The moment you see that introduction fight for our hero as he protects his niece from a molester, the shoddiness of the writing of the new Arulnithi starrer Thiruvin Kural becomes very clear. Harish Prabhu’s psycho-killer story wants to present itself as a nail-biting thriller. But the imagination is so vapid that you just sit through the film with zero hope of seeing surprises.
Thiru is a young man who is mute and partially deaf. He is a caring son, a fun uncle, and a loving boyfriend. His father, Marimuthu, was a construction contractor, and one day he gets hospitalized after a workplace accident. We see in Thiruvin Kural the challenges Thiru faced when he came under the radar of a psychopathic group of hospital employees.
The film’s writing feels like a lazily assembled set of scripting tropes. You have a hero who is the best version of any human being. And then you have extremely evil bad guys who don’t even have the motive to do all those heinous crimes. Every challenge the script throws in the hero’s way is just part of the age-old template, and you kind of know when the punch will happen in a scene where someone is crying for help. With a seasoned hero, at least this cliche pile would have looked instantly appealing. But with Arulnithi’s limited set of expressions, even that hope is not there.
The script is the obvious issue of the film, as it just doesn’t want to create a coherent narrative for this thriller. The recurring killings and demonization of a specific physical appearance just show the lack of thought given to the writing of this film. The earlier portions of romance and family care are just a compilation of cringe moments. When the movie goes to those moments which are supposed to be uncomfortable and intimidating, you just don’t get that feeling because of the twists that lack conviction and logic. The score by Sam CS is pointlessly loud, almost trying to wake up the viewer who might have got dozed off.
Arulnithi, as Thiru, is playing a mute guy, and hence he escapes from the possibility of flawed dialogue delivery. His sad face has too many expressions, and his rough attitude during fights doesn’t have the expected elegance. Bharathiraja is pretty much there to add some satellite value to the movie, as his market as the cool grandfather/father is high these days. Aathmika, as Bhavani, looks pretty. As the gang leader, Ashraf tries his best to add some monstrosity to the character. But the performance never had that impact due to the sloppy writing that doesn’t bother giving us more details on these characters. Kaithi fame Baby Monica and Subatra Robert have also done key roles in the film.
With a limited number of locations and the hero’s disabilities, Thiruvin Kural, as a one-liner, would feel like a movie about the hero tackling his challenges. But when it materialized as a shooting script, the film became a typical wannabe mass masala entertainer with a predictable flow of events that rarely make you feel bad for any of the victims.
Harish Prabhu's psycho-killer story wants to present itself as a nail-biting thriller. But the imagination is so vapid that you just sit through the film with zero hope of seeing surprises.
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