The movie starts in Malaysia inside the Indian embassy , where terrorist attack involving a super human drug is initiated. The incident connects a mad scientist and terrorist known as Love, who is assumed dead four years ago. To investigate this attack RAW agent Akhil Vinod (Vikram) is brought back into the force. Incidentally he was the agent who carried out the mission against Love earlier , but went rouge after his wife Meera (Nayanthara) was killed during the mission. How agent Akhil Vinod finds the terrorists behind this and stops them is the rest of the story.
Iru mugan sets pace for a good action movie in the first half , Vikram does a good job of playing both the hero and the villain , and tries very hard to differentiate both characters , and balances them neatly. Nayanthara looks glamorous and does her part well. Nithya Menon doesn’t get enough screen time to get highlighted, but does a decent job. Thambi Ramaiya is wasted in his character and doesn’t shine. Other cast members are just by standers and are chosen in random .It’s the slow and sluggish second half which kills the movie, the story doesn’t carry weight and moves wayward. The whole movie looks claustrophobic and compactly framed , but for the songs which were shot outdoor. Songs and BGM are good and executed well. With only Vikram’s performance ,Iru mugan gets only 5/10
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Movie starts with Kombaiya Pandian ( Vela Ramamoorthy) the kingpin of Saattur is rushed to the hospital after an attempt on his life. Even his loyal right hand Kidaari ( Sasi Kumar ) is surprised and determined to find the person behind this murder attempt. We are taken into a series of past events of Kombaiya Pandian and Kidaari ‘s villainy narrated by Poiyalli ( Mu Ramamurthy) a close associate of Kombaiya Pandian . Who is behind the this attack ? and how Kidaari finds it is the rest of the story.
Yet another blood soaked story involving Sasikumar splashes onscreen, but this movie keeps you engaged with a decent screenplay executed well by debutant director Prasath Murugesan. Vela Ramamoorthy and Sasi Kumar are made for each other in the movie. Casting of other characters could have been done better as some looked very amateurish . Though Nikila Vimal’s role was childish and over acted , it brought a little brightness in this vengeful drama. Cinematography by Kadhir and music by Darbuka Siva supported the story well. But the never ending flashbacks and mediocre acting made it dull. The bound between Kombaiya pandian and Kidaari was not fully exploited. Sasi Kumar ‘s romance scenes with Nikila were terrible. I give it 4/10
Sathyam ( Mohanlal) and his brother Shiva(Rahman) open a garage in Hyderabad called the Janatha garage. When Sathyam stands up to the atrocities happening around him, people in locality come to him for all their help. Soon Sathyam becomes a leader among people. Being a honest protagonist also has its downsides as his brother and his wife are killed by one of his enemies, leaving their new born son alive. When his nephew’s well being his questioned by his relatives , he sends him faraway and disconnects him from his family. Anand (Jr NTR) the boy grows to a young man and becomes a environment researcher. He too has his own principles and stands against people who are against the environment and nature. How both Sathyam and Anand join hands and fight for people’s justice is the rest of the story.
With powerful performance from both Mohanlal and Jr. NTR , Janatha Garage brings joy to Jr.NTR fans. Though very mellow and soft in character in the beginning Jr.NTR gives a power packed performance in the second half. For the complete star Mohanlal this is just a walk in the park, just his presence mesmerises the audience. But the screenplay is very wayward and keeps winding in loops. Both Samantha and Nithya Menen are wasted with mediocre roles. Rest of the cast just do their part without any commitment. Even the villain’ s character doesn’t get depth in the story. DSP’s music too doesn’t help much and the editing is half cooked. Cinematography by Thirru is the only technical part which shows depth in the whole film. I give it 4/10
After an impressive Kakka Muttai , director Manikandan comes back with Kutrame Thandanai. The film follows Ravi (Vidharth) who works in a collection agency as a credit card due collector. Ravi suffers from a rare case of tunnel vision which makes his field of view very minimum. Living with a very low income he is suddenly in need of lakes to undergo the surgery. That’s when he becomes witness to a murder . Rather than being a moral citizen he begins to use this to his advantage. How far does he go is the rest of the story.
Kutrame Thandanai is well crafted thriller by Manikandan, the characters are well casted and brought to screen as close to real life. Vidarth is simply too committed to his role and performs well. The rest of the cast though balanced equally on screen time, support well in theirs roles and bring quality to the movie. The biggest drawback is the pace of the movie which makes the 99 mins of running time seems like 150 mins. First half drags like like a snail towards a strong intermission , but the second half keeps us engaged and finishes well. Background score by the maestro was well balanced for the story. I give it 6/10