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A neatly constructed entertainer!
Summary : Mr. Chandramouli comes off as a moderately engaging entertainer that tries its best to check all the boxes. Sit through the first half without complaining, and you might like the rewards that come after.
Cast: Karthik, Gautham Karthik, Regina Cassandra, Varalaxmi, Sathish, Mahendran, Santhosh Prathap, Mime Gopi, Agathiyan & others
Cinematography: Richard M Nathan
Music: Sam CS
Editing: TS Suresh
Written & Directed by: Thiru
Produced by: G Dhananjayan, Lalitha Dhananjayan, S Vikram Kumar
Banner: BOFTA Media Works India & Creative Entertainers and Distributors
Release Date: 06-07-2018
Run Time: 02:20:00
Thriller films aren’t easy to make. The butterflies keep flying around on what to reveal, when to reveal, who turns baddie, who stays the good guy and so on. In Mr. Chandramouli, director Thiru plays this dangerous game again. The end product may not be complete, but the ride is worthwhile.
If Mr. Chandramouli was a film made without an interval, it would have made much more sense. The split just makes it into two colors. The elongated character and plot establishment process which has been put across in the first half of the film arises squirms, with the comedy not at its full throttle where it has to be. The former half of the film is mostly flat.
But in the second half, the film ticks progresses like a push of dominoes. Thiru, who refrains from any kind of foreplay in the first hour, brings on all his surprise elements one after the other. Just like his earlier film ‘Naan Sigappu Manithan’, the director brings in a weakness for the protagonist and builds up his story and situations around it. There’s also a new character introduced in the form of Varu Sarathkumar, who adds a new twist to the film. At times you feel that a lot is happening, but the crisp nature of the film helps it savage itself from the fall.
It is probably Gautham Karthik’s best performance in his career, with only Rangoon coming close. The whole ‘Theeradho Vali’ sequence in the second half is a clear example of the same, it’s where the bonding between the father and son comes alive. Karthik on the other hand, gives in a slightly overboard and hyperactive performance which is fun at places and artificial at others. Out of the two girls, Regina gets a role with good screen time and dubs on her own too, while Varu makes a mark in an eye-opening role.
Richard M Nathan and Sam CS contribute big to the film with the top class visual splendor and impressive music adding the much-needed flavor to the film. Sam in particular, gives the film a memorable soundtrack and superb cues in the BGM. Editor Suresh too, needs a pat on the back for his brisk cuts that only keep what it needs.
Overall, Mr. Chandramouli comes off as a moderately engaging entertainer that tries its best to check all the boxes. Sit through the first half without complaining, and you might like the rewards that come after.