Cast: Vidharth, Bharathiraja, Deina Davis, Kumaravel, PL Thenappan, ‘Ganja’ Karuppu, Elango Kumaravel, Bala Singh, Rama and others
Music: Ajaneesh Loknath
Cinematography: N.S. Udhayakumar
Editing: Abhinav Sundar Nayak
Written & Directed by: Nithilan Swaminathan
At a time when ‘big’ films starring frontline heroes are stuttering at the box-office, a literally unknown film by a debutant film-maker has certainly made audiences sit up and take notice. In treatment, Kurangu Bommai is akin to another debutant film-maker Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Maanagaram which released early this year.
Nithilan Swaminathan thus joins a special list of directors who have managed to deliver a sure-fire hit with their debut films. Let’s now take a sneak preview into the movie’s script.
Sundaram (Bharathi Raja) is a sincere right-hand of businessman-cum-smuggler Ekambaram (PL Thenappan). Sundaram’s son Kathir (Vidharth) is not convinced with his father’s job and makes his hatred known to his father. Ekambaram has always been Sundaram’s ‘Man Friday’ as he had bailed out the latter from a spell of misfortune. Feeling indebted to his ‘master’, Sundaram nods in agreement when Ekambaram tells him to smuggle an idol (worth Rs.5 crores) to Chennai.
Ekambaran wraps the idol in a bag with a (Monkey logo) and hands it over to Sundaram whose mission is to deliver the bag to a broker Sekar (Kumaravel) in Chennai. Greed of looting money worth Rs.5 crores forces Sekar liet to Ekambaram that Sundaram didn’t hand over the bag to him.
Meanwhile, in Chennai, Kathir spots an elderly man with the monkey bag at a bus stop. Even as he watched the old man, a local thief snatches it away. Kathir chases the thief and gets the bag but is unaware of the person who lost it. What Sekar did to Sundaram? Was Kathir able to locate his dad? Watch Kurangommai on the big screen to unearth the ‘hidden answer’ to such questions!
The script is indeed woven in an admirable manner with powerful characterizations. Taking on such a script and that too in his very first film needs lots of courage and Nithilan seems to possess plenty of it. The characters have a good definition to them and each character has been made to sweat hard by the film-maker who has extracted the maximum possible effort from almost all the artistes.
Set aside Vidharth, the hero and take the duo of Bharathiraja and Kumaravel. Known as a film-maker who re-wrote the history of Tamil films in the seventies and eighties, ace director Bharathiraaja reveals a hitherto unknown side to him. Kumaravel (of Abhiyum Naanum and Mozhi fame), who has only shone in goody-goody characters thus far, moves away from his stereotypical characters to deliver an amazing portrayal of the role assigned to him.
Vidharth, on his part, deserves a pat on his back for his non-stop and tireless attempt to associate himself only with films which have a solid script. Comedy section is taken care of by the ‘thief’ who does whatever he does with unexpected ease and sincerity.
Background music by Ajaneesh stands out and is certainly one of the huge pluses of the film. Editor Nayak and cinematographer Udhayakumar have combined well to present a visual treat on many occasions. The director has also taken care not to bore the viewers as he has made the film of 106-minute duration.
Crime thrillers are a far and few in Kollywood and here is a thriller which not only entertains the audiences but also don’t take them for a ride with illogical sequences. As reported earlier, particular mention ought to be made of director Nithilan’s handling of the script, the dialogues and the way the script is taken forward without making the audiences feel exhausted.
• Editing, cinematography; and
• Kumaravel, Bharathiraaja and Vidharth’s calm and casual portrayals
• Slow-paced script in the second-half;
• Some typically cinematic sequences;
• Predictable twists and turns
Overall, Kurangu Bommai can be categorized as a ‘quality’ crime thriller which is sure to make movie-goers and others feel utterly satisfied.
Verdict: Kurangu Bommai is not monkeying around with the audiences; it just thrills them!
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars