Up, Up & Above
Movies on kids and movies for kids are not a regular happening in Tamil cinema. Breaking the barrier is ‘Ezhumin’ directed by V P Viji, which is about a bunch of children aspiring to become boxing champs.
Hitherto seen mostly in comedy roles, Vivek has played the lead role in the movie (but the actual protagonists) are the children), while Devayani has made a comeback.
Viswanathan (Vivekh) is a businessman and he leads a happy life with his wife Bharathi (Devayani) and son Arjun. For Viswanathan and Bharathi, Arjun is their world and they are ready to do anything for him.
Arjun is into boxing and he wants to start a sports academy for less privileged children, after he gets disappointed with the injustice meted out to his friends who got discouraged to pursue martial arts, just because they don’t have money.
But fate would have it, Arjun dies all of a sudden after he collpases during a box tournament. In his memory, Viswanathan and Bharathi start a sports academy to fulfil his dream.
As the academy provides quality training to poor students, Sundaram (Azhagam Perumal), the chief of the Tamil Nadu Sports Academy Association, plans for the kidnap of children trained by Viswanathan’s academy.
As per his plan, the kids are kidnapped by his henchman and Viswanathan seeks the help of his friend Rajasekar (Premkumar), who is a police officer. But the children use their martial arts to escape from the place.
Vivek melts us during emotional scenes, while Devayani, the performance powerhouse that she is, scores well. Dileepan and Azhagamperumal do their respective parts well.
And the six children have done extremely well and they bring us to the edge of our seats in a few scenes. On the other hand, the film gets too preachy and this tests our patience.
Rating:3.5 out of 5