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Review By : Release Date : Aug 19,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hour 27 minutes Censor Rating : U

Production: Studio 9 Production Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Srushti Dange, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vijay Sethupathi Direction: Seenu Ramasamy Screenplay: Seenu Ramasamy Story: Seenu Ramasamy Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja Cinematography: M Sukumar Editing: Kasi Vishwanath

Director Seenu Ramasamy is quite skilled at providing a raw flavour of reality with his ventures. Does Dharmadurai fall under the same hood? Does it sketch up well enough to be considered another memorable film from the combo of Vijay Sethupathi-Seenu Ramasamy? Read on to find out …


Dharmadurai is a story about a village doctor and the various episodes of his life. What is the impact of these episodes? How does Dharmadurai deal with these episodes is what forms the rest of the story.


The film moves forth with a screenplay that spreads a lot of positivity. The director has sprinkled many moments that make us smile unconsciously. The execution of these instances deserves special mention. They don’t look forced and are pleasantly natural.

The cast is perfect. Vijay Sethupathi excels as Dharmadurai and his performance is natural. Radhika Sarathkumar proves the fact that you give her any role with enough substance and she will light up the screen with her fine performance. Her scenes gather claps on many occasions. Tamannaah is sincere in her portrayal of her role. The supporting cast of Aishwarya Rajesh, Srushti Dange, Ganja Karuppu, Rajesh and MS Bhaskar deliver it right.

The visuals paint a beautiful picture of the rural life. If you are someone who misses the lush green scenery and serenity of a village, Sukumar’s work will surely make you feel nostalgic. The aerial shots of Vaigai Dam stand out and are smartly used in a rural backdrop. Yuvan’s music is apt and a few songs are hum-worthy, especially Andipatti. 


Although the editing lacks crispiness at places, it does not seem like a crying issue. The plot loses its strong grip here and there but in no way does it lose its way. The movie unfurls itself at a slow pace but it is steady and justified. Barring a few scratches, like the few out of place lip-synchronisation issues, the director delivers a neat work. He has ensured enough attention is paid to the requisites of film making and has delivered a product that is bittersweet, just like our very own life.

Verdict: A decent rural flick which is pleasant to watch


( 2.75 / 5.0 )
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Dharmadurai (aka) Dharmadurai

Dharmadurai (aka) Dharmadurai is a Tamil movie with production by Studio 9 Production, direction by Seenu Ramasamy, cinematography by M Sukumar, editing by Kasi Vishwanath. The cast of Dharmadurai (aka) Dharmadurai includes Aishwarya Rajesh, Srushti Dange, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vijay Sethupathi.