Iraivi movie review and rating is here. Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, the film stars SJ Surya, Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simha, Anjali, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Pooja Devariya in the lead.
After delivering back-to-back hits, Karthik's reputation as a
director skyrocketed within the Tamil film fraternity. How has the
young director fared this time around, with expectations lying
heavily on his shoulders? Continue reading our review to
As the title suggests, Iraivi narrates the episodes
that unfold in the lives of a few women. Interestingly, the story
is told from the standpoint of men, associated with the women in
While SJ Surya plays a struggling director, who finds solace in
liquor, Bobby Simha finds crooked ways to make money.
Vijay Sethupathi on the other hand, wanders in search of love,
choosing to ignore the same when offered by his wife, played by
SJ Surya gets the maximum screen space among the lead actors and
has yet again proved that he can go on to become one of the finest
actors of present-day Kollywood, if handled well by good
The Isai director has played his role of an alcoholic
to perfection. If you are looking for a bright spot in
Iraivi, Surya, true to his name, gleams
Vijay Sethupathi's subtle approach towards acting takes a whole
new dimension, for he has underplayed his character.
Bobby Simha's talent has been underused and so has Vadivukkarasi
and Radharavi's acting prowesses. Anjali gets a meaty role among
the 'Iraivis' and has delivered the goods.
While Kamalinee makes a decent comeback, Pooja, despite coming
up with a reasonable performance, is a serious mismatch.
Camera work by Sivakumar Vijayan and lighting used throughout
the film are some of the few strongpoints in the technical
department. Dialogues too, stand out from the beginning till the
While Karthik has tried hard (too hard perhaps) to convey a bold
story, his inefficiency in handling the characters (too many of
them) is exposed here.
While the first half takes almost an hour to establish its
characters, the second half wanders aimlessly before halting at a
meaningful conclusion. The slowness in the narration does take its
Editing by Vivek Harshan should've been better and music by
Santhosh Narayanan is on the average side. His songs too, fail to
make an impact.
Iraivi is an honest attempt by Karthik Subbaraj. But it
looks like the director has bitten off more than he can