Direction : Karthik Subbaraj
Production : Thirukumaran Entertainment
Starring : S. J. Surya, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Anjali, Karunakaran
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography : Sivakumar Vijayan
Editing : Vivek Harshan
A young filmmaker appealingly leaping with different genres and themes in three movies is something outlandish. Karthik Subbaraj definitely deserves pat of appreciations for this earnest reason for not being confined to usual paradigms, but different attempts. While Pizza was a horror and Jigarthanda, crime-comedy drama, he steps into the zone of ‘Drama’ based on women. The film stars SJ Suryah, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Anjali, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Pooja Devariya, Radharavi, Seenu, Karunakaran and few more prominent actors.
The film traverses through the life of three men – Vijay Sethupathi, SJ Suryah and Bobby Simha. Vijay Sethupathi has been in love with a widow (Pooja Devariya) and SJ Suryah, a failed filmmaker has been turning more as drunkard ruining peace of his wife (Kamalinee Mukherjee) and little daughter. Bobby Simha, the younger brother of SJ Suryah is often indulged in smuggling sculpted idols. Things take a turn in all these characters’ lives with chain of events linking everyone.
A dramatic play of long running duration and it tests your patience of what this story is all about. Perhaps, there are chances where you’ll bound to the movie for its top-notch technical effort that keeps you hooked up even during the sluggish moments. First and foremost, the entire film is carried on the shoulders of National award winning editor Vivek Harshan. His editing changes the course of narration and his involvement is more into it, which is evident throughout. The cuts between the multiple characters at the same time keep the momentum at right pace. Cinematography is yet another highlighting trait out here, where the treatment of colours and tones are done with perfection. While most of the songs aren’t really engrossing as in the previous composing of Santosh Narayanan, he has done a remarkable work on background score. When it comes to narration, Karthik Subbaraj keeps dragging the screenplay with unwanted sequences and we are really pushed with urge towards the restlessness. There is a twist by the point of intermission, where we get to see an appalling scenario and post-intermission, while we think it’s going to be more intense, the screenplay remains vague until last 20 minutes, where the entire drama happens giving a short film experience. The biggest question is that if the strength of feminism has to be portrayed, it could have been handled in a much substantial style. Why bring unwanted strokes that involve unacceptable justifications of how the characters advocate their mistakes in a much convincing manner.
The ultimate showstopper is none other than SJ Suryah and he is the only one, who just makes the show going on and on with his emotional act. He even overshadows Vijay Sethupathi in certain scenes and of course, he is at his best as well. Vijay Sethupathi is someone who blindly does what is required by Karthik Subbaraj and over here; he does his part very well. What impresses the audiences more is the characterization played by Pooja Devariya. In fact Karthik Subbaraj has applied all his efforts into this role and fails to portray the other characters played by Anjali and Kamalinee with such substantial strength. But then, these two leading ladies have done a remarkable job with their performances. Radharavi as a doting father takes a cakewalk with this role.
1. Star-cast and performance
2. Editing and cinematography
3. Background score in few places
What doesn’t work?
1. Dragging screenplay
2. Unwanted drama in many parts
Overall, Karthik Subburaj might have attempted something different down the line and the spellbinding performance of Suryah and Pooja Devariya are colossal. But the sluggish narration and vague plot of what the intentions of characters are to be doesn’t fulfil your experience.
Verdict : SJ Suryah’s performance and Vivek Harshan’s Editing at best while rest is mediocre
Rating : 4/10
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