Direction : Sudha Kongara
Production : Y NOT Studios, UTV Motion Pictures, Thirukumaran Entertainment
Starring : R. Madhavan, Ritika Singh, Zakir Hussain
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Sivakumar Vijayan
Editing : Sathish Suriya
What turns up more fascination towards the film 'Irudhi Suttru' is that a woman filmmaker crafting the tale. We find them often indulged in the fantasy love stories or a feel good rom-com, but Sudha Kongra takes a surprise leap from her erstwhile mediocre debut 'Drohi' and appeals with an incredulous flick in her second outing. A long hiatus and Madhavan is back with a bang and he keeps you so much appealed throughout the movie.
The film marks the debut of Ritika Singh, a real life wrestler and features musical score by Santhosh Narayanan.
Urged by deplorable scenarios of corruption and conniving influences, Madhavan has been facing the worst experiences in his life from being pushed down from a boxer to coach and then demoted to Chennai. Over here, he comes across a vigorous talent (Rithika Singh) in whom he sees a future boxing champion. The complete story is about the encounters they face on the journey of achieving success, where emotional bonding becomes stronger during the course. And yes, the same criteria of people who pushed Madhavan to the pathetic situations are eyeing on his protege's failure as well.
As cited above, Sudha Kongra has written hard work and intense research all throughout the film. She has emerged to be a successful screenwriter and yes, her proficiency in sketching the characterizations and dialogues is remarkable. Even the most profane lines are very well presented and that's the beauty of her directorial skills. The film's running length is shorter and yes, the crispness and every scene that she has invented keeps us engrossed throughout the show. The first half proceeds with more and more lively moments and by the intermission, we are introduced to the emotional context, where the situations become intense and by the last 15 minutes, we are bound to an immense attachment. Musical score by Santhosh Narayanan offers more vitality to the film, especially his background score. Cinematographer Sivakumar Vijayan offers beautiful visuals where the backdrops are so naturalistic. Editing by Satish Suriya is the biggest plus, where the last penultimate minutes to climax are very well transited.
A long pause from Madhavan post-Vettai and after years, he is striking back tremendously out here in Kollywood with an impact. His dedication and discipline towards the role is so much appreciable. His dialogue deliveries and body language are simply splendid, especially the way he tries to communicate with Rithika by the end of game is mind-boggling. Rithika Singh never looks like a newcomer. Maybe, you could say that her real life experience is offering her perfection in boxing sequences, but her emotional exertions are completely over the top. Radharavi simply takes off his second innings with a substantial character and so far Nasser, who has got a strong role after years. Kaali Venkat and others in the cast including the one playing the sister of Rithika have embellished the film with more prominence. Zakir Hussain fits the space as a baddie to a greater level.
1. Brilliant casting and tremendous performance
2. Technical aspects
3. Dialogues and Direction
What doesn't work?
1. Logic slightly missing, but not to a greater extent.
On the whole, Irudhi Suttru is a fantabulous film that speaks about the human emotions and spirit of sports that comes in blend with women empowerment.
Verdict: A strong inspiring film
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