A movie that ticks all the boxes of masala entertainment – the New Indian Express
Express news service
During a pivotal scene in Ananda Krishnan’s Kodiyil Oruvan, the protagonist is beaten black and blue in front of the audience. As hundreds of people stare at him in pity, the hero continues to be verbally assaulted, spat on and stomped in his face. He takes it all. When the allies finally arrive to save him, a boy from the crowd asks, “Ungalukku kovame varadha?” Seems familiar? Vijaya Raghavan de Vijay Antony is Manikkam who holds back his inner Baashaa. It’s a well-treated mass moment in our cinema, but only a handful of films have managed to do the magic. Here the build-up works, due to Vijay Antony’s understated personality, both on and off the screen.
Vijay gives a mini-lecture on gamma rays in this film. In another film, it would have made us wonder why he becomes a master of tuition, but, here, the problem is that he is. These little things turn an ordinary model movie into a pleasant entertainer. The rather ambitious title, Kodiyil Oruvan, raised eyebrows when it was announced, as Vijay Antony is not (yet) a leading superstar. After all, even MGR went with Aaiyirathil Oruvan. But what’s on offer in this movie is a thousand fold (literally) and it’s hugely surprising that the movie manages to justify the title through both the build-up and its storyline. The Baahubali-isque birthing sequence is proof of director Ananda Krishnan’s ability to blow the whistles. I’ve also found myself enjoying portions in which Vijay Antony steps out of his comfort zone and delivers witty punchlines.
Kodiyil Oruvan is a shameless commercial artist, and unsurprisingly, the hero wins. Getting this format to click with the audience is quite tricky. Had the plot stuck with a real world setting, Vijaya Raghavan would have died in scene two, or if not, if he was a demigod, it would have been an impossible journey again. But the balance here is almost perfect. Hero’s falls are so effective and his redemptions are not convenient. His victories are also progressive.
When he gets a scholarship, he does not get the first rank; it is the sixth. Even on his political expedition, he won by a small margin. This prepares you for the protagonist’s amazing victories in the final act. It’s safe to say that even those who find it difficult to completely buy what’s on screen, wouldn’t be put off by what is happening.
It’s a relief that the director took the time to get the facts right most of the time, and it’s interesting that the film gives a very detailed look at the intricacies of the electoral process that many blockbusters like Mudhalvan missed. I liked the subtext conveyed by the photos of political leaders, even if they are a little too explicit. The film will also be remembered for its memorable characters like The Heart of Gold Tailor with a Speech Impairment, Ramachandra Raju’s Maavattam switching to English at unexpected times, and Prabhakar’s Conference Karna, who is proud of. be a rowdy.
Vijaya Raghavan begins her system disinfection journey by actually cleaning up the mess next to her window. It is only after having taken this step that it moves towards larger territories. The problem in this film is the misrepresentation of the female lead role, played by Aathmika. It’s criminal to see such a female character when she talks so much about progressivity and reform. I really wish Ananda Krishnan had taken the time to clean up this problem in his script before he tackled bigger issues.
Looking macroscopically, Kodiyil Oruvan looks like a follow-up to Vijay Antony’s Thimiru Pudichavan. In a way, we can say that he is building his own franchise, something based on “Youth Reform”. It would be healthy to see him make one more movie in that lineup, which would make it a really good trilogy.
The actor has once again managed to harness his strengths with this film, even though he is taken aback when operating outside his comfort zone. However, I am convinced that as long as he sticks to the right dose of masala in his films, he could even make more ambitious films down the line.
Director: Ananda Krishnan
Actors: Vijay Antony, Ramachandra Raju, Atmika, Prabhakar