In the action-packed Garudan (2024), Soori emerges not as the protagonist but as an important support character. Director R S Durai Senthilkumar, reminiscent of his narrative finesse in Kodi (2016), crafts a compelling tale where Soori’s character, Chokkan, shines through his understated presence. Mangoidiots awards the film a well-deserved Ripe rating.

Set against the backdrop of Kollywood’s familiar trope of corrupt state ministers, portrayed here by R V Udayakumar, the film delves into the lives of two childhood friends, Aadhi (M Sasikumar) and Karuna (Unni Mukundan), entwined with the fate of a local temple’s wealth. Chokkan, the orphan raised by Karuna, stands as a testament to loyalty, faced with the age-old dilemma of right versus loyalty. The brilliance of the narrative lies in its restraint; Chokkan’s journey unfolds without fanfare, mind voices, or dramatic pivots, allowing the story to flow seamlessly while highlighting Soori’s expert ability to deliver the nuanced role. His portrayal, especially in the pre-interval action sequence and the climax, was a masterclass in action – you could feel the terror emanating from his face towards you.

M Sasikumar slips into Aadhi’s skin with ease, a role he’s too familiar with. Unni Mukundan delivers a credible performance. The female leads, Revathy Sharma and Sshivada, hold their own, with Sshivada‘s performance lingering in memory. Samuthirakani, as the police inspector, serves more as a narrative device for the audience than a central character.

Yuvan Shankar Raja‘s background score adeptly maintains the film’s rhythm, particularly in a brisk first half that outpaces the latter.

Garudan is a testament to the power of a good screenplay, marred only by its graphic violence. For those who appreciate a well-woven story and can stomach the on-screen gore, this film is a must-watch.

கருடன் (2024)

கருடன் (2024)

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