Review By : Movie Run Time : 2 Hours Censor Rating : U

Production: Dream Warrior Pictures Cast: Anupama Kumar, Ashok Selvan, Bala Saravanan, John Vijay, Nassar, Priya Anand, Sanjay Bharathi Direction: T. J. Gnanavel Screenplay: T. J. Gnanavel Story: T. J. Gnanavel Music: Nivas K Prasanna Background score: Nivas K Prasanna Cinematography: PK Varma Dialogues: T. J. Gnanavel Editing: Leo John Paul Singers: Emcee Gonzales, Haricharan, M.M.Manasi, Nivas Prasanna, Sathyaprakash Lyrics: Emcee Gonzales, Kabilan PRO: Johnson

Kootathil Oruthan is a story about an average guy, someone who never gets noticed even by his own classmates. A loner by nature with a constant fear within him. How a character like this falls in love with a girl who is the exact opposite of him and how life changes is Kootathil Oruthan all about. This simple story is told with a lot of emotional drama and also with a few messages.

The initial parts of the film are more likely to connect with the majority as a lot of us would have gone through similar situations in our personal lives. Though we have seen a lot of films about an underdog, this film deals a comparatively different terrain. But towards the pre-interval point, the story changes shape. One might not find the connect that they had with the film till then from that point.

One feels in the attempt to show the lead as an average, the director has literally made the character invisible to his peers which look a little too dramatic at places. Maybe since the story travels through the lead’s perspective, we could understand that his situation could have been glorified even more. But would a parent leave his/her son to suffer? Maybe, a little more of the parent’s viewpoint could have made it more neutral. End of the day you are talking about a common man, but the guy in the film suffers more than what an ordinary man suffers.

The best thing about this movie is that an average guy doesn’t make it big by just one moment or scene. He doesn’t get refined by anyone but by sheer experience. That part is handled with such maturity and genuineness.

Ashok Selvan needs to take a lion’s share of credit for enacting the transition so well. Priya Anand gets a meaty role after a long time. She makes an impact not for her pretty looks but also for her subtle performance. The supporting cast is good; Balasaravanan gives us a couple of soft laughs and is never annoying which in itself is a credit. Added to that Marimuthu who plays Ashok Selvan’s father deserves a mention for managing to pull off a strict dad’s role.

While some would accuse the film of sentimentality, audiences, who don't feel the need to appear rigorous and tough-minded all the time, will appreciate it. By the end of the movie, you will feel a whole heap of emotions. Maybe the director could have found a balance of sentimentality, harshness, darkness and light. One cliche that could annoy some would be the wedding scene that comes in the pre-climax. Seriously, there are other ways to up the tempo in the climax why still do it the old school way?

One person helps the narration big time is Nivas Prasanna, his music only elevates the situation and never looks over the top. Similarly, Leo John Paul’s editing and Varma’s cinematography are of great support to the script.

On the whole, Kootathil Oruthan is not just bitter or sweet but everything in between as well. It has the elements of an emotionally gripping story. It is absorbing but also has its share of template drama which at times gets a little overwhelming.


Verdict: Kootathil Oruthan is a feel good film that ends with a much needed social message


2.75 5 ( 2.75 / 5.0 )









Review by : Behindwoods Review Board Album Release Date : Nov 29,2016

Kootathil Oruthan is an upcoming entertainer starring Ashok Selvan and Priya Anand in lead roles. Music for the film is composed by Nivas K.Prasanna.

Enda Ippadi  

Singers: SP.Balasubrahmanyam, Emcee Gonzales
Lyrics: Kabilan, Emcee Gonzales

A peppy and trendy number from the superior vocals of SP.Balasubrahmanyam paves the beginnings for a fun album. SP.Balasubrahmanyam's  experience speaks for itself throughout the song with his dynamic modulation throughout. The song attempts to build a bridge between melody and trendiness and succeeds with flying colors. Emcee Gonzales’s gripping Rap is another highlight of the song. Watch out for the funky duel between electric guitar and local drums along with feisty nadaswaram!

Nee Indri

Singer: M.M.Manasi
Lyrics: Kabilan

On the contrary, a beautiful melody sung by the extremely talented  M.M.Manasi  balances the high energy levels of the album. The moody strings, and acoustic guitar sets the laid back mood perfectly and look out for the bass guitar which does mesmerizing magic. Kabilan’s lyrics deserve a special mention for its straightforward approach and sweetness. The rhythm takes a different route in the first interlude with the swift presence of grand piano and flute.

Innum Enna Solla

Singers: Haricharan, B.Mac
Lyrics: Kabilan, B.Mac

The funkiness takes a new avatar with masterful strings, recurring flute and brilliant chord progression. Haricharan does a wonderful job as usual with his optimistic vocals and the song strikes a great balance between folk and contemporary sounds. The steady and gripping rhythm is quite appealing and suits the song’s mood perfectly.  The celebrating trumpets which support the song with grace is another fun aspect!

Oru Naal Kaadhal

Singer: Sathya Prakash Dharmar
Lyrics: Kabilan

An introspective number with ominous piano, string section and marvel vocals of Sathya Prakash would sure remind the listener of ARR’s compositions from the 90s. The composition lives up to the genre and Kabilan’s lyrics deliver the magic once again for the conversational and casual approach. The usage of minimal instruments to create a greater impact is quite commendable. The interludes are well equipped and sustain the philosophical mood with good ease.

Maatrangal Ondre Dhaan 

Singer: Nivas K Prasanna
Lyrics: Kabilan

This interesting composition is where Cuban Chillout Music meets nostalgic Madras sounds in musical realms! The rhythm is quite gripping and transports to the sandy beaches of Cuba and so does the live drumming and bass guitar. Nivas does a great job with casual and laid back vocals which instill relaxation and surreal bliss. The interludes are quite rich but it is the flute which takes the front seat effortlessly.

The One Theme 

A beautiful instrumental track where the piano is rightfully supported with flute, progressive rhythm and strings in breathtaking magical ease. The strings speak volumes about the inevitability of life in positive terms. Though less in duration, the track manages to pull the heartstrings in the right moment.

The Happiness of Pursuit  

The finale arrives with another hopeful instrumental track high on mellowed energy levels with mild tossing of sitar and magical piano touches. The track is sheer magic with amazing string section and expressive sitar which is played in Gaayaki style from Hindustani giving goosebumps to the listener. The emotive flute joins this rare feast and gives it completeness. 


Verdict: Kootathil Oruthan is a fantastic album with its heart in the right place and ample balance between melodies and energetic numbers.
( 3.0 / 5.0 )

Kootathil Oruthan (aka) KootathilOruthan

Kootathil Oruthan (aka) KootathilOruthan is a Tamil movie. Anupama Kumar, Ashok Selvan, Bala Saravanan, John Vijay, Nassar, Priya Anand, Sanjay Bharathi are part of the cast of Kootathil Oruthan (aka) KootathilOruthan. The movie is directed by T. J. Gnanavel. Music is by Nivas K Prasanna. Production by Dream Warrior Pictures, cinematography by PK Varma, editing by Leo John Paul.