Ethir Neechal review

Ethir Neechal is a 2013 Tamil comedy drama film directed by RS Durai Senthilkumar, a former assistant to Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanush. Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand and Nandita play lead roles.

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Movie: Ethir Neechal
Directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Produced by Dhanush
Written: R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Screenplay: R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Story: R. S. Durai Senthilkumar
Star Cast: Sivakarthikeyan as Kunjithapatham/Harish, Priya Anand as Geetha, Nandita as Valli, Satish as Peter, Jayaprakash, Ravi Prakash, Suza Kumar, Manobala, Dhanush, Nayantara, Anirudh Ravichander, Attakathi Dhinesh, Aarthi, RJ Balaji
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography: Velraj
Editing: Kishore Te.
Studio: Wunderbar Films
Distributed by Vendhar Movies

Ethir Neechal – Rollercoaster funride of two stories shelved under

Alright, the longtime no see movie is here folks! The movie is Produced by Dhanush, who has pleased the audience with a small cameo in one of the songs.

Directed by Vetrimaran‘s assistant RS Durai Senthilkumar, who is pinning all hopes on a movie which is full of elements any movie goer would ask for. After Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, Siva Karthikeyan‘s fan will have a treat on May 1, being a holiday this just adds the masala on the hype factor.

Priya Anand, Nandita, Jayaprakash and Sathish form the ensemble cast of this movie.

Music is by Anirudh, which is already rocking the charts for a long time. Phew, so what is this Ethir neechal about, let’s find out!

Who is this ‘Kunjithapatham’

Well, you heard it right! That’s our hero’s name in this movie! He detests the name so much that, he relates all his failures to this name. With an average job and a sidekick (Sathish), the story fizzles out with the usual stuff of hero chasing heroine concept. But considering his name to be a serious insult, he changes it to be ‘Harish‘ a modern urban kind which he longed for. So life becomes smooth and almost immediately Harish falls in love with Geetha (Priya Anand). All is well until Geetha finds out the real name and the hiccups are there on the way.

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So predictably the sorrow comes in form of drinks, an item song with Dhanush and Nayantara and an advice by the leading lady. Promptly Harish gets his mind changed about winning in life. To prove the talent within, Harish digs his past and discovers the runner inside him, so tries his hand in the International marathon event with the help of Valli (Nandita), who is a former sprinter.

Reminiscence of ‘Chak de‘ , ‘Rocky Balboa‘ , ‘Badri‘ and so many other training scenes comes across immediately. If the first half was comedy ridden, the second is fully sentimental. That being the plot the movie settles down with the question, if he will make it big? Will he avenge his name? Who is Valli? Watch and find out what happens next!

Waves of Ethirneechal

Post Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, the million dollar question remained, if Siva can maintain his hero fame? Will he be able to cope up with Kollywood’s critical acting? Ladies and gentleman, we have a brand new Siva here. Whistles and shouts for his screen presence apart; Siva is a delight to watch with his witty grasp of humor and some wonderful acting.

Silently making progress is Sathish who shares the comedy segment with Siva. Though it’s almost a similar role that he played in Marina, his crispy comedy is hard to go unnoticed. He plays the perfect role of a guy who whines about his friend’s puppy love, and then unwillingly helps him as well.

Elsewhere the two leading ladies fit neat into their roles. Priya Anand is cute looking and the onscreen chemistry between Siva and Priya Anand seem to be clicking well! However disappears after the first half only to enter later on. Nandita grabs the meaty role of a trainer and is quite good at it.

Perhaps the biggest winner of all is the Music, Anirudh‘s music is a class of its own and the songs make you hum, sway and tap! But the sad part is that, the director has engulfed four songs in the first half and its almost one song is over and you sense urgency in the screenplay to fit the next one.

The song ‘Sathiyama nee enaku‘ is a whamming kuthu number with Dhanush‘s presence making it big for his fans, but much anticipated Nayantara appears for less than a minute making role hushed. Velraj deserves a special mention for his excellent cinematography work for ‘Velicha Poove‘.

