We have seen movies with no dialogues and films with no songs before. But for the first time, director Dwaraki Raghavan has proved that a film can be made with just two characters, provided it has a smart story and script, backed by good technical support. Iruvar Mattum surely scores on the novelty aspect.
Newcomer Abhay plays a youngster, who is brought up in a deep forest. He reminds one of Vikram in Pithamagan. Sunitha Verma of 6.2 fame plays an urban girl who reaches the jungle and encounters Abhay.
Dwaraki Raghavan seems to have been inspired by movies including Tarzan - The Ape Man, Pithamagan and Guna, among others, to conceive the story.
The movie begins with an old couple visiting a jungle. Their memories go back. Selvi (Sunitha) runs out of her house only to find solace in a jungle. She reaches a small hut in deep forest, where she plans to stay. Now enters Azhagu alias Azhagu Sundaram (Abhay).
Brought up in the jungle, he spends his life with animals. After initial differences, he gets accustomed to Selvi and falls in love with her. Both decide to get married. But Azhagu's uncivilised way of living creates a fear in Selvi. She resolves to correct him. The rest deals with how Azhagu becomes a man and comes out of the forest to lead a happy life.
The two newcomers, saddled with the responsibility of carrying the entire film on their shoulders, are very earnest. Sunitha, in fact, is very good in terms of emoting. Abhay looks well cut and has the right physique for such a character.
Dwaraki Raghavan has made an attempt to stand out from the 'madding crowd,' which deserves an appreciation.
The first half is promising with twists and turns but towards the end it fizzles out to become a routine cinema.
PKH Das cinematography and Udayakumar's special sound effects are the real highlights of the movie.
Though there is no denying that the end product could have been far better had the director worked his imagination over to make the script more interesting, Iruvar Mattum is definitely a unique attempt that deserves appreciation.