Vijay Antony is one of the actor from current generation willing to
explore different zoners in commercial cinema. He has talent of choosing
scripts which are slightly off-beat, even though they’re not included
of ‘masala’ elements. His latest film ‘Bethaludu’ directed by debutant
Pradeep Krishnamoorthy – has a spellbinding first half and moves like a
psychological thriller, before turning into a mass hero film. The movie
released today and let’s see how it is..
This is a story of Dinesh (Antony) an IT professional who lives a
normal life with his mother (Meera Krishna). Suddenly, after his
marriage through a matrimonial site to Aishwarya (Arundhati Nair), he
starts hearing strange voices asking him to either commit suicide or go
in search of a ‘Jayalakshmi’ and kill her! His sympathetic boss (YG
Mahendran) takes him to a psychiatrist (Kitty), who finds out that in
his previous birth, he was a school teacher in Tanjore who was murdered
by his wife. Dinesh goes to Tanjore to unravel his past, which leads to
some startling discoveries.
At the beginning of the film, the director acknowledges in the
credits that he has been inspired by the late Sujatha’s novel Aah . The
first half of the film moves like a bullet, leaving you no time to
think. And in the second half, due to some smart packaging, the hero
turns into a one-man army who takes on the baddies. The last 20 minute
have Antony as the avenging hero, shades of Vikram in
Shankar’s Aparichithudu, playing to the gallery.
What works is the engaging first half and the new and improved Vijay
Antony, who is terrific throughout the film, and carries it with ease.
He is far more relaxed and convincing than in his earlier films as a
mass hero. Arundathi Nair does a neat job as a homely wife and a deadly
killer. The supporting cast of YG Mahendran, Kitty, Charuhasan are aptly
cast. The BGM done by Vijay Antony creates the right eerie mood.
Writer and director Pradeep Krishnamoorthy has made a thrilling edge
of the seat first half before diluting it in second half with a
contrived climax. Probably Antony wanted to boost his Tamil mass hero
image, which works in B and C markets.
On the whole, ‘Bethaludu’ is a racy thriller that keeps you hooked for a large part of the proceedings.
Punch line: Terrific racy thriller
Filmjalsa rating: 2.75/5