- Movie Review
by : Behindwoods review board
Trisha, J. D. Chakravarthy, Indrajith
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Life can change in a matter
of seconds. That’s how
fragile our existence is. Sarvvam
is a story built with this basic
idea. It’s about three
people whose lives take a drastic
turn in a flash. Yes, life can
change in a flash, but what
is more important is how we
deal with the change. There
are some who drown themselves
into sorrow and self pity while
there are others who look at
what remains and try to find
happiness. Sarvvam shows the
clash of wills of two people
who deal in different ways to
the losses they faced in their
Karthik is a young successful
architect. Tall, handsome and
charming, he seems to have everything
going for him in life. Then
he meets Sandhya, a girl who
sets violins playing in his
heart. He decides that she is
the girl for him. But, deciding
is the easy part, wooing her
is not as easy as he imagined.
She is not just a beautiful
girl who will fall easily to
the charms of a young man. She
is a doctor in one of the city’s
top hospitals and Karthik becomes
a regular visitor, making all
kinds of efforts to woo his
love. You can sense the relationship
growing. Eventually, it is a
romance that never was destined
Although Karthik is young and successful
he is ill groomed and glum faced signaling
that there is something wrong in his life.
But, he gets to know something that might
help him reclaim his former self. He sets
out to see that one person who reminds him
of his good times. That person turns out
to be a little boy, around 10 years old.
But, he realizes that danger is pursuing
this boy. He takes it upon himself to save
the boy. What or who is after a 10 year
old boy’s life? It is a person who
has not learnt to deal with loss in his
life. While Karthik finds new meaning in
the boy’s life, the other man wants
to avenge his loss with the boy’s
blood. What connects Karthik, the 10 year
old boy, his father and a man who lost his
mind trying to come to terms with change?
Watch Sarvvam to find out.
Director Vishnuvardhan had said that the
movie is actually two movies in one. Yes,
he is true to his word. Sarvvam really does
feel like two movies in one. But, does the
double impact work? Basically, Sarvvam is
a thriller and unfortunately it does not
grip us in a manner that a thriller should.
It would be better to analyze the movie
as two separate halves. The first is light,
breezy and romantic; quite uncharacteristic
of a Vishnuvardhan film of recent times.
The lead pair, Arya and Trisha for the first
time on screen, has got some excellent chemistry.
Though there is not much comedy, there are
moments of humor. Especially when Rajinikanth
is added to a list of superheroes like Superman,
Batman and Spiderman and when a jolly dig
is taken at Simbu; Ajith is also involved.
One element that will be enjoyed most is
one of Ilayaraja’s signature tunes
playing in the background very frequently.
It reminds us that the Maestro’s music
The second half is a chase for most parts.
But, the chase does not engage you. The
scenes which show the bonding between Karthik
and the young boy do not work as intended.
The Rottweiler which was talked about a
lot appears wasted. It would be right to
say that it was overused and hence the impact
that it would have had gets heavily diluted.
Action sequences do not get the adrenaline
going, the excitement is low. At a point,
Arya is scarred with a knife dipped in poison.
One might think that it would go on to have
a big impact in the movie but fizzles out
into nothingness. It all seems contrived
to driving the final few frames into a haunted
looking run down church in the middle of
the jungle. And, importantly, the climax
seems hurried and fails to leave an impression.
Arya is top notch. We said earlier that
Sarvvam is almost like two different movies
and Arya has played two roles; the same
person, vastly changed by a twist of fate.
He is sure to be loved by the ladies in
the audience, especially in the first half
where he turns on his charm. Trisha looks
fresh and beautiful and carries off her
role in style. The pair has worked exceedingly
well. J.D. Chakravarthy has been given a
one dimensional character. Stone faced and
stoic throughout the movie, it cannot be
called a nuanced performance. Indrajith
makes a decent Tamil debut. Rohan is cute.
the real hero of Sarvvam has to be Nirav
Shah. Every single frame is a treat to watch.
Richness and splendor are reflected throughout
the first half. The second half captures
the scenic beauty of Munnar. The scenes
at night, the fight beside the house and
the run down church at the climax have been
shot exceptionally well. The art department,
headed by Manu Jagadh, too must be applauded
for some high quality work. It would not
be wrong to say that it is the visuals that
keep us engrossed at many points in the
second half. The special effects used in
songs have come out well. Their intelligent
use coupled with Nirav Shah’s camera
have considerably enhanced Yuvan’s
compositions which don’t live up to
his normal standards.
Overall, Sarvvam is
a move that rides on its visuals throughout.
An enjoyable first half is negated by a
slack second. Half way into the second half,
the first seems like a distant memory. Vishnuvardhan
has proved that as a director he has got
lots of flair and style. It is the writing
that lets him down. Go for Sarvvam only
for the beautiful visuals and the Arya-Trisha
chemistry. The second half might make you
fell a bit impatient at times. The thrills
and suspense are missing, much to our dismay.
Enjoy the frames, forget the thrills