Following three consecutive films in 2016 – Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum, Sethupathi and Iraivi, Vijay Sethupathi brings his fourth release today ‘Dharmadurai’. Definitely, the film establishes a new avatar of Vijay Sethupathi in a much more emotional role and throughout the film, he keeps stealing the show. The film is directed by National award winning Seenu Ramasamy, who earlier collaborated with Vijay Sethupathi in ‘Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru’ followed by yet to release movie ‘Idam Porul Yeval’.
The film traverses through the different stages of a life in doctor (Vijay Sethupathi), who comes across three women. By the beginning of this story, we see him as a drunkard all throughout the day earning the wrath of his siblings and they almost want to kill him. His deplored mother (Radhika Sarathkumar) weeps for him all the time and somehow manages to get him elope from their clutches. On his escape, he travels back to the college, where the flashback begins.
We see him as a bright medical student and his classmates (Srushti Dange and Tamannaah) have a strong liking for him. After his college, unlike other doctors he comes back to the home town and decides to do service for the people around him just as his professor Kamaraj (Rajesh) had insisted. He keeps doing the service and that’s when he falls in love with village belle (Aishwarya Rajesh). But due to his siblings’ notorious act of demanding dowry, her inability lets her opt for ending life and that’s where things go awry. Meanwhile as the doctor decides to visit his friends (Srushti and Tamannaah), he has few more surprises to experience. During this interim, his siblings are hunting down for him as they believe he has stolen 8lacs money from their home. Will the doctor redeem his lost happiness in professional and personal life?
First and foremost, the complete film belongs to Vijay Sethupathi who has breathed his heart and soul in the role. His way of reacting to different situations as a drunkard, honourable student and the man who manifests his devotion for duty and the final moments, where he cries for the loss of his beloved lover. The way he wants to reconcile with his family by the end and the gruesome incident that hits him, he just leaves you speechless. Tamannaah has done a decent performance and so is Srushti Dange, whom we see for the first time getting so much of scope. Although, the role of Aishwarya Rajesh is minimal, she scores brownie points. But amongst all, the best ones are the senior actors – Radhika Sarathkumar and Rajesh, who just keep you amazed with their realistic performance.
Background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja is amazing and couple of songs too are really transfixing. Since, most of the songs are montage based ones, they don’t hamper the plot. There are few scenes that could have been trimmed out to keep the screenplay more crisp.
Overall, Dharmadurai deserves a watch for its meaningful content laced with emotions, perfect characterizations and strong performances.
Verdict: A complete feel-good family entertainer with emotions.