Director Seenu Ramasamy‘s Dharmadurai, in many ways, resembles a small spring that goes on to find its way to becoming a mighty river. The film starts off on a really slow pace and takes a while to gain momentum. But once that happens, it leaves you moved.
Like in the case of all his other movies, Seenu Ramasamy tells a story that has the potential to make a deep impact on its viewers. This time, he chooses to tell his story through the life of a doctor called Dharmadurai (played by Vijay Sethupathi), who believes in serving those in the rural areas. Just for this, Seenu Ramasamy needs to be congratulated but that is not the only thing he needs to be appreciated for.
Seenu scores big time with the way he narrates the story to us. There are four women who play a major role in Dharmadurai’s life — one is his mother (played by Radhika) who is the lone support he has in his family which is otherwise dead against him. The next is Aishwarya Rajesh, who gets engaged to him, the third and fourth are Tamannaah and Srushti Dange, who are both his friends in college and life. One of the two goes on to turn a big pillar of support for him at a later stage. How each one of these women play a role in Dharmadurai’s life is what gives the story its strength and charm.
And in the process of narrating Dharmadurai’s story, Seenu Ramasamy highlights several societal issues ranging from dowry to the insults that transgenders suffer. Mind you, at no point does the film turn preachy. Seenu puts across the points he has got to make in a sub-conscious manner. These incidents form an integral part of the story. Nothing comes across as being out of place.
It is not that the film does not have its weaknesses though. The portions where Vijay Sethupathi gets nostalgic about his days as a student turn drab for a while. But that is only for a while. The moment Aishwarya Rajesh’s character enters the plot, the story turns interesting. At this juncture, one has to say about Aishwarya Rajesh’s performance. It is her performance which actually lifts the film. Her performance in conjunction with that of Vijay Sethupathi’s performance is a treat to watch.
Tamannaah does a neat job of her role and comes across as a professional, who has her priorities in order. Music director Yuvan Shankar Raja has provided just what this film wanted and Sugumar’s visuals are a real treat.
Finally, Seenu Ramasamy needs to be congratulated for one more thing – the manner in which he ends the film. You would have got the verdict by now. If you haven’t, well, we say this is one film that is definitely worth watching.