எதிர் நீச்சல் – A tamizh movie after a long time. I did not expect much from this movie, even though I had liked the songs a lot. Check my post here on that. I did not even know the story line nor did I bother to check any website for it. So when the movie started with marathon’s I was a bit surprised. But then it went to a different flow, about the problems or rather embarrassing situations that Siva faces with his name and how he tries to change it and then his love affair with Priya Anand etc.. Only during the second half, it gets a little serious and the actual reason of the initial marathon description comes to play. Why he decides to join a marathon, who trains him, their stories. We have known the story of an Indian Athlete who faced lot of issues due to her sex. How she was ridiculed by everyone and now no one bothers about her. Well they have taken that premise and built a light hearted story with a message in it.
It is very clichéd. You already know how it would end up. So there is nothing great as such to talk about this movie. I watched it because of Siva Karthikeyan. namma veetu paiyan..avan padatha paakaama eppadi. adhaan. There are good one liners here and there. His troubles with his name brings us laughter at times. But the first half sort of goes in a dizzy. I was wondering why they are putting his issues with name and his love story all in the first half. Its sort of very rushed. Priya Anand looks very beautiful as usual and has no big role. Nandita is the athlete who undergoes the trouble and trains Siva for the Marathon. He wins it for her sake and to establish his original name. Well at the end justice gets served for those who destroyed Nandita’s career and Siva starts a school for the athletes. The touch at the end with Attakathi hero is nice :).
Songs too were unnecessary and was paced very close by in the movie. Did you know that Dhanush and Nayantara were starring in the only kuthu song in this movie along with Anirudh (the music director).
Its a very average movie. But different for Siva who has less scope for comedy, which is a slight relief.. otherwise his roles will become boring. He looks good with mustache.