Irumbu Kuthirai Review
by Sai Shyam G
There are film-makers who coherently write screenplays, where every scene will lead to the next, and the movie would ultimately end on a high. But, there are also film-makers who decide on the main twist at the interval block and the climax, and try to put a film together. More often than not, the films made by the latter do not impress you much. Yuvaraj Bose’s Irumbu Kuthirai is a classic example for that.
When you read the plot on the paper, it might sound interesting, but the transformation into the visuals bring down the movie. Prithvi (Atharvaa), who shies away from driving bikes fast after an accident, gets back to super bikes for his girl friend Samyuktha (Priya Anand). However, Johnny Tri Nguyen and his group of friends cross his life and kidnap his girl friend. Why do they do so and will Prithvi get his girlfriend back?
Atharvaa tries his best to instil some life into this soulless screenplay. After giving his best performance in Bala’s Paradesi, this film is a completely different genre for him. He does impress in a particular shot in the climax, when he beautifully blends physical pain and heartfelt happiness. However, on the whole, the screenplay doesn’t give him much scope to deliver.
This is perhaps Priya Anand’s weakest characterization in a commercial role, while Raai Laxmi is made to wear short clothes throughout (Could be because the director thought we would be reminded all the time that the movie is about race and girls). The much hyped real life racer Alisha Abdullah is merely made to stand to the left of Johnny, while Johnny himself struggles in his Tamil speaking character. Devadarshini is a welcome change in the role of a mother and finally, someone has looked beyond Saranya Ponvannan. Jagan with his ‘Jack Sparrow’ hairdo is seldom funny.
Perhaps, as GV Prakash Kumar is bitten by the acting bug, has he completely lost interest in scoring music? All the songs in the movie, barring one, are instantly forgettable. The BGM is nothing to rave about too, as it is more focussed on metallic sounds, that stick out like a sore thumb. Camera work is good during racing sequences and TS Suresh deserves a special mention for his sharp cuts, especially in the second half.
Direction – Yuvaraj Bose
With a promising premise and a sound technical team, director Yuvaraj Bose has thrown away a good opportunity. The makers should understand that couple of item numbers will not make up for a poor screenplay that lacks any connection with the audience. There are some barely engaging scenes for 15 minutes, followed by a song. Repeat this sequence for 5 times, and you will get Irumbu Kuthirai. Also, the backstory of Johnny looks very far-fetched and unimaginable.
The interval provides some respite for the audience, but again, the whole of second half moves at a sluggish pace, and it all boils down to the final 15 minutes, where something interesting happens in the film. The climax looks novel, but too little repair work for a huge damage done already. Racing films don’t just mean bikes and girls, they also need a racy screenplay, which this movie doesn’t have.
Written by Sai Shyam G | Follow @saishyamg