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Now for the final say, the director has made a wonderful movie no doubts or big qualms. However the movie’s story line is wafer thin ice with the plot itself being very predictable. Post second half the movie’s story line is nothing short of what you see in the usual flashbacks with some devious plots, sentiments and normal stuff. There are some big craters which defy logic in this movie, such as the lead gets edgy when he is called ‘Kunjithapatham‘, but that being the sole reason to prove himself is questionable. The first half and second half barely are two strands threaded mediocrely into one with some arguable intentions.

Ergo, this movie will be path breaking for Siva, a sure summer special for everyone.

Verdict: A romcom and a sports film , put together makes you smile and inspire.

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Comments

  1. Ravi SS says

    When Ethir neechal was just on paper, producer Dhanush took his first step immediately by hiring his male lead in a live TV show, without any sign of hesitation. That immense support and confidence have now been translated into a sure shot bankable product, looking at the immense hype circulated around it. Blame the ever increasing views of the captivating trailer or the magically appealing music album, Ethir neechalhave incidentally built a ‘never failing’ tag, rapidly settling into the league of the most anticipated Tamil film of the summer. Creating the interest is one thing but delivering lays the quest. So how strongly does Ethirneechal races against its tides?

    Synopsis

    Name is a sense of identity for any individual but not for Kunjithpadam (Sivakarthigeyan) thanks to its strong association to male genitals. Since school days to his employment phase, Kunjithapadham gets swayed away with mockeries, instilling nothing but embarrassment in him. This misery hits the peak when his neighbour whom he is flirting with, dejects a life with him merely due to his name. With the advice of his friend, Peter (Sathish), Kunji, changes his name to Harish through an eccentric astrologer. Life starts to divert into a clean track with a new job and a lady love, Geetha (Priya Anand). But the good run comes to an end when people from the past and even Geetha pulls his original name into the picture.

    Will Harish be able to race against all odds to create a true identity and clinch victory in both life and love?

    Story – Screenplay

    In paper Ethirneechal might have intended to be a sports drama interlaced with a bit of comedy but on the way, it might have just got a little role reversal with its sub genre. Not necessarily a bad choice, given the actor like Sivakarthigeyan, any director will want to play around his strength. Debut director R.S.Durai Senthilkumar, have not only grasped the actor’s strength intently but also managed to craft an engaging screenplay which will earn claps at almost every scene. Undoubtedly the witty one liners uttered by the lead and his friend take us through a screamy ride. Situational comedy is a difficult craft but looks like the debutant delivers it quite naturally. Even though most of the scenes look familiar and predictable, tasteful execution makes them shine.

    However, the serious shift of tone at the second half looks abrupt, as if we are seeing another film entirely. The basic characteristics of Harish, Geetha and Peter looks watered down and the film just throws light into corruption involved in sports. Like I have mentioned previously, the reason for this abrupt tone might be the generous amount of situational jesting at the first half. The film then translates into a melodramatic, serious sports drama and ends off very predictably with an unembellished climax. Therefore, the genuine message does not get across as strongly as intended.

    Despite this, Ethir neechal has lots of aspects which will certainly please the crowd.

    Casting & Performance

    ‘Joker ippo hero aane’ really fits Sivakarthigeyan this time as he steps into the league of an all rounded bankable star through Ethirneechal. He oozes with confidence at each sequence and certainly have created a distinctive track for himself in this industry. He literally carries the film on his shoulder, delivering the right amount of emotions needed at each phase of the film. Sathish as Peter, compliments Siva well with his comic timing.

    Among the two female leads, despite having more screen time, Priya Anand disappoints with a lacklustre performance. Comparatively, Nanditha, delivers better with a controlled body language.

    Dhanush, Anirudh and Nayantara’s cameo in ‘Local Boys’ song sequence is definitely the highest moment in the film with lightning-paced choreography. Their cameo undoubtedly aids to lighten up the proceedings, especially in the second half.

    In overall, RS Durai has picked his cast well and seems to have a great strategy to use them to enlighten the screenplay.

    Technicality

    Technically, Ethir Neechal has few talented names in their credit list such as, Velraj (D.O.P) and Kishore (Editor) but the end product sadly has only their traces of brilliance.

