Starring: Mostly newcomers
Director: Sasi Kumar
After quite a long time I watched a Tamil film on a flight. I knew nothing about this film. In fact, I had never heard of it. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I don’t recall seeing any of the actors before either.
The film begins dramatically with a prisoner being released and stabbed as he walks out. The rest of the film is mostly in flashback, set in the early 80s in Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The plot revolves around four friends growing up in a small town. Their friendship and camaraderie is captured effectively throughout the film and this helps add to the twists in the plot. They remain unemployed and serve as sidekicks to a local aspiring politician. They soon get caught up in web of political rivalry, loyalty, betrayal and murder. The film depicts how unscrupulous politicians take advantage of unemployed youth in the countryside to accomplish their personal ambitions. Some romance is thrown in but in small measure and that makes it quite believable. There is a good bit of suspense that ties into the first scene.
The film is fast paced and engaging. The camera work is impressive and captures the small town feel sufficiently. The acting is adequate and the casting seems appropriate given that the actors are mostly new comers. The music director, James Vasanthan (also a new comer) deserves special mention for the song “kangal irrandal” — an extremely catchy tune.
Overall, an excellent debut film by Director Sasi Kumar.