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Disappointing Fare Despite Expectations Hitting a High

Published: 17th December 2013 12:13 PM

Last Updated: 17th December 2013 12:13 PM

After his much acclaimed Engeyum Eppodhum, director Saravanan returns with his second venture Ivan Vera Mathiri. The film naturally raised high expectations, but turned out to be a disappointing fare. The intriguing screenplay, the gripping narration and the deft character etching of the earlier film, is missing here. And at about 152 minutes of screen time, the film steadily fizzles down to a dreary, predictable scenario.

It opens with a riot in a law college, where a few students lose their lives (inspired by a real life incident). Guna, a commoner (Vikram Prabhu), kidnaps Easwar, the brother of minister Sadasivam (Hariraj), who had engineered the riot. He confines him to a tiny ramshackle room at a deserted construction site.

Easwar (Vamsi) undergoing a prison sentence, had been brought out on parole by Sadasivam to do his dirty work. With Easwar going missing, the minister finds himself in deep trouble. The swift camera movements and the action scenes keep one engaged for some time. While it’s appreciable that the director stays away from the usual ‘loss-of-a-dear-one’ vendetta motive, the alternative he offers is neither convincing nor clear. There are too many coincidences, the moments looking contrived. The narration is erratic and lacks consistency.

The romantic interludes between Vikram Prabhu and Surabhi are just mildly engaging. The title suggests a protagonist who is ‘different’. But apart from a couple of earlier episodes, it’s just a predictable hero placed in a predictable scenario.

Also, one can hardly feel any empathy for a man, a self-styled vigilante, whose cause is so muddled and confusing. As compared to his debut film (Kumki), Vikram Prabhu is less inhibited here. Handling the action scenes with expertise, he still needs to work on his expressions and dancing skills.

 Debutant Surabhi is likable as the chirpy girl. But the director fails to generate any empathy when later she is kicked around and tortured by Easwar.

Vamsi Krishna plays the bad boy with panache, offsetting the slightly laid back demeanor of the hero. Ganesh Venkatram as the cop is neither given adequate screen space nor a role of substance. In the final analyses, ‘Ivan....’ falls short of the standard the director’s had set for himself.

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