Ethir Neechal is one of the latest movies to hit the screens in Tamil Nadu that stars actor Siva Karthikeyan and actress Priya Anand in the lead role. The movie is also produced by actor Dhanush under his production banner Wunderbar movies. Directed by R S Durai Senthilkumar, Ethir Neechal seems to have two genres – romance and sport – occupying the two halves of the movie respectively. To be honest, Ethir Neechal does not contain a very good story or plot, but the director has tried to deliver the content in a not bad type of package.
Ethir Neechal tells the story of a guy called Kunjithapadham (Siva Karthikeyan), who is so embarrassed with his name. He changes his name to Harish and gets a new job. By chance he meets Geetha (Priya Anand) and after a few meetings the relationship blossoms into love. However, Geetha comes to know that Harish has concealed a lot of things from her and ends the relationship. Facing trouble again in life, Harish decides to participate in a Marathon game to add value to the changed name. In his attempt, he comes to know a greater truth that lies behind his coach Valli (Nandhitha).
Ethir Neechal works well in the first half. The chit chats between the protagonist and his friend, enjoyable songs, neatly laced comedy and the romance track all increase the good-watch factor to higher figures, and although one should mention that the sequences of the romance track lack something new.
At the end of the first half, the plot reveals itself and one is sure what the second half is going to be. The movie, so far has been of a romcom kind, gets a switch in the genre, now sport. The second half tells the difficulties that the athletes face and how the money has ruined the sport. The Valli character played by Naditha has substance and gets importance through the second half, with the help of a long flash back. One could easily imagine how the climax would be and there is no surprise thrown to the audiences.
Anirudh’s music saves the movie big time and Siva Karthikeyan has really matured as an actor. Camera highlights are seen in the visuals of Velicha Poove number.
Overall, Ethir Neechal is just an average content that’s comes in an above-average package!