Asuran Rating Summary : A underprivileged class family is on the run after their teenaged son murders a rich man from the upper caste. Can the father be able to save his hot-blooded son?
Asuran starts with the shot of a reflection of the moon on still water. But the peace of the visual is lost when a foot steps into the water. This single shot is resemblence of the film’s core plot – the peace of a family destroyed by a reckless act.
The family is a small farmer family from the lower caste Sivasamy (Dhanush) . With Narasimhan (Aadukalam Naren), a rich landlord from the upper caste, plotting to grab his three-acre land, to build a cement factory, the tensions are running high between the two families. Things deteriorate when Sivasamy’s hot-headed elder son, Murugan (TeeJay Arunasalam) humiliates Narasimhan, and the latter retaliate by having him brutally killed.
Sivasamy still tries to protect his family by taking a pacifist approach, his angry teenaged son Chidambaram (Ken) unable to bear the suffering of his mother Pachaiyamma (Manju Warrier), kills Narasimhan. With the landlord’s relatives looking for the youngster’s blood, can the patriarch save his family and put an end to the enmity?
With Asuran, an adaptation of Poomani’s acclaimed novel, Vekkai, Vetri Maaran delivers yet another solid action drama that keeps us engrossed from start to finish. He treats the first half as a survival drama, with the father and son trying to evade Narasimhan’s men who are on their track.
And he intersperses these moments with scenes that have lead to this life-or-death situation. He keeps building the tension in scene after scene, and it all comes to a boil in a superb mass hero moment. He lets the socio-political aspects simmer below the thrilller kind of plot on the surface, and brings them to the fore in the second half, through Sivasamy’s backstory
The great storytellingwith the solid filmmaking (good cinematography, in particular) and the fine performances, often leave a viewer on the edge of our seats. director gets another fabulous performance from Dhanush, who is superb here. Playing a character who is older than his real age, the actor convincingly displays the physicality of a 40-plus man. His limbs hang loose, his walk is a little slower paced and unsteady, and his speech has the tremors that age adds to our vocal chords. This should rank among his best performances.
It is this direction and water tight editing that makes Asuran distinctive. It shows how caste divide has metamorphosised into a class divide, even as the participants remain the same. In fact, caste isn’t mentioned explicitly until the latter portions. The film is a rich vs poor battle on the surface even as director Vetri drops enough caste markers to make us realise the issues run far deeper.
Dhanush as Sivasaami Kudumban
Manju Warrier as Pachaiyamal
Ken Karunas as Chidambaram
Teejay Arunasalam as Velmurugan “Murugan”
Pasupathy as Murugesan
Prakash Raj as Venugopal Seshadri
Ammu Abirami as Maariyamal
Balaji Sakthivel as Inspector
Subramaniam Siva as Murugan, Sivasaami’s brother
Aadukalam Naren as Vaddakuran Narasimhan
Pawan as Venkatesan, Vaddakuran’s younger brother
Bala Hasan. R as Rajesh Narasimman, Vaddakuran’s son
Venkatesh as Viswanathan
Nitish Veera as Pandiyan
Velraj as Panchayat Member
Sendrayan as Pechimuthu (cobbler)
Overall Rating – 3.5/ 5