Sivi (film)

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Sivi
Sivi VCD cover.jpg
VCD cover
Directed byK. R. Senthil Nathan
Produced byK. Sundar
Written byK. R. Senthil Nathan
StarringYogi
Jayashree Rao
Anuja Iyer
Music byDharan
CinematographyP. S. Sanjay
Edited bySasikumar
Release date
  • 21 September 2007 (2007-09-21)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Sivi is a 2007 Indian Tamil horror film directed by K. R. Senthil Nathan and starring Yogi, Jayashri Rao and Anuja Iyer, it was directed by K. R. Senthil Nathan and was a remake of the 2004 Thai thriller film Shutter. Sivi opened in September 2007 to positive reviews.[1]

Plot[edit]

The movie begins with Krishna (Yogi) a young photographer, and his girlfriend Sona (Jayashri Rao) accidentally running down a young woman on their drive home after a night's party on a deserted stretch of East Coast Road near Chennai, they decide to leave the dead body and drive away. Later, Krishna discovers something strange when he finds a mysterious shadow that appears on the pictures he takes with his camera. Ever since the accident, Krishna has been experiencing shoulder and neck pains.

He thinks that it is just a bad picture, but then he realizes that there is something more sinister behind the shadow on the picture frame and the extremely unsettling dreams. Unable to cope, they start investigating the phenomenon of the ghost appearing on the photographs, which leads to a discovery about Krishna's past, and a possible clue to the identity of their ghostly nemesis; as Sona goes to college and starts taking pictures of the college and the library, Sona had found the girl that was hit on the road and was in the pictures, a young shy girl named Nandhini (Anuja Iyer). Krishna's friends have also committed suicide by jumping off buildings.

A flashback reveals that Krishna had once dated Nandhini, as the relationship ended with Krishna dumping her and Nandhini cutting herself; as she continues to haunt Krishna and Sona, they go and visit her mother, where it is revealed that there is a coffin near the shed with Nandhini's body inside in her mother's house and revealed that she committed suicide and her mother could not bear to cremate the body. Krishna is haunted by the girl and ends up been thrown off a fire escape. Sona realizes that Krishna's friends had raped Nandhini and revealed that Krishna had taken photos of the rape, so Sona leaves him. Still haunted by Nandhini, Krishna begins to take pictures around the apartment to find Nandhini, as he throws the camera, the Polaroid takes by itself, as it is revealed that the mysterious neck pains were from Nandhini sitting on his shoulders, as Krishna is thrown off the apartment. Sona visits Krishna; as the door swings, the reflection shows Nandhini still sitting on his shoulders.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In February 2007, director Senthilnathan, who had apprenticed under S. J. Surya, announced that he would make a horror film titled Sivi and would be in charge of the screenplay and dialogues, apart from direction. It was a remake of the 2004 Thai-thriller, Shutter. Yogi, the grandson of late Thengai Srinivasan, was selected to play his second lead role after Azhagiya Asura while it was revealed that newcomers Jayashree Rao and Anuja Iyer would also play pivotal parts. Dharan, who shot to fame with Parijatham, was announced as music director for the film.[2]

Release[edit]

The film received generally positive reviews, with The Hindu stating that the "film scares in parts" and that "Yogi has performed his role convincingly, while Jayasri Rao needs to improve. Anuja Iyer as the ghost has done a good job".[3] Indiaglitz.com labelled the film as a "welcome relief", noting that "the movie is technically rich and the star cast give their best on screen makes it work. But giving the movie its true color is Dharan's top-class background score, his good re-recording helps sustain the momentum of the movie and wraps audience to their seats."[4] Behindwoods.com stated "the film has a bright chance of becoming a commercial success", mentioning that "debutant director Senthil Nathan has diligently worked hard and the film stands a testimony to his efforts. A bright future is in store for this talented director. Seamless and taut editing by Sasikumar spices up the terror quotient of the film."[5] Reviewers from Sify.com cited that "Yogi as Krishna is one of the most impressive actors, one has seen in recent times. The director has been able to give an eerie look and feel to the film",[6] while Rediff.com said "it is the climax though, that packs a punch, and worth all the minutes of waiting, watching and wondering. An end that fits perfectly with the tone of the story, incidentally tying up with the title of the movie as well. A pat on the back to the editor for some slick work."[7]

Soundtrack[edit]

Sivi
Soundtrack album by
Released29 July 2007
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Dharan chronology
Parijatham
(2006)
Sivi
(2007)
Laadam
(2009)

The soundtrack of the film was composed by Dharan. Union Minister G. K. Vasan released the audio cassette of Sivi at a function held in Chennai on 29 July 2007 with attendees including directors Ameer, Subramaniam Siva and Tamil Film Producers Council president Rama Narayanan.[8] The soundtrack became critically acclaimed with a reviewer noting that Dharan "has oodles of talent, and he definitely knows the pulse of today's generation".[9] La. Rajkumar wrote lyrics for two of the film's songs, while Dr Burn wrote his own lyrics for his rap portions.[10]

Track-list
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Theme Music"Subiksha 
2."O Nenje"Benny Dayal, Dr. Burn, Dharan, Swetha 
3."Maayavi Neeya"Krish, Haricharan, Shruthi 
4."Rap Theme"Bob, Ranjith, Subiksha 
5."O Nenje (2)"Benny Dayal, Dr. Burn, Dharan, Swetha 
6."Neruppum"Ranjith, Sunitha Sarathy 

Remakes[edit]

Shutter (2004)
(Thai)
Sivi (2007)
(Tamil)
Shutter (2008)
(English)
Click (2010)
(Hindi)
Ananda Everingham Yogi Joshua Jackson Shreyas Talpade
Natthaweeranuch Thongmee Anuja Iyer Rachael Taylor Sadha

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