180 (2011 Indian film)
|Produced by||Kiran Reddy
|Written by||Subha & Jayendra (Tamil)
Umarji Anuradha (Telugu)
|Editing by||Kishore Te.|
|Distributed by||Ayngaran International (Tamil Version)|
180 is a 2011 Indian romantic drama film, directed by ad filmmaker Jayendra. Shot simultaneously in the Tamil (Nootrenbadhu) and Telugu languages, the film was written by Subha & Jayendra and Umarji Anuradha. It stars Siddharth, Priya Anand and Nithya Menen with notable roles being essayed by T. S. B. K. Moulee, Tanikella Bharani and Geetha among others. The film, shot on a Red One handled by Balasubramaniem with music by Malayalam composer Sharreth, was released in both languages on 25 June 2011.
The movie revolves around Ajay (Siddharth) who comes to Chennai/Hyderabad and introduces himself as Mano. He rents a house owned by elderly couple S V S Murthy (T. S. B. K. Moulee) and Jayam (Geetha). A do-gooder, Ajay lives life with a purpose. He gets along with everyone and wins the hearts of those whom he is close with. Vidhya (Nithya Menen), a photo journalist gets acquainted with him. Ajay is the sort of person who finds satisfaction in helping others. He sponsors the education of street children with the help of Vidhya who is attracted by his good nature. Things take a turn when she tells him about her feelings. Ajay, without informing her, decides to leave Chennai/Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal that Ajay was a doctor in USA and was attracted to Renu (Priya Anand). They get married only to be told months later that Ajay has cancer and he would die in a few months. As Ajay is about to leave the city, Vidya meets with an accident and has to be operated upon immediately. Ajay takes Vidya to USA for treatment. While in the USA, he meets his friend who asks Ajay to return to Renu, but Ajay leaves as he sees her life happier without him. It is revealed that earlier Ajay had faked his death to make Renu believe that he had died so that she would not suffer thinking about him every day. Now seeing her happy, he decides not to meet Renu.
- Siddharth as Ajay Kumar aka AJ, Mano
- Priya Anand as Renuka Narayanan
- Nithya Menen as Vidya
- T. S. B. K. Moulee as S. V. S. Murthy
- Tanikella Bharani as Narayanan
- Geetha as Jayam
- M. S. Narayana
- Lakshmi Ramakrishnan as Ajay's mother
- Janaki Sabesh as Annalakshmi/Annapurna
- Misha Ghoshal as Julie
- Sricharan as Sambasivam
- Cees Van Toledo
- Xango Henry
- Manager Cheena
The Tamil version opened to mixed critical response. Behindwoods.com gave two and a half out of five, claiming the film had "great visuals, wonderful colors, weak screenplay" further citing that "one gets a feeling that the screenplay, especially in second half might be the weakest link". CNN-IBN rated it two and a half, claiming that "Jayendra has made a stylish film using the essentials of an ad film" and that the film had come out as a "finely made film with some good performances without novelty or the gripping element". Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff also gave two and a half out of five, concluding: "180 is a visual feast, no doubt about it. Sadly it falls prey to clichés and lagging pace". Sify.com noted the film was totally different from the "assembly line mass masalas that is flooding the screens" and "worth a look for its superior packaging with a touch of class". Karthik Subramaniam from The Hindu criticized that the film lacked is in its screenplay and narration, that the story failed to engage and that the pace was slow. He summarized that the film felt like a "present with more attention paid to the wrapper than what's inside". N. Venkateswaran from The Times of India gave two and a half stars out of five and said "The weakest link in the story/screenplay (by Jayendra and Subha) is the character of Dr Ajay Kumar — though he is shown to be a highly educated doctor, he loses the plot when he finds out that is suffering from pancreatic cancer". However, Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com rated it four out of five stars, stating that there was not "a flash of brilliance in Nootrenbadhu but instead, a big heart and an empathetic soul giving it honesty, meaning and eloquence", further citing it had "both high and low spirits but it tugs at your emotional chords mainly in the second half". He also hailed it as the best film of 2011.