    Velraj’s sleek eye only gets translated in song sequences. Other than that, some of the scenes looks shockingly sub-standard especially the handheld sequence at the climax gives it a documentary look.

    Editor Kishore’s cuts are crisp and keeps the proceedings racy. However certain scenes are cut in abruptly.

    However, the ‘Why This Kolaveri’ fame Anirudh’s soul-stirring BGM aids the director to covey his emotions effectively. However, like the screenplay, his use of traditional instruments at the flashback scene, sticks out like a sore thumb.Every song from the album is spectacular and one might even question the stability of the film, if the music is ripped away from it.

    When the film ends, one might feel why such a talented technical team resulted in such inconsistent results.

    Bottomline

    Despite a few technical inconsistencies and dreary shift of tone at the second half, Ethir neechal breaks all these barriers and ends up as a perfect crowd pleaser, thanks to its engaging screenplay, charming lead cast and captivating music.

  2. ASD says

    Ethir Neechal, the film which stirred more interest among movie buffs due to Dhanush’s investment is directed by RS Durai Senthilkumar starring Sivakarthikeyan and Priya Anand in lead roles. Satish takes care of the comic portions, while Nandita and Jayaprakash play key roles.

    Chief technicians of the film are cinematographer Velraj and editor Te Kishore, composer Anirudh Ravichander and art director Durai Raj.

    Story:

    Kunjithapatham (SIvakarthikeyan) is a guy, who is brought up by his mom right from childhood as his father passes away at his young age. He totally hates his name as people who address him by the first name end up calling him Kunji (which, in Tamil means dick), but has it due to his mom’s wish.

    After experiencing embarrassment and humiliation due to his name on many occasions, he decides go for a name change, which is Harish. The very next moment after changing his name, he gets to meet Priya Anand (Geetha) and from there on he starts believing that his new name has brought him luck.

    Harish chases Geetha all the way and somehow manages to earn her love, but what happens next takes us to a more content oriented part of the story. Somehow, Geetha gets to know about Harish’s original name and other lies that he has told her. After this Geetha preaches him to be confident about himself and to achieve something great in his life to make his name proud. Driven by love Harish sets off for achieving something big in his life and eventually he sets his eyes on the Chennai Marathon event for it.

    What happens later forms the rest of the story.

    Review:

    As usual, it is always the director who comes first in our review. Director RS Durai Senthilkumar has penned a good love story with quality content and message backing it up. His screenplay makes the film silky smooth and we don’t have to look at our watches for the time at any portion.

    The director also has thrown light on the injustice being done to deserving athletes by the dirty politics prevailing in the sports ministry.

    The humor and songs are placed at appropriate places, except the song ‘Local Boys’ which comes after the break under the tag of ‘love failure song’. However, Dhanush and Nayanthara’s presence, along with the fast folk beats, makes it enjoyable.

    Sivakarthikeyan’s role, especially in the first half, reminds us of his roles in the films ‘Manam Kothi Paravai’ and ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’. His new avatar, as a marathon runner in the second half, is what strikes a different chord and makes his role a substancial one, rather than just a lover boy role. The actor needs appreciation for his sincere efforts that he has put in to play the character of an athlete.

    Satish, the upcoming character artiste in Kollywood, has made it big this time, we must say. The pair of Sivakarthikeyan and Satish was a flop in making humor in the film ‘Marina’, but this time the same combo has turned out really humorous. Their conversations are crisp and most importantly, not ‘A’ rated. Satish’s onliners reminds us Santhanam at times.

    The lovely looking Priya Anand, who proved her potential in English Vinglish, is one of the best choices made by the director to say the least. The actress has carried out her role with much ease which is a key to the success of -Priya Anand-Sivakarthikeyan pairing. Her lip sync is good, reactions are subtle and her looks are glamorous in the songs. What more can we expect?

    Nandita, who plays Sivakarthikeyan’s coach, is a key character which carries the second half of the film forward. The actress has delivered what she had been demanded, without any flaws.

