Sivi

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Sivi
Sivi VCD cover.jpg
VCD cover
Directed by K. R. Senthil Nathan
Produced by K. Sundar
Written by K. R. Senthil Nathan
Starring Yogi
Jayashree Rao
Anuja Iyer
Music by Dharan
Cinematography P. S. Sanjay
Edited by Sasikumar
Release date(s)
  • 21 September 2007 (2007-09-21)
Country India
Language Tamil

Sivi is a 2007 Tamil horror film directed by K. R. Senthil Nathan and starring Yogi, Jayashri Rao and Anuja Iyer, directed by K. R. Senthil Nathan. A remake of the 2004 Thai-thriller, Shutter, Sivi opened in September 2007 to positive reviews.[1]

Plot[edit]

It begins when Krishna (Yogi) a young photographer and his girlfriend Sona (Jayashri Rao) accidentally run down a young woman on their drive home after a night's party on a deserted stretch of East Coast Road, near Chennai. They decide to leave the dead body and drive away. Later Krishna discovers something strange when he finds a mysterious shadow that appears on the pictures he takes with his camera. Ever since the accident, Krishna has been experiencing shoulder and neck pains.

He thinks that's just a bad picture, but then he realizes that there is something much more sinister behind the shadow on the picture frame and the extremely unsettling dreams. Unable to cope, they start investigating the phenomenon of the ghost appearing on the photographs, which leads to a discovery about Krishna's past, and a possible clue to the identity of their ghostly nemesis. As Sona goes to the college and starts taking pictures of the college and the library, Sona had found the girl that was hit on the road and was in the pictures, a young shy girl named Nandhini (Anuja). As Krishna's friends have also committed suicide, by jumping off the buildings.

Flashback reveals that Krishna had once dated Nandhini, as the relationship ended with Krishna dumping her and Nandhini cutting herself and. As she continues to haunt Krishna and Sona, they go and visit her mother, where it is revealed that there is a coffin near the shed with Nandhini's body inside in her mother's house and revealed that she committed suicide and her mother could not bear to cremate the body. Krishna is haunted by the girl, and ends up been thrown off a fire escape. Sona releases that, Krishna's friends had raped Nandhini and revealed the Krishna had taken the photos of the rape, so Sona leaves him. Still haunted by Nandhini, Krishna begins to take pictures around the apartment to find the Nandhini, as he throws the camera, the Polaroid takes by itself, as it's revealed that the mysterious neck pains were all from Nandhini sitting on his shoulders, as Krishna is thrown off the apartment. Sona visits Krishna, as door swings the reflection shows the Nandhini still sitting on his shoulders.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In February 2007, director Senthilnathan, who had apprenticed under S. J. Surya, announced that he would make a horror film titled Sivi and would be in charge of the screenplay and dialogues, apart from direction. It was a remake of the 2004 Thai-thriller, Shutter. Yogi, the grandson of late Thengai Srinivasan, was selected to play his second lead role after Azhagiya Asura while it was revealed that newcomers Jayashree Rao and Anuja Iyer would also play pivotal parts. Dharan, who shot to fame with Parijatham, was announced as music director for the film.[2]

Release[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews, with The Hindu stating that the "film scares in parts" and that "Yogi has performed his role convincingly, while Jayasri Rao needs to improve. Anuja Iyer as the ghost has done a good job".[3] Indiaglitz.com labelled the film as a "welcome relief", noting that "the movie is technically rich and the star cast give their best on screen makes it work. But giving the movie its true color is Dharan's top-class background score. His good re-recording helps sustain the momentum of the movie and wraps audience to their seats."[4] Behindwoods.com stated "the film has a bright chance of becoming a commercial success", mentioning that "debutant director Senthil Nathan has diligently worked hard and the film stands a testimony to his efforts. A bright future is in store for this talented director. Seamless and taut editing by Sasikumar spices up the terror quotient of the film."[5] Reviewers from Sify.com cited that "Yogi as Krishna is one of the most impressive actors, one has seen in recent times. The director has been able to give an eerie look and feel to the film",[6] while Rediff.com said "it is the climax though, that packs a punch, and worth all the minutes of waiting, watching and wondering. An end that fits perfectly with the tone of the story, incidentally tying up with the title of the movie as well. A pat on the back to the editor for some slick work."[7]

However since the release of the film, neither the director or the lead pair have been seen in any other films. Anuja Iyer has since received acclaim after starring in Kamal Haasan's Unnaipol Oruvan, while music director Dharan's career has been staggered.

Soundtrack[edit]

Sivi
Soundtrack album by Dharan
Released 29 July 2007
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Dharan chronology
Parijatham (2006) Sivi
(2007)
Laadam (2009)

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Dharan. Union Minister G. K. Vasan released the audio cassette of Sivi at a function held in Chennai on 29 July 2007 with attendees including directors Ameer, Subramaniam Siva and Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan.[8] The soundtrack became critically acclaimed with a reviewer noting that Dharan "has oodles of talent, and he definitely knows the pulse of today's generation".[9] La. Rajkumar wrote lyrics for two of the film's songs, while Dr Burn wrote his own lyrics for his rap portions.[10]

Track-list
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Theme Music"   Subiksha  
2. "O Nenje"   Benny Dayal, Dr. Burn, Dharan, Swetha  
3. "Maayavi Neeya"   Krish, Haricharan, Shruthi  
4. "Rap Theme"   Bob, Ranjith, Subiksha  
5. "O Nenje (2)"   Benny Dayal, Dr. Burn, Dharan, Swetha  
6. "Neruppum"   Ranjith, Sunitha Sarathy  

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