|Ethir Neechal Movie Review|
Ethir Neechal, the film which stirred more interest among movie buffs due to Dhanush’s investment is directed by RS Durai Senthilkumar starring Sivakarthikeyan and Priya Anand in lead roles. Satish takes care of the comic portions, while Nandita and Jayaprakash play key roles.
Chief technicians of the film are cinematographer Velraj and editor Te Kishore, composer Anirudh Ravichander and art director Durai Raj.
Kunjithapatham (SIvakarthikeyan) is a guy, who is brought up by his mom right from childhood as his father passes away at his young age. He totally hates his name as people who address him by the first name end up calling him Kunji (which, in Tamil means dick), but has it due to his mom’s wish.
After experiencing embarrassment and humiliation due to his name on many occasions, he decides go for a name change, which is Harish. The very next moment after changing his name, he gets to meet Priya Anand (Geetha) and from there on he starts believing that his new name has brought him luck.
Harish chases Geetha all the way and somehow manages to earn her love, but what happens next takes us to a more content oriented part of the story. Somehow, Geetha gets to know about Harish’s original name and other lies that he has told her. After this Geetha preaches him to be confident about himself and to achieve something great in his life to make his name proud. Driven by love Harish sets off for achieving something big in his life and eventually he sets his eyes on the Chennai Marathon event for it.
What happens later forms the rest of the story.
As usual, it is always the director who comes first in our review. Director RS Durai Senthilkumar has penned a good love story with quality content and message backing it up. His screenplay makes the film silky smooth and we don’t have to look at our watches for the time at any portion.
The director also has thrown light on the injustice being done to deserving athletes by the dirty politics prevailing in the sports ministry.
The humor and songs are placed at appropriate places, except the song ‘Local Boys’ which comes after the break under the tag of ‘love failure song’. However, Dhanush and Nayanthara’s presence, along with the fast folk beats, makes it enjoyable.
Sivakarthikeyan’s role, especially in the first half, reminds us of his roles in the films ‘Manam Kothi Paravai’ and ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’. His new avatar, as a marathon runner in the second half, is what strikes a different chord and makes his role a substancial one, rather than just a lover boy role. The actor needs appreciation for his sincere efforts that he has put in to play the character of an athlete.
Satish, the upcoming character artiste in Kollywood, has made it big this time, we must say. The pair of Sivakarthikeyan and Satish was a flop in making humor in the film ‘Marina’, but this time the same combo has turned out really humorous. Their conversations are crisp and most importantly, not ‘A’ rated. Satish's onliners reminds us Santhanam at times.
The lovely looking Priya Anand, who proved her potential in English Vinglish, is one of the best choices made by the director to say the least. The actress has carried out her role with much ease which is a key to the success of -Priya Anand-Sivakarthikeyan pairing. Her lip sync is good, reactions are subtle and her looks are glamorous in the songs. What more can we expect?
Nandita, who plays Sivakarthikeyan’s coach, is a key character which carries the second half of the film forward. The actress has delivered what she had been demanded, without any flaws.
Anirudh Ravichander’s soundtracks and background score have helped the film a lot in its success. His background score is sensible, especially in the second half, where he trains hard and during his marathon run. The songs ‘Boomi Enna’, ‘Ethir Neechal Adi’ and ‘Local Boys’ are worth listening more number of times.
Cinematographer Velraj has played his gimmix in the songs. The melody track ‘Velicha Poove’ which has been shot beautifully in an exotic shallow water beach location and slow motion shots of the marathon race are the best examples for his efforts. Kishore Te’s editing is clean and neat.
Rating: 3 / 5
Verdict: Ethir Neechal is a pool worth taking a dive in for this summer.