness records to his credit.
The film is directed by debutant V Krishnamurthy (apprenticed with R K Selvamani) and is a thriller set in Puducherry.
It has an exciting opening, where Samyuktha (Jasmin), a popular TV reporter and the daughter of a minister (Suman) is kidnapped. The kidnapper Nandan, a Sri Lankan Tamil (Joachim), holds her hostage in an abandoned bungalow and puts forth his demand to release Mukundan, a Srilankan refugee (Alex), detained by the cops on suspicion of being a terrorist. While the senior cop (a neat portrayal by Rajeev) and his team converge on the minister’s house and try to trace out the kidnapper through his calls, the latter doesn’t have an easy time either.
For one, Samyuktha makes some attempts to break loose.
Again, the bungalow’s caretaker (Vivek, his comic antics hardly registering) and his buddy make their appearance.
Added to that, the house owner’s daughter arrives on a holiday trip from Singapore with her friends. The kidnapper’s real agenda is revealed as he narrates his story to Samyuktha.
Bose Venkat as the cop on Nandan’s trail gets his space in the end. The film which slackens towards the latter part, picks up momentum in its closing scenes. Somewhere it does remind you of Unnaipol Oruvan.
The flashback to Nandan’s past, depicts the heart-rending story of a Sri Lankan Tamil doctor- couple, and their bitter experience, as they tend to the wounded in the strife torn area of the island.
The handling of the scenes inside the minister’s house where the cops try to trace the kidnapper’s calls, is fairly competent. It’s the scenes at the bungalow where Samyuktha is secretly held captive, that are amateurish.
A clear spatial demarcation of the hostage room and the rest of the bungalow, would have lent more conviction to these scenes. Debutant Joachim essays the vendetta driven Nandan with earnestness.
Jasmine with lesser to do, just about passes muster.
Alex could have done his homework better. The director, within the limited time period, has managed to picturise four songs too.
The film with a running time of 2.04 hours, was shot in just 12days. An effort to be appreciated in these times of recession. Sivappu Mazhai may not have the greatest script going. But it’s a commendable effort from a first time maker, working within a time limit.