Etharkum Thunindhavan (U/A)
10/Mar/2022 Action, Drama 2hrs 31mins

Etharkum Thunindhavan

Critics Review


Not Sharp As Expected, But Not Blunt Too

Etharkkum Thuninthavan has its engaging moments, but there�s an equal amount of weak elements too. With a strong subject in hand, what could have been an enjoyable family entertainer with thrills is drained down to a mixed bag due to its mediocre packaging. (more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


Progressive outlook elevates this generic masala movie

At the plot-level, Etharkkum Thunindhavan pretty much moves along on predictable lines. But, like he did with his films like Vamsam and Kadaikutty Singam, Pandiraj roots the characters with very specific backgrounds, which lends some freshness. (more)

Source: M Suganth, Times Of India


Voices an important issue in a commercial family drama template.

Special mentions to director Pandiraj and Suriya for having scenes based on Kavalan App, which is an important tool that can help women in danger. The screenplay is fast-paced and keeps the story constantly moving. The background score and the cinematography compliment this, and help compensate when the pace slows down.(more)

Source: Editorial board,


Suriya's film is yet another insincere drama on Pollachi case

The tonal shift in the screenplay is abrupt and disorienting, as the film attempts to be a romcom and thriller at the same time, failing at both. Saranya Ponvannan, Satyaraj, Devadarshni, MS Bhaskar and Ilavarasu, who are in supporting roles, are seasoned performers, and try vainly to hold the film together. However, the caricaturish treatment simply does not work. Suriya himself looks wooden in most scenes, clearly struggling to emote. Soori and Pugazh attempt a few jokes that fall flat, and it only makes the film longer than it needs to be.(more)

Source: Sowmya Rajendran, The News Minute


Etharkkum Thunindhavan feels like a rush job that whittles down a terrible real-life crime to the lowest common denominator.

Director Pandiraj turns this traumatic crime into short bursts of melodrama. At end of all that, one may be left wondering what the film is trying to say? Especially the climax scene, which plays out like a poorly written Mexican stand-off, and turns unintentionally funny.(more)

Source: Manoj Kumar, Indian Express


Suriya shoulders a thoughtful commercial film

In an ideal world, this film would have been titled �Edharkum Thunindhaval�. It�s what society asks of a woman -- to be fearless-- even for simple things that might seem seemingly mundane to cishet men. But one cannot deny that Suriya�s presence widens the net for conversation, and does not preach to the choir. It is commendable that a mainstream star like Suriya consistently walks the tightrope -- to deliver something meaningful and progressive but also satisfy commercial expectations. And more importantly, to do so without losing focus on the central issue. I hope the streak continues.(more)

Source: Ashmeera Ayyappan,