Selvaraghavan's fascination for
romance has been evident since his maiden film and he has always
approached it in his own style, contrary to how love stories
have been captured on celluloid over the years.
All his love stories so far have been received well by audiences
and have been lauded for maintaining realism in their portrayal.
However, In 'Irandam Ulagam', Selva complicates a simple love
story in his attempt to merge romance and fantasy genres, only
to give the audience an unbearable experience.
The film's tagline - 'how far will you travel for love', makes
the audience believe that love can transcend time and space.
That's an exciting premise for a love story, isn't it? "Irandam
Ulagam" is indeed about a love story that traverses between two
parallel worlds, simultaneously focusing on two couples, played
by Arya and Anushka.
Selva is a genius and you can only acknowledge it when you
keenly observe the reason behind his lead characters. In 'Irandam
Ulagam', he creates two extremely opposite characters played by
Arya and Anushka. While Anushka is a simple girl with middle
class aspirations in the real world, she plays an independent
warrior in the alternate fantasy world with extreme hatred
The contradiction in the
characters only points out that women are most independent when
they are single and marriage weakens them.
Selva preaches love and he makes us realize that it comes with
pain and separation even in an imaginary world. He reiterates
that love remains pure even in a fantasy world, but human race
is not and never will be.
'Irandam Ulagam' caters to a different set of the audience but
not for the masses. It takes a viewer with higher intelligence
to decipher what the story is all about and that's precisely why
the film didn't receive the reception it had anticipated. I'm
sure audiences like to be inspired but they definitely hate it
when they're forced to understand why a film is the way it is. [
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