Vijay Antony excels in this overblown cop action-drama with a social message

In Tamil cinema, most of the high-profile stars use the cop genre as an effective tool to climb up the ladder of stardom. It’s mostly seen as an image-building exercise since cop films have a mass appeal among audiences and is a significant attraction in the trade circle too. However, Vijay Antony, who has donned the khaki for the first time in his career through Thimiru Pudichavan, has smartly used the film in an attempt to deflect the audiences from his consecutive poor outings in Annadurai and Kaali.

Vijay Antony excels in this familiar cop action-drama, which masquerades as a mass emotional film with a social message. Director Ganeshaa, an erstwhile associate of Baahubali filmmaker SS Rajamouli, has written an interesting crux on how a deadly rogue, Padma (played by Sai Dheena) exploits juveniles to carry out his crimes since they are beyond the ambit of judicial punishment. When a firebrand Ravi (Vijay Antony’s younger brother) gets annoyed by the uprightness and moral values of Murugavel (Vijay Antony), he runs away from home and takes refuge in Murugavel’s gang in Chennai. Ravi feels privileged to be under the tutelage of Murugavel since the public fear him the most.

When Murugavel gets appointed as the Sub Inspector of Police in Chennai, he stumbles upon Ravi in an unfortunate incident, which leaves him sleepless. Despite trying his best to get back Ravi on the right path, Murugavel ends up shooting him during a sudden clash. Ravi’s death leaves indelible scars on Murugavel’s psyche, and he becomes an insomniac wearing a wristwatch which alerts him on his blood pressure level. Murugavel vows to rescue Ravi’s friends from the clutches of Padma and tarnishes his image among everyone to smithereens.

If one carefully looks at the filmography of Vijay Antony, it’s apparent that all his films unabashedly cater to the B and C center audiences with genuinely appealing themes that revolve around familial relationships. His breakthrough 2015 blockbuster Pichaikkaran set in motion a series of films which continued to operate in a familiar space, barring the exception of a few experimental attempts like Saithan. With Thimiru Pudichavan, whose core plot is centered on fraternal sentiment, Vijay Antony has once again made every effort to regain his lost charm at the box office, but only in vain.

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