Sometimes (film)

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International poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byPriyadarshan
A. L. Vijay (dialogues)
Produced byIsari Ganesh
A. L. Azhagappan
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 psychological 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 story follows seven strangers who are waiting for their HIV test results in a private clinic.

Thrown together by circumstance, most are initially reluctant to reveal anything about themselves, eventually swapping stories of the life circumstances that have led to their suspecting that they have HIV. Krishnamurthy, an elderly married man, had sex with a prostitute while on a work trip to Kolkata a few years earlier and learned that the colleague who encouraged him to do so died of AIDS recently, leading Krishnamurthy to get tested himself. Balamurugan, a younger man, had a premarital affair with a nurse working in an AIDS ward who succumbed to AIDS herself. Now married and with a baby on the way, he is concerned and wants to rule out the possibility of AIDS. Sheila George, a young woman on the cusp of marriage, was raped by a stranger while on a train journey and now, engaged to her childhood friend, wants to ensure she is not putting him at risk. There are also four others: a senior policeman Karunakaran who we learn frequents prostitutes; a lawyer who received a blood transfusion which could have been infected; a real estate agent who ran over an AIDS patient while drunk-driving and took him to the hospital while both he and the victim bled on each other, potentially leading to infection; and a college-going boy who shared a syringe with a late fellow drug addicted college goer (now dead from AIDS).

The test result is available no earlier than 5PM in the evening, leading to anxious moments as the group waits. Balamurugan, listening in on the receptionist's impassioned phone calls with her mother, realizes that she is in dire need of money. He shares this information with the others, and they bribe the receptionist to reveal their results earlier. After taking their money and attempting to get the lab technician to find out the results, all she shares with the group is that one of the seven has tested positive and that she does not know which one. Anxiety sets in as each of the waiting strangers worry that it may be them, while some remain in denial.

When the results arrive, the first five to receive their results jubilantly test negative for HIV, leaving only Krishnamurthy and Balamurugan to receive their results momentarily. Finally, Balamurugan also tests negative and the inconsolable Krishnamurthy staggers back to his seat, realizing the implications for himself and trying to wrap his head around the implications of his disease on his family and the ostracism they will likely face. As the lab closes down for the day, the technician apologizes to the receptionist for being unable to uncover the test results ahead as the wary practice doctor was watching him, but the receptionist tells him she managed the group by lying that one of them tested positive while in reality all seven tested negative. Unaware of this and still believing he has tested positive, Krishnamurthy is found to have died of shock while still seated in the waiting area.

The movie closes with some statistics on the AIDS epidemic and a request to treat patients with compassion.



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.[1]


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  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. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  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. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Prabhu Deva studios launch three movies". Sify. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Ilaiyaraaja to compose music for Priyan film". Sify. 15 October 2015. Archived from the original on 24 December 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. Archived from the original on 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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