Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
An engaging thriller propelled by Sathyaraj
Summary : Echarikkai is a good thriller that is packed with twists and turns throughout. Director Sarjun, after his controversial short films in Lakshmi and Maa, makes a worthy feature debut in this crime ride that’s led by Sathyaraj’s performance.
Cast: Sathyaraj, Varalaxmi, Kishore, Kousalya, Yogi Babu, Vivek Rajgopal & others
Cinematography: Sudharshan Srinivasan
Music: Sundaramurthy KS
Editing: Karthik Jogesh
Stunts: Miracle Michael
Art Direction: Vijay Adhinathan
Written & Directed by: KM Sarjun
Produced by: Sundar Annamalai Productions & Timeline Cinemas
Distribution: Sathyamurthi for Clap Board Production
Release Date: 24-08-2018
Run Time: 02:09:00
First of all, let’s appreciate debutant director Sarjun for crediting the films that he has got inspired from. And now, let us talk about Echarikkai – the film itself. With thrillers fast becoming an overcrowded space in Tamil cinema, it’s becoming harder for directors to catapult a new idea and come out with a solid film.
To make it simple, Echarikkai can be divided into two parts. On one hand, we have a kidnap-and-ransom case with Kishore, Varu Sarathkumar and Vivek Rajagopal. On the other, we have Sathyaraj who can single-handedly match the weight of the others with his performance. Thankfully, Echarikkai has the presence of the legendary actor who comes to the fore with a jolly, fun-filled act that has the cream of his early days.
The speed of the film is uniform throughout, right until the climax where it picks up a little more. The twists are on the face, without much foreplay. What makes it better than what it is, are the performances from the main star cast – holding the film together. Sathyaraj is very effective as a stylish senior cop, while Kishore shines among the others in the opposite set piece.
Technically, the film is functional – enough to hold our attention. The cinematography scores with the sepia tone that it maintains, along with the aerial shots that add value. KS Sundaramurthy provides a good background score for the proceedings. At a crisp runtime of a little over 2 hours, the editing is well done too.
Despite it’s drawbacks, Echarikkai is a good thriller that is packed with twists and turns throughout. Director Sarjun, after his controversial short films in Lakshmi and Maa, makes a worthy feature debut in this crime ride that’s led by Sathyaraj’s performance. There are glimpses of good writing all the way, and it helps in the final picture.
Echarikkai Idhu Manithargal Nadamadum Idam Movie Review Rating: 3/5
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