Ivan Vera Mathiri (2013)
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Movie: Ivan Veramathiri (U)
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Vamsi Krishna, Surabhi, Ganesh Venkatraman, Hariraj
Direction: M. Saravanan
Producer: Subash Chandrabose, Linguswamy, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Banner: Thirupathi Brothers, UTV Motion Pictures
Music: C. Sathya
Genre: Romance, Thriller
Run Time: 153 Mins
Release Date: 13 Dec 2013

Ivan Vera Mathiri (2013)

Good: Action Sequence, Performances and Direction
Bad: First-Half Romance, missing spark, Vikram Prabhu's dance moves
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Vikram Prabhu’s second release, Ivan Vera Mathiri (IVM), an action thriller directed by Saravanan is set for a grand release today, all over the world. Vikram Prabhu made a very impressive debut with Kumki and director Saravanan made quite a few heads turn with his debut Engeyum Eppodhum! Now, the two have come together for their second project, Ivan Vera Mathiri.

The film also stars debutant Surabhi, Ganesh Venkatraman, Vamsi Krishna and Hariraj. Ivan Veramathiri is produced by UTV Motion Pictures in association with N. Lingusamy’s Thirupati Brothers.

The plot of the film seems to have been taken from the Chennai Ambedkar Law College violence that happened a few years ago when some students with political connections went on a rampage that resulted in the death of three students.

The film opens with a violent incident in the city law college, instigated by the law minister Sadasivam, who is angry that his demand for seats under the minister’s quota was not met. Even as the students are mercilessly beaten to death, indifferent policemen, curious onlookers and the media stand around doing nothing. A few insensitive ones even take pictures and shoot videos.

Three lives are lost and as the incident is reported by all the TV channels and radio shows, people are outraged, but feel completely helpless because the culprit is a powerful minister.

An ordinary boy-next-door type guy Gunasekharan (Vikram Prabhu), a student in search of a job, is deeply affected by the incident and decides to take matters into his own hands. The minister’s brother, Eeswaran (Vamsi Krishna), is out on parole for a couple of weeks and needs to be handed over to the police before a particular date. Gunasekaran kidnaps Eeswaran and keeps him hidden at a deserted construction site. His plan is to have the minister arrested for parole violation and helping a criminal escape.

Our hero has an agenda and he goes about it in a meticulously planned manner and how he accomplishes it forms the rest of the story. The director follows the routine thriller guidelines which is interesting but definitely not new. But post-interval, his script takes a turn that sets the film apart from the slew of action films we have seen recently to culminate in a well-executed climax.

Ivan Vera Mathiri (2013), 7.3 out of 10 based on 886 ratings


  1. Behindwoods
    December 13, 2013, 9:30 pm

    A commercial entertainer worth a watch.

    Saravanan takes up the opening moments to set up the premise effectively for the audience to buy into an ordinary individual turning into a vigilante. The scenario and the dialogues which touch a nerve with the audience play their part in establishing the film’s agenda. Some of it is almost Shankar-esque.

    IVM’s characters are well defined and the match-up between Vikram Prabhu and Vamsi is equal parts a battle of wits and a show of strength. After Kumki, Vikram Prabhu continues to be framed in the mould of silent characters but he performs with the intensity that the script demands, using his expressive eyes to good effect, keeping the grip of the film intact. With this film he shows his adeptness in the action genre with an energetic display in the fight sequences.

    The newcomer Surabhi, who takes the cake in the romantic portions with a cheerful performance. Her lip sync too is commendable, earning herself some credentials in the basic requirement for imported actress these days.

    Ganesh Venkatraman plays an important addition to the proceedings and is feisty while delivering Saravanan’s dialogues that pack a punch.

    The early part of IVM’s second half threatens to go off the rails in terms of pace with some love segments and songs but it is rescued in time with some exciting turn of events.

    Ivan Vera Mathiri is likely to leave you satisfied having served its well distributed portions of comedy, romance, action, suspense and all round entertainment.

  2. Sify
    December 13, 2013, 9:48 pm

    Ivan Veramathiri is Engaging

    Director Saravanan takes thriller genre, where he wants to show the nexus between the politician and currupt education system. However, he is able to keep the audience spellbound in the last 15 minutes of the film which is electrifying.

    Vikram Prabhu remains grounded throughout and is pitch perfect in the role as an action hero, especially in the raw and realistic climax fight scene but has to work on his dance a bit more.

    CS Satya’s music with the hummable number “Lovulla..” is run-of-the-mill. Camera of Sakthi catches your eye especially the top-angle shots, while Editor Sreekar Prasad as usual has done a good job.

    The overdose of romance in the first half (The fish sequence is a bit too silly) and the reason for the hero to turn crusader is not convincing.

    Ivan Veramathiri is implausible — there is little chance that a young man like this could pull off a stunt like this. But it is effective rabble-rousing. As our hero goes into his climatic oration, you might find yourself applauding.

  3. Rediff
    December 13, 2013, 11:10 pm

    Ivan Veramathiri is an average entertainer

    Vikram Prabhu, who impressed us with his realistic performance as a simple lungi-clad mahout in Kumki, seems comfortable in the urban setting of this film.

    Surabhi is perfectly cast and brightens up all the scenes she appears in with her bubbly, innocent character and seems totally natural and fresh.

    The spark, however, seems to be missing. His romantic scenes with Surabhi seem awkward and stilted and he really needs to work on his dance moves.

    It picks up pace in the second half, but some of the scenes are too cinematic.

    Director M Saravanan raised the bar for himself with his incredible debut; unfortunately, Ivan Veramathiri lacks the simplicity, depth and magic of Engeyum Eppodhum.

    Music by C Sathya, editing by A Sreekar Prasad and cinematography by Shakthi are all well done.

  4. Baradwaj Rangan (The Hindu)
    December 17, 2013, 8:25 am

    Several notches above your usual action movie.

    Ivan Vera Maathiri is several notches above your usual action movie. The coincidences are smartly woven in, the location shooting — in under-construction buildings that add to the urban-jungle feel — is nicely done, and some of the action, especially a chase down a busy road, is staged quite well.

    More importantly, the film never loses sight of the personal costs, the collateral damage, that come with vigilantism. The best messages, sometimes, sneak through when there’s no loudspeaker around.

  5. TOI
    December 17, 2013, 8:48 am

    If the screenplay was the strength of Saravanan’s debut Enageyum Eppothum, here, it becomes a weakness as the director’s attempts to make a “different” vigilante film get lost in implausibility, patronizing and sub-par acting.

    But the weakest section is the romantic track — Malini is certainly the latest in the ignominious list of daft heroines in Tamil cinema. After Malini and Guna fall in love, we never sense their chemistry. That Vikram Prabhu is far more convincing as an action hero than in the romantic scenes also doesn’t help.

  6. Madousoudanane
    February 9, 2014, 8:28 pm

    Nallaa iruku

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