Many debutant directors come up with some scintillating scripts that always increase the expectations of the audiences and critics. Once the rushes and the trailers are released, the expectation increases more. However, only a few debutant directors succeed in fulfilling such expectations and many fail to make a mark and risk their careers. Debutant director R Jayakumar might fall into the second category, as his recently released debut flick Suzhal has nothing great to offer to the audiences.
Suzhal has a genre of thriller, but fails miserably to be a good one. A young man (Fariz) is in need of money to save his best buddy’s (Hemachandran) life. However, his search for money leads him into a whirlwind of crime. He also messes with drug traffickers and has to find a way to come out clean. However, things are not easy for him, as he is running from a cop (Atul Kulkarni), who is always chasing behind him. Can he survive from all these hurdles and can he save his best friend’s life?
Director of Suzhal, R Jayakumar, has written the base of the script clearly. The storyline sounds great, but the problem has occurred in the building of the script. With such an interesting storyline, which has all the room to evolve into a nail biting thriller, the director still is unable to build the script intelligently. The scenes and the sequences could have been more edgy, but in reality, they lack quality.
The first half of the movie has typical scenes, which are very predictable and clichéd. The second half is supposed to be the thrilling half of the movie, but it really tests the patience of the movie watchers, with poorly executed sequences.
Fariz, playing the lead role, is void of many facial expressions. Even the ensemble cast of Suzhal, which includes Atul Kulkarni, Nizhalgal Ravi and Prathap Pothan, is unable lift the quality of the movie. Especially, Atul Kulkarni, who is a great actor, has no meat for him in his role.
Overall, Suzhal’s intensity is very poor and fails to make an impact!