Film: Irumbu Kuthirai
Director: Yuvaraj Bose
Cast: Atharva, Priya Anand, Johny Tri Nguyen, Raai Lakshmi, Jagan
It’s the teasers and promotions of a film that generate curiosity and interest in the viewers and persuade them to give the film a watch. But many a time this backfires too. For, when the film doesn’t deliver what was promised, the viewers feel a sense of disappointment. Irumbu Kuthirai’s trailer promised much - a film with lots of action and thrill and bike racing stunts. But the film fails to match up to it due to its superficial take on both its emotional quotient and action quota.
The film did have an interesting premise and an arena rarely touched on Tamil screen. A love story weaved against the backdrop of bike racing was a knot with the potential to turn into an engaging action thriller.
Tamil screen’s own ‘Fast and Furious’. But apart from a few impressively choreographed bike chase and fight scenes, there is not much going for the film. The early part is all about how Prithvi, a part time pizza delivery boy, falls for the gorgeous Samyuktha and follows her. The interludes between the duo and his expression of love are quite tepid, probably one reason why Samyuktha tells him she considered him just a friend. The inevitable, however, would follow later.
The duo looks good, clothed in some stylish costumes. As the hero’s buddies, Raai’s contribution is limited to carrying herself with style and attitude, and Jagan’s to generating a couple of laughs. In fact, style and slickness is the hallmark of the film, the screenplay and content occupying a back seat. The first half moves leisurely, leaving one wondering when the biking action and the thrill moments would appear. On the girl’s persuasion, Prithvi buys a second hand ‘Ducati’ bike, a move that would land him in trouble. The bike lovingly displayed, would be like another character in the film, leading to some twists and turns. What goes for the film is its stunt sequences, which are, however, few and far between. There is an exciting chase scene on the deserted highway where Prithvi is on his way to drop Samyuktha home.
Yet another well-choreographed moment is the fight between Prithvi and the villain of the piece, a super biker (Johny of ‘7aum Arivu’), who seems to have a language problem. The final face-off race between the duo is well handled. The twist in the plot is genuinely surprising, and a fine touch by the director. Though aesthetically picturised, the songs are like speed breakers slackening the pace. Ironically, Alisha Abdullah, India’s renowned racer, is reduced to rendering an item number! The film with its running time of just about two hours is at the most a promising work from a debutant director.