Director V J Gopinath doesn’t look like a fresher. For, his debut movie ‘Jiivi’ is like a product from the stable of an experienced director. In association with writer Babu Tamizh, Gopinath has presented a gripping tale which is novel in many aspects.
Featuring Vettri of ‘8 Thottakal’ fame in the lead role, ‘Jiivi’ explores the concept of synchronicity in a very interesting manner that is appealing to the layman.
Saravanan (Vettri) believes in practical knowledge than studies. Hence, he drops out of school. Under constant pressure from his parents, he comes to Chennai and does odd jobs to make ends meet.
He shares a room with Mani (Karunakaran) in a house owned by a woman (Rohini), whose husband is invalid and daughter is visually challenged. Saravanan is a voracious reader and gains immense knowledge by reading books, watching infotainment TV channels and YouTube.
He has a girlfriend and she rejects him because of his financial condition. Saravanan, along with Mani, hatches a plan to loot 50 sovereigns of gold from their landlady.
As Saravanan successfully pulls it off the mission, he comes to know that his father has passed away due to sudden cardiac arrest and his sister has eloped with someone.
Soon, he also realises that all these things are interconnected. Is everything a coincidence or is there something mysterious behind?
For Vetri, it is a big jump from ‘8 Thottakkal’, as has come up with a commendable performance. After ‘Soodhu Kavvum’
Karunakaran gets a full-length role and has performed well.
Rohini, Monica Chinnakotla, Mime Gopi and Rama are right choices for the characters they have played in ‘Jiivi’. K S Sundara Murthy’s music and Praveen Kumar’s camera work are of top notch.
With razor shape editing from Praveen K L, strong script and good performance, Gopinath has emerged winner in presenting ‘Jiivi’ one of the best thriller movies of the year.