Ulkuthu Movie Review

Old fashioned story that has very little engaging moments

Reviews 29-Dec-2017 8:25 PM IST Top 10 Comments

Direction : Caarthick Raju
Production : PK Film Facctory
Starring : Dinesh, Nandita Swetha, Bala Saravanan
Music : Justin Prabhakaran
Cinematography : P. K. Varma
Editing : Praveen K. L

Attakathi Dinesh and filmmaker Caarthick Raju had earlier collaborated for the movie Thirudan Police, which had a decent reception among audiences. They are back together for a movie titled 'Ulkuthu', which features Nandita Swetha, Sharath Lohitashwa, Dhilip Subbarayan, Bala Saravanan, John Vijay and Chaaya Singh in important roles. Justin Prabhakaran has composed music for this film.


The film revolves around and innocent yet aggressive person (Attakathi Dinesh), who gets acquainted with Bala Saravanan residing in the fisherman community. On an Unexpected turn, Dinesh severely attacks Dilip Subbarayan, who happens to be the younger brother of Sharath Lohitashwa, the much dreaded don and loan shark. However, witnessing the braveness and smartness of Dinesh, Sharath keeps him as a trusted aide. But sooner, the real intentions of Dinesh behind joining this notorious group are revealed.


It becomes a strong reflection when certain film carrying the unique theme touches much close to reality. Such happens to be the scenario of Ulkuthu that deals with the issues involving money lenders who demand on usury interests. Apparently, while this can be regarded has and appreciable theme, it feels to keep us intact with this premise. The film faintly or even openly reminds us off mini yesteryear Tamil movies that were based on Revenge with hidden actions of protagonist. In fact, the one movie featuring Arjun and Radharavi, where the former joins the dreaded goon as aide and gradually seeks revenge. One of the highlights of the movie can be regarded in accordance to the duration. The makers of tried to keep the screenplay intact and don't drag it anywhere. The first hour is focused on establishing the characterizations in the movie with some life moments, which might offer a sluggish experience. But it gets diminished with some racy moments in the second half. What instantly comes into our mind after watching the movie is the background score by Justin Prabhakaran. Nevertheless, his composing a song or slightly disappointing. The cinematography has to be appreciated in certain places where the sea waters and the shores are naturally captured. Stunt sequences are yet another highlighting trait of this movie. Although they don't get much appropriate to the screenplay, it gets noticed well and Dhilip Subbarayan deserves special mention for this. Praveen KL does crisp and brisk editing for action sequences, which is a major highlight.


On the first note, Attakathi Dinesh has tried improvising is performance to a greater extent. But he has to get more full more efforts to come out of his stereotypical paradigms. Nandita Swetha doesn't get much scope to perform, but her homely girl looks impresses audiences to certain degree. Bala Saravanan tries to tickle our funny bones, but not to a greater level. Dhilip Subbarayan excels as a stunt director, but has to improvise a lot as performance. Sharath Lohitashwa as usual does his best to the role.

What works?

1. Performance of Dinesh
2. Twists by second hour

What doesn’t work?

1. The old-fashioned story
2. Slow moments in first half

Overall, Ulkuthu as the title suggests has some relevance to the plot, but holds a premise that is hackneyed when it comes to Tamil cinema. Nevertheless, some engrossing moments in second half keeps the movie going at passable graph.

Verdict : Old fashioned story that has very little engaging moments

Rating : 4.5/10

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