This released last week and is getting great reviews. I think the song picturizations are very sweet and real-life cute.
Sotta Sotta: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gl7nj_xgFE
Masama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3OYwXawrzIHollywood: to Bollywood and beyond
September 8, 2011 5:30 pm by Girija Shivakumar
It’s a simple romantic tale of a boy, a girl and their triumph over adversity – a story that’s been told a thousand times. But Engeyum Eppothum (“everywhere all the time”), an upcoming film from Fox Star Studios, shows how Hollywood’s invasion of Bollywood is moving into a different dimension as the US film industry targets a new generation of international moviegoers.
The Indian film industry is the world’s most prolific, releasing about 1,000 films a year. While it has traditionally been dominated by Hindi-language films, those made in other, regional languages have risen strongly and now account for about three quarters of films produced, generating revenues of about $1bn a year. The number of regional language productions – in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam – is set to continue growing at 10 to 15 per cent a year, observers say.
Foreign film companies have tended to stick to traditional, Hindi-language Bollywood productions, still the biggest grossers. But with Engeyum Eppothum, set for release on September 16, Fox Star Studios is part of a new direction. This is its first Tamil-language film, aimed directly at a potential audience of 65m native Tamil speakers.
“After Bollywood, the revenues from Tamil films are the highest,” Vijay Singh, Mumbai-based CEO of Fox Star Studios India, told beyondbrics. “We are now looking to understand the Tamil film industry. The quality of scriptwriting and technical skills in Tamil films are great and offer an opportunity for Bollywood. The opportunity to take the best from Tamil cinema that is rooted in the small town ethos ensures a large mass appeal.”
Singh says the rise of Tamil films has dispelled the popular belief that Indian film-makers blindly follow where Bollywood leads. He says Bollywood had lost some of its small town mass appeal and has only regained it through successful remakes of hit Tamil movies.
Hollywood giants have been leaping into India’s vibrant regional film market, with productions from the likes of Eros International, Viacom18 and Walt Disney. Eros released Enthiran (“robot”), a Tamil science fiction movie last year; this year, Walt Disney released its first movie in Telugu, an adventure fantasy film, Anaganaga o Dheerudu (“once upon a warrior”).
Fox Star Studios is a joint venture formed in 2008 by 20th Century Fox and Asia’s STAR TV, both subsidiaries of Rubert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Undeterred by the surge of competitors aiming to grab a piece of the regional film pie, Singh said Fox Star Studios would continue to make five to six movies a year in Hindi and other languages.http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2011/09/08/hollywood-to-bollywood-and-beyond/#axzz1YXyFgXPXReview: Go for Engeyum Eppodhum
September 19, 2011
Pavithra Srinivasan in Chennai
It is refreshing to see a debutant director bring a tale of urban love and its pain in not just a convincing fashion, but with large dollops of comedy and a twist that jolts you out of your seat.
Fox Star Studios, venturing into Tamil cinema under the aegis of A R Murugadoss [ Images ], looks like it's landed itself a winner with Engeyum Eppodhum (Anywhere, Anytime), directed by M Saravanan.
As far as stories go, it's remarkably simple: two separate romantic tales, one set in Chennai, the other in Tiruchy, intersect at one point. And from this springs a charming story that owes a lot to clever writing, fresh dialogues, and acting that's engaging most of the time.
Amudha (Ananya) and Gautam (Sharvanand) run into each other when she arrives in Chennai for a job interview, a raw, naive girl completely unaware of city life. This doesn't mean she's ripe for the plucking by unscrupulous characters; indeed, her sense of self-preservation and instinct for survival make you raise your eyebrows in appreciation. Her gradual understanding of Gautam's character paves the way for an attraction that takes her unawares and leaves her reeling.
By contrast, the way Kadhiresan (Jai) and Manimegalai (Anjali) fall in love in Tiruchy is hilarious and refreshing. Their love-track easily becomes the more interesting of the two, as the "lovers" progress through a most intriguing form of courtship, the kind that's very rarely seen in Tamil cinema.
Indeed, the way Manimegalai responds to Kadhir's advances is so unusual that every word she utters comes as a surprise. The best part is that this turns out to be the better story, the heart-warming one that leaves an indelible mark. So much so that you wish the movie had been just about this couple.
While Ananya, Sharvanand and Jai have all done well, it's Anjali who clearly walks away with the honours. She plays an abrasive, aggressive young woman, a nurse who practically leads her lover by the nose, but the extent of her feelings emerges only at the end, and carries you away. After Angadi Theru, here is another noteworthy performance from the actress.
Sathya's music is very engaging, adding to the sweetness of the story. Un Pere Theriyathu has been picturised in quirky fashion. Govindha Govindha is very catchy and fits perfectly into the screenplay, while Sotta Sotta's steady beats grab your attention as well.
Velraj's camera-work and Antony's editing are excellent; but it's the SFX team that deserves kudos.
Praise goes, deservedly, to the director for choosing a simple story that focuses on the smaller joys and sorrows of life, of personal tragedy that barely makes a mark in public consciousness. Director M Saravanan weaves a tale of love, but also has other characters you might miss if you blink, but who still have their parts to play. His biggest strength is that the screenplay rarely loses pace and manages to be realistic most of the time.
