I saw after two years of it’s release Director Selvaraghavan’s 2013 film Irandaam Ulagam (இரண்டாம் உலகம்). When I first heard the title I thought it will be based on Mike Cahill’s Another Earth (2011), but Irandaam Ulagam turned out to be different. If you were to search for inspiration you need to go to Sci-Fi works like Star Trek. Irandaam Ulagam is about two love stories of two couples who live in world’s (literally) apart.
The film is all out about Arya & Anushka, both have performed one of the demanding characters of their career. Though Arya comes out the same in both the planets, Anushka has tried to show subtle differences between the characters. The pair has done the numerous sword fighting sequences expertly.
The first couple Madhu Balakrishnan (played by Arya) a researcher and Ramya (Anushka Shetty) a doctor, both living in our planet Earth. Selvaraghavan is at his best showing the love between Madhu & Ramya, Ramya impressed by Madhu’s good heart proposes to him and gets snubbed by him. Madhu changes heart, falls in love with Ramya and wins her back; the incidents in that Goa medical camp is enjoyable, again touch of Director visible in every frame. The lady who plays the role of Ramya’s friend as done a good job. Madhu’s background story about his father was on expected lines, similar was the breaking of Ramya’s arranged me, these disappointed me.
The second couple are Maravan (Arya) son of a nobleman, Varna (Anushka) an orphan in a Planet that mistreats women. The planet’s goddess “Amma” decides to introduce Love to people who haven’t felt it before, when we first hear this we anticipate powerful storytelling around this idea, but we are left disenchanted as the story unfolds. Maravan keeps fighting endlessly, similarly keep trying in vain to win Varna’s heart; after few iterations the sequences being the same become stale. While this is happening, for reasons not convincing enough to me, Madhu from Planet Earth ends up in this planet through an inter-planet portal. When everything gets resolved for good in the second Planet, Madhu once again lands in another new Planet meeting an avatar of Anushka in that planet. I wanted to scream, Why, Why Mr.Selvaraghavan, what were you thinking?
Throughout the film, the hard work that the team behind should have put to make it is unmistakably felt. Selvaraghavan has created a mythical “new” world complete with races, beasts that fly and rituals, not something you see everyday, as a writer he shines here. Overall Irandaam Ulagam has all the right ingredients – different story, lot of effort, brilliant performances but unfortunately falls short.
The full movie is available for free from Vijay TV in YouTube here.