Thursday 4 November 2010
Vidharth, Amla Paul, Thambi Ramaiah, Sethu
The story set in a remote village Kurangadi, somewhere near Theni on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. Suruli (Vidharth) grows up as a lovable vagabond, whose father is a bully and good for nothing guy. Having lost his mother in childhood, he grows up without a care, but is drawn to a poor girl Mynaa (Amla Paul) and virtually brings her up with the help of her mother.
Suruli, right from his young days is deeply in love with her, but when she comes of age her mother has other plans. In a fit of rage Suruli beats up her mom, who registers a police case against him. He is sent to Periyakulam sub-jail for 15 days remand, and during that time her mother tries to marry her off, which makes our hero see red.
He escapes from jail; a day before Diwali forcing the newly married Jail superintendent Baskar (Sethu) and a constable Ramaiah (Thambi Ramaiah) cancel their leave as they track him down to his remote god-forsaken village. A surprise awaits them, leading to further twists and turns in the story leading to a bloody climax.
Shorn-off make-up, Amla Paul pitches an outstanding performance. She is riveting especially in the scene where Suruli is providing dynamo light from his cycle, so that she can study and the way she expresses her love with a kiss. Vidharth as the vagabond looks to be a mixture of Vikram in Pitamagan and Karthi in Paruthiveeran. Thambi Ramaiah is the scene stealer and his comedy laced with emotions is one of the highlights of the film. Newcomer Sethu as Baskar, shows promises of developing into a fine actor.
Imman?s background score and lovely melodies fit in with the mood of the film. Neeyum Nanum? and its picturasation is striking. A word about Sukumar?s camera, he has made it look natural, without going for artificial lights or any sort of gimmicks making the narration easy and straightforward.
On the downside, there is too much violence against women in the film. There are far too many similarities with the plot of other Madurai village based movies. However the bottom line is that Prabhu Solomon is daring to be different and has guts to make a stark realistic film.