Director Suseenthiran seems to be emerging a specialist in sports movies. After ‘Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu’, ‘Jeeva’ and ‘Kennedy Club’, here comes ‘Champion’.
The movie has debutant Vishwa in the lead role while ‘Anjathe’ fame Narain, ‘Super Deluxe’ fame Mrinalini Ravi, Manoj Bharathiraja, Stunt Siva and Vasavi have played important roles in the film.
The entire project has been shot in and around Chennai and deals with North Madras’s connection with sports. The film, which has been bankrolled by Kalanjiyam Cine Arts, is a watchable sports revenge drama and the best from Suseenthiran when compared to his recent flicks.
Jones (Vishwa) is a youngster from North Chennai and his dream is to become a leading football player. But his mother Jaya (Vasavi) is opposed to his aspirations and wants him concentrate on studies.
The reason is: Jones’ father Gopinath Dhiraviyam (Manoj Bharathiraja) too was a football player and he was killed in 7s football, a dangerous sport.
However, Jones decides to chase his dream and even joins a club led by coach Santha (Narain). He also comes to know that Santha is none other than his father’s friend.
Jones also understands that Gopinath Dhiraviyam was brutally murdered by a local politico Dhanasekar (Stunt Shiva) during a football match. Jones now has to decide between football and revenge.
Vishwa has given his heart and soul to the movie, while Mrinalini Ravi adds flavour to the twist. After ‘Kaithi’, Naren has done it again in a strong role. The likes of Vasavi, Stunt Siva and Manoj Bharathiraja are adequate.
Music for the film is composed by Arrol Corelli. The camera for the film is cranked by Sujith Sarang while editing is handled by Thiyagu. All three have done their respective jobs well.
The only drawback in the movie is- it gives us a deja vu feeling from the beginning till end, though certain twists and the match portions are enjoyable.
Rating: 3 out of 5