The Plot – Stunning and very realistic. Location - Thirupparankundram – Absolutely fitting (especially the small streets and houses opposite the temple). The caste – Dhanush, Kishore, Jayabalan, Tapasee they have just lived those lives. We are unable to differentiate them from real life. Crew – Vetrimaaran – may be his name tells it all, G.V.Prakash – stands out in 3 songs – yathe yathe, hayya yo and otha sollale- all rightly placed. An amazing background score as well. Velraj for cinematography along with Vetrimaaran seems to have a liking for night life just as in Polladhavan. They even have a song with hero and heroine walking in the moonlit streets of Madurai. (That just arises a question as to how the heroine goes out in the night and manages to return home late into the night)
So the story’s plot becomes almost assessable in the second half as to who would be the wrong-doer. But later when the hero comes to know about the person, somehow the audience shares the same sense of shock, betrayal and upset which is what is the highlight of the entire screenplay. Similarly the first half also when we are very sure whose rooster would win the game, credit goes to director again for bringing us to the edge of the seat and pray along with Dhanush for the rooster to win.
It is definitely a classic tale but a bit longer, with lack of any commercialism like a separate comedy track. Again this reminds us that it is a very realistic movie and as audience we have to learn to accept this as well. Only thing it could be made a little crisper. Then there is also no major attempt to show the way of Madurai living with a ‘Thiruvizha song’ and things like that, since the way of life blends very naturally with the story line.
The hero of the movie is the entire caste and crew we can say but still we can’t miss out on Dhanush – the real hero. He is someone who has come out of the shadows of his brother and has definitely made a mark of his own. Kudos to the team to have given a masterpiece and definitely it is the winner not only in this Pongal race but also in many award ceremonies, we hope!