Vidiyum Munn, starring Pooja of "Naan Kadavul" fame, has won positive reviews from critics.
The Tamil thriller flick has been directed by debutant Balaji K. Kumar. The plot revolves around two women - commercial sex worker Rekha (Pooja) and 12-year-old-girl Nandini (Malavika). Rekha tries to save Nandhini from child prostitution. They flee by boarding a train to escape from the clutches four men who are desperate to hunt them down for various reasons.
"Vidiyum Munn" has been termed as a well-made thriller film that grips the audience attention. Critics have appreciated the performances of the lead actors - Pooja and Malavika. The film's other cast members include Vinod Kishan, John Vijay, Amarendran and Lakshmy Ramakrishnan. Background score is by Girishh Gopalakrishnan, cinematography is handled by Sivakumar Vijayan and editing is done by Sathyaraj.
Here is the review roundup of "Vidiyum Munn"
According to Sify, "It works big time due to characterisation, milieu and the suspense factor that the director is able to create and a great unexpected twist in the climax. The music and background score by Girishh Gopalakrishnan heightens the suspense and in sync with the theme of the film. Sivakumar Vijayan's camera especially the night effects give it that eerie thriller feel."
According to Behindwoods Review Board, "The suspense element is maintained throughout with unpredictable twists being reserved for the post-interval session. The slow and enticing narration keeps you glued to the seats and towards the climax, when the knots are being untangled sans elaborate dialogues but with terse frames, you can almost hear your heart beating loudly."
Rajive Menon of Desimartini says, "The film's narrative is slow but the suspense which I think was brilliantly managed throughout the film keeps you hooked from start to finish. While most thrillers across any language tend to break the suspense right before the interval bang, VM steers away from such clichés and unveils the suspense only at the later stage of the film."
Appreciating the performances of the actors, Indiaglitz says, "For Pooja who has been missing in the K-town circuit for quite a while now, her movie is a comeback as it has spotlighted her expertise and acting forte. Known to essay intelligent and off-beat roles, Pooja has taken up the challenging role of a prostitute and performed with class. However, her dubbing could have been taking care of a little better."
"Malavika Manikuttan on the other hand is an expert for her age. Handling such complex emotions with such conviction, she is truly a child prodigy! John Vijay has carried himself with great confidence and aids in making the screenplay racy. And the real show stealer is Vinod Krishnan, which unfolds in a lauded climax."
Verdict: Don't Miss this thriller