    Anirudh Ravichander’s soundtracks and background score have helped the film a lot in its success. His background score is sensible, especially in the second half, where he trains hard and during his marathon run. The songs ‘Boomi Enna’, ‘Ethir Neechal Adi’ and ‘Local Boys’ are worth listening more number of times.

    Cinematographer Velraj has played his gimmix in the songs. The melody track ‘Velicha Poove’ which has been shot beautifully in an exotic shallow water beach location and slow motion shots of the marathon race are the best examples for his efforts. Kishore Te’s editing is clean and neat.

    Rating: 3 / 5

    Verdict: Ethir Neechal is a pool worth taking a dive in for this summer.

    Crew:
    Story, Screenplay dialogues – RS Durai Senthilkumar
    Production – Dhanush (Wunder Bar Films)
    Editing – Kishore Te
    Cinematography – Velraj
    Music – Anirudh
    Lyrics – Vaali, Dhanush, Durai Senthilkumar

    Cast:
    Sivakarthikeyan as Kunjithapatham/Harish
    Priya Anand as Geetha
    Nandita as Valli
    Satish as Peter
    Jayaprakash
    Ravi Prakash
    Suza Kumar
    Manobala

  3. Revathy says

    The big brands of ‘Dhanush-Sivakarthikeyan-Anirudh’ had created more than enough expectation across the masses upon this film. Of course, with the songs turning to be Chartbusters, the excitements found no ends and the opening was pretty big. Has newcomer RS Durai Senthil Kumar lived up to expectations? Let’s have a sneak peek into the synopsis and a clear-cut distinct analysis.

    The religious belief of a couple name their newborn son as Kunjithapaatham (Sivakarthikeyan), which turns out to be a mishap in his life. Feeling quite unhappy about this name factor, he gets anxious on finding a new name. His friend Peter (Satish) suggests him to meet a numerologist (Manobala) and finally gets a tag of ‘Harish’. Sooner, he meets a beautiful girl Geetha (Priya Anand) and things are exquisitely fine as they fall in love. Nevertheless, Geetha realizes that Harish is not his original name and enlightens that nothing is there in a name and one can carve a niche with their achievements in life alone. Instantly, Harish decides to join a huge marathon that takes place in Chennai and gets trained under a continental champion Valli (Nandhitha), who has her own dark past in the career. Will Harish manage to win through his dreams? Will Valli gain back her lost fame forms crux of the story.

    If you’re hooked up with lots of expectations, we would suggest you to enter the theatres sans it. Perhaps, there are more probabilities to enjoy this show. It’s a timeworn script about a good-for-nothing guy leaving no stone unturned in life to make a big mark. Say for instance, Vijay had already performed the similar act in his yesteryear film ‘Badri’. Moreover, the song ‘Ethir Neechal Adi’ faintly reminiscences of the scene, where Vijay goes through a vivid practice of turning up for the boxing tournament.

    Getting on with the performance, it’s a cake walk for Sivakarthikeyan as he effortlessly manages to showcase his ability of perfection in both the hilarious and emotional sequences. Having shared screen space with Siva in ‘Marina’, Satish manages to recreate the magic with his humorous quotients. Priya Anand looks pretty beautiful than her previous movies, but doesn’t get much scope to perform. Nandhitha of ‘Attakathi’ fame scores brownie points with a decent show. She can earnestly thank Senthil for offering a meaty role and choosing such unique characters will keep her on the stands. Others in the cast have spelled a decorous act in their roles.

    Technically, the songs by Anirudh as mentioned earlier win applause in the theatres and some of them have been very well choreographed as well. However, the lack of songs in the second half except ‘Ethir Neechal’ theme turns out to be a little minus. The cameo appearance by Dhanush and Nayanthara for the ‘Local Boys’ song is a super treat for the mass audience. Cinematography by Velraj is an additional asset and editing is crisp in places. At a few points, especially in Marathon race, lots of unwanted angles have been used to make it look grander.

    On the whole, ‘Ethir Neechal’ is a passable show to keep yourselves engaged, but under one condition, don’t expect too much and you’ll enjoy the show.

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