‘Varikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam’ makes for gripping viewing, and the atmospheric skill that the director displays in the film is admirable. With a brisk running time of not much more than a couple of hours, it unspools a tale of mystery that retains your focus right on the screen.
This warfare could have been tons more fun had ‘Padayottam’ a tighter story-line to fall back on. As it is, it strikes you as a series of intermittently amusing moments, loosely looped together by a plot fabric that severely lacks a strapping context.
The brilliant source material is what makes Ajith Kumar’s directorial debut a forceful watch that depicts the tragic underside of a land that forever leaves fresh streaks of blood all over itself even before the older stains have dried off. It’s a sobering, significant film that draws you right into the turbulence that it depicts, and which throws a multitude of questions on your face leaving you tussling with the gruelling answers.
‘Vishwa Vikhyatharaya Payyanmar’ is a dismayingly frivolous affair that should disappear into oblivion much faster than it probably thought it would. Quickly running out of charms, it’s a disposable cinematic experience that is peeled and tossed away, the moment you walk out of the theatres.