Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 hours 11 minutes
Censor Rating : U/A
Rum (aka) Ram review
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Production: Vijayraghavendra
Cast: Hrishikesh, Mia George, Sanchita Shetty, Vivekh
Direction: Sai Bharath
Screenplay: Sai Bharath
Story: Sai Bharath
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Background score: Anirudh Ravichander

After playing Dhanush's brother in Velai Illa Pattadhari, Hrishikesh makes his debut as a lead actor with Rum, which has hit the screens today.


Rum is the latest addition to the long, long list of horror comedy films in Tamil cinema. Vivek, Hrishikesh, Sanchita, Amzath and Arjun Chidambaram are a group of people who indulge in robbery activities for money. Situations force them to stay in a guest house, where they experience many unusual happenings. What is the reason for all these happenings and why are the souls disturbing these five people? How are they connected to the ghosts? You’d get the answer to all these questions when you witness the film.

Hrishikesh who plays the lead could have emoted better and worked on his expressions more. Sanchita’s character has less scope to perform, though she travels throughout the film. Vivek has been the backbone of this movie because his comedy one-liners save the movie from its low moments. Miya George comes in a very brief role for about 15 to 20 minutes, while Narain, gets a meaty role to perform.

Talking about Vivek’s comedy, though, it is enjoyable, it is surprising and shocking to see double entendre dialogues coming from an experienced artist like him. His one-liners on Vijay - Ajith fan fight and meme creators earn huge applause from youngsters.

The initial moments in the film test your patience, and you do not have any clue on what is happening. Only towards the interval, you get a clear picture of the film, and the pre-interval portions set the base for an interesting second half. You get to see why and how the ghosts are connected to the heist gang, in the second half. The flashback portions are very much predictable, which lower the film’s engagement. There are many cliched horror touches in the movie, like jump scares, doll sounds, power cut, etc and the U/A certification for the film is also justifiable.

Rum is Anirudh’s first horror venture and he has done a decent job with the film’s songs and background score. While listening to audio, the music is pleasant and hummable, but when you hear it along with the film, there is no sync with the visuals. Visuals and edit could have been much more effective because both don’t gel with each other.

Director Sai Bharath can be appreciated for not using any slapstick comedies in the film, which is a very common phenomenon in recent horror comedies. On the other hand, he could have worked more on the screenplay, as the film lacks clarity and moves cluelessly in its initial moments.


Verdict: A horror comedy that has nothing new to offer


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( 2.0 / 5.0 )





Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Nov 02,2016

Rum is an upcoming horror film directed by Sai Bharath, with VIP fame Hrishikesh and Sanchita Shetty in the lead roles. Music for the film is composed by Anirudh. Here's how it played out:

Hola Amigo

Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Balan Kashmr
Lyricist: Madhan Karky, Balan Kashmr

The slow single which has some depth in its lyrics is pleasing to the ears. Anirudh has crooned this number . The use of his variations are somewhat less but since it is not a very long song it is quite enjoyable. Good lyrics and Anirudh's voice work like a chisel with a good sculptor. The best songs of the album are generally released as a single and this was a good move to get some expectations going for the movie and the rest of the album. 

Hola senorita :

Singers: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Madhan Karky

A song that is almost the same as Hola amigo except for the tempo. The pace of the song is much faster compared to the amigo version. It is not as mesmerizing as hola amigo but is listenable for those who enjoy jazz. The lyrics remain unchanged and as for the violin (strings) used from 2minute 45 seconds, the violinist, Ananth Krrishnan's touch can be seen. It is a decent song with a better finish which picks a different tone from 2:45 .

Alladhe Siragaiye

Singer: Sid Sriram
Lyricist: Vivek

 A love based number with the usual EDM beats that Anirudh has found comfort in using in most of his songs. The lyrics are good and the song is soothing to the ears. The situation being love, Anirudh naturally gets the notes and tune right again. His influence from western beats and music is clear through Alladhe Siragaiye. It has fewer lyrics compared to beats and music . An enjoyable experience for those who like pop and high intensity, fast based love numbers. Sid Sriram scores. 

Pori Paththi Vizhum

Singers: Diwakar, Divine
Lyricist: Vivek, Divine

A fast song that seems to start differently but gets back to the EDM beats. Anirudh heavily banks on trance and EDM and it is quite evident in this usual average number. Not the best of the album for sure. Seems like a situation where tension is created and hence the high tempo beats. The lyrics start well and then Anirudh takes over with his Trance. Diwakar executes his parts well.

Peiyophobilia  :

Singers: STR, Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Vivek

If you are scared of ghosts, you would find a connect with this song. It was also released as a single after Hola amigo . Sung by STR, his trademark mass number takes its first step into a horror film. The music is on the lines of 'Maaman waiting' from Idhu Namma Aalu . It has lyrics fantasizing ghosts and is a decent number for the masses. 


Kadavulae vidai :

Singers: Sean Roldan, Pragathi
Lyricist: Vivek

Serenity is the core of this song. Even the heavy beats seem relaxing in Kadavulae vidai. The lyrics are good and the chorus which is repetitive gives relief , just like a few songs like nenjae ezhu (Mariyan) , Vellai Pookal (Ar.Rahman). Looks like the song towards the end of a problem and Anirudh has done fair justice to this song. His efforts are evident with the number of layers that this song carries. Every minute has a transition and it is one of the best in this album. Hats off to Sean Roldan and Pragathi Guruprasad who sound beautiful. 

Kadavulae Vidai (reprise) :

Singers: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: Vivek

Now, how many times have we seen music directors do this? They pick out the best song from the album and have another version of it with their voice! Anirudh does the same with Kadavulae Vidai. A deep song with the same lyrics as the original. 

Verdict: Rum is an EDM intoxicant from Anirudh, which is addictive.
( 3.0 / 5.0 )


Rum (aka) Ram

Rum (aka) Ram is a Tamil movie. Hrishikesh, Mia George, Sanchita Shetty, Vivekh are part of the cast of Rum (aka) Ram. The movie is directed by Sai Bharath. Music is by Anirudh Ravichander. Production by Vijayraghavendra.