The last movie before the summer vacation is here folks and after some recursive promotion and a lot of hype n hoopla the movie has hit the theatres today. Sasikumar and Lakshmi menon, both fresh from their success in Sundarapandian reprise their chemistry, thanks to the director Mutthiah. Village centric movies have always been Sasikumar's strength and this will be yet another movie in that genre. Ghibran of Vaagai Sooda Va fame is crooning music and Production by Village theatres and the distribution rights have been grabbed by Red Giants, with Sun pictures presenting this movie. So let's take our magnifying glasses to see what this movie about.
The Small Tiger:
Sasikumar's role is quite nostalgic as we have seen him many a time portray the angry lad who spares no hair when it comes to injustice. Well then again this is another story with a lot of mother-son sentiment niched into. The film is set in and around the vibrant towns of Sriveliputur and Rajapalayam has Sasikumar who plays Kuttipuli an honest son of a father who gave up his life for avenging a girl's abuse, and the son takes up his Dad's legacy and continues doing that. Saranya is a heartfelt mother who wants her son to stay out of all this ruckus and lead a serene life. But it's easier said than done when it comes to Kuttipuli, who is also affectionately called as "Puli".
Now, enters the new damsel (Lakshmi Menon) in the town with all the flimflam and usual "figure" worship song, which is a little more portrayal than we could have imagined. As we could imagine, a flower without a swarm of bees is nothing and so is Bharathi (Lakshmi). She has a whale of Romeo's trying to win her heart, however after a series of mix ups and all the Samaritan work from Puli's store makes her fall in love. The screenplay piling up to these scenes are pretty good and they move up quite stealthily.
Elsewhere a Silambatam match breaks out into a haphazard fight between Puli and a local gang; the events turn out to become a bloodbath after the goons beat Puli up pretty badly. Post the trauma and pain, will Puli avenge his pride? What happens to Bharathi's love? Can Puli lead a normal life that his mother always wanted to? The rest of plot unveils with all these questions answered.
What's right and what's not:
For starters, the director's outright intention of making a movie from a personal real life character he happened to know is pretty appreciable and Sasi kumar has done a decent job out of it. Be it comedy, or sentiment, Sasikumar has grown as an actor to live up to the director's intent well enough. Comedy by the team from a Tamil TV channel vibes well in the first half.
Ask anyone in Kollywood as who is the best "mom" type character and hands down the answer is Saranya, and she is at her usual best. Sasi plays the perfect son and the bond between them is director's special. The climax is a revelation of all sorts with some emotional ending, though defying logic does gives a sense of sentimental finish. All said somewhat a stereotypical feel from Sasi and Saranya oozes out into our minds, as their character is almost reminiscent of so many of their own films.
All said, the violence in the movie is quite unwanted and a lot of blood bath could've been avoided As for the background score, which was very average jarring the emotional scenes and the songs did not live up to the expectation as well. The visualization of the songs was nothing special to hit a nail in the memory. Another big letdown will be the punch dialogues, which quite did not match the hero every time he quotes for "Kuttipuli".
The movie could've been a clean family outing if not for the violence scenes, and all said the screenplay lacks the pace in the second half with some stingy scenes not quite connecting well. Lakshmi menon though fresh and charming, her role is more like an extended cameo with songs clubbed to.
Verdict : A Touchy tale of Mother and Son, lacks in parts.
Rating : 2.75/5