Debutant director Sarjun KM seems to have etched a mark in his very first delivery as a director with quite an intriguing output in the form of Echcharikkai. Touted to be a cat and mouse game, Echcharikkai ensures that the audiences are fastened to their seats till the very end of this crime-thriller.
The movie takes off with two men, David (Kishore) & Thomas (Vivek Rajgopal) hatching a plan to kidnap a real-estate developer's daughter, Shwetha (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar), in order to change their fortunes overnight. Just sometime into the movie from this point will the audience realize that a real-estate developer's (Jayakumar) daughter is connected to one of the men. Half way through the flick and then we find out that there is a sense of swindle involved as well.
Meanwhile, a panic-stricken father approaches a retired cop, Nataraj (Satyaraj) seeking his assistance for a closure. Nataraj, who is required to stay home constantly to overlook his ailing daughter extends his support by forming a command centre at his home and thus addressing both issues.
Will Nataraj and the girl's father be successful, or is it the criminal duo who walk victorious? What is the connection between Shwetha and one of the kidnappers?
All the actors have chipped in with the required amount of performances, which gels with the movie and keeps the momentum going. Shwetha is shown as a gritty and an ingenious woman and doesn't make it evident about her intentions in the movie.
David & Thomas have a backup story stored for them, which can make the audience turn a bit emotional. Satyaraj is at his usual best, while Jayakumar is adequate with a decent performance.
Yogi Babu seems to be stuffed into the movie only for his brand value, where the makers would have calculated the same from the commercial perspective. But, it however appears to be a case of misfit, considering the theme of the movie.
Director Sarjun should be lauded for two reasons. He has acknowledged the source of the movie's inspiration and has accredited to a certain English movie, which was released in 2009. Though the grip he held during the first half of the movie is commendable, the second half loses the balance a bit and appears to fall flat. It can still be revered to as a good attempt.
Probably, Echcharikkai looked even bigger and better on paper than what it appears on screen. The rest of the technical crew score good marks for their rendition, complementing the director.
Echcharikkai is not a typical run-of-the-mill story, which offers wholesome entertainment, but assures a good experience of a quality movie.