Popular character artist and director of Aarohanam, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, expressed her dissatisfaction on her microblogging page that ethirneechal was not a great film and summarized it as ” the story of the athlete told through a vetti, lover boy and a heroine for glamour sake, with one liners and a bar song”.
“Shiva imitates Dhanush”
Lakshmy said that “Shiva was imitating Dhanush, especially the song where he danced in the streets which reminded of Yaathe…Yaathe.” At the same time, she also complimented Shivakarthikeyan for his cute looks and said “the same ethirneechal may not work without Shiva. In spite of not having a convincing story-line, Shiva carried it.”
Priya Anand’s over-exposure and objectifying women
Lakshmy was “hurt to see all these wonderful, very talented heroines expose for the sake of it because there is already so much perversion & why unnecessarily objectify women..Why Priya? if there is a need for a sensuous sequence, let it be… not for saleability”
Audience are the reason for such “packaging”
Lakshmy also placed the blame on audience for this state of packaging winning over good cinema when she commented that “Ethirneechal is a very good package with Dhanush & Nayan cameo. How many such athlete sports stories have come and how many are even aware of such films? It is a package, audience are asking for. If audience appreciated good cinema, the director would not have been forced to package.”