A character in the recently released Tamil film Aaranya Kaandam says, The best way to seduce aunties is to start the conversation with a question: You like Rajini or Kamal? If she says Rajini, just forget it and let go, if she says Kamal, then you have a chance because he is the romantic hero.This got the film into trouble with the censor board who wanted not only this but 52 other things to be cut. The upset producers went to the Tribunal in Delhi. They were directed to get an NOC from Kamal Haasan himself.
In a candid interview, producer of the film, SPB Charan of Capital Film Works, said, a special screening was held for Haasan who after watching it not only granted the NOC but happily added that he had long wanted to make such films and was glad that Tamil cinema was coming of age. Finally, the Tribunal approved the film.With such a build up, Aaranya Kaandam has been described as the first neo-noir film in Tamil cinema. It was screened at the South Asian International Film Festival, in October 2010 where it won the Grand Jury Award for Best Film. However, it can be released in theatres only on June 10, 2011.Debutant director Thiagarajan Kumararaja declared that he had made the film for a mature audience and not for children, and requested the censor board to give it an A certificate, given the content.Kumararaja is known for his ad films and short films and for Becky which won the first prize at the 60 Seconds to Fame contest. Yuvan Shankar Rajas background score in the film is mindblowing and yet there are no songs. Its time to test if Tamil audiences have matured to such films or not.