Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Review

Passable show... Quite entertaining.

Reviews 2-Oct-2013 2:58 PM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

A day in Chennai and several characters are conjoined by an incident. Sumaaru Moonju Kumaru aka Kumaravelan (Vijay Sethupathi) and father of his girlfriend Kumudha (Nandhitha) seek justice in their favour from Annachi (Pasupathi). At the other end of city, we find a couple of roughnecks (Naan Kadavul Rajendran and Vinod) committing a murder at wine shop. Handsome Bala (Ashwin) is having a tough time - a loan for his sister's marriage, unbearable torture of his girlfriend (Subramaniapuram fame Swathi) and Malayali boss (MS Bhaskar). Things get worst when a pregnant lady meets an accident during a night and this situation brings these characters together.

You might spot some similarities among Vaanam, Chennaiyil Oru Naal and Neram. A lot of characters coming together on an unavoidable situation have been picked up as a backdrop. Similarly, Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara belongs to the same category, but the treatment is completely different. It's out-and-out entertainer with enjoyable moments, though lagging in few portions. It's a dark humour indeed, which has a blend of Quentin Tarantino and Anurag Kashyap. The length of this film is pretty decent and boredom doesn't strike your minds at any point of time.

The only disappointing factor is that you don't get to see Vijay Sethupathy throughout the film. Having delivered a power-packed show in all his three movies, the fans expected a lot from him. Of course, his portions are completely entertaining and they keep tickling your bones. 'Kumudha Happy', 'Return of the Dragon' and 'Super Super Ji' - these dialogues receive a great response. Nandhitha gets a meaty role to perform here. Ashwin's portions are completely emotional and only few scenes are bound to humour. Swathi looks beautiful and showcases a matured performance. Pasupathi evokes huge laughter with his portions. Pattimandram Raja and Livingstone are additional ingredients of humour. Naan Kadavul Rajendran in a funny role is an extra compliment. Vinod as his pal has performed extraordinarily. He appears in complete contrast from his role in ‘Rowthiram’, which is colossal indeed. During the first hour, the characters are established and the basic conflict opens up exactly at the point of intermission and the second half has some racy moments. Soori could have been utilised properly. The climax portion comes as a package of complete fun and a strong message on 'Don't Drink and Drive' and 'Be a blood donor' is appreciable.

The songs are very well pictured... 'En Veetula' and 'Prayer Song' exceed our expectations. Especially, the latter one has been captured with some interesting elements and it goes well with the screenplay.
On the whole, 'Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara' is a passable show. But, don't walk into theatres expecting something from Vijay Sethupathi's previous films. You'll enjoy the film in many places, but if few scenes were etched with engrossing elements, it would have been more effective.

Verdict: Passable show... Quite entertaining.

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