At the outset, it is just a story of failed adolescent love, but the director (K S Thangasamy) makes it watchable by adding interesting nuances, particularly, the location. Thoothukudi has been effectively used as the backdrop and the consistent dialect makes it even more interesting. But, as is the case with any small film by a debutante, it begins quite slowly, aimlessly ambles a bit before picking up pace. The initial scenes that set up the meeting of the lovers get a little tedious beyond a point. But once the main romance begins, it turns out to be fairly engaging plot and manages to remain so till the end.
Jayam, the brother-in-law of a local councilor falls in love with Dhanam who belongs to a family of influential government officials. Both the families that oppose this vehemently initially try softer methods to keep them apart. When the feud between families gets intense, the madly-in-love couple elopes and gets married only to be pulled back into their respective families after things get bloody. The end is a satirical smirk at the futility of all the romantic uproar.
It is a decent cast comprising of unknown faces, largely. They give credible performances without going overboard. Lagubaran as Jayam and Swathy as Dhanam are devoid of any artificially starry characteristics which only add to the charm. Thangasamy (the director) playing Jayams loving brother who gets killed in the melee does a decent job as well.
Manurameshans music has been predominantly used to move the story forward and hence doesnt quite spoil the film. Raj Sundars vibrant visuals of Thoothukudi and Thiruchendur add great value to the film.
It sure is a sincere effort from the director. Hopefully, he is here to stay and does not turn out to be a flash in the pan.