True to its title, the trailer of Sarvam Thaala Mayam, stands for rhythm. Be it the opening shots of GV Prakash playing drums or the more emotional scenes at his home where percussion instruments are arranged in the background, the trailer is laced with symbols of rhythm, and rhythm in the form of background music.
Directed by Rajiv Menon, who makes a comeback to direction after 19 years, Sarvam Thaala Mayam is set in the world of music. The movie is about GV Prakash’s Peter, a lower caste Christian who dreams of learning to play the Mridangam and hopes to make it big in the world of classical music – an upper caste domain. At one point, he is asked to join government music schools where seats have been set aside for ‘people like him.’
“I want to become the best in the world,” says Peter to Palakkad Vembu Iyer, played by Nedumudi Venu. The trailer presents the contrasting world of the student and the teacher. Iyer, as the name signifies, is a Brahmin. The students exiting his home are also upper caste. Peter waits at the doorstep for his master, and Vineeth, who plays Nedumudi Venu’s assistant, is shown to belittle Peter.
Aparna Balamurali plays Sara – the female lead in the movie. Music is by AR Rahman. This is his third collaboration with Rajiv Menon after Minsaara Kanavu (1997) and Kandukonden Kandukonden (2000). Since it’s a music-centred film, the songs were released as separate singles by celebrities like TM Krishna, Aniruddh Ravichander, Nivetha Thomas and SS Thaman.
Sarvam Thaala Mayam also marks Menon’s debut a music composer. ‘Varalaama’, sung by Sriram Parthasarathy, has been composed by him. Sarvam Thaala Mayam is lyricist Na Muthukumar’s last movie. He wrote the song ‘Maya Maya’ sung by Chinmayi in the movie. Madan Karky and Arunraja Kanaraj have written lyrics. Cinematography is by Ravi Yadav and editing by Anthony.
It is produced under Rajiv Menon’s home banner MindScreen cinemas. It was recently screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer here:
Image Courtesy: STM trailer on YouTube