Itharkuthaane Aasaipattai BalakumaraActor Vijay Sethupathi seems to have a golden run with his films at the box-office. All his recent releases like “Pizza”, “Naduvula Konjam Pakatha Kaanunm” and “Soodhu Kavvum” had been surprise hits and hence his latest release “Itharku Thaane Aasai Pattai Balakumara” was expected to be a sure-shot hit at the box-office. However, law of averages seems to have spared none and hence this film turns out to be a bit of slump in Vijay Sethupathi’s initial career.

Written and directed by Gokul, the film was wrapped up in quick time. The Pooja of the film was held during March 2013 and within a span of 7 months, the film got released in theatres. Though the initial pull for the film might help it during its opening weekend but post that it is going to be tough considering “Raja Rani” which released a few days prior has been declared a hit and is doing steady business.

The story of the film revolves around 5 characters who get bound by an incident and what are the effects that incident has in their lives. Sumaar Moonchi Kumar (Vijay Sethupathi), Bala (Ashwin, the Inspector in “Mankatha”), 2 painters and an office goer.

Kumar is a care-free and excessive drinker who is in love with his opposite house Kumudha (Nanditha of “Attakathi” fame). Kumudha and her entire family hates Kumar and they decide to deal it differently. On the other hand there his Bala who juggles between his girl friend Renu (Swathi of “Subramaniapuram” fame) and his boss M S Bhaskar.

Raj (Naan Kadavul Rajendran) and Babu (Robo Shankar) are behind baby for an illicit relationship. When Bala, Kumar, Raj and Babu cross paths at a wine shop, the story takes off and each one of them have their priorities to attend to and in the end who ends up where is told in this film which has a running time of 140 minutes.

Gokul who had earlier directed “Rowthiram” seems to have missed the knot when it comes to screenplay as the film’s pace is jerky throughout. There are few scenes that are really funny while others are either repetitive nor the comic element doesn’t strike a chord with its viewers. Vijay Sethupathi’s characterization per se seems to have been given less importance and so is with other characters.

In terms of acting, there is nothing extraordinary to mention about all the actors. Pasupathi makes a comeback of sorts in a cameo while “Parotta” Suri plays another in the second half. M S Bhaskar, Pattimandram Raja and Livingston play supporting roles.

Siddharth Vipin who had scored the background for “Naduvula Konjam Pakatha kaanum” has composed the music where apart from two songs, everything else falls flat. On other technical aspects, it is safe to say that they have done their job as required.

With a story that was good enough to be made as an interesting film at their disposal, director Gokul seems to have been too carried away with Vijay Sethupathi’s recent run to stardom and has taken too much chances with a lackluster treatment in the screenplay.

Overall, the film which has nothing entertaining in it can be watched once only if you have time to kill.

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