Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara is the latest Vijay Sethupathi movie to hit the screens in Tamil cinema. Vijay Sethupathi has developed a separate fan following in Tamil cinema post the success of his movies like Pizza, Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom and Soodhu Kavvum. Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara is a black comedy, which has been directed by director Gokul, who directed the less known Rowthiram starring Jiiva. Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara is the comeback movie for the director and the movies works but only in parts.
Sumar Moonji Kumaru (Vijay Sethupathi) is always in an inebriated state and his love interest is Kumudha (Nanditha). Kumudha’s father is not happy with Kumar’s love interest towards his daughter and seeks the help of a local goon called Annachi (Pasupathi). Bala (Ashwin), a salesperson in a bank, is always targeted by his boss (M S Baskar). However, he has a daunting task of saving his girlfriend Renu (Swathi). What happens when these characters’ lives get entangled?
Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara has an array of characters and they move the story from one point to another point. Director Gokul’s strategy of narrating with the help of characters has worked, since the characters have been written well. There is a lace of comedy sticking to each frame although the movie cannot be called a big laugh riot.
Vijay Sethupathi as Sumar Moonji Kumaru and Ashwin as Bala impress the audiences with their scintillating performances. Especially, Vijay Sethupathi’s body language and expressions bring his character in a lively manner on screen. Even the female lead actors Nanditha and Swathi have done really well.
However, Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara has a first half where so many characters come and go and literally no story happens in the first half. The second half seems to be dragged a bit without having a neatly paced narration.
On the whole, Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara can work for you but only in parts!