Film Review: Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022) by Pandiraj

Launched in theaters worldwide on March 10, 2022, together with dubbed variations in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada languages, “Etharkkum Thunindhavan” was a field workplace success that now finds its manner into Netflix. Regardless of together with quite a lot of Masala components, the film additionally strays away from the norm by means of quite a lot of attention-grabbing components not all of which work, nonetheless. Allow us to take issues from the start although. 

The story begins in a slightly violent trend, basically highlighting what’s going to come ultimately, however quickly strikes backwards in time, with a view to current the background occasions that led to the killings. In that trend, we’re launched to Kannabiran, a lawyer on the Chennai Excessive Courtroom, who lives along with his household consisting of his father Aadhirayar and mom Kosalai, in Thennaadu. His father retains a indifferent however honest relationship with him, however his mom is slightly shut, to the purpose that he might be referred to as a ‘mama’s boy’ even though he’s slightly robust and profitable (in distinct masala model). Their neighboring village is Vadanaadu. Residents of each villages consider that god and goddess Shiva and Shakti originated in these villages and maintain a grand competition celebrating their togetherness. Ladies in Thennaadu are married to males in Vadanaadu and vice-versa. Nonetheless, when a lady from Thennaadu, who’s married to a person from Vadanaadu, commits suicide, each the villages have interaction in rivalry. 

Ignoring the battle, Kannabiran falls in love with Aadhini from Vadanaadu and the 2 of them get married, regardless of the protests of Aadhini’s father and a slightly tumultuous ceremony that enervates him much more. In the meantime, Inba, a central minister’s son and his gang exploit unsuspecting lady, whom they woe with guarantees of affection, solely to movie them in sexually compromising positions after which use the movies to blackmail them. When Yazh, Aadhini’s good friend, falls sufferer to their methods, Kannabiran involves her rescue, which brings him, inevitably, towards Inba. Their battle ultimately reaches the courtroom, however justice shouldn’t be precisely served. 

As often in masala movies, Pandiraj tries to incorporate as many crowd-pleasing components as potential. In that trend, Kannabiran is certainly a larger-than-life character, being omnipotent, slightly good trying, very sensible and educated, to not point out a really perfect son and a protector of the harmless. Moreover, the often brutal motion is just one a part of the narrative, as Pandiraj has additionally included a lot comedy, significantly by means of the relationships of Kannabiran and Aadhini with their moms, melodrama, romance, thriller components, courtroom drama, and even some documentary-like components deriving from the presentation of the competition and marriage. The majority of all these components ends in quite a lot of nice particular person scenes, which additionally spotlight the superb cinematography by R. Rathnavelu, which follows noir paths within the night time/violent scenes and extra vivid and polished ones through the day/calm ones, and Ruben’s modifying, which locations the flashbacks ideally to retain curiosity, whereas retaining a really becoming, slightly quick tempo all through the film.  

On the identical time, nonetheless, as an entire, the story and the general narrative don’t make totally sense, with the completely different components being slightly disconnected from every, the plot holes being many, and the reasoning of each the peripheral characters and of quite a lot of occasions being significantly skinny. Basically, nearly all of the film appears as an “excuse” for Pandiraj to current the aforementioned, crowd-pleasing components, alongside along with his feedback. Add to all that the inevitable music video dancing and singing scenes that stretch the period of the film to 2,5 hours, and you may perceive the problems with this one. 

There may be, nonetheless, a slightly important degree the film thrives in and that’s the multileveled commentary. The primary side in that regard is the place of girls within the intensely patriarchal India society which, basically, deems them straightforward targets for quite a lot of males who, on this case, exploit the truth that the one manner in life for them is to get married. Furthemore, Pandiraj offers extensively with the idea of vigilantism, which, in a slightly pragmatic strategy, is painted with grey and never completely black colours, because the story exhibits that the victims listed here are ignored within the worst manner by a judicial system which is equally patriarchal. That the protagonist is a lawyer intensifies this ingredient much more, as a lot because the self-sacrifice of a person, who, by all means, is profitable in all elements of his life. Additionally slightly attention-grabbing is the best way Pandiraj implements violence in that setting, with the repeated acts towards ladies, and most of all, the slightly bloody finale that additionally entails mother and father, mates and collaborators working excellently right here, basically speaking the aforementioned remarks much more clearly. As soon as extra, on this final side, the cinematography and the modifying assist essentially the most, as a lot as with nearly all of the motion scenes, which, this time, aren’t all around the prime. 

Suriya as Kannabiran provides an expectedly extravagant efficiency that showcases all components of his expertise (dancing, combating, drama, comedy and so forth). Those who nonetheless the present, nonetheless, are the 2 moms, with Saranya Ponvannan as Kosalai, Kannabiran’s mom and Devadarshini as Anjumani, Aadhini’s mom being nice each within the comedic and the dramatic moments. 

“Etharkkum Thunindhavan” has its faults, principally deriving from the masala idea, however nonetheless emerges as a slightly entertaining and intriguing effort, significantly because of the feedback and their total presentation. 



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