Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Manjima Mohan, Sharath Lohitashwa, Aruldoss, R.K.Vijay Murugan, Soundararajan
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography: Sivakumar Vijayan
Written & Directed by: S.R. Prabhakaran
The old adage ‘those who live by sword will die by it one day’ is the one-liner of the movie. That it also finds a solution for a way out is what makes the movie different.
Samuthira (Sharath Lohitashwa) is the king of Trichi’s underworld who is killed by his rival group. A minister who doesn’t like Samuthiram’s growth masterminds his killing. Ravi, Samuthiram’s lieutenant, takes over the gang as its new leader. He is ably supported by many youngsters including Guna (Vikram Prabhu).
Samuthiram’s daughter Niranjana (Manjima Mohan) is harassed by local youngsters. Ravi sends his right hand Guna as a guard to protect Niranjana. Expectedly (and obviously) both are attracted to each other. Niranjana’s mother doesn’t want her daughter to marry a rowdy and asks Ravi to separate them.
Ravi turns against his own lieutenant. The rival group too targets Guna as he is the key person in Ravi’s gang. Guna on the other hand, influenced by Niranjana’s affection, wants to give up rowdyism. What happens to the lovers and the rival groups forms the crux of the script.
Story and script of S.R. Prabhakaran of Sundarapandian fame have nothing new to offer and ironically, it is nothing but ‘old wine in a new bottle’. There are no interesting twists in the script as the movie proceeds on predictable terms and at a leisurely pace. The sequences are quite boring.
However, the director has shown some brilliance in executing the action sequences. His dialogue writing is worth mentioning. The scene between Niranjana’s mother and Guna is praiseworthy. The gang rivalry and the minister’s sinister plans are well-conceived. The change of mind of the gangsters is somewhat convincing. The soft character of the doctor amidst a gang of goons comes as a relief; lives of gangsters have been portrayed rather realistically.
The lack of innovation and the sluggish pace mar the efforts of director as well as the stunt choreographer (Anbariv).
Vikram Prabhu looks the same as he did in his debut film Kumki a few years back. He is quite competent in fighting sequences, as he has proved in almost all his films. His emotional outburst in a few scenes (his encounter with Niranjana’s mother and Ravi in the climax) is good. Manjima looks pleasant and does her work in a neat manner. Others pass muster.
Sivakumar Vijayan’s cinematography, Anbariv’s stunt choreography, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score are the major pluses of the movie.
• The positive message against rowdyism
• Action sequences
• Sedate pace
• Old story and older script
• Lack of interest and excitement
Verdict: The movie that tries to convey the message of peace has done it albeit sans any flair.
Sathriyan: Lack of fire power
Rating: 2.5 out of 5