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 being released in which the young filmmaker has lived up to the hype. Kuruthi Aattam is an intense and raw action movie mixed 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. Although the story is not new, his strong scriptwriting skills and character arcs make Kuruthi Aattam a decent movie worth watching.
Shakthi (Atharvaa), a hospital attendant by profession, gets into a fight with Arivu (Prakash Raghavan) for insulting her friend. This puts his life in danger as Arivu is the son of Durai (Radha Ravi) and a close supporter of Gandhimathi (Radhika Sarathkumar), a capo in Madurai. However, the same incident grants him the friendship of Muthu (Kanna Ravi), the son of Gandhimathi. Muthu, who is also Arivu’s friend, tries his best to resolve the issues between the two and saves Shakthi whenever he is in danger.
Meanwhile, we see Shakthi forming a beautiful bond with a girl in the hospital, Kanmani, who is suffering from a serious viral illness. While all is going well and Shakthi is about to start a new life with his loved ones, Muthu’s death shatters all his dreams.
Who is the reason for Muthu’s death? Will Shakthi be able to confront the criminals responsible for the death of his friend and at the same time save the girl?
The script and the characterization of Kuruthi Aattam are really interesting. Each character has a story and the narrative has been written in a way that highlights the stories. Fifteen minutes into the movie, we are introduced to various characters that we find it difficult to even figure out who is related to whom. Although the characters are introduced from the beginning, Sri Ganesh makes us wait to unravel the mystery behind each one of them.
The story of Kanmani, the girl who is admitted to the government hospital, is powerful and emotional. She moves us in parts and also opens a new story. Her father comes to see her after years of imprisonment only to put her lives in misery. Arivu’s character is quite similar to the role played by Daniel Balaji in Polladhavan. The people around her think that she is incapable of anything and that very thought makes her commit bigger crimes.
The stories of most of the actors revolve around friendship, betrayal and some selfish attributes. Kuruthi Aattam is nothing different. There is friendship, emotions and all the other elements necessary for such a film mixed in the right proportion. However, the sequences before the climax are delayed a bit and disturb the general flow.
Muthu and Shakthi friendship sequences are good and refreshing to watch. Radhika Sarathkumar’s performance as a capo in Madurai is powerful enough to grab the attention of viewers. Atharvaa’s love sequences with Vennila, played by Priya Bhavani Shankar, add value to the film and do not disturb the progress of the film.
The stunt sequences in the movie are its main USP and really deserve a special mention. However, the editing feels rushed and doesn’t allow time for the audience to identify with the characters shown. When the audience is ready to see the life of a character, the director suddenly jumps to the next sequence, which is in a completely different mood.
Overall Kuruthi Aattam is a decent action artist who could have done very well with better writing in the second half.