Directed by : R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Produced by : Dhanush, P. Madhan
Starring : Sivakarthikeyan, Sri Divya, Prabhu
Music : Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography : M. Sukumar
Editing : Noor Azwan
The turbulent lives of innocents, where their culminations have a mystery and what happens when an underrated police constable begins his run to disentangle them and bring out the unforgivable thugs before the law for their appalling deeds… Wowing audiences with simple but meaningful characters, neat screenplay and a good message of human spirits in his maiden debut ‘Ethir Neechal’, Durai Senthil Kumar goes up for a different genre, somewhere that might give references to several movies including Ajith Kumar’s Yennai Arindhaal.
Mathimaaran (Sivakarthikeyan) is genius with instincts, but is often controlled by his senior police officer (Prabhu) to underplay the situations. Of course, we have the reason revealed by post-intermission, when Mathimaaran surprises everyone with his aspiring spell with passion. The North Indians coming down to Chennai, especially the orphans mysteriously disappear. As the truth is unveiled, the coldhearted brittle people get exposed, but not punished. How the protagonist is severely propelled with unwillingness to give up and ruin the baddies forms crux of the story.
The plot is simple and quite a threadbare one. Many Hollywood flicks have experimented with it over and again, but have proved successful. It’s a stirring problem across the globe and how many ever times you bring the societal issues, there is a decorous reception among the film buffs. Organ Transplantation in illegal manner – quite a well heard ones and we had it in Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Yennai Arindhaal released before couple of weeks.
Sivakarthikeyan specifically has to be noted for his compelling nature to improvise in film to film. Yes, you would watch him outperform his previous works and that’s a good part in his career graph. He doesn’t overreact anywhere and even the scenes that should look improbably ridiculed as with few mass heroes in hyperbole mode, he maintains the limits. Sri Divya looks beautiful and has a decent characterisation, but when compared with the roles that Durai had offered to Priya Anand and Nandita in his previous outing, this fille gets a very less dosage. Although she appears throughout the film, her characterisation could have been more substantial. Vijay Raaz is simply superb and is a man to watch out for ‘Best villain awards’ in the coming years. Prabhu has limited scenes, but is portrayed well. Naagi Needu of ‘Vallavanukku Pullum Aayudham’ fame is good, but loses his prominence sooner. Yog Japee of Billa, Billa II and Soodhu Kavvum fame plays his part well as a hard-hearted man with some confessions.
Durai Senthil Kumar picked a very simple theme in his maiden debut ‘Ethir Neechal’, but managed to gain the favours of audiences with groovy performances of stars and emotions. Of course, it had a serious social issue embedded into the plot. Similarly, he gives a same treatment to this flick that comes with a same package of well appreciable performances.
On the other hand, the film runs short off an engaging drama during second half. The gripping elements that we see in the first hour goes missing somewhere out of the track. The basic problem is that much alike other films, it sticks to the running length formulae, but the appropriate properties to keep it engrossing are unavailable. It should have been either seriously dealt or in hilarious way, but the amalgamation of both these dangerous combinations slightly turns the second hour fallible. The logical part should have been looked up carefully by the writers. Yes, it’s commercial movie, but again, logic is essential and we aren’t watching a superhero flick. The penultimate sequences to climax are more stretched and should have been crispy. Background score by Anirudh and his songs keeps us marveled and cinematography is top-notch.
1. The basic plot and first half
2. Songs and background score by Anirudh
3. Characterisations and humour
What doesn’t work?
1. Humour episodes with Manobala in second half
2. Second hour moves out of track
3. Slightly lacks emotions
Sivakarthikeyan! You are gradually making the best growth in career and your performance is laudable. Well for Durai Senthilkumar, you made a beautiful debut and this film is a stud of appreciation, but if the second half was devoid of illogical aspects and irksome tracks of humour with Manobala, it would have been more appreciable.
Verdict : Starts off well, stumbles in mid and commercializes up in climax
Rating : 4.5/10
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