Mr. Chandramouli: A Thriller that Turns Out to be a Damp Squib
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Director Thiru’s Mr. Chandramouli is a story that has a lot of good ideas that could have been translated into a strong storyline with an added depth to characters. Several factors such as the on-screen relationship between the father-son duo Chandramouli (Karthik) and Raghav (Gautham Karthik), the rushed love sequence between Raghav and Madhu (Regina Cassandra) hinder the storytelling aspect of the movie.
The movie revolves around two plots that is feebly interconnected. One is the relationship between a boxer Raghav and his father Chandramouli while the other is a corporate war that is brewing between Go Cabs, owned by Vinayak (Santhosh Prathap) and Azhagar (Garuda Cabs). A series of murders attempts to threaten the business of Go Cabs. The director then goes on to add in multiple sub plots and twists which takes the movie nowhere.
Starting with Karthik’s performance as Chandramouli, he perfects the role as Raghav’s father and the modulation in tune with his role in Mani Ratnam’s Mouna Ragam. However, the relationship between Chandramouli and Raghav is superficial in parts and does not lend any impact in the movie. Director Thiru has tried to portray a special bond of the real-life father-son duo, but the emotional quotient fizzles out. The love story of Raghav and Madhu turns out to be the fastest love sequence in the history of Tamil cinema and also leads to a steamy song ‘Yedho Aanene’. The rushed chemistry and the placement of the song is the movie is out of place. While the entry of Bhairavi (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and her friendship with Chanramouli comes an interesting twist, the lack of depth to the character, acts as a weak link to the events in the movie.
The latter half of the movie focusses on the corporate war between the two companies. The stunt sequences are quite impressive, especially in the scene where Raghav chases Stunt Silva. The use of a rear-view mirror to pin down the enemy is a clever addition to the sequence but is unintentionally funny. Cinematographer Richard M Nathan has done an impressive job of capturing the night sequences with his lighting and elevating the sizzle factor in the song ‘Yedho Aanene. Music director Sam CS has left no stones unturned when it comes to the songs and the background scores.
While director Thiru has come a long way since Theerada Vilayattu Pillai, he has a long way to go in terms of a solid storyline and narrative. Gautham Karthik could have adapted to the boxer look and trained professionally as the film doesn’t convincingly depict him as a boxer, except for the climax sequence. While the movie tries to rely on the emotional connect between father, son and a lover and its connection to the corporate war, the multiple twists, subplots and lack of characterization fail to engross the audience.