Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||R. B. Choudary|
|Distributed by||Telesat Media Matrix Pvt. Ltd|
Rowthiram (English: Fury, from Sanskrit Raudra, etymologically from Rudra) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by newcomer Gokul. Produced by R. B. Choudary, the film stars his son Jiiva and Shriya Saran in lead roles with Jayaprakash and Ganesh Acharya appearing in supporting roles. It released on 12 August 2011. It is dubbed into Telugu as Roudram and in Hindi as Nirbhay The Fighter. The film opened to mixed reviews because of its weak storyline. However Jeeva and Shriya received positive response from the critics and praises for their actings. After a few days after the release the ending of the film had changed according to the response to the film by the audience and it had been changed to a positive ending.
The film starts in the 1980s. A young Shiva (Jiiva) is trained in the ancient Tamil martial art Kalarippayattu by his grandfather (Prakash Raj) to be bold and brave and fight against all odds, especially all that's evil. Shiva grows up with his grandfather's words as his Bhagavad Gita. However, Shiva's parents (Jayaprakash and Lakshmi) want him to lead a peaceful life. Shiva gets arrested by the police after fighting with another law student, Guna who is one of Gowri's gang. Enters Priya (Shriya), a law college student. She is the daughter of a police official (Babu Antony). She bails Shiva out and falls for him after seeing him fight for other people's good. Eventually Shiva too falls for her. Guna wants revenge as Shiva had humiliated him in front of everyone. He wants Shiva dead. Things take a turn when Shiva goes to the bus stop with his friend to pick up Ramanujam's (Sathyan (Tamil actor)) father. There, a couple of rowdies kidnap a young girl. Shiva could not stand this and fights with them. Gowri was one of the rowdies there and Shiva hits him. Gowri is infuriated and wants Shiva dead at any cost. Shiva's entire family stops talking to Shiva though he insisted that what he did was for the good. Shiva's sister gets married to Ramanujam eventually, and his brother (Srinath) marries his longtime love. These marriages happens without Shiva's knowledge and he becomes shocked and shattered. He packs up and leaves his house since he realises that his presence will only make things dangerous for his family. He takes his grandfather's photo along with him. Shiva and his sister Kavitha (Monica) the lawyer who helps Shiva to escape when he is caught by police.
The climax is when the father of Priya and the father of Shiva convince Shiva to force him out of helping others and ruining his life and concealing it with danger for him and Priya. Priya's father then receives a message that Gowri was arrested; however he escaped and the police shot him down, to that Priya's father responded that he will come and see him in the hospital. After hearing that Shiva sees a problem involving a girl and some rowdies and tells to stop the car, his father-in-law refuses so Shiva jumps out of the car to save the girl's life and then a few words are said in response to this and the film ends. This is a contrast of the official ending as this is more of a positive way rather than Priya dying.
- Jiiva as Shiva
- Shriya Saran as Priya
- Sentrayan as Gowri
- Ananthi as Pavithra
- Ganesh Acharya as Kittu
- Chaitanya Krishna
- Jayaprakash as Udaya Murthy
- Babu Antony
- Lakshmy Ramakrishnan as Lakshmi
- Srinath as Siva's brother
- Sathyan as Ramanujan
- Monica as Shiva's Sister
- Prakash Raj in a cameo appearance
- Chinmayi in a cameo appearance
The film's shooting was held in various places in Tamil Nadu. A song was shot at France. The team had canned some scenes in the temple town Villianur. Reportedly some portions of this film was re-shot after Jiiva's previous venture Ko became a huge success. Shriya Saran, who was signed up to play Jiiva’s pair in Rowthiram, was busy with Don Seenu and Chikku Bukku and hence could not allot dates for Rowthiram. The team, however, completed two schedules without the lead actress and waited patiently for her dates. Their patience seemed to have paid off now with Shriya finally joining the Rowthiram team. Sources say that nearly half the film has been shot without the lead actress. Shriya won her role in the film by chance. The actress was at the shooting spot when the first shot was on and debut director Gokul instantly felt that she was the one who could carry off the role to perfection. After a discussion with producer RB Choudhury and Jiiva, Gokul signed up Shriya to play Jiiva’s pair in Rowthiram. The director has said that Shriya was wearing a saree and looked traditional which was the main reason for signing her up. The film was completed in June 2011 after two and a half years in the making.
Behindwoods gave 2/5 star rating and said "Rowthiram has positives going in its favor. If the screen play had been more linear and taut, it would have made a huge impact." further citing "Some scenes are neatly done especially the family and the romance blocks. However, these are not sufficient to buoy the story up as there is inconsistency in the pace. While the first half fairly manages to hold the attention, Gokul stutters to keep the audience hooked in the second half and his struggle to move the film forward becomes evident. The long action sequences also exhausts. The snag for Rowthiram comes from its lengthiness."
Pavithra Srinivasan of Rediff gave a score of 2/5 and stated that "The problem with most Tamil debutant directors trying to ape trend-setters like Mani Ratnam, Sasikumar, Gautam Menon, etc. is that they faithfully imitate the production values, but end up messing up the characterisations and storyline. And when the end product is also supposed to be an old-fashioned masala in a new tetra-pack, even the fact that the hero is someone who can actually act, can't save it. This is pretty much the problem that afflicts Super Good Films' Rowthiram (Fury), written and directed by Gokul. " Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu said "You understand Gokul's urge to conceive things differently even within the commercial format. But little can be achieved when the narration lacks fizz. And there lies the problem." Another portal, Indiaglitz said "Gokul seems to have done his best in the first half. But a swift screenplay especially in the second half would have made a world of difference." and praised Jeeva stating "Jiiva carries the whole burden on his shoulders. As an angry young man who is waiting to clean the society, Jiiva is impressive. He seems to be getting mature as an actor with each film. But sadly the weak script lets him down here."
After the film's release, there was a widespread issue that it was a tad too long. When this issue was brought to Jeeva's notice he decided to shorten the film’s length after discussing it with director Gokul. In a press meet, Jeeva has said that the film's shortened version would receive the response that they had been expecting.
|Soundtrack album by Prakash Nikki|
|Released||18 July 2011|
The soundtrack was composed by Prakash Nikki. It was released on 18 July 2011 at Hotel Green Park in Chennai.
|1.||"Maalai Mangum Neram"||Thamarai||Ranina Reddy||5:15|
|3.||"Adiye Un Kangal"||Lalithanand||Udit Narayan, Sadhana Sargam||5:01|
|5.||"Theme Music"||Subramanya Bharathi||Palakkad Sriram||2:22|
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