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Iravukku Aayiram Kangal  (2018)  (Tamil)
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Iravukku Aayiram Kangal Review

The movie's obsession with suspense and complexities was evident, but director Maran has only managed to make a mess out of it with uninspiring writing and amateurish direction!
1.7 out of 5 (Poor, A Few Good Parts) Iravukku Aayiram Kangal NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Baranidharan Sivasankaran
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Thrillers, in general, are served with some subtle complexities and suspense elements. Their revelation towards the end adds to the make or break of a story or a film depending on how impactful and justifiable the complexities and suspense turned out to be. That also stands as a testimonial to the intelligence of the writer/director. But "Iravukku Aayiram Kangal" seems to have got an obsession for complexities such that at many instances we tend to lose track of how things are connected.

The movie is about a call taxi driver getting entangled in a crime that is committed by a heist gang. The plot as such had a lot of juice. Debut director Maran failed to develop a proper script and parade the same onto the screen. There were innumerable problems with the writing. Weak subplots and scenes with characters totally out of sync with the proceedings were introduced on the fly.

For instance, the wicked call taxi driver who wants to get the better of Arulnidhi and the character of Anandharaj were totally meaningless for the script. There was a scene with Arulnidhi trying to pull off a "Mr Chandramouli" sort of a situation that looked totally rehashed! As if these weren't enough, there was Lakshmi Ramakrishnan whose role as a writer was brought in to add to the confusion. Still, I am struggling to make sense of the climax.

Also, the scenes were very superficial without any deeper sense of conveying things. At many instances, the audiences were ahead of the director whereas it should be the other way around. For Arulnidhi, this was another templated role where he had to sport a grim look for most of the time. Mahima Nambiar was the run-of-the-mill heroine, but thankfully she was not showcased as the "crackpot" material. Ajmal's role was a very generic one and him dubbing with his own voice hasn't helped much. Anandharaj delivered a funny performance, but his role only served as an extra baggage for the movie.

Thankfully the movie's length of 2 hours helped it a bit to salvage itself. There was just one song, "Uyir Uruvaatha" which was hummable. Music director Sam's Background was quite a rhetoric after a point and was repetitive. The cinematography was tidy along with other technicalities.

The movie could have been much better had the director been careful enough to take a bite that he could swallow. Director Maran has tried to loop in so many things and made a mess out of it with logical insufficiency! Not a great start for the debutant. Better luck next time!
Critic: Baranidharan Sivasankaran
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