Asuran Review: Asuran opens with the shot of a mirrored image of the moon on nonetheless water. But the tranquility of the visible is misplaced when a foot steps into the water. This single shot is evocative of the movie’s core plot – the peace of a household destroyed by a reckless act.
The household is that of Sivasamy (Dhanush), a small farmer from the decrease caste. With Narasimhan (Aadukalam Naren), a wealthy landlord from the higher caste, plotting to seize his three-acre land, to construct a cement manufacturing facility, the tensions are working excessive between the 2 households. Things escalate when Sivasamy’s hot-headed elder son, Murugan (TeeJay Arunasalam) humiliates Narasimhan, and the latter retaliate by having him brutally killed. Sivasamy nonetheless tries to guard his household by taking a pacifist strategy, his indignant teenaged son Chidambaram (Ken) unable to see his mom Pachaiyamma (Manju Warrier) struggling, kills Narasimhan. With the owner’s relations baying for the teenager’s blood, can the patriarch save his household and put an finish to the enmity?
With Asuran, an adaptation of Poomani’s acclaimed novel, Vekkai, Vetri Maaran delivers one more stable motion drama that retains us engrossed from begin to end. He treats the primary half as a survival drama, with the daddy and son attempting to evade Narasimhan’s males who’re on their monitor. And he intersperses these moments with scenes which have result in this life-or-death scenario. He retains constructing the stress in scene after scene, and all of it involves a boil in an outstanding mass hero second. He lets the socio-political features simmer beneath the thriller-ish plotline on the floor, and brings them to the fore within the second half, via Sivasamy’s backstory. It is that this strategy that makes Asuran distinctive. It reveals how caste divide has metamorphosised into a category divide, even because the contributors stay the identical. In reality, caste is not talked about explicitly till the latter parts. The movie stays a wealthy vs poor battle on the floor at the same time as Vetri Maaran drops sufficient caste markers to make us realise the problems run far deeper.
The assured storytelling (there’s not a single wasted second), mixed with the stable filmmaking (Velraj’s cinematography, particularly, is a spotlight) and the tremendous performances, typically have us on the sting of our seats. And the director will get one other noteworthy efficiency from Dhanush, who is great right here. Playing a personality who’s older than his actual age, the actor convincingly portrays the physicality of a 40-plus man. His limbs dangle free, his stroll is somewhat slower paced and unsteady, and his speech has the tremors that age provides to our vocal chords. This ought to rank amongst his finest performances.