Sundarmaoorthy's songs are passable but the mandatory duet between Varu and Vivek could have been avoided altogether. Rather, it comes off as functional. Source: Suganth, Times Of India Good performances from an experienced cast makes Echcharikkai a watchable thriller. Who wins in the end — the cop or the criminals or the victim? Echcharikkai Movie Synopsis: Two men kidnap the daughter of a rich man, and the latter approaches a retired cop to track the missing woman. But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments.
Thomas Vivek Rajagopal is orphaned at a young age as his drunkard father kills his mother and in turn his uncle David Kishore kills his father. Echarikkai Idhu Manithargal Nadamadum Idam - Missing the local flavour Director Sarjun famous for making two much debated shorts 'Lakshmi' and 'Maa' debuts on the big screen with 'Echarikai. Sathyaraj's character turning black from grey also borders on the comical as the question arises that he would have been better of burning the car instead of the cash to really save his daughter in the climax. The tension somehow goes missing and scenes begin to feel longer. And one of men might have a connection to the girl! With the other two relationships, you are barely scratching the surface.
On the downside the film is an amalgamation of contrived situations and convenient twists that never catch you off guard and only makes for some labored viewing. Shweta is presented as a resourceful young woman, and you are uncertain even about her motivations. The making is slick and the presentation is on par with the modern style of story telling. And now, let us talk about Echarikkai — the film itself. After serving his prison term David approaches Thomas with a plan to kidnap a rich girl so that they could both settle down.
For a thriller the sad thing is this one has very little thrills on offer. The speed of the film is uniform throughout, right until the climax where it picks up a little more. The cinematography is praiseworthy, and the cuts are passable. Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. While the 'what happens next tension? Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! Among the cast it is Kishore who impresses the most as the impulsive criminal and especially his body language conveys the broken ex-convict very convincingly. Does his straight lift of the 2009 Hollywood thriller 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' hit the right chords with the audience remains to be seen.
Much like in Kadal, a central character named Thomas is being sought by an evidently good and an evidently bad character. We get the kidnapping angle from that film — two men kidnap a young woman, the daughter of a rich man, in the hope of ordering her father to pay a ransom. In perhaps the first time in a while, Yogi Babu seems a totally dispensable addition to this film. Unfortunately unlike the famous J Blakeson film though the story revolves around her the script does not give Varu any scope to make an impact with her performance and she ends up without even a single scene she can own. There is a distinct 'Kaththi' touch in the background score. He has precious little to do, and is a poor fit with his brand of humour.
Sarjun keeps things engaging with the cat-and-mouse game between the criminals and the cop. David begs Thomas to confess to the crime as he is a juvenile and the punishments would be softer but the former tells the truth and his uncle gets 14 years jail term. Among all the sudden twists to the characters it is Kishore's in the climax that really touches the heart. Thankfully, Echarikkai has the presence of the legendary actor who comes to the fore with a jolly, fun-filled act that has the cream of his early days. For a thriller the sad thing is this one has very little thrills on offer. There are glimpses of good writing all the way, and it helps in the final picture.
The actors pitch in with fine performances, too. A couple of unexpected twists occur and the rest of the screenplay is about whether the duo manage to collect the ransom or did Shwetha escape their clutches. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar has a penchant for picking strong characters and here she reprises the role made famous by Gemma Arterton in the original. . He gives us the backstory of David and Thomas right at the beginning, which adds an emotional angle to their relationship and keeps it.
Sarjun keeps things engaging with the cat-and-mouse game between the criminals and the cop. The twists are on the face, without much foreplay. At a crisp runtime of a little over 2 hours, the editing is well done too. An unnecessary duet and a couple of scenes involving Yogi Babu who seems to have been cast mainly because his presence might help market the film stick out like a sore thumb. He gives us the backstory of David and Thomas right at the beginning, which adds an emotional angle to their relationship and keeps it ambiguous. And Natraj has his own problem — his daughter, Piya, has a rare medical condition and requires constant care. On the whole the audiences are unable to connect to either the characters or the proceedings.
Where it stands out is the manner in which it establishes the emotional baggage of the primary characters. Debutante Vivek Rajagopal has given a good account of himself in the role of a shady character with a soft corner and he could surely get a footing in Kollywood as he possesses the necessary talents. For a debut effort, Echcharikkai comes across as quite a solid thriller. Sarjun has tried to adapt 'The Disappearance. Still, Natraj sets up a command centre at his house and starts working on the case. And Natraj has his own problem — his daughter, Piya, has a rare medical condition and requires constant care. For a debut effort, Echcharikkai comes across as quite a solid thriller.
A couple of unexpected twists occur and the rest of the screenplay is about whether the duo manage to collect the ransom or did Shwetha escape their clutches. So, he cannot leave his home! Sarjun keeps things engaging with the cat-and-mouse game between the criminals and the cop. And if it had been, perhaps the fate of the Thomas-David relationship would have been far more affecting. The film, in fact, sets itself up by focussing on David and Thomas, but just as you hope to learn more about the changed dynamics of their relationship, the story kicks into thriller mode and hurtles on. What makes it better than what it is, are the performances from the main star cast — holding the film together.