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'Adirindhi' Review: Packaged Masala Movie

Posted November 17th, 2017, 03:40 PM IST

Reviews Movie Review : 'Adirindhi' Review
Rating : 3.00
Banner : Thendral Films and North Star Entertainments
Cast : Vijay, Samantha, Kajal, Nithya Menon, Sathya Raj, S J Surya, Vadivelu and others
Music : A R Rahman
Producer : N Rama Swamy and Hema Rukmini
Director : Atlee
Released Date : November 9,

Mass hero films follow the same pattern irrespective of the theme and story. Vijay starrer “Adirindhi” begins in a rather different way with kidnappings and arrest of a doctor (Vijay). This sets the right tone and the story further reveals the identity of a magician who also looks like the doctor.

The whole set up is quite engaging and gives us the impression that we will be witnessing a completely different masala movie.

True to this impression, the first half races grippingly with some interesting bits. Pre-interval, the death of a girl becomes a major highlight. This sequence seems straight out of Shankar's film.

But as said earlier, all masala movies eventually end up taking the same route, despite grand beginnings. Soon “Adirindhi” turns into a revenge drama. Son(s) taking vengeance for the killings of their parents -- is the theme despite the other important subject -- medical scams, which it mainly highlights.

Plus, in the second half, the director has focused on the father's character set in 1970s which runs up to one hour that is quite boring for the Telugu audiences. The film smacks of déjà vu, as most scenes are a rehash of many old movies.

However, director Atlee has infused lot of mass moments that are quite appealing despite predictable narration. He keeps us engaged with these elements.

The pre-interval scene, the protagonist fighting for a noble cause… all these work quite effectively, even though these elements have already been repeated in many blockbusters.

More than the story and drive, it is Vijay who holds the movie with his mass acting. He is also effective in crucial emotional scenes.

The main villain, played by S J Surya, comes across as a weak one than a strong opposition for the hero. Also the final portions are dragged on and on with little interesting sequences. The controversial GST dialogues are muted in the final speech that also dampens the impact.

All in all, “Adirindhi” is a passable mass entertainer.