Cast: Jayam Ravi, Kaali Venkat, Lakshmi Menon, Anikha, R. N. R. Manohar
Director: Shakti Soundar Rajan
Shakti Soundar Rajan takes a lot of notes from Hollywood and turns them into scripts with the sentiments of Tamil cinema. His previous film ‘Naaigal Jaakirathai’ brought together a cop and a dog. His new film ‘Miruthan’ is about people in ugly make-up trying to scare the hell out of us.
Jayam Ravi and Kaali Venkat play traffic cops. Their partying days in Ooty comes to a stop after a deadly virus turns people into zombies. The police can freely kill the zombies the way they wish to as they have stopped being humans. So, Ravi goes on a killing spree. Bullets and dishoom-dishoom sounds are the recognizable labels of ‘Miruthan’.
Ravi is a kind of cop who doesn’t want to get into anybody’s bad books. He likes his simple life where he doesn’t have to chase criminals and put them behind the bars. He has a kid sister who’s really a kid. Anikha (‘Yennai Arindhaal’s’ Isha) is Ravi’s sister and one of the better actors.
Ravi is on a mission to save mankind. He has to do that by helping a team of doctors reach Coimbatore in a police van. There must be something about diseases and Ooty. ‘Vaayai Moodi Pesavum’ also housed its film in the small town. In the Balaji Mohan film, people lose their voices because of a disease, but in Rajan’s film, people lose their minds. Similarly, comedy saves both films.
It’s love at first sight for Ravi in ‘Miruthan’. Unfortunately, Lakshmi Menon is already in a relationship with a good for nothing doctor. She realizes this a bit late into the film but is unshaken by the consequences. Ravi’s secret love does no good for the audience either. He could have helped her walk through the valley of zombies as a friend in the latter half and the story would still remain the same. In fact, if Lakshmi had made it to the trio (along with Ravi and Venkat), there would have been a richer scope for comedy.
A level of curiosity taps on the shoulder when an infected dog bites a man. When the film moves in the familiar path later, there’s not much to marvel at. It’s just a bunch of crazy people yelling and throwing themselves at each other. The final scene in which Ravi fights to protect Lakshmi from hungry zombies is punctured. First of all, those extras with their silly make-up are not doing enough to terrorize Lakshmi and Ravi. They are just getting beaten up. Some of those extras are even laughing at themselves.
If Ravi is coming back with a sequel, the makers should concentrate more on the comedy and less on romance.