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Iraivi (2016)

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A drama about an alcoholic filmmaker and his friends who bring trouble to the women in their lives.


Karthik Subbaraj
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Cast overview, first billed only:
S.J. Surya ... Arul
Vijay Sethupathi ... Michael
Bobby Simha ... Jagan
Anjali ... Ponni
Kamalinee Mukherjee ... Yazhini
Pooja Devariya ... Malar
Karunakaran ... Ramesh
Radha Ravi ... Doss
Vadivukkarasi ... Arul's Mother
Cheenu Mohan Cheenu Mohan ... John
Karthikeyan Karthikeyan
Kaali Venkat
Bagavathi Perumal
Vaibhav Reddy ... Cameo Appearance
Santhosh Narayanan ... Cameo Appearance


Iraivi is about women, men and their priorities. It talks about women's freedom, how men look at it and how women use it.The film is based on the women we see around us and how certain things stay the same, no matter what class or background they belong to.

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3 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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This is the 3rd movie for vijay sethupathy, bobby simha, karunakaran, santhosh narayanan and karthik subbaraj together. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Produced by Santhosh Narayanan
Written by Vivek
Performed by Brindha, Ananthu & Santhosh Narayanan
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The story of women's fate from the men's perspective.
4 August 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Iraiva means God and Iraivi means Goddess, but it should have been Iraivigal which means Goddesses. This film talks about three women, who dream how their future should be. That's the opening, but the remaining film tells a different story. In this men dominated world, what is the part of women and their sufferings revealed in its nearly 2 and half hour long run.

So like the title implies, it is about women, but from the perspective of men who influence in their life. From all this, one thing I learnt was, Indian women yet to stand on their own feet. I mean India is one of the country that allowed the equal right for women, but they are unable to take the opportunity in the hands as something is blocking their way like men or culture maybe. So this film explains some of the facts which partially inspired by a book by Sujatha, 'Jannal Malar'.

Once again, I'm very disappointed with the film length for an Indian film. It was just too long, but this is a well patched story with the twist and turns all the way till the final scene. Filled with kind of unpredictable stuffs. The script was the first best thing from it, followed by the performances by all and then decent quality production.

As I mentioned earlier about the runtime, I'm upset with the unnecessary songs and dances as well. Those music video tracks killed the rhythm of the narration. It might be okay for an Indian viewer, but if you an international audience, that's totally annoying. Same thing happened to the director's previous film 'Jigarthanda' as well. I consider 'Pizza' was his best work in that perspective, yet all his three films, including this is a great achievement, that's betters the average of the Indian cinema standard.

When it comes to the actors, it's good to see SJ Surya after a long time in his best performance. Vijay Sethu nailed his part. His character was simply outstanding and so his other co-star Bobby Simha. But in the actress section, it was Anjali who ruled alone with the par to the performances of her well acclaimed earlier films. Overall, with the next generation actors, it is one of the best multi-starrer from the Kollywood. Movies like this once again makes me watch the Tamil films as I was once a regular follower. As stated a few things I did not like from the film, yet I enjoyed watching it, so surely recommended.


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