Among the new crop of actors in Tamil industry, Vijay Sethupathi is either lucky or smart to choose films that always end being apt for him. 'Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara' is yet another full length comedy entertainer, which unlike other brainless comedies, succeeds in delivering a good takeaway for audiences. Even though the film treads the path most comedy flicks in the recent past have walked on, it expects you to not look at it merely as a comedy entertainer.
‘Idhaba’ addresses one of the common domestic issues – drinking – as commercially as possible without making its effort seem preachy. The plot revolves around five characters who cross paths due to an incident that occurs at a local bar or Tasmac. What unfolds forms the rest of the story.
The reason the film clicks because it never takes itself seriously, not even for a minute during its entire course, but still delivers something worthy of discussion. It doesn’t expect you to take it seriously either, but it presents an opportunity for one to mull over what it delivers. It’s a smart film that knows how effectively humour can be used in a narrative to not just entertain, but also inspire audience. Inspiration need not necessarily have to leave an impression, but even if it can create a dialogue, then it has succeeded in its attempt.
Vijay Sethupathi is at ease in his role as ‘Sumar Moonji Kumar’. He plays an obsessed lover with a drinking problem. His performance goes up a notch with every film, and with Idhaba it has certainly shattered through the roof.
It was wonderful to see Pasupathy back on screen. Scenes between him and Vijay are a laugh riot. You can’t stop laughing every time the camera pans on Pasupathy, who plays a baddie with low blood sugar. I wish he had extended screen presence even though he was brilliant in his brief role. It’s just that his performance makes you want to see more of him. One of his sidekicks called ‘Sound Shankar’ is another brilliant character in the film.
Ashwin as Bala portrays his ability to evoke laughter as a hapless boyfriend and a struggling bank employee, who has the burden of getting his sister married. He is equally good as much as M.S Bhaskar, who plays another amusing role as his boss.
The humour is created with a purpose, born out of situations that unfold in the film, and therefore, you enjoy it more than comedy written solely for the purpose of entertainment. The twist in the second half comes as a surprise and it helps the film pick up momentum, while the first half is non-stop comical riot.
Idhaba needs to be watched just for the fun of laughing, and amid all the entertainment you might also want to embrace its message.view less