A little bit of romance, action, comedy, suspense and few heroic moments make a good entertaining film of standards that can attract audiences from all categories. Debutant Kinslin's slick crime-thriller Vathikuchi with ignorable cliches passes with distinction in becoming a truly commercial entertainer for the masses. What works in the favour of the film, despite stiff criticism from the elite class audiences, is the offbeat presentation of a simple story.
Sakthi (Dhileban), a share auto driver, likes to go out of his way to help strangers without any hidden agenda. Over the course of time, his helping tendency only grows stronger to the level where he confronts injustice and in turn earns the ire of three baddies.
Cut to his routine life - he is madly in love with Leena (Anjali), who likes to receive all attention, but wouldn't reciprocate. As he tries desperately like any sane lover would do to impress her, the film shifts gears and introduces a series of events that would propel Sakthi into combat and self-protection mode.
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With three baddies after his life, how does Sakthi save himself from the clutches of death? This forms the rest of the story. The film kicks off convincingly with a pinch of suspense quite early on in the narrative. Three characters expressing their misfortune and pointing fingers at the same person, who they aspire to kill. What I really loved in this film is the fact that the script is not written keeping in mind a hero and three villains. The director very intelligently allows a series of events to let the character pit against each other allowing a revenge sort of story to develop.
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One of the common criticisms was that the story needed a familiar face instead of Dhileban. I beg to differ by saying that it's a story about a common man rising against anti-social activities. We can't expect a common man to be Shahrukh Khan or Aamir Khan, can we? Continue reading on the slideshow...