Hic, hic hurray!

Idharkuthane Aasai­pattai Balakumara
Tamil (U)  ¬¬
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi,
Ashwin Kakumanu,
Swathi Reddy, Nandita
Director: Gokul

Comedy seems to be the flavour with Kollywood filmmakers lately. What makes the movies interesting is that each turns out better than the one before. A case in point is the Gokul-directed Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara. Entertaining and educative, Gokul works through his mad caper, delivering the message deftly.

Gokul, with sensible scripting and subtle storytelling, hits the target with Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara. It is centred around a concoction of hilarious happenings on a single day, wherein five characters criss cross each other’s path, following an incident at a ramshackle liquor joint. Kumaravel aka Sumaar Moonji Kumar (simple-faced Kumar) is a local Lothario pursuing his lassie Kumudha. Then you have boozer Bala, another beleaguered beau, besieged between his domineering boss and equally peeved Renu who detests his drinking habit. Others are Annachi, the liquor joint owner, and his two cohorts — Babu and Raj — who eye the wistful wife of the local goon. Kumudha’s dad tries to fend off a pesky Kumaravel from pursuing his daughter, and commissions Annachi to bring back senses into the besotted wastrel.

With the resultant twists and turns, Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara makes for a mirthful weekend. Gokul pilots his plot to perfection, assisted by Madhan Kharky’s dialogues, Mahesh Muthu­s­w­amy’s cinematography and Siddharth Vippin’s peppy score.

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