Ilayaraja Review: inspirational one with routine ingredients

Ilayaraja Review: inspirational one with routine ingredients

The targeted audience of the film Ilayaraja is the kids and the movie is diluted to the point where only kids will take inspiration seeing this clichéd template. Only someone who has not seen a single so-called inspirational film will feel motivated seeing this movie with routine ingredients. With a high amount of drama in every scene, Ilayaraja is one movie you may sit through without getting any intended Goosebumps.

Vanajan is a man with a small family comprising of his father, wife and two kids. Vertically challenged Vanajan sells peanuts to earn a living and his two kids are bright talents. His son is a great chess player and his daughter is good at mastering spellings of words. Ilayaraja shows us how the world of these people changes when the kids finally get an opportunity to perform in front of the world.

Towards the climax, there is a sequence where the little girl who is good at the spelling bee, is struggling with a cough. A scene that was created to generate empathy towards the girl was made in an amateurish was making us hate the scene composition. The particular scene that shows the vulnerable side of the chess player son was also a victim of lame conceptualization. On a concept level, this movie had the scope to be an influential film on parents as well. But the outdated making reduces it to a kid’s movie by all means. The spoon feeding is excessive through dialogues and there are hardly any emotional elevations for the movie. 

The child artists Adith and Ardhra are constrained by the dialogues and instructions given to them. You can clearly see them not being that natural with whatever content give to them. Guinness Pakru and Harishree Ashokan are actually the ones who managed to tone down the melodrama in Madhav Ramadasan’s writing. Deepak Parambol and Gokul Suresh as the trainers of these kids aren’t that free-flowing. Anil Nair was convincing as the greedy money lender.

In his last two films, Madhav Ramadasan had the support of a stellar cast to cover up the flaws in his extremely melodramatic writing. Here that part of the craft is on the weaker side and we can clearly see the film not evolving organically due to the lack of graceful performances. Ilayaraj is without a doubt the weakest film made by Madhav Ramadasan. The inspiring moments towards the end, largely powered by Guinness Pakru is the saving grace that makes it a watchable film. The cinematography and the music are on the average side.

If your kid is unexposed to the medium of cinema and if you want to give him/her the taste of an inspiring children’s film, then Ilayaraja is a good choice. The loud and dramatic portrayal of predictable clichés would work for the juvenile audience.


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