Direction : M. Manikandan
Production :Gopuram Films,Tribal Arts
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi,Ritika Singh,Nassar,Pooja Devariya
Music : K
Cinematography : N. Shanmuga Sundaram
Editing : Anucharan
What seemingly starts as an art film gets into entertainment zone, but doesn’t scatter anywhere from the main concept. National award winning filmmaker Manikandan offers a delightful entertainer laced with humour, drama and emotions in ‘Aandavan Kattalai’ starring Vijay Sethupathi and Ritika Singh in lead roles.
Vijay Sethupathi along with his pal Yogi Kumar comes all the way from a small village near Madurai to fly London and make money to solve their financial crisis. They come across the agents who make the process more complicated by fabricating things. The problem gets more complex with few more characters adding up more to the issues too.
When we look into the running length of this film much prior to the commencement of show, it would probably get us hooked up with an assumption that how far it would be engaging. For the first 30-40 minutes, the film actually travels with hilarious quotients. Thanks to Yogi Kumar, for carrying these portions on his shoulders with incessant laughter. Aftermath, the story gets into other drama, where the search for a girl with the imaginary name could sound outlandish, but serves up to an entertainment factor. The post-intermission sequences have a slight drop in momentum, but then there is a thing called ‘Vijay Sethupathi charisma’, which easily uplifts the spell. Manikandan all of sudden takes the film into a much serious zone with the arrival of Malayalam actor as investigator to find out fake passport agent. Nevertheless, Manikandan manages along with his screenwriters manages to take the film through a perfect happy ending. Background score by K during the initial portions occur incessantly, but he pulls off perfect spell by the latter half in the movie. It’s puzzling to see why makers wanted to project the title and editing format like 80s style, which is the actual spoiler to this movie....
It’s out and out Vijay Sethupathi movie and this genius actor is getting beyond brilliance in every movie. The way he enacts the situations like a speech impaired man with his body language is marvellous. He just gets possessed with the imaginary character as narrated by the directors and breathes his complete life into them. This one isn’t an exception for his mannerisms and body language is stark wizardry. Ritika Singh is still in ‘Irudhi Suttru’ hangover, where her walks, dialogue delivers and everything seems to be carrying the traces of her previous film. Yogi Kumar is one of the major reasons behind keeping the film lively. While his final moments on the screen with sadness might hit us emotionally, the way he steps down the bus and walks away leaving us in splits of laughter is awesome. Nasser with his minimal role takes a sleepwalk through an incredible performance. Pooja Devariya is good. The lawyers duo offer good laughter on their part. The Malayalam actor appearing as an investigation offer puts us deep silence of stunning performance.
1. Simple tale with good social awareness
2. Star-cast and performance
3. Directorial proficiency of Manikandan
What doesn’t work?
Nothing much to put up on this side! It’s a ‘Drama’ genre that travels with soft and slow momentum.
Narrating a tale of realism through screenwriting that comprises of good entertainment, Manikandan scores the best. Adding more intensity to the film is the performances of star-cast, especially Vijay Sethupathi, the ultimate showstopper.
Verdict: Feel-good happy entertainer
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