Aaranya Kaandam is a gangster story in a period of 24 hours. It begins from the single most decisive moment in the lives of the six protagonists and deals with the primordial instincts of man, character traits that erase the boundaries separating man from beast.
Jackie Shroff plays an aged gangster, Yasmin his tortured mistress, Sampath a thug. Ravi Krishna a lovelorn youngster and Anandh Babu, an impoverished zamindar. What brings their lives together forms the core of the plot, leading to all the fun and action. The narrative style of the movie is different from the regular fare. The action scenes are dramatic and exaggerated in some parts; in other parts, they are more realistic.
According to sources, Aaranya Kandam, set in North Chennai, is about the drug trade, so the visuals and the dialouges had to be raw, gritty and grimy. But director Thiagarajan’s making style has given the movie an edgier, classy look that will appeal to everyone.