Director Vetri Maaran’s Asuran is a classic revenge survival drama with its moments of greatness while Dhanush is no less brilliant
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Asuran is a gripping movie with a story to match and technical directorial work which is as brilliant.
It’s well past midnight and the sounds of insects haunt you. You see an aged Sivasamy (Dhanush) wading through the water along with his son Chidambaram (Ken Karunaas). The latter has committed a gory murder and the family members of the deceased are on the look out. What really happened to Sivasamy and Chidambaram?
Did they manage to evade them? It’s impressive that director Vetri Maaran was able to make the audience feel eerie, tense and a sense of longing just five minutes into the story.
Asuran is an adaptation of the award-winning Tamil novel Vekkai, written by Poomani. Vetri Maaran has taken the crux of Vekkai and developed his own world of interesting characters around it.
Director Vetri Maaran’s Asuran is a classic revenge survival drama that has its moments of greatness. Sivasamy and his family belong to an oppressed community and when the privileged’ attempt to discriminate against him and his family, all hell breaks loose.
Asuran is yet another film from Dhanush and Vetri Maaran combo. Manju Warrier sunk herself into the character Pachaiyammal and in a scene, she dares to take over a bunch of men who oppose her for the wrong reasons.
Asuran is Vetri Maaran and Dhanush’s most violent film yet. Also, it is the simplest, yet most effective movie of Vetri Maaran’s career. As the title implies, there’s a demon (Asuran in Tamil) inside all of us and it only comes out when your pent-up emotions need a way out.
Vetri Maaran and his team have done a beautiful job in recreating the nativity of Tirunelveli through dialogues, body language and the age-old practices which are followed. You get sucked into the world of Asuran and you feel a surge of emotions when Mariyamma (Ammu Abirami) is made to do a walk of shame’ just because she wore slippers to school. The conflict here is that she belongs to an oppressed community.
There are a lot of strong scenes that depict the horrible practices that promoted untouchability, casteism and discrimination that were prevalent in the 80s.
The revenge-survival drama has its mass moments thanks to Dhanush, Manju Warrier, Teejay (who played Dhanush’s first son Murugan) and Ken. All of them shine making you believe that their ordeal is because they were born poor.
Dhanush is brilliant as a doting father Sivasamy. He speaks with his eyes and it is excellent to see an actor who can effortlessly play the role of a 50-year-old father.
Newcomer Teejay Arunasalam (Murugan in the film) looks perfect with his expression and body language.
The technical team of Asuran has done magnificent work. Cinematographer Velraj (who has a brief role in the film, too) has captured the landscape of the Thekkoru village and one could actually feel the heat and sultry (Vekkai in Tamil) weather through his shots.