On the minus side -- yes, there is one -- there are a few choppy moments, situations which don't quite gel with the narrative, dialogues that sound like platitudes. The Ananya-Sharvanand track, while interesting, doesn't carry quite the same depth of the Jai-Anjali story, which makes things rather uneven. The way it ends, too, is cinematic.
These are minor quibbles. Engeyum Eppodhum is a genuinely heart-warming story, not just about romance, but about the fabric of life itself. http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/review-engeyum-eppodhum/20110919.htmEngeyum Eppodhum - Review
Review by Ambili S.
When we read about road accidents daily in newspapers, they are just news items for us, but for one who experiences it in reality, an accident can be a turning point in life. This forms the basic crux of Engeyum Eppodhum, directed by Murugadoss' longtime associate Saravanan. The film runs on two parallel story lines that come together towards the end. Interestingly, all the lead character have dubbed in their own voices for this film. Jai, Sharvanand, Anjali and Ananya play the lead roles in this romantic flick which has the right dose of comedy and emotions.
Incidentally, Hollywood's prominent production house Fox Studios forays into Tamil with Engeyum Eppodhum, which is jointly produced by A.R. Murugadoss Productions and Fox Studios.
The film begins with a road accident involving two buses at a National Highway in Villupuram. From there, the story of two couples Gautham (Sharva aka Sharvanand), Amudha (Ananya) and Kadhiresan (Jai), Manimegalai (Anjali) are narrated in flashbacks.
Amudha gets stranded at a bus stop in Chennai when she arrives from Trichy for an interview. Gautham helps her to reach the venue on time and their short journey (from bus stand to her office) is narrated in a hilarious way. At the end of their journey, Amudha get attracted to Gautham.
The second story takes place in Trichy where Kadhiresan falls in love with her neighbour Manimegalai. Kadhiresan is a soft spoken, good-hearted young man who works in an automobile firm.Unlike him, Manimegalai, a nurse, is more outspoken and practical in life. One day, the couple decides to meet Kadhiresan's parents (who live in a village near Villupuram) and they board a bus from Trichy to Chennai. Coincidentally Gautham also boards the same bus.
Interestingly, Amudha who had come to Chennai in search of Gautham, boards a bus running from Chennai to Trichy. Their lives takes a U turn when both the buses collide in an accident at Villupuram. What happens next? Watch out...
Sharva aka Sharvanand is suave and stylish on screen. He fits the bill perfectly as an IT professional. Ananya's role is just an extension from her earlier hit Nadodigal. As an innocent, outspoken girl from Trichy, she excels in all aspects. Anjali, as usual, gives her best but the biggest revelation here is Jai, who perfectly brings out the innocence in his character on screen.
Debutant director Saravanan's story and screenplay is very impressive. Unlike the usual masala entertainers, Engeyum Eppodhum comes with a solid message. Saravanan is well supported by his cameraman Velraj. The bus accident scene (shot in slow motion) needs special mention. Sathya's background score is impressive but the songs could have been better. Editing in the first half could have been better to increase the pace of the film.
Though the film runs on two parallel stories, director Saravanan's racy and clear screenplay makes it very interesting (without any confusions). Kudos for all the four actors for dubbing in their own voices, which has become a rare thing in Tamil Cinema.
Overall, Engeyum Eppodhum is a neat entertainer with a strong message and a must-watch film for bus drivers.http://tamil.galatta.com/entertainment/review/reviewnews/n/829671151/movie/Engeyum%20Eppodhum.htmlENGEYUM EPPODHUM Review: An impressive journey
By India Syndicate
The film is a sincere attempt to capture the travails of life
Making a commercial movie with a strong message is no easy task. Filmmaker Saravanan, a former associate of director AR Murugadoss, has managed to make a classy debut. He has not let down his mentor, who interestingly has produced the venture along with Hollywood giant Fox Star Studios.
Engeyum Eppodhum is a simple and sincere attempt to capture the travails of life, loss and grief. The movie runs on two parallel tracks, which then overlap in a bus journey. The plot revolves around Gautham (Sharvanand), Amudha (Ananya), Kadhiresan (Jai) and Manimegalai (Anjali). Amudha, who hails from a village near Tiruchi, meets Gautham when she comes to Chennai on a job hunt. Cupid comes into play then. Then there is Kadhiresan, an innocent and simple-hearted youth, who falls head over heels in love for the chirpy Manimegalai, a nurse.
The filmmaker narrates the journey of these couples in an interesting manner and in a lighter vein. Their vehicles collide and the events thereafter make up the movie.
Anjali comes up with an impressive performance once again. Ananya too has come out with a robust show, continuing from her good role in Naodigal. Sharvanand and Jai have done justice to characters tailormade for them.
Sathya’s tunes are nice and background score is apt. R Velraj’s camera captures the essence of the movie. With the help of a strong cast and crew, the movie is impressive from the word go, despite a sluggish pace hurting its rhythm at times.http://www.bollywoodlife.com/south-gossip/engeyum-eppodhum-review-an-impressive-journey/