Movie : Miruthan
Directed by : Shakti Soundar Rajan
Produced by : S. Michael Rayappan, M. Seraphin
Starring : Jayam Ravi, Lakshmi Menon
Music by : D. Imman
Cinematography : S. Venkatesh
Edited by : K. J. Venkat Ramanan
Production company : Global Infotainment
Distributed by : Ayngaran International
Release dates : 19 February 2016
Country : India
Definitely, one of the most prominent things you could notice about filmmaker Sakthi Soundar Raja is that he attempts to make unique stories with unique genres. It’s a specialty that we have noticed in him from his first couple of movies ‘Naanayam’ and ‘Naaigal Jaakirathai’. With ‘Miruthan’, he reintroduces the genre of ‘Zombies’ nearly 28 years after ‘Naalaiya Manithan’ and ‘Athisaya Manithan’. Miruthan features Jayam Ravi, Lakshmi Menon and Kaali Venkat in lead roles with others in the cast including RNR Manohar, Amit, Baby Anikha and Sriman with D Imman composing music….
Set in the backdrops of Ooty, we find a poisonous chemical has leaked out and there begins the virus to spread out, where humans start biting each other transforming into Zombies. Karthik (Jayam Ravi), a traffic police along with his colleague (Kaali Venkat) embark on a journey to Coimbatore along with a beautiful girl (Lakshmi Menon), with whom he has been in love with, but she is engaged with someone. Karthik’s younger sister (Baby Anikha) is also travelling with the crew along with Lakshmi Menon’s father (RNR Manohar), a politician and couple of doctors.
Now the biggest question is whether these people would survive the Zombie attack or succumb to the fate.
First and foremost, the film deserves the best credits of appreciations for spearheading with a bold genre that isn’t a commonality in the industry. The filmmaker has tried to narrate the story in a much convincing manner with a running length not more than 106 minutes. This indeed acts as a strong element in keeping us adhered, especially during the first half and might be the second hour turn out to be little stuck with more violence and gun shots. But keeping it just to 45 minutes eclipses the flaws. Certain dialogues slightly sound amateurish and unwanted, including the hilarious lines from RNR Manohar and Kaali Venkat. But director balances between the serious and hilarious elements equally.
Musical score by D Imman is incredibly at its best that adds more powerful elevation to the script. The film’s cinematography is top-notch indeed.
There is nothing much to speak about flaws and even the minute ones gets overshadowed with the best works of technical department and stark characterisations. Miruthan definitely deserves a watch for the newfangled concept and would surely be loved by the kids out there.
Verdict: A stark, stylish and taut thriller with emotional realms in places.