Plot – For his directorial debut, Dhanush has boldly centered his story on a senior citizen, who is a renowned stunt master in Tamil cinema. His relationships with his son, grand children, first love (also a senior citizen) and the society in general, form the crux of the tale. It is a relevant, relatable, upmarket family drama and a very promising debut by this most formidable all-rounder named Dhanush.
– It is remarkable to find no traces of brother Selvaraghavan’s style and touches in Dhanush’s direction. He has made a feel-good film rooted in relationship values which everyone can connect to and watch with the entire family. Dhanush stands tall not just as a director but also as an actor in the flashback sequence in the village, where he brings on all of his ‘Aadukalam’ charm in his romance with the pretty Madonna Sebastian.
– Rajkiran can put no foot wrong in such author-backed roles and the veteran is instantly likable. You root for him from the moment he appears on screen.
– Prasanna (supremely fit), evergreen class act Revathy, child prodigy Master Raghavan and VJ DD (in a little cameo) add more solid acting moments to the film. We also have the likes of Gautham Menon and Robo Shankar in enjoyable cameos. There are few other cameos too, played by the Dhanush regulars.
– It won’t be exaggerated to call Sean Roldan, the soul of the film. With his enjoyable songs and lovely BGM themes, Sean makes a very strong statement. His Ilayaraja-like orchestration with no needless digital interferences is a treat to listen to. But some of his BGM themes do have a VIP shade (Dhanush’s suggestion maybe!).
– Editor GK Prasanna keeps the presentation neat and smooth. The moments when Rajkiran quickly rewinds his past memories are impressive. The run time of 2 hours 5 mins is ideal.
– The mush and melodrama are evident at places, particularly when Prasanna repents, misses his dad and cries. It could have been toned down by Dhanush, given the maturity he shows otherwise.
– The stunt choreography for a couple of sequences when Rajkiran takes on young rowdy elements is needlessly showy.
– The way Facebook is conveniently used to move the story ahead is hard to believe. Lazy writing in these parts!
Final Word – Such a heartwarming, ‘slice of life’ tale. Do watch with family.