The Telugu version also received mixed response. Idlebrain.com gave three out of five and stated that the plus points of the film were "casting and technical aspects (cinematography, music and post-production). On the flip side, the narration of the film is very slow and the last half-an-hour of the film is a bit confusing". Daily News and Analysis gave one and a half and said: "180 feels like there was an explosion at the sob story factory and little pieces from dozens of different films were jammed together into one dreadful mutant. The whole terminal illness melodrama attacks your chest so relentlessly, that by the time it's over you’re forced to beg for a defibrillator".
|Soundtrack album by Sharreth|
|Released||14 April 2011 (Tamil version)
7 May 2011 (Telugu version)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack, Digital Download|
|Rediff (Tamil Version)|||
|Behindwoods.com (Tamil Version)|||
The soundtrack for 180 was composed by Malayalam composer Sharreth. The film was his third project in Tamil (after Magic Magic 3D and June R) and second project in Telugu (after Kalavaramaye Madilo). The Tamil version of the soundtrack was released on 14 April 2011, coninciding with Tamil New Year, at Sathyam Cinemas, with noted film director Mani Ratnam, cinematographer P. C. Sreeram being present along with actors Arya, Jayam Ravi and Shiva and the entire film crew of 180. On 7 May 2011, the album was released in Telugu. The album consists of 7 tracks, primarily performed by Malayalam playback singers.
As an interesting experiment, the music studio had launched an e-store, where the tracks could be purchased for the price you quote. This is a new concept for Indian Music industry.
All lyrics written by Karky (Tamil, except where noted).
|Tracklist (Tamil version)|
|2.||"AJ"||Vidhu Prathap, Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia||04:45|
|3.||"Santhikkadha Kangalil Inbangal"||K. S. Chithra, S. Sowmya, Unni Menon||03:38|
|4.||"Nyaayam Thana" (Viveka)||Sharreth||04:16|
|5.||"Rathe Rathe Bajan"||Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia, Ravisankar||01:37|
|6.||"Nee Korinal"||Karthik, Shweta Mohan||05:06|
|7.||"Siru Siru Kanavugal"||S Vidhyashankar, Master Aswath, P. Ajith, Master Sharath||03:04|
|8.||"Continua"||Eliabe D Freitas||04:17|
|Tracklist (Telugu version)|
|1.||"Ee Vayasika Raadhu"||Tippu||04:54|
|2.||"AJ"||Vidhu Prathap, Ramya S. Kapadia||04:45|
|3.||"Ninna Leni"||K. S. Chithra, S. Sowmya, Anand||03:38|
|5.||"Radhe Radhe"||Ramya S. Kapadia, Ravisankar||01:37|
|6.||"Nee Maatalo"||Karthik, Shweta Mohan||05:06|
|7.||"Padha Padhamandhi"||S Vidhyashankar, Master Aswath, P. Ajith, Master Sharath||03:04|
|8.||"Continua"||Eliabe D Freitas||04:17|
The soundtrack received positive reviews. Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff gave the album a score of three stars out of five and quoted "Sharreth seems to be a music composer who doesn't play by the rules; he veers this way and that in his songs, which actually provides spice and makes for an interesting listening experience. Nee Korinal and AJ make for pleasant listens, while the rest offer something out of the ordinary. Go for it". Behindwoods.com gave a rating of three and a half stars out of five and said that the album was "Novel and worth listening to", further citing: "The music arrangement is again different. Very situational, with right visuals, the song has good chances of making it big. Overall, Sharreth and Jayendra have gone full throttle in experimenting with music in 180’s album. Such initiatives should be welcomed with both hands". Indiaglitz said: "The songs are new, refreshing and nice to listen to. Sharreth has ensured that he delivers with different sound, apparently to reach the target audience - the youngsters. Jayendra seems to have extracted what he wanted to from the music composer. The lyrics too are simple and catchy. A blend of new and seasoned singers gives solidity to the songs".
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