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Dharmadurai (Tamil, 2016)

A first-in-family graduate completes his MBBS thanks to the focus his friends and mentor professor provide him with. He is inspired by his professor’s advice and works to serve the needs of rural people. That’s when love blossoms and the trouble of him being the only literate in his family looms large taking his life on a toss – He retaliates in a peculiar way at the expense of his career and an old friend comes at the right time to set him back on track.
Language:
Tamil
Running Time:
147 min
Rating:
U
Release date:
19 August 2016
Directed by:
Seenu Ramasamy
Produced by:
R. K. Suresh
Written by:
Seenu Ramasamy
Starring:
Vijay Sethupathi
Tamannaah Bhatia
Aishwarya Rajesh
Srushti Dange
Ganja Karuppu
M. S. Bhaskar
Aruldas
Rajesh
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Music by:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Shot by:
M. Sukumar
Editing by:
Kasi Viswanathan

What’s Hot

  • Director Seenu Ramasamy’s conviction of presenting the tale of a family’s first graduate and provide perspectives of him and those around makes this outing fresh & spicing it up with some commercial and opinionated layers add to the effect.
  • Vijay Sethupathy is rock solid as Dharman and carries the role like a seasoned performer. The show he puts up to irk his family in the initial sequences are as good and effective as his emotional outbursts in the second half flashback. He is one complete package!
  • Tamannah scores in a role that’s quite a surprise to have come to her; Others in the cast from Radhika to Ganja Karuppu, Aishwarya Rajesh & Srushti play a fine part to add charm to the tale. It was very nice to see Rajesh back in a meaty role and he performs to remind us of the professors we revered back in college.
  • Yuvan Shankar Raja shows a glimpse of his heyday through his astounding re-recording, fine melodies (Poi Vaadaa in particular) and the way he remarkably plays to the gallery with the Makka Kalanguthappa song. Yuvan’s music & the character-sketch of Ganja Karuppu reminds one of Paruthiveeran.
  • In Sukumar’s camera, the story shifting across villages & towns and the difference in their lifestyles are captured very well. Kasi Viswanathan’s editing style has ensured the suspense is kept intact for a major chunk of the first half.
  • The stories within this story make a mark as well – those talking about the plights of trans-genders in finding a vocation, farmers not earning as much as they probably should, the need for people to give back to the society that helps them subsidized education etc.

What’s Not

  • The backstory of Subhashini (Tamannah) is regressive in an otherwise progressive film. Why did they have to ‘invent’ a villain & why should there have been a cliched ending to it – a pleasing positive scenario of a struggling man on his road to recovery would have been even more endearing.

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The fact that Seenu has been able to package the travails and experiences of a first-in-family graduate in a tale that is entertaining as well as it is emotional is a success in itself. It could have turned out even better - If only some ‘love’ related clichés had been avoided!

2018-05-26T19:24:42+00:00 2016|Tamil|0 Comments