Balloon (2017 film)

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Balloon
Balloon Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed bySinish Sreedharan
Produced byDhilip Subbarayan
Arun Balaji
Nandakumar
StarringJai
Anjali
Janani Iyer
Music byYuvan Shankar Raja
CinematographyR. Saravanan
Edited byRuben
Production
company
70mm Entertainment and Farmer's Master Plan Productions
Distributed byAuraa Cinemas
Release date
  • December 29, 2017 (2017-12-29)[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Balloon is a 2017 Indian Tamil language horror comedy film written and directed by Sinish and produced by Dhilip Subbarayan, Arun Balaji and Nandakumar.[2] The film stars Jai, Anjali and Janani Iyer in the leading roles. Featuring music composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, the film began production during June 2016, and released on 29 December 2017.[3]This film got ordinary success at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Jeevanandam (Jai), an aspiring filmmaker, travels to Ooty along with his wife Jacqueline (Anjali), his nephew (Master Rishi), and two friends in the hope of making a film on an haunted house which he comes to know of through a Facebook post. He lives in a guest house closer to the house. That is when they begin experiencing strange things with the boy being lured by a balloon and befriending a ghostly girl. After realising that they are the targets of ghostly beings, they search for a priest who befriends them and helps them, and through him, get to know Jeeva's previous birth as Charlie (Jai) and the injustice done to him. The hero takes revenge on the villain for the injustice done to the victims who have become ghosts, and the priest is revealed to be a spirit. Finally, they leave the place, and the camera pans out of the film screen, and the whole film is revealed to be shown as a movie played in a theatre, with it being the first film of aspiring filmmaker Jeevanandam (Raj Tarun) and the reel Jeevanandam, Jacqueline, and the others as actors in the film. The film ends with Raja Ravindra, a film person, receiving a call from people and planning to demand money as the film has controversial content. Finally, the real ghosts appear and finish him off.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In March 2016, Jai signed on to appear in a horror film directed by Sinish, who had earlier made Endrendrum (2014) and worked as an assistant on the production of the shelved project, Vettai Mannan. Produced by Kandasamy Nandakumar and Arun Balaji, the director revealed that Jai would portray a married man and would have three separate looks in the film.[4][5] Anjali was signed on to play the female lead role in June 2016, despite a statement by the actress in 2011 that she would not like to be in films starring Jai in the lead role.[6][7] Titled Balloon, the film was launched in July 2016 and began production thereafter.[8]

Following the success of Bigg Boss Tamil and the famous words of actress Oviya, the term "Neenga Shut Up Pannunga" was used in a song in the film. This promotional song was sung by Anirudh Ravichander and released on 28 August 2017, with Anjali going inside the Bigg Boss house to promote the film.[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

Balloon
Soundtrack album by
Released5 December 2017
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length18:26
LanguageTamil
LabelAuraa Music
Divo
ProducerYuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Semma Botha Aagatha
(2017)
Balloon
(2017)
Irumbu Thirai
(2018)

The soundtrack was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja.

All lyrics written by Arunraja Kamaraj.

Track-List
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Vaanam Dhaane"Rizwan2:53
2."Mazhai Megam"Yuvan Shankar Raja, Priya Jerson3:50
3."Uyirile Uyirile"Vijay Yesudas, Priyanka3:35
4."Shutup Pannunga"Anirudh Ravichander, Arunraja Kamaraj3:16
5."The Balloon's Mystery - Title Track" (Instrumental) 2:10
6."Revenge Of The Joker - Theme" (Instrumental) 2:42
Total length:18:27

Release[edit]

The film opened across Tamil Nadu on 29 December 2017, notably alongside two films that the film's co-producer Dhilip Subbarayan had worked in as an actor, Sangu Chakkaram and Ulkuthu.

Reception[edit]

Times of India wrote "Balloon doesn't break any new ground in the horror genre, but it adapts a bunch of the genre's tropes — possessed kid, exorcism, revenge-seeking ghost and the like — to give us a solid horror film."[10] Hindustan Times wrote "Balloon lacks elements that make us sit up. It works to an extent, but even that doesn’t leave us in awe."[11] Behindwoods wrote "Debutante director Sinish Sreedharan’s Balloon is more of a thriller comedy than a horror. Of course, there are plenty of horror moments but the USP of the film is the comedy that keeps the audience entertained in the first half."[12] New Indian Express wrote "Balloon’s story or scares aren’t novel but the laughs are. The humour and one-liners are the saving grace in this film, that is a predictable mish-mash of some memorable horror moments from the past."[13] Firstpost wrote "Balloon is a well made horror comedy that provides the necessary thrill needed for the genre."[14] The Hindu wrote "Balloon is uninventive and ends up repeating sequences from earlier horror flicks".[15]

Despite the favourable response it had at the box office, the film's co-producers, T. N. Arun Balaji and Kandasamy Nandhakumar of 70 MM Films, filed a complaint against Jai to the Tamil Film Producers Council citing that the actor's unprofessional behaviour delayed the film's release. The complaint stated that the shoot for the film began in June 2016 and the film was expected to release by January 2017. However, it was delayed multiple times solely because of Jai and his actions led to the production house seeking a payment of Rs 1.50 crore. They added that Jai failed to turn up on the dates he had given, and did not cooperate with the makers, leading to the film’s release being postponed to September 2017 and his failure to attend the dubbing sessions delayed the release even more. It was also alleged that he regularly attended the shooting spot drunk, and as a result of Jai's troubles, director Sinish contemplated suicide during the making of the film in Kodaikanal suicide point.[16][17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Balloon (Baloon) Tamil Movie, Wiki, Story, Review, Release Date, Trailers,Balloon 2018 - Filmibeat". FilmiBeat. Archived from the original on 2 October 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ "When Jai was surprised on his birthday". Top 10 Cinema. 8 April 2017. Archived from the original on 10 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  3. ^ Balloon Movie released on 29 Dec 2017 - Review
  4. ^ "Horror interests Jai too!". deccanchronicle.com. 25 March 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. ^ Ramanujam, Srinivasa (24 March 2016). "Jai to sport three looks in next". Retrieved 7 December 2017 – via www.thehindu.com.
  6. ^ "Anjali and Jai pair up again!". deccanchronicle.com. 17 June 2016. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Jai, Anjali part ways — Times of India". indiatimes.com. Archived from the original on 2 September 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Jai Anjali movie title Balloon — Tamil Movie News — IndiaGlitz". indiaglitz.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Anirudh's hand for Jai's horror film". Top 10 Cinema. 25 August 2017. Archived from the original on 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  10. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movie-reviews/balloon/movie-review/62291694.cms
  11. ^ https://www.hindustantimes.com/movie-reviews/balloon-movie-review-jai-anjali-starrer-is-predictable-but-fun-in-parts/story-wo5oORiF1ojapyMAOA8d1H.html
  12. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/balloon/balloon-review.html
  13. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/movie-review/balloon-movie-review-jai-anjali-star-rating-5001074/
  14. ^ http://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/balloon-movie-review-a-gripping-horror-comedy-with-entertaining-action-scenes-4280563.html
  15. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/balloon-the-familiar-ghost/article22326951.ece
  16. ^ https://silverscreen.in/tamil/news/balloons-producers-file-complaint-against-jai-seek-rs-1-5-crore-from-the-actor/
  17. ^ https://www.hindustantimes.com/regional-movies/balloon-producers-accuse-jai-of-mental-torture-forcing-director-to-attempt-suicide/story-3pzyj6YUVrakiEnERVwgjI.html
  18. ^ https://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-16/balloons-producers-accuses-jai-for-the-films-loss.html

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