Kathiravan (Vishal), an officer in the Indian army, has anger management issues. At one point of time, he even tells his father (Delhi Ganesh)- ‘Ungala adichiduven nu bayama irukkappa’.
Though Kathiravan hates to borrow loans, a situation forces him to apply for a loan and he also gets the money into his account. But to his shock, he finds the money missing.
A probe by Kathiravan leads him to White Devil (Arjun), a dreaded and tech-suave baddy who creates havoc in the lives of people with the help of technology.
What follows is a cat and mouse game between Kathiravan and White Devil. In the meantime, we are also shown the plight of farmers, methods adopted by loan recovery agents etc.
Within a week of watching an army official suffering from angry issues (Allu Arjun in En Peru Surya En Veedu India), we get to see another in Irumbu Thirai.
But the knot is different and striking, and these things, coupled with the subtle performnace by Vishal (there are no scenes glorifying him), makes Irumbu Thirai an interesting watch.
Kudos to director P S Mithran for choosing such a topical story and investing so much of research into it. Also, he has extracted the best from the cast and the crew.
Arjun is another delight to watch, while Delhi Ganesh aptly justifies his role. Samantha, who plays a psychologist named Rathi Devi, has come up with a matured performance. Others in the cast are okay.
While George Williams’s cinematography gives a Hollywood touch to the film, Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music adds pep to the proceedings. On the downside, the director has taken too much time to establish characters. Had only he avoided it, Irumbu Thirai would have emerged a much better show.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Irumbu Thirai – Strong & Sharp