Prodution : Thirukumaran Entertainment, Studio Green
Direction : Ravi Kumar. R
Starring : Vishnu, Mia George, Karunakaran
Music : Hiphop Tamizha
Cinematography : A. Vasanth
Editing : Leo John Paul
Till the date, Indian cinema has been fascinated over the Hollywood’s spearheading theme of ‘Time Travel’. In Bollywood, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred together in a movie titled ‘Action Replay’, which was a box office disaster. From then, it was an experiment that many filmmakers didn’t want to take up, but debutant Ravi Kumar, a former associate of Nalan Kumarasamy gradually comes up with an impressive plot centered on Time Travel. Much prior to commencing the review, the producers CV Kumar and Studio Green K.E. Gnanavel Raja deserve appreciations for nurturing this unusually surprising project.
Set against the backdrops of Chennai in 2065, Arya is seen as a scientist accomplishing with Time Travel machine. On his first test experiment, he misses it back in the year of 2015 and we find the characters – Vishnu Vishal and Karunakaran, not successful men come across it. This Time Machine brings a lot of fortunate changes in their lives, but sooner lands them in unpredictable series of culmination that will have a tragic impact. Will they be able to save the happiness in their lives or succumb to the pathetic fate, especially Vishnu and his love Mia George forms the crux of this story.
Time Travel is indeed a complicated theme that might appeal to the interest of miniscule audiences. It’s an escalated brain teaser that keeps your rational aspect of brain abruptly on action and reasoning. Over here, Ravi Kumar doesn’t let you go drench completely into this, but offers some wholesome entertainment with a mix of humour, action, emotions and thrill elements. The first half proceeds with lively moments and director’s proficient brilliance in taking us directly into the main theme by the very first minute of this film becomes the highlighting USP. The way he has emphasized the establishment of characterisations is convincing. But post-intermission the momentum gets lost somewhere, which could have been rectified avoiding few sequences. Nevertheless, things get back at the right pace with some gripping moments. One of the promising elements that make the film engaging is the lack of songs. Only couple of songs that too in the montage style doesn’t hamper the pace. Technically, the CG works have been very well processed and thanks to producers for rendering their support in nurturing these aspects. Hip Hop Aadhi doesn’t shine much here, but his song ‘Indru Netru Naalai’ used in different tempo is appreciable and cinematography is decorous as well. Editing has been crisply done.
Vishnu Vishal has clearly understood that significance of scripts and roles alone would help him gain a decent career graph. Apparently, following the decorous hits like Mundasupatti and Jeeva, he has now picked up this film that showcases him in an uniquely different character. He goes completely by the script and it works out best results. Karunakaran is the next showstopper who offers his substantial support to the film and his hilarious lines are additional assets. Mia George looks beautiful and does a proper job offered. The actor in baddie character is a promising one. Jayaprakash unlike some of his recent films gets a meaty role. Arya in a cameo role is good.
1. The basic premise of Time Travel concept
2. Screenplay, especially in first half
3. Technical aspects
What doesn’t work?
1. Slight drop in momentum in second half with some logic missing
2. Love quotients could have been better emotional
As on whole, Indru Netru Naalai is significantly a newfangled theme, which is a new invention in Tamil cinema. Kudos to director Ravi Kumar and producers K.E. Gnanavel Raja-CV Kumar for a brilliant attempt. Maybe, this would greatly impress the multiplex audiences and the ones who are familiar with it. But overall, it’s a good attempt in Kollywood and the entire team deserves special mention for this.
Verdict : Surprising and Convincing
Rating : 5.5/10
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