Direction : Vikram Kumar
Production : 2D Entertainment
Starring : Suriya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen
Music : A. R. Rahman
Cinematography : Tirru
Editing : Prawin Pudi
Following the grand success of Yaavarum Nalam, Vikram Kumar delivered back to back hits in Tollywood including Ishq and Manam. He is back with bang in Kollywood through ‘24’ starring Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen in lead roles with AR Rahman composing music.
Identical Twins Sethu and his elder brother Athreya (both played by Suriya) were born in a time difference of 180 seconds and as the latter says, their characters too are opposite ends like 180 degree. Sethu has invented a Time machine through watch and Athreya wants it badly and even kills Sethu and his wife (Nithya Menen) for it leaving the little new born baby desolated. 26 years later, we see the baby is a young handsome Mani (again played by Suriya), who is having the watch without his very own knowledge. Sooner, the game of fate and destiny over rewriting the history has to be played again.
It’s hard enough to sit back and watch a newfangled genre of Sci-fi like 24, which is something new to Tamil industry, but Vikram Kumar places it very well in the backdrops of emotional context well blended with commercial ingredients. Say for instance, when the post-intermission sequences involve Suriya, Saranya Ponvannan, Samantha and their family bonding, for the few Hollywood buff-geeks, it might seem unwanted, but Vikram has realized the need to cater the ones across the rural and sub-urban zones. This could actually give them a refreshing point and for the so-called elite multiplex club – A speed breaker. Well, it all goes with the earnest attempts of satisfying the universal audiences. The first half starts with the exact point of introducing us to what this film is going to be all about. 20 minutes later as the story shifts to the current times, it involves little slow-paced narration, but it involves cute lovable episodes of Suriya and Samantha… The post-intermission sequences could have been crispier, but the final moments are very well written. But it would have been nicer if the characterization of Athreya was very well sketched with back story. The repetition of dialogues could have been avoided, which in few places tests our patience though.
Technically, it’s the most tremendous film to possess the very best quotients. The musical score by AR Rahman, especially his re-recording is fantabulous. Cinematography by Thiru is so much spellbinding as he represents Poland as a location somewhere upon the hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Art department has just breathed its inmost heart and soul into the project with an impeccable and grand works. VFX team has just created extraordinary magic.
Personally, what strikes so attractive about the film is we are able to see Suriya in a much handsome and romantic avatar, which was quite missing for many years. His erstwhile movies were based on different genres and his roles were quit unconventional as well, but it’s really elating to see him back in a charming avatar. Of course, Athreya is the showstopper, but for girls, it’s Mani who woos them. Yes, among all the triple roles, Sethu has a minimal prominence and Suriya as Athreya is enthralling. Samantha looks beautiful and she has to especially thank her make-up artist and costume designers for offering her best ones. Nithya Menen appears only the beginning and climax portions. She has done her job perfectly. Telugu actor Ajay does complete justice to his role as Athreya assistant. Sathyan has nothing to performance. Saranya Ponvannan is best as usual.
1. Suriya’s performance in triple roles
3. Twists and Turns
What doesn’t work?
1. The dialogues are repeated
2. Songs slightly hamper the momentum of screenplay
Vikram Kumar deserves tons of appreciations for picking up a film of unusual genre and experimenting it with a leading actor like and keeping everyone engrossed in places for the whole of 164 minutes approximately with good entertainment.
Verdict : Offers sumptuous entertainment and unique experience
Rating : 6.5/10
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