Cast: Dhileban, Anjali, Saranya Ponvannan, Sampath, Jayaprakash
Direction: P Kinslin
Production: A. R. Murugadoss
Music: M Ghibran
Banner: Murugadoss Productions, Fox Star Studios
Genre: Action, Thriller
Run Time: 144 Mins
Release Date: 15 Mar 2013
Fox Star Studios entered the industry commissioned to deal with quality projects and their first Tamil production Engeyum Eppodhum reflected their motto rather capably. Their latest offering, Vathikuchi, is an action-entertainer written and directed by P. Kinslin, a former associate of A.R. Murugadoss who is also the co-producer of this project.
Vathikuchi tells the story of an individual who unwittingly earns the wrath of others through his own actions, even if it is deemed to be noble. There are separate groups of people that are plotting for his blood, each having their own reasons and motives. Who these individuals are and what drives their vengeance makes for the story of Vathikuchi.
Director Kinslin takes you on a ride of romance, action, intelligence, sentiment and it proves to be hardly a bumpy ride. Dileepan is “Sakthi” an out and out share auto driver, a normal lad who falls heads over heels on Anjali (Leena), who travels in his share auto every day. With a string of violent scenes the movie eases itself by unveiling the three groups who are seething to murder Sakthi. The director shuttles between the hero’s antics to impress his lady love and the groups who plot against him. Often in our bored and daily lives we hear an array of conversations at the tea shop, bus stand and any other hangout; however we hardly have time to notice that.
Taking a page out of a usual share auto driver, what happens when he confronts injustice and how implicitly he deals with it forms the plot. What really makes the ride cozy is the director’s proficient narration, he doesn’t try hard to bring about revenge and elements that conspire the hero or villains to pit against each other, however he has woven the tale with a flow of events that naturally happen. Sakthi’s mettle nature of helping someone in duress is shown without any heroism yet gives us a whiff of next door bold dude. He spares no hair in getting himself ready to face the goons who loots his hard earned money. Next he saves a family in nick of time from a venal gang and all these good natured deeds makes his heart wet with rain.
Out of the three gangs which scheme to take him out, the last one with Jegan needs a little more convincing. The usual funny witted Jegan looks menacing and sinister in his new avatar, getting bored of his tiresome insurance job he joins his insurance buddies to take a greedy and bold step. Jayaprakash the mercenary goon, Jegan; his insurance chums and Sampath the fraudulent jeweler fit neatly to their roles of antagonists.
Anjali is as usual, no whims, no nonsense and nothing short of what we expect. What happens to a girl from rural background who tries to become ultra-urban, stylish and freaky? Well a wacky costume, broken English and light hearted humor. Costume designer “Rangasamy” of this movie needs a big pat, especially for portraying Anjali as the freaky rural girl wanting to be very modern. Will Sakthi the unfazed driver win his love? Will his gutsy act of helping others put him in jeopardy? Well, take the ride yourself to find out.Vathikuchi (2013),