Perhaps, the film critics and reviewers or even the amateur bloggers might get tired of repeating this phrase over and again – Vijay Sethupathi is just brilliant. But it turns to be an unavoidable element and with his movie releasing often, we might think of using some new words or line to appraise his performance, but we don’t get to replace it. Yes, ‘Aandavan Kattalai’ is yet another embellishment in the career of Vijay Sethupathi.
This man sparks off every single piece of act in a much emblazoning style. Maybe, these terms would sound superlative but again you’re left with no options than to praise him vividly. This is a film that really deserves tons of appreciations for Manikandan’s pick of simple yet realism concept. The film deals with the protagonist Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) coming all the way from his small village near Madurai to Chennai with one purpose. To fly London and get settled there as a refugee to earn money and settle his financial issues along with his friend Pandi (Yogi Kumar). But then, things don’t happen as planned for there are some interesting moments and misadventures involved with some characters coming into his life.
First and foremost, it’s Vijay Sethupathi making an extraordinary performance throughout the film. The sequence where he tries to emote like a speech impaired person is really beyond brilliance. Ritika Singh still carries the impact of ‘Irudhi Suttru’, where she walks and acts in the same Tomboyish looks. Others in the cast have done a remarkable job, especially the characterizations involving Nasser, Yogi Kumar, Pooja Devariya and almost everyone, specifically the Malayalam actor appearing as Investigative officer.
When it comes to technical aspects, background score by K is one of the biggest highlights and cinematography is little jarring in few places. The editing style done in retro mode is completely unwanted and it’s really puzzling to see why the technical crew decided to have a retro mode titling, transitions and finally ‘Subham’. When the complete script and performances itself are colossal, they don’t require such gaudy effects to gain additional attraction.
On the whole, ‘Aandavan Kattalai’ is a decent family entertainer that touches something on stark reality of issues that many wouldn’t notice, but is narrated with decent package of entertainment, humour and emotions.
Verdict: A neat and perfect entertainer laced with humour and emotions