Blue Star is a 2024 Indian Tamil-language sports drama film directed by S. Jayakumar in his directorial debut and jointly produced by Pa. Ranjith under his production banner Neelam Productions along with R. Ganesh Murthy and G. Soundarya under Lemon Leaf Creation Pvt Ltd. The film stars Ashok Selvan, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj and Keerthi Pandian in lead roles with Bagavathi Perumal, Elango Kumaravel, Lizzie Antony and Prithvi Rajan in supporting roles, with Saju Navodaya in an extended cameo. The film features music composed by Govind Vasantha with cinematography handled by Thamizh A. Azhagan and editing done by Selva R. K. It was released on 25 January 2024 to positive reviews from critics and audiences.
In the movie Blue Star, we follow two guys, Rajesh and Ranjith, who are into cricket but come from different communities – one rich, the other not so privileged. They form rival teams, Blue Star and Alpha Boys. Due to societal issues, they can’t play together.
Rajesh, the rich guy, realizes his world’s problems and that he’s been part of a messed-up system. A new force challenges both teams, making Rajesh confront the societal issues they face. The movie shows how cricket brings people together, breaking social barriers. There’s a cool well scene between Rajesh and Ranjith, showing they’re just regular guys with dreams.
Blue Star is a 160-minute emotional rollercoaster that dives into social problems using cricket as its backdrop. It’s relatable, authentic, and leaves a lasting impact on the audience, making it a must-watch in the world of sports dramas.
- Ashok Selvan as Ranjith
- Shanthanu Bhagyaraj as Rajesh
- Keerthi Pandian as Anandhi
- Prithvi Rajan as Sam
- Bagavathi Perumal as Immanuel
- Elango Kumaravel as Ranjith and Sam’s father
- Lizzie Antony as Suseela, Ranjith and Sam’s Mother
- Dhivya Duraisamy as Thenmozhi
- Raghav Parthiban as Nandagopal
- Goutham Raj Csv
- Saju Navodaya in a cameo as Bullet Babu
The film was announced on 15 August 2022. Filming commenced in late 2022. The first look and title were revealed on 20 May 2023. The trailer was released on 10 January 2024.
The soundtrack was composed by Govinda Vasantha.The first single ”Blue Star Anthem” was released on 20 May 2023 with the first look and title reveal. The second single ”Railin Oligal” was released on 13 September 2023. The third single ”Arakkonam Style” was released on 24 November 2023. The soundtrack was released on 22 January 2024 with 2 additional songs in addition to the three singles.
The film was released on 25 January 2024, on the eve of Republic Day.
The post-theatrical streaming rights of the film were acquired by Amazon Prime Video.
Blue Star received positive reviews from critics and audiences.
Bhuvanesh Chander of The Hindu wrote, “Starring Ashok Selvan and Shanthnu Bhagyaraj as two angsty youngsters from rival communities locking horns on and off the cricket ground, Blue Star is a serious film telling a grounded tale that, for over 160 minutes, immerses you into a world so real, so familiar and so imperfect, that nothing shakes you off its spell.” Roopa Radhakrishnan of The Times of India rated the film 3/5 praising the performances of the cast, the direction and music. Akchayaa Rajkumar of The News Minute rated the film 3.5/5 and wrote, “Tamil cinema has seen a wave of anti-caste films over the past few years and almost all of them have explored the caste dynamics of and oppression enforced by intermediary castes on Dalits. Blue Star takes this one step forward and explores the discrimination doled out to both intermediary castes and Dalits by a privileged caste”.
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