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Production: Production Cast: 233 Direction: Althaf Salim Screenplay: Althaf Salim

Asuravadham is director turned actor Sasikumar's next outing, post Kodiveeran. The film had a promising set of promos and trailer, that hinted about the nature of the film. Asuravadham has come to us now as a rustic action thriller, set in a rural backdrop. 

 

Saravanan (Sasikumar) is haunting Samayan (Vasumithra) by playing spoilsport in his routine life. He kidnaps Samayan and his wife for an important reason. Why is Saravanan behind Samayan and for what reason? Catch the film to know the answer for these questions and here is our review about the film.

 

Asuravadham's treatment is fresh, which supplements a good curiosity factor and the tension for the audience. The raw and the rustic flavour of the film is notable, adding the spiciness. The first half of the film has all the intense moments, and it engages the audience really well, especially the pre-interval sequence on the hills. The film doesn't deviate from the plot at any juncture, and there is no big commercial compromise either. Due credits to director Maruthupandian and team for that.

 

The second half holds the suspense for the initial few minutes, but then, over a point of time, it becomes predictable. Probably, Asuravadham will be one of those rarest films which had Sasikumar speaking very minimal dialogues. Its mostly action throughout the film, and he doesn’t have any big lines to speak. The visual medium is used to its potential and it is an appreciable act, put up by the team. 

 

On the downside, the flashback portion in the pre-climax falls flat and puts the expectations down. The makers have dealt with a theme that could touch the human emotions without any intense happenings visually on screen. Having come across all the suspense scenes, this revelation could be disappointing for a set of people. The elongated build up scenes for the hero also tests the patience.

 

Asuravadham is a usual revenge vengeance drama, but with the good technical support and realistic performances, it lives up to an extent. A section of audience might more or less figure out the reason behind Sasikumar's anger over the villain. The Qatar portions lack the believability.

 

For all those who have seen Sasikumar as a mass hero with all the rural flavours, Asuravadham might be a little surprising watch. His makeover in the characterisation is interesting to see. He is seen in a subtle yet fiercy role, that is not overdone, maintaining the reality. Nandita Swetha features in an important role that comes only for a very short running time. Vasumithra, who plays the role of Samayan, the antagonist, is very impactful. He has put his heart and soul into the character and has delivered a neat performance.

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It is not easy to convey things when you are making a silent film and probably that is where Karthik really shows his class, however, we will have to wait and see if a common man would understand everything that the director intends to convey. All the knots and the questions in our mind are untied like a gentle breeze, only at the end, and that's what works for the movie. But there is a chance that some of the audience might end up being confused.

 

A bit more thought could have made this a suspense classic, but at least it's nearly there. It is thought-provoking but sort of lacks the scare that fans of this genre tend to expect. Maybe Karthik could have orchestrated the tension a bit more with heightened suspense. The climax seems a little hurried.

 

Prabhu Deva proves his mettle as an actor. He sends chills down our spine with a terrifying makeup and the reason for what he does and why is shown as menacing as such is a suspense that you will have to know watching the film. Deepak Paramesh, Indhuja, Sananth, Shashank Purushotham and Anish Padmanabhan have emoted so well and look very convincing and real enough. Karthik has surely got his casting right.

 

There are four to five highlight moments that keep us glued to the screen even though you don’t get completely entertained with the proceedings. Prabhu Deva’s villainy act compels us to have some undivided attention on the frames. Santhosh Narayanan’s music elevates the intensity of the scenes put on display. The violins used as part of the BGM, in particular, are beautiful and sounds soothing to the ear.

Without Rating

Verdict: Technically SOUND and SILENT convincingly
2.75
( 2.75 / 5.0 )