‘Newtonin Moondram Vidhi’: action and great reaction (Tamil Film Review)

May 2nd, 2009 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

By Maudgalyan
Film: “Newtonin Moondram Vidhi”; Cast: S.J. Suryah, Sayali Bhagat, Rajeev; Music: Vinay; Cinematography: R. Saravanan; Direction: Thaimuthuselvan; Rating: **1/2

“Newtonin Moondram Vidhi”, is the Tamil rendering of what is otherwise known as (Sir Isaac) Newton’s Third Law (of motion), which states “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

In the movie actions are aplenty. It is a simple enough tale of vendetta - a lover’s retribution for the murder of his fiancee.

But, what makes the whole thing interesting is the treatment of the subject that accords no moment to the audience to second-guess the script’s twists and turns.

A television anchor Priya (Sayali Bhagat) is raped and murdered by her lecherous boss J.P. (Rajeev) on the eve of her marriage to a fashion designer Guru (S.J. Suryah) - completing the original “action” part.

Narrated in the flashback mode, the proceedings begin with Suryah sporting a grim expression laying a wreath on his girlfriend’s grave.

The “equal and opposite reaction” begins in right earnest when Guru warns J.P. that he will be punished for his crime with a painful death.

The rest of the tale is all about the gory “execution” of the threat.

Credited with several thriller soaps for television, director Thaimuthuselvan does a commendable job of masterminding cinematographer Saravanan’s frightening frames.

Dubbed Tamil filmdom’s “sleaze slob” Suryah seems to have emerged from his self-imposed shadows.

Music director Vinay’s apprenticeship under Oscar award winner A.R. Rahman and Harris Jeyaraj seem to have worked wonders.

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