|Produced by||Isari Ganesh|
A. L. Vijay
|Edited by||Beena Paul|
Think Big Studios
Prabhu Deva Studios
Sometimes (Tamil: Sila Samayangalil) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language drama film, written and directed by Priyadarshan. Produced by Isari Ganesh, Prabhu Deva and A. L. Vijay, the film features Prakash Raj, Sriya Reddy and Ashok Selvan. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja and the cinematographer was Sameer Thahir.
The screenplay shows the comparison and clashes of different emotional dilemmas. It drives seven strangers (an old family man, a young family man, a teenage guy, a teenage girl, a police, a lawyer, and a real estate guy) waiting for their HIV results sharing their stories about how they suspect that they have HIV. The test result is expected to be declared only by the evening. The receptionist is bribed by the seven characters to inform their ELISA results in prior with no time, but comes up with only one of them is suspected to have a positive result and she does not know which one. Everyone starts to worry as the final hour occurs, and as time for results expect, the older and younger family men everyone found out the result is negative and are relived. Next, the young family men see his result and becomes sad. The older man tries to console him, but the young man tells him he got sad because he also got a negative result, so it means the older man is HIV positive. The old man gets shocked and sits in the chair. As the closing time of the lab comes, we get to know that none of them were tested positive and the receptionist lied to them because she could not get the result earlier. Not knowing this, the old man dies upon thinking he is positive.
- Prakash Raj as Krishnamoorthy
- Sriya Reddy as Deepa
- Ashok Selvan as Bala Murugan
- Nassar as Doctor
- M. S. Bhaskar as Raghavan
- Anjali Rao as Sheela
- Shanmugarajan as ACP Karuna
- Saivam Ravi
- Ashrita Kingini
- Cwc Bala
Following of the release of De Dana Dan in December 2009, Priyadarshan announced that he was working on the script of a film on AIDS with Aamir Khan in the lead role. The pair regularly discussed the script and Khan had agreed to fund the project, with Priyadarshan revealing he was still scripting the film in February 2011. However, the director took longer than expected to complete the script and, by May 2012, Khan and Priyadarshan chose to shelve the project. The director considered bringing in Akshay Kumar to reprise the lead role instead, but the project failed to materialise.
In July 2015, Priyadarshan announced that he would instead make the film in Tamil with Prakash Raj and Sriya Reddy . Santosh Sivan was chosen as the film's cinematographer, with Beena Paul and Sabu Cyril as editor and art director respectively. He also revealed that the film would be produced by his former associate A. L. Vijay's Think Big Studios and that it would be made at a cost of 20 million rupees, with the cast and crew getting a salary but not at their market rate. Prabhu Deva later announced that he would co-produce the film with Amala Paul, who was assigned as the film's main production representative by Think Big Studios. Vijay also suggested that Nassar and Ashok Selvan could be cast in the film, and Priyadarshan took them on. Sameer Thahir later replaced Sivan, a few days before the start of filming. The team began filming without an assigned music composer and later signed Ilaiyaraaja to work on the film's background score. The film had no songs, a notable rarity for Tamil cinema.
The team shot portions in August 2015, with Prakash Raj revealing that the film had been titled Sila Nerangalil. The film was shot in 18 days with the artists recording their voices on location by sound recording engineer Prince Anselm. After production was completed, Amala Paul announced that the film had been retitled Sila Samayangalil. For international audiences, the film was titled Sometimes.
Sometimes was released on 1 May 2018 by Netflix as the film failed to find a theatrical release.
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