Kuruthi Aattam Movie Review: Director Sri Ganesh made a solid debut with 8 Thotakkal in 2017 and now, after almost five years, his second film is out and the young filmmaker has lived up to expectations. Kuruthi Aattam is an intense, raw action film with some brilliant emotional moments. Sri Ganesh has managed to build a world with interesting characters that not only dissolve as the film progresses, but also constantly evolve. While the story is nothing new, his strong scripting skills and character arcs make Kuruthi Aattam a decent film worth watching.
Shakthi (Atharvaa), a hospital nurse by trade, gets 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 aide to Gandhimathi (Radhika Sarathkumar), a kingpin in Madurai. However, the same incident earns him the friendship of Muthu (Kanna Ravi), Gandhimathi’s son. Muthu, who is also a friend of Arivu, tries his best to resolve the issues between the two and saves Shakthi whenever he is in danger.
Meanwhile, we see Shakthi form a beautiful bond with a little girl in the hospital, Kanmani, who is suffering from a serious viral illness. While everything is going well and Shakthi is about to start a new life with his loved ones, Muthu’s death shatters all his dreams about him.
Who is the reason for Muthu’s death? Can Shakthi take on the criminals responsible for his friend’s death while saving the little girl?
Kuruthi Aattam’s script and characterization are really interesting. Each character has a story and the narrative was written to bring out the stories. Fifteen minutes into the film, we are introduced to several characters that make it difficult to even figure out who is related to whom. Although the characters are introduced at the very beginning, Sri Ganesh makes us wait to unravel the mystery behind each of them.
The story of Kanmani, the little girl admitted to the government hospital, is powerful and emotional. It moves us partially and also opens up a new plot. Her father de ella visits her after years of imprisonment, only to make her life miserable. Arivu’s character is quite similar to the role played by Daniel Balaji in Polladhavan. People around him think that he is incapable of anything, and that very thought makes him commit bigger crimes.
Most actioners’ stories revolve around friendship, betrayal, and some selfish traits. Kuruthi Aattam is nothing else. Friendship, emotions and all other elements needed for such a film are mixed in the right proportion. However, the pre-climax sequences lag a bit and disrupt the overall flow.
The friendship sequences between Muthu and Shakthi are good and refreshing to watch. Radhika Sarathkumar’s portrayal of her as the kingpin in Madurai is powerful enough to capture viewers’ attention. Atharvaa’s love sequences with Vennila, played by Priya Bhavani Shankar, add value to the film and do not interfere with the film’s progress.
The stunt sequences in the film are its biggest USP and really deserve a special mention. However, the editing seems rushed and doesn’t give the audience any time to empathize with the characters shown. When the audience is primed to see a character’s life, the director suddenly jumps to the next sequence, which is in a very different mood.
Overall, Kuruthi Aattam is a decent action entertainer that could have done really well in the second half with a better script.