Novel themes, Newcomers and unique style of film-making with quick narration is the order of the day in Tamil cinema. Producer S P B Charan, known for introducing fresh talents has taken a bold move coming out with 'Kunguma Poovum Konjum Pooravum', which is gripping right from the word go.
It is about lifestyle, culture and romance in a fishing hamlet in Muttam village near Nagercoil. Muttam needs no introduction for it has been the favourite place for directors like Bharathiraja, who shot several films there.
Kudos to director Rajmohan who seems to have made the movie with some purpose. More than the story or screenplay, the extraordinary details that he has come out on screen about the fishing hamlet while chronicling their lives deserves a special mention. Carrying no tag behind them, each and every character, even those who appear in just a couple of scenes, leaves an impression with the audience.
The major highlight of the movie is the lead characters who have underplayed their emotions, while Siddharth's lens capturing the dry sands of Muttam at its best. Yuvan Shankar Raja is back to his prime form rendering songs that suits the story and sticks to hearts instantly.
Rajmohan, seemingly inspired by the narrative styles of Cheran and Thangar Bachchan, starts the movie in a surprising tone. The male protagonist and the heroine dies. Then a flashback reveals the whole story.
Thulasi (Thananya) comes to Muttam village along with her grandmother (Nagamma) after her parent's desert her. She joins a government school in the village to pursue her studies. Enters Koochan (Ramakrishnan) who falls for her instantly. Koochan's mother Chandra (Agavamma) helps the poor Thulasi to pursue her studies. However coming to know about their romance, Agavamma insults Thulasi and her grandmother and drives them out of the village when Koochan is out on a school tour. A shocked Koochan returns back only to meet with a road mishap. Meanwhile, Thulasi, who seeks refuge in a family at Tuticorin is forced to marry a rowdy Drama (Tharun Chatriya). On the day of their marriage, he gets arrested by police. His wayward lifestyle invites trouble and he eventually gets arrested for murdering a youth.
An annoyed Thulasi returns to Muttam only to see Koochan lost himself in liquor after his love failure. Meanwhile, Koochan resolves to set right Thulasi's life. But things take a turn when Dharma comes to Muttam after getting bail.
Ramakrishnan, who resembles boy-next-door, suits the role well. He is no normal hero who looks good and runs around trees romancing. A real face among the crowd, he is an apt cast. Thananya with her simple looks lives Thulasi in the movie. She has done the role of a young girl, who had seen nothing but grief all through her life. She brings it out in her eyes well. Impressive are the two characters Chandra who plays the hero's mother and Nagamma, who is cast as female lead's grandmother. They leave their presence on screen well. But the scene-stealer is Tharun Chatriya. His character, reminding one of Parrattai in '16 Vayadhinilae', makes it an interesting watch. He is right there giving his best.
S P B Charan needs to be appreciated for gathering guts to do such a bold movie with newcomers and fresh talents.
Though Rajmohan has ensured that he deliver something out-of-the-box, the cliched climax and few predictable sequence mars the flow