Etharkkum Thunindhavan Synopsis
The plot of Etharkkum Thunindhavan is fairly predictable, but Pandiraj imbues the characters with very specific backgrounds, which adds a layer of freshness.
This generic masala film is elevated by its progressive outlook.
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
Etharkkum Thunindhavan Story
A lawyer takes on the roles of judge, jury, and executioner as he pursues a gang led by a minister’s son that threatens women with tapes of themselves.
Etharkkum Thunindhavan Review
Suriya portrays Kannabiran in Etharkkum Thunindhavan, a lawyer who fights for justice and protects the innocent. He is a devoted son at home, especially to his mother Kosalai (Saranya Ponvannan, in a role that she can, by now, play in her sleep). And Aadhini (Priyanka Arul Mohan), his love interest, compares him to Murugan. In a nutshell, he’s an avatar, and filmmaker Pandiraj develops the myth of his protagonist without trying too hard. Kannabiran’s attempt to safeguard women’s dignity is carried through in the narrative.
Inba (Vinay Rai), the son of a central minister, is the nasty man who is performing the ‘disrobing’ here. Inba and his crew prey on innocent young ladies in the pretense of love, filming them in sexually vulnerable postures and then blackmailing them with the films, an obvious reference to the Pollachi sexual assault cases. Inba decides to attack Kannabiran after he protects Yazhnila, Aadhini’s companion, and threatens to expose hidden cam recordings of 500 women if he doesn’t give up Yazh.
On a storyline level, Etharkkum Thunindhavan follows a very predictable path. Pandiraj, like in Vamsam and Kadaikutty Singam, roots the characters in extremely distinct backgrounds, which adds a freshness to the picture. Kannabiran is from Thennaadu, a women-friendly area. Inba is from the nearby hamlet of Vadanaadu, whose males marry Thennaadu girls.
The progressive nature of the film’s concept, however, enhances this typical masala film. It’s great to see a celebrity vehicle that communicates the proper message about female empowerment.
The film also recognizes the ambiguous nature of vigilantism and extrajudicial executions. Kannabiran uses the legal system to obtain justice, and only when all other avenues have been exhausted does he take the law into his own hands.
Though Imman’s songs aren’t particularly memorable, he makes up for it with a throbbing background soundtrack that elevates the film. The cinematography of R Rathnavelu provides the picture with a sophisticated aspect, and the slo-mo views are skillfully utilized to heighten Suriya’s fame factor, and it is a celebration for the fans. Ruben’s edits elegantly enhance Pandiraj’s vision, albeit they did appear rushed at times.
Suriya has finally secured a theatrical release with Etharkkum Thunindhavan, which was released today after a 2.5-year wait. Priyanka Mohan of Doctor fame plays the female protagonist in the film, which is directed by Pandiraj. D Imman wrote the soundtrack for the film, which was produced by Sun Pictures.
Suriya is, as usual, acceptable. The earnestness and intensity are palpable. ET, on the other hand, does not provide him with a distinctive part or anything. Suriya does an excellent job in this conventional commercial hero role. Suriya is able to enjoy the family man space and communicate with a large number of individuals in the first half.
Then there’s the heroine’s romance. Without breaking a sweat, he goes through the processes in a methodical manner. The big transformation occurs in the second half (around the intermission) when the star switches into Jai Bhim mode. Only here is he willing to battle (as intake a lot of action) to achieve his aim? There are a lot of emotionally intense passages in this film, and Suriya delivers them all with panache.