Dharma Durai Movie Review

An emotional journey with positive elements

Reviews 19-Aug-2016 5:25 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Seenu Ramasamy
Production : Studio 9 R. K. Suresh
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Tamannah, Aishwarya Rajesh, Srushti Dange
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : M. Sukumar
Editing : Kasi Viswanathan

The genre that always remains coherent to ‘Medical’ could be extremely on ‘Thriller’ and it’s not a commonality that we would have seen something pertaining to the ‘Drama’. National award winning filmmaker Seenu Ramasamy tries to pitch up with a sweet melodrama that revolves around the coming of age about a boy, who becomes a doctor by profession and his encounters in real life in professional and personal panorama….


Vijay Sethupathi is often seen spending his time at wine shop and his family except his mother (Radhika Sarathkumar) hates him for some reason. He often interferes with their business that earns their wrath. What actually made such a promising doctor to refrain from his regular life and what created havoc in his life is narrated in a series of flashbacks that remains to be a memory down the lane from his college days, his friends, professor and the girl (Aishwarya Rajesh) whom he was supposed to marry commits suicide.


At this point of time, where contemporary audiences are so much fixed to the nitty-gritty thrillers, it’s hard to keep them all engrossed for nearly 147 minutes with slow drama. In spite of some slow and sluggish moments, what keeps the film going at the best engrossment area the strong characterizations, which includes even the smallest one involving Ganja Karuppu. Moreover the characterization of Vijay Sethupathi has been done with best impact. The emotional context has been very well etched and the relationships between the characters have been very well crafted too. The cinematography by Sukumaran is yet another additional embellishment, except few aerial shots that incessantly occur. Moreover, the background score of Yuvan Shankar Raja turns to be more intriguing element and he has tried to impress with every possibility. Couple of songs that includes the first one at the funeral, where Vijay Sethupathi leaves the entire theatres in applause and melodious ‘Aandipatti’ is heart-touching one. If you’re looking up for the flip side, there isn’t much to speak about it. Maybe, it would test the patience of the ones fervently looking up for the thrillers However, the film doesn’t let anyone turn restless and this is mainly because of the emotional context too.


The film belongs completely to Vijay Sethupathi and what makes this film special for the actor is that Seenu Ramasamy has clearly understood his potentials and abilities. The way he emotes to the hilarious contexts and the outburst during his biggest loss in life and the way he reacts with his family members is simply brilliant. Maybe, this carries more possibilities to win awards for Vijay Sethupathi. Radhika Sarathkumar steals the show with so much of naturalistic approach. Tamannaah gets a minimal scope, but does her portions very well. Srushti Dange too gets a small scope but has tried to make use of this opportunity in a great manner. Aishwarya Rajesh makes an appealing performance as an innocent girl. After long time, Ganja Karuppu tries to tickle our funny bones, though with a little prominence. Arul Doss and Soundarajan have done their portions well. Veteran actor Rajesh has done a remarkable performance as a professor with good ethics.

What works?

1. Promising performance of Vijay Sethupathi and every actor
2. Yuvan Shankar Raja
3. Basic premise of the story about Doctors.

What doesn’t work?

1. Few irrelevant scenes drag the screenplay.
2. Entertainment factors could have been better.

The film works well with dramatic narration, characterizations and emotional quotients and it would surely appeal to the bunch of audiences, who aren’t concerned about entertainment factors.

Verdict : An emotional journey with positive elements

Rating : 5/10

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