Movie: 1947 A Love Story
Cast: Arya, Amy Jackson, Nasser, VMC.Haneefa, Bala Singh, M. S. Bhaskar, Omar, Periya Karuppu Devar, Balaji Others and Others
Music: G V Prakash Kumar
Director: Nirav Shah
Producer: Kalapathi S. Aghoram
Director: A L Vijay
Released Date: September 01, 2011
In the ongoing dubbing wave at Tollywood box office yet another Tamil dubbed film comes to woo Telugu audience. Madarasipattinam which was made sometime back in Tamil is dubbed in Telugu as 1947 A Love Story. Arya and Amy Jackson played the lead roles in this period film.
A well knit tale, the story is set on the backdrop of the Indian independence. An English woman Amy Wilkinson (amy) is on her death bed in England but she wants to come to Chennai. She wants to see the man Malli (arya), the man who loved her and it is nearly sixty years since she has seen him. Amy has got a photo of Malli and flashback reveals how Malli who is a washerman fights against the British officials and how at that time Emi, the daughter of the district governor makes friends with him and falls in love. However, the story comes to the present and Amy arrives again in Chennai searching for Malli. She is accompanied by her grand daughter Catherine (liza lazarus). Whether she is successful in her search or not forms the rest of the story.
The director has come up with a touching tale and both the presentation and narration were excellent. The dialogues were neat, the script was well written and the screenplay was capturing. Background score was the real highlight as it haunts the moods and even the songs were melodious. Cinematography was top notch, editing could have been better during the second half, art department was masterly and award winning, costumes were perfect. Arya did a very good job and he has shown varied emotions with ease. The real show-stealer was the foreign beauty Amy Jackson who performed her role with élan. Nasser was natural. Haneefa was hilarious, M S Bhaskar was moderate, Bala Singh was good, Omar was okay, the others did their bit as required and added value.
Arya is sincere in his role. He is very good in romantic scenes and tickled the audiences in few humorous situations. Amy Jackson is gorgeous. Anyone will instantly like her for her beautiful looks. She performed well too. Nasser, Cochin Haneefa, Balasingh, M S Baskar, Balaji, Kishore and all others did their bit for the film.
Art director Selva Kumar has erected the beautiful sets of 1940's Madras. He has in fact recreated the old Madras. His work is the highlight of the film. Nirav Shah’s cinematography is another asset. GV Prakash Kumar’s music too scores brownie points. Production values are rich.
Director Vijay’s attempt can be lauded. He tried to narrate something different love story amidst the candy floss romantic tales. On the flip side, he should have worked on the emotional quotient in the film. Second hour lacked necessary grip to get the audience attention.
The film is a mix of the romantic treat 'Titanic' and it came out well with the patriotic fervor. Credit must be given to the director for handling this challenging subject in a deft manner. He has been ably supported by the technicians and while the first half takes off on a slow note, the film picks up eventually. More than the story or content, it is the attempt to bring back the independence era back to the audience and Chennai during those days was captured really well. If only the screenplay was tight, the film would have created more impact. For now, it could be an average to above average grosser at the box office.