Young director Thamira has engaged two of the excellent filmmakers in Tamil cinema K Balachandar and Bharathiraja to act in his venture produced by director K Shankar’s S Pictures. He has carefully chosen a story that is filled with lot of fun and drama but the lack of strong storyline and a gripping screenplay, Rettachizhi proves to be a futile attempt despite having some appreciable elements in it.
First things first. The performances of the giants are excellent. They have scored in emotional and comical scenes as well. Hats off to the veterans and kudos to the young director who has dared to approach these stalwarts to don the lead roles.
The story, set in a village near Tirunelveli, shows Ramasamy (KB) a landlord and a congress sympathizer fighting with Singaravelan (Bharathiraja), a communist. It is a 40 year old feud between the two. The fight is inherited by their next generations. Even the kids form two groups and constantly fight with each other, thankfully without any violence. The fun filled fighting sequences are a treat to watch.
The love between Murthy (new boy Aari) and Susheela (Anjali) who are in opposite camps creates the twist in the tale. The kids, who initially resist their love, turn in favor of them and join hands to unite the lovers. But Ramasamy is up against it and he would go to any extent to stop the marriage. How the kids solve the issue forms the rest of the story.
The basic storyline is weak simplistic. It defies logic or reasoning. The narrative is so confused that we could not figure out whether this is a story about two old men or the story about the kids and the love. The climax is predictable.
The scenes involving the children’s fighting remind us the film Pasanga. The lead pair Anjali and Aari doesn’t impress, as the romantic element is not portrayed well. Anjali scores when she reveals her heart to her grandpa. Karnas as a cop who has a soft corner for the heroine makes you laugh.
Karthik Raja’s music which is soothing and Chezhiyan’s camera work is neat.
Rettachuzhi is a dull fare despite having many funny scenes and some excellent acting by KB and Bharathiraja.