Jan 31 2016


Published by at 11:16 pm under Review,Tamil Cinema


There was a time when Tamil cinema used to rely on simple-sounding diseases, all of which caused the sufferers to cough up blood. But our story-tellers are coming up with new diseases for their protagonists and there seems to be good research going into the presentation of these ailments. Naan Sigappu Manithan saw its hero suffer from narcolepsy, causing him to fall asleep abruptly at some rather inopportune times. In Eetti, Pugazhendhi(Atharva) suffers from the even more sinister-sounding thrombasthenia, where the blood doesn’t clot when he is injured, leading to the risk of unstoppable bleeding and even death from a small injury.

But our directors need to find ways of presenting information about these diseases in a proper manner. Here a doctor is called to talk about rare diseases on TV and he ends up talking only about thrombasthenia – aided by some silly animation – and then digging up the case of Pugazhendhi, who he treated once when he was a kid.

But in Eetti the problems with selecting this particular disease go beyond the amateurish way it is presented. Pugazhendhi gets involved with some counterfeiters and ends up fighting with them a few times. But since he cannot get injured(that’s obviously saved for the climax), he never gets a scratch on him during the fights. So it gets patently ridiculous when he thrashes goons and has close calls during fight sequences out in the open and then walks away looking like he just got out of the shower! I know our heroes are indestructible but this takes things too far!

The sad part about the ridiculousness is that all the business with the counterfeiters isn’t even the film’s main focus. Pugazh is an athlete, a hurdler, and his goal is to win at the National meet. There are some nice scenes with his family where their affection is revealed in small moments and lines(its too bad that they disappear from the picture after the setting changes from Thanjavur to Chennai). Pugazh’s romance with Gayathri(Sridivya) is also cute. It starts off looking like a different take on the Kaadhal Koattai type of romance as Pugazh and Gayathri only talk on the phone. Once in Chennai, the film has some nice ways of linking the two in multiple ways and this leads to some fun as the two of them meet in unexpected fashion multiple times.

Atharva has worked on his physique and actually looks the part of the athlete when he is racing and jumping over hurdles. The few races are picturized with energy and I particularly liked the training montage to the sounds of the energetic Oru Thuli…. But things again get ridiculous in the climactic race where, for the sake of making things dramatic, too many things happen in a race that is supposed to last less than 15 seconds. The director has forgotten that just showing things in slo-mo doesn’t slow time!

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2 Responses to “Eetti”

  1. Sandya says:

    Sad.. Nobody wants to say anything about Eetti.. :-(

  2. Prakash says:

    I think a couple of Atharva’s movies had decent reviews, but I didn’t bother to see them. By all accounts, he acts better than his late dad, looks better, and seemingly picks better movies. But he has no real hits (following the path set by Arun Vijayakumar?), while his dad played the same role for decades and piled up quite a few hits. And now his movie review gets no comments on bb’s blog either!

    Paavam Atharva :)