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by : Behindwoods review board
S S Kumaran
The first thing that struck about the
movie is the relevance of its title. Not
only any attempt to make sense of the
title proves futile, but also the entire
movie watching experience is excruciatingly
painful. And this, after a week of promising
releases that upped our hopes about the
general state of affairs. It’s as
if the idea of making the movie is broken
into pieces and entrusted to slackers.
As a result, you get a product that is
- every single aspect (script, dialogues, music and
even acting) appears to be made individually and put
together to form a final product. Is it only bad editing?
The story traces the life of spoilt rich kid Eashwar,
whose father is imprisoned in a murder case. Eashwar
is a money lender, along with his mother, and collects
repayments with his friend Singampuli. Everything
is hunky dory in Eashwar’s life until Dhyana
comes along to the village, as the village postmaster’s
educated daughter. It is love at first sight but the
girl shows some restraint, thankfully. But love develops
inevitably. Throw in a few twists and turns, a murder,
an accidental witness, corrupt police officers and
a contrived, supposed to tug at your heart, climax
the movie is complete.
The director has obviously felt the need to tell the
world that his movie ought to be taken seriously.
So the movie suffers from a heavy Sethu hangover.
It worked for Sethu since the movie had an earnest
story and everything about it felt right. But alas,
any attempt to replicate that classic will always
be overshadowed by that powerful movie. Virunthali
suffers from that fate exactly.
Eashwar shows some potential, if it was with a better
script or, probably, director, he would have garnered
some attention. Rest of the cast, including the heroine,
Dhyana, whose character is supposed to evoke sympathy,
is poorly written and comes across as unfinished.
As a result, you feel nothing for the sufferings,
the film’s characters undergo.
Everything else, including S S Kumaran’s background
score and songs is unremarkable. The songs, not only
hinder whatever progress the movie makes, they also
are painfully loud and ear-splitting. Hariharan saves
the ‘Un Jannal’ song solely owing to his
Despite the availability of a producer like Rajesh
Gopinath, the director and his team has failed to
cash in on the opportunity. Virunthali is nothing
but an attempt at movie making, a bad one at that.
In the end, the director might have learnt some lessons
but the fact that he attempted something mind numbing
as this will remain forever in his bio-data.
No guests allowed!
: Virunthali Review,
S Kumaran, Singam
Puli, Eashwar, Waterman
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