Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal is the sole release for the Tamil cinema fans this weekend. The movie, starring actor and producer Udhayanidhi Stalin, Santhanam and actress Nayanthara in the lead role, has been directed by director S R Prabhakaran. This movie is the second directorial effort of S R Prabhakaran, who earlier directed the movie Sundharapaandian. Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal is half family drama and half romantic comedy, which is a bit better than the recent array of brainless comedies but still stands far from a sensible entertainer.
Kathirvelan (Udhayanidhi Stalin) comes from Madurai to Coimbatore in order to settle a small family dispute. He is an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman, the god that is known for adhering to bachelorhood. In Coimbatore, Kathirvelan meets a girl called Pavithra (Nayanthara) and falls in love with her very soon. In addition, there is his friend called Mayilu (Santhanam). The movie tells us what happens between Kathirvelan and Pavithra and the family dispute in a comic and sentimental way.
Good things first. Director S R Prabhakaran proved his mettle in his very first movie with a very good plot. However, Idhu Kathirvelan does not have a very good or new plot. Many movies have come with the lead role being a devotee of Hanuman and family drama is not a less tested genre in Indian cinema. Yet, director S R Prabhakaran does his best in portraying the family sentimental scenes in a good way. He has extracted some best acting from good character artists such as Jayaprakash and Saranya Ponvannan.
When comes to the romance and comedy part of the movie Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal has nothing new to offer to the audiences. Santhanam’s tone and sense of one liners have become very familiar among the Tamil cinema audiences and they have not help the movie much. The songs seem to have been placed at wrong junctures and the climax is unable to make the intended impact.
Overall, Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal is a half baked family drama.