Critics Review


Worthwhile mainstream thriller

The most impressive aspect of the film for me was the vulnerability of the protagonist. At the start when he speaks about farmers and bank loans I was a bit sceptical as to whether this could be a film where the hero is going to try to establish his political aspirations. But that does not happen and it was pleasantly surprising to see how the character was sketched with few blemishes. (more)

Source: Bharath Vijayakumar, MovieCrow


Vishal-Samantha starrer is about conning a con man

Irumbu Thirai is not an extraordinary film, but it is movie made well. The writing is tight and the film addresses real-life questions such as why there are privacy concerns about the Aadhaar card. For all its merits, if access to Aadhaar cards of thousands of people could be hacked, what would be the consequences? This film tries to answer this question.(more)

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Source: Behindwoods Review Board,


A confidently made action thriller that creates a fear against the digital world.

To have an impactful hero, you need a strong and menacing villain. Arjun is just so perfect for this script and when he reasons out his action saying "I do evil things because I can", that sums up his character. The scene where Vishal and Arjun meet in an elevator is an iconic moment that will definitely be talked about. (more)

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Topicality of Irumbuthirai's theme - cyber crime - instantly makes it compelling

what makes the film compelling is how it treats its antagonist. White Devil isn't even shown until the intermission point. We don't even see his face! But we sense his presence in most of his scenes and that creates a sense of dread. The film smartly doesn't give us a flashback justifying his motivation; he does his criminal activity just because he can, and he is unapologetic about it, which is refreshing.(more)

Source: Suganth, Times Of India


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Vishal's Guide To Digital India & Data Privacy Is Timely, But Fickle

The film is founded on a different kind of patriotism that places people over the government. It doesn't bootlick. While it's nothing close to a good cinema, Irumbu Thirai deserves a pat on its back for bringing to screen a relevant cautionary tale.(more)



A solid cybercrime action thriller

Irumbu Thirai is super strong with slick visuals of George C Williams, editor Ruben chopped off all the unnecessary songs which is a very good move and Yuvan Shankar Raja's BGM is the third hero of the film after Vishal and Arjun.(more)

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An intelligent tale in digital India

There's just too much the film tries to do, despite its long running time. With themes ranging from the life of an army man to identity theft and big brother surveillance there�s just too much the film's trying to say. That apart, Irumbu Thirai is still an engaging cautionary tales for the times we live in with a villain that's meant for the books.(more)

Source: VISHAL MENON, The Hindu


Reality check

Go for this new age thriller that will serve as a reality check for yourselves in this digital age.(more)

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Not Vishal or Samantha, Arjun's taut performance is the highlight of this patchy thriller

Irumbu Thirai is a well made film that addresses the burning question of today's day and age: Is our privacy compromised?(more)

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A film that informs us on the flip side of digital media rather well.

The film will definitely create an impact among city audiences, but will be a major test for those living in towns and villages considering the nature of the plot is a bit complicated to process.(more)

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This Vishal, Samantha starrer is solid and very topical, relevant

Irumbu Thirai is a solid film that is very topical and relevant in our day and age. Facebook, Aadhaar, state-sponsored online propaganda, database hacks - you're bound to read something related to these topics everyday on the news. For these reasons, Irumbu Thirai will remain relevant in the months to come.(more)

Source: Anupama Subramanian , Deccan Chronicle


Vishal gifts an earnest masala entertainer

The social commentary the film makes - its dig at Aadhaar and Digital India - makes the film current and relevant. Irumbu Thirai has almost everything that you expect from a commercial entertainer. But Mithran takes up this genre seriously, and that makes the film stand apart from the crowd.(more)

Source: Kirubhakar Purushothaman, India Today


PS Mithran and Vishal deliver a knockout punch

As someone who constantly cribs about the heroines we get in our 'commercial flicks', Rathi Devi is a thing of wonder. Sensible, intelligent and integral to the story (yeah, that is how low our standards currently are), her character is how commercial heroines should be. The story might not be about her, but Rathi Devi is the pillar of support Kathiravan needs. Thank you Mithran, just for this.(more)

Source: Ashameera Aiyappan , Indian Express