Starring: Vijay Sethupathy, Ritika Singh, Yogi Babu, Nasser and many more
Editing : Anucharan
Music : K
Cinematography : Shanmuga Sundaram
Directed by: Manikandan
After the super success of ‘Kaaka Muttai‘ and ‘Kutrame Thandanai‘, director Manikandan returns with Vijay Sethupathi to give us this film. In a short span of time his two movies have released and Vijay is having an excellent time in the industry with this being his fifth movie. Lets see how this new pairing has shaped up this movie.
Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) comes to Chennai to get passport and visa along with his friend Pandi (Yogi Babu) to settle down in London in order to clear their debts. They approach middlemen to get tourist visa and provide fake names under the spouse section. Pandi successfully clears the visa process, Gandhi does not and decides to settle down as an accountant in a theater group owned by (Nasser). Gandhi gets a chance to goto London along with the troupe and in order to maintain his image, Gandhi tries to take out the fake spouse name ‘Karmega Kuzhali’ and to his luck he finds a journalist (Ritika Singh) with the same name and approaches her to help him out. What happens next forms the rest.
Right from the start of the movie (the awareness message is the core of the plot), the 80’s style of title credits and till the end ‘Subam’ card the film is a laughathon (except few thriller kinda serious tone towards the pre-climax). Manikandan has shown his versatility over his all three films and its tough to choose which genre he fits best. Moreover the film does not give a movie tone feel and looks absolutely real and natural. The wafer line script is backed full by strong screenplay where how one lie leads to another and to another to turn against the situation.
The movie is null without its strong and long cast. Vijay Sethupathi is consistent and here he is quiet natural and makes us feel for him every time when he faces some irk. Yogi Babu, take a bow bro. He steals the show with his quirky one liners and comic expressions, the first half completely belongs to him. Ritika Singh proves her acting talent in a completely different role showing that she too can act and emote. The actor playing Srilankan refugee brings life and he deserves the highest praise for his portrayal. Nassar, Pooja Devariya, George, Vinodhini, Singampuli and all other players are uniformly good.
Next big plus is the crew. K’s music is pleasant and all the songs are like small plays for every situation of the movie and reflects the person’s emotions. The camera work of Shanmugha Sundaram is in sync with director’s scene creation. The choice of Anucharan (director of the thriller ‘Kirumi‘) as editor puzzled me but he has shown why he is best for this film with his slow and simple cuts. Though the movie tends to move slow it’s not boring as it often offer things to us. Manikandan has covered all relevant issues including greedy house owners, plight of Sri Lankan refugees, divorces, money milking passport brokers and how they trap innocent people for their own good without being too loud and has woven all within the tight screenplay and ensured he has got it out well with his casting which is picture perfect. He gets another feather in his cap and this is a must watch for all ardent movie buffs..!! 🙂