|Directed by||Balaji Shakthivel|
|Produced by||S. Shankar|
|Written by||Balaji Shakthivel|
|Music by||Joshua Sridhar|
|Distributed by||S Pictures|
Kalloori (English: College) is a Tamil language film by director Balaji Shakthivel. The movie was produced by Shankar's banner S Pictures and the story was based on the college campus featuring Tamannaah and debutant, Akil. Audio was released under Shankar's own audio company S Musics; music was scored by Joshua Sridhar and lyrics were penned by Na. Muthukumar. The film was dubbed in Telugu language as Kalasala. Upon release, it received positive to moderate reviews from the critics and was an average grosser at the box office.
The film begins with group of students clearing weeds near a roadside tree. The scene flashes back a few years earlier in a bus with a lot of college students heading towards Government Arts College in a small town. A set — Muthu, Kayalvizhi, Adhilakshmi, Nagarani, Albert, Kaamatchi, Salima, Iyanar — are introduced as friends since high school. There is a small build up to the introduction of the hero (Muthu played by newcomer Akil), who is part and parcel of the circle. All are studying in the same class. They enter into the college for the first time.
In the classroom they see a new girl Shobhana (played by Tamannaah), who is strikingly different. She looks depressed and sad; she is aloof. The friends are puzzled by her in the beginning and later they learn she lost her mom recently in an accident. The group sympathizes for her and brings her into its fold. The girl soon becomes a member of their group and ditches her plans to pursue her course in Delhi. She simply does it to be with these friends during college.
Muthu who initially has a crush on Shobhana later abandons the feeling due to the respect of the friendship they have developed among their group. The movie goes on to narrate the college life with fun and colour. It shows the strength of the friendship and the backgrounds of the friends; most of them are from poor families. Muthu has an aim in his life. Being an athlete, he wants to excel in sports and get a good job through sports quota to give his poor family a new lease of life.
Shobhana, who is from a wealthy family background, feels sympathy for Muthu after she sees the conditions he and his family lives in and is really moved by his perseverance and helps him achieve his goal by encouraging him in every chance. In fact as true friend many do the same and so does Shobhana. She even advises him that there is more he has to and capable of achieving in life so he should take her encouragements as a way to improve his career and nothing else. But eventually her encouraging stance turns into some sort of special attachment with him. Slowly love develops in the minds of both but they chose to put it on the back seat for the sake of the larger friendship they share with the group. In fact the poor lovers don’t even share their feelings.
The narration moves on to a point when they are compelled by the circumstances to come out with their feelings but life has some other designs.
As the story moves swiftly, the film draws to a close where all the friends go for an educational trip organised in their college with a climatic ending.
- Tamannaah as Shobana
- Akhil as Muthu Selvan
- Hemalatha as Kayalvizhi
- Rajeshwari as Adhilakshmi
- Sailatha as Nagarani
- Mayareddy as Salima
- Bharani as Ramesh
- Prakash as Albert
- Thisaigal Arunkumar as Iyanar
- Tanikella Bharani as Ramesh (as Bharani)
- Kaamatchinaadhan as Kaamatchi
The film received positive to moderate reviews from the critics. Behind woods rightly penned that the movie works but its melliflous pace might have an impact on its prospects at the box office. Kollywood Today mentioned that the movie could be watched once. Indiaglitz pointed out that the climax scene was credibly portrayed but didn't fit well into the script. Rediff praised the movie saying that Kalloori might be devoid of action, item songs and glitzy costumes — but what it gives you is the real deal. And reality is always much more interesting than fiction.
There were good reviews but certain negative reactions from viewers and media made the director change the climax and made it more convincing to the audience. The climax of the film is based on a real-life incident in Dharmapuri where three girls were burnt to death inside a bus during riots.
Na. Muthukumar's nostalgia-bound lyrics and Joshua Sridhar's impeccable style of music had given the viewers a fusion of 1980s-style music peppered with digital beats and rhythm. The music was received very well.
|1||June July Matham||Krish, Rita||5:55|
|2||Sariya Ithu Thavara||Haricharan||5:22|
|3||Unnarugil Varugaiyil||Haricharan, Harini Sudhakar||5:29|
|4||Kalloori Theme Music||Haricharan||5:23|
|5||Vandanam Ayya Vandanam||Thiyagu, Ramesh, Prakash||5:50|
Nominated - Filmfare Award South for Best Actress Tamanna
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- "Kalloori Movie Review". Behindwoods.com. 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
- "Kallori Tamil Movie Review". Indiaglitz.com. 2007-12-07. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
- "Kalloori climax is Changed!". Oneindia. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2013-05-15.
- "KALLOORI MUSIC REVIEW". Behindwoods.com. 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2013-05-15.