‘Parthi’ (Karthi) is the son of a respected man in a village, who is caught between his two families (read two wives). The elderly man lives with his second wife after the first dumps him. The first wife has a son and lives separately while the second has two children - a son (Parthi) and daughter (Deepa). Meanwhile, ‘Ritu’ (Oviya), a friend of Deepa, comes to stay with their family, apparently afraid of the ragging threat in college.
After Deepa is married off to a relative, Ritu leaves for her hometown in Kerala when Parthi realizes his love for her. The experienced Viji Chandrasekar, as the old man's first wife, is one of the scene-stealers bringing together a plethora of emotions. In between the romantic interludes there are a lot of emotions and death rituals that take center stage.
Kathir, Oviya, Viji Chandrasekhar
Direction - Screenplay:
GV Prakash Kumar, K Venkatesh, NPKS Logu
The film is set in Theni, close to Madurai, which is now the nerve-centre of Tamil cinema, so to speak, story-wise. The film by Vikram Sugumar takes an in-depth look at the rituals related to death in the hinterland and tries to factor in the romantic angle. Amid the heaviness that death
brings along and the rituals that follow there is the bickering between two wives of a man and the rivalry between families.
To the credit of the director, he has taken on a rather heavy subject and gone about weaving an emotional tale very well. A fair amount of violence and so-called dark comedy make up the rest but how much of an impact it would have on the audience remains to be seen.
The director, who has apprenticed under Vetrimaran and worked in two of his movies, has tried an emotional, rural-based story for his maiden venture and despite the shortcomings has come up with an honest attempt.
The film is music composer G V Prakash Kumar's debut as a producer and is not the routine stuff that one gets to see on-screen and he needs to be commended for being bold enough to fund the venture.
Newcomer Kathir as the hero Parthi does pretty well in his maiden attempt at cinema while Oviya doesn't have much to do and essays her part of the shaken young girl pretty well. She looks cute in the romantic scenes which includes a song.
Otherwise it is the versatile Viji Chandrasekar who shines in the film. As the first wife of the old man in the village, she brings out myriad emotions and expressions, especially as a woman who feels let down by her husband and family.
The list of actors is pretty long with several new faces and the man who leaves a mark is the one who dons the role of Viji Chandrasekar's brother.
Music director N R Raghunanthan's tunes and numbers match the movie's mood, especially his BGM. There was a lot of talk that the movie would show Theni in new light and cinematographer Rahul Dharman's work deserves a lot of praise.
Watch the movie for:
- The novel attempt
- Realistic portrayal
You can skip the movie for:
- If you aren't a fan of rural tales
- Slow proceedings
Taking realistic a look at not so pleasant things