Sometimes (film)

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Sometimes film poster.jpg
International poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byPriyadarshan
Produced byIsari Ganesh
A. L. Vijay
Prabhu Deva
Radhika Chaudhari
StarringPrakash Raj
Sriya Reddy
Ashok Selvan
CinematographySameer Thahir
Edited byBeena Paul
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Think Big Studios
Prabhu Deva Studios
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • 1 May 2018 (2018-05-01)
Running time
92 minutes[1]

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 film was released on 1 May 2018 on Netflix. It was among the top ten shortlisted films for the 74th Golden Globe Awards, but was not nominated.[2]


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.



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.[3] 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.[4] However, the director took longer than expected to complete the script and, by May 2012, Khan and Priyadarshan chose to shelve the project.[5] The director considered bringing in Akshay Kumar to reprise the lead role instead, but the project failed to materialise.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[citation needed] The team began filming without an assigned music composer and later signed Ilaiyaraaja to work on the film's background score.[9] The film had no songs, a notable rarity for Tamil cinema.[10]

The team shot portions in August 2015, with Prakash Raj revealing that the film had been titled Sila Nerangalil.[11] 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.[12] For international audiences, the film was titled Sometimes.[13]


Sometimes was released on 1 May 2018 by Netflix as the film failed to find a theatrical release.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Priyadarshan's Sila Samayangalil: No theatrical release, Netflix premiere on May 1". India Today. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ T, Thanveer (19 September 2016). "UPCOMING TAMIL FILM ENTERS FINAL ROUND OF GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS!". Behindwoods. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Priyadarshan plans film on AIDS with Aamir Khan". The Hindu. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Priyadarshan to work with Aamir on AIDS film". Hindustan Times. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  5. ^ The author has posted comments on this article (1 May 2012). "Aamir Khan to act in Priyadarshan's AIDS film?". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Akshay Kumar to act in Priyadarshans AIDS film?". NDTV Movies. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Priyadarshan to make a film on Aids!". Sify. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Prabhu Deva studios launch three movies". Sify. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja to compose music for Priyan film". Sify. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  10. ^
    - Kaushik, L M (2 May 2018). "Priyadarshan's Sila Samayangalil: What Works, What Doesn't". Film Companion. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Priyadarshan`s next film titled, `'Sila Nerangalil'?". Sify. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Priyadarshan teams up with Ilaiyaraaja". The Hindu. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  13. ^ Rajendran, Sowmya (1 May 2018). "'Sila Samayangalil' review: An engaging drama on HIV/AIDS, out on Netflix". The News Minute. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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