Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara Review
by Sai Shyam G
Vijay Sethupathi, the man with the midas touch with three consecutive hits, is back with his fourth film. So far, Vijay Sethupathi is known for his experimental roles and his brilliant performances. The script of ‘Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara’ does not boast of being truly out of the box, although it tries to convey an important message. Directed by Gokul of ‘Rowthiram’ fame, the movie also has Ashwin Kakumanu, Pasupathy, Nandita, Swathi, Soori and others in important roles.
‘Sumaar Moonji’ Kumar (Vijay Sethupathi) is madly in love with Kumudha (Nandita), but she does not reciprocate. In a parallel track, Bala (Ashwin) and Renu (Swathi) are in love, but she is bosses over him. There are other sub-plots in the movie and all the plots converge at the climax.
Vijay Sethupathi has chosen the route that he has not travelled so far, which is commercial run-off-the-mill entertainer. He does please us with his raw reactions and amazing body language. He is under the influence of alcohol for most part of the film and he comes up with a credible performance. However, one cannot help thinking that this role could have been done by anyone else. In his first three films, he was truly irreplaceable.
Ashwin Kankanu looks smart and has good screen presence in the first half. He needs to work out on getting his expressions right though. Both Nandita and Swathi have regular heroine roles and they are just about adequate in their roles. Pasupathy helps in evoking few giggles, while Soori’s role is nothing to rave about.
Music is by Siddharth Vippin and the background score gives the right mood to this commercial entertainer. The songs are passable, but they make this movie a regular commercial fare. Mahesh Muthusamy’s camera work is slick and he has captured the scenes well under low lighting conditions. The running time is just about 2 hours and 23 minutes, thanks to editor Leo John Paul.
Direction – Gokul
Gokul tries to play safe by opting for the most successful genre in recent times – Comedy. His screenplay does have interesting scenes now and then, but fails to shine as a collective product. For instance, the climax scenes will make you laugh out loud, thanks to Vijay Sethupathi’s brilliant performance and some witty dialogues by Madhan Karky. Also, the conference call scene is sure to tickle your funny bone.
But, Vijay Sethupathi – Nandita love sequences look disjoint as they are told as different small episodes. Also, Ashwin – Swati scenes are cliched and do not impress much. The movie tries to convey an important message ‘Say No to drinks’. However, it looks like an irony to see all the characters in the movie drinking continuously to convey this message. The scenes involving Soori and an illicit relationship is hardly funny. The movie could have been a better end product, if the director had concentrated on reducing the unnecessary sub-plots and dragging scenes.