Director Suseenthiran doesn’t know the place to take the movie as soon as he is established the characters.
For being Tamil cinema’s controversy child, Silambarasan TR can also be an enterprising man, going by the way in which during which he’s spent 2020. Right in the midst of a COVID-induced lockdown, he acted in Gautham Menon’s quick movie Karthik Dial Seitha Yen, a reasonably distinctive endeavour for its time (though he performed the identical nagging man-child function). Just a few months later, he’s again on the silver display screen this weekend in Eeswaran — as a remarkably completely different, however largely the identical actor.
When he first seems on display screen, lungi-clad, carrying a cricket bat, folding his arms in each prayer and greeting, we are able to’t resist rooting for him. He appears to be like contemporary, with a skip in his step and a spark in his smile. It’s not simply that he has misplaced weight — which he has — but in addition that he’s much less sombre and sulky than his current outings. He hasn’t modified a lot in every other manner, although. His introduction sequence is an elaborate present in self-aggrandising. So is the remainder of the movie.
Eeswaran is the story of Periyasamy’s massive household and their inside squabbles, virtually Pandiraj-esque in writing and therapy. These villagers are landowners, who video chat with their households, drive fancy automobiles, journey overseas and work together with the political and the highly effective. The characters, although there are various, really feel grounded in actuality, their quarrels have a sensible ridiculousness about them.
The eponymous Eeswaran, performed by Silambarasan, is Periyasamy’s favorite orphan, he works across the village and takes care of the outdated man. Silambarasan shines because the all-powerful handyman, he’s each legendary and actual on the similar time. Little is written for him to carry out, all he must do is crack a couple of jokes, tame a couple of snakes and break a couple of human bones, which he does adequately, in elements even engagingly.
Bharathiraja, who performs Periyasamy, brings each maturity and fragility to his function. Manoj, his son in real-life, who performs the youthful Periyasamy is a pleasing shock. Bala Saravanan as Kutti Puli, Eeswaran’s comedy sidekick feels excellent — a welcome change to these of us used to seeing VTV Ganesh with Silambarasan. Kali Venkat has a enjoyable cameo too.
In bringing collectively this vibrant and relatable solid of characters, Suseenthiran scores. But that’s that. Once he’s established the milieu, he doesn’t know the place to take the movie.
The love observe is so pointless that it stands out as a sore thumb in an in any other case grounded movie. Nidhhi Agerwal appears to be like horribly misplaced — can we nonetheless want honest, skinny, unable-to-lip-sync northerners to be our heroines? For all of the Tamil pleasure we’re fed, don’t Tamil girls belong?
For somebody who had two releases on the identical day, poor Nidhhi Agerwal has been served the worst deal. Thank god for Nandita Swetha’s observe narrated off, we couldn’t have survived that. Eeswaran’s personal backstory is apparent and strange. There are two villains: One inside the household and one from outdoors. Neither of them stand an opportunity in entrance of the all-powerful hero, so we simply look ahead to all of it to be over.
By Silambarasan requirements, within the line of movies like Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan (2017), Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (2019) and the damp squib of a job in Chekka Chivantha Vaanam (2018), Eeswaran is pretty tolerable. With finger-snapping mannerisms, self-aware humour and a few Dhanush-bashing, it would even fulfill the followers. For the remainder of us, Eeswaran is bitter buttermilk in a brand new bottle.
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