Andhaadhi is just another one of those crime thrillers in Tamil cinema to have its intentions right but falters in the way the story gets transformed on screen. Debutant filmmaker Ramesh Venkatraman shows a lot of promise and so does the basic plot of this whodunit thriller.
A cunning politician who extorts money, an emerging businessman who wants to spread his geographical wings and two steadfast policemen who have just entered the department. This plotline, certainly, makes for an interesting nod. But, Ramesh runs out of ideas to engross the viewers in the proceedings and takes a detour to establish his characters and create twists and turns. The swooshing background score, caricatured actors and stark cinematography add no value to the film. The budget constraints for the film are easily understood.
But, it can never vindicate the patience-testing fallouts of the director, who demonstrates his directorial flair in a scene or two fittingly. However, the third act is quite botched up with a lackluster sequence that arouses no interest. Technically, the film strives repeatedly to be good. But, only the cinematography stands out and succeeds to an extent in creating the perfect atmosphere for the crime thriller. The film definitely needs serious pruning from the editor who seems to be oblivious of the fact that it runs close to 180 minutes.