Iraivi (TAMIL)


Starring: SJ Suryah, Vijay Sethupathy, Bobby Simha, Anjali, Radharavi and many more
Editing : Vivek Harshan
Music : Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Directed by: Karthik Subburaj

Karthik, though just two films old, is famous for his out-of-the box scripts, intense characters, real emotions and sensitive execution which clearly sets him apart from his contemporaries. He has come out with his third baby with his favorite gang of stars and few new actors to his gang. Lets see how they and the film has performed.

Arul (SJ Suryah) , a known filmmaker, struggles to get his movie released as his producer refuses to do. Frustrated with life he drowns himself in alcohol. His wife Yazhini (Kamalini), a liberated woman wants a divorce. Arul’s brother Jagan (Bobby Simha) is a student who has penchant for antique idols and more so of lady god. Michael (Vijay Sethupathy) works in their sculpture shop and he is treated like their brother. Despite in a relationship with Malar (Pooja), Michael ties the knot with Ponni (Anjali) against his wishes. He is insensitive towards his wife, who dreams to have a blissful life. A stage comes when all the three men join hands in a crime and what follows next is a series of unexpected twists and turns.

While the first half has been crafted with sensibility and sensitivity, the second half unfortunately leaves much to be desired. The director’s earlier films had never seemed so long. The second half pales in comparison to the first as the narration meanders away with a few inconsistent sequences. Though the roles are well fleshed-out in the earlier part, some of the relationships are never quite clear.

There are umpteen numbers of characters, but each one has a role to play in the intriguing plot. Karthik has extracted the best from the entire cast. It is SJ Suryah who steals the show with his lifetime performance. Anjali proves her mettle in a complex role. Vijay Sethupathi has in fact underplayed his character. Bobby, Pooja in a bold role, Kamalini are adequate. Santhosh Narayanan has outdone himself with the stunning background score and great songs.

Sivakumar Vijayan’s cinematography, Vivekh Harshan’s editing and Vijay Murugan’s art work are greatly responsible for bringing the director’s vision perfectly on-screen.  Karthik has chosen a subject, entirely different from his previous work and throughout the first half keeps the audience in a stranglehold grip and then in the climax delivers all the punches. Though this may not appeal to all, thanks to Karthik for taking a film based on such a bold topic which supports ladies in the country. Kudos Karthik..!! 🙂


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