A must see movie. The reviews are extreme - either it is all praise or all dissing. It is understandable since this movie disturbs the image of the city we all carry in mind. This is not the city of Alai Payuthey or Mozhi.
Prabhakar, the hero is tossed about by the vagaries of life, with society too playing cruel tricks on him. He looses his mind and after his first unplanned murder, starts feeling like God. The blood in his hand makes him feel all powerful. The rational part of him wants to control the killing spree, while the killer in him succeeds everytime. How he comes out of the spell and becomes normal, if only for a brief while, is what the movie is about.
Why the movie revolts and angers people is because the movie takes you into the mind of a sociopath. It details step by step how he turns from a shy, introverted social misfit to a killer. At times you start empathising with the sociopath, as the videographer in the movie does. Probably that reality is what agitates people a lot I guess. Where the director has slipped is when he tries to make it into an us vs them story. The economic inequality and the seething anger of the underbelly is real, but the exaggerated portrayal (Prabhakar's class mate earns Rs. 2 lakhs per month as a software programmer at the age of 24, which is a gross overestimate even in these days of inflated salaries) makes it jarring in an otherwise well crafted movie.
Prabhakar's character reminded me of Raskolnikov, the hero of Dostyoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Introverted hero living alone in a city that doesn't care for him, his talent and skill not being recognised, the turmoil in his mind between the killer and the normal man - all bear close resemblance to Raskolnikov. If it is not my imagination, this is a good tribute to a great character. Of course, this movie is vastly different from Crime and Punishment but the central characters seem to have a resemblance.
Jeeva has done a great job. His portrayal of vulnerability before and invincibility after turning a killer shows how good an actor he is. The entire cast has done well, so the credit must go to the debutant director Ram. A must see movie.
P.S. Malathi Rangarajan never disappoints. Her screams in the name of review can be read here for fun.