A solid actioner with some powerful moments

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Kuruthi Aattam Movie Synopsis: Shakthi, an attender in government hospital wins the friendship of Muthu, a son of kingpin in Madurai. His sudden death forces him to take revenge on the culprits who were responsible for the same.

Kuruthi Aattam Movie Review: Director Sri Ganesh made a solid debut in 2017 with 8 Thotakkal and now, after almost five years, his second film is out in which the young filmmaker has managed to live up to expectations. Kuruthi Aattam is an intense, raw actioner laced with some brilliant emotional moments. Sri Ganesh has managed to build a world with interesting characters that not only unravel as the film progresses but also evolve throughout. Though the story is nothing new, his strong screenwriting skills and character arcs make Kuruthi Aattam a decent film worth watching.

Shakthi (Atharvaa), a hospital attender by profession, enters into a scuffle with Arivu (Prakash Raghavan) for insulting his friend. This puts his life in danger as Arivu is the son of Durai (Radha Ravi) and a close aid of Gandhimathi (Radhika Sarathkumar) a kingpin in Madurai. The very same incident, though, gets him the friendship of Muthu (Kanna Ravi), Gandhimathi’s son. Muthu, who is also a friend of Arivu, tries his best to sort out the issues between the two and saves Shakthi whenever he is in danger.

Meanwhile, we see Shakthi forming a beautiful bond with a little girl in the hospital, Kanmani, who is suffering from a severe viral disease. While everything goes well, and Shakthi is in the verge of starting a new life with his loved ones, Muthu’s death shatters all his dreams.

Who is the reason behind Muthu’s death? Can Shakthi take on the criminals who are responsible for his friend’s death and also save the little girl at the same time?

Kuruthi Aattam’s screenplay and characterisation is really interesting. Each character has a story and the narrative has been penned in such a way that brings the stories out. Fifteen minutes into the movie, we are introduced to several characters that we find it tough to even figure out who is related to whom. Though the characters are introduced at the very beginning, Sri Ganesh makes us wait to unravel the mystery behind each one of them.

The story of Kanmani, the little girl who gets admitted in the government hospital is powerful and emotional. It moves us at parts and also opens up a new storyline. Her father comes to see her after years of imprisonment only to put their lives in misery. Arivu’s character is quite similar to the role played by Daniel Balaji in Polladhavan. People around him think he is incapable of anything and that very thought makes him commit bigger crimes.

Stories of most actioners revolve around friendship, betrayal and some egoistic attributes. Kuruthi Aattam is nothing different. There is friendship, emotions and every other element needed for such a film mixed in the right proportion. However, the pre-climax sequences lag a bit and disturbs the overall flow.

The friendship sequences between Muthu and Shakthi is good and refreshing to watch. Radhika Sarathkumar’s performance as a kingpin in Madurai is powerful enough to hold the attention of the viewers. Atharvaa’s love sequences with Vennila, played by Priya Bhavani Shankar, adds value to the film and doesn’t disturb the movie’s progress.

The stunt sequeunces in the film is its main USP and truly deserve a special mention The editing however feels rushed and doesn’t give time to let the audience emapathise with the characters being shown. When the audience are prepped to see the life of a character, the director jumps to the next sequence all of a sudden, which is in an entirely different mood.

Overall, Kuruthi Aattam is a decent action entertainer which could have done really well with better writing in the second half.

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