‘So what is Kirumi about?’, my friend asked me. And I said, ‘Well…it is about this guy Kathir.’ I know I didn’t do it any justice, but I do feel Kirumi is the kind of movie that has to be watched, not described in a text message.
Kathir (Kathir) is an average guy, on the lookout for that one idea which will make successful. He comes across as brash and more than a little irresponsible (he mostly lives with his friends, ignoring his wife and baby; he might be having an affair; he doesn’t have a job). Prabakar (Charle) plays mentor/older brother to Kathir. He is an informer for the police, and with his help, Kathir starts doing odd jobs for the police – beating up suspects, locking up cars in No Parking zones. Prabakar keeps warning him, but the sense of being someone important, someone with power becomes too heady for Kathir, and he ends up rubbing a few people the wrong way.
Everybody seems to have some sort of a character arc in the movie. Prabakar’s wife, who is desperate to have a child. Kathir’s friend (Yogi Babu), who only wants to get married and make some money. He has a few funny lines, especially the scene where he says with a deadpan expression ‘Quarter 160 rooba’ got big laughs from the audience. Even the girl on the balcony whom Kathir was making a pass at makes a (very brief) appearance later. The policemen are all wonderful. They don’t go about yelling or speaking in punch lines, they are normal men trying to do a difficult job. Nobody is good or bad, life is too messy to clearly define boundaries. People fight, make up, disappoint each other, or exceed expectations.
Prabakar is probably the voice of conscience for Kathir (and therefore the film?). He tells us not to get involved in things beyond us and our small lives. We are just specks…or germs.
If I had to complain about something, I would like to mention the Sarakku song, but really, I’m just being picky. Oh, I liked Reshmi Menon as Kathir’s wife Anita. I could not spot a single line of hers where her lip movement did not match the dialogue, and I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. We who watch Tamil movies are always grateful for small mercies.