Fashion designer by training, bank clerk by profession, filmmaker through sheer drive and desire: this is Lokesh Kanagaraj, whose Metropolis was among last year's biggest surprises. With that kind of biography, we might imagine him as one of the film’s four pointedly nameless characters drifting through the long Chennai nights and bleak Chennai days – an office worker, perhaps, suddenly finding himself sucked into a vortex of casual betrayal and shattered hopes in an urban environment where gangsters of all kinds seem to just be part of the scenery and nobody cares for the beaten-to-a-pulp human mess by the wayside.

Part urban noir, part social realist exposé, part melodrama where the fates of urbanites crisscross with those of recent arrivals from the countryside, Metropolis offers a picture of Tamil Nadu’s capital that is as unflattering as it is, strangely enough, hopeful.

Original title
Maanagaram
Filmmaker
Lokesh Kanagaraj
Country
India
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
135’
Language
Tamil
Producer
S.R. Prabhu
Production Company
Potential Studios
Sales
Dream Warrior Pictures
Writer
Lokesh Kanagaraj
Cinematography
Selvakumar S.K.
Editor
Philomin Raj
Production Design
Nirmal Kannan
Sound Design
Hari Haran, Sachin Sudhakaran
Music
Javed Riaz
Cast
Sundeep Kishan, Sri, Regina Cassandra, Charle, Munishkanth, Madhusudhan