Director: PS Mithran
Cast: Vishal, Arjun, Samantha Akkineni, Robo Shankar and Delhi Ganesh
Cut from the same cloth as Thani Oruvan, debutant director PS Mithran’s Irumbu Thirai is easily one of the best thrillers since the release of the former. Centered around information breach in the digital age, writer-director Mithran weaves a story that’s powered by smart writing and ample scope for heroism, well backed Yuvan Shankar Raja’s pulsating background score.
The story revolves around army Major Kathiravan, whose money which he plans to use for his sister’s marriage is stolen, surprisingly from his own bank account. Without the money, his sister’s wedding is likely to be called off and it’s up to him to find out who’s behind the digital theft. As he pieces the clues together, minutes before the interval, we’re introduced to Arjun, who happens to be the mastermind behind all the crimes.
Mithran is a director to watch out for. Even though his ideas are borrowed, you can’t complain about his execution and this is easily one of Vishal’s films in recent times. He plays his part with ease and is a delight to watch in the action sequences. The cat and mouse chase between Vishal and Arjun, especially in the second half, could’ve been even more gripping.
Mithran also handles the drama angle well. Scenes involving Vishal and his father Delhi Ganesh are emotional and touch all the right chords. It takes a lot for a debut director to handle the commercial as well as drama angle in his first film and Mithran does his best in Irumbu Thirai, which also gives Arjun ample scope to shine in a negative role.
Irumbu Thirai released worldwide today after being on the back burner for more than 2 months due to the strike in the Tamil film industry.