Two friends turn bitter foes after a fall out and their enmity is exploited by a man who has scores to settle.
begins along predictable lines. Two thick friends — Radha and Chelladurai, their friendship told through the mandatory song and fight routines, a bit of romance and so on... We sit up when Radha accidentally kills Rathnam while trying to save his friend. This changes the relationship between these two characters who regret the action in different ways. While Radha realizes the enormity of his mistake and starts to do good for Rathnam's family, Chelladurai is torn between his lover, who happens to be the dead man's sister, Vadhana, and the affection he has for his friend. And a chance remark results in a split between the two. Meanwhile, Rathnam's partner, JP, who has a score to settle, pits them against each other.
plays out like the friendship-themed films of the 80s, like
where two friends have a fall out and are turned into bitter enemies by the villain. Vijay Sethupathi plays the 'good man with a guilty conscience' part, which is very much the same as Rajinikanth's character in
Anbukku Naan Adimai
. The worrying bit about the film is that nothing feels really at stake. When you see characters survive multiple knife stabs and still managing to come out alive, it deflates any sort of tension that the material might offer. Take for instance Chelladurai's illogical explanation to Vadhana on why has gone over to JP's side. He tells her that it is only because JP has promised to get him married to her, while he clearly knows that Vadhana's family hates the man to the core.
The only thing we look forward to is, seeing how the truth about Radha comes out and even this comes out along predictable and convoluted (with Chelladurai's brother suddenly brought into the forefront) lines. The director, who nicely captures milieu, hasn't done so when it comes to characters and plot. The result is that the film often seems like a morality drama turned into a rural masala.
We can't help but be concerned for Kreshna, who showed a knack for taking on interesting characters and films in the early part of his career, suddenly taking up indifferent roles (after
). But the real pity is Vijay Sethupathi. Until some time ago, he was seen as the face of new-age Tamil cinema, but with
, he seems to be falling into the rut of stardom.